Ashlyn Peterson smiles with her caricature during the 2016 Niska-Day event. This year's event is Saturday.

A ‘magical’ Niska-Day 37 planned

“Magic is in the Air” for Niska-Day 37 on May 19, with a full day of entertainment on tap. Entertainment committee co-chairs Jay and Rachel Rourke are excited about the day’s activities, from magic to music. Magician Merdwin the Mediocre…

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Vendors, nonprofits and community groups set up shop under the big tent at the 36th Annual Niska-Day. Evergreen Olive Oil Company was a first-time vendor.

Niska-Day off to great start

Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter The 36th annual Niska-Day kicked off this morning with a fun run and the parade that wound from St. Kateri to Niskayuna High School. Festival-goers then headed to the grounds at Craig Elementary School where there…

Recent Niskayuna High School graduate Samantha Burgess discusses some solutions to teen drinking at Niska-Day at the Niskayuna Police Department. (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

Teen drinking at Niska-Day upsets student

Op-ed piece in school newspaper leads to meeting with town police BY REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — With parades, games, food trucks and old friends, Niskayuna’s biggest community event, Niska-Day, should have been a celebration for graduating senior Samantha…

From left to right: Raury Richardson, Kelsey Richardson, Kevin Dolce, Lexi Coso, Eva Dolce and Olivia Cassela wait excitedly for the parade to begin. (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

Photos: 34th annual Niska-Day

NISKAYUNA – The Niskayuna Community Action Program put on its best Saturday for the 34th edition of its community celebration, Niska-Day, which began with a parade and ended with a fireworks display, with a host of attractions, activities and, of…

The Niskayuna Studio Singers hopped a trolley and waved to their adoring fans during the Niska-Day parade Saturday morning. Photo by Rebecca Isenhart

Niska-Day was a blast!

The annual tradition of spending a Saturday in mid-May on games, rides, a parade and fair food starts young in Niskayuna. From babies napping in backpacks to toddlers nibbling cotton candy to puppies tugging leashes, no one is too young…

Hillside Elementary School is represented in the Niska Day Parade on Grand Boulevard in Niskayuna Saturday, May 17, 2014. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)

Niska-Day taking on a circus atmosphere

Saturday’s celebration boasts a Big Top theme BY REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Getting ready for Niskayuna’s annual town festival is always a little like a three-ring circus, with volunteers juggling everything from musicians and petting zoo animals to…

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MY TAKE: What was your favorite part of Niska-Day?

We asked: What was your favorite part of Niska-Day? Attendees at the tropical-themed, 33rd annual celebration had a hard time picking just one thing! Jonathan, left, and Michael Ferri took a quick break from enjoying the petting zoo to tell…

Girl Scout Troop 2210 members Sarah Jane Gascoyne, 10, left, Isabella Polk, 11, and Faith Potter, 11, clean up trash and debris on the soccer fields near Craig School in Niskayuna after Niska Day Sunday, May 18, 2014.

PHOTOS: Niska-Day cleanup

The Niskayuna community gathered Sunday to take down tents, pick up trash and clean up Craig School after Niska-Day. Photos by Peter R. Barber.

A young parade spectator donates food to Emily Barrett. Photo by Rebecca Isenhart

A Niska-Day Tradition: Collecting Food

By REBECCA ISENHART NISKAYUNA — Nathan Curto is heir to a very important piece of Niskayuna heritage: the annual Niska-Day food drive. He doesn’t know it yet, though, because he’s only 18 months old. “This is his third Niska-Day,” said…