Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (one for six), to the fair, to The Track, to the Bolshoi, to scientists, to circus, to baseball, to all sorts of music...
This week was brought to you by fancy hats, pretty parks and county fairs. It was also made possible by miSci, formerly the Schenectady Museum -- presenting Grossology: The impolite science of the human body -- through September 1.
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Stuff to do
Dutch Apple Cruise Lines, sponsors of the All Over Albany Rail, River, Hudson trip. Dutch Apple offers sight seeing and charter tours as well as trolley tours of the Capital Region throughout the summer and fall.
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Stuff to do
+ The Arts Center of the Capital Region offers a wide range of classes, from dance to wood working to digital illustration. You can register for spring classes today.
+The Mop & Bucket Company -- offering a full slate of classes throughout the year. Not a performer? Improv can help increase your creativity and openness in the workplace too.
Food and Drink
The Cheese Traveler has launched Cheese School. Upcoming classes include: Cheese 101, Cheese 102, Charcuterie, and Artisanal Foods from Spain. Information and tickets can be found here.
The Cheese Traveler is hosting Friday Night Cookouts in the DelSo all summer long from 5-8pm at the shop at 540 Delaware Ave. The menu includes Tilldale Burgers, homemade salads and sides. Past menu items have included salmon and mussles from Fin, Binghamton style Chicken and lamb kabobs. Sign up for the Cheese Traveler Newsletter to be notified of weekly specials and events here .
New World Bistro Bar is proudly rockin' the title of #1 Best Restaurant, according to Times Union 'Best of the Capital Region' Readers' Poll voters! With the recent press and sweet looking forecast for this first official weekend of summer, you probably should come see what all the fuss is about! Reservations are recommended, call 518-694-0520.
+ Mingle on Delaware Ave in Albany. Be on the lookout for Fin the Fishmonger's "Fin"-tastic specials, including fresh haddock fish tacos & pan-seared whole trout. Their chef will be using local products to create new specials daily to keep the menu fresh. Try the Kimchi fries.
Food and beer
+Brown's Brewing-- a sponsor of the AOA BAd Boys, Broads and Bootleggers tour. Relax with a cask beer at the new Malt Room.
Historic home help
Historic Albany's architectural parts warehouse -- the Capital Region's only not-for-profit architectural parts warehouse.
April 15 has come and gone, but Staff Ciampino & Company, P.C. can still help you with your business and personal tax needs. They're also the sponsors of the All Over Albany Start Up Grant business contest.
Berkshire Bank, providing the $1,500 prize money for this year's AOA Startup Contest. Great rates on home equity loans.
Stuff to learn
The College of Saint Rose, proud sponsor of the All Over Albany Tournament of Pizza. the College of Saint Rose offers 52 Graduate Programs with a purpose. Programs include: MFA in Creative writing, MBA, Computer Information Systems and more.
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.
Albany Law School
Stuff to Try
Local gift ideas
+Urban Maker -- art, clothing, sculpture, jewelry and photography, made here in the Capital Region. Urban maker is currently seeking artists and crafters to sell their wares in this online local marketplace.
Places to live
+The Lofts at Harmony Mills, Manhattan style loft living in the Capital Region.
+Choose Cohoes -- Tourism, dining, entertainment and shopping in the Spindle City.
Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA:
+ County fair season as started in the Capital Region -- here's a roundup of fairs.
+ Kailtin shared a bunch of photos from her time judging this year's hat contest at the Saratoga Race Course.
+ Deanna recommended the moules frites at Brewery Ommegang (and made a Bill Buckner joke).
+ What was up in the Neighborhood this week: an opportunity for kindness, summer paradise, train running, the Catskills, a swank party, the Troy Pig Out, favorite places, iPads, dinner in Watervliet, Mio Posto, outstanding ribs, road trip pizza, and China.
+ Lauren talked with local paper artist Niki Haynes.
+ Alisa asked about places to score good tequila drinks.
+ Lauren's look at state parks around the area made a stop at Cherry Plain State Park.
+ And we talked with local war reenactor Nathan Hoffmann about why he loves the hobby.
Here's the whole week all lined up.
Thanks to everyone who posted a comment or shared an idea or photo this week!
AOA is headed off for a long weekend, and we'd like to suggest, if possible, you do the same. Before we go, we've put together a list of some fun ways to spend it. You'll find it after the jump.
Doing something you don't see on our list? Drop it in the comments and share with the rest of the crowd. And whatever your plans are, we hope you have a fantastic weekend.
It's been fun catching a few quick glimpses over the last week as these baby birds grow.
At some point that nest is probably going to turn from cozy to crowded.
Last weekend 20-year-old Nathan J. Hoffmann was in the middle of an army field hospital with wounded and bleeding soldiers near Rochester.
Everyone was healed by Monday morning.
Hoffmann is a reenactor -- one of the guys you see at historic sites and encampments, dressed in garb from the Revolutionary, Civil or French and Indian War. When he's not reliving battles of the past, he's watching Netflix, hanging out with friends, working as a guide up at Fort William Henry, or reading up on the history he reenacts.
