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May 2018 Newsletter

Welcome Neighbors and friends to the arrival of Spring Flowers! It is such a relief to finally see some color out there. May brings some exciting new things to share, many initiated by our own residents. Remember that it is vital to respond to all events you plan to attend! I need to gather materials, supplies or make reservations for the activities in advance.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new residents and neighbors! The Spinney Group hopes that you will come out, experience our events, and get to meet our great community of neighbors.

Happy Spring! We are currently cleaning up and seeding winter damage around the property. It has been observed that on top of winter damage much of the damage is due to residents and guests driving off of the road onto the dirt/grass. Driving over newly seeded areas will deter grass from growing as well as contribute to a non-appealing landscape. Please be mindful especially when turning into your driveways as to not cut the corner and drive over the dirt/grass.

Tuesday, May 1: We will have an organizational meeting for our Yard sale at 11 am – 12:30 pm. Bring a bag lunch.

Saturday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo Celebration 4pm in the Gathering Space. $ 5 pp, BYOB, we will provide Tortilla chips, salsa and a wonderful Taco bar, along with some great music. You MUST purchase your admission ticket at the front desk no later than THURSDAY, May 3rd to attend. You may bring a guest for the same price.

Friday, May 11: Men only Lunch at My Place at 12 noon. Reservations with $10 cash deposit can be made by placing in an envelope with your name on it and putting it in my drop box in the administration offices hallway to the left of the closet. Reservations MUST be in by Wed., May 9!

Saturday, May 12: Our community Yard Sale at 8am – 12 pm in the parking lot of the clubhouse. Now is the time to further clear out those items you no longer need, or that don’t fit anymore, or even sell baked goods and make a little extra spending cash. It will be great fun!

Tuesday, May 15: Send me your suggestions for our movie afternoon at 12:30 pm. Please feel free to add any DVDs you no longer want to our collection. I need suggestions by May 11.

Wednesday, May 16: Dinner w/friends at Romo’s at 5:30 pm. There will be live entertainment to enjoy! Reservations with $ 5 deposit to me by May 14. A Nice night out and cheap eats if you share a pizza!

Friday, May 18: Senior’s “Prom” at Town Hall 2-5pm. You must reserve with Senior Services as soon as you read this because they are almost at capacity! Dress up or be comfortable, just come and Have fun! I am going; do not let me be lonely.

Tuesday, May 22: Carpool to the Delmar Farmer’s Market at 2:15 pm.

Friday, May 25: Birthday Celebration at 12:30 pm followed by “You Be the Judge” led by our own Bob Criswell! Great to have him back.

Monday, May 28: Our Memorial Day Picnic for all residents! From 12 pm until 4 pm, we will be having a catered BBQ and live entertainment to celebrate this meaningful day. Yes, residents may bring guests but our cut-off count for this event is 36 people. More information to follow soon.

If you have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to contact me at or call me at 518-689-0162 (work) or 518-439-0164 (home). Connie Holden, Activities Coordinator for The Spinney at Van Dyke


April 2018 Newsletter

Hello, Friends and Neighbors! FINALLY, spring is here and, boy, am I glad.  With the nasty weather we had this March; many of those that usually attend all of our events have been missing in action.  I hope that everyone is safe and well and that we will see participation increase, especially with all of our new residents.  We heartily welcome those who have just joined The Spinney at Van Dyke family and encourage you to take advantage of all we have to offer.  I also want to thank those of you who have sent me suggestions and you will see that I have included them in this month’s events.  Remember to RSVP to any events you will attend!

Events that occur weekly:

MONDAYS @ 10 AM and TUESDAYS @ 6 PM are Librarian’s hours to accept books and magazines.

THURSDAYS @ 1 PM: RUMMY in the clubhouse.  Watch out for (and join) the rowdy fun!  After all the “stress”, unwind with 3:30 PM Chair Yoga in the Media Center at just $5.00 per class!

April 4: @ 2PM:  Walk Around Things Day! On this Wednesday afternoon, we will enjoy walking around, as we are able, and enjoy each other’s company with refreshments to follow.

