Troy’s 16th Annual Hidden Garden Tour

Troy’s annual Hidden Garden tour is back for its 16th iteration. The self guided tour takes you around Troy into around 20 private hidden gardens.

“Most people only ever see the facades of our brownstones from the streets,” said Peter Grimm, president of the Friends of Prospect Park. “This is a special kind of event that invites visitors into the hidden, green spaces of our city. It really showcases the humanity and livability of Troy.”

Now in its 16th year, the Hidden Garden Tour is a fundraiser to benefit Troy’s Prospect Park held rain or shine on Thursday, May 21 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. In the past, the event has consistently attracted more than 200 tourgoers. Organizers believe this year could bring record numbers because of the growing excitement and interest in Troy.

The self-guided walking tour features approx. 20 private backyard gardens in the Historic Sage College, Washington Park and adjoining neighborhoods of downtown Troy.

Tickets are currently on sale and all proceeds benefit projects in Troy’s Prospect Park.

Photo Courtesy of Tamara Hansen/The Sage Colleges

Joseph L. Bruno Stadium

Ultimate Field Day at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium

Ultimate Field Day, a day of field games/events for teams (i.e. obstacle courses, soccer shootout, corn hole, etc.), will be held at the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium on Saturday, June 13th.

Ultimate Field Day is a “Some What” challenging series of traditional and non traditional field day games. You are the head coach, now go recruit your CoWorkers, Kids and Weekend Warrior Buddies and sign up today…No Permission Slips Required!!!

Registration is currently open and is discounted until June 1.


BikeSmut 8 at The Hangar

On May 12, BikeSmut is coming to Troy, with a kick-off bike ride at 6pm and the film screening at the Hangar at 8pm. Weather permitting, the film will be shown outside after a clothing optional group bike-ride and potluck.

BikeSmut is a sex-positive, LGBTQP-postive, alternatively powered film project increasing the visibility of sexuality, gender and cycling issues in a safe, fun and interactive way that promotes community dialogue and action. This is their 9th year traveling across the hemisphere! This is a great opportunity to contribute to the local arts and activism community burgeoning in our city.

If this is your type of thing, be sure to check out more info about the event on the BikeSmut website and the BikeSmut Troy event page.


Cinco de Mayo at the Confectionery

The garden of the Confectionery will be taken over by tacos and margaritas for Cinco de Mayo from 5-10pm tonight.

Taco Options:

Pibil (slow roasted pork)
Quinoa & Heirloom Beans

Cool down with a lychee margaritas, proudly provided by our Tavern Bar – served in the Confectionery.

More info on the Confectionery website.

Photo: Flickr/ulterior epicure


Troy Kitchen

Cory Nelson posted an annoucement of his plans for the space at 50 4th Street. The announcement in it’s entirety:

Gourmet Food Court coming to 50 4th Street in Downtown Troy.

4 Permanent Artisan Food Vendors + Coffee Bar + Wine & Beer Bar = Troy Kitchen

A food lovers paradise.

I’m excited to watch this pan out! You too can follow along by liking the Troy Kitchen facebook page.


4th Annual Grown Up Easter Egg Hunt

This Sunday is the 4th Annual Grown Up Easter Egg Hunt in Troy at Prospect Park. There will be 3,000 eggs with prizes in them as such as jewelry, alcohol vouchers, and gift cards as well as a silent auction.

This fun event has benefitted different charities in the past, raising over $20,000 to battle Leukemia & Lymphoma, Crohn’s & Colitis, and toward erecting the Col. Albert Pawling Memorial Statue. This year will benefit a Prostate Cancer charity.

Admission is $15 which covers entry, a raffle ticket, a Stewart’s sundae, and food. Learn more on the Grown Up Easter Egg Hunt event page.

Photo: Flickr/Dan Zen


Geert Lovink at RPI

Geert Lovink, will be speaking at Rensselaer on Wednesday, April 1 at 6pm, and is free and open to the public. Lovink is a media theorist, Internet critic, and founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures. Lovink’s talk is titled “Critical Internet Cultures after Snowden”.

During the lecture, Lovink will discuss current strategies and concepts that could overcome the current Internet crisis. In addition, while at Rensselaer, Century noted that Lovink will spend two days with graduate students in HASS, leading a full-time master class, a unique format in five sessions that he’s given all over the world.

You can see more about this talk on the RPI website.