Karen Schimmer, Berne Town Board

Ralph Miller, Berne

Dawn Jordan, Berne Summerfest Committee, Berne Town Counci

RENSSELAERVILLE — Artists from around the world will gather in August at The Carey Institute for Global Good in the Helderbergs for the Catskill High Peaks Music Festival.

BERNE — The committee planning the town’s annual summer event has started lining up vendors and musicians to fill the town park on Aug. 22.

The day will again feature a car show, a climbing wall, live music all day from the pavilion, and expanded children’s activities. It will culminate with a fireworks display.

With bright fall leaves as a backdrop to the Rensselaerville hamlet, local residents came out Sunday in colorful ways themselves, cheering on the cyclists who passed through on the town’s first Gran Fondo and cycling festival.

At 75 years, the Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Department showed little weariness Saturday. The ceremonial moments at the all-day celebration had the air and intimacy of a family reunion that ended with music and fireworks.

After Birth is not a memoir, but the author's second novel got its impetus from her own experience as a new mother moving to a new town. It is set to be published in February.

Lupine Fest was held last Saturday at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center. The festival celebrates the wildflower blue lupine and its importance to the endangered Karner blue butterfly. This year’s theme was “Dune” It All — Recreation in the Pine Bush.


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