CRL April 2019

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22 She Shed: The term is cute, the concept is anything but

41 Fashion

14 Spring getaways

Spring into the season: Trends for Spring

43 Spiritual grounding Letting go and new beginnings

FEATURES 10 Dine, wine, and stay at the Adelphi 17 Five hacks for greener, happier living

38 Women’s wellness

43 Last Page with John Gray Spring cleaning


18 Get your family “hooked” on spring fishing


Publisher’s letter

36 Whitening: Five things to know


Arts & Entertainment


28 Home & garden

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ake a deep breath…that is early spring entering your lungs. Life certainly sprouts from April forward (pardon the pun.) It always seemed to me that even the most hearty winter lovers in the Northeast enjoy the start of spring and others who love summer, are jubilant. In this April issue, we cover a trend that has captured the imagination of America after that hys‐ terical insurance commercial about a she shed burning down. A “chichier she shed” quips the woman looking at her private luxurious domain burn. All of a sudden, homeowners started looking at their outbuildings to build uniquely creative she sheds to relax and enjoy. What a fun read and what a wonderful concept. Another relaxation for many without the costs of building a she shed is fishing. We certainly love to fish in the Capital Region, and April is our kick off. We have a local expert, Joey Greco, writing an informational piece and we have paired that article with a comprehensive stocking chart of our local counties for reference. I don’t want to skip ahead of April because it is so beautiful, but it is worth noting that we have many surprises in our upcoming May issue. It is the huge "Bestie" issue announcing our readers top choices in the food and drink categories. Sharpen your pencils and tune up your GPS for the May issue because you will want to eat at all the winners and finalists this year! Whether we have showers, a bit more snow, or much‐loved sunshine, April is here to launch our spirits. Gratefully yours, Vikki Moran

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Saturday 20 ~ The Lauri Travis Band

Thursday 11 ~ Trivial Trivia Thursday 25 ~ Trivial Trivia Saturday 13 ~ Plus 1

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One of the 32 rooms and suites inside of The Adelphi Hotel.

Photos Courtesy: The Adelphi Hotel

Dine, wine, and stay Sophisticated elegance in our backyard By Vikki Moran | The Grateful Traveler

Conservatory in The Adelphi Hotel’s Restaurant The Blue Hen.


s the Adelphi Hotel’s motto states, “Embrace the Extraordinary,” the renovations are indeed extraordinary. The grand boutique hotel of years past is brilliant in its pres‐ ent state and is once again the beautiful face of Broadway in down‐ town Saratoga Springs. The Adelphi has proven that it is destined to persevere. With the many renovation efforts and total transformations over its decades of graceful existence, the history is

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just too deep and treasured to not live on. The Victorian‐style Adelphi Hotel opened in 1877, from more humble beginnings during a bur‐ geoning American economy and when travel to Saratoga Springs from New York City became so in vogue. That is how the mystique of The Adelphi really took hold. One of the first famous guests to embrace the new Adelphi was Congressman John Morrissey. The champion boxer/bare‐knuckle prizefighter founded The Saratoga Race Course and was quite notorious. In 1878, John Morrissey even died within the hotel and toasts can be made every evening to him at the aptly

named Morrissey’s bar in the lobby of the hotel. From the first major expansion and facelift to the present transformation, the Adelphi has served as host to robber barons, literary greats and larger than life entertainers and personali‐ ties. There are three wonderful eateries associ‐ ated with The Adelphi — the new Blue Hen Restaurant, Salt + Char (owned by Adelphi Hospitality Group, parent company of The Adelphi Hotel and located adjacent to the property) and Morrisey’s where I enjoyed the best sushi that I have had in the Capital Region. With these culinary gems, we can expect to see gastro greats make the journey en masse.

Chef David Burke’s signature Clothesline Bacon at Morrissey’s Lounge in The Adelphi Hotel.

The Adelphi Hotel and it's Culinary Director, Award‐Winning Chef David Burke just announced the opening of its patented salt dry‐aging room. The process for dry‐aging meat features a room, lined with pink Himalayan bricks of salt, where Prime Beef is allowed to dry naturally while absorbing the subtle flavors of the salt. For Capital Region diners, this certainly raises the bar for excel‐ lence when heading out for the perfect dinner. Chef Burke along with Executive Chef Chris Bonnivier oversee every exquisite morsel from The Blue Hen, Salt & Char and Morrissey’s Lounge at The Adelphi Hotel. This

talented duo also serves up a bi‐monthly culi‐ nary cooking series, which includes a class and dinner by both Chefs Burke and Bonnivier, as well as a tour of The Salt Dry‐Aging Room. The five‐year renovation revitalizing the Adelphi Hotel has a unique style that can best be appreciated in Saratoga Springs. It's simple, yet with elegant indulgences. You feel like you are in the finest Victorian luxury yet firmly planted in modern day technology. If you want a weekend getaway or special evening close to home, this is a great bet (pardon the racing pun.) Capital Region residents also have the advantage of booking outside of the feverish

racing season and enjoying all that this city has to offer without the crowds. “Adelphi Hospitality Group collaborated with Designer and Architect Glen Coben of New York‐based Glen & Company to reimagine the interiors focusing on a sophisticated mod‐ ern Victorian design that personifies with a modern twist, and eclectic revival of timeless ideals” states the property’s announcement release. Capital Region’s Dominick Ranieri Architect P.C. of Schenectady, was the archi‐ tect leading The Adelphi project’s extensive structural transformation and restoration. CRL



