Local Events


Sunday, November 1, 2015


Friday, November 27, 2015

Join us for TGIV — Thank God Its Veterans at the Gateway Diner, 899 Central Ave., Albany, at 8:30 a.m. Photos and videos of Patriot Flights Three Trips of 2015 and D-Day Re-enactment on Lake Erie. Show starts at 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Pastor Bob Luiden’s Retirement Open House in the St. Lucy’s Church Hall, 122 Grand St., Altamont, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Holiday Wreath-Making Workshop: The Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center is holding the annual holiday balsam wreath-making workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants can create a beautiful, 24-inch holiday wreath from freshly-cut fragrant balsam greenery, pine cones, and ribbon. Participants should bring a pair of garden shears for cutting greenery. Limited pairs of garden shears will be available for use if needed. The workshop is appropriate for ages 14 and older. The fee for the workshop is $18 per wreath. Pre-registration is required as this class fills up quickly. Call 872-1237 to register.

Waddle Walk: Looking for a way to work off those yummy holiday treats? Our “waddle walk” is a fun way to get outside for some fresh air and vigorous exercise. We will hike 2.6 miles over rolling terrain through the Karner Barrens East region of the Albany Pine Bush, taking breaks along the way for rest and water. If there is snow, we will snowshoe .9 miles! Snowshoes will be provided to program participants. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Road, 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.

Zydeco Dance With Live Music at 37 South Main St., Voorheesville. A dance lesson will be held at 7 p.m. and the dance will run from 8 to 11 p.m. The cost is $15. Sponsored by Dance Flurry Organization. No partner needed! Call 859-0092 for more information.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Discover the Pine Bush: An extraordinary journey into the Albany Pine Bush, the best remaining example of an inland pine barrens. Our experts will guide you through this .9-mile hike over rolling sand dunes where you will discover Pine Bush natural history, season surprises and transformation. 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.

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Voorheesville’s Hotaling Park at 4 p.m., hosted by the Helderview Garden Club. Mayor Conway will light the tree to kick off the holiday season. The event will feature the elementary school bell ringers; the Voorheesville Methodist Youth Group serving hot beverages; Boy Scout Troop 73; and caroling by all. Garden club members will be serving candy and cookies.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

“Bells, Bells, Bells, an Enduring Legacy from the Greater Troy Area” will be presented by P. Thomas Carroll, PhD, for the program of the New Scotland Historical Association, Wyman Osterhout Community Center, at 7:30 p.m. The majority of bells in North America were made in Troy by four different foundries. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 765-4212.

Knox Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. at the town hall. New members are always welcome and can join for half-price now through April. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 860-7861.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Full Moon Hike: Enjoy the Pine Bush at night with an hour-long hike under the full moon. We will plan to walk .9 miles over rolling topography stopping intermittently for night vision and sound observations. Adults only. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 6:30 p.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655.

“Winter’s Coming” Preschool Program at Thacher Nature Center: Our furred and feathered friends are getting ready for winter! Find out who stays and who skips town in this interactive program for preschoolers. We’ll read some books, play a fur-ID guessing, watch birds at our feeders, and make a craft to take home. This program is appropriate for ages 3 to 5. Call 872-0800 for more information or to register.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Hilltown Toy Drive to benefit the Hilltown Community Resource Center. Donate a new, unwrapped toy through Friday, Dec. 4. Drop-off locations include the Hilltown Café, Rensselaerville Town Hall, and Rensselaerville Library. Sponsored by the RVFD Battalion.

Guilderland Garden Club Open House and Greens Show: The annual open house and greens show at the historic Mynderse-Frederick House, located at 451 Main St., Guilderland Center, will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The theme this year is Santa’s Workshop. There will be wreaths, arrangements, and ornaments made by members for sale. A portion of the proceeds from these items and donations will go to the Serenity Garden at Fisher House in Albany, which hosts families of veterans who are hospitalized at the Stratton VA Medical Center. Nonperishable donations will be collected for a local food pantry. The free event provides a festive atmosphere, homemade refreshments, and vocal and musical entertainment. On Sunday, at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., Karl Feslen as Sinterklaas will do a story time for children.

