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Upcoming Events - 07/17/2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Updated: 1:22 AM

-- Tkaczyk to speak at Minden meeting July 17

MINDEN -- Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk will be a guest speaker at the town of Minden meeting, held Thursday, July 17, at 7 p.m. Tkaczyk will speak about legislation and will discuss highlights of the most recent senate session. She will also be available afterward to speak to the public.

-- First-ever Block Party to be held downtown July 19

CANAJOHARIE -- On July 19, from 12-5 p.m. a downtown Block Party will feature music, games, bounce houses and more, all on the lawn of the Canajoharie Library and inside the Canajoharie Community Youth Center.

The Canajoharie Library, Community Youth Center, and St. John's and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church are joining forces to offer a full day of family entertainment.

“This is about getting people together to have some fun as a community, and to work together as a community to celebrate, well, being a community” said Pastor Zach Labagh.

Children can enjoy a bounce house obstacle course and inflatable water slide (wear a swim suit), from Empower Federal Credit Union. From 12-3 p.m., BJ the Clown will be twisting balloon animals thanks to the generosity of Houghtaling and Smith Funeral Home.

All day long, enjoy: face painting, carnival games, climb the rock wall in the CYC (and check out the new fitness room while you are there), and sign-up for the library’s Summer Reading Program.

Take a tour of a real fire truck with the Canajoharie Fire Department from 2-4 p.m.

Ever want to dunk a heckling librarian or a pestering youth center director into a tank of ice cold water? You will get your chance for only $1.

Proceeds from the dunk tank benefit several local non-profit organizations.

The Block Party is not just for kids. Free Zumba classes, with Kim Hayes of the Canajoharie Fitness Center, will be offered from 1-3 p.m. inside the air conditioned library. 

A used book sale fundraiser will be held in the basement of the library. Also, sign up for the CYC's upcoming 5K run. Live music, including a set of children’s folk songs by Laura Gagnon, will be at the main entrance stage.

Lentz and Betz Funeral Home is sponsoring free Brotherhood Country Store hot dogs until 2 p.m. Patriot Federal Bank will be handing out fresh cotton candy all day. Local Girl Scouts will be selling baked goods. The East Hill School Playground Committee is selling snow cones and basket raffle tickets to help reach their funding goal.

Finally, St. John’s and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church is selling Dinosaur barbecue pulled pork dinners for $12.50. Advanced tickets are on sale at the church, library and Brotherhood Country Store.

The Canajoharie Library is located at 2 Erie Blvd. The CYC is located at 9 Erie Blvd., right across the street.

-- Sign up for Our Lady of Hope photo album/directory

FORT PLAIN -- Our Lady of Hope Catholic Community will be creating a photo album/directory of all parishioners through the LifeTouch Directory Program in the coming months. All parishioners are invited and encouraged to sign up to be photographed for inclusion in the directory.  

Members of the Parish Council will be on hand to sign up parishioners before and after the weekend liturgies of July 19-20, July 26-27 and August 2-3. Photo sessions will be held at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, 115 Reid Street, Fort Plain, on Friday, August 8 from 2 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and also on Friday, September 26 from 2 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The photo sessions are free. Each family that participates will receive a free 8x10 portrait and a free directory. Additional photos and photo packages may be purchased. 

For more details or any questions, call Parish Council member Joseph Nalli at (518) 993-4486.

-- Historic Old Palatine Church to hold mid-summer concert July 20

NELLISTON -- Historic Old Palatine Church will sponsor its annual mid-summer musical event Sunday, July 20, at 4 p.m. featuring two special guest artists.

Yolanda Sharpe, vocalist, is the featured concert artist for the afternoon. Sharpe will sing both operatic and sacred numbers from Handel to Mozart. She has been part of the chorus at Glimmerglass Opera for several seasons and featured soloist at Christ Episcopal Church in addition to other concert venues in the mid-eastern United States. 

Most recently, Sharpe spent a summer in Siberia, concertizing there under a Fulbright Scholarship for both her music and art. As a visual artist, Dr. Sharpe, is part of the Art Department where she has served as chair at the State University of New York at Oneonta. Her original art work will be displayed and made available at the Palatine Church.