April 6: @ 2PM:  Friday we will celebrate National Poetry Month.  Please bring your favorite poem or book of poetry to share with friends.  Try to keep it PG, certain poems are limericks!

April 11: @ 1PM:  Celebrate “Hump Day (Wednesday)” at the clubhouse with everyone’s favorite: YOU be the Judge, which always makes for stimulating discussion.  Light refreshments served.

April 13: @ 2PM: On this Friday afternoon, we will honor National Scrabble Day by playing a game or three! Volunteers for refreshments, please.

April 18: @ 4PM: Wednesday afternoon Guided Meditation with Dayle Groudine is a great way to relax and just “be present”.

April 20: @ 7PM:  On this Friday evening, join us for great times as we challenge ourselves to “60’s Flashback Trivia”.  I fully expect those who asked for this to attend and show us your stuff!  Light refreshments will be served.

April 23: @ 1PM:  We will observe National Humor Month by watching a romantic comedy!  Popcorn will be served, as usual.

April 25: @ 12PM:  Lunch with Friends and Neighbors at Normanside Country Club.  RSVP by Wednesday, April 18 with a $10 deposit, which will be credited towards your lunch.  All deposits in cash, please.  Place in Connie’s Lockbox.

April 27: @ 1PM:  April Birthday Celebration at the Clubhouse.  Come taste the best cake you have had in a long time and have fun with all of our lovely residents!


Connie Holden, Activities Coordinator, (518) 689-0162

March 2018 Newsletter

Good day to all Neighbors and Friends!

It has been a dreadfully gloomy winter this year, so we are all looking forward to the Vernal Equinox – oh, all right – SPRING!  This year we will celebrate it on March 20.  I can hardly wait for the tulips and crocuses to start showing up again.

I must ask your apology in advance for the sparseness of activities the first week of March.  For those who do not know, my husband, Dan, and I are moving into the Spinney on March 2nd.  I will be a little busy being settled for a few days but promise to make it up to you later in the month.

Just my usual reminder:  I would like you to RSVP to any and all activities you will attend and if there is a date to respond by, please do so.  This will help me to have adequate supplies for the event and not to waste funds trying to guess how many are attending!  This makes me irritable and grumpy, and you do not want to have a grumpy Event Coordinator planning your activities, do you?   You might find yourselves sorting out my junk for yard sale items!  Smiles and RSVPs is all I ask!

March 1:  World Compliment Day.  Take the time today to throw out a few compliments in your daily travels or phone calls.  A kind thought, or word does wonders for both souls.

March 2:  Read Across America and Dress in Blue Day.  Take the time to fit in a few minutes to read an article or to get deeper into that good book you began last week.  It is Dress in Blue Day to honor our heroes in blue – our police officers.  Since you will know in advance, you might even bring some cookies or a treat of yours to the local police to let them know you care.

March 3:  Mulled Wine Day. Invite a neighbor to share some warm, spicy brew and enjoy each other’s company.

March 6:  3pm  Yes – we finally have one – POKER DAY!  Come, al you hustlers, let’s get it on!

March 7:  9:30 am  National Cereal Day:  My first official day back to work and I’d like to serve you some cereal for breakfast, with some fruit and milk, too.  Let me know by March 5 at 8:00 am.

March 8:  11 am  Spring Grapevine Wreath Making  rsvp by March 3rd.  Cost $3.00 pp

March 9:  1pm  National “Get Over It” Day:  Write down your pet peeves, gripes, worries and such and we will all “get over it” in a special way!

March 12:  11am  Book Club in the Media Room discussing How It All Began by Penelope Lively .

March 14:  1pm We will be beginning our stories for our Spinney Scrapbook by attending a workshop led by a prominent storyteller and author, Sandy Schuman, which will help ypu to ut your story into written form. Please respond by March 9, and bring paper and writing instrument of your choice.

March 15:  1pm  You Be The Judge!  Always a favorite.

March 19:  1pm  Games in the Clubhouse.  Let’s have a great turnout so that we can play several at once!

