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Schenectady Suds walking tour

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The Schenectady County Historical Society museum and library on Washington Ave.

The Schenectady County Historical Society has a series of beer-themed walking tours of the Stockade coming up in September. Blurbage for "Schenectady Suds":

Take a walk along what was once known as "Brewer's Street," looking at local history through the lens of a beer glass. This walking tour of the Historic Stockade District will examine the history of brewing and its impact on our history, from the Colonial era to today's craft brew revival.

The hour-long tours start at SCHS (32 Washington Ave) and end at Mad Jack Brewing at the Van Dyck, which a pint of beer included in the tour price. (It's a 21 and over event.)

The tours are on Thursdays -- September 14, 21, and 28 -- at 6 pm. Tickets are $15 and advance registration is required.

photo: Schenectady County Historical Society FB

The beautiful State Education Building will be open for regular public tours

State Education Building late sun 2016-September

The State Education Building will be open for public tours on the second Saturday of each month starting in August, the state Education Department has announced. Tour blurbage:

New York State Museum staff will lead the 45-minute Education Building tour, and visitors will have the opportunity to explore the historic Chancellors Hall, Regents Room and the Rotunda adorned with murals by Albany native Will H. Low. The State Education Building is located at 89 Washington Avenue, Albany. This is the first time the building has been made available for regular public tours since the State Museum and Library were moved from the Education Building to the Cultural Education Center in the 1970s.

The tours are being offered at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. They're free, but you must sign up ahead of time via the same site used to register for the Saturday state Capitol tours. The tours are limited to 25 people.

The State Education Building is beautiful, but, as mentioned above, the opportunity for the general public to get a look at the inside is rare.

Earlier: Saints vs. The State for Washington Avenue

Colonial ice cream day at Crailo

Crailo State Historic Site Rensselaer exterior 2017-JulyThis could be interesting (and delicious): The Crailo State Historic Site is hosting a "Colonial Ice Cream Discovery Day" August 12. Blurbage:

[D]iscover how colonists in the Hudson River Valley prepared ice cream on hot summer days, long before electricity made it easy to keep things cold. Watch as interpreters in period costume use colonial era recipes, ice cream molds, and a reproduction 18th century ice cream maker called a sabotiere to prepare this summer treat the old fashioned way. A scavenger hunt will highlight items in the museum related to Dutch colonial dairy production, the sugar trade, and more. Visitors of all ages will also learn how to make their own ice cream at home, using basic ingredients and simple techniques.

The events are from noon-4 pm that Saturday. Admission is $3 / free for kids under 12. The museum's exhibits will also be on display that day.

The Crailo State Historic Site is in Rensselaer on the aptly-named Riverside Ave (there are some beautiful homes along that stretch). It was once a home for the Van Rensselaer family and now serves as a museum of colonial Dutch history in the Hudson Valley. It was named after the Van Rensselaer's estate in the Netherlands -- Crayloo or Cralo -- which meant "crows' wood" in Dutch.

The week ahead

Phantogram 2016

Phantogram is back in town for a show at The Egg this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (cool start), to The Track, to the stage, to movies, to science, to art, to comedy, baseball, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

elvis costello

Elvis Costello is at Brewery Ommegang this weekend / photo: Andy Gotts

Hi there. Welcome to a midsummer weekend's list of stuff to do. Pick a few things that sound fun to you, or just read it under a tree with a glass of lemonade.

If you're doing something you don't see on our list, share it in the comment sections so everyone can see.

And whatever you're up to, remember your sunscreen, and have a fantastic weekend.

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New York State Bike Summit

New York State Bike Summit logo 2017

The first New York State Bike Summit will be at the Hearst Media Center* September 15. Blurbage:

This Summit will provide a forum for advocates, industry, policy makers, government officials at all levels, planners and engineers, allied environmental and other non-profit organizations as well as concerned individuals to meet, network, strategize and prepare for the transformation of New York into a leading state for safe and shared bicycling, pedestrian and active transportation.
Biking is on the rise in NYS. The challenges facing the bike movement have shifted from explaining why biking is important to how we can move toward more complete, shared and connected roads and trails throughout New York State. This cultural shift has primed the state for a "big tent" event - bringing together advocates, planners, engineers, public officials, legislators, business interests, concerned citizens, environmental and conservation interests, and law enforcement.

The attendance fee is $110. It's an all-day event -- here's the schedule of talks, panels, and whatnot. It looks like there will be a bunch of interesting bike-related topics up for discussion, many that often pop up here. It's organized by the New York Bicycling Coalition.

