Drawing: Wine & Dine for the Arts gala tickets

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Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

The annual Wine & Dine for the Arts food and wine festival in downtown Albany starts January 15 (next week). The multi-day event includes tastings, chefs and restaurants, seminars, and competitions for sliders, baristas, and bartenders.

We have a pair of tickets to the grand gala reception and dinner on Saturday, January 17 and we're giving them away. To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What is your 2015 resolution for the Capital Region?

It could be big, it could be small. It could be for yourself, it could be the area generally. We'll pick one person at random.

The gala starts Saturday, January 17 at 6 pm with a reception, dinner at 7 pm. Gala tickets are $125 each. Tickets for other events at the festival are currently on sale, though some events are already sold out and others have just a few remaining.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 10 am on Saturday, January 9 10, 2015 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 10 am on Monday and must respond by noon on Tuesday, January 13.

AOA is a media sponsor of Wine & Dine for the Arts.


My resolution for 2015 is to get out there and do more in the capital region. Visit more parks. Go to more events. Try new restaurants.

See more area landmarks historical and otherwise!

To uncover all the hidden nooks and crannies and interesting places I am able.

to bike to or through as many communities and events as possible, sampling food, drink and sights along the way.

My resolution would be to visit more restaurants in Troy and Ballston Spa.

To not complain about the weather.....year-round

I want to have a year of doing fun things, including getting more physically active!

My 2015 resolution for the Capital Region is for more success for All Over Albany!!!!

More adventures. There are so many restaurants I haven't tried, museums I haven't visited in years, and arts to check out.

My 2015 resolution for the Capital Region would be for everyone to make an effort to meet their neighbors.

My 2015 resolution for the Capital Region would be for us to get a good ramen spot!

Since it's traditional to break new year resolutions, I think I'll try for fat and lazy and see what happens.

My resolution for the Capital Region is to open up more restaurants, local shops, museums, any indoor activity really. The capital region is large but when the cold hits it seems to me we are limited with our options on what we can do. The cold weather will never change but that doesn't mean we have to stay locked up inside for 8-9 months.

My Capital Region resolution is to get out there and try lots of local places that I haven't yet been to -- be it parks, restaurants, shops, or farmers' markets!

To thoroughly scandalize the Wine and Dine for the Arts Gala. Possibly through the use of partial/full male nudity.

My resolution for the Capital Region would be to keep up the amazing progress in breathing new life into our great area, with new bars, restaurants, and fun festivals for 2015!

My resolution is to look for new places in the region to visit that I haven't been to, whether it be a restaurant, park or an entire town.

My resolution for the capital region is to try and support all the local business more. There are soo many great places out there.

For everyone to be kinder, friendlier and patient.

With a bittersweet move from Albany planned in 2015 my resolution is to appreciate my hometown city and the people in it by trying to enjoy and take in as much as I can over the next few months. Le sigh....

I'm going to vote every chance I get: schools, libraries, fire districts, primaries, and of course the November election - 2015 is a big year for local politics.

To make everyone i meet a little happier .

My resolution for 2015 is to be more intentional with my shopping habits, as in purchasing from local businesses as much as possible. This and reading more books!

The Capital Region resolves to rid itself of city vs. city verbal bashing. No more use of the words Troylet or Smallbany!

My resolution is to be the person my dog thinks I am.

My resolution is for the city of Albany to make even more efforts to develop on Broadway. I'm excited to see what happens there.

2015 New Year's Resolution: eat more good food at Capital District restaurants.

My 2015 resolution is to find and foster a new creative outlet, and try to stick with it even when I feel like I suck.

I resolve to organize local Etsy sellers for various types of live events across the region.

Practicing Compassion

For the region to stop complaining about how we "don't" have certain things and start focusing on how beautiful and unique this area actually is...and to stop using the phrase "Smalbany."

Do my part to make the neighborhood a little bit nicer: paint the porch, landscape our front little plot of grass.

Preserve a healthy childhood for children. Too much active and passive abuse everywhere.

