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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

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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

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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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Albany I Spy 2015

Albany I Spy 2015 promo

The popular Albany I Spy photo scavenger hunt from Albany Archives and the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau is returning for a third year. How it works:

Step 1: Download the form [from the Albany I Spy site] on July 6
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. This year's end-of-contest event is at the Parish Public House in downtown Albany on Saturday, July 18 from 1-3 pm. There will be prizes (we've seen the list -- they're good), along with drink specials, and Albany history trivia.

You can also email your answers to admin |at| albanyarchives |dot| com, but only one entry submitted this way will win a prize in a drawing.

Rail, River, Hudson II update

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Rail, River, Hudson -- July 11. Tickets are limited.

We're a little more than two weeks away from the All Over Albany Rail, River, Hudson II adventure, and plans for a great day are shaping up nicely.

If you've been meaning to get your tickets, now would be a good time. Last year's event sold out, and space for this year's trip is limited.

In addition to the Amtrak trip, Dutch Apple sunset cruise, cocktail party at Helsinki Hudson, and other fun surprises, Sweet Sue's of Troy will be catering the trip home.

Here's a look at the menu she's planning:

+ Moroccan Lamb Sliders with Taziki and Arugula
+ Chicken Salad w/ Walnut Cranberry, Dill
+ Mustard Egg Salad
+ Tuna Salad w/ pickled Onion
+ Summer Rice Paper and Lettuce Wraps with Sesame and Nori (V,GF)
+ Merlot Poached Pears and Plums with Almonds, Cherve, and Apricote Vinigarette (V,GF)
+ Chilled Strawberries, Honey, Pine Nuts and Mint with Spinach Chiffinod (V,GF)

Oh, and homemade strawberry shortcake.

The price for the entire day -- round trip tickets, tastings, party, and dinner -- is just $65 per ticket, thanks to our sponsors. You'll find them listed below.

Need more incentive? Here's a look at last year's trip.


rail_river_hudson_sponsor_badges_175.jpgThis event is possible thanks to the following sponsors:

+ Dutch Apple Cruise lines

+ Amtrak®

+Capital District Physicians Health Plan

+ CDTA: The Capital District Transportation Authority.

+ Hudson Development Corporation

+ Columbia County Tourism

+ Hudson River Greenway

+Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau

+ Downtown Troy Business Improvement District

+ Columbia County Chamber of Commerce

+ Hudson River Exchange

+ Nine Pin Cider Works

+ The Lofts at Harmony Mills

+ The Honest Weight Food Co-op

+ Helsinki Hudson

+ The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District

ValleyCats open home season this week

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The Joe

The Tri-City ValleyCats open their 2015 home season Thursday evening at The Joe. They'll be facing the Staten Island Yankees in the first of a three-game series. (If it seems like the season started a little late, it's probably because the team played its first six games on the road.)

The ValleyCats are a farm team for the Houston Astros in the New York-Penn League, which is the "short-season A" level. (Minor league baseball's levels go from rookie ball up to AAA.) And while that's a few steps from the majors, more than 30 one-time ValleyCats have ended up making appearances in MLB -- including Hunter Pence, Ben Zobrist, Jose Altuve, George Springer, and most recently, Vincent Velazquez (who made his debut for Houston this month).

Many of the Astros top draft picks -- especially older players out of college -- end up being assigned to the ValleyCats. And this year should be no different.

Tickets start at $5.75 if you buy ahead of time, so it can be relatively cheap night out. The Joe -- er, Joseph L. Bruno Stadium on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College -- is a nice venue. And, this being minor league baseball, there are a bunch of promotions and wacky theme nights.

The week ahead

J Roddy Walston and The Business

J. Roddy Walston & The Business are headlining Alive at Five this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (summery), to ballin', to garden touring, to baseball, to music festivals...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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River Fest is back in Troy Saturday.

Spring officially turns to summer this weekend. Whoo-hoo!

Got plans?

After the jump, our weekly collection of stuff to do with your weekend.

Planning something you doing see here? Drop it in the comments so the rest of us can see.

