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The Legend of Major Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell's grave

The grave of Duncan Campbell in Washington County (with replica headstone). / photo: John Bulmer Photography

Fun: Duncan Crary will be telling the story of Major Duncan Campbell of the Black Watch -- "New York's first world-famous ghost story" -- this Thursday at the Malt Room in Troy. As the story begins:

The widely circulated legend of Major Duncan Campbell says a desperate man came knocking wildly on the doors of the house of Inverawe one night. He had blood on his hands and kilt, and begged for sanctuary -- a sacred oath of protection granted in the Highlands of Scotland.
Duncan vowed to shelter the man and swore on his dirk, a traditional and ceremonial dagger worn by Highland Scots.
Soon after, a group of men arrived at Inverawe to inform Duncan Campbell that a highwayman had murdered his cousin, Donald Campbell. The men had last seen the murderer heading that way. But Duncan had already given his word that he would shelter the very same bandit, and so he concealed him from the gang.

Campbell later gets dispatched by the British to North America to fight in the French and Indian War in what's now known as New York -- at a place called "Ticonderoga," a word that would haunt Campbell. The story would later become famous thanks to Robert Louis Stevenson.

To go along with the story at the Malt Room, there will be a Scottish-theme menu and a scotch tasting. And bagpipes. (We've been assured they'll be "indoor bagpipes." Maybe that's like bagpipes using their indoor voice.)

The story starts at 6 pm on Thursday, July 24. Admission is free.

As you know, Duncan and AOA have worked together on AOA events, and he occasionally writes for AOA.

Capital Region county fairs 2014

cow costume contest Altamont Fair 2013

Sure, the county fair means rides, games, and food on a stick. But it's also an opportunity for some kids to compete for a ribbon (and have some fun while doing so).

County fair season in the Capital Region starts this week with the opening of the Saratoga County Fair in Ballston Spa. And there will be a county fair pretty much each week through Labor Day.

Here's a rundown of county fairs around the region.

Remember: drink plenty of water -- and eat many foods on a stick.

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Carly Aquilino at The Egg

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Comedian Carly Aquilino, from MTV's Girl Code, will be at The Egg for a standup show September 27. Tickets go on sale this Friday (July 25) -- they're $25 ahead ($30 day of) and up.

Over its two season Girl Code, featuring Aquilino and other female comedians, actresses, and musicians riffing on all sorts of topics -- has become one of MTV's biggest hits.

The week ahead

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It's the first full week of these season at The Track.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (very July), to The Track, to the Saratoga County Fair, to theater, to words, to all sorts of music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

Track season season begins this weekend. / photo: Crystal Capritta

It is now post time for the weekend.

The field is wide with plenty of things to do, from Opening Day at the Saratoga Race Course, to barbecue at the Troy Pig Out, to baseball games, and blueberry picking. You may even want to select a trifecta. We've helped handicap for you by listing a few possibilities after the jump.

If you're planning something we've missed in our list, share it with the rest of us in the comments.

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

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Books on Tap at Shmaltz

Poster for Books on Tap- John Holl copy.jpgCould be fun/tasty: This summer Shmaltz Brewing in Clifton Park is hosting a Books on Tap program, where beer writers offer talks, tastings and, in some cases, food pairings.

The talks are on Sunday afternoons, and the series kicks off this weekend with Shmaltz owner and author Jeremy Cowan moderating a talk by beer journalist John Holl, author of the American Craft Beer Cook Book . Chef Rachel of The Ruck in Troy will prepare recipes from the book, which will be paired with Shmaltz brews. The tasting and pairing is $15.

Future Books on Tap talks/tastings include:

+August 3 - Giancarlo and Sarah Annese, authors of Beer Lovers New York
+August 10 - Ben Keene, author of The Great Northeast Brewery Tour
+August 17 - Tom Acitelli, author of The Audacity of Hops: The History of America's Craft Beer Revolution

(For the sake of disclosure, John Holl is married to Mary's cousin.)

Garage Bands series back at the APL

Party Boat band

Party Boat is one of the first bands up in the series.

The Albany Public Library is bringing its "Garage Bands" series back this summer. The shows feature local bands playing in the garage of the APL's main branch on Washington Ave.

The all-ages shows have an early start and end time (6-8 pm), so they can be a good event for people with young kids. And they're free.

The first show is this Friday, July 18. The full slate is after the jump.

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Pick-your-own blueberry season 2014

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Blueberry season has started around the Capital Region, and we'll soon be right in the prime part of the season. Blueberries are are one of our favorite fruits to pick because:

1) The bushes grow about waist or chest high, so there's not a lot of bending or reaching.

2) The berries tend to be cheap -- usually between $2-$3 dollars per pound.

3) They freeze beautifully, meaning we can load up on berries during the summer and enjoy them months later.