SPRING | GETAWAYS High Falls Gorge 4761 NYS Route 86, Wilmington 518.946.2278; If you are planning a trip to the Adirondacks this spring, be sure to set aside time to experience the mighty High Falls Gorge waterfalls when they are at their peak! Just a short drive from Lake Placid, NY and one mile from Whiteface Ski Resort, High Falls Gorge makes a memorable half day trip. Our ½ mile walk along the gorge is the perfect family adventure taking you along the impressive AuSable River to view four remarkable water‐ falls: Rainbow Falls, Climax Falls, Mini Falls, and the Main Falls. Due to runoff from melted snow, the spring‐time is ideal for viewing our four immense waterfalls at their strongest. High Falls Gorge is a destination that is barely off the beaten path yet feels like anoth‐ er world. Explore our groomed paths, steel bridges, and walkways with glass floors that bring visitors down into the gorge and provide safe access to plunging waterfalls as the river flows through the Adirondack cliffs. The rush‐ ing water of the falls and towering trees deliv‐ er you to a place of wonder. Pause on the bridges that span the water or perch on a viewing platform and look through the plexi‐ glass at the water below. Kids love the mining activity and Gordy the bear, our helpful mas‐ cot. The River View Café is great for a hot lunch and cold beverage, from craft beer to local wines. Stop into the gift shop before you leave! High Falls Gorge provides the Adirondacks' most breathtaking 30‐minute walk accessible by all ages.

Shawangunk Wine Trail 845.256.8456; The Shawangunk Wine Trail's 15 unique wineries continue the tradition of fine wine‐ making established by the early French Huguenot settlers who brought their wine‐ making expertise to the area over 300 years ago. Our wineries feature a variety of award‐ winning wines, including red, white, rosé and sparkling; full‐bodied and dry; fruity semi‐dry; and sweet dessert wines. The Hudson Valley Wine Tasting Passport is the perfect choice for local and regional wine enthusiasts to taste the finest award‐ winning wines, produced right here in the Hudson Valley! Simply present your passport to your server at each winery to receive one regular wine tasting at each of the 15 member wineries through August 31, 2019. Wake up those taste buds and get ready for the Hudson Valley's yummiest wine and food tasting event, “Wines & Bites!” coming 14 | APRIL 2019 | CRLMAG.COM

May 18 and 19 on the Shawangunk Wine Trail! Each of the 15 mem‐ ber wineries has selected a scrumptious food bite of either cheese, meat, salad, pasta, or dessert paired with their wine tastings. Receive a souvenir wine glass at the starting winery of your choice and con‐ tinue on a self‐guided tour of the SWT at your own pace throughout the weekend. For more information about the Shawangunk Wine Trail, our members, and upcoming events visit us online at Follow @GunksWine on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa 22 North Road, Milton 845.795.1310; Buttermilk Falls’ extraordinary 75 acre Hudson River Valley estate offers a remarkable selection of lodgings, a farm‐to‐table restaurant, an organic kitchen garden and orchard, a world‐class spa, gardens, trails and an animal sanctuary. Numerous Hudson Valley attractions are close by. Join us for the day, for an evening, for a weekend or a week‐long retreat or for your very special event. Buttermilk Inn’s 1764 Main House includes ten beautifully appointed rooms. Our luxury lodgings also include eight unique pri‐ vate cottages and guesthouses. Buttermilk’s eco‐friendly spa offers a menu of special treat‐ ments, a geo‐thermally heated sauna, steam room, and indoor pool. Spa lunches are available for poolside dining, as well! Henry’s at the Farm, our on‐site jewel of a restaurant, tucked



High Falls Gorge

Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa

away on the estate, is perfectly in tune with the surrounding Hudson Valley orchard and wine country. Fresh produce, eggs, and honey make their way from our own Millstone Farm, and neighboring farms, to Henry’s inspired kitchen, and to your table. Buttermilk Weddings and Meetings staff and services offer indoor and outdoor recep‐ tion and conference sites ‐ some with Hudson River vistas ‐ suited to your very special needs. Millstone Farm is our very own burgeon‐ ing work‐in‐progress, just across the Swan Pond from Henry’s restaurant. Diners, along with the inn’s guests are welcome to stroll through the orchards, the Kitchen Garden and visit the Livestock Barn and the Aviary House. Millstone Farm makes your stay with us mem‐ orable and, in every sense of the word, an organic experience!

Howe Caverns/ Howe Glassworks 255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave 518.296.8900;

Shawangunk Wine Trail

Howe Caverns/Howe Glassworks

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There is no better way to spend your April break than at Howe Caverns where you can experience the cool cave with a guided underground tour and boat ride followed by heating things back up in their new glassblow‐ ing studio! Howe Caverns is the largest show cave in the Northeast U.S. and the second most visit‐ ed natural attraction in New York. The site is located in Schoharie County, on a beautiful mountainside with spectacular views over‐ looking the Helderberg Plateau and is conve‐ niently located off Interstate 88 approximate‐ ly 45 minutes from Albany. The cave tours are open all year with seasonal days and hours. Visitors are welcome daily 10 am to 3 pm from Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 28 dur‐ ing April Break. A new adventure at Howe Caverns, Howe Glassworks Glassblowing Studio, is proud to offer workshops that will create unforgettable and personal hands‐on experi‐ ences for their guests. Master Gaffer, Dorian Ordoyne, will use her expertise and knowl‐ edge to bring this amazing art to the region offering a variety of workshops and classes to give their guests the opportunity to create gorgeous bowls, vases, ornaments for all occasions, paperweights and the popular Ashes to Art memorials for beloved family and pets. Studio guests will work privately and one‐on‐one with an instructor to select a workshop. Guests will then be guided through a step‐by‐step process to bring their piece to life. No experience is necessary, and all skill levels are welcome so get inspired and make your reservations today!

