Grand Walks

#GrandWalks is a series of 5 walks taking place between July 4, 2016 and Fall 2016.

Grand Street Community Arts home at old St. Anthony’s Church has been closed since 2012. We anticipate re-opening the building this summer, but since we are dependent upon volunteer labor, we are not certain exactly when the building will be re-opened. And so, this summer, we are holding a series of off-site programs, of Grand Walks, to other cultural destinations in the city of Albany.


First Walk: Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence (July 4)

An historic walking tour to the July 4 Oration (more info) at the Myers residence, led by Maeve McEneny.

Second Walk: A Sound Walk at Tivoli Lake Preserve (July 23)

This 30 minute Sound Walk through Tivoli Lake Preserve will be led by artist/composer Stephanie Loveless. Meet at the Gazebo behind Livingston School Apartments at 2:45 and 3:30. The walk will depart in two groups at 3pm and 3:45pm.

Soundwalking , as defined by Hildegard Westerkamp  “any excursion whose main purpose is listening to the environment.” Stephanie Loveless is an artist and composer who lives on Grand Street.  She will lead the sound walk in this urban nature preserve that she has fallen in love with.

The Tivoli Lake Preserve Sound Walk is co-presented with the City of Albany, Mayor’s Office of Energy & Sustainability.

Third Walk: Historic Cherry Hill (August 3)

Meet at St. Anthony’s at 4:30 for a South End historic walking tour to Historic Cherry Hill. Historian Fred Schrock will lead the South End walking tour. Shawna Reilly from Cherry Hill will lead a tour of the grounds at Cherry Hill, beginning at 5:30pm.

Fourth Walk:  Ten Broeck Mansion (August 11)

Meet on the steps of St. Anthony’s at 6:00pm for this historic walking tour through Downtown Albany and Arbor Hill. The walk will arrive at Ten Broeck Mansion by 6:50 for Confetti Stage’s free performance of William Shakespear’s A Comedy of Errors. (Bring a picnic!)

Fifth Walk: A Labyrinth (Postponed until Sept 15 or Oct 16)

The final Grand Walk will be very very short, but rich in meaning. A walk through a labyrinth on the full moon. Stay tuned for more details.


This Fall, GSCA will follow up with a Pedestrian Film Festival, featuring films about walks and walking by Tim Burns, Melinda Holm and others.