Roberta Rowland-Raybold, organist, is well known in the Mohawk Valley. As daughter of the Palatine Church's pipe organ builder, she has often been featured in concerts there. She will accompany Yolanda Sharpe as well as performing solo. Rowland-Raybold is organist at First Baptist Church, Conway, SC, but summers in Cooperstown, where she is organist at Evangelical Lutheran Church. She also teaches organ privately and is on the faculty of the Hartwick Seminary Institute of Theology, where she presents seminars on sacred music in worship. She is on the board of the Palatine Society, a member of American Guild of Organists and Association for Lutheran Musicians and Organ Historical Society. She is a published composer for Augsburg Fortress Press and Hope Publishing Co. One of her original compositions for organ will be featured.

The concert is open to the public.

-- Summer adult programs at Fort Plain Library start July 22

FORT PLAIN -- Programs for adults at the Fort Plain Free Library in July include, “Going Undercover”, a hands-on colonial needlework presentation by Sally-Jean Taylor on Tuesday, July 22 from 6-8 p.m. and “Feeding Our Forefathers—The Palatines”, a history and sampling of food eaten by early settlers, presented by Chef Aaron Katovitch on Thursday, July 28, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Both programs are free and open to the public.

During Going Undercover, Sally-Jean Taylor will discuss three types of bed covering needlework techniques -- Perse Broderie, Whole Cloth and Candlewick -- used in the late 1700’s. Participants will try their hand at each. Taylor’s presentation coincides with a new exhibit at historic Fort Johnson, “Pieced in Time: Antique Quilts from Montgomery County” now through October.

During Feeding Our Forefathers--The Palatines, chef and owner of the Table Restaurant in Fort Plain Aaron Katovitch presents the second program in his series on the history of food in the Mohawk Valley with a narrative discussion and sampling of the food prepared and served by the Palatine Germans.

For More Information, or to reserve a seat for either program, contact the Fort Plain Free Library at (518) 993-4646.

-- Reservations for St. Johnsville Alumni Banquet due by July 25

ST. JOHNSVILLE -- Reservations for the St. Johnsville Alumni Banquet are due by July 25. The annual event will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at Knights Inn in Little Falls. A social hour will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

Recognized classes will be 1964 and 1989. This year's scholarship winners will be guests.

There will be no reserved seating. If a group would like to sit together someone should come early enough to pick up seating cards for your table.

Reservation checks may be sent to Janet Shuster, 150 Crum Creek Rd., St. Johnsville, NY 13452. Make sure you put the graduation year on the check.

-- Fort Plain Library book sale July 25-26

FORT PLAIN -- A large outdoor book sale will be held at the Fort Plain Free Library on Friday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to Noon. All donated sale books are being cleared out so the space can be used for other collections.

Book sale items include children’s titles, adult fiction and non-fiction titles and books-on-disk. There is no limit on the quantity of books that can be purchased.

-- Trinity Lutheran Church to host special music Aug. 3

STONE ARABIA -- On August 3, at 9 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church of Stone Arabia will host special music during Sunday worship service. Music will be provided by an instrumentalist group consisting of clarinet, flute and piano.

-- Reserve seat now for Sept. 7 bus trip to Mac-Hadyn Theater

Court Catherine Esther #1264 Catholic Daughters of the Americas will sponsor a bus trip on Sunday, September 7, to the Mac-Haydn Theater in Chatham, New York, to see the Show “The All Night Strut”, featuring music from the 1930s and 1940s.

The trip also will include a buffet lunch at an area restaurant. Brown Coach tours will provide the bus for this trip and will pick up passengers at the Dutchtown Plaza near McDonald’s Restaurant in Palatine Bridge at 10 a.m. and return around 6 p.m. Cost of the trip, which includes buffet and show, is $75.00 per person and is open to the public. 

Seating on the bus is limited, so those interested in taking the trip are urged to 

call for reservations before August 15. For reservations or additional information, please call Judy Montanye at (518) 673-3283.

     

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