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Upcoming Events - 08/07/2014

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 - Updated: 10:10 PM

-- Second annual Standing Strong: River Through Time event Aug. 9

FORT PLAIN -- The second annual Standing Strong: River Through Time event will take place Saturday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Haslett Park (at the intersection of Main and Willett Streets). The schedule of live music is as follows: noon-1 p.m. -- Rumpus (rock); 1-3 p.m. -- Cleen Street (rock and blues); 3-4 p.m. -- Shawn Marosek (folk and acoustic rock); 4-6 p.m. -- The Emeralds of July (contemporary pop and rock). In addition to the line-up of bands, there will be sporting goods raffles with over $1,000 in prizes including a kayak and mountain bike. There will also be a chicken barbecue, hot dogs and french fries, ice cream social and activities for kids included a dunking booth and bounce house.

Tickets for the chicken barbecue and raffles can be purchased in advance of the event at the Mohawk Valley Collective website:, as well as at the Sportsman's Den in Fort Plain and Twilight Gardens in Canajoharie.

If you're willing to volunteer or help at Saturday's event, contact Tolga Morawski at (518) 993-5506.

-- Victorious Life Church invites kids to make cards for fire victim Aug. 10

FORT PLAIN -- Victorious Life Church, 104 Main St., will be gathering children Sunday morning, Aug. 10, at 9 a.m. to create and decorate get well cards and wishes for Dennis Abare, Jr., the 8-year-old Fort Plain boy who was a victim of last Wednesday's Center St. fire.

If you have a child, bring them, as everybody is welcomed. Abare, Jr.'s siblings will be in attendance at the community event, and they'll be presented with get-well-wishes, as Event Organizer Janel Hearn stated, "they lost their house, even though they didn't get burned."

Hearn said that, while praying for the family Sunday in church, "we felt we really needed to do something to reach out to his family." While a fundraiser will also be held at the Canajoharie-Fort Plain Elks Lodge on Sunday, from 2-6 p.m., Hearn said this event is aimed at "doing what we can to lift his spirits."

"We're looking to show a little community love to this boy who has suffered such loss."

The cards and crafts created Sunday will be hand delivered to SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, on Friday, Aug. 15.

-- Benefit for fire victim at Elks on Aug. 10

NELLISTON -- A benefit to raise money for Dennis Abare, Jr., of Fort Plain, will be held at the Canajoharie/Fort Plain Elks Club #2621, Old Station Road, Nelliston, on Sunday, Aug. 10, from 2-6 p.m. The event will also feature a Fire-Safety Awareness Program.

Dennis Abare, Jr. was burned on over 40 percent of his body during a fire on Center St. last Wednesday. The money raised at the event will go toward the victim, his family and their immediate needs.

The event will feature a chicken barbecue and pig roast, at $10 a ticket. The meal will include baked beans, macaroni salad, potato salad, watermelon and a roll. There will also be a silent auction, raffle prizes, a bake sale, bottle drive, activities and games for kids.

The event will also feature entertainment.

For more information, contact the Elks at (518) 993-2621, Jennifer Passage at, or Kalley Lee at (518) 993-5216.

Those attending are asked to wear red in support of Dennis.

-- MVDT to present "Every After" Aug. 12

FORT PLAIN -- The Mohawk Valley Dance Theater will present a performance of "Ever After" Tuesday, August 12, at 7 p.m. in the Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School. Ever After is a dark fairy tale, told in one act, featuring music by Marianas Trench. 

The show, part of CAPA's five week summer program, features student choreography.

In Ever After, Josh wakes up in a strange land only to be confronted by a strange king, a valley filled with broken dolls, the evil Carolina and the beautiful Porcelain. Will he find his way home?

The performance is open to the public. Admission is donation only, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting a charity chosen by the performers. Suggested donation is $5.

Reception to follow.

-- Senior Citizens Council meeting to be held Aug. 13

FULTONVILLE -- The Montgomery County Senior Citizens Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Montgomery County Public Safety Facility on Route 5S in Fultonville at 9:30 a.m.

The guest speaker will be Tracy Hojohn, Montgomery County Office for Aging dietitian.

Seniors and senior club members are encouraged to attend this meeting concerning senior issues. Call the Montgomery County Office for Aging, (518) 843-2300, for more information.

-- Chicken barbecue to be held Aug. 14

FORT PLAIN -- Salem United Methodist Church, 1254 Stone Arabia Rd., will be holding a chicken barbecue on Thursday, Aug. 14, starting at 4:30 p.m. Cost for adults will be $9 and children $5.50. The cost for half-chicken will be $6. Dinner includes chicken, baked potato, sweet corn, winter slaw, roll, cupcake and beverage. Take outs available. There will also be baked goods for sale including chocolate jumbles and homemade pies.

-- FOFP to host free workshop Aug. 16

FORT PLAIN -- On Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to Noon, the Friends of Fort Plain will host a free community workshop at Diefendorf Hall, 47 Main St. Robert E. Smith will discuss and demonstrate the tools, materials and techniques for repair, glazing and painting of wooden window sash. Original window sash adds to the value and character of a home. Keeping them in good repair also saves on heating costs. Wear old clothes.


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