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.


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.


Tang Teaching Musesum Announces Events for Fall

The Tang at Skidmore has announced their Fall 2015 exhibits which include special events celebrating their 15th anniversary.

The Museum opened in October 2000, and in recognition a special celebration is planned beginning at 4:30 pm Saturday, Oct. 17, with a panel discussion featuring Dayton Director Ian Berry and the Museum’s two former directors, Charlie Stainback and John Weber. The conversation will explore the Tang, its history, and the idea of a teaching museum. The discussion is followed by the release of Everything is Connected, a book about the Tang’s history, special performances by poet Joshua Beckman and artist Kamau Amu Patton, and a reception. All events are free and open to the public.

The Tang will also be presenting two exhibitions this fall that touch upon important aspects of the Museum’s mission. Opening September 5 will be Affinity Atlas, which underscores the Museum’s history of experimentation by combining objects from its growing collection with contemporary art. Opening September 19 is Machine Project β€” The Platinum Collection (Live by Special Request), which brings Los Angeles-based artist Mark Allen back to campus (he’s a 1993 Skidmore College graduate), where he and a group of artist collaborators will create new works responding to the campus and local community.

Check out the full calendar of events and make some plans for this Fall.


Superior Merchandise Co. Announces Grand Opening

Do you remember when I stopped by 147 Fourth Street in January of 2014? Well, Superior Merchandise Co. is now actualized and is opening on September 5.

From the event page:

Superior Merchandise Co. is a design shop and specialty coffee bar located in downtown Troy, New York. We’re focused on offering our customers the very best in quality across the full spectrum of what we do. We’re proud to feature exceptionally well designed goods from a variety of artists and makers, specialty coffee from the best roasters across the country, as well as craft beer and wine. We believe that curation is the cure for common retail and we strive to present our customers with a thoughtful selection of merchandise that will improve their quality of life, or at least make each day a little better. SMCo also acts as a community gathering space, offering live music, work shops, tastings and other fun events.

Please join us Saturday, September 5th for our GRAND OPENING! The ceremonial ribbon cutting will take place at NOON and the party starts after. Come shop our selection of beautiful home goods and have a coffee or couple of beers on our sunny back patio!

Check out the Facebook event for the grand opening and mark your calendar for September 5!


This American Life: 419 Petty Tyrant

The most recent This American Life tells the story of Steve Raucci, a maintenance worker from Schenectady.

From TAL:

In Schenectady, NY, a school maintenance man named Steve Raucci works his way up the ranks for 30 years, until finally he’s in charge of the maintenance department. That’s when he starts messing with his employees. Teasing them at meetings. Punishing them with crummy work assignments. Or worse things, like secretly slashing their tires in the middle of the night.

Add this to your podcast app, or listen on the This American Life website.

Photo: Rae Allen/flickr


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.