* It's the new venue Hearst built to host events at the Times Union building on Albany Shaker Rd near the north end of Wolf Rd.

Troy Summer Square starts this week

The Troy Summer Square series -- a string of public art events centered around a pop-up pedestrian area at Monument Square -- starts this week and runs through August 5. Blurbage for the program being coordinated by the Arts Center of the Capital Region:

During its 3 week run, we will coordinate programming with local cultural partners, host fun events and showcase "Explore Troy Projects," temporary projects created by local artists. We will be asking all who interact with us, both in person and digitally, "What Are Your Ideas for art in Troy?" Information gathered will be presented in a Master Plan for Public Art and the ideas generated will be exhibited at the Arts Center for all to see. The Square will be followed up this fall by "Pop-up" Squares, one night of similar programming in other Troy neighborhoods.

The first event is this Wednesday, July 19 from 6-8 pm. The winning project proposals for 14 public art projects around the city will be announced, city historian Kathy Sheehan will lead a walking tour of downtown monuments, and Geraldine Fuhrmann will tell stories about Troy's history.

On Friday, July 28 during Troy Night Out, there will be a reveal of 10 public art ideas for Troy, with discussion from public art experts Judie Gilmore, who's leading the Summer Square series and was the project director for Breathing Lights, and Todd Bressi, who's worked with Mural Arts Philadelphia.

That link above has the full list of events, which are all in the evenings.

Capital Region county fairs 2017

Summer scene fair by Crystal Powell

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

The fairs have a long history in this area. They've got to be among some of the longest running -- if not the longest running -- annual events. Some of them have been going for more than 175 years.

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

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Brown's Brewing Covered Bridge Tour bike ride

browns brewing covered bridge bike tour 2017The third annual Brown's Brewing Covered Bridge Tour bike ride is September 16. Blurbage:

Enjoy a cycling tour of the covered bridges of the Battenkill & Hoosick Valleys of Upstate New York!
Choose from 50, 30, or 20 mile, fully supported rides that includes a catered, post-ride lunch at the Brown's Walloomsac Taproom on the banks of the scenic Walloomsac Creek!
Includes:
Post-ride, creekside lunch!
1 free Brown's beer (21 & older only)
Ride leaders
Clear course markings
Mechanical & sag support
Scenic views!
Professional, courteous staff and volunteers!

The various tour lengths start at half-hour intervals that morning. Registration is $45 for the 20 mile, $60 for the 30 mile, and $75 for the 50 mile. The event is capped at 200 participants.

Roller skating at Swinburne Park

Swinburne Park skating rink summer

News to us: The city ice skating rink in Albany's Swinburne Park also offers roller skating during the summer.

It's open Monday-Friday from 3-5 pm and 7-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 pm and 7-9 pm. Admission is $1 for adults / 50 cents for kids / 25 cents for seniors / skate rental is $3.

If you've never been by the rink before, it's along the 2nd Street side of the park's western (Manning Boulevard) end, next to the spray pad. There's a parking lot (access off Clinton Ave and 2nd Street) nearby.

It's covered, so there's plenty of shade. Could be a fun thing for kids (and adults) on a rainy day. The rink can also be reserved for events.

Albany I Spy 2017

Albany I Spy logo 2017

The popular Albany I Spy history/architecture scavenger hunt from Albany Archives returns August 12 in downtown Albany with a new format. Blurbage:

We're switching things up a bit this year though. The first five picture clues will be available to hunt early on August 7th and those last seven, you'll have to arrive at The City Beer Hall at noon, Saturday August 12 to find out what they are and you will be timed! That's right, Albany I Spy is now a timed event! Whichever team finishes the quickest will be crowned (figuratively only of course) the new kings and queens of Albany scavenger hunts.

That link above includes the rules. Among them: There will be a three-hour time limi on August 12 and teams and are limited to six people. It's free to play, but teams must be registered by August 11 at 6 pm.

As in years past, there will be prizes from local businesses. The first three teams to finish get to pick from the prize packages.

AOA is a media sponsor of Albany I Spy.

Pearl Palooza 2017 lineup

musician k.flay

K.Flay is the headliner.

Catching up: This year's Pearl Palooza -- the WEQX-organized free music festival on Pearl Street in downtown Albany -- is Saturday, September 16 this year.

Here's the list of acts with sample video clips...

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Joe Biden at Proctors

vice president Joe Biden

Joe Biden will be at Proctors November 20 as part of tour for his new memoir. Tickets go on sale July 28 -- they're $75 (and up) and include a copy of the book. (It looks like there's also a presale.)

