Discover the culture of upstate New York through walking tours, hands-on workshops, and bus trips to exciting destinations. Check back regularly for new programs!


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Upcoming Programs:

Tasting: Drink the Seasons: Ides of March
Friday, March 15 – 6pm @ Brouwer House • $25
It’s the Ides of March, a day celebrating the first full moon of the new year. And indeed, spring is on its way! Led by historian John Gearing, we’ll sample a variety of seasonal libations, made with locally grown ingredients. Get cozy in Schenectady’s oldest home as we welcome spring! This workshop is offered seasonally, and you can register at a discounted rate of $80 for all four (June 27, October 3, December 12).

Workshop: Hooked on Blacksmithing
Sunday, April 28 – 9am @ Mabee Farm • $150 includes materials
Join our resident blacksmith John Ackner as we learn to make hooks and adjustable fireplace trammels.

Secret Stockade Saturdays
Saturdays: May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, Sept 7, and Oct 5 at 10:00 am
• $20, tour meets at SCHS

The Stockade and its secrets come to life on this behind-the-scenes journey through the neighborhood. Join us for a morning of mysteries as our guides lead us from the museum, through the Stockade, and inside two Stockade homes, each with their own legends and lore. Refreshments will be served inside the Stockade’s oldest home, the historic Brouwer House. This tour lasts approximately three hours.

Bus Trip to the New York Botanical Garden
Tuesday, May 21 • $75 inclusive of admission, bus, and tip

Get lost in exotic gardens, take in fresh spring blooms, and enjoy a day in this oasis of greenery! Spring is the best time to visit the NYBG, with so much to see, smell, and smile about. And, with our bus trip, it couldn’t be easier to get there! Join us for a day with the NYBG’s endless array of plants and flowers that will activate all of your senses.

– 7:30 AM: Depart First Reformed Church, Union/Church St, Schenectady Stockade
– 8:00 AM: Pick up at Crossgates Mall — Macy’s lot
– 11:00 AM: Arrive at NYBG and explore on your own
– 5:00 PM: Depart the NYBG
– 8:00 PM: Drop-off at Crossgates Mall
– 8:30 PM: Arrive back at First Reformed Church, Union/Church St, Schenectady Stockade