Drawing: Capital Region Craft Brewers Fest 2014

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Drawing's closed!

The annual Capital Region Craft Brewers Festival returns July 12 to The Joe, and we've got a pair of "Grand Slam" passes to give away. The passes include: admission, souvenir sampling glass, 10 tasting tickets, a t-shirt, admission to the VIP area with a catered buffet, and a ticket to a future Tri-City ValleyCats baseball game.

To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What's something local on your must-do list for before the end of this summer?

Could be some activity, a place to visit, whatever. We'll draw winner at random. That person will get the pair of passes.

The Capital Region Craft Brewers Festival is July 12 from 2:30-6:30 pm at Joe Bruno Stadium. It brings together about two dozen breweries from the Capital Region and beyond.

Tickets for the event start at $25 / $32 at the gate. (There's also a $10 designated driver ticket.) The "Grand Slam" passes that are part of this drawing are $40 ahead ($47 at the gate). Proceeds benefit the New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation, which helps maintain youth baseball fields.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 to be entered in the drawing. You must be 21 to enter. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by midnight Tuesday and must respond by 5 pm on Wednesday, July 2.


Visiting Jumpin Jacks!

Thatcher Park!

Grafton Park for swimming!

Jack's Drive Inn in Wynantskill!

My summer to-do list includes eating (let's not exclude drinking) leisurely dinners outside at as many local restaurants as possible, followed up sampling the goods at as many soft-serve ice cream vendors as I can!

Swim in Sacandaga and Lake George

Having a milk shake in every variety of vanilla from Moxie's

jacks drive in Wynantskil

It's maybe debatable how "local," but there's this great marble quarry up in Vermont for swimming--I've been meaning to get back up there for years!

top of the list: go to a drive-in movie.

Visit Lake George village and beach.

Saratoga Race Track!

Climbing Mount Greylock

Checking out the Opus 40 sculpture park with a stop at Crossroads Brewing on the way back home.

Definitly want to make it out to Cape Cod this summer!

Must get to a Valley Cats game (already checked that one off the list chaperoning on my son's school field trip so perhaps we'll make it 2 this summer)! And also must get to Jumping Jacks as well!

I have to go berry picking at Samascott. And we always stop for soft serve on the way home.

Soft serve ice cream, SPAC/the track, Alive at Five, and being outside as much as possible. Soak up the sunshine while you still can!

Berry picking!

a trip to the troy farmer's market!

To go kayaking and/or swimming at every possible body of water in the Capitol Region this summer.

Have to head to the track at least once every summer

Catch a Valley Cats home game @ The Joe!

Snowman Ice Cream!!

Go to Nine Pin Cider Works!

Kayak on the Hudson.

Camping and kayaking

The Capital Region Craft Brewers Festival is on my must do list!!!!

Peebles Island and Log Bay in Lake George

Jumping Jacks!

La Mexicana. Preferably by bike.

Fish frys at Gene's

the drive ins!

We refer to it as triple B (Browns, Beers, Baseball)! I get together with my friends every summer for dinner at Brown's, and then we head over to the Joe for a Valley Cats game. Looking forward to another great night this summer.

I'd like to check out the dig deep in Woodstock!

Definitely the race track at Saratoga!!

Working on my house, relaxing on the deck with friends.

Hike in the Adirondacks

Skipping dinner and enjoying a hot fudge sundae from Snowman's in Troy!

And of course checking out every patio in the tri-county area.

Definitely the annual trek to Thacher State Park.

Go to the top of the Corning tower

I have to head up to Lake George and get some Martha's

Winning big at the track (or just breaking even!)

Replace my leaky old shed !!

Hearing Tom Durkin say "Annnnnd they're off!" over the PA at Saratoga Race Track for the last time this summer.

many, many trips to Moxie's ice cream!

Bring my 4 year old to Moxie's. We meant to go last year and it just got away from us!

Eating a big Ice Cream cone with my daughter!

Spend a day in Lake George!

As many soft serve ice cream runs as possible!

Water slide world!

Thacher Park and Tollgate ice cream.


Baseball Hall of Fame and Ommegang tour & tasting. I've been promising my son since he was five we'd go to Cooperstown. Now he's old enough to do a beer tasting too.

