Drawing: Raise. Plant. Grow. twilight cruise

Downtown Troy BID river cruise poster

Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

The Downtown Troy BID Foundation's Raise . Plant . Grow project -- which is aiming to plant as many as 150 trees in downtown Troy -- has a fundraiser river cruise on the Hudson lined up for July 27. And we have a pair of tickets to give away.

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

If you could grow any type of tree, which tree would you grow?

You can interpret that however you'd like. Sugar maple, apple, oak, sure. Money tree, reincarnated versions of historical trees, an ent -- why not. We'll draw one winner at random.

Here's the event blurbage (link added):

Join the Downtown Troy BID Foundation for the 2nd Annual Twilight Cruise on the Captain JP with Live DJ, Hors D'oeuvres and Dessert!
Downtown Troy's Captain J.P. II is by far the largest and most lavish cruise vessel in the Capital Region of upstate New York and has three enclosed decks, equipped with central air for a warm summer night, along with full service cash bar and dance floor. Looking for some fresh air? The rooftop deck will be open to catch a nice breeze atop the Hudson River.

The boat boards at 6:30 pm on July 27 at Front and State Street in downtown Troy and the cruise is from 7-10 pm. Tickets are $75 each and available online.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Friday, July 14, 2017 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 July 17 and must respond by noon on July 18.

The Downtown Troy BID advertises on AOA.


A willow tree. They've always been my favorite. Brings back memories of my childhood.

Blight-resistant American Chestnut!

I would like to plant disease resistant elms, if possible. I miss the grand old sentries of my childhood before Dutch Elm wiped them out.

a tree that rakes its own damn leaves

The best trees are family trees!!!

An avocado tree, because I love me some guac!

coconut tree

The Southern Live Oak! Those trees are gorgeous.

Lemon/orange tree that can survive northeasr weather. Love citrus fruit!

Weeping beech!


A money tree ,need I say anything more

Maple Tree - obvious since its our common but beloved NYS tree + all the yummy fresh NYS maple syrup to boil

Avocado trees

Can you plant a shoe tree? I'd go with one of those

I'd grow an almond tree because I'm nuts about nuts!

An apple tree so I can pick my own at home.

A Hot Dog Tree

While I love the idea of an Ent, I've been having a hankering for my own fruit and nut trees in my yard :)

Tree of life

Japanese maple

I'd plant a river birch. It's a beautiful native tree.


2 Pawpaws (for fertilization). Their fruit tastes like vanilla-banana custard, and they're native to North America.

A cherry tree that will bear delicious fruit soon. Right now it could be useful in reminding us of the wonderful quality of honesty in our politicians, a reminder of a trait that once existed, and can again if we stress its importance, at the national level and here in Albany.

A fig tree

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