The Hudson Valley Hops event returns to the Albany Institute April 18.
The event will again include regional craft beer and cider tastings, and an opportunity to check out the brewing and distilling items in the museum's collections. Also: Chatham Brewing will be creating an "Albany Institute Ale" exclusively for the event. Blurbage:
While Chatham Brewing has created custom beers for bars and restaurants, this is the first time they are making one for an event. The theme of Hudson Valley Hops inspired them to try to get as close as they can to an all 100% New York State beer. According to [Tom] Crowell, the beer can be described as "a standard ESB [Extra Special/Strong Bitter]" with a nutty sweetness. Albany Institute Ale was made with New York State 2-row pale malt as a base; some Light and Dark Crystal to show off a copper hue and give a slight caramel flavor; and local Columbia County grown hops, including Cascade from Germantown Hop Farm and Nugget from Spring Hill Farm to add a subtle bitterness. Although it is called an extra special bitter, compared to an IPA, this will not be a bitter beer.
There will also be a handful of guest speakers throughout the evening talking about food, brewing, and the history of brewing in this area.
Hudson Valley Hops is Saturday, April 18 from 4-7 pm. Tickets are $35 ahead / $40 at the door.
The Albany Institute advertises on AOA.
"Time for Beverwyck," Beverwyck Breweries, INC. / Albany Institute of History & Art
Over at the Times Union, Cathleen Crowley put together some nice interactive visualizations of numbers for the most popular baby names in New York State from 1910-2013. (The Social Security Administration should be releasing baby name numbers for 2014 later this spring.) Earlier on AOA: New York popular baby names 2013
The Museum of Science and Innovation -- miSci -- in Schenectady is hosting a Monarchs and Moonshine event this Thursday with a butterfly house, cocktails made with local spirits, music, demos, planetarium shows. and more.
AOA is a media sponsor for Monarchs & Moonshine, and we're giving away a pair of tickets to the event.
To enter, please post an answer to this question in the comments:
Butterfly sightings are the kind of little moments we're looking forward to this spring. What are you looking forward to this spring?
It could be anything. We'll draw one winner at random.
Monarchs & Moonshine is this Thursday, April 2, from 6-8 pm. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets includes food and one free drink ticket. There will be a cash bar and door prizes. It's a 21-and-over event.
Important: All comments must be submitted by noon on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 5 pm on Tuesday and must respond by 5 pm on Wednesday, April 1.
The MOVE Music Festival returns to Albany April 24-26. All-weekend passes for the multi-venue festival are currently on sale -- they're $20.
Also, the lineup for the festival is now out. And, as in years past, it includes a ton of bands and performers -- a hundred acts will be playing at 10 different venues around downtown Albany.
The lineup is a mix of out-of-towners -- such as Young Magic and Locksley -- and locals -- such as Titanics and Wild Adriatic.
The festival also includes an industry event for "all performers to network and gain varied perspectives of the multi-faceted music industry." This year's keynote speaker is composer and producer Tony Shimkin.
There's a state budget deal, Dinosaur accused of wage violations, job opening: Quidditch coach, new format for Morning Blend
Hello. We're trying something new with Morning Blend because the old format was starting to feel really stale. This new take still includes links to news stories (though there will be fewer of them) while mixing in other sorts of bits: quotes, facts, events. The new format is a work in progress and is likely to change.
Feedback? Please leave it in the comments, or email editors |at| alloveralbany |dot| com.
Just in time for the deadline, there's a state budget deal, or at least, the outline of one. What's in: a $1.6 billion increase (6 percent) in education aid, a plan for a new teacher evaluation system, increased disclosure requirements for state legislators, and the $1.5 billion in competitive upstate development grants. Among what's not included: an increase in the minimum wage. [TU] [Cuomo admin] [Capital] [State of Politics] [NYDN]
Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (spring-ish), to NCAA hoops, to Canstruction, to Passover and Easter, to music...
This week was brought to you by cupcakes, presents and all things birthday. It was also brought to you by the wonderful folks at New World Catering and The Takk House, who made this year's AOA birthday bash so fabulous.
