Schenectady County is kicking off its year-long bicentennial celebration with a gala at Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia Saturday, March 7.
On March 7, 1809, we officially broke away from Albany County, so we booked this date with the Glen Sanders Mansion four years ago, said Wendy Voelker, Schenectady County special events coordinator. "We're very lucky because it's on a Saturday night. We thought it would be the perfect opportunity to have a big gala celebration."
The gala will feature a cocktail hour, a full sit-down dinner and entertainment.
"It's a cash bar, then for after-dinner entertainment, we're going to be doing some storytelling with local humorist Bob Cudmore," said Voelker. "He'll be telling some stories about Schenectady County. After dinner and after Bob Cudmore, there will be dancing."
There will be plenty of patriotic goodies served throughout the evening, including a mystery dessert and the debut of the Schenectady County Bicentennial cocktail.
"[It's called] The Bicentini. The bar manager at the Glen Sanders Mansion is creating it. It's going to be blue with an orange slice in it in honor of the bicentennial flag," Voelker said.
Voelker is excited about the decorations for the gala, which were inspired by the bicentennials' light bulb logo and are being done by Experience and Creative Design.
"It's going to be spectacular. I don't want to give too many details away, but they're going to be honoring our electrical heritage," said Voelker.
Congressman Paul Tonko, who represents the 21st district of New York State, is expected to make an appearance. In addition, all of the municipalities in the county will be honored through images that will be shown at the gala.
"People can be proud of the communities in which they live," said Voelker.
"It's going to be so much fun," she said. "I don't think I've ever had so much fun planning an event."