Betting the ponies in 'toga

Getting ice cream at Kurver Kreme!

Attend ciders n sliders

visit and/or camp in our local parks.

It's not summer until we've skipped lunch and replaced it with soft serve from a Corner Ice Cream.

Tubing near lake Luzurne!

Going to Grafton Lake to swim after I hit the trails.

Every summer about now, I pick up a few growlers at Brown's and head over to the Troy docks to meet Zipper Saunders. Old Zip (not to be confused with Young Zip, who looks just like Old Zip, but is dead) is going up the Hudson on the Miss Kiev, a houseboat converted into a tugboat and then back to a houseboat. Old Zip makes the trip every year, starting in Florida, fleeing the heat all the way up north. Together we go up the Champlain canal to Lake Champlain, where Old Zip spends the summer floating around without paying dock fees. Old Zip gets a little check each month from the government. He claims to have been injured in the invasion of Grenada, slipping on a Daiquiri at the airport. He has a note from a V.A. doctor--laminated--that says he can't work, pick up heavy objects, or be around sudden or loud noises. Nutmeg can make him psychotic. The little check money pays for Miss Kiev’s diesel. She drinks quite a bit. Old Zip peddles bootlegged Indian reservation cigarettes, ice-cold beers, and blue thermoses of rum punch to boaters out on the lake who have run out of such things. He makes a tidy profit. The cops turn a blind eye, he says, because the Miss Kiev is on submarine patrol for DHS. Old Zip says the Canadians have an Oberon class vessel somewhere on the bottom. “We’ll get ‘em!” At night we sit out in the cool darkness and Old Zip tells one tall tale after another while a bug zappers sparks and spits. He once picked a fight with Ernest Hemingway. Papa beat him to a pulp. “Didn’t think he’d fight a nine year old in a back brace!” laughed Old Zip. Last July an Edie Brickell impersonator threw a scotch glass at him in some dive in Burlington. He deflected it with the plastic plate in his skull and fell in love. We spent the rest of the summer skulking around seedy bars with a big Whitman’s Samplers box, hoping to ask her to move onto the Miss Kiev and teach us cross harp harmonica on the way back down south. We never found her. The chocolate finally melted all together. At a petting zoo outside Ticonderoga we pulled out all the Cashew Clusters and ate them with tall boys of Bud. “Doesn’t get much better than this, sonny-boy!” said Old Zip. We fed the rest of the Whitman's box to a Llama and then sailed home. This year will be even better. I can hardly wait.

Hike a high peak...or 2.

Picnic, wine, and the Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC

Looking forward to hitting the drive in this summer!

go to the drive in!

I want to see at least one Valleycats home game this summer.

Visit Saratoga Spa and the Gideon Putnam.


Baseball Hall of Fame

Make it out to one of the Poets in the Park readings in Washington Park this July.

Climb buck mountain!

Take a ride through the Adirondacks!

NYC ballet at SPAC

Paintball at Capital Combat Zone!

Berkshire Botanical Gardens

A day at the track!

A day at Victoria Pool in Saratoga.

Go to a drive-in movie + hit my favorite swimming spots.

@Julie Maynes: The Albany Public Library main branch has a Berkshire Botanical Gardens pass you can borrow. It covers two people.

I need to go lazy river tubing at Tubby Tubes!

Seeing the FREE plays in the Park at the Park Playhouse

Winning BIG at the Saratoga Race Track

Drive to Berlin for their 4th of July parade of floats, patriotism and music on a flatbed truck parked at the fire department following the parade. Visiting this very welcoming town is like stepping into Mayberry - and it has become a must-do summer activity.

Tubing in the Adirondacks!

Hike the Indian Ladder Trail at Thacher State Park.

Take a dip in the Lincoln Park pool

Train myself to not hate running and be ready for the 5k I signed up for.

Swim in the Victoria Pool!

Do the unthinkable and pull off the Capital District free city community musical festival trifecta all in the same week - Rockin' on the River, Summer at the Plaza and Alive @ 5. Bonus points awarded for seeing Eastbound Jesus twice.

go paddle boarding on saratoga lake

taking the Giddy Up Bus to 'toga!

Trip to the Beer Diviner!

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