Albany Distilling expands into Takk House’s bar

Takk House teased last week that they had something in the wings, and today they announced that Albany Distilling is moving into their bar space.

From their facebook post:

Finally! We can shout this from the roof tops! We are sooo thrilled to announce that The Albany Distilling Company, Inc. and Takk House are going into a wonderful collaboration! They are moving in! Welcome to Troy ADCo! We are so happy to have you. You will now be able to hang out in our bar/parlor 1-2 times a month during special popup hours and enjoy a specialty cocktail and entertainment. We are calling these events “Shake-ups” and the first one is 7/11 after the Troy Pig Out. More details soon! We hope to see you at our very first collaborative event launch. Please help us in welcoming ADCo to the neighborhood! CHEERS!!

It’s going to be awesome to stop by once or twice a month and grab some cocktails made with local spirits, and will allow a bunch of people to see the awesome space inside of Takk House.

Peck’s Arcade Movie

After eating at Peck’s Arcade a few times and seeing all that goes into each night, I wanted to create a video giving everyone a look behind the scenes. I hope this video does that and also gives you a feeling of the space if you haven’t been yet. I can’t recommend this place enough, if you haven’t been, make a reservation as soon as you can.


Hackathon aimed at first timers, girls and women at The Arts Center

River Jam is a free, introductory game making “hackathon” for girls and women at The Arts Center, and is part of the #include series. The first event takes place June 20.

You can work alone or with others to make your idea for a game or app come to life in 48 hours with no previous technical background necessary (this is aimed at first timers after all). They will have experienced mentors available for help.

River Jam is a free, introductory “learn to make a game in 48 hours” event that is geared primarily toward people that have never made a game before, especially girls and women that have an idea for a game or app and want some help figuring out how to bring it to life. No technical background is required in order to participate, and we will have professional mentors on hand to help guide participants. Additional information is available at if you’re curious to learn more.


Yo La Tengo at Troy Music Hall

Seminal indie rockers Yo La Tengo will be playing an acousic show at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on September 23. This tour is in support of their new album Stuff Like That There which comes out in August.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $15.


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.