The last seven years of AOA has been possible because of advertisers like the ones listed below. They help us bring you the information you've come to expect here, and without them, there would be no AOA. Bottom line -- please patronize them when you can, and thank them for their support.
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Stuff to learn
UAlbany's History Department, offering an M.A. and Ph.D. in Environmental History. Explore the human connection to nature.
Ways to get where you're going
Capital Car Share. Share cars for just $8 an hour.
CDTA: whether it's work or play, CDTA can get you where you're going and safely back home again.
Keeler Mini, sponsor of AOA's Tournament of Pizza to end all Tournaments of Pizza.
Stuff to do
The Mop & Bucket Improv Company. MopCo offers a new improv show every Friday night at Proctors with music, scenes and improv games based on audience suggestions. They're also teaching classes in improv and creativity for adults and kids at MopCo World Headquarters on Union Street in Schenectady.
miSci, The Museum of Innovation and Science in Schenectady. Their annual butterfly exhibit is open through April 19.
The Albany Institute of History and Art's Triple Play exhibit, a look back at the history of baseball in the Capital Region.
Troy Music Hall
Troy Music Hall, presenting Paula Poundstone, April 18 at 8pm.
Places to live
Brian Brosen and Reggie Monroe at The Capital Team at Realty USA,created a bonafide tournament of pizza miracle, when they bought out all of the tickets to the TOP final at Shmaltz brewing and gave them away to 100 hungry readers. In addition to being pizza philanthropists, Brian and Reggie can help out with your residential and commercial real estate needs in the Capital Region. Because that's how they roll.
Food and Drink
Honest Weight Food Coop. Eat healthy, eat local.
Farmie Market -- Farm fresh food delivered right to your door.
New World Bistro Bar, named #1 Best Restaurant, according to Times Union 'Best of the Capital Region' Readers' Poll and also listed as one of 'the 13 Best New York Restaurants, not in NYC' according to Thrillist.com.
Broadway Plaza Liquor is now open at 418 Broadway, next to Coulson's News.
Capital Wine at the corner of State and Lark Streets, with a wonderful supply of wines from around the world.
Staff Ciampino & Company, P.C.. Yep, it's time to get your 2014 taxes in order, and Staff Ciampino can help you with your business and personal tax needs. They're also the sponsors of the All Over Albany Start Up Grant business contest, so they're not only good at what they do, they're awesome too.
Historic home help
Historic Albany's architectural parts warehouse -- the Capital Region's only not-for-profit architectural parts warehouse.
Berkshire Bank, providing the $1,500 prize money for this year's AOA Startup Contest. Great rates on home equity loans.
The Albany Public Libraries. Their mobile app helps you find library locations and hours, check your library card account, learn about upcoming events, download eBooks, audiobooks, music and more. You can even check ISBN bar codes on books, DVDs and CDs to see if the library owns what you need.
Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA:
+ AOA7 drawing: New World Bistro Bar + The Spectrum: What's a highlight of your local neighborhood, and why?
+ We broke up with Winter. It was well past time.
+ Proctors unveiled its upcoming Broadway season.
+ Alisa asked about how to spend an early spring weekend with some out-of-towners visiting with kids.
+ AOA7 drawing: The Confectionery or Peck's Arcade or The Grocery: Which Capital Region building/place would you like to make over, and how?
+ The story of Audrey Munson, who was the model for the Spirit of Life statue in Congress Park (and many other monuments around the country).
+ What was up in the Neighborhood this week: the line, the game winner, flattery, American Express, half marathoning, frogs, winter, chit chat, salad, sushi, Route 7 Diner, Rock 'n Roll Brunch, Psychedelicatessen, popcorn, cheese sticks, critics, and Girl Scout Cookies.
+ AOA7 drawing: Nine Pin Cider + Albany Distilling: If you could bottle something about the Capital Region, what would it be?
+ Sean asked about finding a good spot to get General Tso's chicken -- there were a bunch of suggestions.
+ AOA7 drawing: Fort Orange General Store, The Cheese Traveler, Saratoga Sweets Candy Co.: What's something in the Capital Region that lifts your spirits?
+ And thanks to everyone who celebrated AOA's birthday this week, in person or in spirit.