March 20:  1pm & 6pm  Comedy Movie @ 1pm and a 6pm Fireside Chat about what makes us happy to celebrate International Day of Happiness.

March 21: 1pm  Tim O’Shea and Friends Irish music at the Bethlehem Town Library. Makes me want to dance a jig!

March 23: 10 am Meet at the clubhouse to carpool to the Capital District Flower Show at Hudson Valley Community College.  A great way to kick off Spring, but there is a lot of walking to do.  It is handicap accessible.  MVP Senior Discount is $10!  All proceeds benefit The Wildwood Programs.

March 26:  1pm  “Live Long and Prosper” day with a movie (hint hint).

March 27:  9:30am  whew, its finally here  French Toast Breakfast! Yummy french toast with fruit and your choice of syrups to enjoy with friends and neighbors.  Please respond by March 20.

March 29: 1pm  March Birthday Celebration.  Lest we not forget, today is Vietnam War Veteran’s Day, a time to honor those who also bravely served our country.

Please remember to put your suggestions for activities, lecture topics, field trips, things to change and things you are happy with into my black lockbox on the left wall in the offices corridor.  The best way to enjoy the lifestyle here at the Spinney is to experience what suits your interests!

February 2018 Newsletter

Hello, friends and neighbors. Welcome to the middle point between Winter and Spring!  This month, we celebrate some important and wacky days. February is the month where we celebrate Black History Month, American Heart Month and Great American Pie Month. We will be doing some fun things this month and reflecting on the past and how privileged we are to live in America.


We are greatly encouraged by the increased participation in the events we have scheduled.  Welcome to all the new faces we see and continue to spread the word!  Remember to send me your suggestions for things you would like to see. In addition – RSVP to all events!

Feb 2:  12pm at the Clubhouse we will celebrate “Candlemas” with home cooked Shepard’s Pie.  Would someone or two volunteer to bring a green salad or rolls for 15, please?  Call me to let me know.

Feb 4: 1:30 – 3pm at Honest Weight Food Coop (100 Watervliet Ave., Albany) “Bird Language” with Devin from Flying Deer Nature Center.

Feb 7:  1:30pm Chair Yoga in the Media Room

5:30 pm at Romo’s Pizza in Glenmont “Plus One” music with dining.

Feb 8:  4:45pm Equipment Instruction at our gym with Revive Wellness.

Feb 9:  11am – 2pm Schenectady Artist Assn. show and sale at the Italian Heritage Center (1227 Central Ave. Albany).  Meet at the Clubhouse to carpool at 10:30am, please RSVP by 2/7!

Feb 11:  2-3pm at Bethlehem Public Library, A Little Sunday Music with the Mendelssohn Club

Feb 12: 11am DAY CHANGE the Book Club will be discussing “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.

Feb 13:  3:30pm Guided Meditation with Dayle.   IN ADDITION:  RSVPS for Brunch are due.

Feb 14:  4pm Clubhouse “High Tea” to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style!

Feb 16:  7pm Games Night at the Clubhouse (scheduled later to accommodate). Bring your favorite game.

Feb 18:  11am Brunch with Friends at Treviso in the Italian Community Center on Washington Ave. Ext, Albany.  YOU MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS BY FEB. 13!  $21.95 PP

Feb. 19:  2pm at the library-Make your own Sugar Scrub. Register before 2/14 at (518) 439-9314.

Feb 20:  11:50am at the Clubhouse “Hoodie Hoo Day” with lunch to follow.

Feb 21:  6pm at the Clubhouse, we will be having a class in Jewelry Making.  Cost will be determined by what you choose to make ($8-18).  We must have a minimum of 8 people.  Please rsvp right away if you are interested or if you would like to help out.

Feb 22: 2pm at the Clubhouse.  Well, I did say it was Great American Pie month, so we are calling on all of you great bakers to bring out your best for a Best Pie contest!  A panel of distinguished judges will taste and determine the winner(s).  Prize(s) will be awarded.