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

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"The Late Drawings of Andy Warhol" at The Hyde Collection

wigs andy warholAn exhibit of drawings by Andy Warhol -- The Late Drawings of Andy Warhol: 1973 - 1987 -- opens this weekend at The Hyde Collection. Blurbage (link added):

More than any other medium, drawing was essential to Andy Warhol's creative output. This exhibition, organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, offers works created during on of the most prolific periods of his life employing a confident and fluid contour line to depict some of the same motifs of his iconic paintings: celebrity portraits, flowers, and ads. Many of the drawings in this exhibition are on view to the public for the first time.

Opening night for the exhibit is this Saturday, June 20 from 6:30-8 pm. It's $30 per person and includes hors d'oeurves, wine, and beer.

The exhibit will be open as part of general museum admission on Sunday. It will be on display through September 27.

image: Andy Warhol, Wigs $8.95, ca. 1983. ©AWF

Winslow Homer
Also opening Sunday: Homer's America: Selections from the Permanent Collection, "a selection of approximately two dozen works, including engravings, etchings, and paintings that focus on the artist's chronicling of American life."

Earlier on AOA:
+ Day trip: Glens Falls and The Hyde Collection
+ Eating in Glens Falls: 5-10-15-20

Basilica Soundscape 2015 music lineup

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Perfume Genius (AKA Mike Hadreas) is among the acts.

This year's Basilica Soundscape festival at Basilica Hudson is September 11-13. And the initial music lineup for this is now out:

Haxan Cloak
Wolf Eyes
Jenny Hval
Viet Cong
Weyes Blood
Circuit Des Yeux
Perfume Genius
Blanck Mass
Gourisankar & Indrijat Banajeer

There's more yet to be announced. Past festivals have included visual arts, performance art, readings, and food. Blurbage:

This site-specific, weekend-long experimental music and art event draws unconventional connections, parallels and collaborations between a diverse array of artists, presented by Basilica Hudson's Founders and Creative Directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone in collaboration with Pitchfork Managing Editor Brandon Stosuy and Brian DeRan of Leg Up Management.

Basilica Hudson is a converted factory space near the train station in Hudson.

Early bird weekend passes are currently $60, and available online. Last year's festival sold out, so it's probably a good idea to get tickets sooner rather than later if you'd like to go.

photo via Matador Records

Drawing: Prize pack for Shmaltz "Two Beer Fests in One" celebration

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Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

Shmaltz Brewing Company is celebrating the second anniversary of its Clifton Park brewery with a "Two Beer Fests in One" party June 27. Blurbage:

First Feature - Session Beers from around New York State
Second Feature - Double IPAs and Imperial Beers from New York State Brewers
Confirmed Breweries Include: Rushing Duck, Rare Form, Keegan Ales, Speakeasy, Brown's Brewing Company, Paradox Brewing Co., Common Roots, Adirondack Brewing, CH Evans, and more to come...
You'll also find all of Shmaltz Beers Including double IPA's, rare, barrel-aged and cask offerings and brewery tours.
Proceeds to benefit the New York State Brewers Assoication
Rock and Soul by SIRSY- "A Little Band with Big Sound" Boston Globe
Bring your appetite for great beer and delicious food because we'll have plenty of comfort food from THE RUCK and ESPERANTO'S of Saratoga.

We have a prize pack for the party to give away that includes: a pair of tickets to the party, a growler, a $20 gift certificate to the Shmaltz tasting room, a $25 Esperanto gift certificate, along with assorted Shmaltz bottles, a pint glass, a bottle opener, and t-shirt.

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

What's on your local "must do" list of summer things this year?

It could be a day trip somewhere. It could be hiking a specific Adirondack mountain. It could be just hanging out by the pool. We'll draw one winner at random.

The Shmaltz Brewing Company "Double Feature" 2nd Anniversary Party is Saturday, June 27 from 1-5 pm. Tickets are $25 general admission / $15 designated driver, and available online.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Thursday, June 18, 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 noon on Friday and must respond by noon on Monday, June 22.

Huck Finn's Playland set to open this week

Huck Finn's Playland posted this clip of the relocated rides in action on its FB page last week.

