Local Events

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rodino Family Fund-raiser, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Five Guys and TCBY in Guilderland. The Rodino family has been fighting Huntington’s disease. We will have a DJ and will sell purple flowers and the famous butterflies Rachel Rodino loved so much. Please come out, have dinner, support this family, and enjoy some community spirit. 

Shaker Heritage Society Open House: Come to the open house, at 25 Meeting House Road, Albany, at 4 p.m., to learn about how the society serves the community, and how you can help it grow! There will be an information session at 5 p.m. for those interested in becoming board members or volunteering with the society. Wine and light appetizers will be available. RSVP to 456-7890 ext. 22. 

AFD Presents Puss in Boots: Join the Altamont Fire Department volunteers for rip-roaring fun as the AFD presents Puss in Boots in Orsini Park. We are even including the popcorn! Grab your chairs and blankets and join us for the second of four movies planned for the summer. In the case of rain, all movies will be shown in the community room at 115 Main Street. 

Chelsea Cavanaugh Supports “Maddie’s Mark” at the Albany Dutchman Game: Popular country music singer/songwriter Chelsea Cavanaugh headlines Maddie’s Mark Night at the Albany Dutchman Game. The full band performance will begin at 6 p.m. and game time is 7 p.m. Chelsea and her band will be donating their time in hopes of raising awareness to childhood cancer. 

GPAC “Hey Jude” Authentic Beatles Tribute: The Guilderland Performing Arts Center “Jammin’ at GPAC” has another great Summer Series this year at Tawasentha Park, and a Beatles Tribute will be performed at 7:30 p.m. The performance is billed as “a remarkable visual, verbal, and musical re-creation of Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney.” Parking is free and the performance is open to the public. Call 456-3150 for more information. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Blues Maneuver, a seven-piece band performing tunes from the 1940s to today, including a vast selection of Motwon, classic R&B, oldies, and swing, will play in the country courtyard in the Village of Schoharie at 7 p.m. Free admission. 

Dudley Observatory Start Party and Program at 8 p.m. in the Octagon Barn, with observing to follow, weather-permitting. Meet at 588 Middle Road in Knox. All are welcome. Amateur astronomers and families are encouraged to bring binoculars or telescopes. Free refreshments will be served. Call 618-5376 for more information.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

American Goldfinch — It’s Not Too Late: Five Rivers Environmental Conservation Center, at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, invites visitors to learn about the American Goldfinch at 10 a.m. This bird is one of the season’s latest breeders in New York. It has been speculated that American Goldfinch wait until thistles are in b loom and then use the fibers for their nests and feed the seeds to their young. After a brief introduction indoors, we’ll take to the field in search of the goldfinch and watch for breeding activity. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Exploring Five Rivers’ Old Field Trail: An old field is a fun habitat to explore. The Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, invites visitors to join a naturalist and explore the Old Field Trail at 2 p.m. This delightful patchwork of upland fields and brushlands is a living exhibit of the ecology of abandoned farmland. The area is home to deer and a variety of birds and small mammals. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Wild and Wacky World of Pond: Come and explore the wonderful world of water (vernal ponds) at the Albany Pine Bush. While hiking 1.2 miles, we will observe different habitats, participate in pond sampling, identify various organisms, and discover the intricate balance of this amazing ecosystem. Dress is footwear and clothing you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. 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. 

Chicken BBQ from 4 p.m. until it is sold out, at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Route 143, Coeymans Hollow. Take-out only. Meal includes half chicken, baked potato, corn on the cob, a roll, and dessert. The cost is $11 for adults and $5 for children. Call 756-2091 for more information. 

5th Wheels in the Woods Car Show: The 5th annual car show will be held at Thacher Park’s Pear Orchard picnic area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Classic cars, specialty cars, and tuners are all welcome. No cut-off for year of car. People’s Choice trophies and other prizes will be awarded during the day. Special award for Best 50s car. Registration fees are $10 before the event or $13 the day of the event. Food and refreshments will be available through Thompson’s Lake Reformed Church. Call 872-1237 for further information.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Invasives Removal Work Day: Keeping the Pine Bush healthy takes a lot of work. Come help us remove invasive species along some of our trails. Dress to walk and work outside and bring plenty of water. Appropriate for older children and adults. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 1 p.m. Registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Altamont Free Library Concert in the Park, featuring Rusticator, at 7 p.m. in Orsini Park. The rain location is Altamont Village Hall. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Voorheesville Farmer’s Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., featuring Diane Wozniak’s art and soil testing, for $3 per sample, by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners. 

