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Favorite lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and other bodies of water

canoes at Grafton Lakes

Grafton Lakes got a mention.

It is currently time to do all the summer things. And "all the summer things" often includes finding a lake, river, stream, some body of water to take in the view, relax by, dine next to, kayak in.

A few weeks back as part of the River Week drawing, we asked you about your favorite bodies of water around the Capital Region. There were a bunch of good suggestions. So, as with the neighborhood highlights, we combined all the suggestions into a clickable map and listing.

Have a look...

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Stuff to do this weekend

Cherry Plain beach

This could be a great weekend for a trip to the beach.

A midsummer weekend awaits, full of sunshine and stuff to do. Savor it. Enjoy it. Commit it to memory so you can conjure it in February.

After the jump, we've pulled together a list of things that looked interesting. Got something planned that you don't see here? Drop it in the comments so we can all see.

And whatever you're up to, bring your sunscreen and have a great weekend.

River Week in-post ad Dutch Apple

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Pick-your-own blueberry season 2015

box of blueberries at samascott

We are into the thick of blueberry season around the greater Capital Region. And as we've mentioned before, blueberries are just about our favorite pick-your-own crop because they're easy to pick (on bushes about waist high), relatively cheap (usually between $2-$3 per pound), and they freeze beautifully, so you can stock up for later in the year.

There are a handful of farms around the Capital Region that offer pick-your-own blueberries. Here's a list with some info. And, of course, if you know of a place that should be on the list, please share.

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Massry Center 2015-2016 season

Jake Shimabukuro 2015

Ukelele master Jake Shimabukuro will be there in November.

The schedule for the upcoming 2015-206 season at the Massry Center at the College of Saint Rose is out. The slate includes a ukulele virtuoso, a couple of banjo titans, a river-spanning jazz festval, and the return of the popular Christmas concert featuring the music of Vince Guaraldi.

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EMPAC fall 2015 season

Composer/performer Holly Herndon caps off the schedule in December.

Without ado, further or otherwise, here's the slate for the upcoming fall season at EMPAC. It is, as usual, full of performances, talks, and events that promise to be interesting, thought-provoking, even challenging.

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The week ahead

Interpol band 2015

Interpol is set to do its thing at Upstate Concert Hall this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (hot, hot, hot), to The Track, to baseball, to theater, to barns, to all sorts of music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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It's opening day at Saratoga. Pick a winner.

A holiday has been declared throughout the land.

OK, not exactly throughout the land. Just here at AOA. We are starting the weekend a little early. We hope you can do the same.

And speaking of the weekend, here's your weekend tasting menu of stuff to do. There's a pretty wide variety this week, from racing and beer festivals to county fairs and drive-in movies. There's lots of mid-summer stuff going on and a lovely weekend ahead.

Got something planned that you don't see here? Drop it in the comments for the rest of us to see. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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Drawing: Capital Region Brewer's Fest at The Joe

Brewfest 2.jpgBeer and Summer: two good things that are even better together.

This Saturday is the annual Tri-City ValleyCats Capital Region Brewer's Fest at Joe Bruno Stadium, where more than 30 brewers from around the Northeast and beyond will be on hand with samples of some of their best brews. AOA has a pair of Grand Slam passes to Saturday's festival and they could be yours. The passes include:

+Admission
+Souvenir Sampling Glass
+10 Tasting Tickets
+Commemorative T-Shirt
+Admission to VIP Area with a Catered Buffet
+A Ticket to a Future Tri-City ValleyCats Baseball Game

To enter, just answer this question in the comments of this post:

Beer and summer are a great combination. What is a great Capital Region combination? Maybe it's a beer or wine and food. Maybe it's two places you'd like to push together. Maybe it's something more philosophical. Just something you think is or could be a good Capital Region combo.

The Capital Region Brewer's Festival is this Saturday, July 25, from 2:30pm to 6:30pm. Tickets are still available and range from a $10 designated driver ticket through a $47 Grand Slam package.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 11:59pm today (Thursday, July 23, 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 10am on Friday July 24, 2015 and must respond by 4:30 pm on Friday, July 24.

Capital Region county fairs 2015

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County fair season in the Capital Region started this week with the Saratoga County Fair in Ballston Spa. And there will be a county fair somewhere around the region pretty much each week through Labor Day.

Here's a rundown of county fairs around the region, with dates, admission info, and whatnot.

Now go eat some foods on a stick...

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Craig Ferguson at Troy Music Hall

comedian Craig Ferguson 2015

Comedian Craig Ferguson is set to for a stand-up show at the Troy Music Hall September 27. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $37 and up.

In addition to being a comedian, Ferguson is also an actor and author -- but he's best known for his 10-year run as the host of The Late, Late Show on CBS, which ended this past December. Last year, in explaining his exit, he said he wanted to leave the show before he stopped enjoying it.

