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Top Ten(-ish) best Albany features from someone who really lives here

Since another piece of bad Albany clickbait has been making the rounds, Liz Richards felt compelled to contribute her own Top 10 list in a facebook status. Laura Glazer has since stepped up and made that list into a lovely print and fold pamphlet for easy distribution and consumption. Hit the pop-out button below for downloading and printing. Give this list a read and if you don’t know any of these places, or haven’t been in a while, make a day out of it!

Albany pennant photo courtesy of Fort Orange General Store (who are on the list above!). You can pick up that very pennant for yourself from FOGS, 296 Delaware Ave.

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Fusion at Albany Barn

On Friday October 16, Fusion returns to the Albany Barn. Fusion includes open studios, performances & live art by artists in residence, creative cocktails and eats by Chef Mark Graham, wine pairings from Empire Wine, craft beer from Druthers, desserts by The Cookie Factory, pour over coffee bar by Stacks Espresso Bar, live jazz with Bryan Brundige Trio and DJs Space, Time & Spacetime. Fusion is a benefit for the Albany Barn.

Find more out on the Fusion website and have some fun all while benefiting the Barn.

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Half Moon Market coming to Washington Park Lake House

There’s a ton of craft markets in our area, but none in our area. The Washington Park Neighborhood Assocation along with Caroline and Katy from the Fort Orange General Store and friend Adelia of Owlkill Studio are working to change that. They’re bringing The Half Moon Market to the Washington Park Lakehouse on October 24 & 25.

From their website:

The market is named for the Half Moon, the ship sailed by Henry Hudson in 1609. The Half Moon sailed up the river as far as the present day location of Albany, New York. A replica of the ship was docked in the Port of Albany until 2014, when it was relocated to the Netherlands.

The Half Moon Market will feature a handpicked selection of the area’s best makers, artists and small companies.

While this event is still in it’s planning phase, you can like em on Facebook and sign up for their email list to be the first to know what vendors will be featured and other news as it’s announced. I’m excited for an event like this to be so close to home and in an awesome building that’s right in Washington Park.

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Quality events for this weekend

Friday August 21

ADCo Takk House Shake-up: Albany Distilling at Takk House team up once again for a night of local cocktails.

Thrill Bill at The Hangar: Another installment of C. Amanda Boutahorse’s Cult Classics Burlesque Tributes.

Tal National with Dj Ephraim Asili at The Half Moon: Prepare to dance.

Hair of the Dog at Riverfront Park: The last Rockin’ on the River of the season.

Shadows Fall at Upstate Concert Hall: With Brick By Brick.

Ted Leo at MASS MoCA: Indie royalty.

Saturday August 22

World’s Largest Yard Sale at Saratoga County Fairgrounds: Buy other peoples crap!

Kimono Dragons, Hammer Hawk, The Black Ships, Asa Morris at River St Pub: Rock out.

Summer Soul Dance Party at BSP Kingston: With W/ Dj Sterling.

Heaven Knows What at Basilica Hudson: Film screening, with filmmaker Josh Safdie in attendance.

Life in Film at the Hollow: Indie jams.

Electric Love Fest in Lake George: With Mike Doughty, Genevieve, Northern Faces, Start Making Sense, Gang of Thieves and Rich Ortiz.

Summer Festival on the Hill at Albany Barn: Celebrating the Barn’s community.

Sunday August 23

Unearth at Upstate Concert Hall: With Fit For An Autopsy.

Thacher Park Running Festival: 5k, 10k, Half, Maraton and 50k races, cookouts and more.

Rock N Roll Brunch XVI at The Low Beat: Best brunch around.

ESDC Performance at Freedom Park: Modern dance, for free yo!

Troy Flea at Riverfront Park: Check out the flea and vendors.

All weekend

The Track: It’s open.

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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Quality events for this weekend

Friday August 14

Aziz Ansari at the Comedy Works: Hope you got your tickets.

Aggressive Response Record Release Party at Fuze Box: With Trife Life, Throat Culture, Chloroform Party and even a Vegan BBQ.

Bars Of Gold, Broken Field Runner, Psymon Spine, The Plastic Faction, Party House Chamber Ensemble at World Citizen Party House: Big old house show.

Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum, Autumns Shroud, Shadow Strike, Dark Matter, King Pariah at Trickshots: Finnish metal.

Ohioan, Grabass Cowboys, A Jos Wea, Inch at UAG: Music jammer at the UAG.

Heaven Adores You (Elliott Smith Documentary) at BSP: Part of Kingston Film Fest.

Saturday August 15

Chronogram Block Party in Kingston: Pop-up markets, music, and more.

HarneyFest in Millerton: Fix your tea game.

Phoenicia Flea at Westwind Orchard: Collection of makers and sellers from the area and beyond.

Dune Versus Dune at Basilica Hudson: Sci-fi double header.

Brand New at Ommegang: Sold out.

Sunday August 16

Phoenicia Flea at Westwind Orchard: Collection of makers and sellers from the area and beyond.

Sean Rowe at The Ale House: Sold out yo.

Brand New at Ommegang: Also sold out.

All weekend

Altamont Fair: Fried everything, and rides, and stuff.

The Track: It’s open.

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.