Music in the Berne Park: Join us for some good music by local musicians on Wednesday evenings at the Berne Town Park. The music starts at 6:30 p.m. and runs until dusk. Slim Pick’ins will perform on July 30. Refreshments will be sold by the Friends of the Berne Library.

Friday, August 1, 2014

First Friday Hike — Ferocious Antlions: Join us for a 45-minute walk to discover the amazing world of antlions; a unique insect in the Pine Bush. We will walk to a variety of different habitats to explore antlion pits and investigate larva up close and personal. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore an interesting detail of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Appropriate for all ages. 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, August 2, 2014

An Evening With Nanne and Ankie, presented by Old Songs, Inc., at 8 p.m., at 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 765-2815. 

Guided Walk at Five Rivers: Join us at 2 p.m. at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, for an easy stroll around the Woodlot Trail and nearby Eagle Pass. Along the way we’ll look and listen for signs of insects and the wildlife that love to eat them. 

Creature Feature — Marvelous Monarchs: Learn about monarch butterflies at 10 a.m. at Five Rivers, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar. Unlike most other insects in our area, monarch butterflies cannot survive winter, so they migrate. Monarchs are the only butterflies to make this long round-trip — up to 3,000 miles — every year. Critical threats to the monarch are climate change and habitat loss. Join a Five Rivers naturalist to discuss their incredible journey, life cycle, habitat and threats, and learn about monarch-related research that has been going on at Five Rivers for more than 10 years. 

Sand Creatures: Pine Bush sand creates a unique home for many sand-dwelling creatures. Join us for an interactive investigation into the Pine Bush creatures of the sand. Please be prepared for a one-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. 

Guilderland High School Class of 1974 Reunion, from noon to dusk, at Tawasentha Park. For details, call Desi at 258-6709, or Michele, at 608-6225.

Utensil Basket Workshop: This 6”x8” basket made from reed starts with a solid oak base is woven in a continuous twill weave over a plastic mold. Color options are brown, green, blue, red, or natural. No experience needed, suitable for ages 14 and up. The workshop begins at 11 a.m. at the Shaker Heritage Society Meeting House, 25 Meeting House Road, Albany. The fee is $25 per person, plus an $18 materials fee. 

 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Berne Historical Society will be hosting a luncheon at the Berne Fire House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in conjunction with the quilt shows of Berne and Knox. A free-will donation will be collected to support the work of the historical society. Bring a friend and enjoy lunch out! Call 872-0431 for more information.

Two Quilt Shows from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Historic quilts, raffles, Quilt Barn Trail Maps, demonstrations, door prizes, and more! Quilts of Berne at the senior center, 1360 Helderberg Trail, and Quilts of Knox at Knox Town Hall, 2192 Berne-Altamont Road. 

Wheels of Time Car Club Car Show: The Wheels of Time Car Club of Westerlo is sponsoring their annual car show at the Westerlo Town Park. Gates open at 10 a.m. All cars are welcome to register and there is a $10 entry fee; you must register by noon. There will be 25 trophies awarded and spectators will be the voters. There will be a winners parade, after the awards, at 3 p.m. There is a drawing, door prizes, food, and vendors. The cost for spectators is $2. 

Brooks BBQ: The Westerlo Volunteer Fire Department will hold a chicken BBQ at the Westerlo Fire Station, 157 County Route 405, Greenville, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $10 for a chicken meal and $12 for a ribs meal. Take-outs only. Call 936-4417 for more information.

Sand Creatures: Pine Bush sand creates a unique home for many sand-dwelling creatures. Join us for an interactive investigation into the Pine Bush creatures of the sand. Please be prepared for a one-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. 

Edible Plant Walk: Join us for an edible plant walk. Explore the woods of the Huyck Preserve in search of plants that make tea and more, with Perry Davenport, who also volunteers with the Cornell Cooperative Extension. The hike begins at 1 p.m. and leaves from the research station at 284 Pond Hill Road, Rensselaerville.