3:15pm Chair yoga in the Media Room

Feb 23:  6:30pm in the Media room we will screen a romantic movie to pay honor to American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day and have popcorn, of course!

Feb 26: 7pm, The Palace Theater in Albany will be screening the movie “Casablanca” to honor the 75TH anniversary of its first showing. $5 per person

Feb 27: 12pm Proctor’s will be having a free concert highlighting its wonderful organ, Goldie.

3:30pm Guided Meditation with Dayle!

Feb 28:  1pm in the Clubhouse we will celebrate February’s birthdays.  All are welcome to attend.

Coming Up in March:  March 5 at 9:30am, we will serve a French Toast Breakfast in the Clubhouse.  Please RSVP by 2/26 to attend.  Also, March 23, the Capital District Flower Show at Hudson Valley CC.


January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year neighbors and friends!  I am excited to be beginning a new year with all of the residents here at The Spinney.  January is a time when we all look towards “resolutions” that we begin in earnest and gradually end up back in the same old rut.  We here at the Spinney are going to try our best to help you achieve your goals and are focusing on Wellness from January through December!  With the opening of our Clubhouse, you now have unlimited access to fitness equipment here on site.  We have entered into an exciting new partnership with Revive Wellness (by Upstate Physicians Services) here in Delmar to provide ongoing wellness training for our residents.  It is important that we receive feedback from you on what you liked, what you are looking for and ways that we can improve our Events in general.  Now, January’s events (so far – I may be adding some new ones):

Wednesday, Jan. 3 @ 10am:  Fitness Center Education Program (1hr) Introduction to the proper way to utilize the equipment, Blood Pressure, Body Fat %, and BMI check.

Thursday, Jan. 4 @ 1pm:  Fitness Center Education Program as above.

Tuesday, Jan. 9 @ 11am: Book Club:  Louise Penny’s novel “Still Life”.

Wednesday, Jan. 10 @ 3:30pm: Guided Meditation at the Clubhouse led by resident, Dayle Groudine.

Friday, Jan. 12 @10 am: Bowling with Neighbors at Del Lanes.  $9 pp includes 2 games, shoe rental, beverage and donuts.  Will be handicap accessible with light ball options/rolling racks.  RSVP by 1/10/18 to Connie.

Tuesday, Jan. 16 @ 10am: “Live your Life in Balance” with Dr. Timothy Kelly.

Thursday, Jan. 18 @ 1pm: Our fundraiser for Bethlehem Food Pantry with Nationally Acclaimed Storyteller Kate Dudding $10 per person.  Please extend an invitation to everyone you know, or meet at the Senior Center.  We need a great turnout!

Tuesday, Jan. 23 @ 12pm:  Lunch w/Neighbors at My Place in Delmar RSVP to Connie by 1/19. Carpool at clubhouse 11:45am.

Wednesday, Jan. 24 @ 10am – 2pm: Day of Wellness with a Mini Presentation by a Behavioral Therapist  (why do I eat like this?), Cooking Demos, Nutritional consultations, Fitness assessments, exercise prescriptions, Wellness talks, BMI, blood pressure and body fat % checks. Please RSVP to Connie by Jan. 17.

Thursday, Jan. 25 @ 4pmOfficial Ribbon Cutting at the Clubhouse.  Join us with Town Officials and The Chamber of Commerce as we cut the ribbon on our clubhouse.  Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, Jan. 26 @ 6pm: Movie Night join us for a mystery and suspense movie.

Monday, Jan. 29 @ 1pm: You Be The Judge discussion by the fire.

Wednesday, Jan. 31 @ 1pm:  Everyone come and join us celebrate January’s birthdays and eat yummy cake together.


Pssst:  more to come-keep your eye on your email from Connie.  Any questions, call me @ 518-439-0164.


December 2017 Newsletter

A Note From Connie, Spinney Events Coordinator:

Greetings to all!  This year has truly flown by.  We have had many good times together: Lunch with Neighbors, Meet and Greet at the new Gazebo, Potlucks and book club, card nights and many more.  With the completion of our new Clubhouse, I am sure that we will have greater participation and meet more of our newest residents!

