Celebration

Buddha’s Birthday 2019


The City of Amsterdam’s Buddhist population celebrated Buddha’s Birthday on May 11th.  Holy Master Ziguang Shang Shi blessed the attendees as they bathed the Buddha signifying the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. The celebration took place in Freedom Square just opposite the Five World Buddha Temple.

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Bring the Light Holiday Celebration


Saratoga Arts sponsored a multicultural holiday event at the Grove at Saratoga on Sunday December 2nd. The event featured music, dance and a poetry reading celebrating the holiday season. The event was organized by Bobby Carlton and many local artists participated. It was a very enjoyable evening.

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Stickermule Riverfest 2018


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Pinky’s Summer Party 2018


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Provincetown 2018


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Amsterdam’s International Food Festival


The Amsterdam Lions Club sponsored an International Food Festival at Riverlink Park today. Vendors from Amsterdam’s different ethnic groups served food representing their home countries. Of course I am partial to the delicious Spring Rolls handmade by our hard working Chinese community. NYS Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara also enjoyed them. Please try some at Parkfest tomorrow. The food was great, the waterski team from Scotia were also practicing in the Mohawk River at the park. Unfortunately I only caught the tail end of their practice.

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Spring Fling 2017


The City of Amsterdam hosted its annual Spring Fling street festival on Saturday. The picture perfect weather drew a crowd of thousands, anxious to get out of the house and enjoy what the festival had to offer. As you will see in the following images, Amsterdam did not disappoint. Amsterdam Mayor Mike Villa was very pleased with the festival, crediting Recreation Director Rob Spagnola and Assistant Director Danielle Whelly for pulling it all together.

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Party on the Mohawk


Just a day before the Summer Solstice and the sun is shining on the Mohawk River in Tribes Hill, New York. Time for some fun in the sun! A little skeet shooting, swimming, boating and a cookout.

A perfectly fine day.

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Spring Fling 2016


Amsterdam, New York celebrates Spring with a street festival! Time to get outside, enjoy the weather and your neighbors. This year’s event was bigger than ever thanks to Mayor Mike Villa and the Recreation Department’s Director Rob Spagnola and his assistant Samantha Bonnano.  With rain forecast for the afternoon, most people visited in the morning. What a great event to bring Amsterdam’s community together.

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Goddess of Mercy’s Birthday Celebration


While most of the Christian population celebrates Easter, Buddhists celebrate the birth of the Goddess of Mercy (Guanyin). Guanyin is an East Asian spiritual figure of mercy associated with compassion.

Amsterdam, New York’s World Peace and Health Organization celebrated Guanyin’s birthday today in the Goddess of Mercy Temple on Grove Street. Holy Master Ziguang Shang Shi spoke to a gathering of both Buddhist monks, students and followers from all parts of the world where he encouraged the monks to teach the Dharma practice and spread peace and health throughout the world. He also spoke of his successor who would lead the Sangha in Amsterdam as he prepares to retire. There was singing and demonstrations of Tai Chi as the members shared their talents in honor of Guanyin. The celebration was joyous and the members left invigorated from the new mantra they practiced during the celebration.

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