Capital Region Events and Holiday Events


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Do you hear the bells ringing? Santa’s sleigh is on its way to Colony. The Colonie Chamber of Commerce will kick off the holiday season with a Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony on Friday, November 18 to unveil the new Santa at the Colonie Center. The event, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., will include children’s activities, giveaways, prepared meals and mocktails, a hot chocolate and dessert bar, and a holiday selfie station. In keeping with his usual style, Santa wouldn’t reveal too much about his entrance – but a hint has been provided that he will arrive in style, ‘like a prince’.

Expo means engage

The New York State Capital Black Expo will return to the Capital Region on Saturday, November 19 with a change of venue to MVP Arena. Organized by Mahogany Connections, the event aims to engage local and regional business leaders, policy makers, academic institutions and community members to help drive economic growth and business opportunities for people of color. This year’s exhibition aims to raise awareness of physical and mental health issues facing local communities.

“Minority-owned businesses have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and have faced vast inequalities when seeking funding to drive growth and sustainability. Now more than ever, it is essential that we create opportunities to increase the success of businesses in our communities. The CNYS Black Expo will continue to provide a forum and space to increase awareness and engagement with New York State businesses, customers and communities,” said Tatiana Cunningham, Founder of the event. Tickets can be purchased through TicketMaster and more information can be found on the event website.

Cups celebrated on Saturdays

To celebrate 21 years in business, Sundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauce is presenting a weekly open house and pop-up shop at its Gansevoort manufacturing facility on Saturdays, November 19 and December 3, 10, and 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. located at 23 Northern Pine Road, customers can browse product displays and gift ideas for the holiday season. For more information, email owner Katie Camarro at [email protected]

The cider house opens its doors

Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cider house, will host a ribbon cutting for its new cannery in Albany on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. nine pins local executives and officials will unveil the new 7,000 square foot facility, located at 32 Learned Street, which will help meet production needs as the company encounters increased demand for its original cider products launched in 2015. The project was funded by the National Grid’s Main Streets Revitalization Programme.

Game Showcase back to in person

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will host its Rensselaer Game Showcase November 19 from noon to 5 p.m. The annual event, which returns to an in-person format, will celebrate the achievements of student video game designers and provide guests with the opportunity to demo video games, game prototypes, board games and more. interactive programs. The showcase, held in McNeil Room at the Rensselaer Student Union, is free and open to the public and will include refreshments and merchandise. RGS is hosted by the RPI Game Development Club and the Center of Excellence in Digital Game Development. “We’re thrilled to bring together the RPI game development community, and beyond, once again, whether it’s game design specialists or those developing as a side hobby” said Emily McNee, President of RPI Game Development.

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