Event blurbage:

This fall, Vice President Joe Biden will travel the nation for his American Promise Tour, a series of conversations that will go beyond the 24-hour news cycle and 140-character arguments to connect friends and neighbors around the topics that matter most. Vice President Biden will reveal the big political moments of his career, the life-altering choices he made, and the key traits that have helped him persevere through challenges and live with purpose. "It's a lucky man who gets out of bed every morning, puts his feet on the ground, knows what he wants to do, and knows it still matters," says Vice President Biden. "I still count myself lucky."

Biden's memoir -- PROMISE ME, DAD: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose -- is about his life in 2015, serving as the vice president while his son was dying of brain cancer.

photo: David Lienemann

The week ahead

postmodern jukebox and straight no chaser

Postmodern Jukebox (top) and Straight No Chaser are one of the many pop shows at SPAC this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (so much summer), to baseball, to the county fair, to the stage, to writers, to The Track, to all sorts of music...

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The Nina and the Pinta docked in Rensselaer

Nina and Pinta with Albany skyline in background

Not something you see everyday: Full-size replicas of the Nina and the Pinta -- two of the ships that accompanied Christopher Columbus on his first voyage across the Atlantic -- are docked at the Albany Yacht Club in Rensselaer. They'll be there through early Monday morning.

The ships will be open for tours Friday-Sunday 9 am-6 pm. Admission is $8 adults / $7 seniors / $6 students 5-16 / children under 4 are free.

The boats were built by hand in Brazil and are owned by the Columbus Foundation, an org based in the British Virgin Islands. They regularly go on tour from port to port -- they've been through here before. (The ships have diesel engines.)

After seeing the ships up close Friday afternoon we had same reaction as after seeing that replica Viking boat that was in Waterford last year: It's amazing people crossed oceans in ships like this.

The ships will head up the Hudson early Monday morning and make a stop at the Troy riverfront near the Dinosaur to have their masts removed by a crane. Then around noon they'll start their way along the Erie Canal, with a planned overnight stop in Schenectady. You can track the ship's progress via their Twitter feed.

Here are a few pics if you're curious...

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Phantogram, now at The Egg

Phantogram 2016

The Phantogram show lined up for the Schaghticoke Fair Grounds July 27 has been moved to The Egg. The promoter's press release cites "unforeseen circumstances." Tickets already purchased will be honored, and refunds are available at the point of sale.

Tickets are $35 ahead / $38 day of. It's a general admission show in The Egg's Hart Theatre, which has a maximum capacity of 982.

When the show was first announced, Tycho was on the bill as an opener. But the act is no longer playing the show.

Phantogram shows usually sell out when they return home to this area -- the date at Upstate Concert Hall earlier this year sold out -- so it wouldn't be a surprise if this one does, too.

photo: Timothy Saccenti

Stuff to do this weekend

Mama Mia at Capital Rep

Mama Mia continues this weekend at Capital Rep. / photo: Richard Lovrich

Two words: Summer weekend.

If two words aren't enough for you, then after the jump you'll find more -- a whole list of things to do on this particular summer weekend.

Planning something that didn't make our list? Let us know about it in the comments. And whatever you're up to, remember your sunscreen, and have a fantastic weekend.

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Pick-your-own blueberry season 2017

box of blueberries at samascott

Blueberry season has begun around the greater Capital Region. And there are a bunch of places where you can pick your own.

Blueberries are just about our favorite PYO crop because they're easy to pick (on bushes about waist high), relatively cheap (usually about $3 per pound), and they freeze beautifully, so you can stock up for later in the year.

Here's a list of farms around the region for PYO blueberries, along with a few details.

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Selected Shorts at Skidmore

selected shorts skidmore 2017 promo

James Naughton, Richard Masur, and Mia Dillon

The touring version of the popular public radio program Selected Shorts will be at the Zankel Center at Skidmore July 22. Blurbage (links added):

Readings will include "Yancey" by Ann Beattie, performed by Mia Dillon; "The Caul" by Russell Banks, performed by Richard Masur; and "Election Eve' by Evan S. Connell, performed by James Naughton.

The performance is in conjunction with the New York State Summer Writers Institute, which is currently at Skidmore.

The evening starts at 7 pm on Saturday, July 22. Tickets are $25 / $20 seniors / $15 students.

And speaking of Skidmore...
+ The Upbeat on the Roof series of free concerts at The Tang starts this evening (July 13) with at 7 pm with a performance by Decoda.
+ And The Tang's annual open house -- Frances Day -- is this Saturday, July 15.

Basilica Soundscape 2017 full lineup

music producer composer JLin

Producer/composer Jlin

The Basilica Soundscape festival returns September 15-17 at Basilica Hudson. And there two are updates:

+ The full lineup is now out. It's below.

