By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
COEYMANS — This year marks the 350th anniversary of the town of Coeymans, and while many of the celebratory events took place earlier this year, we’re not done celebrating just yet.
This weekend will offer a two-fer — a joint Family Fest and golf outing are planned at Sycamore Country Club to finish off nearly a year of celebrations.
Family Fest will take place Sept. 30 from 1-5 p.m. at Sycamore Country Club and will feature activities for all ages, including pumpkin decorating, face painting, dress-a-scarecrow, Hay Bale Storytime with the RCS Community Library and more activities.
You will be able to build a catapult with the enterprising youngsters of the Innovation Station — a new program that builds science, technology and math skills for local youngsters — or get your artistic skills in gear with a paint-n-sip event for artists of all ages. Pre-registration is required for the paint-n-sip — visit the Town of Coeymans 350 Facebook page to register; the cost is $35 for one child and one adult.
There will also be games like cornhole, Plinko and more.
Dinner will be available for either eat-in or take-out. The menu will include baby back ribs, barbecued chicken or pulled pork, with macaroni and cheese, green beans, corn bread, fresh fruit and cookies on the side. The cost for the dinner will be $35 for adults, $14.99 for kids under 12, and children under 5 are free. Pre-ordered meals are preferred; to place an order or for questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also on Sept. 30, Sycamore Country Club will host the town’s 350thCelebration Golf Outing, which was sold out at press time.
To honor the town’s 350th anniversary, there have been a number of events spread out over the past several months, including a Cinco de Mayo comedy show in, of course, May, the launching of a beer trail and sale of commemorative mugs, and the biggest weekend of the year — the concerts and parade that took place on the weekend of June 9 and 10.
The Ravena Coeymans Historical Society also hosted several exhibits and programs honoring the history of the town over the past 300 years.
The months of festivities this year celebrate the 350thanniversary of the granting of the Coeymans Patent by Gov. Francis Lovelace on April 7, 1673. The Patent designated an expansive tract of land that ran from the border of the town of Bethlehem down to the Coxsackie Creek, and west to the modern-day site of Westerlo.
This year’s 350th anniversary celebrations follow up on the massive festivities that took place 50 years ago, when the town marked the 300th year of the Coeymans Patent.