Monday, April 22 is Earth Day Five hacks for greener, happier living


hether you take shorter showers, reduce food waste or make eco‐ minded choices at the grocery store, adopting one simple habit can make a differ‐ ence in protecting Earth's natural resources. These simple, renewable lifestyle changes may even affect your personal mindset. According to findings from a scientific study and survey commissioned by Tetra Pak, adopting simple renewable lifestyle habits can help people go from feeling glum to good. According to the survey, a majority of people (70 percent) feel happier when they make

choices that help preserve natural resources. This study comes on the heels of the world's first social experiment in renewability, con‐ ducted by three esteemed academic experts in habit and behavioral science, which uncovered how renewable lifestyle choices ‐ habits that help preserve natural resources ‐ influence lev‐ els of happiness. "We believe that even simple lifestyle behaviors have the power to make a big impact, on both a personal and global scale," said Elisabeth Comere, director of environ‐ ment and government affairs for Tetra Pak.

"The combined benefit of the small actions we take, from taking shorter showers to choosing products in renewable packaging ‐ made of natural resources that can be replenished over time ‐ can benefit the world around us while making us happier." Adopting one of these simple renewable habits can help preserve the planet's resources while fast‐tracking levels of happiness: 1. Conserve resources, including water. The Environmental Protection Agency esti‐ mates that cutting your shower by just one minute will save two and a half gallons of water. Over time, that savings adds up: 75 gal‐ lons per month and nearly 1,000 gallons over the course of a year. 2. Choose products in renewable packag‐ ing. Choosing food and beverage products in renewable packaging is a natural extension of environmentally friendly habits, such as recycling or composting. From milk and soup to water and juice, you can find food products packaged in car‐ tons ‐ primarily made from paper, a renewable resource from growing forests. 3. Buy only what you can consume. At the grocery store, it's easy to over‐shop, espe‐ cially if you're hungry. Buy only what you need to reduce waste and seek groceries that are considered renewable, such as fruits and veg‐ etables, and carton‐packed food and bever‐ ages in packages made from renewable mate‐ rials. Carton‐packed foods last longer, are easy to store and have a relatively low environmen‐ tal footprint. 4. Use re‐usable containers. These days, hectic lifestyles are the norm and that often means meals and beverages on the go. When possible, rely on re‐usable drink and food con‐ tainers instead of disposable ones. 5. Whenever you can, bike or walk instead of driving. According to data compiled by National Geographic, it takes nearly 13 gal‐ lons of water to produce each gallon of gaso‐ line. Using alternative modes of transportation and taking care to combine errands, car pool and use public transportation help cut water and energy demands. (Family Features) To learn more about how making simple, renewable lifestyle changes can help boost happiness or to take the Habits of Happiness quiz to assess your personal happiness level, visit‐living. CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | APRIL 2019 |


Get your family “hooked” on spring fishing! By Joey Greco

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hen spring arrives in the Capital Region, my mind begins to race, as I look forward to the endless angling oppor‐ tunities that will be available come ice‐out. Now is the time to put away the ice fishing gear and get ready for another sea‐ son of open‐water fishing. Every angler looks forward to those first few days of warm weather reassuring us that winter is finally over. One can’t help but to get excited about the possibilities that lie ahead such as the rising of an early morning trout, or the slow sink‐ ing of a bobber as a hungry crappie inhales your jig. Stream trout fishing is a very popular tradition in our area and a rite of passage into spring fishing for many anglers. There are hundreds of streams and rivers stocked annually in the Capital Region which can be found by going on the NYS Department of

Photo courtesy of Joey Greco

Environmental Conservation website and searching for a body of water near you. They will be listed alphabetically by county and will show what species of trout were stocked and how many. Spring trout fishing will revolve around water levels and weather. The best spring trout fishing generally occurs during warm spells which will slightly warm water temperatures. This will increase the activity level of the fish as the cold spring water can make trout lethargic. The Batten Kill, Walloomsac River, and the Kaydeross Creek are a few favorite locations. For tackle, you can’t beat a night crawler on a size 8 single hook with a small split shot. A high‐quality flu‐ orocarbon line will keep a wary trout from detecting your presentation. A good option for artificial lures is a small gold Phoebe Spoon or a Panther Martin spinner. A yellow with black dot pattern rooster tail will always produce a few good bites. When it comes to rods and reels, it’s hard to beat a good combo which is designed for value and appeasing a large spectrum of angling needs. I really like the Daiwa Revros line which offers a large selection of rod actions and reel sizes at a modest price. A light‐action spinning rod in the 6‐foot range with size 1500 reel will be a good set‐up for

trout, panfish and even some light bass appli‐ cations and should absolutely be part of your spring tackle arsenal. Panfish are also an excellent way to “break‐in” the season and typically provide lots of action. Spring crappie fishing is a great way to get kids involved in the sport, and they also make fantastic table fare. Crappie can be found in Saratoga, Ballston and Round Lakes as well as several other rivers and smaller reservoirs. During their spring spawning run, Crappie can be caught in very shallow water near silty bot‐ tomed areas as well as weeds and rocks. The tackle for spring Crappie is very simple. A small float or bobber with a 3 to 5 ft. leader and a small jig tipped with a fathead minnow. Another favorite of mine, and highly over‐ looked in my opinion, is the Tomhannock reser‐ voir. This gem of a fishing destination is just outside Albany County and is only accessible by foot. No boats allowed means hundreds of acres of tranquility nestled in the rolling hills of Rensselaer County. Known for its bounty of walleye and smallmouth bass, the Tomhannock never disappoints if you are willing to put in a little leg work. The key to locating fish in the Tomhannock is to look for good shoreline structure. Rocks, points, weeds, and mouths of

creeks or inlets are good locations to start fish‐ ing. A good presentation for walleye and small‐ mouth bass is a simple 1/4 ounce lead jig head and a variety of plastics. I like Custom Jigs & Spins Pulse‐R Paddle Tails in white and char‐ treuse colors. Pair this presentation with a 7ft. medium‐light action Daiwa Tatula Spinning combo spooled up with 10‐pound J‐Braid, and you will be equipped to do battle with any walleye or bass bold enough to take your bait! I will generally fish my way down the shoreline occasionally stopping to make long casts out into the basin of the reservoir. You will want to let your jig hit bottom and very slowly retrieve it back towards shore. By giving the jig a pop every once in a while, you will trigger more strikes and also help free your jig from snags as you are reeling. The key is to keep good con‐ tact with bottom while keeping as snag free as possible; this can be challenging as typically the process in a boat would be the opposite. Springtime is the right time to get out and wet a line in the Capital Region. Good luck and CRL tight lines! Joey Greco is an NYS licensed guide with Justy‐ Joe Sport fishing charters ( Joey’s philosophy on fishing and his recipe for success is to think like a fish, pay attention to details and never stop learning!