Thanks to everyone who posted a comment or shared an idea or photo this week!
party photo: Tim Raab Northern Photo
The city of Albany has a public meeting about food trucks lined up for this coming Monday (March 30) at 5 pm at city hall. Press release blurbage:
What are your thoughts on food trucks in Albany? If you'd like to see more of them, where should they go and when should they operate? What did you like about last year's Mobile Food Vendor Pilot Program, and what would you like to see changed?
This Monday, March 30th, at 5 p.m. in the rotunda of City Hall, a meeting will be held to discuss these questions and explore what worked and what can be improved on last year's Mobile Food Vendor Pilot Program, which ran from August to October 2014. The City is looking to launch a revised food vendor pilot program this spring.
The meeting is open to the public, and the city says it welcomes attendance from business owners, including food truck operators and owners of fixed-location restaurants.
Here's the city's information about the food truck pilot program it ran last year.
We had a lot of fun celebrating AOA7 Wednesday evening. Thanks to the Takk House for being such great hosts, New World Catering for the tasty food, Yogibo Crossgates for setting up a sweet comfy lounge and DJ Trumastr for spinning the music.
And most all, thank you to everyone who celebrated with us, either in person or in spirit. We appreciate it. A lot.
Here are a bunch of photos from the party...
Oh, weekend -- we were afraid you'd never arrive.
But it's Friday, and like clockwork, here you are. After the jump, we have some plans for you that do not involve catching up on dishes and laundry.
Got some weekend plans you don't see here? Share them with the rest of us in the comment section. Everything is more fun when you share.
And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!
More testimony in hearing over custody of Kenneth White's sisters, state budget crunch time, an exit through fire, stolen wheel chair prompts many donations
On the second day of testimony in the Albany County Family Court case over whether Brenda VanAlstyne should be allowed to have custody of Kenneth White's two sisters the foster mother of the girls said one of them told her she had been hit by Tiffany VanAlstyne multiple times. The defense has argued that there's no evidence there was abuse by Brenda VanAlstyne. A judge is scheduled to rule on the case in April. [TU] [News10] [Daily Gazette]
There have been high levels of hunkering, behind closed dooring, and hashing out at the state Capitol as leaders negotiate the details of the state budget. If the budget is to be on time, and follow the typical rules of procedure, the budget bills will have to be ready by the end of Saturday to make the Tuesday deadline for a vote. [TWCN] [TU]
Education continued to be a big topic at the Capitol as the budget process headed into crunch time -- on Thursday there was another rally inside the Capitol to oppose education initiatives floated by the Cuomo admin. Also: "growing number of New York parents," according to the Times Union, are pushing for the state to stop student testing on the Common Core curriculum. [News10] [TU]
Albany County leaders have indicated the county won't appeal the federal court decision regarding redistricting and minority voting rights. [TU]
Skidmore has extended the suspension of a student accused of raping another student by two years, the accuser and her attorney reported Thursday. The accused hasn't been charged with a crime, but an administrative board found him guilty of violating the college's code of conduct. Reina Kiefer said the college should have expelled the student. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [WNYT]
The last prize of the week includes:
+ A $25 gift certificate to the Fort Orange General Store in Albany.
+ A $15 gift certificate and a tote bag from the The Cheese Traveler in Albany.
+ A basket of candy from Saratoga Sweets Candy Co. in Saratoga Springs: Chocolate bunny, jelly beans, chocolate eggs, etc. A $40 value.
To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:
What's something in the Capital Region that lifts your spirits?
It could be something big, but we'd really like to know about those little things that brighten your day. A note from someone, the sight of flowers somewhere, maybe some food item. We'll draw one winner at random.
Important: All comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Friday, March 27, 2015 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 5 pm on Monday and must respond by 5 pm on Tuesday, March 31.
General Tso's Chicken is a huuuuuge guilty pleasure of mine. It was a staple of my college diet. Trouble is, since moving out here to Albany, I've had a heck of a time finding somewhere that can give me a decent version, let alone a GREAT version. I was wondering if any of your readers shared my guilty pleasure and could point me in the direction of their favorite spot. I live in Albany and work in Latham so anywhere near either place is fair game.
