Local Events

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Undercover: Revealing Design in Quilts, Coverlets, and Bed Hangings. This crewel embroidered bed hanging was made in the mid-1700s, started by Mary Stanton of Stonington, Connecticut, and finished after her death by her daughter; it is one of many pieces on display through March 8 at the Albany Institute of History and Art at 125 Washington Ave. in Albany.


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

CDTA Annual STAR Town Meeting: The meeting, at 6 p.m. at the Ramada Inn at 3 Watervliet Extension Ave., Albany, will provide STAR — Special Transit Available by Request — customers the opportunity to provide feedback to CDTA employees and its transit partners. For more information, call 482-2022. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Howl Prowl: Join us for a howling good time at the Pine Bush Discovery Center! Our annual Howl Prowl will begin inside the center with a hands-on exploration of Halloween topics including skulls, bats, spiders, nighttime sounds, and more. We’ll continue outside for a half-mile hike to discover the Pine Bush at night and conclude the evening with seasonal sweets of cider and donuts. Appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 6:30 p.m. The fee is $3 per person and $5 per family, and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Annual Capital Region Senior Expo at Crossgates Mall: Senior Services of Albany is hosting the annual Capital Region Senior Expo. Over 50 exhibitors representing an array of local companies and organizations will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

“Can Shakespeare Bridge the Core?”  Dr. Peggy O’Brien, Education Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, will be speaking about Shakespeare and the Common Core Standards at the New York College English Association (NYCEA) conference from 12:00-1:45 pm on Saturday, October 25, at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. A seat for the talk can also be reserved by email or obtained at the door. The NYCEA conference is also open to the public for a registration fee of $60 ($20 for graduate students).  For info, see nycea.org.


Soup-er Saturday at the Onesquethaw Reformed Church, 11 Groesbeck Road, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu includes corn chowder, vegetable soup, chicken tortilla soup, rolls and butter, cookies, and assorted beverages. Donations will benefit the Camp Fowler Scholarship Fund.

Hike in the Pine Bush, led by Claire Nolan. Meet at the Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 9 a.m. The hike is free and open to all ages. Bring your dog and your children and enjoy the cool, crisp, autumn air. 

Teacher Workshop on Bats: Just in time for Halloween! The North American Society for Birth Research will host a teacher workshop about bats as part of its annual 3-day meeting taking place at the Albany Hilton from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The workshop is for educators of all kinds and features live bats from around the world, a presentation on bats of the Northeast, batty activities for the classroom, and a demonstration on how to identify different kinds of bats using museum study skins. Each participant will receive educational items to take home and many door prices will be offered. The fee for the workshop is $25 and pre-registration is required; call 627-7020.

Benefit Concert “Two Voices”, featuring flutist Caitlin Ippolito and soprano Jo Prout, an Enterprise reporter. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Coxsackie. The program will include works by Mendelssohn, Foster, Brazilian composers, and more. There is a suggested donation of $5, with all proceeds going to the Coxsackie Food Pantry. 

Haunted House Fall Fund-raiser, 792 Helderberg Trail, from 6 to 9 p.m. Face painting, mini pumpkin panting, and light refreshments; costumes welcome. Hosted by the East Berne Volunteer Fire Company. 

GCSD to Host Recycling Extravaganza from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Farnsworth Middle School. This is a community-wide event and is open to both residents and non-residents of the school district. Individuals are encouraged to bring their unwanted papers, metals, electronics, textiles, plastics, and bikes for free drop-off. 

Spectacular Spiders: Spiders are feared by many, but are actually an important part of our ecosystem. Are you already a fan? Or just a little bit afraid? Come learn about these crawling creatures in the Pine Bush and join us for a one-mile walk and discussion as we explore what makes spiders special. 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. 

Turkey Dinner at the Dormansville United Methodist Church, on Route 312, from 4 to 7 p.m. The menu includes turkey, dressing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls, coffee, tea, and desserts. The cost is a donation. 

Creepy, Crawly Critters at Five Rivers: Snakes and spiders, oh my! Come to 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 10 a.m., and we’ll enjoy some fun crafts all about creepy, crawly critters. After a brief presentation on some of these misunderstood animals, we’ll make crafts indoors. Families will discover that spiders, snakes, and house centipedes aren’t so scary after all. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The program is free of charge, but space is limited. Call 475-0291 to register. 

Music of Long Ago at Five Rivers: Nature and art come together at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 2 p.m. We welcome Lycaeides, a local early music ensemble. Can you hear the sound of birds or the rustling of wind in trees during this performance of early music inspired by nature? Weather permitting, visitors will find Lycaeides at the Old Field Trail pavilion sharing their glorious sounds with all who live at Five Rivers, as well as those just passing through. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Fund-raiser Tag Sale for the Clarksville Historical Society, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the newly-acquired M. B. Earl store located in the center of Clarksville. Items will include books, collectibles, antiques, and furniture. 

Chicken and Biscuit Dinner held by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Boyd Hilton VFW. The menu includes chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries, vegetables, coffee, tea, and a variety of desserts. The cost is $10. Call 470-7310 for tickets. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pine Bush Travelers: Join us on this time traveling adventure through the Pine Bush. From Lot 42 to the 3,200-acre preserve, Albany’s Pine Bush has been viewed differently over the years. We will start inside the Discovery Center with an interactive presentation that will put you in the shoes of settlers coming to the Pine Bush in 1867. We will move through time and finish up by exploring the present-day Albany Pine Bush Preserve. We plan to walk about one half mile. Appropriate for ages 8 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. 