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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The week ahead

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JT is at the TUC this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (no complaints), to writers, to history, to The Track, to blueberries, to a bunch of big-name music shows...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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The New York City Ballet wraps up its 2014 stay at SPAC this weekend. / photo: Paul Kolnik

Flip-flops? Check.

Sunscreen? Check.

Shades? Check.

Umbrella (for Sunday)? Check.

OK, you're ready for another Capital Region summer weekend. Now, what to do? We've pulled together a list of things happening in the Capital Region this weekend. You'll find it after the jump.

Doing something you don't see there? Drop it in the comments so we can all see. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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Solomon Northup Day 2014

Twelve Years a Slave Northup reunitedThe 16th annual Solomon Northup Day, honoring the Saratoga Springs historical figure and his story, is coming up July 16 July 19. And a program related to the day is back at Skidmore. From the lineup of events:

+ The keynote speaker is Yale professor David Blight, a historian and director of the university's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition.

+ Actor Devyn Tyler, who played Northup's adult daughter in 12 Years a Slave, will be there to talk about her experiences making the film.

+ Panel discussions with Northup researchers David Fiske, Clifford Brown, and Rachel Seligman -- who wrote Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave -- and Paul McCarty, director of Ft. Edward's Old Fort Museum.

+ A panel on the history of slaves with Don Papson, founder and past president of the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association; Paul Stewart, co-founder of the Underground Railroad History Project; Brooke Hathaway, manager of anti-trafficking programs at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; and Joshua Woodfork, former faculty member in Skidmore College's American Studies Department.

+ Performances from jazz saxophonist T.K. Blue; violinist Henrique Prince of the Ebony Hillbillies, and local musician Dan Hubbs and friends.

+ A "large number" of Northup's descendants are expected to be there.

The events are from 12:30-6 pm on Saturday, July 16 July 19 in Skidmore's Filene Recital Hall. They're free.

The memoir: Northup's memoir, Twelve Years A Slave, is available to read/download via the Internet Archive.

illustration from Twelve Years A Slave

NYS Summer Writers Institute 2014

william kennedyThis summer's slate for the New York State Writers Institute's public readings series in Saratoga Springs started recently. And as usual, the lineup is full of names you'll recognize (including William Kennedy, of course).

The readings are free and open to the public.

Here's the remaining schedule...

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The week ahead

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Alive at Five returns from a week off with Lord Huron.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (as promised), to stories, to ballet, to a hard body, to the new Clark, to cherries, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Lots of fireworks this weekend, including the annual display at the ESP. / photo: Sebastien B

AOA is taking a little time off to celebrate the Fourth of July. But we wouldn't leave without stuff to do for this holiday weekend. From fireworks, parades and baseball games, to Phish and Sir Paul, there's a whole picnic table buffet of summer fun in the Capital Region his weekend, so go out and and get yourself a heaping helping of it -- with berries and fresh whipped cream on the side.

Doing something you don't see on our list? It's your patriotic duty to share it with your fellow Capital Region Americans in the comment section. (OK, duty is stretching it a little, but it'd be nice if you did.)

And whatever you're up to, have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

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Where to see the fireworks 2014


Ooh. Aah. / photo: Crystal Capritta

The Fourth of July is this Friday (of course). And that means fireworks.

After the jump, a list of places around the Capital Region to catch fireworks this weekend.

Going someplace else for a fireworks show? Please share.

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Flight Trampoline Park

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By Arielle Ewell

For years, I would watch my young son practice flips on his gymnastics studio's trampoline, sitting on the sidelines with the other parents and think to myself, "Gosh, that looks like fun" -- knowing that unless I invested hundreds of dollars into my own backyard trampoline, I'd never experience the fun he was experiencing. I was too big. Too old.

Enter Flight Trampoline Park, which recently opened in Colonie. I don't even know how to describe this place. But I'll try.

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Drawing: Capital Region Craft Brewers Fest 2014

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Drawing's closed!

The annual Capital Region Craft Brewers Festival returns July 12 to The Joe, and we've got a pair of "Grand Slam" passes to give away. The passes include: admission, souvenir sampling glass, 10 tasting tickets, a t-shirt, admission to the VIP area with a catered buffet, and a ticket to a future Tri-City ValleyCats baseball game.

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

What's something local on your must-do list for before the end of this summer?

Could be some activity, a place to visit, whatever. We'll draw winner at random. That person will get the pair of passes.

The Capital Region Craft Brewers Festival is July 12 from 2:30-6:30 pm at Joe Bruno Stadium. It brings together about two dozen breweries from the Capital Region and beyond.

Tickets for the event start at $25 / $32 at the gate. (There's also a $10 designated driver ticket.) The "Grand Slam" passes that are part of this drawing are $40 ahead ($47 at the gate). Proceeds benefit the New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation, which helps maintain youth baseball fields.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 to be entered in the drawing. You must be 21 to enter. 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 midnight Tuesday and must respond by 5 pm on Wednesday, July 2.