First Friday Walk and Talk: Take a break from your day and join us for a 1.2 mile hike at Kings Road Barrens. We will meet at the Kings Road trailhead at noon. Adults only. There is no fee. Call 456-0655 for more information.

Annual St. Nicholas Dinner held by the Dutch Settlers Society of Albany at 6 p.m. at the University Club, 111 Washington Ave., Albany. A Dutch Treat social hour will start at 5 p.m., followed by a Dutch Buffet at 6:15 p.m. St. Nicholas is scheduled to make an appearance at the event. The speaker will be Mr. Karl Felsen and his topic will be the Americanization of Christmas. Members are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Santa Visit at the Rensselaerville firehouse. Crafts, snacks, and games will start at 3:30 p.m.; Santa will arrive at 5 p.m.; the village tree will be lit at 5:30 p.m.

Annual Holiday Gift Bazaar at Thacher Nature Center: The annual bazaar will be held at the Thacher Nature Center, 1 Hailes Cave Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Hand-crafted quality wares by local artisans and artists; jewelry, jams, jellies, and honey products; homespun wool products and knitted items; original artwork; pine needle baskets; hand-painted gourds; stained glass and painted glass works; bark baskets; homemade soaps and organic beauty products; wildlife and nature photography; folk art items; carved wooden bowls; and sweets and treats and more! Live music by Tunefolk. 50 percent of the proceeds from a drawing each day will be donated to a local charity. Call 872-1237 for additional information.

Thursday Musical 103rd Holiday Favorites Concert at 2:30 p.m. at the First Reformed Church, 8 North Church St., Schenectady. A new piece, Winter’s Twilight, with music by Valerie Showers Crescenz and words by Herb Frombach is dedicated to Thursday Musical Club and the director Julie Panke. Accompanist is Elinore Farnum. Guest artists are the Thursday Belles, an English handbell group.

Fox Trot: Join us for a short inside presentation on the two species of fox that live here in the Pine Bush. We will then continue outside for a .9-mile hike to look for signs that they are out and about around the trails. All ages. 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.

Community Beer Party at the Huyck House, Carey Institute, 63 Huyck Road, from 2 to 4 p.m. Stop by to sample beers made by our brewer Greg Hostash. The Helderberg Brewery was founded with the vision of brewing beer for our local community and we’re excited to introduce farm-crafted beers to you.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Santa Visit at the Masonic Lodge in Berne from 2 to 4 p.m. Children will make holiday cards and tree ornaments, and drink hot cocoa and eat cookies.

91st Annual Carol Sing presented by the Thursday Belles, at 3 p.m. at the First Reformed Church, 8 North Church St., Schenectady. Traditional Christmas carols will be run on English handbells, with the audience singing. This family event will have a surprise guest and an outrageous 12 Days of Christmas. The Thursday Belles are under the direction of Judy Brackett Moore with Elinore Farnum at the organ.

The Lost Art of the Painted Photograph gallery opening at the Corlis Gallery of American Art, 1855 Western Ave., from 3 to 7 p.m. Artist Corlis Carroll will offer a brief history of the painted photograph, its significance to the Arts and Crafts movement in the United States and abroad, and its place in the study of the History of American Art.

Feisty Fishers: Are fishers cats? Do they really eat fish? Come find answers to these questions and more at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center. We will start inside with a short talk about the history and biology of the fisher. Then we will continue outside for a walk in the preserve as we look for signs of the fisher. We plan to walk approximately one mile. Appropriate for ages 6 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.

Annual Silver Tea and Open House: All are invited to join us at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse, 1003 River Road, Selkirk, between 1 and 4 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. The schoolhouse will be all dressed up for the holidays with a theme of “cozy plaids and sparkling lights.”