Local Events

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Science Lecture Series — New York’s Amphibian and Reptiles  — Changing Attitudes, Changing Threats: Since pre-colonial times, the human response to amphibians and reptiles has varied from reverence to exploitation to fear, persecution, and indifference. Attitudes changed during the naturalist period, which began about 1725 and lasted until the end of the 19th century. Exploration, collecting and naming new species began to replace persecution and exploitation. Beginning in the late 1800s scientific methods were incorporated into the study of organisms. At the same time efforts to conserve, protect, and popularize amphibians and reptiles were initiated. Alvin Breisch, Station Collaborator at the Roosevelt Wildlife Station of SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, will highlight a few of his contributions toward these efforts in the last 30 years. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Pine Bush Community and refreshments will be provided. Appropriate for ages 15 and up. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 7 p.m. There is no fee, but registration is required; call 456-0655.

Family Fun After School — Get the Buzz on Bees, Bats, and Beetles: Join New York State Department of Environmental Conservation educators for a fun, hour-long outdoor activity from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. as part of National Pollinator Week, which is June 15 to the 21. Children in grades K through 5 and their caretakers are invited to visit Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar for an exciting outdoor adventure. We’ll explore why pollinators such as bees, butterflies, bats, and beetles are important to the environment and we will look for them as we travel along the trail. This program is open to the public free of charge. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Dance at Berne Town Park: Square, line and contra dance taught by Dan Sahlstron of St. Paul, Minnesota. No dance experience needed. The cost is admission is $2.50; sponsored by the Helderberg Lutheran and Berne Reformed churches in celebration of their 250 years of worship. 

Fun for All at Five Rivers: There’s something for everyone on Father’s Day at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar. On Friday, at 7 p.m., Five Rivers will host an evening bird walk. Join us on this stroll to observe bird feeding and nesting activity. We hope to see swallows and swifts catching their evening meal of Wooduck Marsh. Bring binoculars if you have them or we have a few pairs to loan. On Saturday, families are invited to explore the Vlomankill with a Five Rivers educator in honor of Fathers’ Day. We’ll gather at the education center at 2 p.m. then walk to the stream to uncover hidden treasures. On Saturday at 7 p.m., join us for a walking tour of the natural and cultural history of wildflowers of the solstice. Many plants that immigrants introduced to the New World were valued not for their food or medicinal uses, but because of their reputed supernatural powers. Come learn about the lore and magic of these flowers. 

The Schoharie Valley Hayshakers will hold a mainstream level western square dance at the Middleburgh Elementary School cafeteria from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The dance theme is Strawberry Festival. Casual dress due to warm weather. The caller is Ray Taylor and the cuer is Elma Taylor. Please wear soft-sole shoes.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Enterprise —James E. Gardner

“Sometimes, they can be stubborn,” said Arthur Zeman of Jefferson as he works on his Fairbanks-Morse single-cylinder engine on opening day Saturday at the 48th annual Gas Up just off of Route 443 at Shutters Corners in Schoharie. The event runs again this Saturday and Sunday.

Trumpeter Rhys Tivey and his quartet (Jean-Michel Pilc, piano, Ross Pederson, drums, Sam Minaie, bass) will play at Conkling Hall in Rensselaerville, NY, June 20 at 8PM. Since the release of his album, No Voice No More, the Greenville native has been performing in and around NYC and the West Coast, developing music that draws on mixed genre influence, combining his jazz foundation with soul, indie pop and folk rock, and emphasizing his skills as a vocalist and songwriter. Admission is $15 adults and $8 for children 12 and under.

Guilderland Driving Tour Open House: An open house will be held by the Guilderland Historical Society at the Mynderse-Frederick House from 1 to 4 p.m. At that time a free driving tour guide of Guilderland roads will be available for your future reference. A brief slide show illustrating roadside scenes that have disappeared will be run every 30 minutes. There will be house tours available at designated times. Garden Club members will be on hand to show off the prize-winning garden they have created in front of the house.

