Summer Solstice Festival and Hike-a-thon on the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail
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Summer Solstice Festival

The Summer Solstice Festival is a community fair held on the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail (ACHHRT) to celebrate the longest day of the year and the start of summer. This is the 4th year for the event. Last year's Summer Solstice Festival was a huge success with more than 50 exhibitors and over 1,000 attendees. 

The Summer Solstice Festival includes activities, vendors, food, animals, music and more, spread throughout the ACHH Rail Trail in Bethlehem and Voorheesville. New this year is a Hike-a-thon, which will be held on the Rail Trail and in four local nature preserves.

Albany County Helderberg
Hudson Rail Trail

The Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail is a nine mile stretch of an old D&H rail line running from Voorheesville to the Port of Albany. The Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail is owned by Albany County and is being developed and operated with the cooperation of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy and its Friends of the Rail Trail committee, the Towns of Bethlehem and New Scotland, and the Village of Voorheesville.

Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC)

MHLC is your local land trust, working day after day to improve the quality of life for all residents of the Capital Region. The work that we do to preserve the natural spaces in Albany, Montgomery, and Schenectady counties, directly impacts the health of the region. We have protected close to 4,000 acres of land including over 1,300 acres open to the public in the form of preserves – for hiking, cross-country skiing and other educational and recreational opportunities.

The Summer Solstice Festival is hosted by the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy and its Friends of the Rail Trail Committee.


summer solstice

June 20, 2015

What to Expect



The Summer Solstice Festival includes entertainment and activities for all ages. Local musicians, artists, dancers, animals, food and vendors, crafters, non-profits and many more will be exhibiting along the trail. The festival will begin at noon, immediately following the Hike-a-thon, and will end at 4 p.m. 



This year we are excited to include a Hike-a-thon as part of the Summer Solstice Festival. Enjoy a morning hike in one of MHLC’s preserves and relax at the Solstice Festival in the afternoon. Hikes will be held on the Rail Trail and at 4 pre-selected MHLC preserves and will be led by expert guides. Hikers with pets are invited to join our Tails on the Rail Trail walk. All hikers receive a FREE Solstice T-Shirt. Space will be limited and carpooling is encouraged. Visit the Hike-a-thon page for more information: 




The Summer Solstice Festival was developed to increase awareness of the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail and to bring together the many communities it serves. This festival is an opportunity to experience the rail trail with friends and neighbors while enjoying a stroll on the trail. Join us on June 20th for a walk on this unique trail and learn more about local businesses and organizations while showing support for local artists, musicians and dance groups. The volunteers, vendors and attendees are what make the celebration fun for all!

We are excited to announce that the following vendors will be joining us at the Festival.
2015 Summer Solstice Vendors:

Bethlehem/Delmar Event Participants

Albany Chapter Adirondack Mountain Club | Arbonne | Ben's Jammin Art Projects | Berkshire Hathaway | Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce | Bethlehem Children's School | Bethlehem Forge | Bethlehem | Garden Club | Bethlehem Historical Association | Bethlehem MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) | Bethlehem Public Library | Bethlehem Senior Services | Bethlehem Traditional Irish Dance | BlueShield of Northeastern New York- Healthy Zone Cruiser | Boneyard Barkery | Bryant Asset Management | Cold Stone Creamery | Community Mural Creation and Kids Crafts Table | Deer Defeat LLC | Deets Catering | Embellished | Empire Servicedog Program | Five Rivers Environmental Education Center | Fried Dough at Its Best | Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation | Friends of the Rail Trail | Guilderhaven Inc. & Whispering Willow Wild Care (rescued birds) | Hoops by Jem | Laberge Massage Therapy | Lauretta VanTine | LL Bean | Luminous Jewelry | Merriman and Pfisters Marketplace  | Miles Garfinkel, Juggling | Mr. Ding-a-Ling Ice Cream (noon to 2 p.m.) | NYR Organic | Old Log Inn Naturals | Phillips Hardware | Pine Hollow Arboretum | Slingerlands Fire Department | Solarize Albany | Spiral Tango with Ray Andrews | Stormwater Coalition of Albany County | Sweet Mama Mia | Terri Buchardt, Artist | The Cue Theatre | Therapy Dogs International | Thirty-One Gifts | Tomo Asian Bistro | Zing-a-gram (face painting, balloon twisting, and more!)

