HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- For the third consecutive year, the Hoosick Armory Youth Center and Community Coalition (HAYC3) will put on Hoosipalooza.
The annual community celebration will take place on this Saturday, March 1, and will begin at 11 a.m. with "Whimsical Winds," a walk through Wood Memorial Park, accompanied by the soothing and harmonious sound of wind chimes created by local artists. This will be followed by the annual bed race down Main Street, and performances by several local artists.
"The great thing is," said Deborah Alter of HAYC3, "it pulls the community together, everyone can participate, everything's free."
The bed race will begin at Village Primary Care, of 140 Main St., and end at Wood Park. In the race, each team constructs a "bed-mobile," which must have four wheels and the team name displayed on it. Teams will represent area businesses, groups, organizations, and families. During the race, at least two team members must ride on the bed. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest, funniest, and most creative teams. According to the registration form, winners will receive "fame and glory throughout our community." There is no limit to how many decorations can be on the beds.
After the bed race, at about 12:30 p.m., the festivities will move inside the Armory, where the Hoosick Falls Central School Jazz Band, led by Bill Brown, will perform for an hour. From 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Hoosick Barn Quilt Project will have an installation set up in the Armory, where residents will be able to create a quilt square on paper, which will then be added to the art installation. Paper and drawing supplies will be included.
From 2 to 3 p.m., Otha Day and his "Drum to the Beat" Drum Circle will facilitate a highly interactive drum circle with residents. According to their website, drumtothebeat.com, "a drum circle is a highly interactive group of people who play drums and percussion instruments together to create in-the-moment music. Through the experience of rhythm and sound, we experience what it means to beat as one hear: we become a vibrant community." Percussion instruments will be provided, but participants are invited to bring their own as well.
Day has worked with groups ranging in size from four to 400, and has taught on the faculties of several schools in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont, including Williams College. People of all ages are encouraged to participate, as Day says, "If you have a heartbeat, you have rhythm and you can drum!"
"One of the reasons we chose Otha Day," said Alter, "is because his drumming is all about bringing the community together. That's what Hoosick Falls is all about."
The final performance of the day, which will run from 3 to 3:30 p.m., will be Hoosick's own Twirlettes, a group of talented girls who will perform long-practiced baton-twirling routines.
If that isn't enough fun for one day, later that night, the Armory will be hosting "A Night at the Brewvies," to benefit Hathaway's Drive-In Theatre. This event is limited to those who are 21-plus, and will feature two events. The first is a Brown's Brewery Beer Tasting and Food Pairing from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Owl's Nest. Tickets for that part of the event are $50 and must be purchased in advance. Part two will take place in the Perry Room, which will be transformed into a three-screen cinema, where three movies will be accompanied by themed fare. Tickets for that event are $20, and can be purchased the night of the event.
"Community isn't just about a place or a group of buildings," said Alter, "All the different events are pieces of the whole, just as a comunity is made up of all the people in it."
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