For guys who grew up in Schenectady’s Third Ward, the night before Thanksgiving has always been boys’ night out. They meet at the Schenectady Veterans of World War II Hall on Union Street, have a few beers and settle the world. Conversation was on tap Nov. 25, 1987. And while guys like “Rockhead,” “The Roamer” and “Joe Plastic” were toasting friendship on the fourth Wednesday of the month, other people were doing other things in a month of “Novembrances.” The Schenectady Choral Society performed a free concert at the Schenectady County Library. Local fashion models decided to show off dresses and gowns they had made themselves. Arts and crafts fans prepared bazaars and rummage sales.
Friends of Schenectady’s Third Ward settle the world during their annual Thanksgiving-eve gathering on Nov. 25, 1987. Playing cards at the Schenectady Veterans of World War II Hall on Union Street are, from left, Tony Perretta, Joe Fluty, Joe LaMalfa, Ed Pardi and George Masotti.
Prudy Bombard, left, and Arlene Wojtowicz prepare for a craft auction in Mariaville in November 1987. The sale was sponsored by the Mariaville Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization.
Rustic was the word for the 1987 fall rummage sale at Congregation Beth Israel in Schenectady. Preparing lamps, fans and spinning wheels are, from left, Shirley Friedman, Molly Rubin, Adele Grayman and Molly Shubin. The party was held Nov. 16.
John Rutter’s 1986 “Requiem” was the main event for the Schenectady Choral Society’s free concert on Nov. 17, 1987. Preparing for the show are, from left, piano accompanist Shirley Swanker, flutist Eleanor Kampf, cellist Barbara Wright, soprano soloist Marlys Anderson and music director Don MacMillan.
Members of Schenectady’s Van Corlaer Elementary School helped stock the shelves for a 1987 arts and crafts sale at the Guilderland Avenue building. From left are Christopher Chandler, Jonleen Chandler, Stephanie Kitchen and Megan Petterson.
Christine Martinec Vlahides, left, smiles as she reviews inventory for a 1987 fashion show at the former Peggy’s Restaurant in Schenectady. Joining Christine are, from left, Laura Kuchay, Jo Golembeck and Jean Smith. All of the women were wearing clothes they made themselves.
Diana Brandt, left, has a big smile for Beverly Bowman during a craft-making session at Faith Baptist Church in Rexford. Fans of candles and dolls learned how to make crafts for the 1987 holiday season.