22 September 2018

Upcoming Oktoberfest

Here is a local Oktoberfest that escaped my list from earlier in the week. This information comes to us from yesterday's Rensselaer County Advertiser newspaper. I have been to this Oktoberfest in the past and their home-made potato pancakes were awesome!

Oktoberfest Brings Bavaria to Nassau

Nassau's Village Beautification Committee presents a traditional Oktoberfest celebration on Sunday, September 30th, at the Village Commons Park on John Street, just off US Route 20. The event runs from 12 noon until 4 p.m. and features traditional German foods,  beverages, and entertainment.

Inspired by European harvest festivals, the Oktoberfest menu will include a variety of tasty treats including an array of locally-made German sausages, vegan bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad, and made to order potato pancakes. All foods are available for take-out.

Musical entertainment will feature Nassau's own Bavarian Barons, a traditional German brass band founded in the village over 50 years ago. With a lively program of polkas, waltzes, and marches, the group has a long history of entertaining the public throughout New York and New England.

Admission is free and will take place under tents rains or shine. Guests may bring their own lawn chairs if they wish. For additional information, go to www.Nassau12123.com or call 518.766.2291.

21 September 2018

Dutch Heritage Festival

Coming up in early October attendees of the Dutch Heritage Festival on October 5-7, 2018 in Rhinebeck, NY will able to enjoy Dutch culture. On Friday, October 5th a three-course dinner at the Beekman Arms Tavern will be available. The Bard College musicians will play classical Dutch music. Also, former New York high court judge, Al Rosenblatt, will present a talk about Dutch heritage in the Hudson Valley. Dinner cost is $50.

Contact the church office at 845.876.3727 or email at rhinebeckreformed@frontiernet.net to make dinner reservations.

Festivities continue of Saturday with the Apple Fest at the Old Dutch Reformed Church of Rhinebeck located across from the Beekman Arms Tavern. A Dutch inspired lunch, storytelling, classical Dutch music, and a tour of the Old Dutch Reformed Church and cemetery of Rhinebeck will be available.

On Sunday, enjoy a Dutch and English service at the Old Dutch Reformed church. Coffee, snacks, and a tour of the church and its grounds will be available.

Foodie Friday : German Potato Salad

Below is the recipe for my locally famous German Potato Salad. OK, perhaps it is only famous in my mind but everyone who has tasted it over the last twenty years, loves it. Give it a try.

German Potato Salad
▪ 10 lbs red potatoes
▪ 6 large onions chopped
▪ 2 lbs bacon cut into small pieces
▪ sugar to taste
▪ vinegar to taste

1) Boil potatoes till cooked
2) Let potatoes cool, then peel, & cut into bite sized pieces
3) Cut cold bacon into small pieces then cook bacon
4) Drain & keep bacon grease
5) Cook onions in a little bacon grease
6) Add potatoes, onions, & bacon in crock pot
7) Add sugar & vinegar to taste to bacon grease
8) Pour grease mixture in with potatoes, onions, & bacon
9) Mix well
10) Crock pot set to low temp

19 September 2018

2020 NYS Family History Conference

Although this conference is a long way off, not until September 10-12, 2020, I thought I would mention that the 2020 NYS Family History Conference will be held in Albany. The venue will be the Hilton Hotel located in downtown Albany at 40 Lodge Street.

This year the conference was recently held in Tarrytown and earlier conferences were held in Syracuse. This event is held every two years and is hosted by the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society. Speakers and the program itself are a long way off. But stay tuned and check back for updates. This event will be fun and best of all it will be in our hometown.

18 September 2018

Oktoberfest in New York

Ah, Fall is here now! My favorite time of the year. One of my daughter's birthdays is in October. A change in the weather; cooler days and nights. And during the Fall comes Oktoberfest. One of my favorite festivals which includes Bier, Dirndls, Lederhosen, Ompah music, German music, and did I mention Bier?

Surprisingly Oktoberfest in Munich begins in September and not in October. The fest begins this Saturday actually and ends on 07 October. Approximately six million attendees will pass through the gates.

King Ludwig I married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on 12 October 1810. Citizens of Munich were invited to attend the celebration which was held in a field which became known as Theresienwiese or "Theresa's Meadow" in honor of the Princess. The following year it was decided to resume the festivities which have become an annual event.

For those who enjoy the above mentioned features of Oktoberfest; below is a short list of Oktoberfest celebrations in New York. Check at least one of them out!

Pier 15, NYC
Friday, 21 September – Sunday, 14 October 2018

430 Winter Clove Road, Round Top, NY
Saturday, 22 September 2018

Hunter Mountain, NY
Every weekend, 22 September through 14 October 2018

144 State Street, Albany, NY
Saturday, 22 September 2018 at 6 pm

Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington, NY
Saturday, 22 September & Sunday, 23 September 2018

Maalwyck Park, Scotia, NY
Saturday, 29 September 2018

Broadway, North Albany
Saturday, 29 September 2018

Canada Street, Lake George, NY
Friday 05 October – Sunday 07 October 2018

Bridge Street, Amsterdam, NY
Saturday, 06 October 2018

32 Cherry Street, Albany, NY
Sunday, 14 October 2018

Halloween Tours at the NYS Capitol

Capitol Hauntings October 2018

With the Fall upon us now the annual Capitol Hauntings Halloween Tours at the New York State Capitol will be beginning soon. These tours highlight ghost stories and reported ghostly sightings connected to the New York State Capitol. Learn about the watchman who died in the 1911 Capitol fire and about the demon carving in stone artwork.

All tours are FREE.
Weekday tours begin at the Tour Desk in the State Street lobby of the Capitol.

Weekend tours begin at at the Plaza Visitor Center & Gift Shop located in the North Concourse of the Empire State Plaza.

Click here for online Capitol Hauntings Tour registration.

16 September 2018

Sand Lake Oral History Project

The following article comes to us via this week's Rensselaer County Advertiser newspaper.

Sand Lake Oral History Project: Our Stories Matter
"Stories are a lens through which we can better understand ourselves, stories speak to and through our humanity." What is Sand Lake's story? What makes this place unique? What is it about this place that we care about and what do we want to preserve?

You are invited to tell your Sand Lake story. Did you work at Faith Mills? Did you teach Sand Lake's children? What was Sand Lake like 50 years ago? Do you have stories from generations past in town?

Starting in October we will be recording Sand Lake stories starting October 11th and then the first Thursday of each month at 1:00 in the Historian's office. Talk to your friends and family about your recollections and bring a story. Keep Sand Lake history alive by sharing your past for our future.

Call Bob Moore, Town Historian, to reserve your spot.
518-674-2026, ext. 120