Local Events

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Old Songs Concert Series presents, singer and guitarist, Martin Carthy, one of folk music’s greatest innovators for more than 40 years, accompanied by his daughter, singer and fiddler player, Eliza Carthy. Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 pm at the Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville. Tickets are $25 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under are available at oldsongs.org or by calling Old Songs at (518) 765-2815.


Old Songs, Inc. presents Martin and Eliza Carthy, at 7:30 p.m. at 37 South Main St., Voorheesville. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 765-2815. 

Bethlehem Historical Association Members Remember 50 Years: The Bethlehem Historical Association’s April program begins the celebration of their Golden Anniversary. Charter member Norma June and others will reminisce at 7 p.m. at the schoolhouse, 1003 River Road, Selkirk. Also on display will be photographs and memorabilia of Bethlehem circa 1965. Free and open to the public.

“Coping With Life’s ‘Necessaries’ — Cleanliness and Sanitation in the 18th Century,” will be described by Michelle Mavigliano in her Power Point presentation at the Guilderland Historical Society’s meeting. Anyone with interest in history is welcome to attend the program at 7:30 p.m. at the Mynderse-Frederick House, 451 Route 146, Guilderland Center. Call 861-8582 for more information.

Peeper Feature at Five Rivers: Frogs will be the featured creature at 7 p.m. at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar. This time of year, frogs are beginning to call for mates. Come learn about the frog species you may see and hear at Five Rivers. Afterward, join us for an optional walk to the ponds to listen for the deafening chorus of the spring peeper. Learn how this small animal — the size of your fingernail — can make such a loud sound. Call 475-0291 for more information.

After-School Fun at Five Rivers: Children in grades K-5 and their caregivers are invited to join naturalists at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, every Thursday through June 18, at 4:30 p.m., for a series of after-school programs. Participants will gather at the education center briefly before heading into the wood and fields for a different adventure each week. We’ll get some fresh air, stretch our legs, have fun, and explore. Come for as many sessions as you’d like and dress for outdoor activity. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Science Lecture Series — Monarch Butterflies, an Endangered Migration: The Pine Bush provides habitat for more butterfly species than any place in New York State. Ernest Williams, professor of biology at Hamilton College and butterfly ecologist for more than 30 years, discusses the long-term decline of North America’s much beloved monarch butterfly and describes conservation initiatives aimed at reversing the downward trend. 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, April 17, 2015

“Stop Kiss” presented by The College of Saint Rose Drama Program, Thursday, April 16, through Sunday, April 19, in the Saint Rose Campus Theatre, 996A Madison Ave. (located behind 1000 Madison Ave.), Albany.  Performance times are: April 16 and 17 at 7 p.m.; April 18 at 2 p.m.; April 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Admission is $10, or $5 with a student I.D. Seating is limited and there are no reservations.  Theatergoers should plan to arrive well before curtain time. Due to language, this play is not recommended for younger audiences. For information, e-mail ryana@strose.edu or phone 518-466-4951.


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

Dudley Observatory Star Party and Program about the exciting new Challenger Learning Center at miSci, at 7:30 p.m. in the Octagon Barn at 588 Middle Road in Knox. Observing to follow.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Voorheesville Community Pre-School Open House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Voorheesville United Methodist Church, 68 Maple Ave., Voorheesville. Call 857-5018 for more information.

Ants Alive at Five Rivers: Join in an outdoor search for underground activity at 2 p.m. at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar. Educators will guide visitors in exploring some of the many ant mounds found at Five Rivers and gain a better understanding of their size and layout. Discover what ants are doing now that warmer weather is upon us. A guided walk along the Service Loop Trail will also be offered at 10 a.m. This easy stroll along wide flat trails is a great way to enjoy a cross section of Five Rivers. The trail passes through a variety of habitats, including ponds, marshes, old fields, and mature forest. See what kinds of critters are out at this time of year and what they’re doing. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Pancake Breakfast at the Onesquethaw Reformed Church, 11 Groesbeck Road, Feura Bush, from 8 to 11 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, eggs cooked to order, homemade sausage and gravy biscuits, applesauce, and a beverage. Proceeds will benefit the Camp Fowler Scholarship Fund and the senior youth group mission trip. 

