Small Business Saturday at FOGS

Fort Orange General Store is gearing for Small Business Saturday, and has even set up a food drive for the day too.

After you’ve recovered from Thanksgiving and Black Friday, come down to FOGS for Small Business Saturday. We’ll be open from 10am-9pm and stocked with tons of new stuff for the holidays. Bring a shelf-stable food or hygiene product to donate to our food drive and receive 10% off your purchase! Your donations will be brought to a food pantry in the Delaware Ave. neighborhood. It’s shaping up to be a great day, and we’d love to see you!

Get some holiday shopping taken care of, donate for a good cause and avoid the mall! Find out more on the facebook event page.


Quality events for this weekend

Friday November 20

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at Opalka: Modern dance interpretations of the wonderful video games exhibit at Opalka.

Cretin Hop at Fuze: Rock and roll dance party.

Raging on the River at River St Pub: With TrollPhace, Creation and many more.

The Chronicles at Madison Theater: With Girl Blue and One Red Martian.

Saturday November 21

ACG POP! Gala at Renaissance Albany: Albany Center Gallery’s benefit gala with art, music, food and more.

Hudson Valley Hullabaloo in Kingston: Holiday market with artists, designers, makers, and more.

Collar City Fall Ball Prom at Takk House: Vintage Hollywood themed ball.

Hospital Corners, Two Inch Astronaut, Jonah Furman (ex Krill), Bunny Boy at The Treehouse: Dreamy/surreal/punk/rock/etc.

The Killing Condition at Putnam Den: Album release show with Assault on the Living, Black Iron Prison, and Calamity.

Cliff Inc. at River St Pub: Metallica tribute.

Cabinet at The Hollow: DSO after party.

Give Thanks For Burlesque at Fuze Box: Burlesque show with live music.

Whiskers Silent Auction at Radisson: Silent auction and night out for a great cause.

2015 ASAP Fall Ball at Albany Yacht Club: Eat, drink, dance and be merry.

Equinox Christmas Families Fundraiser at McGeary’s: Raffles, baskets, beer, and food for a good cause.

Sunday November 22

Annual Food Drive at Upstate Concert Hall: With Ice Nine Kills, Wage War, My Enemies And I, White Noise, Adhara, and Come and Rest.

Rock N Roll Brunch XIX at The Low Beat: Monthly brunch party, don’t miss it!

Hudson Valley Hullabaloo in Kingston: Holiday market with artists, designers, makers, and more.

All weekend

Art Omi: The sculpture fields are awesome.

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Pretty drive and a great museum.

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your backyard.

Second-run movies at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Movies at The Spectrum: First run, independent movies at a locally owned theater.

Farmer’s Markets: Troy, Delmar, and Saratoga on Saturday, and Schenectady and Saratoga on Sunday.

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Thanksgiving Eve Show at Fuze Box

Fuze Box has a fun show slated for the day before Thanksgiving with Manfred Kidd, Titanics, Linear North, and Becoming a Ghost. The show is $5 and kicks off at 7pm.


TEDxAlbany announces lineup and open registration

TEDxAlbany, an independently-organized TED event is returning to Overit on Thursday December 3. They recently announced the lineup of speakers that will cover subjects like STEM, immigration, literacy, nutrition, and beyond. Benita Zahn, an anchor and reporter for NewsChannel 13 will MC the event. The event will take place at Overit, 435 New Scotland Ave, Albany.

The speakers and subject for the event are:

  • Dr. Valerie Rapson, speaking about STEM education
  • Catherine Hill, speaking about immigration
  • Emad Rahim, speaking about empathy and social violence
  • Chad Orzel, speaking about exotic physics
  • Heather Jacobsen, speaking about nutritional research and dieting
  • Colleen Costello, speaking about the use of light to minimize hospital-acquired infection
  • Jaye McBride, speaking about life as a transgender comedian
  • Ty Allan Jackson, speaking about literacy in low-income regions
  • David Haight, speaking about reversing farmland loss in New York State
  • Sandhyaa Iyengar, speaking about early literacy and its impact on life-long learning

Registration is currently open and is $90, and also includes a catered breakfast and lunch.

