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.
∫ Women’s Movement: Art by, about and for women: Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, 2736 Route 30, Gloversville, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. Open to the public; free will donations accepted; (518) 661-9932. The gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The art will be on display through March 31.
∫ Micropolis Cooperative featured artist Cheryl Gutmaker: Micropolis Gallery, 30 N. Main St., Gloversville. The artwork on display include paintings, pastels, photographs, fiber art, mixed media, woodwork, sculpture, glass, digital art, jewelry, pottery, drawings, woodland assemblages, baskets and collages of fine art cards. The show, which is free and open to the public, runs through February. The hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
∫ The Foothills Arts Council and area artist Janene Bouck will hold a painting party with drinks and snacks from 3 to 5 p.m. at Europa Cafe, 319 Forest Ave. in Amsterdam. Reservations are required with a $30 donation. See foothillsartsny.com to register. Call (518) 496-2707 for information.
∫ The Writers Circle: Gloversville Senior Center, 53 Church St., Gloversville, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The writers group is open to all area writers regardless of age. Come and share work with other writers. All genres. For more information, call Wally Truesdell at (518) 725-3886 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Saturday and Sunday
∫ Winter birding weekend at Long Lake. Participants will look for winter irruptive species, along with year-round boreal residents such as ruffed grouse, black-backed woodpecker, Canada jay, and boreal chickadee. Joan Collins will lead field trips on both days. Both Saturday and Sunday morning, meet outside the Adirondack Hotel, 1245 Main St., at 7 a.m. Participants can car-pool to reduce the number of cars in the train. Go to mylonglake.com for more information and a full schedule of events.
Concerts/ family-friendly, alcohol free
∫ The Insolent Willies: Highwheeler Coffee, 84 Canal St., Fort Plain, 7 p.m. Free coffee with $5 cover charge.
∫ 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.
∫ The second annual SoupFest will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday throughout the city. Twenty-one businesses will provide 30 different types of soup to attendees who visit participating restaurants and bars. Food, drink specials, live music, giveaways, contests, and more will take place during the day. Participants will pay $1 for 3-ounce soup samples at each location and vote at the end of the day for their favorite soup. The city will award trophies for the most unique soup in the city and the best soup in the city.
∫ Soup and chowder cook-off from 2 to 5 p.m. at Loopie’s Irish Pub, 410 Mohawk Drive in Tribes Hill, to benefit the Montgomery County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, according to a news release.
∫ 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.
∫ Wildlife Museum, Vail Mills, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $10 for adults; $5 for children; free for children ages 6 and under. The museum is open to the public, wildlife on display.
∫ Vinny Michaels: Lakeside Tavern and Marina, 306 Woods Hollow Road, Gloversville, 6 p.m. No cover.
∫ Our Secret Love Society: Partner’s Pub & Grill, 21 S. William St., Johnstown, 7 p.m. No cover.
∫ Finkle and Eilhorn: Aaron’s Irish Pub, 231 N. Main St., Gloversville, 9 p.m. No cover.
∫ DJ Bane: Meadowbrook Saloon, 119 Meadowbrook Road, Fultonville, 9 p.m. No cover.
∫ Mike and the Monsters: Meadowbrook Saloon, 119 Meadowbrook Road, Fultonville, 9:30 p.m. $7 cover.
∫ Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center will host a women’s-only cross country ski program on from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Preregistration is required. The five-hour ski program, Lapland Ladies Love to Ski, is geared to first-timers through intermediate skiers ages 18 and older. The focus is on classic ski technique. Cost for the program is $60 (rental equipment, if needed, is additional). Included is a daylong facility use pass, instruction, lunch with equipment and clothing discussion, social group ski with instructors, group wrap-up, hot beverage and discount coupon for new equipment purchase. Lapland Lake may be contacted at (518) 863-4974, firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.laplandlake.com.