This year, we have “Adopted a Family” for Christmas!  It consists of a single mom (due to have a baby Boy on 12/13) and her 6-year-old daughter.  I will be placing tags with their names and wishes in the clubhouse by 11/28 for you to pick up.  All gifts (wrapped and labeled) will need to be in by December 13 to allow me to deliver by the due date of the 15th.  Thank you in advance for your generosity in this season of giving.  Please bring gifts to the clubhouse.

Calendar of Events:  Unless noted otherwise, all events will take place in our clubhouse

OFFICES CLOSED: Sunday, December 24th, Monday, December 25th and Tuesday, December 26th; Monday, January 1st

The Spinney at Van Dyke offices will be closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday due to the Christmas holiday.  Enjoy this festive time with family and friends!  Our offices will also be closed on New Years Day (Monday, January 1st).

Rent Drop Box

A new drop box has been placed in the Clubhouse for rent checks.  Outside of regular business hours you can use your fob to enter the building and drop off your rent at any time.  The box is not labeled, but it is near the front receptionist desk bordering the door to the conference room.

Christmas Tree Decorating

Monday, December 4th, 9AM

Trim the tree at the new Clubhouse!

Bethlehem Historical Society Open House

Tuesday, December 5th & Thursday, December 7th,

1 – 4PM

The Bethlehem Historical Society located on River Road in Selkirk is hosting Open Houses for seniors with refreshments.

The Spinney at Van Dyke Holiday Party

Friday, December 8th, 5 – 8PM

Cost: $8/per person

Celebrate the season with your neighbors and friends!  The holiday party will be catered and there will be entertainment as well.  Please bring a gift-wrapped item ($5 and under) for a Chinese Auction.  Please send Connie your RSVP to

Spinney Book Club

Tuesday, December 12th, 11AM

Chat around the fire about this month’s book!

Cookie Decorating

Thursday, December 14th, 9:30AM

Come ready to decorate!  Cookies will be precooked and ready for dressing.  Decorations would be appreciated (icing tubes, tips, sprinkles, etc.).

“You Be The Judge”

Friday, December 15th, 6-8PM

Enjoy discussion fireside regarding past court cases – voice your opinions, make your guesses on who is guilty!


Monday, December 18th, 1PM

Play games with neighbors and friends in the Clubhouse!

Guided Meditation

Wednesday, December 20th, 3:30PM

We all live with some degree of stress and it can get in the way of our everyday life.  Why not join us to learn how to meditate for stress relief.  Dayle Groudine, Reiki Master (and Spinney resident!), will guide us through meditation.  Please bring a water bottle, blanket/yoga mat/pillow if you wish to lie on the floor or if you want to cover up under a blanket… of course, some might prefer meditating in a chair.  Event will take place in the Clubhouse.

Afternoon Movie

Thursday, December 21st, 12PM

Enjoy a movie in our new media room!  Bring a bagged lunch to enjoy.

December Birthday Celebration

Friday, December 29th, 1PM

Celebrate Spinney December birthdays!  Please be sure to come, especially if you have a birthday this month.

November 2017 Newsletter

A Note From Connie, Spinney Events Coordinator:

Greetings, friends and neighbors!  I can’t believe that we are in the month of November already.  Time is rushing so fast.

November is called to be a month of Thanksgiving.  Let us take some time to reflect on our lives and give thanks for the freedoms we have living in this great country.  We enjoy the ability to choose our paths without fear of harm from the government, a bountiful food supply and, most of all, communities that support our ideals and concerns.

This month we are also reminded to honor those who served our country so valiantly from its inception to present day.  To that end, we will be dedicating and raising our new Stars and Stripes at the Clubhouse on Friday, November 10 at 11 a.m…

Come and join us in our varied activities this month!  Your participation is the key to success.  Remember, I want to hear your thoughts and suggestions for things that you would enjoy doing.  Also, do not forget to rsvp all events so I can plan accordingly.  My email is and my phone is 518-439-0164.  Please keep in touch!


