This week was brought to you by

storm2009-07-16 rainbows

The upside of rain...

Rain. And Clouds. And hail. Oh, and more rain.

But hey, it makes things grow. Much like the AOA advertisers below. They're more than a little awesome and on top of that, they made your AOA fix possible this week.

If you'd like to advertise on AOA, here's how to get started.

Stuff to do
Saturday night don't miss the Albany All Stars double header at the Washington Avenue Armory. $12, $4 for kids under 12. Doors at 5, first whistle at 6

Helpful stuff

+ Sunmark Federal Credit Union is giving $1,500 to help fund a good idea -- . Vote for your favorite here.

+ Best Cleaners gave two people a great new look this week in the AOA/Best refresh contest. To help you refresh your wardrobe, they'll pick up and deliver your dry cleaning to your home or office at no extra charge.

+ Need a lawyer? DiFabio Law Firm is friendly, helpful and will get the job done. They handle real estate, wills, elder law, vehicle and traffic law and more.

Food and Drink

+Patio season is on at The Wine Bar and Bistro on Lark. Enjoy a fabulous meal and a bottle of wine al fresco.

+Get a fabulous three course meal for $20.09 throughout the month of May at Taste, in honor of their second anniversary. Each week the meal changes.

+Stop in at The Point for dinner on the patio or in the "Don Draper Room."

+Celebrate Spring at New World Bistro Bar at New World Bistro Bar with dinner specials featuring the season's freshest, local ingredients. And don't forget to check out Brunch on Sunday 11 am - 3 pm.

+ It's barbecue season! Be sure and pick up some Bilinski's chicken sausage for the grill.

+ Try The Farmer and the Duck at The Wine-N-Diner. AOA helped name it.

+ Stop by and pick up some seasonal deliciousness at Honest Weight Food Co-op.

Stuff to Try

+ Jack Casey's book, The Trial of Bat Shea -- the story of a notorious 19th century murder trial in Troy -- has gone digital. Download a copy at Amazon.

+ Get $250 off your 2011 website design and development from Brayton Graphics when you mention you came from AOA!

+ Get a FREE MONTH of Wink High Speed Internet Service from Tech Valley Communications. Enter this code when you sign up for service at: www.winkinternet.com: w1n87k06

Stuff to live in

+ Construction is moving along on the downtown condos at 17 Chapel. Check out their "model" in the on-site sales center in downtown Albany.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Saratoga Hat Day 2014

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.... (more)

Report: Pessimism for casinos in the longterm

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":... (more)

Reaction to the reaction

Over at NYT, Anna Altman looks at the huge response generated by the display of Brenda Ann Kenneally's Troy photos on Slate. Much of the... (more)

Moules Frites at Brewery Ommegang

Ah, summer. What could be more quintessentially American summertime than baseball, beer, and moules frites. Yep, I said it. Moules. Frites. Okay, so maybe that's... (more)

The Legend of Major Duncan Campbell

Fun: Duncan Crary will be telling the story of Major Duncan Campbell of the Black Watch -- "New York's first world-famous ghost story" -- this... (more)

Recent Comments

Although it's outside the Capital Region and so naturally isn't included in the AOA listing, as ever I remind everyone that the Dutchess County Fair is the biggest of all NYS county fairs and worth the trip to Rhinebeck.

Moules Frites at Brewery Ommegang

...has 2 comments, most recently from Albany Jane

The Legend of Major Duncan Campbell

...has 2 comments, most recently from Paula

Photos from Rail, River, Hudson

...has 11 comments, most recently from laiskiainen

Directions in sculpture

...has 1 comment, most recently from Chuck

Road Trip: Great Barrington

...has 6 comments, most recently from Christina Gammon & Bill Walsh