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Briefs for Aug. 31, 2019

August 30, 2019 11:23 am

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Aug. 31

PRATTSVILLE — Zadock Pratt Museum presents Pratt Rock Park Geologic History with Robert and Johanna Titus at 1 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Museum, 14540 Main St., Prattsville. During their presentation, Robert and Johanna Titus, retired geology and biology professors, will discuss the geologic significance of the Pratt Rock site. Following the presentation, there will be a guided hike at Pratt Rock in Prattsville.

Sept. 1

COXSACKIE — The Reverberators perform 6-8 p.m. Sept. 1 at Coxsackie Riverside Park, Betke Boulevard, Coxsackie. Admission is free.

Sept. 3

HUDSON — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties Board of Directors will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Extension Education Center, 479 Route 66, Hudson.

Sept. 4

CATSKILL — Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley announces a new no-cost, confidential, adult English as another language class in Catskill. The classes will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at The Children of the King Church, 169 West Bridge St., Catskill. The classes are ongoing, and are open to adults, 18 years and older, from any language background, regardless of proficiency level. To enroll in the class, simply show up at the Children of the King Church. For information, or to volunteer, contact Heather Martin, Columbia and Greene County Coordinator at or by calling 518-828-1792 ext. 104.

ALBANY — The Mendelssohn Club of Albany will hold auditions beginning in September for male singers interested in joining the club for its 111th season. Interested tenors and basses are invited to rehearse with the club at 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 4 at the New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 916 Western Ave., Albany. Prospective members are invited to sing with the club during subsequent rehearsals in September to become acquainted with the music, conductor and members of the club. Rehearsals are held every Wednesday, and auditions will take place near the end of September. For information, visit the Mendelssohn Club online at or e-mail the club at The Mendelssohn Club will perform its traditional holiday concert on Dec. 13 at The Egg in Albany.

Sept. 5

CATSKILL — The Honeyford Memorial American Legion Post 110 will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Catskill Elks Lodge, 45 North Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

COXSACKIE — Annemarie Barkman, the Queen of Earl, will share her story of wintering in Florida at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Heermance Memorial Library, 1 Ely St., Coxsackie. Longing for an escape from the cold northeast winter? Dreaming of “flying” south? Join as she shares her story of wintering in Florida. She will reveal her tips and tricks to make your dream a reality. Presentation with a Q & A session. Admission is free. All are welcome. Registration required through the online calendar or by calling the library at 518-731-8084. Parking available in rear of building.

Sept. 9

CATSKILL — The Catskill Glee Club, an all-male chorus, will resume rehearsals 7-9:15 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Community Life Church, 20 West Main St., Catskill. The Glee Club also will host a membership mixer 3-5 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Crossroads Brewing Company in Catskill. Prospective members are welcome to meet members, enjoy some fellowship, and sing. New members, from high school to adults, are welcome. The Catskill Glee Club was organized in 1927. Members are from from Greene and surrounding counties. Michael Wright is the conductor and Lou Curschmann is the Club President. Call Bob Gaus at 845-389-1503 or Face Book @TheCatskillGleeClub for information.

DELMAR — The Delmar Community Orchestra will begin rehearsals for its fall/winter season 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Ave., Delmar. The Orchestra, conducted by Michael Blostein, rehearses weekly on Monday evenings at the Bethlehem Town Hall auditorium, 445 Delaware Ave., Delmar, and will perform a series of four concerts, two concerts for residents of area nursing homes and two public concerts. New members are always welcome, and instrumentalists of all ages are invited to participate. For information, visit the DCO website at or contact DCO President Janet Behning at or 914-271-2055.

Sept. 10

HUDSON — The Faculty and Friends exhibition of art by the fine art faculty of Columbia-Greene Community College and invited friends will be held Sept. 10 through Oct. 3 in the Foundation Gallery, Arts Center Building, C-GCC, 4400 Route 23, Hudson. The opening reception will be 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sept. 10.

LATHAM — The local group of The Society of American Magicians, Assembly 24 will meet at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the S. W. Pitts Hose Co., 226 Old Loudon Road, Latham. All persons, 16 and older, with any interest in the art of magic are welcome. For information about the organization, or for a link to a local magician, visit WWW.SAM24.SYNTHASITE.COM.

