Local Events

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hair of the Dog at GPAC at 7:30 p.m. in the Tawasentha Park as part of the Guilderland Performing Arts Center Concert Series. Bring your chair or a blanket and enjoy. 

The Real “Dirt” on Composting: Join the Albany County Master Gardeners on a fun and informative journey through the world of backyard composting. Come see and learn all about the different methods of composting, including the “new” Bokashi method. Bokashi is a quick and easy method of composting that uses anaerobic fermentation and can also be done indoors. Although originating in Japan about 40 years ago, it is now becoming well known in this country. One of these composting methods could be just right for you. Call 765-3516 for more information or to register for this free class. 

Congressman Paul Tonko to Host Substance Abuse Roundtable: As a long-time champion for mental health issues and the vice co-chair of the House Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus, Tonko has been active in supporting a number of initiatives aimed at curbing drug abuse and seeking more comprehensive, patient-centered solutions in terms of treatment and prevention. Please join Congressman Tonko and local stakeholders and efforts for a conversation on this important issue facing our community, and learn more about the programs and assistance available to address substance abuse. The roundtable will be held at 11 a.m. at the Crossings of Colonie, 580 Albany Shaker Road. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Poetry Workshop with Shin Yu Pai, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Rensselaerville Library. In this two-hour generative poetry workshop, participants will focus on writing poems inspired by works of art. A variety of writing prompts will be provided to stimulate writing and conversation. Participants are invited to bring pictures of their favorite artworks. Images will also be provided. The registration fee is $25.

Festival of Writers Songwriters’ Concert, from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at the Palmer House Café courtyard. Ashley Sofia and Sean Rowe will perform and tickets are $20. 

Old Songs, Inc. presents David Munnelly and Mick Conneely, at 8 p.m. at 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville. Tickets are $23 and can be purchased by calling 765-2815.

Yard Sale at the old sheriff’s station, 390 New Salem Road, New Scotland, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., to raise funds for the Albany County Sheriff’s Hilltown Christmas program. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Special Tour — African American Shakers: The Shakers practiced racial equality at a time when slavery was a legal institution in the United States. Learn about the role race played in Shaker communities and the conflicting views about racial equality, from African American Eldress Rebecca Jackson to the Civil War, on our last special tour of the season. During this hour-long walking tour we will be traveling over uneven grassy terrain, a gravel pathway, and a footbridge. The tour will begin at the 1848 Shaker Meeting House, 25 Meeting House Road, Albany, at 1 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. 

14th Annual Pre-fall Classic 5k and Two-Mile Walk, hosted by the Voorheesville Community and School Foundation. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Voorheesville High School track. There will be a one-mile kid’s race, giveaways, drawing prizes, a bouncy bounce, massages, a live DJ, and more. 

Outdoor Movie Night at 8 p.m. at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 2850 Guilderland Avenue. The movie will be Rio 2. All are welcome. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and bug spray. 

Insects at Thacher Nature Center: Join us for a fascinating look at the world of insects. We’ll explore different habitats to find what’s buzzing, hopping, and flying under the hot summer sun. This program is appropriate for ages 6 and up and all collection equipment will be provided. Wear sun protection and bring water. The program begins at 10 a.m.; call 872-0800 to register. 

Evening Trail Walk at Thacher Park: Explore some of our southern trails on a summer evening walk. Student Conservation Association Intern Ethan Duffany will lead a two-mile hike on the Red Trail, highlighting trail improvements completed this summer. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Paint Mine picnic area at 6:30 p.m. Call 872-1237 to register. 

Dashing Dragonflies: They fly, they hover, they dash, and dart! Don’t miss this chance to learn about some of the most fascinating insects of the Pine Bush, dragonflies and damselflies. We will be catching and observing Odonates as we hike about one mile. Please wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy walking shoes, and bring a drink. This program is for ages 12 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. 

Watchable Wildlife — Dragonflies at Five Rivers: Learn about dragonflies at 2 p.m. at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar. Dragonflies are as interesting as they are colorful and acrobatic. These winged insects are also excellent indicators of environmental health. Join us for an outdoor overview of the natural history and life cycle of dragonflies and damselflies. Afterward, odonate expert Alison Van Keuren will lead a catch-and-release identification of local species. Call 475-0291 to register. 

Bee Bowled Over at Hive: Attend the opening reception of an art show featuring varied and vibrant ceramic bowls that celebrate daily life by Terrice Bassler, of Berne. The reception will run from 5 to 7 p.m., at 321 Main St., Schoharie. There will be live music and light refreshments. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Jazz Brunch at Landis with the Arch Stanton Quartet: Join us for a great afternoon of music, and, if you’re one of the first 20 pre-paid registrants, brunch! The Arch Stanton Quartet, based in upstate New York, is putting a new spin on bop and post-bop jazz, with angular funk and Latin grooves, expansive improvisation, and inventive original tunes. Opening for the Arch Stanton Quartet is Daryl Kosinski, who hails from the Amsterdam area and has made music for over 45 years. Attendees may choose to enjoy the terrific brunch, or simply take in the music. The cost is $20 for brunch and music, for members, or $10 for music only; or $27 for brunch and music for non-members, or $15 for music only. 

 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hilltowns Players Happenings: The Hilltowns Players are proud to announce auditions for our fall 2014 musical comedy of When In Rome…Auditions will be held on Aug. 19 and Aug. 25, at 7 p.m., at the Helderberg Lutheran Church on Route 443 in Berne. All ages are welcome. Come prepared to read lines and to sing God Bless America. Call 872-9455 or 339-6419 for more information.

