St. Mary’s Institute to hold spaghetti dinner and auction

AMSTERDAM — St. Mary’s Institute, 10 Kopernik Blvd., will hold its annual spaghetti dinner and auction on Nov. 18 from noon to 6 p.m., dine-in or takeout.

The price of admission includes a spaghetti and meatball dinner catered by Parillo’s Armory Grill, with salad, bread, soft drink or coffee, and dessert, and also a chance to browse the Silent Auction and entertainment during dinner.

An on-site cash bar will also be available featuring wine from Black Bear Wine and Spirits of Amsterdam.

This year’s event also feature’s Amsterdam’s turkey pardoning ceremony, a new local tradition, tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m. A live turkey from Wm. H. Buckley Farm in Ballston Lake will take the stage and be pardoned by area officials–just in time for Thanksgiving. Paid guests seated in the dining room at this time will be able to participate in the ceremony and photo opportunity.

Advanced sale pricing ends Nov. 11 — adults $12, children $8. After Nov. 11 and at the door, prices will be $15/$10. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the school, St. Mary’s Church, St. Stanislaus Church, Parillo’s Armory Grill, Sievert’s Sporting Goods, White Cottage Gardens and Hair Studio One.

Diners will be treated to entertainment the entire afternoon in the gym on the school’s main stage as included in the price of admission. A performance by David Tomasek will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Entertainment also features the St. Mary’s Institute Chorus at noon, the SMI Drama Club at 12:30, Stephanie Boyce and more. Diners will be seated in the school’s gymnasium this year to eliminate wait times for seating and so that every guest will have a view of the ongoing entertainment.

An on-site silent auction will benefit the school with items up for bid from YETI, American Girl, Adirondack Kayak Warehouse, Blue Hen Amish Furniture, an American flag belonging to the 45th U.S. president donated by the Marine Corps, gift certificates for restaurants and services from around the region, and more. Eleven luxury trips are also up for bid and can be previewed online by visiting the school’s website and clicking on the ‘Support’ tab, then ‘Spaghetti Dinner & Auction.’ Guests will be able to purchase Thanksgiving centerpieces, homemade fudge, raffle tickets and more–all to benefit SMI.

“The community has been filling up on delicious spaghetti and meatballs in support of St. Mary’s Institute for decades now–and this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever before,” said SMI principal Nicole Luft.

“This year’s goal is to raise $20,000 during the event. Please help us reach our goal by bringing the entire family and joining in on this tradition.

“Your support helps us keep our Catholic School going strong,” said Luft.

St. Mary’s Institute, founded in 1880, offers academic programs from early childhood through grade eight.

For more information about SMI and the event, visit its website,