The new Huck Finn's Playland -- which, as you know, includes the rides moved over from the now-closed Hoffman's Playland -- is set to open this Thursday, June 18 from 5-9 pm, according to its website. (And it sounds like that's weather dependent, too.)

Regular hours -- Monday-Sunday noon-9 pm -- will start Friday, June 19.

Ride tickets are $1.75 / 8 for $12.25 / 25 for $29.95, and they're available online.

The new playland is at 25 Erie Boulevard in Albany, just north the Huck Finn's Warehouse furniture store. (You can see some of the rides from 787.)

Earlier on AOA: What I'll miss about Hoffman's Playland (2013)

The week ahead

Kinky Boots touring production 2015

Kinky Boots is at Proctors this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (onward June), to stories, to shows, to weirdos, to comedian, to all sorts of music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Albany's Pride Parade and Festival is Saturday in and around Washington Park. / photo: Sebastien B

What's up? It's the weekend. That's right.

Time to do some fun stuff. But what fun stuff to do?

Well, our list is after the jump. If you're planning something you don't see here, drop it in the comments and share with the rest of us.

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

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Found Footage Festival 2015

The Found Footage Festival tour returns to Proctors June 17. Tickets are $9 and on sale now.

What is the Found Footage Festival. Well, look at this blurbage that we found in our inbox:

The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event showcasing videos found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout North America. Curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher take audiences on a guided tour of their latest and greatest VHS finds, providing live commentary and where-are-they-now updates on the people in these videotaped obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.
Among the clips featured in the Found Footage Festival's Salute to Weirdos:
+ An arts & crafts instructional video by a woman who is psychotically enthusiastic about sponge painting.
+ A montage of exercise video weirdos, including Angela Lansbury, Traci Lords and a bearded hippie named Zar.
+ Highlights from 24 years of public access TV weirdos, featuring a woman singing about hairdressers, a speedo-wearing man dancing for elderly people and a piano-playing rabbit.
+ Consummate weirdo Arnold Schwarzenegger in a 1983 travel video called "Carnival In Rio," seductively feeding a woman a carrot.

The show starts at 8 pm on Wednesday, June 17. Also: "For Mature Audiences Only."

Drawing: Hidden City House & Garden Tour + Lark Street goodies

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One of the gardens on this year's tour was frequented by FDR while he was Governor.

Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

The Historic Albany Foundation's annual Hidden City House & Garden Tour is coming up in and around the Center Square neighborhood. Beautiful, historic homes and gardens will open as people go on a self-guided tour through the streets around Lark Street.

AOA has a pair of tickets for the tour -- and a basket of Lark Street goodies -- to give away. The prize package includes:

+ A pair of tickets to the Hidden City House & Garden Tour
+ Three $20 gift certificates to The Wine Bar and Bistro on Lark (gift certificates must be used separately)
+ Two $5 gift cards to The Brakes Coffee House on Lark Street.
+ A bottle of Perrier Jouet Grand Brut champagne from Capital Wine at the corner of State and Lark.

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

Hidden gardens are lovely. What else is lovely?

We pass by things that are lovely everyday. If we're used to them, we may not notice, but sometimes they stop us in our tracks. Tell us about something you find lovely. Bonus points
if you tell us what makes it lovely in your eyes.

We'll draw one winner at random.

The Hidden City House & Garden Tour is Thursday, June 25 from 5-8 pm. The tour includes historic homes, backyard gardens, and some community gardens that are part of Capital Roots. Advance tickets are $15 and available online. After June 20, tickets are $20.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Thursday, June 11, 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 noon on Friday and must respond by noon on Monday, June 15.

Pick your own strawberry season 2015

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So very June.

Strawberry season is here! Many local farms have recently opened for pick-your-own strawberries, or will be very shortly.

It seems like there's a fair amount of variability across farms this year -- some have gotten an early jump and others are still waiting for their berries. If we get a few sunny days following this rain, things could move along quickly.

A typical strawberry season at many farms in this area only lasts a few weeks, though some farms have strawberries for longer stretches -- even most of the summer -- because their fields include a range of varieties that produce at different times. When you're at the farm stand, ask about the varieties the farms are growing. In our experience people are happy to talk about what's available, for how long, and why. (It's also a good idea to call ahead or check the website before heading out.)

