Local Events

Friday, August 29, 2014

Four-day summer dance workshop for young dancers will be taught by two dancers from the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, Tuesday, August 26 through Friday, August 29. The cost is $50 for all four hour long classes. For children ages 6 to 8, the class runs from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; ages 9 to 12, the class runs from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. On Sunday, August 31 at 2 p.m., the culmination of the students’ work will be shared at a performance by them and the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company. Admission to the performance is free with the price of Museum admission.

For more information, visit www.hydecollection.org.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Travers Stakes Special  featuring New Equine Works by Brian Fox and Ken Daly from August 22 through September 3, 2014, at the Sorelle Gallery. The gallery is located at Stuyvesant Plaza, 1475 Western Ave, Albany. For more information, call (518) 482-2000.


Free Guided Hike — The Green Corn Moon: A walk with a focus on the meaning behind Mahican-Munsee names of the natural world. This hike is led by Justin Wexler and will meet at the kayak parking area on Lake Myosotis at 10 a.m. Please come dressed for the weather with comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. Please visit the Huyck Preserve website for maps and directions.

Exploring Big Pine and Vlomankill Trails at Five Rivers: Visitors are invited to join a Five Rivers Center naturalist for a guided walk at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 2 p.m. The group will follow the Vlomankill Trail through a hemlock-shaded ravine to reach the towering trees of the Big Pine Trail. Elevated views and exposed bedrock create a sense of the primeval, and deep shade brings a welcome break from the summer heat. The trail has some stairs and steep grades over woodchip surfaces. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Mowing for the Birds at Five Rivers: Visitors are invited to 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 10 a.m., to learn about maintaining grassland habitat for birds. Visitors to the Wild Turkey Trail at Five Rivers during the fall season may wonder why only a portion of the field is mowed each year. Most of the bird species in New York that require grasslands are declining in number. Grasslands are generally transitional and unstable and through natural succession they become shrub land and eventually forest. Join center staff on a walk to see how our mowing plan maintains habitat for grassland birds such as the Bobolink and Savannah Sparrow. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Storytelling at Thacher Nature Center: Join us, at 6:30 p.m., as we say goodbye to summer vacation. Enjoy s’mores and entertaining tales with storyteller Clare Nolan as you relax by a crackling campfire. Fee for supplies is $1 per person. This program is appropriate for all ages, so bring the family! Call 872-0800 to register. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Live Wildlife Program at Thacher Nature Center: Meet some wild neighbors up close and personal with wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin. See and learn about the birds of prey and other animals in her care and why they are with her. Find out how you can help protect wildlife from harm. Donations are appreciated. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Family Fun Hike: Join us for a Sunday afternoon stroll through the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Play some trail games with your guide and enjoy the beauty of the season. We plan to hike one mile over rolling terrain. Please be sure to bring plenty of drinking water. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, 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. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Discover the Albany Pine Bush (Drop-in Stations): Want to learn more about the Albany Pine Bush? Drop in anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., at 195 New Karner Road, to explore this rare ecosystem through a series of hands-on stations. For all ages. There is no fee, but registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Kidz Wildlife Blitz: Did you ever wonder what lives in the Pine Bush? There are 33 species of reptiles and amphibians, 40 species of mammals, 170 species of birds, and thousands of insects in this 3,200-acre preserve. Families come and join us as we record as many species as we can find in the Pine Bush. We will meet at the Discovery Center and then divide intro groups to head out into the preserve for a one-mile hike. Dress appropriately and bring plenty of drinking water. If you have your own binoculars, please bring them along. For all ages. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 9:30 a.m. There is go fee, but registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Clarksville Historical Society will hold the first of three fall programs — Jane McLean and John Elberfeld, authors of Helderberg Hilltowns, will share stories about life in the Hilltowns, illustrated by a PowerPoint slideshow of vintage photograph. Programs are held at the Clarksville Community Church, Delaware Turnpike, Clarksville. Call 768-2870 for more information.