SPRING 2019 TROUT STOCKING SUMMARY Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady County WATER






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April April May April April May - June March - April April April March - April Spring Spring April

Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Rainbow Trout Rainbow Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout

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April April May March - April April April - May April May March - April April April - May April April Spring Spring April April May April April May April April May April

Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Rainbow Trout Brown Trout Rainbow Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Rainbow Trout

8 - 9 inches 12 -15 inches 8 - 9 inches 8 - 9 inches 12 -15 inches 8 - 9 inches 8 - 9 inches 8 - 9 inches 8 - 9 inches 12 -15 inches 8 - 9 inches 8 - 9 inches 8 - 9 inches 8.5 - 9.5 inches 8.5 - 9.5 inches 12 -15 inches 8 - 9 inches 8 - 9 inches 12 -15 inches 8 - 9 inches 8 - 9 inches 8 - 9 inches 12 -15 inches 8 - 9 inches 8 - 9 inches

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Spring April - May March - April April April - May April May - June June

Rainbow Trout Rainbow Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout

8 - 9 inches 8.5 - 9.5 inches 8 - 9 inches 12 -15 inches 8 - 9 inches 8 - 9 inches 8 - 9 inches 8.5 - 9.5 inches

Albany County Basic Creek Catskill Creek Catskill Creek Hannacrois Creek Hannacrois Creek Hannacrois Creek Lisha Kill Onesquethaw Creek Onesquethaw Creek Six Mile Waterworks Thompsons Lake Thompsons Lake Vly Creek

Westerlo Rensselaerville Rensselaerville Coeymans Coeymans Coeymans Colonie New Scotland New Scotland City of Albany Berne Berne New Scotland

Columbia County Claverack Creek Claverack Creek Claverack Creek Kinderhook Creek Kinderhook Creek Kinderhook Creek Kinderhook Creek Kinderhook Creek Kinderhook Creek Kinderhook Creek Kinderhook Creek Kline Kill Ore Pit Pond Queechy Lake Queechy Lake Roeliff Jansen Kill Roeliff Jansen Kill Roeliff Jansen Kill Roeliff Jansen Kill Roeliff Jansen Kill Roeliff Jansen Kill Taghkanic Creek Taghkanic Creek Taghkanic Creek Weed Mines Pond

Claverack Claverack Claverack Chatham Chatham Chatham Kinderhook Kinderhook New Lebanon New Lebanon New Lebanon Ghent, Kinderhook, Chatham Copake Canaan Canaan Clermont Clermont Clermont Gallatin Gallatin Gallatin Greenport Greenport Greenport Ancram

Rensselaer County Glass Lake Hoosic River Kinderhook Creek Kinderhook Creek Kinderhook Creek Kinderhook Creek Kinderhook Creek Long Pond 20 | APRIL 2019 | CRLMAG.COM

Sand Lake Hoosick Nassau Nassau Nassau Stephentown Stephentown Grafton

Mill Creek Poesten Kill Poesten Kill Poesten Kill Poesten Kill Poesten Kill Poesten Kill Poesten Kill Second Pond Shaver Pond Tackawasick Creek Tackawasick Creek Tackawasick Creek Town Park Pond Walloomsac River Walloomsac River Walloomsac River Wynants Kill

East Greenbush Brunswick Brunswick Brunswick Poestenkill Poestenkill Poestenkill Poestenkill Grafton Grafton Nassau Nassau Nassau East Greenbush Hoosick Hoosick Hoosick North Greenbush

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April April April May April April May May - June June Spring April April May - June April - May April April May - June April

Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Rainbow Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Rainbow Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout

8 - 9 inches 8 - 9 inches 12 -15 inches 8 - 9 inches 12 -15 inches 8 - 9 inches 8 - 9 inches 8 - 9 inches 8.5 - 9.5 inches 8.5 - 9.5 inches 12 -15 inches 8 - 9 inches 8 - 9 inches 8.5 - 9.5 inches 12 -15 inches 8 - 9 inches 8 - 9 inches 8 - 9 inches

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April March April April Spring April April April Spring March March May May - June March May May - June Spring Spring Spring Spring April Spring

Brown Trout Brook Trout Brook Trout Brown Trout Brook Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Rainbow Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Rainbow Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Brook Trout

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Brown Trout

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Saratoga County Bog Meadow Brook Corinth Reservoir Ponds Corinth Reservoir Ponds Daly Creek Dwaas Kill Geyser Brook Geyser Brook Glowegee Creek Great Sacandaga Lake Kayaderosseras Creek Kayaderosseras Creek Kayaderosseras Creek Kayaderosseras Creek Kayaderosseras Creek Kayaderosseras Creek Kayaderosseras Creek Moreau Lake Palmer Lake Paul Creek Sand Creek Snook Kill Upper Corinth Reservoir

Saratoga Corinth Corinth Corinth Halfmoon, Clifton Park Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs Milton Day Greenfield Greenfield, Milton Greenfield, Milton Greenfield, Milton Milton Milton Milton Moreau Edinburg Edinburg Edinburg Northumberland / Wilton Corinth

Schenectady County Lisha Kill


Locations Recommended for Families/Beginning Anglers* Six Mile Waterworks Town Park Pond Moreau Lake Long Pond Second Pond Shaver Pond Greens Lake Queechy Lake Queechy Lake

City of Albany East Greenbush Moreau Grafton Grafton Grafton Athens Canaan Canaan

2000 500 3000 1770 440 600 200 1590 1800

March April - May Spring June June Spring Spring Spring Spring

Rainbow Trout Rainbow Trout Rainbow Trout Brown Trout Brown Trout Rainbow Trout Brown Trout Rainbow Trout Brown Trout

8.5 - 9.5 inches 8.5 - 9.5 inches 8 - 9 inches 8.5 - 9.5 inches 8.5 - 9.5 inches 8.5 - 9.5 inches 12 -15 inches 8.5 - 9.5 inches 8 – 9 inches

*Locations provide good shoreline access. Six Mile Waterworks, Town Park Pond, Long Pond and Moreau Lake have bathroom facilities. Courtesy of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | APRIL 2019 | 21


he hed The term is cute. The structure itself may be cute. The concept is anything but.

