By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
COEYMANS — With St. Patrick’s Day celebrations going on all over the Capital Region this weekend, Coeymans is holding its first-ever ‘beverage trail,’ marking the beginning of celebrations for the town’s 350th anniversary.
“We are very excited that the beverage trail will kick off on Friday, St. Patrick’s Day,” Town Councilwoman Marisa Tutay, one of the organizers of the anniversary festivities, said at last Thursday’s meeting of the town council. “There will be three locations that will be selling the commemorative mugs — they include Rail 2 River, the Halfway House and Yanni’s. Sycamore Country Club will be joining in when they open in April.”
The town of Coeymans is celebrating its 350th anniversary in 2023 and is planning several months’ worth of celebrations, beginning with the beverage trail and special mugs commemorating the town’s milestone.
The mugs are being sold tonight, Friday, March 17, at the three locations — Rail 2 River Brewing, Halfway House and Yanni’s Restaurant.
“You purchase for $25, you get a commemorative glass and in the commemorative glass is a punch card and you go to each of the four locations… and you can get a free beer, wine or soda,” Tutay said. “So you get four free drinks and the commemorative glass for $25. It helps support the 350th celebration.”
“Our motto is ‘cheers to 350 years,’” Tutay added.
The beverage trail gets started tonight, but the punch card can be used all summer long through Nov. 3.
The event is the start of a series of events that are planned to mark the town’s 350th anniversary, which will continue over the next few months, including a parade in June.
“We are having a parade on June 10,” Tutay said. “We are hoping to kick it off at 2 p.m. Right now we are getting fire companies and we have three bands that have agreed to be in the program. We are looking for community organizations to be a part of it, too.”
Town officials are also hoping to get the art and music departments at the RCS school district involved in putting on the parade, she added.
Town Clerk Candace McHugh is also organizing a comedy show on Cinco de Mayo — May 5 — at Sycamore Country Club, which will be followed by a golf outing planned for May 20. The golf event is still in the works and more details will be released in the coming weeks.
In June, leading up to the parade, there will be music concerts on June 9 and 10.
“June 9 will be at Joralemon Park. We have Skeeter Creek that will be playing, [and there will be] vendors and food vendors,” Tutay said. “We are looking into having a beer garden that evening as well. On Saturday we will have the parade and we will be having vendors, craft vendors, food vendors at Coeymans Landing. We are having rides for the kids, bounce houses and some actual carnival rides as well.”
The band The Refrigerators will be playing in the evening, with a local band, Sugar Skull, planned to perform at the Coeymans Landing gazebo earlier in the day, at 1:30 p.m.
An evening of fireworks will cap off the June 10 festivities.
More activities may be added to the schedule in the coming weeks and months, Tutay said.
“We are still working on it,” she said. “A lot of hard work is being done by a lot of great people and we’re hoping to have a great time. But don’t forget to get your mug and ‘cheers to 350 years.’”
The parade and concerts will be free admission to all, said Deputy Town Supervisor Brandon LeFevre, who is also organizing the series of events. Some of the funds that were left over from last year’s Riverfest celebration, totaling $11,000, will be put towards the 350th anniversary events, LeFevre added.
“The cost of these two days (June 9 and 10) is around $30,000, so it’s not just a drop in the bucket,” LeFevre said. “That $11,000 that we got is a big chunk. We are still looking for any bit of donation. Whatever you can give, we would be happy to accept that and put it towards the bands, the rides — there’s so much to it.”
Donations for the 350th anniversary celebration were made by Holcim Cement Plant and Carver Companies. Holcim covered the cost of the fireworks, which cost around $11,000, and Carver Companies donated use of a tugboat and barge that will float down the river in front of the landing, where the fireworks will be fired from, LeFevre said.
The commemorative mugs will be sold at the Halfway House, Rail 2 River Brewing and Yanni’s on March 17, but after that they will be available for purchase at town hall, at 18 Russell Ave., Ravena.