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Celebrate July 4 at Schuyler Mansion

Attend a free, old-fashioned Independence Day celebration Saturday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, 32 Catherine St., Albany.

Enjoy 18th-century games and activities including candle-dipping and tinsmithing demonstrations at the 18th-century home of Revolutionary War Major-General Philip Schuyler and his family. Ice cream will be free of charge to commemorate this important holiday.

Linda Russell will perform songs of early America and Mr. Bayly will provide 18th century magic.   In a hands-on history tent,  children and their families may enjoy signing the Declaration of Independence with quill pens.

Self-guided tours will be 1 to 4 p.m. at $3 per person. Visit  http://www.schuylerfriends.org/events.htm/.

Author of Grant book to sign copies

BALLSTON SPA — Local author Frank Varney signs copies of his book about Ulysses S. Grant at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 12.

Varney’s book is “General Grant and the Rewriting of History: How the Destruction of General William S. Rosecrans Influenced Our Understanding of the Civil War.”

The book-signing will be at the Friends of Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, 9 Denhelder Drive, Ballston Lake. For more information, go to http://www.grantcottage.org.

Slide show looks at Schubert brothers

Gregg Tripoli, executive director of the Onondaga Historical Association, will present a slide lecture on The Schuberts of Syracuse: The Brothers Who Built Broadway, at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 30 at the Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center.

The program is part of the JCC’s Jules and Paula Stein Live and Learn Lecture Lunch series. Tripoli researched the rags to riches story behind impoverished Jewish immigrant brothers — Levi (Lee), Sam and Jacob (J.J.) Shubert — who laid the foundation for their theater empire in Syracuse.

Tickets for the lunch are $14 and reservations are required. Call 438-6651 x112 or email ClaireS@albanyjcc.org.

Honored educator to conduct tour

HUDSON – Environmental educator Fran Martino was presented with a resolution from the state Senate recognizing her as an Environmental Champion by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday.

The event took aboard The Marika, operated by Hudson Cruises. Martino is the sole-proprietor of River Haggie Outdoors, a woman-owned business that provides environmental education and outreach and is coordinator of the Greater Stockport Watershed Alliance, designed to protect streams in Rensselaer and Columbia counties.

On Sunday, Martino guides a tour of Cohotate Preserve in Athens from 1 to 4 p.m., On July 11 Martino leads a tour of Hudson-Athens Lighthouse.

—Compiled by Azra Haqqie

Gloria Mazure

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