Briefs for May 14, 2022 | Local Announcements

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HAINES FALLS – The Mountain Top Historical Society presents A Hike at Latvian Camp at 9 am May 14. Longtime MTHS member Nancy Allen will lead an easy hike around the grounds of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Summer Camp located in Elka Park. Learn about the history of the camp, visit the lake and buildings, and take a walk through the woods on the camp’s trails. Meet at the parking area on the left at the end of Green Hill Road, just past the camp entrance and before the Elka Park entrance. See the exact Google maps location at: The hike will end at approximately 11:30 pm Steady rain will cancel. Registration is required, email or call 518-589-6657 to register.

WEST SAND LAKE – Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener will hold their “Garden Hand Tool Sale,” May 14. A wide selection of gently-used garden tools, new Spearhead Spades, and CobraHead Weeders, unique plant containers, glittering glass garden totems, English stone trough planters and other garden delights will be offered. This sale is in conjunction with the larger Garden Watch hosted by the Sand Lake Garden Club. Sales start at 8 am, rain or shine, at the Salem United Methodist Church, 349 Shaver Road, West Sand Lake. For more information on Extension’s gardening programs visit or contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 518-272-4210 or

SOUTH BETHLEHEM – The South Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 65 Willowbrook Ave., South Bethlehem, will hold a Vendor Craft Fair 9 am- 2 pm May 14. Breakfast and lunch will be available plus a bake sale to support the church’s United Methodist Women. The Thrift Shop ‘Boutique’ will be open as well. Contact Emily Shutter at 518-813-0661 for further information.

SELKIRK – Bethlehem Grange 137, 24 Bridge St., Selkirk, will serve a goulash dinner 3-6 pm May 14. Dinner includes goulash with tossed salad, roll / butter and dessert for $ 14. Pick-up the dinner at Bethlehem Grange. Reserve dinner by calling Carol Carpenter at 518-421-1384. Make sure the phone number is displayed to receive a confirmation phone call. Reserve your dinners by May 13.

KINGSTON – The Senate House, 296 Fair St., Kingston, will host Happy New Year: Starting a New Growing Season 11 am-4 pm May 14. The Ulster County Beekeepers will be demonstrating beekeeping, there will be sheep shearing with Fred DePaul, and hearthside cooking with Brittany Belz. The 3rd Ulster Militia unit will also be on site demonstrating 18th century camp life. The planting in the herb and vegetable gardens will also begin. Crafts and colonial games will also be available. Guided tours of Senate House will be given every half hour until 4 pm at $ 7 per adult and $ 5 per senior. All outdoor activities are free. For information, call the site at 845-338-2786.

TANNERSVILLE – An Inclusive Bird Walk with Martha Harbison will be held 7: 30-10 am May 15 at Mountain Top Arboretum, 4 Maude Adams Road, Tannersville. Suggested donation of $ 10 for non-members. No advanced reservations necessary. The Northern Catskills are a birding hotspot for both native and migrating species throughout the region. Spring migration is one of the best times to go birding in the Catskills. You need not be a hiker, however, to enjoy birding. Join us for a morning of birding accessible to all. We welcome those who are mobility or sight impaired. This walk will be led by Martha Harbison of the Feminist Bird Club. This program is in cooperation with the Catskill Center’s Taking Flight. This is an in-person, outdoor program. Masks are required for entry inside the Education Center during programs. For information, call 518-589-3903.

CAIRO – The Cairo-Durham Booster Club is hosting a Frese Chicken & Rib Barbecue to benefit the Class of 2023 May 17 at the Cairo-Durham Middle / High School, 1301 Route 145, Cairo. All orders must be picked up between 2 and 6 pm and are take out and prepaid only. Chicken barbecue is $ 13 and includes cole slaw, half a barbecue chicken cooked in the famous house marinade, baked potato, seasonal corn on the cob, rolls / butter and cookies. Barbecue ribs is $ 15 and includes cole slaw, half a rack of pork ribs, baked potato, seasonal corn on the cob, rolls / butter and cookies. To place an order, contact or call 518-821-3364.

COLONIE – The Memorial Concert Band of Colonie will be performing the fourth concert of the season at 7:30 pm May 18 in the Mark Cornell Auditorium, Colonie Central High School, 1 Raider Blvd., Colonie. The concert is free to the public (as always!) And donations will be accepted for the next season. Come join us for an evening filled with music from the Academy Awards. Selections include Colonel Bogey, Mary Poppins, Star Wars and Pirates on the Carribean.

CATSKILL – A Frese’s Chicken Barbecue will be served 3-6 pm May 19 take out only in the parking lot of St. St. Patrick’s, 66 William St. Catskill. Tickets are $ 14. For reservations, call 518-943-5235.