+ Single-day tickets are now available. They're $40 each for Friday or Saturday. Weekend passes are now $75. (There's also camping available for an additional charge.)

Festival blurbage:

For the sixth straight year, Basilica Hudson's Founders and Creative Directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone are working in collaboration with The Creative Independent Editor in Chief Brandon Stosuy to program Basilica SoundScape, a carefully curated weekend that's been called "the anti festival" by various publications for offering of a thoughtful mix of music, visual art, and literature. This year they welcome back previous BSS Creative Director Michael Renaud to handle all aspects of visual design for the event and have added the talents of a special guest curator, Jenn Pelly, editor at Pitchfork, and author of a forthcoming book on the Raincoats.

As you know, Basilica Hudson is in a converted industrial space in Hudson (near the Amtrak station), about a 45-minute drive from Albany.

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The Erie Canal as "psychic highway"

Heavens Ditch Erie Canal book coverConstruction on the Erie Canal started this month 200 years ago. And though it might seem like a big deal now, it was one of the most important developments in the history of New York State, especially upstate.

Jack Kelly -- the author of Heaven's Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal -- will be at the Shaker Heritage Society in Latham July 19 to talk about some the effects of the waterway that spanned the state:

The Erie Canal was one of the most impressive engineering feats in American history. It connected the Atlantic Ocean to the Midwest, not only economically, but spiritually as well. It has been referred to as a "psychic highway," providing a means for the exchange of ideas. The suffrage and abolitionist movements were bolstered by this new connection. New religions were founded and an entire population was waiting to be converted. Join author and historian Jack Kelly for a discussion and book signing of his newest book, Heaven's Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal.

The talk starts at 7 pm on Wednesday, July 19. Admission is $5.

The Shaker Heritage Society is at 25 Meeting House Road in Colonie near ALB.

Earlier:
+ "Surely the water of this canal must be the most fertilizing of all fluids..."
+ Tracing the old canal

Second week of NYC Ballet at SPAC

From the NYCB x SPAC series of short videos.

Just a reminder that this is the second -- and last -- week of this season's NYC Ballet residency at SPAC.

There are performances lined up Tuesday through Saturday, with a few matinees. Tickets start at $30.

The schedule includes works by Robbins, Balanchine, and the SPAC premiere of new work from Justin Peck and Sufjan Stevens....

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A bunch of Hamilton-themed events at the Schuyler Mansion

Schuyler Mansion Albany exterior 2016-June

You'd think that an organization called The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society could look back at the last year or so, give itself a round of applause, and kickback for a while. Achievement unlocked.

But no, it just goes ahead and plans a bunch of Hamilton-related events at the Schuyler Mansion in Albany this weekend:

Among the events:

+ A talk titled "Alexander Hamilton: The Man vs. the Musical"

+ The unveiling of a new painting of George Washington, Philip Schuyler, and Alexander Hamilton by Len Tantillo

+ A Hamilton-themed open house at the Schuyler Mansion

+ "Eliza at the Schuyler Mansion"

+ "Hamilton: His Life and Times in Story and Song" by the Hudson River Ramblers

+ "Reading of Alexander and Eliza's Love Letters" at the Schuyler Mansion

+ And a Hamilton-themed walking tour of Albany

The link above has times and registration info. The events are $5 each.

Regina Spektor at The Palace

musician Regina Spektor

Singer/songwriter/pianist Regina Spektor is set play a show at The Palace November 16. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 14 -- they're $49.50 and up.

The stop in Albany will be part of a tour that's "just me and a piano," according to the announcement on Spektor's website:

I'll be traveling and playing songs from all over the place and time, some have been recorded on records, and some never really out there except thanks to kind souls who recorded my shows (thanks, you know who y'all are:-) Will play some new and never before heard songs too probably, cause that'll be fun! I'll be stopping in cities the band and I didn't get to visit the first time around.

We couldn't remember if Spektor has played a show in this in area, and if she has it been a bunch of a years (based on a quick scan of archives).

photo: Shervin Lainez

Stuff to do this weekend

Park Playhouse Ragtime 2017

Ragtime opens at Park Playhouse this weekend. / photo: Shawn Morgan.

If a weekend and a holiday are separated by one day, does that automatically make it a four day weekend? And if not, why not?

No matter how many days you have off this weekend, we have some thoughts on how you can spend them. After the jump a look at what's happening in the Capital weekend this pre-Independence Day weekend -- from shows and concerts to fireworks and farmers markets.

Planning something you don't see here? Tell us about it in the comments. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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