He's moved on to hosting a game show, an upcoming sitcom, and stand-up touring. Here's a Guardian review of one of his stand-up shows in New York City earlier this year.

The Troy Music Hall show is at 8 pm on Sunday, September 27.

Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival 2015 lineup

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Booker T.

The Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival is September 12 at Jennings Landing in the Corning Preserve. And the lineup for this year's festival is out -- it's headlined by Booker T. Jones (of "Green Onions" fame). The full lineup is after the jump.

The Riverfront Jazz Festival is from 1-9 pm on Saturday, September 12, with fireworks following. It's free.

More music that Saturday
+ Pearl Palooza will be on Pearl Street in downtown Albany,
+ And Basilica Soundscape will be going on in Hudson.

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Pearl Palooza 2015 lineup

pearl palooza crowd

The crowd at Pearl Palooza a few years back.

This year's Pearl Palooza -- the WEQX-organized free music festival on Pearl Street in downtown Albany -- is Saturday, September 12. And the lineup is now out.

Here's the list of national and local acts -- with video clips...

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Drawing: miSci's Science of Brewing

ommegang beer cafe

A tall, frosty glass of art and science.

Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

There is science behind everything, including beer. This week miSci in Schenectady is offering a chance to explore the science of brewing and taste the resulting beer. And AOA is giving away a pair of tickets.

To enter, just answer this question in the comments of this post:

What is something you'd like to do before the summer is over?

MiSci's Science of Brewing event is Thursday, July 23 from 6 pm to 8 pm. Brewers from Brown's, Brewery Ommegang, Nine Pin Cider Works, Wolf Hollow Brewing and other local brewers will offer samples. There will also be food, music, and a chance to check out some of the museum exhibits. Tickets are still available and are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

Important: All comments must be submitted by noon on Tuesday, July 21, 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 5 pm on Tuesday and must respond by noon on Wednesday.

All Over Albany is a media sponsor of miSci's Science of Brewing event.

The week ahead

the decemberists 2015

The Decemberists (and Lucius) will be Ommegang later this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (so July), to stories, to ballet, to writers, to drama, to the county fair, to The Track, to so much music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

NYCB Pictures at an Exhibition

The NYC Ballet is at SPAC this weekend, and the annual ballet gala is Saturday.

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And cue the weekend. And with it the summer weather.

There is so much great stuff going on this weekend -- from music festivals and ballet to street festivals and drive-in movies. All you have to do is choose. To help you out, we've assembled a weekend tasting menu after the jump.

Doing something you don't see on the list? Share it in the comment section so everyone
can see.

And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!

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To Athens by ferry

Hudson-Athens ferry composite

By Duncan Crary

Ahead of the Rail, River, Hudson II tour this coming weekend, we have a series of posts focusing on the Hudson River this week.

Last summer, in anticipation of AOA's Rail, River Hudson trip, I made the case that "How you get there matters, because getting there is half the fun." This time around, I'll add that getting there by boat will make any location feel more exotic.

Here in the Capital Region we have a few cruise boats that offer roundtrip sightseeing and/or party cruises (like the Dutch Apple II in Albany, The Captain JP II in Troy and the The Caldwell Belle in Schuylerville). These are all great ways for the public to experience our rivers by boat. But except for special events, these local cruisers are rarely used for commuting between destinations. And while there's been a lot of talk over the years of bringing water taxis to Albany, we're still waiting to see that happen.

You don't have to go too far downriver, though, to find public water transit. For the past three years, the Hudson-Athens Ferry has been carrying people between that city and village, across the Hudson River.

Two weeks ago, I finally made it onboard with a fellow traveler from Troy. Here are a few notes from our adventure...

River Week is sponsored by: Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Albany BID, Dutch Apple Cruises, Harmony Mills, Hudson River Greenway, Nine Pin Cider, Sweet Sue's, and Downtown Troy BID.

River Week in-post ad Dutch Apple

River Week in-post ad Hudson Valley Ramble

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Sean Rowe at the Ale House

Sean Rowe

Sean Rowe is set to play a show at The Ale House in Troy August 15. Tickets are $15 at the door.

As you know, Rowe was a staple of the local music scene before his career's trajectory took a sharp upward turn a few years back -- he signed with ANTI records, toured around the world, got pub in all sorts of media outlets, and has appeared on TV. The show at The Ale House is a chance to see him again in a not-big venue. We're guessing it's going to be packed.

Across the street
While we're talking about The Ale House, check out the old-school rock 'n roll/country/Americana-inflected upcoming schedule of events at The Ale House and The Hangar across the street:

July 14: Parker Millsap at The Hangar
July 19: Robbie Fulks and Redd Volkaert at The Ale House
August 15: Sean Rowe at The Ale House
August 28: Frog Holler at The Hangar
August 31: JD McPherson at The Hangar
September 30: Wayne "The Train" Hancock at The Hangar
October 24: Ray Wyle Hubbard at The Hangar

photo: Anthony Saint James

New York City Ballet back at SPAC

NYCB SPAC 2015

The New York City Ballet opens its 2015 residency at SPAC Tuesday evening. It's the start of a two-week run for the company at SPAC.

