Drawing: Joshua Bell with the ASO + Yono's

joshua bell

Drawing's closed!

The Albany Symphony Orchestra opens its new season September 6 at the Palace with a concert featuring superstar violinist Joshua Bell. We have two tickets to the performance and we're giving them away. BUT WAIT. There's more: The winner will also receive a $100 gift certificate for dinner at Yono's (reservations recommended) -- which is, of course, just a short walk from the Palace.

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

What is something classic about the Capital Region?

Could be a building, a tradition, whatever. We'll draw one winner at random. That person gets the pair of tickets and Yono's gift certificate.

The ASO performance at the Palace starts at 7 pm on Saturday, September 6. Tickets are $56 and up.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Friday, August 29, 2014 to be entered in the drawing. 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 noon on Saturday and must respond by noon on Tuesday, September 2.

photo: Bill Phelps


Cobblestone streets and brownstones. My neighborhood.

Nipper the RCA dog statue

The Egg at Empire State Plaza

The Stockade in Schenectady... love walking around down there!

Mini hotdogs

Troy Famer's Market, hands down best and most classic part of summer capital region living!

Me, I'm classic.

seasonal soft serve ice cream stands.

Washington Park in albany. Truly a classic !!!

Washington Park. Classic Olmsted.

The old signs...

Uncle Sam Parade.

I guess we can't say Jennings anymore, would have been a good answer a year ago!

I'd have to say the Capitol. I spent so many years just taking it in as part of the whole Albany landscape/skyline (also classic) that I never really noticed how stunning it was. Now I can't stop looking at it and noticing all the amazing detail.

Washington Park and the architecture of the buildings surrounding it.

Amazing architecture! The Albany Trust Company Building for the win!

Highway & Road Construction

New Classic- The Kathy Sheehan Mascot Head!


Classic Fall - Apple picking, hot cider, fires., spices.

All great things around here and so classically fall.

Tulips, and all of Washington Park.

The Dutch influence all around downtown ! Beautiful !

Colonnade - State Education Building

Jack's Oyster House.

The Palace - a class Albany theatre that I'd really like to visit on September 6th!

The city itself! It one of the oldest cities in America.

Proximity to Vermont, Adirondacks, NYC, Boston, and Montreal.

Fall Days filled with Apple Picking, Apple Cider, and Apple Cider Doughnuts!

Brownstone homes in Center Square

The USS Slater.

Theater at The Park Playhouse!

The Saratoga Race Track

The sound of dead scratch-off tickets rustling across a Stewarts parking lot like lost shiny moles.

Hall of Springs in Spa Park

Lark Street...it's beautiful in the winter with the wreaths and snow!


Nothing like catching a show at the Egg. Amazing architecture, amazing acoustics.

The Wellington Hotel....no wait....OK, the Palace Theater.

The Albany Academy.

The Hudson and Mohawk Rivers and fall foliage

The rusty railway bridge over the Hudson river, it is slated to be replaced when the funds show up so check it out before it's gone

Ghost signs!

The Beneath the City archaeological exhibit at the NY State Museum is pretty dang cool - all the stuff from the old Quackenbush rum distillery made me want some "classic" rum!

Proctor's Theatre

The architecture! That is until they put in that ugly convention center...

Albany Rural Cemetery- a beautiful place to walk, meditate, and brush up on some local history. It's truly a treasure in our region.

Center Square brownstones and Washington Park.

Washington Park and its tulips

Complaining about living here!
(not AOAer's, of course, we all know there's tons to do if you just look around)

Here are a few things that are classic for me: peering up at Nipper, a walk along the Indian Ladder Trail at Thacher, apple cider doughnuts at Golden Harvest, and gelato from Crisan.

Jack's Oyster House


Jim's Tastee Freez

Opening of the racetrack. Hats off weekend!

Bloody Mary's at McGeary's

The businesses: Prinzos, Ninos, Cardonas, Lodges, Bongiorno, Lombardos, Krauses, Natalie's Tailors, Lev's shoe repair, many more who have made it over the years.

The Awesome River!

Nipper the dog. Only in Albany!

The Nott Memorial on the Union College campus.

The springs in Saratoga.

the Capitol building

Classic? ASO, of course. Like the rest of the Capital Region it's a blend of fine old classics & classy new stuff. (Josua Bell AND Yono's? - now THAT would be classic!)

Albany City Hall and its wonderful Dutch carillon that is still played by hand daily, recalling the long tradition of carillon towers in Holland and expressing our cultural heritage in music. This, and the annual Tulip Festival are true Albany classics.

The Snowman in Troy

Hoffman's Playland

The Saratoga Racetrack.

Wellington annex demolition - instant classic.

Washington Park.

Nipper, the RCA dog, and many buildings around the city built by Harris Sanders, some of the most interesting places around the Capital Region!

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is a timeless classic.Especially with the ASO playing there. It is the first place I heard Live classical music when my Uncle Bill brought me to hear the ASO. He was a lifetime subscriber and always had the same seats in the Hall. I was just a little kid.

Raspberry sauce for your mozzarella sticks!

The Capital Building and it's million dollar staircase.

The stairs at the Capitol. Gorgeous!


The longest colonnade in the United States: The NYS Education Building

Shows at the Palace! Kurver Kreme!

Washington Park Playhouse. We go every summer!

Nipper the dog!

Washington Park in Albany and all the great festivities it hosts.

The stunning architecture in Troy and Albany and Saratoga. Timeless and classic and forever in style!

SPAC. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center bring the best of the best in music and the arts each summer season. I have been taking my children since they were young, and they have both become musicians. SPAC gives a life-changing environment to the community and I can thank them for providing my family musical knowledge we will carry for the rest of our lives.

What an amazing opportunity! Albany truly has my heart. My favorite classic component within the Capital Region-- besides the many talented performers who always share their unique energy-- is the Million Dollar Staircase in the NYS Assembly building.

One of my favorite memories of a cold winter afternoon involves searching for the hidden characters within the delicately carved stone. There is art everywhere- from the music, to the architecture, and of course, the food! I take so much pleasure in visiting/taking time to appreciate the hidden treasures in our area. : )

Thacher Park Indian Ladder Trail in the Autumn.

Washington Park

the architecture!

The Palais Royale!

The row houses - federals, italianates, second empires, queen annes, all of them!

All the art venues...from SPAC, The Palace, The Egg...even the many classic drive-in movie theaters. The entertainment scene is fantastic!

The FISH FRYS! Ted's and Bob & Ron's!

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