Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Uncork Autumn! Friday, 9/26

Autumn Harvest Buffet, Tasting, Wine Pull and Raffle


Celebrate the bounty of the season and support the University Club Foundation with a Harvest Buffet dinner, a wine pull, or both!

The University Club Foundation will host Uncork Autumn! on Friday, September 26 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Mark Brogna of Capital Wine & Spirits on Lark Street in Albany is lining up a tasting featuring wines that were recently added to the U. Club’s Fall & Winter Wine List. The tasting is included in the price of the Harvest Buffet.

At the Wine Pull station, everyone’s a winner – for a $20 ticket, guests will choose from a “grab bag” of bottles, choice of red or white. Many of the bottles will be valued at more than $20, and all of the bottles in the Wine Pull have been carefully chosen to please! Raffle tickets will also be available during the evening for $5 each, and participants may enter drawings for collectible wines and other seasonal prizes.

Uncork Autumn! is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, and one need not be a member of the Club to attend. The cost for the Buffet and Tasting is $30 and includes tax and gratuity, beverages are additional. The Tasting will be held from 5:30 – 6:30, the Buffet from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., and the Wine Pull and Raffle will take place at 8:30 p.m.

The Harvest Buffet will include the freshest foods rich with the flavors of autumn, including:

  • Butternut Squash & Ginger Soup; 
  • Rosemary Roasted Game Hen; 
  • Sliced Beef Tenderloin; 
  • Sweet Potato Encrusted Salmon; 
  • Garlic & Parmesan Fingerlings and 
  • Seasonal Vegetables

Reservations are required and may be made by calling the University Club at 518-463-1151. You may also purchase your tickets and wine pull chances online with PayPal or a credit card.

A portion of the proceeds from the evening will benefit the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation. The Foundation was formed in 2009 to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the National Register-listed University Club building, its historic neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

1st Friday with Jeff Strange - 9/5!

On Friday, September 5, Jeff Strange returns to the University Club as we re-boot our 1st Friday Concert Series after its summer hiatus!

A founding member of internationally-known Irish folk band Donnybrook Fair and longtime member of The Newports, Jeff is known for his on-stage patter and energetic performances incorporating a broad selection of Irish, rock and original music.

Jeff will play in the Grille Room from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. The performance is free and dinner will be served until 9:00 p.m., please call 518-463-1151 for reservations.

On the first Friday of each month, as part of the University Club’s celebration of 1st Friday, one need not be a member to enjoy live music, dinner and dancing in the Grille Room, dress is casual, and cash and major credit cards are accepted. Come be a part of the downtown arts walk that showcases Albany's thriving and lively art scene!

*MAKE A NIGHT OF IT* and join us at 6:00 p.m. for a Meet the Artist Reception with Ken Ragsdale, the U Club's first Artist in Residence. He'll have a solo show in the Club's living room and lobby through December, and this is the public's first chance to see it! Please RSVP through Eventbrite, by calling the Club at 518-463-1151 or by email.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

U Club Launches "Artist in Residence" Program

Ken Ragsdale to Exhibit Work from September – December



In addition to paintings by Jonathan Bradley Morse and Walter Launt Palmer and sculpture by Terri Boor, the Living Room, Lobby and Dining Room of the University Club of Albany have long featured works from a variety of local artists.

This fall, the University Club will present a solo exhibition of the works of Ken Ragsdale, who has been selected as the Club’s first Artist in Residence. The exhibition will include pieces from the artist’s collection as well as works from several private collections that have not been shown before in a public exhibition.

The exhibition will open with a Meet the Artist Reception on Friday, September 5, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the National Register-listed University Club at 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The reception is free and open to the public as part of the University Club’s participation in 1st Friday, the arts walk that showcases the lively art scene in downtown Albany.

Reservations are requested and may be made using the link below or by calling 518-463-1151.


Guests are invited to stay on after the reception for live music in the Grille Room with founding member of Irish folk band Donnybrook Fair and longtime member of The Fabulous Newports, Jeff Strange, from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Scheduled to run through Monday, December 22, the exhibition will be on view during public and special events at the Club, and by appointment with the artist, who will receive an honorary membership in the University Club for the duration of the show.

The Artist in Residence program furthers the University Club and Foundation’s commitment to promote the use of the historic Clubhouse as a venue for performing and visual arts as well as cultural events. It builds on the success of the October, 2011 Athletic Annex Exhibition curated by local artist Chip Fasciana. For 9 days, the University Club’s former fitness annex was transformed into a “pop up art gallery” with an exhibition featuring some 20 local and regional artists. The Athletic Annex Exhibition was part of MoHu – the Mohawk Hudson Art Festival featuring theatre, dance, music, visual and random acts of art throughout the region.

Pacific Northwest native Kenneth Ragsdale is an Albany-based artist and Lecturer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy. His work, derived from personal memories; is process driven, focused on narrative, and involves a mixture of many artistic disciplines: drawing, painting, sculpture, paper-craft, theatre lighting, and photographs. His recent work deals specifically with his own childhood narrative and its metaphorical relationship with that of the growth of America as a nation.

“I associate reality with transience, and to the building up of memories, rather than with the concreteness of my present existence,” said Ragsdale. “What I think I remember is in a constant state of flux, the organization and arrangement of particulars controlled and altered by every new experience, to the point where even the mundane can be reformed into the epic.”

He has exhibited in many galleries, museums and arts venues, including: Cypriana Majernika Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia; The High Line, New York; Siena College, Loudonville; Albany International Airport; Amrose Sable Gallery, Albany, NY; Johnson Memorial Art Gallery, Middlebury College, VT; Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy; Sicyon Gallery, Walla Walla, WA; Rochester Contemporary Arts Center; Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR; Rockingham Arts & Museum Project, Bellows Falls, VT; Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR; and Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

This event is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc., and one need not be a member of the University Club to attend. The 501c3 Foundation which was formed in 2009 to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the University Club building and property, its neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901. Support for educational programming presented by the University Club Foundation is provided by AT&T. For more information contact the University Club at 518-463-1151 or online at www.universityclubalbany.com.



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bastille Day Photos

A great time was had by all at the University Club of Albany's celebration of the 225th anniversary of Bastille Day.

I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to take a photo of the delicious asparagus wrapped in phyllo dough and dusted with pancetta crumbs, or the mouth-watering cream puffs created by Chef Kevin, but I hope these pictures will give you a small taste of the food, wine and history of France that we enjoyed on July 14!

View photos from U. Club Bastille Day Celebration on Flickr

Friday, June 20, 2014

Celebrate Bastille Day - 7/14/14


Celebrate independence and explore two revolutions that greatly influenced modern government with a Bastille Day Celebration at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street on Monday, July 14 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Bastille Day, known in France as La Fête Nationale or The National Celebration, takes place on July 14th and celebrates France’s freedom from royal rule. The holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille, a large French jail that was a symbol of the King’s power. Similar to Independence Day in the U.S., it is a day when national pride is on full display.

The festivities marking the 225th anniversary of Bastille Day will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a tasting of French wines – red, white, and rosé – presented by University Club board member Mark Brogna, proprietor of Capital Wine & Spirits at 348 State Street in Albany. The tasting will be accompanied by Parisian pique-nique fare, including salade Niçoise; assorted pâtés, pickles and olives; cold meats; crudités; and cheeses.

At 7:00 p.m., Richard S. Fogarty, Associate Professor, Department of History at the University at Albany, will present a talk titled, “A Tale of Two Revolutions, and Two Independence Days.” He will discuss the French Revolution, its ties to the American Revolution, and how two nations commemorating their independence every July could be celebrating things at once so different and so much the same. The evening will conclude with a champagne toast and a sweet treat.

The cost for the event, which includes the tasting and pique-nique fare, is $40. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the University Club at 518-463-1151 or online.

This event is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc., and one need not be a member of the University Club to attend. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the 501c3 Foundation, which was formed in 2009 to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the University Club building and property, its neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901. Support for educational programming presented by the University Club Foundation is provided by AT&T.

Monday, June 2, 2014

1st Friday with Geo Doody - June 6

Join your friends and neighbors as the U Club welcomes back one of our favorite performers from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. on Friday, June 6.

Geo is a versatile artist whose solo shows can go from an intimate setting to a house rocking one-man band.

Vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Geo has been performing professionally for 30 years. His experience at entertaining audiences of all ages shines through the minute he hits the stage. Geo plays the music from the 1940s to today, a mix of Rock, Pop, R&B, Irish Pub Standards and Special Occasion Songs.

Geo can be seen working with other performers such as Johnny Rabb and Graham Tichy. When he's not on stage Geo teaches elementary school music as well as private lessons.

He's a self-described History Nerd, and therefore the perfect artist for our Pinkster Celebration After Party!

Dinner will be served until 9:00 p.m., please call 518-463-1151 for reservations. The performance is free and open to the public as part of the University Club’s participation in 1st Friday, the arts walk that showcases the lively art scene in downtown Albany.

Please note: The U Club 1st Friday Concert Series is on hiatus during July and August, but will resume on Friday, September 5 with Jeff Strange! 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

4th Annual Pinkster Celebration with Paul Grondahl - Friday 6/6

You are cordially invited to attend the University Club of Albany Foundation's 4th Annual Pinkster Celebration with author and journalist Paul Grondahl. 


He will discuss his latest book, These Exalted Acres: Unlocking the Secrets of Albany Rural Cemetery. The book was published by the Times Union with support from the cemetery's board of trustees and its benefactors. It contains a historical overview, photographs, maps and biographies of 50 fascinating people and historic monuments at Albany Rural Cemetery. Following the presentation, books will be available for purchase and signing.

The evening includes a reception at 6:00 p.m. with Light Fare and Cash Bar, and the program begins at 7:00 p.m. with a Book Signing immediately following.

Proceeds from book sales benefit the nonprofit Times Union Hope Fund, which helps underprivileged children attend after-school programs and summer camps.

The event is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation, and one need not be a member of the University Club to attend. Tickets for the Pinkster Celebration are $30 per person or $50 per person for Honorary Committee. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the University Club at 518-463-1151 or online with a credit card or PayPal at tinyurl.com/uclub-pinkster-2014.


More Info

In the spring of 1811, the Albany Common Council banned Pinkster Day celebrations because of “rioting and drunkenness.” Two centuries later, in an effort to revive a tradition from Albany’s past, members of the University Club petitioned the Common Council to repeal the prohibition. The Pinkster ban was lifted on May 16, 2011.

On Friday, June 6, the Club will welcome award-winning journalist and author Paul Grondahl to the 4th Annual Pinkster Celebration at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany.

Grondahl has been a staff writer at the Albany Times Union since 1984, where his assignments have taken him from the Arctic to Antarctica; from Northern Ireland to Africa; from New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina and Haiti after its catastrophic earthquake in 2010; and across New York State, from Ground Zero on 9/ 11 to the Adirondack wilderness.

The Club’s first Pinkster Celebration featured readings from four centuries of scholarly and popular publications documenting the people and places of New York’s capital city, including Paul Grondahl reading from his book Mayor Corning: Albany Icon, Albany Enigma. In 2012, the University Club Foundation was delighted to welcome Albany’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning author, William Kennedy. The featured speaker for 2013 was Stefan Bielinski, the director of the Colonial Albany History Project.

The Pinkster Celebration will feature a cocktail reception with light fare and cash bar from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., followed by a presentation by Grondahl.

When the reception wraps up at 8:00 p.m., Pinkster revelers are invited to head downstairs for an after-party in the Grille Room with vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Geo Doody, who serves up a versatile mix of classic rock, R&B, and Irish Pub standards. On the first Friday of each month, the University Club serves as a venue for 1st Friday, the downtown arts walk that showcases Albany’s thriving and lively art scene.

Proceeds from the event benefit the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 corporation, and one need not be a member of the University Club to attend. The Foundation was formed to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the National Register-listed University Club building, its historic neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.

Support for educational programming presented by the University Club Foundation is provided by AT&T.