Helderberg History Hike at Thacher Park: Join historian Tim Albright on a hike through time in the Helderbergs. Learn about the cultural history of the Indian Ladder Region, from early settlement by the Dutch in the 18th century to the creation of the park in the 20th century. Walk from Hop Field through Yellow Rocks and Glen Doone to the Overlook Escarpment Trail while hearing tails of former residents of the area, and get a feel for local life in bygone days. The hike is easy to moderate. Binoculars may be helpful. Hike begins at 10 a.m. Call 872-1237 to register.

Celebration of the life of God’s Servant, William N. James at Camp Pinnacle, 621 Pinnacle Road, Voorheesville, at 1 p.m. Bill James, also known as “Chief” at Camp Pinnacle, began his years of ministry with Youth for Christ. He then served at Camp Ferndale in Canada and began working at Camp Pinnacle as a summer director in 1964 and 1965. He served in Korea from 1967 to 1969. He served as executive director at Camp Pinnacle from 1969 to 1982. The celebration begins at 1 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres in the dining room, followed by a service in the tabernacle and planting of a maple tree at 2:30 p.m.; a smorgasbord in memory of “Chief” will be held at 4:30 p.m. Please call 872-9100 to RSVP.

Antlions — Ferocious Creatures in the Sand: Join us for a .9-mile hike to discover the amazing world of antlions, a unique insect in the Pine Bush. We will walk to a variety of different habitats to explore antlion pits and investigate larva up close and personal. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore an interesting detail of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 1 p.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Gallupville Methodist Annual Strawberry Fest at 7 p.m. on the church lawn. The Esperance Band will be providing music for the evening. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy an evening on the church lawn with strawberry shortcake and old time music.

4th Annual Summer Solstice Festival from noon to 4 p.m. on the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail in Bethlehem and Voorheesville. The festival brings together community members and local organizations to kick off the summer with food, performances, and exhibitions. New this year, a two-hour hike-a-thon will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Five guided hikes will take place simultaneously on the Rail Trail and at four Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy preserves. The festival will be held along a one-mile stretch of the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail between Adams Street in Delmar and the Firefighter’s Park in Slingerlands, as well as at the Village of Voorheesville trail head; the festival can be accessed at four points — the intersection of Gardner Terrace and Hudson Avenue in Delmar, the intersection of Adams Street and Hudson Avenue in Delmar, Firefighter’s Park in Slingerlands, and the intersection of Voorheesville Avenue and Grove Street in Voorheesville. 

Trumpeter Rhys Tivey and His Quartet will play at Conkling Hall in Rensselaervill at 8 p.m. Since the release of his album, No Voice No More, the Greenville native has been performing in and around New York City and the west coast, developing music that draws on mixed genre influence, combining his jazz foundation with soul, indie pop, and folk rock, and emphasizing his skills as a vocalist and songwriter. Admission is $15 for adult and $8 for children.

The Knox Historical Society will dedicate a new road-side historic marker for the Palatine Trail with a ceremony at the Saddlemire Homestead at 11:30 a.m., followed by an unveiling of the marker. The Saddlemire Homestead will be open from noon to 4 p.m. in conjunction with Paths Through History weekend featuring five driving tours. Stop by our museum at 219- Berne Altamont Road to visit and pick up your tour maps.

2nd Annual Firehouse Motorcycle Run at the Hillview Tavern. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 86-mile ride begins at 9:45 a.m. Stops include Thacher Park, Rensselaerville, and Cobleskill. Featuring music, door prizes, and more. Tickets are $25 per bike and $10 for an additional rider. All proceeds to benefit local volunteer fire departments and those who serve to protect our community. Call 528-4663 for more information.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Fathers’ Day Breakfast at the Guilderland Elks Lodge 2480, 3867 Carman Road, from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8.50 for adults and $ for children. Call 355-4280 for more information.

Fathers’ Day Hike: Daughters and sons, bring your Dad to the Pine Bush for this .9-mile hike. We will take an extraordinary journey into the Albany Pine Bush, the best remaining example of an inland pine barrens in the world. Our experts will guide you over rolling sand dunes where you will discover Pine Bush natural history, seasonal surprises, and transformations. Appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 1 p.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Fathers’ Day Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at the North Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Department, 589 Russell Road, Albany. All you can eat pancakes, bacon, sausage, hash browns, scrambled eggs, toast, bagels, English muffins, coffee, tea, milk, and juice. Kids can take pictures with the fire trucks. The cost is $9; children under 5 eat free. 