ATHENS – The Athens Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, 39 Third St., Athens, will be holding a sub sandwich fundraiser 4-6 pm May 20. Meatball, sausage and peppers, and pepperoni subs will be for sale for $ 8 each. Orders can be called in to 518-945-2599 after 2 pm

GREENVILLE – The Clematis Garden Club, Greenville, is presenting Peter Bowden, popular radio, TV and garden personality and spokesman for Hewitt’s Garden Centers at the annual Spring Social at 1 pm May 20 at The American Legion Post 291, 58 Maple Ave., Greenville . Peter is a well known, knowledgeable and humorous presenter and the Clematis Club welcomes the public to enjoy Peter’s presentation. Peter will speak on ‘How Climate Change is Affecting Our Gardening’ in our own local gardening environment via a power point program. A question and answer session will follow. Delicious refreshments will be served followed by exciting raffles and 50/50 drawings rounding out the fun afternoon. All invited to enjoy this free and fun garden themed afternoon. For information, call Jean Horn at 518-966-4260.

ATHENS – The TGM American Legion Post 187, 94 Second St., Athens, will host a Spring Fling Flea Market 9 am-4 pm May 21 with set up starting at 7:30 am Vendors are welcome and applications are available at the Facebook page and at the Post. Indoor space, 6 ‘by 8’ is $ 25; outdoor space, 10 ‘by 10’ is $ 35. Proceeds to benefit the kitchen renovation project.

COXSACKIE – The First Reformed Church of Coxsackie, 285 Mansion St., Coxsackie, bake sale and rummage sale will be held 9 am-1 pm May 21.

ALBANY – Capital District Genealogical Society meets at 1 pm May 21 via Zoom. Registration is free and will open to the public May 16. See] under meetings and events. There is a 100-person limit. Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie ​​Plate by Bonnie J. Lewis is a great opportunity to explore your options on saving the special pieces of a senior’s life and what to do with the other ‘not-so-cherished’ possessions. We encourage our older family members to put their estate in order (power of attorney, a health care proxy, a will or trust) but what is the missing link? The family history and family artifacts. It can take just two generations for memories of an ancestor to disappear from the memories of our descendants. What happens to the family memories, artifacts, stories, and photographs is really up to you. This program from the University of Minnesota Extension provides people with practical information about the inheritance and transfer of non-titled personal property (such as a treasured pie plate, a favorite workshop tool or fishing rod). It assists families communicate, make decisions, and lessen the conflicts when transferring personal property.

TANNERSVILLE – The Mountain Top Arboretum, 4 Maude Adams Road, Tannersville, will hold its Native Tree Trail Grand Opening and Guided Tours 10 am-1pm May 28. Join us for the Grand Opening of our Native Tree Trail. The Native Tree Trail comprises 33 tree species and over 50 labeled specimens that brings visitors to all areas of the Arboretum. An easy-to-use guide and map has descriptions of each species and illustrations of each tree’s foliage. Tours along the Native Tree Trail will be offered at 10, 11 am and noon. Celebrate our native trees this Memorial Day Weekend. This is an in-person program, meeting inside and outdoors. Masks are required for entry inside the Education Center during programs. Suggested admission is $ 10. For information, email or call 518-589-3903.

GREENVILLE – The annual Plant and Flea Market sale sponsored by The Clematis Garden Club, will be held 9 am-noon June 4 at GNH Parking Lot, Greenville. A large selection of easy to grow perennials, shrubs, annuals, vegetables, herbs, beautiful potted containers and houseplants are offered at reasonable prices. Also some antiques, crafts and collectibles will be available. Club members will happily answer garden questions, so come shop for bargains early before sold out and sale will be held rain or shine. For information, call Jean Horn at 518–966-4260.

ATHENS – The First Reformed Church, 18 North Church St., Athens, will serve a Frese’s Chicken Barbecue noon-1 pm June 5, take out only. The cost is $ 15. Tickets need to be purchased by May 28 and they may be purchased from any Church member or by calling 518-945-1801 to leave a message.

HYDE PARK – The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum presents “MARY CHURCHILL’S WAR: A Conversation with Emma Soames and Erik Larson” at 2 pm June 8. Churchill granddaughter Emma Soames, editor of MARY CHURCHILL’S WAR: THE WARTIME DIARIES OF CHURCHILL’S YOUNGEST DAUGHTER, will speak with bestselling author Erik Larson about her mother’s wartime diaries and will be available for a book signing following the program. Copies of the book may be purchased in the New Deal Store. The event will be held in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home (local health metrics permitting) and streamed live to the official FDR Library YouTube, Twitter and Facebook accounts. This is a free public event, but registration is required for in-person attendance. Visit to register.

COEYMANS HOLLOW – Trinity United Methodist Church, 1313 Route 143, Coeymans Hollow, will serve a roast pork dinner 4-6 pm June 8, take out only. The menu includes roast pork, dressing, potatoes, gravy, vegetable, applesauce, roll and pie. Adults, $ 14; children, $ 5.

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