This page includes upcoming and past Special Events.
Will the 1908 murder of Hazel Drew finally be solved? The 1908 unsolved Hazel Drew murder, which took place at Teal’s pond in Sand Lake, has become a firestorm. It inspired the original TV series Twin Peaks. Suddenly, “Who killed Hazel Drew?” is drawing attention in London, Toronto, L.A. and other newspapers worldwide.
On Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 pm, David Bushman from The Paley Center for Media in New York will discuss this very subject. Bushman is coauthor of Twin Peaks FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About a Place Both Wonderful and Strange (2016). He and Deer Meadow Podcast host Mark Givens have written about the Hazel Drew murder for The Washington Post and Blue Rose Magazine and are currently working on a book on the subject.
Town Historian Bob Moore will be your host for this FREE event at the SAND LAKE CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 2880 NY43, Sand Lake, at 7:00 p.m.
Lost Radio Rounders honor the centennial of America’s entrance into World War I with a performance of Home of the Brave: Songs of Soldiers & Sailors, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at Sand Lake Center for the Arts. Over the last decade, the critically-acclaimed roots duo Lost Radio Rounders has presented themed programs of historic American music throughout the Northeast, and in 2016 toured its popular Politics and Patriots show from New England to New City. With the heartfelt, inspiring and often humorous Home of the Brave: Songs of Soldiers & Sailors, Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck (joined by special guest, Mike Kelley, on piano) honor service folk of every stripe, from the American Revolution to World War II.
Selections like the inspiring “Battle Cry of Freedom,” rousing “Marines’ Hymn,” the winking “Battleship of Maine” and the comical “Mademoiselle from Armentières” reflect the Rounders’ broad reach, with Lindsay and Eck performing vintage-radio-style on a single microphone with a variety of acoustic instruments. Members of the armed forces have always created songs to lift spirits in the barracks and on the battlefield, to commemorate victories, to praise fallen comrades and to remember their sweethearts back home. With Home of the Brave: Songs of Soldiers & Sailors, you’ll want to sing along with all of them.
At SLCA, Lost Radio Rounders will feature a timely segment marking the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into The Great War, and Dr. Jon Hausman will present WWI era audio recordings and artifacts in the lobby before the performance and during intermission.
Dan Berggren is going to be bringing the sweet sounds and stories of the Adirondacks to life at this SLCA Benefit Concert.
A tradition-based songsmith, Dan Berggren writes with honesty, humor and a strong sense of place. His songs explore the many dimensions of home, hard-working folks, taking care of our planet and each other. While his roots are firmly in the Adirondacks where he was raised, Dan’s music has branched out across many borders. The award-winning educator and musician has entertained audiences from Kentucky to Michigan, Belgium to Bulgaria, and Zimbabwe to Transylvania.
Learn more about Dan on his website.
Actors portraying Sand Lake residents from our town’s past in the Sand Lake Union Cemetery. Historic figures will include Dr. Smith Boughton (a.k.a. Big Thunder), James K. Averill, Sheriff William Griggs, Jesse Traver Moore, and others who made our community what it is today. Admission is $10.
More information can be found here.
Come to Sand Lake Center for the Arts’ “Classic Holiday Revue” and join in the Christmas spirit of fellowship, friendship and good feelings – or what the Germans call gemütlichkeit! The best of our local performers will carry you back to the days of auld lang syne with a nostalgic night of classic standards, holiday cheer and wintry merriment. Musical accompaniment provided by the T.L. Holloway jazz group. One performance only, Saturday, December 10, at 8pm. Tickets are $18. Adults, $10. Under 18.
Join Matinee Theater Players at Sand Lake Center for the Arts on Nov. 15 for an afternoon of seven short plays about Turkeys and technology, crazy families, confessions, and Christmas shopping…long lasting love and chances for new beginnings. Are you starting to feel a bit stressed about the holidays? Or perhaps by the “year of the election”? Don’t worry. Matinee Theater Players has the remedy you need with our one act comedies along with homemade desserts, you’ll leave the theater smiling and feeling renewed. These comedies tackle some of life’s important questions: What do turkeys REALLY want? Why does technology seem like a gift….and a burden? What do we do with retirement now that we’ve got it? How do we find that perfect Christmas present for our spouse? And what do we do when we’re offered a chance of a new beginning? You’ll find the answers to these questions as you nibble some homemade confections and drink a cup of steaming tea or coffee. What more can you ask for? One performance only, Tues., Nov. 15, at 2pm. Tickets are $10.ea. including beverages and desserts. Prepaid reservations can be made at www.slca-ctp.org or call (518)674-2007.
Although the Beatles played an unannounced concert on the rooftop of London’s Apple Building, the their last concert performance is often considered to have taken place in 1966 at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. While the audience was unaware that it was their last show, the Beatles themselves knew the significance of the event and performed a spectrum of hits from their live concerts.
On Saturday November 12, you can come party and sing along to some of the greatest songs in Rock n Roll history!