Opening night is an all-Balanchine program. Among the other highlights from the schedule: the annual ballet gala is this Saturday, July 11; and next week, on Friday, July 17, there will be a performance of La Sylphide.

Justin Peck
The SPAC schedule also includes of two works by rising star choreographer Justin Peck, this Wednesday and during the gala performance on Saturday. Peck and his work to create a new ballet were the subject of a recent documentary called Ballet 422. The Bow Tie theater in Saratoga Springs will be screening the doc Monday, July 13 -- and Peck will be there for a post-screening Q&A. The screening starts at 7 pm.

photo via SPAC website

Pasties, Pencils, and Pints 3rd anniversary

pasties pencils and pints 2015 JulySassy drink 'n draw Pasties, Pencils, and Pints returns to The Hangar in Troy July 16 after taking a few local months off. It's the 3rd anniversary of the series.

The model for this month's session is Miss Couple. There will be a cash bar, and music from DJ Heat Machine. And it's BYODS -- Bring Your Own Drawing Supplies. (There will also be coloring books available.)

So, what's the motivation behind these drink 'n draw nights? We talked with organizer Emily Armstrong about it almost two years ago:

It needs to be sassy. And it's like, the model is supposed to be sexy and everybody's encouraged to cheer for them. The model's working their sex appeal -- whatever that means for for him and her. And people are supportive of it and people cheer, no matter if that's somebody that they'd be attracted to. That's irrelevant, they're there and they're participating and doing an encouraging, fun thing.

The event starts at 8:30 pm on Thursday, July 16. It's $10.

Albany I Spy 2015, game on

AlbanyISpy2015 mapThe clue sheet and map for this year's Albany I Spy, the popular photo scavenger hunt from Albany Archives and the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, is now posted online.

Here's how it works (emphasis added):

Step 1: Download the form
This is your Master Albany I Spy Clue Sheet. Sounds important, right? It is! Be sure to write your name and contact information where indicated because this is how we will contact the winners.
Step 2: Set your course
You'll use the clues on this form to identify the mystery landmarks. Then, set your course each day - or wait for one spectacular day - to head to downtown Albany to spy and write the name of the landmark on your Master Clue Sheet.
Step 3: Get extra clues
Stumped? Don't worry, we're here to help! Each day, we'll be posting a special extra clue on our social media sites: Albany Archives, Discover Albany, Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, and All Over Albany, or search using the hashtag: #albanyispy.

The contest runs through July 18. And there are prizes from Cider Belly, Parish Public House, Wolff's, Bombers, the ValleyCats, The Olde English, and City Beer Hall.

This year's end-of-contest event -- where you can submit your answers -- is at the Parish Public House in downtown Albany on Saturday, July 18 from 1-3 pm with drink specials, and Albany history trivia.

(You can also email your answers -- details at the link above -- but only one entry submitted this way will win a prize in a drawing.)

AOA is a media sponsor of Albany I Spy

The week ahead

weird al 2015

Weird Al -- and his accordion, presumably -- will be at The Palace later this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (like summer), to spying history, to the ballet, to drama, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

ESP fireworks by Bennett Campbell

There's gonna be fireworks. / photo: Bennett Campbell

We're starting the weekend a little early. But we wouldn't leave you without stuff to do this weekend...

Happy 4th of July weekend.

There are plenty of options for celebrating Independence Day this weekend, from fireworks, to parades, to drive-ins, to swimming pools, to baseball games, to summer theater.

So grab your sunscreen, bug spray, and your umbrella (just in case), check out our list of stuff to do and go pursue some happiness. You deserve it!

Doing something you don't see on our list? Drop it in the comments.

And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!

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The week ahead

dave matthews band bw

The Dave Matthews Band makes its seasonal migration back to SPAC this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (not exactly July), to authors, to actors, to baseball players, to the Fourth of July, to music...

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Capital Region Swimming Pools 2015

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The Victoria Pool at Saratoga Spa State Park is opening daily starting Saturday, June 27.

Pool season has arrived. Many municipal pools around the Capital Region have already opened, or will very soon.

After the jump, a list of town/city swimming pools (and state beaches) around the Capital Region with info about when they open, hours, and cost.

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Stuff to do this weekend

erykah badu

Erykah Badu headlines the Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC this weekend.

Into every weekend a little rain must fall. Well, not every weekend, but this weekend. Probably. Still, it's a weekend, it's the summer, and there is a long list of stuff to do in the Capital Region.

After the jump a few things you may want to check out.

Planning something you don't see here? Drop it in the comments so all of us can see.

And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!

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