TEDx events are independently-organized programs in communities around the world intended to promote conversation around a wide variety of topics. The annual TED Conference invites leading thinkers and doers to come together to share world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. TED speakers have included Arianna Huffington, Larry Page, Mark Ronson, Al Gore and more.


Trellis to Table: A Podcast for Farmers and Brewers

A friend recently reached out about a new project he was doing. It’s a podcast called Trellis to Table and it’s focus is craft brewing starting at the farm stage. Since I don’t really know anything about craft brewing or farming, I figured I’d let Simon take it away from here.

From Simon of Trellis to Table:

They say everything old is new again – now more than ever, as Upstate NY experiences regrowth in so many areas, we’re a great example of that. I’m really excited to be putting together a guest post for Keep Albany Boring – it’s been a great resource for me to learn about what’s happening in the region, and I really think my latest project is something folks in the 518 can get really stoked about.

My new project is bringing together two old ideas – radio and hop farming. Stay with me here, I know this probably sounds crazy. It’s called Trellis to Table. It’s an interview podcast.

You guys know about hops, right? The primary ingredient behind the fastest growing craft beer style of all time, the IPA? The green pine-cone looking ingredient that makes our beers spicy and citrusy and intensely aromatic? Did you know that before Prohibition, New York State produced 80% of the hops grown in the United States? That’s right!

Craft breweries are multiplying like crazy in New York, and we’re starting to experience a resurgence of our old hop farms as well. Like many beer enthusiasts, I was absolutely charmed by the idea of growing ingredients for beer locally, and I fell into the rabbit hole of internet research; something many of you can relate to, I bet. You start innocently enough with Wikipedia, but you end up deep in the blogs and the weird industry associations – and that’s when I realized there was a real shortage of accurate and evidence-based information out there for folks working on the agricultural side of craft beer – the farmers, big and small.

I figured if I was curious about this, I wasn’t alone. So, I started to call up local farms that advertised hops. I rang agricultural scientists who had written about hop farming. I asked them about their challenges, about lessons they’d learned and experiments they’d tried. It turns out hop farmers are incredibly inventive when it comes to getting big things done on a shoestring budget.

I was even lucky enough to speak with folks high on the food chain at Ommegang and Flying Dog – and in the interest of open source living, and creating value for everybody (instead of just for me), I recorded these chats. That’s where the radio part comes in.

I started to distribute the interviews on the internet, through a blog and iTunes and other services – and it’s sort of blown up. The initial group of interviews has already been downloaded over a thousand times. People are hungry for local beer and hungry to hear the stories of the folks who grow and process the ingredients for that local beer. It’s been a really crazy ride, and if any part of this rings your bell, I’d love for you to join us. We’re bringing hops back, and we’re using the old fashioned power of human interaction to do it!

You can find Trellis to Table on iTunes and Stitcher, as well as directly at [](

If you’re at all interested in craft brewing, farming, or both this is definitely for you.

Photo: Flickr/Paul Miller


Nine Pin Cider’s 2nd Annual Pressing Party

Last year, Nine Pin Cider pressed 87 different varieties of apples into a cider called “The Cider Monster” and on November 14 after a year of aging, that cider will be released with much fanfare. In addition to that, they’ll be pressing next year’s Cider Monster, and have all sorts of “pressing”. There’s a bench press competition, french pressed coffee from HRCH, paninis from Sweet MaMa Mia, a t-shirt press and more.

Tickets are $12 and are on sale now and the event is at the Nine Pin HQ, 929 Broadway in Albany.

The Excelsior Pub’s Grand Opening

The Excelsior Pub, a bar that serves all New York beer, wine and spirits has reopened at 54 Phillip Street, across from the Hill Street Cafe. The Excelsior Pub closed on August 24, 2014 and has reopened almost exactly a year later.

They’ve been open for a little bit but have been hammering out the kinks and getting the kitchen dialed in. Their grand opening ceremony will kick off at 3:30pm on November 17.

Give em a like on Facebook and give them a visit soon to see what New York has to offer.