By Barbara Pinckney Photos by Rebecca Ittner

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t’s a fun phrase, and to be honest I see it ridiculed here and there,” said Erika Kotite, author of She Sheds Style, the 2018 follow‐up to her 2017 book She Sheds: A Room of Your Own. “But it is actu‐ ally just an easy way of labeling something that is really bigger than its name implies.” Kotite—who also runs as a gathering space for like‐minded women, and sells a line of paints called She Shades— discovered she sheds herself only a few years ago when book publishers, The Quarto Group, asked her to research the subject. She had been a magazine editor for a number of years, with a strong interest in Victorian homes and interior design. Since outbuildings were a com‐ mon feature of Victorian homes, she seemed a logical choice. What she learned was that while she sheds are attractive additions to backyard landscaping, and can add to property values, they are really about a woman’s need for a pri‐ vate place to call her own. “No matter how big your house is, it just feels like it’s not quite big enough, right?” she said. “So many women are space challenged, and that really can be detrimental to your mental health. So, my guiding light was all about helping women find their own space. And being that it is about a woman’s space and something that will bring her joy, that space needs to be as pretty as possible.” Kotite’s first book served as an introduc‐ tion to the whole concept of she sheds. The new She Sheds Style provides guidance for those who want to build one.

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Why build a she shed? While it may seem that the she shed movement began as a reaction to the “man cave,” they actually have their roots in the old potting shed. “They are a direct relation to sheds that were used very practically to store plants and tools, but they were big enough for women to stand in while they potted,” Kotite said. “Then they morphed into something where there was a nice comfortable chair, so she could maybe have a cup of tea. So, that was an important influence on this emerging move‐ ment.” Although there are no statistics on exact‐ ly how many she sheds are out there, popular culture holds evidence of their growing popu‐ larity. Kotite pointed to the “game‐changing” State Farm commercial in which a woman whose shed has been struck by lighting

remarks that the insurance money will buy her a “chichier she shed.” There are a number of uses for the she shed, including a home office, an art studio, a yoga studio, a quiet spot to read or write and a cozy place to entertain friends. Kotite herself has a simple 6’ x 6’ shed with a comfy chair, a lamp and all of her favorite books. But no matter the use, a she shed can be the ideal solution for the woman in search of space. Kotite notes in She Sheds Style that “no other building marries scale, convenience, use‐ fulness, affordability, and charm in quite the same way.” In an interview, she added that “If you’re a woman with creative aspirations or a woman with a family and you are trying to work from home but still keep that professional distance, there is nothing like a detached four‐wall struc‐ ture. I don’t care how private your extra room is;

it’s different when you walk out the door of your house, and you walk into another structure.” She noted that, for many people, it is a need that starts young. “It is not an accident that children seek out playhouses and tree forts and clubhouses and all those places they could call their own, where they had control over their own lives and where they had quiet, and it had meaning for them.” In addition to the psychological benefits of a she shed, there are practical advantages. Sheds offer enhanced property value, extra room for living and working, and an attractive element that adds to your backyard landscape. Kotite said real estate agents are showing inter‐ est in the movement, highlighting sheds in property descriptions and pointing out when yards are large enough to accommodate one.

Important considerations When deciding whether or not to build a she shed, the first question to ask yourself is “What will I use it for—and will I actually use it?” “That is a hard question to answer hon‐

estly,” Kotite said. “But it is important, espe‐ cially for women who don’t spend a lot of time in their yards. I feel like you need to have a really specific reason that you are going to use it for. Otherwise, it is just going to sit there.” The next question is, is it within your budget? The average custom‐built she shed costs between $15,000 and $20,000. While this is about half of what it would cost to add a room to your house, it is still a big investment. Kotite said there are some tricks to keep costs in check. As the two biggest costs factors are materials and labor, the first suggestion is to take some time to collect your materials. Look on Craigslist or scavenge around for odds and ends like vintage bricks, old barn wood, and cast‐off windows. “They can make for a really cool looking shed and a lot of times they are cheap, espe‐ cially in [upstate New York] where there are a lot of historic properties, and some of them are falling down, and a lot of those elements are thrown away,” she said. Once you have a cache of materials, ask yourself if you or anyone you know has building skills. If so, get as much free labor as you can

and host a party similar to an old barn‐raising. “If you are really lucky, you can build a nice shed for $2[000] or $3,000,” she said. Another option is to use a kit shed, pur‐ chased from a home improvement store. Those average $5,000 to $7,000 for a 10 X 12‐ CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | APRIL 2019 |


way. If your answers are “yes” and “no,” respectively, it is time to select a site. Kotite said that in an ideal world, the she shed is built on a small rise of land, far enough from the main house for privacy, surrounded by mature trees and gardens. In the real world, look for a spot where the ground is level and drainage is not a problem. Think about the dis‐ tance from the main house and choose a loca‐ tion that is close enough for convenience but far enough for privacy. Try to think like a landscape artist. Kotite advises that the best shed placement consid‐ ers the entire back yard, including light, set‐ back from property lines, and the ability to open and shut the door. A shed can also create a barrier between your yard and a neighbor by filling in a gap in a fence or line of trees.

