The Arts 12.13.18

Holiday Concert

Come out and join the Averill Park Community Orchestra for a Holiday Concert Celebration! The performance is on Sunday, December 16th, 4:00pm at Averill Park High School. At this festive event, students and adults from the community will perform various classical and holiday selections, along with a medley from the ever popular “Phantom of the Opera”. There is no admission fee, but any donations to help offset our costs are greatly appreciated. We look forward to the opportunity to share festive music and delicious refreshments with you as we celebrate the winter holidays. Any questions can be directed to Christina Desmond at 518 948-0565 or



Erin Harkes is Coming to Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Dec. 21

Treat yourself to a special, holiday event starring the most popular entertainer in the Capital Region, Erin Harkes, at Sand Lake Center for the Arts. Erin likes to say that music is her spouse and comedy is her mistress. She tries to give them equal amounts of love and attention. Whether singing songs or telling jokes, Erin commands attention every time she steps foot on the stage. Erin is regularly voted Best Singer/Songwriter/ Comedienne in the Capital Region by the Times Union Reader’s Poll and the Metroland Weekly.  She has been the subject of several cover stories by both of those newspapers. She is definitely a local favorite!

Coming Friday, Dec 21 at 8pm. Tickets – Adults – $18. and Under 18 – $10.  For reservations or more information, go to or call 518-674-2007. SLCA is located at 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, NY, is fully handicapped accessible, with free parking.


Schenectady Civic Players Theater

LOOKING AT CHRISTMAS –by Steven Banks and directed by Mark Stephens.  December 12 thru 16.  Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Wednesday & Thursday at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:30 pm.  Schenectady Civic Players, 12 S. Church St., Schenectady.  $20.  518-382-2081 or


Friendship Singers Christmas Concert

Join us on December 14th at 12:45pm at the Edward C. Swartz Senior Center. The “Friendship Singers” will be performing their Christmas Concert; singing many songs of the season. All seniors 60 and older are welcome here for our programs and meals. On the menu: Beef Stew with Garden Vegetables, Mashed Potatoes, Biscuit, and Fresh Fruit. Call 518 477-6581 to make a reservation to join us for a delicious meal before the special music presentation. The center is located at 1800 E. Schodack Road, Castleton On Hudson.


Community Holiday Dance

Join us on Sunday, December 23rd, for a Holiday Dance. This event is open to all! We will be celebrating the season with dancing at the Colonie Elks Lodge (11 Elks Lane, Latham). Dancing will begin at 7pm-10pm, with D.J. Brian Zapel. The cost is $12 pp.

Put on your dancing shoes and celebrate the Holiday with us! Sponsored by Singles Outreach Services Inc.

Weather Info: 518-452-6883 /


“The Wonder of This Night”! Concert

Capital Community Voices, directed by Julie Panke, will present “The Wonder of this Night”!  program of classical and popular holiday songs on Saturday, December 15th, at 7:30 pm at Genet Elementary School, Route 4, East Greenbush. The concert will offer music of G.F. Handel, John Rutter, Mark Hayes, Paul McCartney, and P.D.Q. Bach. Popular selections will include “Home for the Holidays,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “What a Wonderful World”. The chorus will be accompanied by Joanna Towse, piano; Randall Jennings, bass; Alex Atchley, percussion; Jacqueline Wright, flute; and Susan Gierthy, oboe.

Ticket prices for the concert are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors and students. A reception will follow the performance.

For more information, contact: Julie Panke at

518-370-5434, 518-275-3727 or


Last Weekend to see A Christmas Carol at SLCA

Scrooge (Bill Douglas) and The Ghost of Christmas Past (H. G. Warrender) during a performance for this special adaptation of A Christmas Carol!

Don’t miss out on this great holiday play for the final weekend performances, featuring Scrooge coming to Sand Lake!

SLCA’s Circle Theater Players proudly presents Charles Dickens immortal classic A Christmas Carol. This new adaptation is certain to put you in the holiday spirit. Come witness Scrooge’s journey as he travels through the past, present and future with the help of three magical ghosts, dedicated to showing old Ebenezer a new way of life full of warmth and charity. Directed by Brian Sheldon and Melanie Douglas. Performance dates left are Dec. 13, 14, and 15 at 8pm. Tickets – Adults – $18. and Under 18 – $10.  For reservations or information, go to or call 518-674-2007.  SLCA is located at 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, is fully handicapped accessible, with free parking.



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