Here are a handful of places in the greater Capital Region that you can pick your own strawberries. Know of a good place not on this list? Please share!

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New York Capital District Renaissance Festival 2015

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The New York Capital District Renaissance Festival returns for a second year at Indian Ladder Farms this weekend. Blurbage:

The New York Capital District Renaissance Festival, a two day event, will feature over 30 craft and food vendors, and more than a dozen acts on five stages. Entertainment includes performances involving sword play, Shakespearean acting and musical acts. Special programming for children include: A Pirate Initiation Ceremony; The Princess and the Pea Mashup Puppet Show; and Dragons and Dreams science show, and more. A royal joust will be held twice each day.

Not just any old joust -- a royal joust.

The festival is this Saturday and Sunday (June 13 and 14) 11 am-6 pm. Pre-event tickets are $10 adults / $3.50 for kids (ages 3-12) -- they're $12 for adults, $5 for kids day of (and free for kids 2 and under).

As mentioned, last year was the first year for the festival in Altamont. If you attended, we're curious to hear how it was.

photo via New York Capital District Renaissance Festival

The week ahead

The Bad Plus Joshua Redman 2015

The Bad Plus + Joshua Redman are the headliners for the first Alive at Five concert of the season this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (June-like), to film, to Pride, to summer free concerts, to all sorts of music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Victoria Pool season begins on Saturday

It's the weekend and there is plenty to do.

After the jump, a few options we thought you might enjoy.

Doing something 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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Rail, River, Hudson II

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Last summer's Rail, River, Hudson trip was such a good time, we thought we'd try it again. And we'd love for you to come along.

What is Rail, River Hudson?

On Saturday, July 11 AOA will lead a group of people to Hudson via Amtrak and back home on a sunset cruise on the Dutch Apple. In between there will be plenty of time to explore this fun and historic city, plus tastings and dinner.

Tickets are on sale now. (Last year's trip sold out.)

There are more details after the jump, but these photos from last year's trip will give you a good sense of what to expect.

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NYS Summer Writers Institute 2015

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Claire Messud is on the authors who's part of this year's series. / photo via Claire Messud FB

This summer's schedule for the New York State Writers Institute's public readings series in Saratoga Springs is out. And as usual, the lineup is full of names you'll recognize, such as Michael Ondaajte, Claire Messud, Joyce Carol Oates, and William Kennedy.

The readings are on Skidmore's campus and are free and open to the public.

Let's get to it...

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Yo La Tengo at Troy Music Hall

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Revered indie rock band Yo La Tengo is set to play the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall September 23. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (June 5) -- they're $15/$27/$34.

The band has a new album coming out in August. Tour blurbage:

On August 28, we'll be releasing the new Yo La Tengo album, 'Stuff Like That There', a 14 song collection of covers, originals and reworking(s) (see below) that happens to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the band's landmark 1990 album, 'Fakebook'. Recorded with Gene Holder, 'Stuff Like That There' has the trio of Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew augmented by the guitarist and former Yo La Tengo member Dave Schramm, with James negotiating the wonders of the upright bass for the first time. This specific fearsome foursome -- playing material from 'Stuff Like That There' and maybe, possibly/probably (we really don't dictate repertoire around here) 'Fakebook' will kick off a world tour on September 23 in Troy, NY. These will almost certainly be your only opportunities to see Yo La Tengo take the stage in this particular format ...

The show on Wednesday, September 23 starts at 8 pm.

Albany Tea Festival

Overit 1.jpgThe first Albany Tea Festival is set for this Friday evening at the Overit building in Albany. Organizers are touting the event as "the Capital Region's leading experts on tea in one room."

Speakers topics include kitchen herbals, ginseng, fermentation, making cold brew and iced teas, and tea trivia.

The lineup of local vendors includes Short and Stout Tea Co (Guilderland), Divintea (Schenectady), The Whistling Kettle (Ballston Spa and Troy), and The Brakes (Albany).

The Albany Tea Festival is Friday, June 5 from 5:30-9 pm at Overit (435 New Scotland in Albany). Admission is free.

Earlier on AOA: Capital Region spots for tea snobs (2013)

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