Sept. 13

TROY — The Friends of Oakwood Cemetery will hold an adult scavenger hut 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Cemetery, 186 Oakwood Ave., Troy. There will be prizes for the individual and team (up to 4 people per team) with the most correct answers in the shortest amount of time. Answer at least 13 clues correctly and you will be entered in a special drawing. Sign in and pick up your clues and instructions at the Earl Chapel between 5 and 6 p.m. Your start time will be recorded. All entries must be turned in at the chapel by 7:30 p.m. to qualify for prizes. The hunt takes place within a restricted area of the cemetery, which will be marked off. The cost is $15 payable at the door. To register and for information, call 518-328-0090.

Sept. 14

ATHENS — There will be a fall flea market to benefit the American Legion Post 187 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Athens Post, 92 Second St., Athens. There is no admission cost but vendors will be offering a variety of goods and serivies. All donations welcome and appreciated. This event will help fund some necessary building repairs to the Post. For information, including how to be a vendor, call 518-965-1550.

TANNERSVILLE — Exploring Native Edibles + Ornamentals with Hortus Conclusus 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 14 at the Mountain Top Arboretum Education Center, 4 MAude Adams Road, Tannersville. Join horticulturists, garden designers, and artists Allyson Levy and Scott Serrano for a visual presentation of edible native trees and shrubs all grown at Hortus Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. They will share the magnificent diversity of American plants, showcasing rare, highly ornamental, edible varieties that deserve to be used widely by backyard gardeners.

Hortus Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is a small botanical garden in the mid-Hudson valley now recognized by the Morton Arboretum’s international ArbNet program as a Level II-accredited arboretum. The gardens have an extensive collection of unusual edible and decorative plantings. By trialing both native and exotic plants, their goal is to push the limits of what can be successfully grown in Zone 6, and help fellow gardeners expand their knowledge base and incorporate some of these garden-worthy plants at home. Members, free; non-members, $10. For information, call 518-589-3903.

ROUND TOP — A benefit for Carl Zoccola will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Maple Lawn Hotel, 10 Storks Nest Road, Round Top. The cost is $20 and includes a buffet and dessert, eat in or take out. There will be live music, raffles and a 50/50. For information, call 518-622-3058.

CAIRO — Friends of the Cairo Public Library will sponsor fall book sales 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 14 and Oct. 19 at the shed behind the library, 15 Railroad Ave., Cairo, weather permitting. The sales include three for $1 paperbacks, 50-cent hardcovers, and $5 bags of books “buy one get one free.”

TROY — The Friends of Oakwood will present the next Full Moon Twilight Tour 5:30 p.m. Sept. 14. Led by Oakwood volunteer Heidi Klinowski, the group will start in the magnificent Gardner Earl Chapel, to take advantage of the western sunlight streaming through the stained glass windows. Then we will walk to the monuments of some of Oakwood’s interesting ‘residents” and hear their stories. Uncle Sam’s grave and the panoramic overlook at sunset are included highlights of this walking tour. The cost is $15, payable at the door. To register and for information, call 518-328-0090. If the weather forces us to cancel, we will call you if you have registered.

COXSACKIE — Cornell Cooperative Extension presents Emergency Preparedness With A Financial Twist at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Heermance Memorial Library, 1 Ely St., Coxsackie. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages Americans to become more knowledgeable about emergency preparedness by being aware of different types of emergencies and appropriate responses; putting together an emergency supply kit; making a family emergency plan; and getting involved in community efforts. Special emphasis will be placed on the compilation of important financial, legal and health documents. Presenter: Theresa Mayhew, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties Resource Educator. Admission is free. All are welcome. Registration required through the online calendar or by calling the library at 518-731-8084. Parking available in rear of building.

Sept. 18

TROY — The Friends of Oakwood will present a new special art program at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Earl Chapel at Oakwood Cemetery, Troy. For the past 25 years Peter Jung has been the owner of a gallery on Warren Street in Hudson, featuring traditional American paintings. He will share his expertise with an illustrated lecture on the history of the 19th C Hudson River School art movement of landscapes and luminists. We will also hear how he recently restored the family gravesite of the great artist Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823–1880) in the Hudson City Cemetery. Adults, $15; students with ID, $10. Registration is preferred but not required and can be made by calling 518-328-0090.

