Author to kick off Duanesburg Day

When Duanesburg Day returns to the high school campus on Saturday, April 4, Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, author of “Book Scavenger,” will kick off the event with an 11 a.m. talk in Joe Bena Auditorium, followed by special activities for children.

Bertman has been working with Duanesburg Elementary students on a project based on her novel. Students grades 4-6 are doing a novel study of the book aligned with the author’s visit. The Duanesburg Historical Society has also partnered with the elementary school to present a special History Hunt during Duanesburg Day that will build on the students’ “Book Scavenger” studies. 

Duanesburg Day exhibits, demonstrations and activities for people of all ages will be presented from noon to 4 p.m. in the high school gym, cafeteria, lobby and surrounding areas. In addition to the author’s talk and History Hunt, the day will feature:

  • A flag ceremony
  • A book fair
  • A student art gallery
  • Student demonstrations and displays
  • Community, civic, youth and local organizations and fundraisers
  • Law enforcement and  first responders
  • A vendor fair and marketplace
  • Food concessions
  • And more

A day that helps others

Duanesburg Day will also help support four local organizations that help make the community a better place. Donation boxes will be set up for the Eagles Outlet, Hello Gorgeous!, Schoharie River Center, and the Weekend Backpack Program.

Located in the high school and run by students and staff, the Eagles Outlet is a place where students may pick up needed items such as clothing, shoes and personal care products free of charge. Hello Gorgeous! is a non-profit organization that provides complimentary, professional makeovers and cosmetic education for women battling cancer; the mission is to restore the beauty that cancer steals.

The Schoharie River Center is a cultural and environmental center with a mission to instill a love for learning, arts and science; promote the values of stewardship for our local environment; and encourage the positive and responsible involvement of youth in their communities.

The Weekend Backpack Program provides healthy food to sustain local children in need through the days they aren’t in school. The program is offered in partnership with the Schenectady Foundation, in collaboration with the Duanesburg Presbyterian Church, City Mission, Regional Food Bank, MVP Health Care and SEFCU. Launched in 2014, the program now serves more than 1,200 children attending Schenectady County schools including Duanesburg.

All are welcome

Duanesburg Day is a free, public event that celebrates the area’s creativity, culture and history. A committee of community members and DCS staff has been meeting over the past several months to plan an enjoyable day. Participation in the committee is always welcome.

Want to be an exhibitor or vendor?

Those interested in signing up as an exhibitor or vendor for Duanesburg Day should complete and return the Duanesburg Day Registration Form 2020 by March 20.

A printed version of the form will be included in the district’s upcoming winter newsletter, which will also feature a guest article by Becky Watrous of the Duanesburg Historical Society.

Save time Sunday for a fantastic show

On Sunday, April 5, the Gibson Brothers will take the stage at 5 p.m. at Joe Bena Auditorium for a benefit concert for the Schoharie River Center. Don’t miss it!