The week ahead

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Phish is back 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 (July-ish), to the Fourth of July, to the World Cup, to WTF, to swimming, to Phish, to Paul McCartney, to music...

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Capital Region drive-in theaters

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The Jericho Drive-In in Glenmont. / photo: Chuck Miller

The drive-in movie theater might seem like something from the past, the setting for memories about teenage dates during the 1950s. And while there were once thousands of the theaters, there are now just a few hundred across the nation.

But this area is lucky that it still has multiple drive-ins. And they can be a fun night out -- a thrifty, retro experience for a couple or a whole family. Even dogs are now allowed at many theaters.

Here's a quick look at some drive-ins around the Capital Region...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Trombone Shorty is one the acts lined up for the Saratoga Jazz Festival this weekend at SPAC.

It seems Mother Nature knows when the weekends are this year. Once again the sun and summer temperatures are back just in time for the end of the work week.

Got plans? If not, you'll find our list of stuff to do after the jump. Doing something fun that's not on the list? Be sure and drop it in the comments so we can all see.

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

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Basilica Soundscape 2014

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Tim Hecker is among the artists lined for this year's Basilica Soundscape.

The Basilica Hudson is bringing back the two-day music and art festival Basilica Soundscape on September 12 and 13. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $35 per day / $60 for both days.

The blurbage calls the fest "a carefully curated two-day program ... featuring a wide range of music, visual art, and literature that aims for specific connections and overlaps instead of 'festival'-style overload. ... The weekend will also include visual arts, performance art, readings, farm to table food and more."

The lineup, so far, includes: Swans, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter, Richard Reed Parry (from Arcade Fire), White Lung, Meredith Graves (from Perfect Pussy), Guardian Alien, Greg Fox, and Emily Reo.

Visual artist Sterling Ruby will be creating works for the fest, and once again there will be food from Alimentary Kitchen.

Basilica Soudscape is a collaboration between Basilica creative directors Melissa Auf Der Maur and Tony Stone, Pitchfork senior editor/director of events Brandon Stosuy, and Brian De Ran of music management company Leg Up. Over at Pitchfork there are pics from last year's event. And Sasha Frere-Jones wrote about it for The New Yorker.

The Basilica itself is a former 19th century factory in Hudson located near the train station there. It's a cool space.

photo courtesy of Tim Hecker

Williamstown Theatre Festival 2014 lineup

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The Williamstown Theatre Festival opens next week, which means casts and what not have been settled.

WTF usually brings in a bunch of notable and/or recognizable actors, along with a bunch of rising talent, and this year is no exception. Among them: Sam Rockwell will be stepping in for Chris Pine as the lead in Fool for Love. Other names from the lineup of performances that you might recognize: Renée Fleming, Anna Chlumsky, Nina Arianda, Nate Corddry, Chita Rivera, and Lewis Black.

The lineup is after the jump.

Many of the WTF performance sell out -- in fact, a few already have -- so if you're interested in heading for a show, it's better to get tickets sooner rather than later.

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Capital Region Swimming Pools 2014

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The Victoria Pool is currently open weekends -- it opens daily starting June 28.

Updated June 27

Summer has officially started and that means pool season is here. Many public pools around the Capital Region have opened, or will very soon.

After the jump, a list of swimming pools around the Capital Region with info about when they open, hours, and cost.

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Drawing: Hidden City House & Garden Tour / Crisan

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Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

The Historic Albany/Center Square Association Hidden City House and Garden Tour is this Thursday night in Albany's Center Square neighborhood. It's a self-guided tour of some beautiful historic homes and gardens. Here's a little more info.

AOA has a pair of tickets to give away, and just to make it sweeter, we're throwing in a $20 gift certificate to Crisan on Lark Street.

To enter, just answer the question below in the comment section of this post:

What is your favorite piece of Capital Region history?

Maybe it's a story, maybe it's a building, maybe it's a place -- just something/someone that has been a part of the Capital Region's history that you enjoy thinking about or sharing with other people.

The Hidden City House and Garden Tour starts at 5 pm on Thursday, July 26. There are twelve total sites in the Center Square, Hudson Park & Washington Park Neighborhoods. Tickets are $20 adults / $10 for children.

This year the Audubon Society of the Capital Region and Audubon New York worked with several of the homeowners on the tour to create bird-friendly backyards. The Audubon Society of the Capital Region will also be decorating seed packets and demonstrating how nesting boxes are built in Hudson-Jay Park -- a family-friendly activity.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 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 pm Tuesday, and must respond by 5 pm on Wednesday, June 25.

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photo: Center Square Assocation

The week ahead

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Beck is at MASS MoCA this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (very summer), to the World Cup, to Eve of Destruction, to garden touring, to strawberries, to the Saratoga Jazz Festival, to all sorts of music...

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