Celebration 2021 + 1

The Village of Colonie was set to celebrate its Centennial, beginning in March 2021.

However, in view of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are taking our plans and moving our events into 2022. Although we will be one year older, it is more important that we maintain social distancing, wear our masks and remain safe and healthy. We need to keep steady on the course to end this pandemic in the hope of returning to a time when we can take off our masks safely and see each other once again. We appreciate your understanding, and we are grateful for your support. Please watch for details as further plans develop. We will keep everyone updated on the Village Facebook page, in The Villager and Village website.

While our in-person Centennial celebration events are postponed, we are excited to share our Village’s history and memories with you on our available platforms throughout 2021. You’ll be able to see and hear personal stories, read interesting historical facts, view old photographs and relive our Village’s past through pictures and words. These pictures, stories and memories will be shared in our Villager, on the Village Facebook page and on our Village Website.

If you have Village memories or pictures you would like to share, please feel free to email us: colonievillage100@gmail.com 

Brief Village History:

(To read a full in-depth history of the Village, click here)

The Village of Colonie is one of the most strategically located municipalities in the State of New York. Its nearness to Albany International Airport, the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, the Northway and the Thruway, the picturesque Catskill and Adirondack Mountains, and its location within the triangle of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy make the Village a vital business and residential community in which to live and work.

The Village was officially incorporated on March 2, 1921. In the many decades that followed, each presiding Mayor and Board of Trustees initiated improvements, expanded services and programs, faced challenges as well as triumphs and molded the Village into a “place to be proud of.”  Today, the 3.3 square mile Village has 8,000 residents with some 3,200 properties and a business-lined corridor of Central Avenue from the East side of Route 155 to the West side of Wolf Road.

Each of the men who have served as Mayor of the Village, along with their Boards of Trustees has expanded the size and delivery of programs and services, adding to the comfort of the residents as well as increasing property values.  They each carried on the tradition of maintaining taxes at reasonable and equitable levels. Responding to the needs of its residents, the Village has added both necessities and amenities that include snow removal, fire protection, senior and youth outreach programs, parks and recreational facilities, sewer and water services, as well as an Amphitheater for the Arts.

As 2020 began, the Village was making plans to celebrate its Centennial as a tribute to all those, past and present, who have worked to create and develop a community that is truly “a place to be proud of.”  In March of 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic was upon us and changed our lives in ways we never anticipated.  The challenges of keeping everyone safe and healthy, makes it necessary for the Village to move all Centennial plans into 2022. Although we will be a year older, we can hopefully take off our masks and see each other once again.

Centennial +1 Events:

Let’s kick off our Centennial Celebration by welcoming all our residents, families, friends, Village business owners, to come check us out! Our Centennial Open House will include tours of the following locations: Village Hall, including our HBK Senior Center, Family Recreation Center, Village Fire House and Department of Public Works. We are opening all our buildings up to you so we can show off everything we love to do for our Village. Check out some great Village memorabilia at the Village Hall and while you’re there, don’t forget to pay our wonderful senior staff a visit and some light refreshments. Take an up-close look at all of our big machinery in our Department of Public Works and see all our amazing apparatus located in our Fire House. Stop in to the Family Recreation Center and shoot some hoops or play a quick game of billiards. Let’s all be reminded of all the great amenities and growth we have achieved for our residents and community over the past 100+ years.

Come one, come all to a seriously fun Centennial Picnic at Cook Park. With vibes of our annual Family Fun Day, this picnic will incorporate even more than the usual delights of food, fun, games, rides and more! There will be live music and plenty of all-day fun!

In celebration of the Village’s Centennial, the Mayor’s Cup 5K & Fun Run is back! Come out to enjoy our fast and flat scenic route through Cook Park and surrounding neighborhood. Event to be timed by AREEP. Age division awards for top men and women. Don’t want to run or walk the race? We are encouraging resident participation by cheering on our racers throughout the route, there may even be prizes for most creative/enthusiastic participation! Entertainment before and during the race to be provided by AREEP, but stick around for a community afternoon afterwards with food and music entertainment! Stay tuned for sign-ups on the AREEP website.

Be witness to our Centennial Parade! The route is set to parade down Central Avenue, and turn down Lincoln Avenue on our way to a finale in Cook Park. There will be fire departments, local business representation, local dignitaries, social organizations, bands and floats. We invite you to come out and celebrate with us. If you would like to participate in the parade, contact the Village Hall.

Our grand finale to our yearlong celebration of our 100th birthday will culminate with our Centennial Dinner Celebration. It will feature a Roaring 20’s theme in recognition of the year we were founded. We hope to celebrate with friends, family and neighbors with good food, drinks and dancing. 20’s dress style optional, but always encouraged. What better way to celebrate then putting on your best shoes and dancing the night away to all those classic big-band hits! Check back for more details on how to purchase tickets.

If you would like to become a sponsor or place an ad in the Centennial program, please click below for more information.
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