Voorheesville Event Participants

AFLAC | Albany Therapeutic Riding Center | Bath Fitter | Black Creek Farm | Bountiful Bread | Burning Obsession Flameworked Glass | Community Mural Creation & Kids Craft Table | Diane Wozniak, Artist | Friends of Five Rivers | Friends of the Rail Trail | Hands of Grace Massage Therapy | Indian Ladder Farms (baby animals) | Landis Arboretum | Mr. Ding-a-Ling Ice Cream (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) | Old Songs | Phillips Hardware | Plexus | Rob Jonas, Accoustic Guitar | Solar City | Therapy Dogs International (1-3pm) | Voorheesville Community and School Foundation | Voorheesville Friends of the Library

Enter the Festival

1. Adams St, Delmar (Public Parking lot)
2. Gardner Terrace, Delmar
3. Hudson Ave, Delmar
4. Slingerlands Trailhead on Kenwood Avenue, Slingerlands (Behind Firehouse and New Village Deli. Public Parking Lot.)
5. Bridge St, Slingerlands
6. Voorheesville Ave, Voorheesville
7. Grove Street, Voorheesville (Public Parking  lot at corner of Rt. 201)


Street parking is available at all event entrances.
Handicap accessible spots at Adams St, Slingerlands Lot and Voorheesville Ave.


1. Corner of Adams St. and Hudson Ave, Delmar
2. Tollgate lot at the Kenwood Ave entrance, Slingerlands (Behind Firefighters Park)
3. The corner of Grove Street and Rt. 201 Voorheesville


Where is the Festival?

The festival will be held along the one-mile stretch of the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail between Adams St. in Delmar and the Firefighters Park in Slingerlands. The recently opened portion in New Scotland from the Village of Voorheesville trail head toward Upper Font Grove Road will be included in the celebration as well. 

 Where do I access the Rail Trail?

Intersection of Gardner Terrace and Hudson Ave. | Delmar
Intersection of Adams St. and Hudson Ave. | Delmar
Firefighter's park | Slingerlands
Intersection of Voorheesville Ave. and Grove St. | Voorheesville


Where can I park?
Street parking on Hudson Ave. | Delmar
Municipal Parking lot on Adams St. | Delmar
Methodist Church Parking Lot at 428 Kenwood Ave. | Delmar 
Street parking on Bridge St. | Slingerlands
Street parking on Grove St. | Voorheesville


 Where is the Hike-a-thon?

The Hike-a-thon will be taking place at the Rail Trail and 4 local Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy preserves. More information about the Hike-a-thon here:  Hike-a-thon


When is it?

Saturday June 20, 2015

10 a.m. - noon | Hike-a-Thon

noon | Kick-off Event at the Slingerlands trailhead

noon - 4 p.m. | Solstice Festival



Our volunteers make this event possible. You can volunteer to help with event planning, displaying posters, event set-up, registration, Hike-a-thon support, and event clean-up. If you are interested in getting involved with the Summer Solstice Festival please SIGN UP HERE. Questions? Contact our Event Volunteer Chair at: Thank you for your interest!


This event is supported by a large community of local businesses and organizations. We invite you to sponsor the event, donate to the event with cash or in-kind donations, participate by displaying wares/services during the event, offer daily specials at your location for event attendees, or post a flyer in your storefront. Your generosity will be acknowledged with a unique array of benefits. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR SPONSOR PACKAGE. Questions? Contact our Sponsor Chair at: Thank you for your interest!


The Summer Solstice Festival is a great opportunity to show the community your products, services and talents. We invite local businesses, organizations, educational groups, musicians, dancers, artists, entertainers and more to join us on the Rail Trail! Vendors are spaced throughout the ACHH Rail Trail from Bethlehem to Slingerlands and from New Scotland to Voorheesville. For more information on becoming a vendor, DOWNLOAD OUR EXHIBITOR APPLICATION FORM HERE. Questions? Contact our Event Vendor Chair at: Thank you for your interest!


Thank you to our sponsors for their generosity and support of the 2015 Summer Solstice Celebration!

Interested in becoming an event sponsor? CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR SPONSOR PACKAGEQuestions? Contact our Sponsor Chair at: or call Lea Montalto-Rook at (518) 436-6346




Albany County
Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce
Brilliant Home Realty
Bryant Asset Management
Cold Stone Creamery, Stuyvesant Plaza
First Niagara Bank
Four Corners Pharmacy
Mad Dog Bicycles
Michael Jarus, DDS
Morrison Engineering
Phillips Hardware
Serendipity Day Care Center, LLC
Stram Center for Integrative Medicine
TJ's Auto and Truck Parts, Inc.
T.L. Roe CPA, P.C.
Town of Bethlehem
Town of New Scotland
Village of Voorheesville
Voorheesville Community
& School Foundation
Voorheesville Self Storage
William P. Shannon
Wrenegade Sports