Father’s Day Breakfast at Voorheesville American Legion Post 1493 from 8 a.m. to noon. The menu includes eggs cooked to order, French toast topped with fruit, home fries, bacon and sausage, juice, coffee, tea, and cocoa. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Berne Historical Society Welcomes Jack McEneny: Jack McEneny’s passion for history and his gift for storytelling is well-known. He’s had the role of county historian and written a history book on Albany, which was republished in 2006. On Monday, the Berne Historical Society hosts Mr. McEneny’s expertise in history and storytelling. Surrounding the theme of the talk is the Office of General Services 50th Year Celebration of the Empire State Plaza’s dedication. Delving deeper, you’ll hear the tale hidden beneath the self-contained structure of marble. Join us at 7 p.m. in the Berne Library’s Community Room; you may just be surprised what you’ll learn.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Strawberry Social in Orsini Park at 6 p.m., brought to you by the Altamont Community Tradition. Kid’s games, balloon creativity, and more. The Altamont Fire Department will also be showing its 1921 Brockway fire truck. Rain date is June 24. Residents are invited to help us kick off the summer and celebrate the end of the school year. 

“What You Need to Know About Ticks” Program: The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County will present a program about ticks from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Robert C. Parker School, 4254 Route 43, North Greenbush. Disease carrying ticks present one of the greatest challenges to gardeners and others who spend time outdoors. Master Gardener Marthanne Linacre will discuss how ticks work and measures you can take to avoid them. Call 272-4210 for more information.

Masters Swim Program at the Duanesburg Area Community Center at 221 Victoria Drive, Delanson. Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m., from June 23 through Aug. 13. The cost is $65 for members and $95 for non-members. To register call 895-9500.

Managing Pests in the New World of Alfalfa Traits: Technology gives farmers a great variety of choices. Alfalfa varieties have traits to combat insects, have lower fiber, survive root injury, and resist herbicides, not to mention the traditional traits of yield and disease resistance. Cornell Cooperative Extension is holding a field day for farmers to demonstrate some of these traits, how they affect pest management, and to discuss which traits are most appropriate for their farms. Field demonstrations and a discussion will be led by Aaron Gabriel, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Ken Wise, NYS Integrated Pest Management Specialist, at O. A. Borden & Sons, 2841 Valley Falls Road, Easton, from 1 to 3 p.m. Two pesticide recertification credits and two certified crop advisor credits are available. Call 765-3518 to register.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Saddlemire Homestead and gift shop will be open from noon to 2 p.m. for self-guided tours and/or research. Support the museum and give the gift of local history to a new graduate. Call 872-2082 for more information.

Voorheesville Farmer’s Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 68 Maple Avenue, featuring Pie in the Sky take-out. Call 765-2895 to make reservations.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Local military historian Bill Howard of Delmar, NY will be appearing for an author event and book signing at The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza (1475 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203) on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm.  Howard’s new book, What the RAF Airman Took to War, published by Osprey Publishing Ltd (Shire Press and Penguin Random House USA), tells the story of Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) through the items that the men and women of the RAF carried to war during the years 1939 to 1945.  Original artifacts, such as rare leather flying helmets, maps, good luck charms, and RAF uniforms worn by famous fighter pilots are featured in fifty beautiful full-color photographs, and these items are movingly described in short essays by Howard that provide a context for the items and their place in history.  

Local Author Bill Howard to Appear at The Book House: Local military historian Bill Howard will be at a book singing at 7 p.m. Howard’s new book, “What the RAF Airman Took to War,” published by Osprey Publishing, tells the story of Britain’s Royal Air Force through the items that the men and women of the RAF carried to war during the years 1939 to 1945. Howard will present a brief program discussing the important of the Battle and the men and women who participated in this historic event, and will be available to answer questions and sign copies of his book. 

