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Events in March '68 include St. Patrick’s party, benefit concert, college caravan

Events in March '68 include St. Patrick’s party, benefit concert, college caravan

In March of '68, local people were gearing up for St. Patrick's Day, a concert benefit and a college
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Edward Baker knew the color green meant spring was on the way.

Baker also knew it meant St. Patrick’s Day was coming. He was a member of Schenectady’s Ancient Order of Hibernians in 1968 and was preparing for the group’s annual St. Patrick’s Day party. That year, the local Irish began their celebration a day early — the party took place Saturday, March 16.

Others also were planning revelries. Schalmont High School’s “Folksingers” were getting in tune and in voice for a March 30 benefit concert. Eleven girls, all juniors at the Rotterdam school, were stars of the show. Teachers Mary Schiano and Audrey Fedeli provided guitar accompaniment. The group was already kind of famous — the musicians and singers had performed at Expo ’67 in Montreal. Too bad singer Kathy Herrick missed the group picture.

Still other students were more interested in travel. Schenectady’s branch of the American Association of University Women planned its “college caravan” for boys during the early spring of 1968. Local high school boys would have the chance to visit Mohawk Valley Community College, Hamilton College, Syracuse University and S.U.’s Utica College branch.

Malinda Myers was in the news. As membership secretary for the local branch of the Schenectady branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Myers met new people all the time. In March of ’68, she met new association members from Bellevue Reformed Church.

Modern art also had a place in ’68. Young artists Brian Moore and Joanne Radice were among the young artists at an art fair at Rosendale Elementary School in Niskayuna.

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