The Claverack Republican Club is happy to announce that their Summer Concert Series will return to Claverack in July!
This year’s Concert Series will feature three special promotion nights for local community service organizations and the fifth annual Emergency Services Appreciation Night.
The series takes place Thursday evenings in July and August at the Claverack Town Park, Church Street, Mellenville. All the concerts are free of charge and open to the public.
These community concerts have become a popular tradition in Claverack over the years. The club was forced to cancel their 2020 season due to the pandemic, but looks forward to getting back together and enjoying the area’s most popular country and rock bands this year.
The season opener is Thursday, July 8th when the local favorite Southbound will take the stage.
The Thursday, July 15th concert by the Darrick Kenney Band includes a special promotion for the Mellenville-Philmont Food Pantry. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the food pantry that serves the entire Claverack community.
On July 22nd, Jarrod performs for the fifth annual Emergency Services Appreciation Night, a special salute to area first responders that includes free hamburgers, hot dogs and giveaways for fire, EMS and police personnel. This is a terrific night to attend to support all of those who protect our community.
July 29th is the Columbia-Greene Humane Society concert, featuring the Night Moves Band. Attendees are encouraged (but not obligated) to bring cat and dog food, old blankets and towels, paper towels, cat litter and, of course, monetary donations for this long-time twin-county rescue organization saving our forgotten and neglected pets.
Back by popular request, The Oldies Show returns to town on August 5th for oldies night, bringing their retro take on rock oldies and doo-wop.
August 19th features a concert by the very popular band Jarrod and features a special promotion for the Everlasting Hope Animal Rescue. Attendees are asked (but not obligated) to bring cat and dog food, old blankets and towels, kitty litter, paper towels and, of course, monetary donations for this locally-based rescue group saving our forgotten pets.
The snack bar is open each concert night from 7 to 8:30 offering hamburgers, hot dogs, French Fries, Mary Jeanne’s fried dough, drinks and weekly specials, all at very reasonable prices.
For a complete concert schedule or more information, click here.
Our thanks to all of the volunteers who helped with our roadside cleanup today, removing over 30 bags of trash and debris from three one-mile stretches of road leading to the traffic light in the center of the hamlet.
The Claverack Republican Club has been conducting the cleanups since partnering with the the NYS Department of Transportation "Adopt-A-Highway" program several years ago.
Special thanks to Kippy Weigelt, Claverack Town Supervisor, Stephen Hook, Claverack Town Councilman and candidate for Claverack Town Council Doug Colwell for attending and helping out.
Claverack is working!
The Claverack Republican Club will conduct a roadside cleanup of trash, litter and debris Saturday, May 22, 2021 in the Claverack Hamlet.
A number of years ago the group “adopted” three one-mile stretches of road leading to the traffic light in the center of the hamlet and each spring members and volunteers, in conjunction with the NYS Department of Transportation, pick up the trash that has accumulated along the sides of those three stretches.
Volunteers from the Claverack Republican Club, many of them senior citizens, have conducted this clean up (all volunteer work - no pay or recognition) for years. The only "perk" has been the coffee, donuts and fellowship that the group enjoys prior to the day's work.
Unfortunately, in recent years, the "new" (downstate) Claverack Democratic Committee tried to derail our tradition of picking up litter and trash by lodging a complaint with the State Department of Transportation. We were dumbfounded. Who would complain about someone cleaning up our roadways? Well, they did.
Needless to say, they were unsuccessful.
Please join us on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 9:00 AM as we continue our long tradition of cleaning up the roadways in Claverack. We'll meet in the A.B. Shaw Firehouse parking lot (volunteers must be at least 12-years old). Volunteers need not be a member of the Claverack Republican Club.... all are welcome!
We’re sorry to report that we’re forced to cancel the 2020 Summer Concert Series due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Summer Concert Series has been a staple of the Claverack community for the past nine years, offering free concerts by top local bands Thursday nights in July and August at the Claverack Town Park.
In making the announcement, Club vice-president Charles Schram said the group had been grappling with ways to alter the program to bring it into compliance with CDC guidelines for reducing the transmission of the Covid-19 virus, which has virtually shut down huge segments of the country’s economy, particularly the dining and entertainment segments, since March.
“There was simply no way to make it work,” Schram said, “given the nature of the venue and the close interaction required.”
In mid-March, the Claverack Town Board announced that it was closing the park through July 29 and would re-evaluate the closure decision at that time, possibly extending it into August or beyond.
“That effectively eliminated half of our season,” Schram said. “It made the decision for us.”
Schram noted that the bands had already been booked for the season and a number of corporate donations had been received.
“The bands have been great,” he said. “They understand what we’re going through. There really was no other choice. I’m sure this was not the only gig they’ve lost because of Covid-19.”
Schram said the monetary donations have all been returned.
The club will begin planning for the 2021 season at the first of the year.
“There is no way to plan ahead with this thing,” he said. “This is all new territory. We just have to take it as it comes.”
John Lee was re-elected president of the Claverack Republican Club at the group’s end-of-the-year meeting December 2 at Claverack Town Hall, Route 217, Mellenville.
This marks Lee’s second year of leading the organization, which he characterizes as in a “rebuilding” stage of its existence, with a renewed focus on community activities as well as political involvement.
The club is best known as the sponsor the “Summer Concert Series” which presents live bands Thursday nights during July and August at the Claverack Town Park in Mellenville, a program that will continue in 2017.
Charles Schram will return as the club’s vice-president in 2017. He took a year off from his political activities in 2016 but was re-energized by the results of the 2016 presidential election in which Republicans took firm control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Also re-elected were Club Treasurer P.J. Keeler and Secretary Brenda Schram.
The meeting was followed by a Christmas party at Gabriel’s in Philmont.
The club meets on the first Thursday of every month (except January) at 7 p.m. at the Claverack Town Hall (Town Court) in Mellenville. Anyone interested in joining the organization is encouraged to attend a regular monthly meeting.