Designing your she shed

foot structure. But Kotite discovered the hard way that the kits do not include any roofing materials, which will add to your expense. Furthermore, they do not have the charm and individuality of a custom‐built shed. Kotite rec‐ ommends improving the look of a kit shed by

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swapping the standard door for a “cool French door” and giving yourself big windows. The next considerations are whether your property will accommodate a she shed and if there are any community codes or Homeowners’ Association rules to get in the

Once you have gone through all your due diligence and asked yourself all of the impor‐ tant questions, you are ready to design your she shed. The four walls—custom‐built or kit— are just the beginning. The whole shed, interi‐ or, and exterior should be planned out before you actually start building. There are a number of choices to be made. In the Northeast, one of the first things to consider is the weather. “The cutest she sheds are the ones that aren’t entirely finished,” Kotite said. “They show their structure. They are not all dry‐ walled and insulated. So, you have to think about ‘do I want it as a seasonal structure, or do I want to finish it and seal it so I can be com‐ fortable in all kinds of weather?’” Whatever you decide, the exterior walls are a vital part of the shed’s architectural appeal as well as its durability. The materials you choose and how you use them will define your shed’s style. In She Sheds Style, Kotite notes that metal, concrete, stone, wood and even synthetic components each offer proper‐ ties of strength, protection and design appeal. Wood, for example, brings stability, strength, and style. Metal is a good option for roofing because it protects against rain. The entrance to a she shed should be warm and inviting and match its overall style and purpose. Doors should be sturdy and easy to open, but also attractive. Consider double French doors or Dutch doors for a romantic look, or doors crafted from old barn wood for a more rustic appeal. You might even find a unique vintage door at a second‐hand shop. A plain door can be spruced up with a crystal doorknob or brass hinges. The area around the door should be as care‐ fully designed as the structure itself. Possibilities include fencing, shrubbery, and a garden. It is now time to move to the inside. According to She Sheds Style, the best place to start your interior designing is with a scaled

space plan. Make a simple drawing, with one square inch representing one square foot of space. Place your larger furniture pieces— tables, chairs, desks, etc.—first and build other elements around them. Think about how you will be using the shed. A gardening shed needs spots for plants, tools and so on. An artist studio needs an open floor plan and lots of natural light. A reading spot needs a comfy chair, a lamp and maybe a footrest. Plan what will go against your walls— bookcases, storage cabinets, what have you— before you plan your windows. Consider built‐ ins, such as shelving and cubbies, to save space. If you have a lot of items to store, you may even think about a “built out,” such as a small closet behind the shed. Another decision involves what kind of flooring you will have. Considerations include overall style, use, endurance, difficulty to install and budget. A wood floor may be attrac‐ tive but could allow moisture to seep in. Kotite recommends raising the floor on wood sup‐ ports. If your shed is on a dry, level area, con‐ sider a concrete foundation. You can leave it alone or cover it with vinyl, tile or carpeting. “The cool thing about a shed is that it is so small that if you select carpeting or other flooring that is kind of on the pricy side per square foot, you only need a small amount,” Kotite said. You will also want to think about your ceiling. Remember, if you are using your shed as a place to unwind you may be looking up a lot. The structural elements of a ceiling can become part of your decorative scheme. For example, trusses and crossbeams are perfect for displaying textiles, hanging plants or stringing lights. Lights (as well as space heaters, laptops, and many other necessities) require electricity. This is not a topic Kotite addresses in her book, but she said in an interview that most women use an “RV plug” rather than hard wiring. Photo by Elizabeth Hayes

Decorative touches The colors, furnishings and other details of your shed give you the most opportunity to infuse it with personality. Kotite advises taking your time with this stage. “This will be an enjoyable part of shed building,” Kotite wrote. “Give yourself time to know the physical layout of the shed and the way the light hits. Getting to know the nooks and crannies will help your vision fall into place.” When it comes to choosing your color scheme, start by thinking about what you don’t want. Once those shades have been eliminated, purchase sample sizes of any col‐ ors you are still considering. An eight‐ounce can costs less than $5 and will allow you to see what the color looks like in your shed’s light‐ ing. Invite your friends over for a painting party to get their opinion.

To pick an exterior color, first, decide if you want your shed to blend into its surround‐ ings or stand out. As for internal colors, remember that lighter colors reflect light, reduce shadow and give the shed a more spa‐ cious feel. You may also want to think about the therapeutic value some colors have. Blue, for example, is said to have a relaxing effect. No matter what colors you choose, Kotite offers these words of advice: “If you are going to paint your shed, use a spray gun.” Décor may include a pretty accent rug, art objects, mirrors, signs, flowers, wall hangings, whatever speaks to you. Furnishings will be determined in large part by the purpose of your shed but can still have some personality. “Don’t feel bad about investing in one special piece—an area rug, a chandelier‐‐

something that is your splurge,” Kotite said. “But for the rest of it, try to use your cast‐off furniture, all the things that are wasting away somewhere that you could give new life in that shed. That is one of the joys of having a shed— space to put things that don’t have a home in your home.” While building, designing and decorating a she shed should be an enjoyable experience, Kotite offers these final words of advice: “Get serious about it and treat it as a seri‐ ous project. You want to build it to last. You want it to be sturdy. You want a solid founda‐ tion. You want the best materials you can afford. This is not a playhouse. It is fun, and you should enjoy the journey of creating it but you’re a grown woman, and you need to treat CRL this seriously.”





SCHENECTADY FLOOR COVERING 1910 Maxon Road Ext., Schenectady 518.372.5664; In business for over 50 years, Schenectady Floor Covering has built its business on its reputation for customer service. Our 9,000-square-foot showroom has all the brands you know and trust with all the latest styles, colors and designs. We specialize not only in carpet but also hardwood, ceramic tile, area rugs, laminate, and vinyl flooring. We are the Capital District's premier Karastan dealer. As part of America's leading flooring retail group, we can provide customers with low prices on many flooring options backed by the most solid warranties in the floor covering industry.

