Well, it's the first real weekend of summer. No, it doesn't seem like anyone really knows what the weather will be like, so you may as well just make plans to celebrate the solstice the way you want to, and adjust if it rains on your parade.
Looks like there's plenty of good stuff to choose from. Here are our picks. As always, let us know if you've got another plan.
The Collar City is open late tonight for Troy Night Out. Take a walk through some of the shops and galleries. And be sure and drop by Daisey Bakers and Bacchus for the TNO Official Unofficial After-Party. Upstairs: Music from cml, jenkins and back from japan. Downstairs: Lazer & Blazer.
All That Jazz
It's Freihofer's Jazz Festival weekend. Grab your blanket and cooler and get a good spot on grounds at SPAC. This year you'll hear Miles Davis, George Benson, Patti LaBell, Dave Brubeck and more . ($41.50 - $110)
Tomorrow night at at Rev Hall, get your 70's on for Alive: The Kiss Tribute Band. $10 advance, $12 door.
The Fuze Box has an open mic for writers tonight at 8.
Spend 12 hours in fabulous Schoharie County
Take a hike
There are plenty of good hiking trails around the Capital Region, but if you only have a couple of hours, you can still get a good hike in at the Indian Ladder Trail.
Designer bargain shopping
Pick up some designer deals at the Marika Charles factory sale.
Capital Rep's murder mystery/comedy "Shear Madness" changes every night because the audience chooses the ending. Tonight at 8, Saturday at 3 and 7:30 and Sunday at 2:30. $15-$46.
The gallery at the Albany International Airport opens a new show today that combines industry and nature. "Out of This World" promises art made with stuff like plastic dishware, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, sewer grates and tree stumps. Sounds cool to us.
If you like antiques, you're really going to like the Round Lake Antiques Show. Two hundred antique dealers will be set up in the Village of Round Lake ( the village itself is a pretty neat place to check out. It used to be an old religious meeting camp in 1800's and the architecture and close set houses are kind of neat to see.) While you're there, check out the giant pipe organ in the Round Lake Auditorium. 9-5 Saturday and Sunday.
For the dogs (and cats)
Whiskers no-kill animal shelter is hosting a Walk for the Animals at 1PM Saturday at The Crossings of Colonie. It's a 2.5 mile fun walk. Registration 11 AM. Walk at noon. There's a "My doggie's got talent" contest at 1 PM and they'll have music, food, vendors and a blessing of the animals. Visit ewhiskers.com or call 448-9565.
Later on Saturday the folks at George Bar on Central Avenue are hosting Whiskey Sours, Lucy Bottoms and other drag performers in a benefit drag show for Whiskers. Yes, a benefit drag show. There's no cover but donations go to to support the shelter.
Take your dog to lunch
There's another Yappy Hour in Saratoga on Sunday. You can take your pooch for lunch at The Backstretch Tap Room and Terrace on Caroline Street. Apparently if you and your dog dress in semi-formal attire you could win a gift certificate. You may also risk the other dogs making fun of you, but it's your call. Bring your leash, and make sure fido can play nice with the other dogs.
Lots of opportunities to check out a baseball game this weekend.
The Saratoga Phillies are playing at the East Side Rec in Saratoga Springs tonight and Sunday night at 7. Free.
And the Tri-City Valley Cats are home at "The Joe" all weekend with games tonight and Saturday at 7and Sunday at 5.
Party with the Stars
The Albany Amateur Astronomers will have their telescopes set in the Pine Bush Preserve on Saturday night from 9 to 11. They'll help point out star clusters, nebulae and other cool stuff. If the weather cooperates this one could be a great kid pick. $2 per person and $5 per family.
Geek Double Bill
The Malta Drive-in is showing a Transformers and Star Trek double feature. Oddly, there's sort of a prehistoric double feature on their other screen with Year One and Land of the Lost.
You can also catch Transformers at the Hollywood Drive-in.
In case of rain
A movie is a great way to wait out a summer thunderstorm. We're not the biggest metal heads at AOA, but this week we checked out "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" at The Spectrum, and were pleasantly surprised. It's a documentary about the metal band Anvil and their attempt at a comeback. Kind of like Spinal Tap, but for real -- and oddly inspirational.
Hit a patio
Looks like we'll have a little bit of patio weather this weekend. Looking get a side of fresh air and sunshine with your lunch or dinner? Check here.
Celebrate the solstice with ice cream. Here are some of our favorite summer ice cream joints.
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