OFFICES CLOSED: Thursday, November 23rd & Friday, November 24th

The Spinney at Van Dyke offices will be closed Thursday and Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  We hope that you enjoy your holiday with family and friends!

YMCA Reimbursement Ending 11/30/17

With the Clubhouse opening in November equipped with our community’s very own fitness center, The Spinney at Van Dyke will no longer be reimbursing residents for gym memberships held at the YMCA.  The last monthly cycle we will cover is November.  Beginning 12/1/17, if you are a YMCA member all membership costs will need to be paid for by you.  Another communication will be provided regarding an official Clubhouse opening soon!

National Sandwich Day

Friday, November 3rd, 12PM

Join us for sandwiches and conversation at the Adams Station Clubhouse!

Card Games

Monday, November 6th, 6PM

Come play a game of cards in the Model Cottage.

Book Club Meeting

Tuesday, November 7th, 11AM

Enjoy a discussion of the book Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.

Flag Dedication Ceremony

Friday, November 10th, 11AM

Join us in honoring our country for the inaugural flag raising at new Clubhouse (6 Parker Mathusa Place)!

Lunch with Neighbors

Tuesday, November 14th, 12PM

Enjoy a lunch with your neighbors and friends at Romo’s Restaurant.  RSVP is due by 11/10 at 8AM.  Meet at the Clubhouse at 11:40AM on the 14th to carpool.

Guided Meditation

Wednesday, November 15th, 3:30PM

We all live with some degree of stress and it can get in the way of our everyday life.  Why not join us to learn how to meditate for stress relief.  Dayle Groudine, Reiki Master (and Spinney resident!), will guide us through meditation.  Please bring a water bottle, blanket/yoga mat/pillow if you wish to lie on the floor or if you want to cover up under a blanket… of course, some might prefer meditating in a chair.  Event will take place in the Clubhouse.

Blood Drive

Thursday, November 16th, 1-6PM

Donate blood at the Bethlehem Public Library.

Trivia by the Fire

Friday, November 17th, 1PM

Enjoy a friendly game of trivia in the new Clubhouse while enjoying the fireplace!

Birthday Celebration

Tuesday, November 28th, 2PM

Celebrate Spinney November birthdays!  Please be sure to come, especially if you have a birthday this month.

Holiday Crafts

Wednesday, November 29th, 1PM

Cost: $4 per person

Bring your own wreath, swag or garland – the rest will be provided and included in the $4 cost.  Time to start thinking about the holidays ahead!

October 2017 Newsletter

A Note From Connie, Spinney Events Coordinator:

Welcome neighbors and friends!  I hope you all have had a great summer and as we are now officially in autumn, we are looking forward to cooler temperatures and activities planned around our Capital City.  I hope you will enjoy the things I have chosen for this month and truly wish to hear from you on what kinds of things you would like to do specifically in November and the months ahead!  Call me at 518-439-0164 or e-mail me at  I can only improve your enjoyment of our activities with your help and ideas.

Planning note:  I know in the past RSVPs were only required for lunches out.  However, in almost all of the events I plan, I really need to know well in advance how many of you are planning to attend.  This helps us to have adequate seating, supplies and the proper space.  My contact information is in this newsletter and if you cannot reach me, please feel free to leave me a voice mail and I will get back to you ASAP.  Thanks in advance for the cooperation and I look forward to hearing from more of you soon, especially our new neighbors!


Card Games

Monday, October 2nd, 6PM

Play games at the Model!  Please bring snacks to share!

Curtain Call Theater: Lost in Yonkers

Thursday, October 5th, 7:30PM

Cost: $25/ticket (sold at door or online)

Curtain Call Theater (1 Jean Jugan Lane, Latham, NY) presents Lost in Yonkers, an amusing and poignant coming of age tale by award winning writer Neil Simon.

Apple & Craft Festival

Sunday, October 8th, 9AM – 5PM

Goold Orchards in Castleton, NY is having their annual Apple and Craft Festival!