Sunday Four Poetry Open Mic at 3 p.m. at the Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 South Main St., Voorheesville, featuring Elizabeth Gordon, hosted by Dennis Sullivan, Edie Abrams, and Mike Burke. 

Halloween Party at the Voorheesville Elementary School, sponsored by the New Scotland Kiwanis Club, at 1 p.m. There will be costumes and game contests, with prizes for everyone, and cider donuts.


Monday, October 27, 2014

“Just a Bunch of Guys”: The Berne Historical Society shares a night of music. “Just a Bunch of Guys” will delight and entertain. The meeting will be held at the Berne Town Hall at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Refreshments of cider and donuts to follow.

Delmar Community Orchestra Fall Concert, under the direction of Michael Blostein, at 7:30 p.m. at the Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Ave., Delmar. The concert will include classical selections and is free and open to the public. 


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Seasonal Flu Shot Clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Wyman Osterhout Community Center. 


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Guilderland Music Faculty and Friends at 7 p.m. in the Farnsworth Middle School cafetorium. Music faculty and special guests will showcase their talents beyond the classroom in pop, jazz, and classical numbers. There is no admission fee, but donations will be collected for the Mowhawk Hudson Land Conservancy.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska

Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, an alumna of The College of Saint Rose, will discuss “Personal Privacy, the Fourth Amendment and the Digital Age” in a lecture Thursday, October 30, at 5 p.m. in the Carl E. Touhey Forum, Thelma P. Lally School of Education, 1009 Madison Ave., Albany, N.Y.  A panel discussion will follow Preska’s talk. Panelists will include Richard Hartunian, United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, and prominent criminal defense attorney E. Stewart Jones Jr.  Daniel P. Nolan, Saint Rose trustee and president and CEO of Hugh Johnson Advisors, will moderate. A reception will conclude the evening. The program is free and open to the public by advance reservation. Reserve by email to leiboldh@strose.edu or phone 518-485-3826.


Friday, October 31, 2014

Community Trick-or-Treat on the front lawn of the Altamont Reformed Church, 129 Lincoln Ave., from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Punkintown Scaregrounds: The New Salem Volunteer Fire Department has transformed the fairgrounds into a haunted neighborhood full of spooks, skeletons, scarecrows, and surprises. If you or the little ones are faint of heart or a little shy, plan on attending from 6 to 8 p.m. Those of you who are up for a good, old-fashioned Halloween trick-or-treat, plan on attending from 8 to 10 p.m. Free parking and admission, and free popcorn and candy at the end. The Scaregrounds will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Turkey Dinner at the Bethlehem Grange #137, 24 Bridge St., Selkirk, from 4 to 7 p.m. Menu includes turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, vegetables, a beverage, and fresh-baked pies. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Take-outs are available; call 421-1312 to order in advance. 

Nature’s Recyclers and Guided Walk at Five Rivers: At 10 a.m. at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, we’ll explore the world of scavengers and decomposers. These are nature’s recyclers, and include snails, fungi, turkey vultures and more. They play a critical role in the ecosystem, keeping our environment clean by consuming the remains of dead animals and plants. Their leftovers — including bones, shells, and antlers — can tell us a lot about how those animals lived. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, visitors are invited to join our guide as we explore the picturesque Vlomankill Trail, tracing the meandering stream through a hemlock-shaded ravine. Towering trees, elevated views, and exposed bedrock create a sense of the primeval. The trail has some stairs and steep grades over woodchip surfaces. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Shop ‘Til You Drop Craft Fair at the St. Thomas the Apostle School, 42 Adams Place, Delmar, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. 

Shot Heard Round New York, Part 2 at the Helderberg Rod and Gun Club, 386 Quay Road, Altamont, from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Please arrive no later than 11:30 a.m. The public is welcome. 

Roast Beef Dinner at the Altamont Masonic Hall on Maple Avenue from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The meal will include roast beef, gravy, mashed potatoes, a vegetable, rolls and butter, coffee, tea, milk, and a delicious dessert. Tickets are $12 for adults, $11 for senior citizens, and $6 for children. Take-outs will be available.

Fall Supper held by the Presbyterian Church in New Scotland from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The menu includes roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry relish, squash, green bean salad, rolls and butter, and homemade pies. The cost is $11 for adults and $5 for children. Take-outs are available. Call 439-6454 for more information.

“Spooktacular” Fund-raiser: The Kid’s Club is holding a 5K run, 2-mile walk, children’s 1-mile spooky spring, and devilish dashes for the younger children, at 4 p.m. at the Voorheesville High School. There will be a concession stand and a drawing. On-site registration begins at 2:30 p.m. 

Where O’ Where Are White Tailed Deer? What is able to leap a six-foot fence in a single bound in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve? Come and join us for an exciting program on the largest mammal that lives here in the Pine Bush. We will start inside with a short introduction to anatomy and behavior and then continue outside for a .9 mile hike looking for signs of deer in their habitat. Appropriate for ages 5 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 2, 2014

Annual Membership Tea sponsored by the Dutch Settlers Society of Albany, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Schuyler Meadows Country Club, 17 Schuyler Meadows Club Road. 

First Juried Photo Exhibit at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, will be unveiled at 1 p.m. The exhibit celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Juror-selected awards will be presented at the opening, and the exhibit will run until Jan. 1. All ages are welcome. 

Geocaching, a program at the New Scotland Historical Association at 2 p.m., presented by Chet Boejlke Jr. This is a fun game that will engage people of all ages. Come one and all and enjoy the fun pastime of geocaching and learn about local history. The program is free and open to the public. Call 765-4212 for more information.

Annual Turkey Dinner at the Knox Volunteer Fire Company from 1 to 5 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Call 872-1676 for more information.