Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (gets better), to the homestretch, to animation, to fairs, to Wait Wait, to Scotland, to music...
WeatherHere's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Cloudy, thunderstorms later in the day. Highs in the low 80s.
Tuesday: Cloudy then sunny, mid 80s.
Wednesday: Cloudy, maybe thunderstorms in the evening, low 80s.
Thursday: Sunny and 82.
Friday: Sunny and 81.
Weekend: Sunny and low 80s.
Gets better as it goes along.
The end of summer
This is it. Labor Day is next Monday. Summer is almost over. So don't hold back on all those things you've been planning: go for the swim, shop the farmers' market, eat the tomatoes and the corn on the cob, duck out of the office early, watch the sunset.
Because before you know it, the leaves will be changing. And fall's a great time around this area -- but it's not summer.
School's back in session
UAlbany, St. Rose, RPI, the Sage Colleges, and HVCC start their fall semesters on Monday. (Siena and Skidmore start September 3, Union on September 11.)
Down the stretch they come
This is the last week of the season at the Saratoga Race Course. And if you've been holding out because of the crowds (or whatever), it's not a bad time to go -- the last week tends to be a bit more low key.
There's racing every day this week through Labor Day (except Tuesday, of course). Wednesday is Veterans Day -- free grandstand admission for all United States active duty military and veterans with military ID. Sunday is gate giveaway day: a Saratoga Race Course beer stein.
The annual animation festival at Proctors runs Monday-Saturday in the GE Theater. The festival slate includes more than 20 animated films. There's a broad range of material -- from old-school kids stuff (Lady and the Tramp) to new-school kids stuff (Frankenweenie) to adult fare (Cowboy Bebop) to modern classics (WALL-E).
And the festival really packs in the screenings -- films will be shown pretty much all day throughout the week, so each film gets multiple showings. Individual-screening tickets are $5 (17 and under $3). A festival pass is $25.
County fair season wraps up this week with three fairs around the area:
+ The Fonda Fair at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Tuesday through Labor Day.
+ The Columbia County Fair in Chatham, Wednesday through Labor Day. (There's a cupcake competition on Labor Day -- open to professionals and home bakers -- and the Food Network is apparently going to be there to film.)
+ The Schaghticoke Fair in (surprise) Schaghticoke, Wednesday through Labor Day.
Open air cinema
The idea of an "NPR quiz show" might sound something less than thrilling, like someone trying to argue that a bowl of oatmeal is entertaining (maybe steel cut...). But Wait, Wait is actually funny and entertaining. The host Peter Sagal is quick, the panelists are usually good, and the show has a way of turning up unexpectedly funny moments. (We still smile when thinking about the time a listener contestant picked the word "spork" instead of "fork" in a limerick challenge. Yep, it sounds unbearably public radio -- but it was really funny.)
show's at 8 pm - tickets start at $21 (we suspect this will be popular)
The Capital District Scottish Games are back at the Altamont Fairgrounds this weekend. You know you want to see some cabers tossed. tickets are $22 Saturday ($18 ahead) / $12 Sunday ($10 ahead) (save a buck on both by buying ahead at Price Chopper)
Sunday: Boston Pops at Tanglewood
Season-ending matinee concert featuring vocalist Patti Austin in a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. 2:30 pm - $21 and up
These are a just a few things for this week. Know of something people should be looking forward to this week? Please share!
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photo: Tony Nagelmann / NPR
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