Nathan talked with us this week about why he spends his free time dressed in period costume reenacting battles, the meaning of "FARB," the division between mainstream and more intense first-person reenacting, and the great time he had freezing with George Washington.
Could be tasty: City Beer Hall's Baconfest is back this weekend. The annual celebration of porcine deliciousness starts this Saturday at 3pm. Stations will be set up inside and on the patio with bacon dishes, sweets, cocktails and beer infusions. On menu:
Chocolate covered bacon
candied bacon Rice Krispy treats
Maple candied chicharrones
Bourbon braise bacon bruschetta
bacon mac n cheese
pulled pork parfait with whipped potato,peach bbq says, bacon roasted tomato
Blue cheese and bacon ice cream with strawberry balsamic sauce
Baby bacon cakes
Butter rum cheesecake with chicken-fried bacon garnish.
Items are a la carte and can be purchased with tickets. Tickets are $7 a piece. A package of 5 tickets can be purchased for $25.
So it turns out today is National Tequila Day. Yep, that's a thing. And Alisa wrote with a question:
National Tequila Day is Thursday July 24. Does anyone have some good suggestions as to where to celebrate after work?
Anybody have thoughts about where to get a good Margarita, Mule or Texas Two Step -- or just some straight tequila in the Capital Region?
Photo: Kim D.
I first heard of Cherry Plain State Park as an ideal place to go to avoid the crowds, while still getting a day of swimming in. The park, situated quite a distance from metro areas, certainly does deliver on the promise of peace and personal space.
Yaddo, The Artist's retreat in Saratoga founded by Spencer and Katrina Trask is opening for tours for one day in September. The house, normally closed to the public, hosts artists, writers, filmmakers, composers and performance artists. Leonard Bernstein, John Cheever, Truman Capote and Eudora Welty are just a few of the artists who have had residencies there.
The main house and cottages have opened for tours about five times, and each time they sell out, and the waiting list is very long. They'll open for public tours for only the 6th time in the organizations 114 year history on September 21. Two hour tours will be offered at 8:30 am, 11am, 1:30 pm and 4 pm. There will also be a deluxe tour available to 50 guests on September 20, from 4-7 pm with a reception. Tours are $50. Tickets are available here. The deluxe tours are $250.
We took the tour in 2011 and it's really interesting. You get to see the dining rooms, a studio, the elegant staircase where John Cheever is rumored to have ridden and antique sled, and artist's studios. Even the pencil sharpener under the stairs made us wonder what was written with the No. 2s sharpened there.
You can check out the rose garden and rock garden at Yaddo anytime between dawn and dusk for free. It's a great place to have a quiet picnic in Saratoga.
Cruz found guilty, McCoy calls on Housing Authority to move residents away from railyard,lightning shatters tree at Saratoga
After about five hours of deliberations a jury convicted Pablo Cruz of murder.Cruz is facing 25 years to life for
running down an Albany bicyclist in Albany and led police on a chase through two counties while the victims body was tied to his vehicle. [TU][TWCN]
Albany county Executive Dan MCCoy, calling on The Albany Housing Authority to move hundreds of resident out of the Ezra Prentice public housing complex near the rail yard where oil trains travel: "Let's face it: it doesn't take a rocket scientist to say 'Should these people be living here?'" At the press conference McCoy announced new legislation that would impose fines of up to $250 thousand and up to a year in jail for operators who fail to notify county officials o an oil spill within 30 minutes. [TWCN][TU][WNYT]
Responding to Wednesday's New York Times expose that suggested Andrew Cuomo or his aides intervened in the Moreland Commission investigations the Cuomo administration claims the governor was misunderstood when he claimed the commission was independent. Cuomo's opponents are calling for action, from investigation to resignation.
In an interview on Charlie Rose on Wednesday, federal prosecutor Preet Bharara reiterated his pledge to pick up the investigations into political corruption, where the Moreland Commission left off.[NYT][CNY][Capitol Confidential][POH]
Niki Haynes says she's "living the analog" dream. Haynes and her husband, Steve Rein are artists who came to Troy 14 years ago, from San Francisco. And a field where many are forced to do unrelated jobs to pay the bills, Haynes and Rein are thriving as full time exhibiting artists, working in spacious studios in their downtown Troy home, operating with multiple etsy shops, turning old objects, and paper, into new art.
Schenectady's Little Italy opens an outdoor film series with an Italian flare this Friday.
The Dan DiNicola Film Series , named for the late arts journalist and entertainment critic, will be held in the parking lot behind Perreca's in Schenectady. It's a bring your own lawn chair event. The series opens this Friday with Moonstruck, and continues on Friday nights through August 22. Here's the rest of the schedule:
August 1 - Big Night
August 8 Fellini's- 8 1/2
August 15 - Roman Holiday
August 22 - My Cousin Vinny
Earlier on AOA
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: an opportunity for kindness, summer paradise, train running, the Catskills, a swank party, the Troy Pig Out, favorite places, iPads, dinner in Watervliet, Mio Posto, outstanding ribs, road trip pizza, and China.