Learn About Fireflies at Five Rivers: Visitors are invited to 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 7 p.m., to learn about fireflies. Fireflies are affected by light pollution and the use of pesticides. Learn how you can help scientists track declining firefly populations. After a short presentation, we’ll make “firefly-proof” flashlights and demonstrate how to watch fireflies in your own backyard. We’ll end with a hike to observe firefly activity at Five Rivers. This is part of a citizen science firefly monitoring program sponsored by the Tufts University and Boston Museum of Science. 

Pine Bush Pups — Bees if You Please! Where would we be without bees? Through movement, song, hike, and craft, come explore the many types of bees in the Pine Bush and learn about the important roles they play in our everyday lives. This is a pre-k program. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 10 a.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Batty for Bats: Are bats really blind? Come learn the answer to this question and more! We will start out inside with a short presentation, followed by a twilight hike. We will keep our eyes open for the four species of bats that live in the Preserve as we learn about their unique characteristics. We will plan to walk one mile. Discover how you can help to protect bats. This program is appropriate for ages 7 and up. The fee is $3 per person and $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Valatie Research Farm Field Day: Interested in learning what crops might prove useful for you to grow for your livestock? Wondering how to speed up harvest of some forage crops in order to shorten the cutting window? Looking for new ideas on a forage management system? Then consider attending the research farm field day, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., at 128 State Farm Road, Valatie. Call 828-3346 for more information. No pre-registration required. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Voorheesville Farmers Market from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., featuring My Bliss paper crafts and TCBY frozen yogurt.

Pine Bush Pups — Bees if You Please! Where would we be without bees? Through movement, song, hike, and craft, come explore the many types of bees in the Pine Bush and learn about the important roles they play in our everyday lives. This is a pre-k program. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 10 a.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Wednesday Walk: Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery of the pine barrens on this semi-monthly naturalist-led hike. We will explore different trailheads each week. This week, join us for a one-mile hike over rolling terrain on the Great Dune Yellow trail. Please wear light-colored long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy walking shoes, and bring water to drink. We will be meeting at trailhead 8 at 11:30 a.m. The walk is appropriate for all ages. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Annual Book Sale at the Grace United Methodist Church, 16 Hillcrest Drive, Ravena, from Thursday through Saturday. Approximately 30,000 to 35,000 books will be available and breakfast, snacks, and lunch will be available on Friday and Saturday. The hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call 731-8076 for more information.

“Righteous Rebellion — Echoes of the Anti-Rent War:” Join Bruce Kennedy for a discussion about America’s longest-running farmers’ rebellion and its enduring legacy. The program will take place at 7 p.m. at the Octagon Barn, 588 Middle Road, Knox. It is free and open to all, and refreshments will be served. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Shakers and Mental Health in the 19th Century: In the 19th Century, care for the mentally ill was almost non-existent. How did the Shakers deal with members who exhibited signs of mental instability? Join Education Director Samantha Saladino and explore issues of mental health within the Watervliet Shaker community. The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Shaker Heritage Society Meeting House, 25 Meeting House Road, Albany. A $5 donation is suggested. Bring a brown bag dinner and dessert will be provided. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Duanesburg Area Community Center Annual Triathlon: The Duanesburg Triathlon is an event the whole family can enjoy. The 6th annual triathlon will begin at the Duanesburg Area Community Center, 221, Victoria Drive, Delanson. Sign up at www.active.com. 

Berne Summerfest 2014: The second annual Berne Summerfest will take place at the Berne Town Park, on Route 443 in Berne. There will be a full day of family activities, food, crafts, and entertainment. The entertainment will kickoff at noon with a “Berne’s Got Talent” open mic session, followed by performances from the Hilltown Ramblers, the Red Haired Strangers, Shine Hill Road, and more. There will be an open jam session following the fireworks, with all musicians invited. The entire event is free and open to the public. Call 227-0217 for more information.

Guided Walk at Five Rivers — Wild Turkey Trail: Join us for a guided walk at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 2 p.m. We’ll saunter along the Wild Turkey Trail, traversing old fields and extensive grasslands on the way to an enchanting wooded ravine of the Phillipinkill. We’ll keep our eyes open for owls, turkey, and other Five Rivers residents. 

Back to School at Five Rivers: Bring the family to 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 10 a.m., for a morning of fun focused on fish. It’s not too soon to think about school when we’re talking about fish! Enjoy games and activities to learn how fish are adapted to their environment, including how body shape and coloration contribute to their survival. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Terrific Turtles: Have you ever seen a turtle in the Pine Bush? Well they’re here. In this program, we will learn which species of turtles live here in the Pine Bush, examine our Discovery Center turtles, and, if weather permits, we will hike one mile round-trip to a vernal pond to observe turtle behavior in their own habitat. The program is appropriate for 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. 

Official Grand Opening of the Town of Berne Wastewater Treatment Facility: The Wastewater Treatment Plant, located at 2 Testa Terrace, Berne, will be open to the general public between noon and 3 p.m. A dedication ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. The opening of the Wastewater Treatment Facility and Sanitary Collection System marks the conclusion of extensive efforts by the Town of Berne to provide sanitary sewers within the hamlet of Berne. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bensons Cave Preserve Opening: The Northeastern Cave Conservancy will hold an opening event for its 8th preserve, at 3 p.m., at Robinson Road, halfway between Caverns Road and the Sagendorf Corners Road. The NCC wishes to greet its neighbors and answer questions about our organization and its operations. We can also walk the nature trails around the property and discuss caves and their unique locations called karst areas. Light refreshments will be served. 

Dashing Dragonflies: They fly, they hover, they dash, and dart! Don’t miss this chance to learn about some of the most fascinating insects of the Pine Bush, dragonflies and damselflies. We will be catching and observing Odonates as we hike about one mile. Please wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy walking shoes, and bring a drink. This program is for ages 12 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.