Book Club Meeting

Tuesday, October 10th, 11AM

This month the Spinney Book Club will be discussing Peter Heller’s Novel Celine in the Model Cottage.

Trip to the NYS Museum

Thursday, October 12th, 9AM

Carpool to the NYS Museum to explore the new exhibits!

Schuyler Mansion 100th Anniversary

Saturday, October 14th, 1-4PM

The historic Schuyler Mansion is celebrating its 100th Anniversary of being on the National Register with an Open House including period dressed actors and reenactments.  Free to all ages!

Brunch with Neighbors

Sunday, October 15th, 11AM

We will be dining at Reel Seafood (195 Wolf Road, Colonie, NY).  Reservations must be to Connie by 1PM on October 9th – no additions after.  Check out their very generous and reasonable menu online.  Connie and her husband will be there and hope to see you too!

Capitol Hauntings Tour

Monday, October 16th, 12:45PM

Free spooky tour of the NYS Capitol.  Meet at the Tour desk in the State Street lobby.

Storytelling Fundraiser

Thursday, October 19th, 1PM

Cost: $10 donation (may give more if you wish)

Kate Dudding, a national award-winning Storyteller and performer, will bring her talent to us to support the Bethlehem Food Pantry.  Kate is planning a program for us that celebrates some of Broadway’s greatest composers. As this is a fundraiser, we sure want to see a big crowd!  Please bring your friends, family and neighbors to what is sure to be an extremely enjoyable afternoon. Our hope is to have this event at our new Clubhouse – we’ll keep you updated!

Captain JP Prime Rib Dinner Cruise

Saturday, October 21st, 6:45 PM

Cost: $46.44/person

There will be two additional entrée options on the buffet.  River Cruise will board at from 278 River Street in Troy.

Emily Rankin and the Suffrage Question

Wednesday, October 25th, 2PM

Cost: $5/person, parking limited

The Historic Cherry Hill is putting on a program titled Emily Rankin and the Suffrage Question.

Movie at the Library: My Cousin Rachel

Friday, October 26th, 2PM

Enjoy a movie at the Bethlehem Public Library!

Potluck Halloween Party

Monday, October 30th, 5:30PM

Bring a dish to share and we will have cake to celebrate October birthdays!  Costumes are optional but encouraged!

September 2017 Newsletter

Greetings friends and neighbors!  We all have had a busy summer with some great family times, many of you going on vacation and a small core group attending our June, July and August events here at the Spinney.  Now that the summer is ending and our clubhouse will be soon opening, we are sure that more of you will attend the activities we have planned for September and beyond!

Please send an email to or call me at 518-439-0164 to let me know what you are planning to attend!


Tai Chi for Health

Thursdays, 10:30AM

Weekly class, all ages and abilities are welcome.  Class will take place at the Bethlehem Public Library.  Participants will build on skills from week to week. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. For more information and to register, call 439-9314.

Cinema at the Library: The Zookeeper’s Wife

Friday, September 8th, 2PM

The Zookeeper’s Wife will be shown at the Bethlehem Public Library.

Meet the Author: Elizabeth Brundage

Monday, September 11th, 1:30PM

Celebrated local author, Elizabeth Brundage, will appear at the Bethlehem Public Library to discuss her novel All Things Cease to Appear.  This event will replace our book club this month.

Lunch with Neighbors

Wednesday, September 13th, 11AM

Enjoy this month’s lunch with neighbors at the 165 Restaurant in the Normanside Country Club.  Reservations to Connie by 9/1 at 3PM at or (518) 439-0164.

Make Your Own Autumn Wreath

Friday, September 15th, 10:30AM

Cost: $6/person

Create your own special autumn wreath in the Model Cottage (8 Rembiano Court).  Material cost is $6 per person.  If you have a glue gun, please bring it.  RSVP early as there are supplies for 12 people.

Apple Picking at Indian Ladder

Monday, September 18th, 10AM

Meet at the Model Cottage and carpool to Indian Ladder Farms for apple picking!  There is an opportunity to pick your own (why not share a bag?) or purchase some at the lovely store.  There is also a nice café for lunch.