The Thursday Musical Club is calling all women who love to sing. The all-women chorus will meet Wednesdays, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., beginning Sept. 3, until Dec. 6, the date of the 2014 holiday concert. No audition is required; sopranos and altos of all ages are invited to become part of this four-part choral singing group. Call 765-4536 for more information.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Early Morning Bird Walks at Five Rivers: A series of early morning bird walks will be conducted at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 7:30 a.m., on succeeding Thursdays in September, beginning Sept. 4 and continuing Sept. 11, 18, and 25. On these outdoor surveys of fall migration, Five Rivers’ naturalists will lead participants along gentle center trails to look for seasonal specialties as well as year-round avian residents. The long-term data collected on these citizen science outings help monitor avian trends such as response to changing land use, climate change, and other environmental influences. The programs are open to the public at no cost. Beginners are always welcome. Participants are urged to dress for outdoor activity. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Brooks Barbecue at the Lynnwood Reformed Church, at 3714 Carman Road, from 4 p.m. until sold out. Drive-through only. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

First Friday Hike — Late Summer Wildflowers: The end of summer is almost here! Savor the late summer season with a stroll through the Pine Bush to identify and observe some of our late summer wildflowers. This program is best suited for older children and adults. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at noon. There is no fee, but registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Transportation Revolution: On Saturday, Sept. 6, at 2 p.m., David Hochfelder, a history professor at the University of Albany, will explore the 19th-Century economic and transportation innovations that positioned the United States as a powerhouse on the world stage, with New York at the forefront. The talk is hosted by the Schenectady County Historical Society at 32 Washington Ave. in Schenectady. Admission is $5, but free for society members.


Watchable Wildlife — Beginning Birding: Take part in an introduction to birdwatching at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 2 p.m. Binoculars and a bird guide are all you need to start this fascinating hobby. During this indoor/outdoor clinic, center staff will provide an overview of tools and techniques that will help you tell the catbirds from the cowbirds in your dogwoods. Afterward, staff will lead an outdoor foray to look and listen for common birds. The center encourages people to bring their own binoculars, but will have some on-hand to loan. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Learn About Avian Migration at Five Rivers: Visitors at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 10 a.m., can learn about avian migration. Why do birds and other animals migrate? Which birds migrate at night and which by day? During this program, visitors will learn about different migration strategies and mechanics, the advantages and disadvantages of migration, and the techniques used to study these marvelous travelers. The particularly impressive migration feats of some species will also be covered. Call 475-0291 for more information.

2014 Schoharie Village-wide Yard Sale Day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to individual yard sales in the village and surrounding areas, the day will include junk-in-the-trunk in the county parking lot for those who want to sell from their vehicles. There will be vendors on Main Street, music in the courtyard, food, bake sales, free pony rides, face painting, chicken barbeque, and events at the library. A 1 p.m., in the county courtyard, Schoharie Mayor John Borst will challenge Middleburgh Mayor Matt Avitabile to a corn-eating contest.

Rummage and Bake Sale at the Berne Reformed Church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; breakfast, coffee, and lunch will be available.

Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Department 75th Anniversary Celebration at 9 a.m. at the Carey Institute for Global Good. Activities include firematic games, demonstrations by Medusa, Tri-Village, East Berne, and the Westerlo volunteer fire departments, Rensselaerville Ambulance, and the Albany County Sheriff’s Department. There will be food available throughout the day and a $13 chicken barbecue at approximately 6 p.m.

Bringing it Back Restoration Hike: Come witness the transformation of the Pine Bush. Through habitat management, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is restoring the Pine Bush to an open pine barrens, one of only 20 left in the world. Join us for a hike along the trails and learn how the commission is bringing this globally rare community back. We will be hiking about three miles over rolling sand dunes. Please remember to wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants, and bring drinking water. Appropriate for ages 8 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. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Buzz of the Pine Bush Bees and Wasps: Did you know that the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is home to over 90 species of native bees? Join us in this program for an indoor introduction to native solitary bees, then examine bees on the trail and learn how you can help these native pollinators in your own backyard. We plan to hike one mile. Please be prepared for the weather and wear long pants, good hiking shoes, and bring water. 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.