What’s To do?
∫ Sacandaga Valley Arts Network Artists’ Gallery Exhibit: Fulton County Visitor Center, Routes 29 and 30, Vail Mills. Free and open to the public. Gallery is open weekends.
∫ Winter art show: Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, 2736 Route 30, Gloversville. Public can view the work from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Gallery admission is $5; free to PNAC members and children younger than 18. The show will hang through Tuesday.
∫ Cherie Batcher — glassware display: Frothingham Free Library, 28 W. Main St., Fonda. The artwork exhibit can be viewed during library hours through March.
Concerts/ daytime music
∫ Linda Lee and the Fox Creek Band: Pawling Hall, 86 N. Pawling St., Hagaman, 4 p.m. $10 cover. All are welcome.
∫ The 7th Annual Chili Cook-off will take place Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Van Alstyne Homestead and Museum, 42 Moyer St., Canajoharie. There will be more than a dozen kinds of chili to taste from donated by mayors, ministers, teachers, members and local chefs. The event will feature live music in the century-old ballroom, chili tasting, chili judging and prizes, a 50/50 raffle, guided tours of the circa 1729 Dutch Homestead and Museum and more. Admission is $10. The Van Alstyne Homestead is run by a volunteer organization. Be sure to visit Facebook for all of the upcoming events in 2019: https://www.facebook.com/VanAlstyneHomestead@VahsCanjo.
∫ Lenny and Pam Broils and Tom Wadsworth — Wells Senior Citizens Club sponsored Irish concert: Wells Nutrition Center, 12:45 p.m. $5 for lunch; $3 for ages 60 and older. For lunch reservations, call (518) 924-4066.
∫ Free beginner lessons and dancing: Sharp Shooters Billiards and Sports Pub, 35 E. Main St., Amsterdam, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. New lessons and open dancing 7:30 to 10 p.m. $5 for those who stay or come in after 7:30 p.m. Sue Kaupelis, instructor.
∫ Creative textile fibers group: Fort Plain Free Library, 19 Willett St., Fort Plain, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free, drop-in gathering. Participants share ideas, tips, and bring knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, embroidery, beading, felting, and other individual, fiber-based projects to work on in casual setting. Open to the public. For information, call (518) 993-4646.
∫ Writers at Fort Plain: Fort Plain Free Library, 19 Willett St., Fort Plain, 3 to 5 p.m. The group is made up of writers from varied writing backgrounds, genres, interests, goals and experience levels who work on memoirs, novels, short stories, poems, and more. Facilitated by published writer, Joan Caska. Features constructive feedback in a supportive setting. Free. Open to the public. For information, call (518) 993-4646.
∫ “Lights out” — themed story hour: Gloversville Public Library, 58 E. Fulton St., Gloversville, 10:30 a.m. This is a free program suitable for children accompanied by an adult.
∫ The Johnstown Public Library, 38 S. Market St., will host its annual mini-golf fundraiser on Saturday. There will be mini-golf from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At 3 p.m. they will do drawings for their basket raffle. The cost is $5 to play, while those 3 years and younger play for free. For more information contact Robert Weatherby at (518) 762-8317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
∫ “Identity theft online safety”: Gloversville Public Library, 58 E. Fulton St., Gloversville, 5:30 p.m. This program will be facilitated by Cassandra Walker from the New York State Attorney General’s Office.
∫ Johnstown 50 Plus Club open mic night: Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., Johnstown, 6 to 8 p.m. Entertainers arrive by 5:30 p.m. and sign up. Free refreshments.
∫ Vinny Michaels: Lakeside Tavern and Marina, 306 Woods Hollow Road, Gloversville, 7 p.m. No cover.
∫ Gary McCoy: Partner’s Pub & Grill, 21 S. William St., Johnstown, 7 p.m. No cover.
∫ D-Raeled: The Stockyard, 754 Corbin Hill Road, Sprakers, 7 p.m. No cover.
∫ Matt Shufelt acoustic solo:Aaron’s Irish Pub, 231 N. Main St., Gloversville, 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
∫ Take a free tour of area sugarhouses during Maple Open House Weekends, Saturday and Sunday and again on March 30 and 31. Experience first-hand the sights, smells and sounds of maple syrup making. Twenty-two sugarhouses are participating throughout the six-county region. Most sugarhouses will offer samples and demonstrations. Many of the locations will be serving pancake breakfasts as well.
Sugarhouses in the area include:
Brower Road Sugar House, Gloversville, (518) 848-7685
Frasier’s Sugar Shack, St. Johnsville, (518) 568-7438
Mud Road Sugar House, Ephratah, (518) 744-0624
North Creek Sugar Shack, St. Johnsville, (518) 568-5683
Peaceful Valley Maple Farms, Johnstown, (518) 762-8936
Visit www.upperhudsonmaple.com for complete information about the event.