Guided Meditation

Tuesday, September 19th, 1PM

We all live with some degree of stress and it can get in the way of our everyday life.  Why not join us to learn how to meditate for stress relief.  Dayle Groudine, Reiki Master (and Spinney resident!), will guide us through self-cleansing the 7 Chakras (the energy centers of our body in which energy flows) and a guided visualization meditation.  Please bring a water bottle, blanket/yoga mat/pillow if you wish to lie on the floor or if you want to cover up under a blanket… of course, some might prefer meditating in a chair.  Event will take place at the Bethlehem Public Library Board Room.

Learn to Arm Knit

Wednesday, September 20th, 2PM

Learn how to knit an infinity scarf using yarn and your arm at the Bethlehem Public Library.  No experience necessary!  Bring one skein of super bulky yarn.  Sign up by calling (518) 439-9314.  Limited to 15 people so sign up fast!

Mardi Gras Dinner Cruise

Friday, September 22nd, 7-9PM

Cost: $55/person

Enjoy a Mardi Gras Dinner cruise on the Minnie Ha Ha in Lake George, NY.  Arrive early to assure parking and tickets.  Tickets can be booked on Lake George Steamboat Company’s website.


Monday, September 25th, 1:30-3PM

Spend an hour writing with the last half hour for optional sharing and feedback at the Bethlehem Public Library.  Open to anyone interested in writing; all abilities, genres welcome.

Nutrition for 55 and Up

Tuesday, September 26th, 11AM

Nutrition can be a balancing act!  Meet in the front lobby of ShopRite of Slingerlands for a program on nutrition.  Get the skinny on what is best for our age group to be focusing on for optimum health.  Refreshments will be served.

Birthday Celebration

Thursday, September 28th, 1PM

We will celebrate all of you who have had recent birthdays or will have your birthday this month!  Come stop by the Model Cottage for cake!

Coffee and Conversation

Friday, September 29th, 1PM

The Bethlehem Public Library will be discussing jazz over coffee!

LOOKING AHEAD: Storytelling Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 19th, 1PM

Cost: $10/person

The Spinney at Van Dyke will be hosting a special fundraiser at the new Clubhouse to benefit the Bethlehem Food Pantry.  We will be enchanted by Kate Dudding, a professional storyteller, bringing us through music and tales back to the best Broadway composers and lyricists of all time.  Bring your friends, relatives and neighbors to this lovely afternoon.  Tax deductible donation of $10 per person – checks made payable to Bethlehem Food Pantry.

August 2017 Newsletter

Thank you all for the warm and wonderful welcome at our Meet and Greet night at the beautiful Gazebo.  I can see lots of usage here during good weather.   I was so happy to see so many attend and am excited about the upcoming events this Month.  Do not forget to email me your ideas for future events for us all to enjoy!


We have some exciting things planned for this Month!  Read on for the scoop:

Thursday, Aug. 3     Rum and Rummy 6:30PM at the Model Cottage

Monday, Aug. 7 Picnic Lunch at the Pool at Adams Station 10:45AM Come this early to secure tables. Enjoy a relaxing time in the water and share lunch dishes.

Book Club Tuesday, Aug. 8 @ 11AM in the Model Cottage

Dutch Apple River Cruise Aug. 11. Arrive at 12:15PM cruise until 2:30 pm $18.95/person

VIA Aquarium, Rotterdam 11 am Aug. 16. Carpool leaves from the model at 10:30 am RSVP Connie @ 518-439-0164 by Aug. 12, $16/person

Picnic on the river Aug. 18 @ Henry Hudson Park River Road Selkirk 11AM

Monday, Aug. 21 @ 11AM Learn helpful tips on home organization from Cheryl Libutti, proprietor of Pretty Neat Home.  Let’s have a big turnout!

Lunch Wednesday Aug. 23 @Yanni’s 2 @ 11:30AM  Reservations to Connie by 8/22  439-0164

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