For the 50th anniversary this concert, the Sand Lake Center for the Arts will host a performance on November 12th. A band consisting of regional experienced rock & roll musicians will perform this epic Beatles concert in a song by song re-creation of the set lists actual order. The band will include guitarist Graham Tichy, bassist Steve “Clyde” Davies, drummer Pete Vumbaco, pianist Mike Kelley, and guitarist Dave Maswick. The band has performed a series of local shows commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles phenomenal effect on every generation of music lovers that has followed their magnificent musical output in the 1960’s.
This group of local all-stars will also perform many other selections from Beatles albums that have reached it’s golden anniversary, such as “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Meet the Beatles,” “Rubber Soul”, “Help” and others! This is not an event to miss!
Graham Tichy is a guitarist, vocalist and instructor from upstate New York specializing in Rockabilly, Swing Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Country, British Invasion, and Rock and Roll. Take a listen to some of Graham’s wonderful music!
Join us October 1st for an evening of fiery and passionate music as we present ALEGRIA in Concert. This talented group of musicians, features Maria Zemantauski, along with Monica Roach, Joses Miralles, and Brian Melick. They will bring to our stage stunning original compositions and delightful arrangements with a foundation of Spanish and flamenco music, along with the one and only La Nina, who will perform flamenco dancing for your entertainment!
Another successful event – and so many people to thank!
Thank you to the 2016 Participating Establishments:
Thank you to our honorary committee who make this event a success every year……
Karen & Chet Opalka, Alice & Hal Howard, Jean Chenette, Craig Daniels, Sharon & Robert Dawes, Patricia & William Douglas, Dee & Fred Erickson, Flora Fasoldt, Lorraine Ferguson & Bruce Sowalski, Joan Fuess, Joyce & Ron Greenberg, Mary & Michael Hall, Deborah Hanish-Schreyer,L.M.S.W., James Hoffman, Hon. Kathleen M. Jimino, Susanne & Steve Keller, Marla & Ralph LaMontagna, Sharon Lawrence, Rev. Dr. Robert Loesch, Senator Kathy Marchione, Christina Malone & Bob Moore, Shirley Neiss, Next Advance, Susan & Steven Powers, Debra & Hubert Roy, John Roy, Cynthia Serbent.
Our Business Sponsors… Troy Sand & Gravel., Inc., David & Kelly Cluett-DeGraaf-Bryce Funeral Home, Homeroom Lofts, Rifenburg Construction, Inc., William Dedrick-Amsure, Division of ATCFSI.
Thank you to the vendor’s who donated their gifts to our silent auction and raffle……
Greg Fealey, Michael Hayes, Jr., Valerie Jeffers-Attorney, Debbie Bucher Wager-Realty USA, Jamie Hanlon-Edward Jones, Mary Pat Wager, Jeffrey Clark, Realty USA, Brunswick Greens Golf Course and Banquet Facility, Joe Johnson, Kay’s Burden Lake Pizza, Cheryl Thomas Cody, Tremont Lumber, Markus Snediker, 1st Priority Mortgage, LA Insurance, 4 Corners Liquor Store, Miller’s Automotive, Quinn Motor Co., Jayne Hunt-Dog Groomer, Kim Gardner-Temple of Beauty, Sassinating Salon & Spa, Chatty Cats, Joanne Bucher, Sand Lake Clipper, Heavenly Hollow Dist., Terry Weaver, Timeless Tatoos, Kelly Buttaci, Dana & William Kennedy, AP Adult Education Clay Class.
We’re very excited to have The ARC – Group Show in our Gallery until September 30! Please join us for the artist reception on Tuesday, August 30th from 12:30pm-2:00pm.
An arts program in Rensselaer County is helping people express themselves, and create works that they exhibit and sell.
NewsChannel 13’s Kumi Tucker got a chance to sit in the studio, and hear from some of the artists.
Teacher Patricia Carley wanted a way to make colors come alive for a woman who was born without sight. Carley came up with the idea of adding scents to the paint like lilac, peppermint, orange and lavender.
This art project at Brunswick Center Services is popular. In fact, it’s so popular people line up to get into class.
Art is a way for many here to express themselves freely.
“That’s the beauty of this, that people that are not able to speak or cannot make themselves understood clearly, absolutely speak through their artwork,” explained Carley.
This is the tenth year for this program through the Arc of Rensselaer County.
“I don’t say I’m a teacher. I say I’m a facilitator. I put the things out, and sometimes I have an idea, like today with the flowers, and sometimes I don’t. But I just look to see what they’re going to do and they take it off in their own direction, which is absolutely wonderful,” noted Carley.
With great excitement and great pride, they show their work. One exhibit is at RPI. An upcoming show in August is at the Arts Center in Sand Lake.
They get a thrill when they sell their art.
“Helping people who the rest of society thinks of as disabled. I don’t feel that way at all about anybody, I don’t even like that word. I’m working with wonderful artists. They’re gifted. They’re gifted in many different ways,” noted Carley.