My 2015 resolution for the Capital Region is for the area to focus on and appreciate more of what we have. Stay positive!

More attention to the waterfront paths and parks!

We have this amazing river. Big, historic and lovely.

Pictures denoting "Albany NY" so seldom include the Hudson River.

My Capital Region resolution is to explore more! Restaurants, parks, bars, theaters - you name it, I want to see it!

My 2015 Capital Region resolution is to find some new favorites. I tend to fall back on tried and true places instead of visiting new ones. It's time to give the old standbys a rest and find some new Capital Region gems to add to the collection.

To open doors for people. Literally and figuratively.

My resolution is to go out and see more local live music in the Capital Region

My resolution is to become an upstate winter devotee.

Do not consider anything for granted. I AM TALKING ABOUT CRISAN HERE.

To visit more local bars and restaurants. There are so many I haven't had the chance to try yet. I will start tomorrow with the Gastropub!

My 2015 resolution is to: Do less laundry and wear more deodorant.

Ski local!!!!

To be open to having more ethnic and cultural eateries in the CapReg!

Exploring and discovering the nature and trails in the area when it gets a little warmer

To take advantage of the great things we have and share that knowledge with others. For ex. Troy farmers market, Tech valley COG, great parks and waterways.

To help with having another awesome Grown Up Egg Hunt.

Buy more real estate (multi-family rental properties)

To find a dayshift engineering job and do the 7-minute workout daily

Make Lark St more interesting and funky again!

My resolution is to make one peice of art a day and share it with Albany.

My resolution is to actually try and get involved in the local scenes

my resolution is to be more active!

More sunny days and warmer weather in general.

Tell a funny joke a day.

My husband I have a resolution to do something different, out of our comfort zone, each month. Maybe try a new restaurant, find an new activity, visit Capital Rep or Proctors, etc.

Get my kids more active in neighborhood cleanups and other volunteer activities.

My resolution is to greet everyone I pass with a smile and a hello.

hiking all over the area

My Capital Region resolution is to shop and dine more at the independently owned / non chain or franchised establishments in the area...especially in Troy!

spend more time this year exploring the beauty of our local nature and trails. cant wait to see the thatcher park improvements also!

My 2015 resolution is to get hired in the Capital Region!!

I resolve to make a tour de capital of some of our fast-fading local classic restaurants before they've left us, and to make a strong showing in the Mohawk Hudson Marathon!

My 2015 resolution for the Captial Region is to support local business more.

My resolution this year is to take the GRE exam (scheduled for Valentine's Day) and apply for grad school finally. I've been holding myself back for too long!

My New Years Resolution is to be less afraid to fail, and to take the risks which may result in such failure, because who knows what it may bring!

To enjoy what's good out there.

For cars in the capital region to be more mindful of pedestrians. Especially runners!

My resolution is to appreciate my life without a gall bladder!!!

My 2015 resolution for the capital region would be for downtown Albany to get at least one new retail store. As an amendment, another part of that would be for me to consistently walk to and shop there!

My resolution is to spend more time actually enjoying Albany instead of just working there :)

To get more exercise, and to bike at work at least once in the coming year.

I look forward to meeting new people after moving here recently

date typo in last paragraph! 9th is a friday today! re deadline...when is it!?
can i still enter!!?

Editors: Thanks for catching that. Fixed. The deadline in Saturday, January 10.

stay home and clean more

To get stronger by walking and biking and snowshoeing the great trails in the region.

My resolution for 2015 is to visit at least six of the places that have been on my "to do/try" list for too many years.

Start the Adirondack 46 high peak hikes!

To explore the museums in the region

My new years resolution is to be more understanding of people and what they go through in their lives!

My resolution is to use humor to make people in the Capital Region a little bit happier.

My resolution is to avoid negativity and seek out more of the positives.

support local business as much as possible.
make tangible steps towards personal long term goals.
eat breakfast.

That the City of Albany or even PAL will offer pony rides for toddlers on the weekends, at one of their parks. (One of my fondest childhood memories when I was a child living in Yonkers.)

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