The rest of the weekend will look just like today -- the kind of day you want to bottle and open up in February. But that doesn't work. We tried it. We were disappointed.
So don't waste the weather while it's here. After the jump, some things you might want to try. Got plans that aren't listed here? Share them with the group.
And, as always, have a fantastic weekend!
River Street Festival
The annual Troy River Street Festival is Saturday in downtown Troy. River Street is closed off for arts, activities, music, and food. The festival also includes one of our favorite events: the Street Painting Competition, in which people chalk designs on the sidewalk along River Street. Saturday 10 am-5 pm
Juneteenth is a celebration commemorating the abolition of slavery. A few local events on Saturday:
A handful of orgs -- including the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Missing Link Street Ministry, and Troy Bike Rescue -- have organized a celebration at Freedom Square in Troy from 3-7 pm. Music, food, activities.
The 3rd annual Saratoga Brewfest is this weekend at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds. Sample from 125 beers and 50 craft brewers at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds. Saturday 3-7 pm - $55
The Hellions of Troy have a bout this Saturday at Rollarama. The Herculadies premiere against the Lumber Jills. doors at 7 pm, first whistle at 8 pm - $12, $3 for kids 12 and under
Strawberry season has started at farms around the Capital Region. Here are a bunch of places where you can pick your own. The next week or two will be the prime time for picking. The season doesn't last long, so don't wait.
The Upper Union Street Strawberry Fest and Art Show is Saturday in Schenectady. There will be strawberry everything (from the blurbage): strawberry gelato, bagels and Strawberry Cream Cheese, strawberry lemonade and daiquiris, strawberry Salsa, strawberry shaped dog biscuits, strawberry colored hair extensions - feathers and tinsel, strawberry Tarts, strawberry Shortcake, strawberry cupcakes, and wines that pair with strawberries. Music and other activities, too. Saturday 10 am-3 pm
Saturday at Gio Culinary Studio: a cooking class on grilling. The class will be making: London broil, grilled wild boar, and grilled vegetable pizza, as well as marinades, rubs, and barbecue sauce. 3 pm - $65
Duo Japanese restaurant in Saratoga is offering a Sushi class on Sunday. Learn how to make sushi rolls and eat what you make. Students take home a bamboo mat to practice their sushi making skills at home. Sunday 1-3 pm $50 Register by contacting Duo
Father's Day Concert at the Corning Preserve
Put together a picnic dinner filled with some of Dad's favorites and head to the Corning Preserve for a free Father's Day concert by the U.S.O. Liberty Bells and the The Army Materiel Command Band's Tennessee River Ramblers . Sunday 6-9:30 pm - free
Friday: Levon Helm Tribute at Valentine's
A big slate of performers from local bands. 8 pm
Sunday: Sunday Night Baseball Punk Show at Valentine's
With: hot dogs, peanuts, and Cracker Jack. 8 pm
Sundae on the Farm
On Sunday afternoon Eildon Tweed Farm in the Saratoga County town of Charlton is hosting the 17th Annual Sundae on the Farm. They'll have guided tours of the working dairy farm, food demos by local chefs using local products, wagon rides, music, a Stewart's Ice Cream Eating Contest, and more family-friendly activities. Admission is free, but there's a charge for ice cream.
Farmers' markets outside
The outdoor seasons for farmers' markets are in swing in Troy (Saturday -- on Front Street this week because of the River Street Festival), Delmar (Saturday), Saratoga (Saturday), and Schenectady (Sunday).
Troy Flea, a new TightKnit Saturday market that includes "handmade, vintage and antique art and goods," has opened for the season. It's on the block of River Street in Troy south of the farmers' market, from 9 am-2 pm.
For the birds
The Berkshire Bird Paradise is open for the season. As long as you don't have any Tippi Hedren-like phobias, this place is really neat. There's clucking and squawking and colorful feathers. It's a fun diversion on a trip out to Grafton Lake.
Tour de Hard Ice Cream
The results of Daniel B's Tour de Hard Cream are in. Now you can try the winners out for yourself.
Moxie's in Wynantskill is open for the season. If you like ice cream, you owe it to yourself to go at least once. They make six different types of vanilla -- and you can get them all in a sampler!
The cottage where Ulysses S. Grant spent his last days, has opened to the public for the season. The view is fantastic and there's some neat history there. Tours of the cottage are $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors. Under 6 Free.
The new Sculpture in the Streets exhibit is made up of giant wooden shoes. Take a walk around Downtown Albany and check them out.
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