Tools for Caregivers: The Capital Region Caregiver Coalition and Albany Guardian Society, in conjunction with Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady Agencies on Aging, is presenting the 8th annual Tools for Caregivers, resources you can use when a senior relies on you. The program will take place from 8 a.m. to noon at Grace Fellowship Latham, 20 Delatour Road, Watervliet. Call 382-8481 ext. 1008 for more information.

Bethlehem Historical Association Second Antiques Appraisal Day: Bring items you value to the Bethlehem Historical Association’s antiques appraisal day to be held at the Bethlehem Town Hall between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Each item will be appraised, by one of three professional appraisers, for $6, or three items for $15. Admission is free. There will also be an opportunity to purchase quilt drawing tickets for a dollar. All proceeds will go toward Bethlehem Historical Association’s archival preservation of artifacts relating to the Town of Bethlehem. 

Village Green Clean: The Village of Voorheesville will be holding a community event volunteer opportunity for residents to be involved in some spring cleaning of village streets, parks, and neighborhoods between the hours of 19 a.m. and noon, and then to enjoy some fun time with friends and neighbors at the firehouse on Altamont Road from noon to 2 p.m. The Village of Voorheesville will also be hosting some recycling collections, which will be an opportunity for people in the area to clean out and get rid of some items from around the house. They will be collecting books, clothing, plastic bags, and film plastic items, as well as lead-acid batteries, in the back parking lot of the firehouse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you would like to participate in the Village Green Clean, call 765-2692.

Savor Schoharie: A moveable feast set in historic Schoharie County, featuring cuisine from your favorite United States cities. Appetizers from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association, dinner from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at homes in historic Schoharie County, and dessert from 9 to 10 p.m. at the Heritage House, 258 Main St., Schoharie. Tickets are $50 by reservation only. Call 702-5017 to purchase tickets. 

Historic Building Photograph Workshop with Diana Petrillo from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Shaker Heritage Society, 25 Meeting House Road, Albany. Learn how to take beautiful and interesting photographs of historic buildings in this two-hour workshop led by local artist and amateur photographer Diana Petrillo. Join Diana as she leads you around the site of America’s first Shaker settlement, where nine historic buildings still stand, and learn proper techniques and tips for capturing the art and character of 19th and 20th century buildings. Participants are encouraged to bring their cameras. This program will begin in the 1848 Meeting House and include access to the interior of the 1915 Barn. Call 456-7890 for more information.

Earth Day Conservation Project: Come celebrate Earth Day in the Pine Bush by volunteering on a conservation project. A variety of activities suitable for all ages will be taking place. Lunch will be provided for volunteers. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 9 a.m. Call 456-0655 to register.

Pork Dinner at the Dormansville United Methodist Church from 4 to 7 p.m. The menu includes roast pork, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sauerkraut, applesauce, green beans, and rolls. The dessert will be brownies with ice cream. There will also be take-outs available and a bake sale. 

Fundraiser for Ruth Savino, sponsored by the Westerlo Reformed Church, at 4 p.m. Get a spaghetti dinner with or without meatballs, with fresh bread and a salad, for a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children. There will be drawings and a Chinese auction. Ruth has stage 3 breast cancer affecting the lymph nodes and has undergone three surgeries, with two more to go. The benefits of the fundraiser will help cover 2015 medical expenses.

Duanesburg Area Community Center Aquatics Program Casino-Themed Fundraising Event from 7 to 11 p.m. at the DACC, 221 Victoria Drive, Delanson. Individual tickets are $75 each. Food will be provided by the Glen Sanders Mansion, with music by DJ Amanda Costello, and casino games including Black Jack, Texas Hold ‘Em, Roulette, and Craps (entertainment only, no cash.) Beer and wine included, with a cash bar provided by the Hillview. Cocktail attire required. Participants must be at least 21 years of age. Call 895-9500 for more information.

Hilltown Family Fun Hiram’s Helderberg Acoustic Café at the Berne Masonic Lodge Hall, the third Saturday of each month, beginning April 18, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 15-minute performance slots for musicians, karaoke, poets, storytellers, and thespians. No alcohol or smoking permitted.

Hudson Valley Hops Albany Institute Ale Tasting: Regional craft beer and cider tasting as well as exhibition of local brewing history and a beer historians and brewing history commemorative glass. The fund-raiser for the Albany Institute of History and Art will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Call 463-4478 to purchase tickets. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spring Wildflower Walk at 10 a.m. in the Huyck Preserve. Meet at the Eldridge Research Station, 284 Pond Hill Road, Rensselaerville. There is no cost, but donations are appreciated. Join us for the first of the popular wildflower walk series. This guided hike, led by naturalist Chris Schiralli, will hunt for the first blooms of spring along some of our core trails. Trails likely to be muddy, so wear sturdy hiking shoes and dress in layers. Bring water. 

All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast at the American Legion Post 977, at 988 Altamont Boulevard, from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $4 for children. Call 861-6848 for more information.

Am I On? Tell Us Your Albany Stories: With this series of eight open mic storytelling events, the Partners for Albany Stories invites you to share stories about you and your family that relate to the history of Albany. Storytellers sign up on a first-come, first-tell basis one hour prior to the event and have 10 minutes at the microphone to enchant and enlighten the audience. Stories will be video documented for preservation at the Albany Public Library. The first session will take place at 2 p.m. at 25 Meeting House Road, Albany. There is no charge. 

Terrific Turtles: Have you ever seen a turtle in the Pine Bush? They’re here! In this program, we will learn what kinds of turtles live in the Pine Bush, where they live, and how they survive. We will start our program indoors with a live turtle presentation, and continue outside for a hike into turtle habitat. We will caravan to another trailhead where we will be hiking approximately one-half mile. Participants must provide their own transportation. 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. 

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


Monday, April 20, 2015

Duanesburg Historical Society Meeting at 7 p.m. at Bishop Scully Hall in Delanson. The evening’s speaker will be Dave Vincent. His presentation is on James Duange’s early development of the town of Duanesburg and the perpetual rent system that Duane instituted here. Dave’s personal research on James Duane will provide on informative start to the town’s celebration of its 250th anniversary. All are welcome; refreshments will be served. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Special Earth Day Event: Mohawk Spiritual Leader Tom Porter and Environmental Studies Professor Lou Ismay, Wednesday, April 22 at 7:15 p.m., Lecture Center 18, Academic Podium, University at Albany Uptown Campus, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany. Porter, spiritual leader of the Mohawk Bear Clan, and Director of the traditional Mohawk Community of Kanatsiohareke, will share his experiences advocating for Native peoples.

Brook’s Bar-B-Q at the Onesquethaw Volunteer Fire Company, on Tarrytown Road, in Clarksville, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for a chicken dinner or $7.50 for a half chicken only, or $11 for a ribs dinner or $8.50 for ribs only. Take-out only. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Frequency North wraps up its 10th season with slam poet, educator and activist for mental health awareness Stevie Edwards. Edwards, a veteran of the slam poetry scene, will read from her latest work Thursday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Saint Rose Events and Athletics Center (Standish Rooms, second floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany, New York.  Copies of Edwards’ books will be available for purchase and signing.  The program is free and open to the public.

Shaker Heritage Society Open House: Come to the open house to learn how the society serves our community and find out how you can help the society grow. There will be an information session at 5 p.m. for those interested in becoming a board member or volunteering with the society. The open house will take place in the 1848 Shaker Meeting House at the site of America’s first Shaker settlement. The historic site is adjacent to Albany International Airport off of Heritage Lane.

Search for Woodcock at Five Rivers: Visitors are invited to take part in the annual woodcock survey at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 7 p.m. The program, hosted by the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club, will begin at the visitor center with a brief talk about the American woodcock and its management at Five Rivers. As the evening deepens, we’ll stroll along the Service Road Loop through managed areas and feeding swales, watching and listening for woodcock. Bring binoculars and a flashlight and dress appropriately for weather. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Old Songs will present Men at Words: Archie Fisher, Jez Lowe & James Keelaghan in concert, on Friday, April 24 at 8:00 pm. The concert will be held at 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, NY.  Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and may be purchased at oldsongs.org, or by calling Old Songs at 518-765-2815.


Men at Words: Archie Fisher, Jez Lowe, and James Keelaghan, presented by Old Songs, Inc. at 8 p.m. at 37 South Main St., Voorheesville. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 765-2815.

Rock the Creek Music Festival is a benefit concert organized by Friends of the Smith Family. Fred Smith, a Guilderland Alumni, class of 1986, and a University at Albany graduate, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic and liver cancer this past June. He has had multiple surgeries and ongoing medical treatments over the last nine months. All money raised at the event will be used to assist the Smith family with past surgeries and medical treatments, as well as continued treatment and associated travel costs. Five local bands have generously donated their time. Ticket price includes food and all non-alcoholic drinks; a cash bar will be available for adults 21 and over. A silent auction and drawings will be held. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Happy Cat Rescue, Inc. Benefit at the Altamont VFW, 11 Mill Street, Altamont, with vendors from 1 to 5 p.m. and dancers performing from 2 to 4 p.m. Silent and Chinese auctions will be held, and refreshments and baked goods will be for sale. Door prizes will be announced every 30 minutes. Free admission.

Alcove Day Yard Sales: Treasure maps may be picked up the day of the yard sale at the town highway building across from the Coeymans Hollow Fire House starting at 8 a.m. The Little Red School House will also hold a sale and the museum will open at 8 a.m. A luncheon will be held at the Trinity United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any or all of the six in a series of cancellation stamps from 2001 to 2006 featuring landmarks in Alcove will be available at the luncheon. 

Open House at the Westmere Fire Department at 1741 Westmere Avenue as part of the statewide Recruit New York campaign. There will be a fire dog bounce house, clowns, face painting, fire safety demonstrations, child identification cards, food, and lots more. Everything is free. The hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Call 456-5200 for more information.

Resources for Climate Change Education at Five Rivers: A workshop for educators to share resources and ideas for teaching about climate change will be conducted at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 9:30 a.m. This workshop will introduce educators to a variety of resources and activities for teaching climate-related concepts in the classroom. Participants will try some hands-on lessons they can use in the classrooms and learn about resources from government agencies and non-governmental organizations. Materials will be appropriate for teachers of grades 4 to 8 and for informal educators, including scout leaders and summer camp instructors. Space is limited; call 475-0291 to register.

Garage Sale and Bake Sale held by the North Bethlehem Fire Department Auxiliary at 589 Russell Road from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Multi-family garage sale, bake sale, hot dogs, chili, and salads. Call 489-3570 for more information.

Celebrate Arbor Day with Cache In Trash Out: Earth Day falls on April 22, and Arbor Day falls on the final Friday of April each year. In celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day 2015, everyone is invited to participate in activities at Five Rivers, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar. Meet at the visitor center at 10 a.m. for Cache In Trash Out, on international geocaching clean-up day, during which geocachers give back by cleaning up their “playing board.” With 20 geocaches, Five Rivers is a popular destination for this activity. Help clean up around Five Rivers and perhaps find a new geocache while you’re there. All are welcome. Meet a guide at the visitor center at 2 p.m. for a quiet walk to appreciate the outdoors. Linking the Vlomankill and North Loop trails, Big Pine trail is a picturesque place where hemlock and pine trees tower overhead, and peace reigns. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Spring Supper at the New Scotland Presbyterian Church from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the church’s fellowship hall, 2010 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands. The menu includes roast pork, mashed potatoes, gravy, sauerkraut, cooked carrots, green bean salad, rolls and butter, and homemade pies for dessert. The cost for the dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Seating is first-come, first-served. No reservations will be taken. Take-outs are available. Call 439-6454 for more information.

Green and Clean: The Altamont Community Tradition will sponsor their annual Green and Clean. We invite residents to join us, starting at 9 a.m. in Orsini Park. We will work from approximately 9 a.m. to noon under the direction of village gardeners to spruce up our parks. Bring your rakes, work gloves, and wheelbarrows, and we will find a job for you. 

Tree Trek: Trees — we love them and we need them. Come explore the importance of trees and the different species we have in the Pine Bush. This program will take place outdoors along the trails of the Pine Bush. We will hike approximately one and one-half miles. Appropriate for ages 11 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.