General Tso's chicken has an interesting history (or histories), as illustrated by this short profile of the dish by Fuschia Dunlop. Its roots can be traced back to the Hunan province of China, but like a lot of Chinese food in the United States it went through some interpretation and change before becoming popular here. In this specific case, the thread runs through Taiwan, New York City, Henry Kissinger (really), and back to China. (OK, culinary history tangent over.)
Aside from Ala Shanghai and Hong Kong Bakery & Bistro, we don't hear much about individual Chinese food restaurants around the Capital Region. That is undoubtedly our fault -- we're probably not listening in the right places. So, this question is a good opportunity to maybe learn a little bit more.
Got a suggestion for Sean about a good place for General Tso's chicken -- or good Chinese restaurants in general? Please share!
Like some sort of multi-year tidal cycle on the Hudson River, the attention of the New York Times briefly shifts upriver to focus on the state of the city of Troy in 6-8 year intervals. And if you'll consult your almanac, you'll see that the next scheduled appearance of this phenomenon is set for this weekend.
Oh, look, it's here now. (Must be climate change.) Posted online today for this weekend's paper: "A Town on New York's Hudson River Reinvents Itself."
Let us now chart the some of the changes over each recent interval...
The Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show series at Proctors is bringing Giuli Rozzi to town on Saturday for a standup show.
Rozzi has appeared on The Moth, a bunch of TV shows, and in print around the web. And he's had her own Upright Citizens Brigade show, "Bad Bride." Here's a clip from a recent Washington Post interview with her about her comedy:
Most of it is just really silly and stupid -- and probably some of it is self-serving. It's like: "Oh, I just want to tell this story about me." But I try to discuss issues that affect women -- in a funny way -- and issues about depression and anxiety and relationships. I think that just sharing a very open, self-aware style of comedy and storytelling, I think that . . . helps other people have permission to be more honest themselves.
The show at Proctors starts at 8 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $15.
Wiltshire enters Troy mayoral race, Kenneth White's aunt in family court over abuse allegations, homeless services approved for New Scotland Ave church
Troy City Council President Rodney Wiltshire officially announced his bid for Mayor on Wednesday. At his announcement, Wilshire promised to create jobs, capitalize on he waterfront and make the streets safer. A Lansingburgh native and pharmaceutical sales rep says he also plans to throw his hat into the Troy mayoral race. [Record][WNYT][TWCN]
Carl Heastie says raising the minimum wage "absolutely has to be on the table" in budget negotiations as far as the assembly is concerned. [TU]
State Senate Republicans say they are close to an ethics agreement with Democrats. [CNY]
The aunt of Kenneth White, the five-year-old boy police say was killed in December by his cousin, Tiffany, was in court on Wednesday, attempting to clear herself of abuse charges. Lawyers for Albany County are arguing that Brenda VanAlstyne knew her daughter Tiffany was not in a proper state of mental health when she let her care for 5-year-old Kenneth White. Brenda VanAlstyne is trying to gain custody of Kenneth White's two sisters. [Gazette][TWCN][WNYT]
Wednesday night we're celebrating AOA's 7th birthday party.
Those years, somehow, seem both really long and really short.
And at this point there's not much else to say except this: Thank you.
This week AOA celebrates our 7th birthday, so of course that means presents. Throughout the week we'll have drawings for fun Capital Region stuff.
The next prize up includes:
+ A gift certificate for two 7-cider flight tastings at Nine Pin Cider Works in Albany
+ Two bottles of rum and a hoodie from Albany Distilling Co.
To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:
"If you could bottle something about the Capital Region, what would it be?"
This could be anything. And, you know, we're not really looking at all too literally. You want to bottle the view from Thacher Park? Sure, why not. We'll draw one winner at random.
Important: All comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Thursday, March 26, 2015 to be entered in the drawing. You must be 21 years of age to enter. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 5 pm on Friday and must respond by 5 pm on Monday, March 30.
Two Saint Rose students were on the Tonight Show Tuesday night as part of the "Freestylin' With the Roots" bit -- and it was all spring flowers and... candy corn.
And, of course, Jimmy Fallon is an alum, so they had that to talk about, too.
And you can always try searching for it: