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Fri 07 Oct
Friday, October 7, 2022 until Sunday, October 9, 2022 03:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
This weekend the Friends of Schuyler Mansion will host the 2022 Schuyler Family Reunion. The special package of events is open to descendants, current, and soon-to-be Members, as all history lovers will be interested in the itinerary! Key events will include: Welcome Reception & Open House at Schuyler Mansion, Presentation on the charitable work and contributions of descendants Georgina (1841 – 1923) and Louisa Lee (1837 – 1926) Schuyler, Walking Tour of Albany's Historic South End neighborhood and Captain Samuel Schuyler family's Trinity Place home by City Historian and Friends of Schuyler Mansion Trustee Anthony Opalka, Presentations on tracing one's Genealogy using DNA and "Our Whole History" featuring new research by Schuyler Mansion staff, Van Rensselaer historic house tours, Optional Narrated Boat Tour on the Dutch Apple. Registration for the weekend is $125.00 per person with a current Friends membership. Children 12 & under are $62.50 / age 5 & under are free. Hotel and Dutch Apple Cruise separate. To register for this event, please call the site at (518) 434-0834 to request a registration form and get payment details. Registration deadline: Sept. 23rd.
Sun 09 Oct
Sunday, October 9, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
The river was key to people's lives in the 17th and 18th century. John Scherer, Friends member and NYS Museum curator for over 40 years, will share insider information on Albany society in and around the river! Meet the Schuyler's, hear about squabbles with their neighbors, and learn about shipping and industry along the Hudson. Heidi Hill, Schuyler Mansion staff member, will share Schuyler river trivia as you cruise along the Hudson. Option to buy breakfast sandwiches and morning cocktails onboard will add to the experience. This cruise is open to the general public. To reserve your place, please call Schuyler Mansion at (518) 434-0834 – registration deadline is October 1st. Ticket: $40 per person.
Sat 15 Oct
Saturday, October 15, 2022 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
Join us for Elliot and Schlemowitz's Phantasmagoria, a 18th century-inspired magic lantern show – an unearthly experience created from a form of projected imagery. Magic lantern performers Dawn Elliott and Joel Schlemowitz have built their own fantascope, with wooden track and rear projection screen, along with newly created hand-painted slides, to recreate the full experience of the Fantasmagorie. The Phantasmagoria's eerie repertoire includes a visit to a haunted graveyard, The Death of Lord Littleton, St Dennis and the Devil, and an invocation of the Devil at a Witches' Sabbath. The show concludes with a glimpse behind the curtain to reveal the workings of phantasmagoria's inventions and techniques. Elliott and Schlemowitz's Phantasmagoria has received the Dick Balzer Performance Award from the Magic Lantern Society UK. Program will be held outdoors on the Schuyler Mansion grounds, so please dress accordingly, and bring your garden chair and/or blanket! Event is free, but donations are much appreciated. Registration is required and can be done by calling (518) 434-0834. Event will not take place in rain or other inclement weather – please call to check! Cider & donuts! Rain-date: Oct 22nd.
Sun 13 Nov
Sunday, November 13, 2022 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
Thomas Gainsborough is widely considered one of the great British artists of the late 18th century, as almost everyone, art-lover or not, would recognize his 1770 painting The Blue Boy. But Gainsborough was a passionate lover of music, so devoted to the viola da gamba that he owned several instruments, and yearned to be able to have time away from painting to make music. He enjoyed the company and friendship of some of the greatest musicians in England in the mid to late 1800s, including Johann Christian Bach and Karl Abel. One of his daughters married the famous oboist Johann Fischer. He painted many of these composers, singers and instrumentalists. The Musicians program, Gainsborough's Secret Passion, will feature the musicians of Gainsborough's circle and feature Norman Thibodeau, flute; Sten Isachsen, guitar, Andre Laurent O'Neil, cello and Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, violin and director. For further information, or to purchase tickets, please visit
Sat 07 Jan
Saturday, January 7, 2023 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
An evening of merriment! Once again, Schuyler Mansion and the Friends of Schuyler Mansion will welcome visitors in person for our annual Twelfth Night Celebration, "Salutations of the Season!" From 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. the site will host an open house, replete with 18th century holiday fare, live music, bonfires (weather permitting!), period reenactors, and wassail toasts! Admission: $7.00 Adults / $6.00 Seniors & Students / $2.00 Children (12 and under) / $5.00 Friends members. Then cross the river, where the celebration continues at Crailo State Historic Site with Yuletide decorations, hearthside cooking, live music, re-enactors and other festive traditions of the 17th century! Both events run concurrently and a Combination ticket, which includes both historic houses, is available. Twelfth Night, or the Feast of Epiphany, was one of the traditional holidays celebrated by the Dutch and English of 17th and 18th century New York. Falling on January 6th, Twelfth Night was the final holiday of the season, marked by unsurpassed feasting and revelry. Come and celebrate with us! Snow date: Sun., Jan 8th, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.