GARDEN TIME Various locations Garden Time offers a wide selection of sheds, gazebos, and outdoor furniture, as well as excellent customer service and a superior shopping experience to provide you with everything you need for a beautiful lawn and garden. Whether you are in the market for a beautiful blooming plant for your porch, a screened in gazebo for your backyard, fertilizer for your lawn or a storage solution for a little extra space. We invite you to stop by one of our locations and explore what sets Garden Time apart from the rest.

HUDSON RIVER TRACTOR COMPANY Various locations Hudson River Tractor is a full-line John Deere agricultural, commercial and consumer turf dealer with four locations in and around the Capital Region in Schaghticoke, Clifton Park, Chatham, and Fultonville. Hudson River Tractor carries agricultural equipment from John Deere, H&S, Krone, Oxbow, and Hardi, as well as Stihl hand-held pieces and Honda power equipment, including the industry-leading walk-behind mowers and generators. We also provide after-market support with genuine John Deere and OEM parts, factory-trained technicians, and mobile service. Hudson River Tractor—one company with people strong in their backgrounds and expertise—provides complete solutions for your needs.




HEWITT'S GARDEN CENTERS, INC. Various locations Hewitt's Garden Centers, Inc. is a local company specializing in lawn and garden-related products, service and information. With 50 years in the business and seven stores located in the 518 area code, we are the fifth largest independent retail garden center in the country— and here’s why: • Largest selection of hardy shrubs and trees • Hewitt’s Country Estate lawn food and grass seed • Largest selection of perennial and annual flowers and vegetable plants • Extensive selection of fruit trees, blueberries, raspberries and more • Plant food, mulch, soil and garden accessories • Experienced staff ready to assist you with your project

PATTERSONVILLE FURNITURE 1664 Main Street, Pattersonville 518.887.2741; Pattersonville Furniture Store has been delivering the finest furniture and quality customer service to the Capital Region for 83 years. This family-owned and operated business, located just west of Schenectady, has been helping customers with their furniture needs since 1936. Pattersonville carries over 30 lines of American-made solid wood furniture. Stop by our showroom at 1664 Main Street in Pattersonville and see our quality products. We offer free delivery, free set-up, free removal, and free financing. Open daily from 10am-5pm; Thursday and Friday until 9pm; closed Sunday.

TAKE 2 ARTWORKS PO Box 922, Averill Park 518.495.4317; I believe in the preservation of all things well made while giving your space and cabinets new life. I am a certified interior designer, artist, and contractor who offers affordable updates with the best return on investment. Whether you are preparing your home to sell or want to love where you live, I advise on paint colors and finishes that complement your home to physically restoring the existing cabinets and tile backsplash installation. Is it time to update? Let me show you the possibilities. Schedule a $50/30 minute

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SEASON’S SUPPLY, CO. 852 Grooms Road, Rexford; 518.371.5730 2706 Route 9, Malta; 518.581.2900 Seasons Supply Co. was formed in 1997 by Clifford Hughes, a lifelong resident of Clifton Park. The inspiration behind the development of Season’s Supply Co. was to offer professional landscaping and property maintenance supplies, not available in big box stores, to contractors and homeowners who demand nothing short of superior quality and service. It gives us great pleasure to do business with local companies and homeowners and to offer a personal, hands-on approach found nowhere else.

J. HUNZIKER PAVING, LLC Wynantskill 518.858.7917; When it comes to driveway paving, you need to work with seasoned driveway contractors who can ensure that your driveway is smooth and functional. Avoid

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the frustration and disappointment of dealing with unprofessional driveway paving contractors by doing business with J. Hunziker Paving, LLC, instead. I have 20 years of experience serving the residential and commercial paving needs of customers throughout Troy and the nearby areas, and I am committed to providing my customers with the best possible workmanship and service. When you need top-quality driveway paving for your home or place of business, I’m here to help. Turn to me for all your asphalt driveway paving needs.

FADDEGON'S NURSERY 1140 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham 518.785.6726; Faddegon's Nursery, founded 99 years ago, is still owned and operated by the Faddegon family. The business has grown significantly with each decade and continues to define nursery excellence in the Capital Region. Excellence means sharing a passion for all things horticultural. With ever “growing" expertise, we can guide our customers through a complete home landscaping project or help prepare


a vegetable garden! Faddegon’s sales staff and foremen have 373 years of collective service. We are proud to say that those 373 years of experience allows us to provide gardening knowledge, guidance and inspiration that is unmatched anywhere.

AMSTERDAM OVERHEAD DOOR COMPANY 403 West Main Street, Amsterdam 518.842.7370; Amsterdam Overhead Door Company is proud to offer superior quality garage door systems that are professionally installed for residential, commercial, agricultural or industrial applications. We have proven expertise in every phase of garage door selection, installation, maintenance, service, and repair. Garaga Inc., the largest manufacturer of garage doors in Canada, has certified us as a Garaga Expert. This means that we can guide you in finding exactly the right garage door to meet your needs. Getting the proper advice when buying a door is essential; after all, we buy one or, at most, two garage doors throughout our lifetime. The Amsterdam Overhead Door Company is a family-owned business that was founded in 1924.

