A good place for a memorial service?

memorial flowersJules emails:

I am looking for a good venue to hold a memorial service that is not a funeral home or a church. I have already contacted the West Albany Fire House, but they are booked on the preferred day for the service. Got any advice?

With the early spring, an outdoor spot could be nice.

Have a suggestion for Jules? Please share.

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Any ties to a local college? I once walked into a Memorial Service at Russell Sage in Troy, when I was doing the self-guided Tiffany Window tour.

Thinking of Troy, the public library would be nice.

Schenectady Central Park Rose Garden - there are pavillions in the park if you wanted to gather for food afterwards.

Washington Park Lakehouse in Albany comes to mind as well.

You can always check the state parks...I know I'd rather have a memorial at a beautiful outdoor space than anywhere else.

The Crossings of Colonie rents several indoor and outdoor spaces, and don't forget about local mansions and historical sites that rent out their space for private functions: Pruyn House in Loudonville, Holroyd Mansion on Washington Ave (next door to Iron Gate), Ten Broeck Mansion, etc.

The parade grounds at the Watervliet Arsenal...especially if the departed were a veteran.

The Grafton Peace Pagoda is a nice place. Beautiful indoor space, amazing outdoors. All are welcome there no matter what your religious or non religious affiliation.


Albany Masonic lodge (or another masonic lodge)

Thanks, everybody- great suggestions.

I went to a small memorial service at Jack's Oyster House a few years back. The family reserved the whole second floor and it was a very nice event.

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