Fundraiser for the Rodino Family: From 5 to 9 p.m. at Five Guys and TCBY at 1512 Western Avenue in Guilderland, a “School’s Out for Summer” themed fundraiser will be held for the Rodinos. 20 percent of proceeds from purchasing food will go to the family, and there will be a dunk tank with local celebrities, where you pay $5 for three chances to dunk some Guilderland teacher, police, and other gracious volunteers. Prizes donated by Crossgates Mall will be pulled and given to attendees, and mascots “Fro” from TCBY and The Phillips Hardware Moose will pose for photos.

Public Information and Listening Meeting, by the Department of Environmental Conservation, about the Community Risk and Resiliency Act, which requires the DEC to adopt a regulation establishing official state sea-level rise projections by Jan 1, 2016. The meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. in room 129 at 625 Broadway, Albany. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

35th Annual Old Songs Festival: Old Songs is a family-friendly festival that celebrates acoustic music, including folk, blues, world, old-time, and Celtic music, with performances and participation for adults and children alike. Sing, dance, and jam at this highly participatory event for the whole family. There are three main stage concerts, each featuring eight artists, which are Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the leafy, open-air main stage area. During the day on Saturday and Sunday there are 100 plus performances, dances, and interactive workshops on eight stages around the grounds. An extensive artisan area and diverse food concessions are also available. Call 765-2815 for more information.

School’s Out Hike: Yeah! School’s out and what a great way to celebrate, by getting outdoors for a hike. Kids, bring your parents for a 2.6 mile-hike over rolling sand dunes. We will explore this rare ecosystem through hands-on activities and discover many seasonal surprises. Appropriate for ages 7 and up. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 1 p.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Save the Pine Bush Wildflower Hike at 9:30 a.m. led by Amy Reilly, who is a noted horticulturalist. The hike is free to the public. For more information, call 465-8930.

Shaker Herb Painting Class with Diana Petrillo from 1 to 3 p.m. at 25 Meeting House Road, Albany. Create a unique work of art inspired by the lush and bountiful heritage herb garden at the society. Join a local artist on the grounds for an afternoon of painting, as she guides you through technique and shares tips for capturing nature on canvas. This is a two-hour long workshop. Pre-registration with payment is required; the cost is $25 per person plus a $5 materials fee. 

Bounty of the County, featuring Chef Tyler DeGroff, and other talented local chefs, creating a four-course, seasonal, gourmet dinner with locally grown ingredients, accompanied by beer, wine, and spirits produced in Schoharie County. Cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. at The Carrot Barn in Schoharie. Call 702-5017 for more information and to purchase tickets. 

Great Outdoors Month at Five Rivers: June is National Great Outdoors Month and perfect for exploring new ways to enjoy being outside. Begin your outdoor adventure at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar. Celebrate the state’s annual free fishing weekend by joining us for a parent and child catch-and-release fishing clinic at 10 a.m. Volunteers from the Albany County Conservation Alliance will share information on everything novice anglers need to know about fishing equipment, techniques, regulations, consumption advisories, and good places to fish. Bring gear if you’ve got it; we have a limited number of rods and reels available for loan. Parents and children must accompany each other. Call 475-0291 to register. At 2 p.m., we’ll mark Great American Campout Day with an interactive primer on everything you need to know about tent camping. Participants will help select a site, pitch a tent, learn what to pack, and more. This clinic will discuss basic equipment, safety, hygiene, and wildlife pests, as well as the best places to go tent camping. Space is limited; call 475-0291 to register.

Wild and Wacky World of Ponds: Come and explore the wonderful world of water (vernal ponds) at the Albany Pine Bush. We will observe different habitats, participate in pond sampling, identify various organisms, and discover the intricate balance of this amazing ecosystem. We will meet at the Discovery Center and then caravan over to another trailhead where we will hike approximately one mile to a vernal pond. Dress in footwear and clothing you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. Appropriate for ages 6 and up. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 11 a.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family, and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

The Albany Amateur Radio Association will be demonstrating Emergency Communications from 2 p.m. on Saturday through noon on Sunday. This is a national event demonstrating Emergency Communications with many other clubs. Guests will be able to talk to some of the other clubs. The event will take place at Hales Cave in Thacher Park and the public is invited.