Over at the technology/lifestyle site ShinyShiny, a piece on Guohao Dai, an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at RPI, recently recognized by the NSF for his work on developing 3-D cell printing technology. Dai has received a $440 thousand dollar early career grant from the NSF to use 3-D printing to create a "vascular niche" that replicates the native environment of adult stem cells to analyze adult nervous system cells.
Ecovative -- the Green Island company growing polystyrene-replacement products from mushrooms -- says it will soon be offering the material for people to grow their own structures. Blurbage:
The "Grow It Yourself" (GIY) product enables designers, artists, educators, and innovators to grow their own creations with Mushroom® Materials, just like we do at Ecovative. We hope to inspire the use of healthy, ultra-rapidly renewable, compostable materials in all kinds of products and projects.
The GIY kit includes bags of living Mushroom® Material, which is essentially the same raw material that we use to grow Mushroom® Packaging and other products. GIY growers can use this material to make their own new and exciting creations. In cases where a GIY customer has created a new product that needs to be produced at scale, Ecovative can help. Our production facility in Green Island, NY can replicate designs with a high degree of consistency and quality control.
Ecovative says the first batches of material will be distributed in early September -- there's a sign-up form at that link above. The kits will be $19.99 + shipping.
The Hy-Fi tower
Ecovative's material has been getting (even more) attention lately because of structure that recently opened at MoMA's satellite location in Long Island City. The Hy-Fi tower was designed by David Benjamin, from architecture firm The Living, and makes use of 10,000 bricks grown from Ecovative's product. Benjamin created a prototype of the bricks himself with a few bags mushroom material he got at Ecovative during a visit to the company. Here's a recent interview with Benjamin about the tower and Ecovative on WNYC.
Earlier on AOA: Ecovative in the New Yorker
Burned body may be connected to Peace Pagoda fire, Lansingburgh residents raise concerns over violence and fires, Cuomo gives OK for Albany red light cameras
he burned body found in cohoes was determined not to be connected with recent Lansingburgh fires, but they now believe the man may be connected to a recent fire at the Grafton Peace Pagodaa. The investigation has shown that the man recently had a disagreement with the management of the Peace Pagoda
More than 200 people showed up for a community meeting on a recent outbreak of violence in Troy, including suspicious fires and a stabbing in the last week.Among the complaints was a call for a crackdown on the landlords of vacant buildings in the city. [WNYT][News 10][Record]
Victory church is offering a reward for information on the fires and the homicide. [WNYT]
Jury deliberations got underway on Tuesday and will continue today in the Pablo Cruz case. [TU]
Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation allowing red light cameras in certain sections of New York State, including Albany. [TWCN]
Cuomo also signed a law on Tuesday that will officially extend Albany's residential parking system. [TU]
If you were down by the Hudson River during the first part of this week you may have see these: the Nina and the Pinta (you know, like Christopher Columbus). The replica ships, owned and operated by the Columbus Foundation, are based in the British Virgin Islands.
The ships were in Newburgh over the weekend, sailed by Albany Monday and Tuesday they were in Troy. Crew member Jamie Sanger says they stop in the Collar City for maintenance.
"We stop in Troy every year to have a crane pull the masts out so we can get under the bridges. Then when we get to Oswego we can put them back in. We won't stop in Newburgh again for another few years, but we'll be sailing past Albany and stopping in Troy again sometime around June of next year."
Sanger says the Nina was built first, about 25 years ago, and is an exact replica. About 15 years ago they built the Pinta, which is slightly larger than the original ship.
The most common question he gets is: "Why is there no Santa Maria." The answer: it would be too large and most ports they stop in only have room for two ships.
The ships will be docked in Amsterdam at Lock 12 until 8 am on Wednesday if you're interested in getting a closer look. Then they head to Rochester, where they'll be docked for tours through Sunday.
The photo above is courtesy of Jaime Walton from Silver Fox Salvage in Albany. A few more from him are after the jump.
Once again the ever-stylish Kaitlin Resler was AOA's representative on the judges' panel for the Saratoga Race Course's hat contest, which was this past Sunday. Here's her recap -- with photos -- of the annual Saratoga event.
I've just started to get those pangs of worry that summer is moving fast, that it's going to be over any minute, and then I realized that track season in Saratoga just started, and there's plenty of time! That's really just the summer activity touchstone that marks the height of summer, mid-July and all.
This past Sunday I got to judge the hat contest again, with a little more insight into what to expect (last year was my first time at the contest, and my first time to the track since I was a little kid!), and yet was still blown away by all the contestants!
Because casinos. From the summary of a Fitch Ratings report projecting longterm trends for regional casinos, revenue growth for which Fitch concludes will "remain challenging":
We attribute this pessimism to longer term structural macroeconomic and secular factors. Notable factors include saturation across regional markets; stagnant wages among the lower tier players; reprioritization of disposable income; proliferation of online/social gaming; potentially lower propensity to gamble among younger generations; and lowered preparedness for retirement by baby boomers.
A recent Moody's outlook for the short term came to a similar conclusion.
Also: From a Capital today, a report that some of the applicants for the Hudson Valley casino licenses will be seeking property tax breaks.
And you can always try searching for it: