Update: Dinner-and-show spots going fast

UPDATE AS OF 11 P.M. WEDNESDAY: Requests for reservations for our proposed August 5 dinner-and-theater outing are going fast. We’re limited to 12 spots (see story below) and on the first day have received seven. So, just five spots left, so if you want to participate, better act quickly.

For the second straight summer, we will have to forgo our traditional dinner-and-a-show outing to Chatham where the Mac-Haydn Theatre remains iffy about a production schedule because of the problems the COVID-19 pandemic caused with its planning.

However, all is not lost. We can travel approximately the same distance (from EG) — to New Lebanon — to enjoy the same sort of “Summer Casual” outing for dinner at a local restaurant before a show at a professional summer theater.

I’m looking into the possibility of setting up such an event for Thursday, August 5, but need to know how many people would be interested in participating. At the moment, I’m limiting it to 12 people on a first-come, first-served basis since so many facilities continue to impose crowd size restrictions for various reasons (state guidelines, staff availability, etc.)

Here are potential details:

DINNER — At Mario’s, an upscale Italian-American restaurant that has operated for nearly 60 years on Route 20 in New Lebanon.  You can access its current menu by clicking here. I have spoken with the owner and they can accommodate us at two tables near each other.

 THEATER — At The Theater Barn, a professional seasonal venue now in its 37th season. It is presenting “Night and Day: Love Lost and Found Through the Eyes of Cole Porter.” The beloved songs of the iconic American composer have been arranged into a romantic musical set in a Berkshires mansion,  circa 1930. This regional premiere is only the second production of the show ever mounted. Tickets are in the $30+ range. I’m awaiting a response from the box office manager with specifics. NOTE: The theater is admitting only fully vaccinated guests who will be asked to provide proof of vaccination. 

Mario’s Restaurant, New Lebanon

What I need to know in fairly short order is:

(a) How many people would like to attend the theater performance, and

(b) How many would like to have dinner before the show. 

It is NOT a package deal, so I could make reservations for theater-only for anyone who prefers that. However, to be sure of guaranteeing one or both options, I need to hear from all interested parties no later than Thursday, June 10. To expedite responses, simply email your reply to SRCrotary@gmail.com. And, please, only fully vaccinated people.

Thank you,
Bill Dowd

Menu the same, but there’s a Thursday change

parmThe scheduled speaker has cancelled, but we’re still going to sit down to a hearty dinner this Thursday at Quigley’s.

East Greenbush Town Supervisor Jack Conway just informed us he has a scheduling conflict for this week. He hopes to visit at a later date. Dick Drumm is working to secure a replacement program for Thursday.

Meanwhile, if you have not yet emailed Debbie Brown at mdbrown@nycap.rr.com with your dinner reservation, tonight (Tuesday) is the deadline for doing so.

We hope to see you at Quigley’s at 6:15 for Chicken Parmesan with an antipasto salad, chef’s choice of side dishes, bread, dessert, and beverages. And, as always, the cash bar is open all evening.


Monday RSVP deadline for our Holiday Party

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SRC Holiday Party’s double-entree buffet attractions.

Our umpteenth annual “Holiday Party & Themed Basket Silent Auction” is nearly upon us, set for this coming Thursday, December 20, at Quigley’s.

While the organizers are putting the final touches on the gala, all you have to do is be sure you have RSVP’d to Debbie Brown (mdbrown@nycap.rr.com) no later than this coming Monday, December 17.

As always, guests are welcome. As always, however, we need to have an accurate headcount by the deadline, so please … !

The price is just $25 per person, which covers a holiday spread of two entrees — roast beef and/or eggplant Parmesan — and chef’s choice of veggie side dishes, mashed potatoes, breads, salad, a dessert selection, and a surprise appetizer. PLUS, a self-serve bar will be stocked with wine, beer, and sodas. (Mixed drinks will be available at the main cash bar.)

Screen Shot 2018-12-14 at 12.53.18 PMIn addition  to socializing, dining, and fun, you can do some Christmas shopping throughout the evening from an assortment of themed gift baskets SRC members will be bringing for the silent auction. All proceeds will go to the club treasury to help support our may public service projects.

So, please don’t forget to create and bring your themed baskets, and establish a minimum starter bid to get things rolling. If you’re stumped as to possible themes, just click  here for suggestions. (Two of them appear here.)

P.S. If you haven’t attended a dinner meeting lately, this is an opportunity to see the ongoing renovation project Murray Forth has been spearheading for our meeting room at Quigley’s.

Don’t forget to RSVP by Monday, and we’ll see you at 6 p.m. Thursday at Quigley’s!



2nd Amendment advocate Thursday’s speaker

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Tom King

That’s the topic for this Thursday’s 6 p.m. dinner meeting program at Quigley’s. The speaker will be Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association and a board member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Given the ongoing debate over guns, gun rights, gun legislation, etc., this promises to be a lively and informative session. However, we need to know how many people plan to attend so we have sufficient food and seating. If you haven’t signed up, please do so by emailing dinner coordinator Debbie Brown at mdbrown@nycap.rr.com no later than Tuesday, and as always feel free to invite a guest. Just let her know.

The menu will feature Quigley’s popular lasagna, antipasto salad, chef’s selection of sides, Italian bread, dessert, and beverages. Plus, the cash bar is available as always. Members already signed up:

1. Ron Annis
2. Pat Bailey
3. Terry Brewer
4. Debbie Brown
5. Peter Brown
6. Bill Dowd
7. Dick Drumm
8. Charlie Foote
9. Murray Forth
10. Ray Hannan
11. Phil Kellerman
12. Tom King (guest)
13. Andy Leyhane
14. Jim Leyhane
15. Kevin Leyhane
16. Debbie Rodriguez