Local Events

Thursday, November 20, 2014

“Albany and Bethlehem’s Changing Boundary Lines,” a Bethlehem Historical Association November Meeting and Lecture, at 7 p.m., at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse, 1003 River Road, Selkirk. Albany City Historian Anthony Opalka and Bethlehem Town Historian Susan Leath will illustrate how the boundary line between Albany and Bethlehem has changed over the years. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Science Lecture Series — Status and Conservation of the New England Cottontail in New York: Habitat management of open savannah with blue lupine is key to the survival of the Karner blue butterfly and many other species at the Albany Pine Bush, but maintenance of “young forest” habitat for other species such as the prairie warbler is also important. The New England Cottontail is a young forest species that is a candidate for Federal Endangered species listing. Join us for a presentation by Paul Novak, wildlife biologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, on the major conservation efforts that are underway for this rabbit. 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.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Mainstream Level Western Square Dance held by The Schoharie Valley Hayshakers at 7:30 p.m. at the Middleburgh Elementary School cafeteria. The dance theme is patriotic night. The caller is Ray Taylor and the cuer is Dolores Randall. Please wear soft sole shoes. 

When in Rome, presented by the Hilltown Players, on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m., at the Berne-Knox-Westerlo High School Auditorium, Route 443, Berne. The show is a musical comedy about a meek peasant thief who falls hopelessly in love with the very independent princess in a country at war. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, veterans, and teens, and $6 for children under 12. Call 872-2257 to purchase presale tickets. 

Wonderland, presented by the Voorheesville Middle School Drama Club, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., at the Lydia C. Tobler Performing Arts Center, 432 New Salem Road, Voorheesville. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children; call 542-7981 for purchasing information.

“Down with the Rent!” the Anti-Rent Rebellion of New York State, a concert of New York State hidden history, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Old Songs Community Center, 37 South Main St., Voorheesville. The concert will be a performance of authentic songs and stories written and sung by Anti-Rent protestors in the 1840s. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.  


Saturday, November 22, 2014

41st Annual SportsMart Event, presented by the Delmar Boy Scout Troop #75. The event till take place at the Bethlehem Central High School and is sponsored by T.A.C.S. Auto Body Service. Whether you’re in the market for new winter sporting goods or trying to clear out your garage, SportsMart is the place to be. Individuals and families have the option to come by and purchase new or used equipment and are also able to drop off their own equipment to donate or sell. Drop-off time for equipment is 8:30 to 11 a.m. and the sale takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. 

Roast Pork Dinner at 4 p.m. at the Ravena Grange, Route 143, Coeymans Hollow. Take-outs available. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. 


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Peter Boudreaux of Rensselaerville will be the featured poet at the Sunday Four Poetry Open Mic on Nov. 23 beginning at 3 p.m. at Old Songs Community Arts Center at 37 South Main Street in Voorheesville. Boudreaux will accompany himself on guitar and be accompanied musically on several poems by Berne’s Tom Corrado. The event is open to all and attending poets can read up to three short poems. A $3 donation is suggested for the event, which is hosted by Dennis Sullivan, Edie Abrams, and Mike Burke.


Community Thanksgiving Dinner at American Legion Voorheesville Post 1493, 31 Voorheesville Avenue, from noon to 4 p.m. Join with your friends and neighbors and have a good time while you share the traditions and joys of the Thanksgiving holiday. The menu will include turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes with gravy, dressing, vegetables, beverage, and dessert. There is no cost, but a free-will offering will benefit local food pantries.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Fair Trade Market at the Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Ave., Delmar, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Featuring beautiful handcrafted gifts, accessories, and homewares, fairly trades from around the world. Your purchases help artisans in developing countries build a better future for themselves and their communities.

Nature of November: The clamor of the growing season has quieted down and the brilliance of October has given way to the browns and grays of late autumn. What is happening in nature in November? Come join us for an afternoon exploration of nature in November and the preparations underway for winter’s arrival. We will start indoors, then venture outside for a .9 mile hike. 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. 


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Smartphone and Tablet Applications for Children: If your child is hooked on their tablet or smartphone, there are ways to get them outside to have fun. At 2 p.m. at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, we’ll share information about some of the many smartphone and tablet applications that are geared for keeping children connected to nature. Come learn about some of the options that might inspire your child’s love for nature. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Traditional Holiday Wreath-Making Workshop at the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center at 10 a.m. Participants can create a beautiful 24-inch holiday wreath from freshly-cut 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 up. The fee for the workshop is $18 per wreath. Pre-registration is required; call 872-1237.

Kick Off Your Holidays With a Visit to Five Rivers: Kick off your holiday preparations at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 10 a.m. Learn how to turn trash into treasure by using eco-friendly materials to wrap all those packages under the tree or for any occasion. Come dresses to do crafts as we explore various crafting materials that are eco-friendly, kid-friendly, and fun. Parents must accompany children. The program is free of charge, but space is limited; call 475-0291 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. 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, November 30, 2014

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 walk approximately one mile in the preserve as we look for signs of the fisher. 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 registry is required; call 456-0655. 

Helderview Garden Club Annual Village of Voorheesville Holiday Tree Lighting at Hotaling Park at 4 p.m. The community is invited to join the festivities with their family and friends. The elementary school hand bell choir will play some songs. There will be a sing-along with carolers and candy canes and cookies will be handed out.