COXSACKIE — Representatives from the Eddy Alzheimer’s Services and Catholic Charities will be on hand to share information and answer questions about the availability of free support and respite services for caregivers at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Heermance Memorial Library, 1 Ely St., Coxsackie. The Eddy Alzheimer’s Services are a program that provides a wide range of free support and respite services for caregivers across a 10 county region through the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Initiative: which is a grant supported by the Department of Health. This is a free presentation. All are welcome. Registration required. Parking available in rear of building. For information and to register, call 518-731-8084.

TROY — The Sage Singers are accepting singers for the fall 2019 season. The group will be performing Vivaldi’s Gloria and seasonal selections. Rehearsals are held 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 18 in Bush Memorial Hall, Russell Sage College, 65 First St., Troy. Auditions for this chorus are not “pressure-cooker” events. We simply want to hear your voice, see what vocal range is comfortable for you and check out your basic instincts for melody and harmony. Music reading skills or choral experience is a plus, but not a hard and fast requirement. For information, email Michael Musial at

Sept. 21

TANNERSVILLE — Mountain Top Arboretume presents Basket Making: Twining with Natural Materials 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Mountain Top Arboretum Education Center, 4 Maude Adams Road, Tannersville. Members, free; non-members, $10; materials, $10. This workshop is limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration is required at In this class Katie Grove will introduce the classic basketry technique of twining, using locally harvested plant materials.

Sept. 28

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Angel Names Association (ANA) will hold its 14th Annual Memorial Walk Sept. 28 at the Saratoga State Spa Park in Saratoga Springs. The walk is being held in recognition of National Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Awareness month. Registration begins at noon and the walk will follow at 1:15 p.m. The day includes children’s activities, light refreshments and prizes. Everyone is welcome to attend this uplifting, free family event to walk and raise awareness of stillbirth, pregnancy loss and infant death. For additional information, visit, contact Michelle Mosca at or visit the Facebook page at

WINDHAM — The VFW Post 1545, 5565 Route 23, Windham, will hold Christmas in September 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 28 at the VFW Hall. There will be gifts, crafts, vendors, antiques and more. Cold and hot drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

CATSKILL — The 2019 Columbia Greene Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Sept. 28 at Dutchman’s Landing, Lower Main Street, Catskill. Registration begins at 10 a.m. followed by the ceremony at 11 a.m. and the walk beginning at 11:15 a.m. Registration is necessary. There is no registration fee, however, walkers are asked to make a personal donation and commit to raising funds in the fight against Alzheimer’s. For information, contact Joe Heaney at 518-867-4999 ext. 1679 or Register at The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide and 5 locations in the region, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions.

Oct. 19

ATHENS — The Athens Volunteer Fire Department presents Totally ‘80s! Totally Murder!, a rockin’ radical night of mystery Oct. 19 at the firehouse, 39 Third St., Athens. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $45, adults only. Tickets include dinner, dessert, soda, water, wine and beer included. Prizes for best dressed and more. For tickets, contact Karen at 518-634-2035 or Frank at 518-610-3556; or members of the Athens Fire Department.

CAIRO — Friends of the Cairo Public Library will sponsor a fall book sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 19 at the shed behind the library, 15 Railroad Ave., Cairo, weather permitting. The sales include 3 for $1 paperbacks, 50 cent hardcovers, and $5 bags of books “buy one get one free.”

Oct. 20

ATHENS — The West Athens Fire Station No. 2, 933 Leeds-Athens Road, Athens, will serve a chicken barbecue 1-5 p.m. Oct. 20 to benefit the West Athens-Lime Street Fire Co. Eat in or take out. Tickets are $12. Advance tickets are recommended and available from members.

Nov. 28

ATHENS — The Senior Angels’ fourth annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28 at the Rivertown Senior Center, 39 Second St., Athens. Open to all seniors 60 and older. Doors open 11 a.m.; lunch served noon-2 p.m. There will be music, door prizes and conversation over coffee and pie 2-4 p.m. For information, or to donate to help offset costs, contact the Department of Human Services at 518-719-3555 and ask to speak to Ken.