L. BROWE ASPHALT SERVICES 518.479.1400; L. Browe Asphalt Services has served thousands of residential and commercial customers in the greater Hudson Valley. Our installations are built to last, with correct elevations and subtle detailing to ease the job into the land. Transitions are smooth with good, level flow and slight changes in elevation to provide proper water drainage. We mill the end of the drive so that it retains its thickness and is not subject to being lifted up by plow equipment. The end product is a true, level, aesthetically pleasing job with artistic curves and superior function that completes and enhances the entire property setting. For more information and to request a free estimate, call 479.1400 or visit

RANDALL IMPLEMENTS CO., INC. 2991 NY-5S, Fultonville 518.853.4500; Randall Implements is a Premier Kubota Dealer and was the 2016 recipient of the Fulton-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Business of the Year award. Randall Implements Co., Inc.




is located on State Highway 5S in the village of Fultonville, approximately 35 miles west of Albany. Founded in 1966 by Robert Freeman, Randall Implements has grown from a small single-line dealer to one of the area’s largest and most trusted full-service multi-line provider including Ferris, Husqvarna, Case IH, Claas, and Landpride dealerships. Technicians are certified and trained in the newest technologies available in the industry. Randall provides quality factory parts at competitive prices, with next-day availability on over 100,000 parts.

THE SPECKLED HEN 38 Saratoga Road, Scotia 518.369.8771; Find us on Facebook The Speckled Hen is a unique homedecor store filled with new and old items from local artisans including reproductions, candles, linens, a large selection of florals, and so much more. Come visit our store to view new ways to update and refresh your home. Our items are everchanging, and you will always find something new. We are celebrating our seventh year in business! Mark your calendars and join us on Saturday, June 8th for our tent sale. Our store hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 10am to 6pm; Saturday – 10am to 4pm.

THE FURNITURE HOUSE 1254 Highway 9P, Saratoga Springs 1060 Route 9, Queensbury Whether building a new home, down-sizing or just updating your current home, The Furniture House is the place to come for your home furnishing needs. Our design staff will help make YOUR dreams a reality and YOUR personality shine through. We offer quality, unique pieces at a value you didn’t realize you can afford. Small rooms? No problem. Unique needs? No problem. From basic home pieces to murphy beds, custom pieces, adjustable coffee tables, jewelry mirrors, conversation sofas and more. Come see what all the buzz is about. The unusual as usual!

ALL SEASONS EQUIPMENT, INC. 60 Freeman’s Bridge Road, Scotia 518.372.5611; All Seasons Equipment, Inc. is a family-owned and operated business located in Scotia. We can provide you with the latest and best in outdoor power prod34 | APRIL 2019 | CRLMAG.COM


ucts to make your outdoor living more enjoyable. In the area, there isn't a friendlier or more knowledgeable staff than ours. We're happy to help you find either the perfect outdoor power equipment, service or the parts you've been looking for. We carry many brands, including Ariens, Honda Power Equipment, Scag, STIHL and Toro. Call or stop in—we're always ready to help!


meet even the most demanding customer’s needs. Let your imagination run wild. Please give us a call to discuss your residential or commercial finishing projects. Why paint it? Powder coat it!

KUGLER’S RED BARN 425 Consaul Road, Schenectady 518.370.2468; Find us on Facebook At Kugler's Red Barn, you can find an assortment of styles including Country,

Shaker, Primitive, Transitional, and Traditional. All of our furniture is made in the USA by small family-owned factories. We take pride in the quality of handmade furniture and offer options in ash, oak, cherry, birch, and pine. We also carry a large selection of gifts and accessories, framed art and paints. We carry a full selection of furniture for the bedroom, dining room, kitchen, living room, and family room, occasional and entertainment centers.

1262 Route 66, Ghent 518.828.5684; How does your garden grow? With garden beds and mulch from Ghent Wood Products of course. We have a large selection of Rough Cut Pine and Rough Cut Hemlock boards that are ideal for constructing raised garden beds. Add some reground bark and sawdust to your boxes, and you are off and growing for a plentiful harvest. Good gardening rule of thumb, include a 2-inch layer of sawdust for good weed control. Need a path to your garden? Incorporate a wood chip path for a fun and whimsical touch. Let Ghent Wood Products help with all your Spring Time Projects..

BOB'S TREES 1227 West Galway Road, Hagaman 518.627.4260; Our family owned and operated nursery and garden center has been serving the greater Capital Region area since 1942. We specialize in providing you with the perfect Christmas tree for the holiday season, but we offer so much more, including more than 275 acres of trees and shrubs to help you complete the look you want for your yard. We are dedicated to serving the local community with quality trees and shrubs that are well acclimated to our local climate. Stop by and see us soon!

SOUTH END POWDER COATING 120 Catherine Street, Albany 518.469.0251; South End Powder Coating is a custom powder coater conveniently located in downtown Albany, offering a durable, long-lasting and beautiful finishing alternative to paint. Typical projects we encounter are lawn furniture, iron railings, decorative garden items, home radiators, and even car, truck, and motorcycle parts. With over 7,500 colors available, our personalized finishing service allows us to offer a finish to CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | APRIL 2019 |


Whitening: Five things to know about getting a brighter smile By The American Dental Association


rushing and flossing are everyday ways to keep your teeth bright, white and healthy. Still, if you might feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle or is more yellow than it used to be, you’re not alone. When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people what they’d most like to improve about their smile, the most common response was whiter teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists also found that nearly 90% of patients requested tooth whitening. Are you thinking about teeth whitening? Get the facts first. Here are five of the most commonly asked questions about the process.

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Why did my teeth change color? Over time, your teeth can go from white to not‐so‐bright for a num‐ ber of reasons: • Food and drink Coffee, tea and red wine are some major staining culprits. What do they have in common? Intense color pigments called chromogens that attach to the white, outer part of your tooth (enamel). • Tobacco use Two chemicals found in tobacco create stubborn stains: tar and nicotine. Tar is naturally dark. Nicotine is colorless until it’s mixed with oxygen. Then, it turns into a yellowish, surface‐staining substance. • Age Below the hard, white outer shell of your teeth (enamel) is a softer area called dentin. Over time, the outer enamel layer gets thinner with brushing and more of the yellowish dentin shows through. • Trauma If you’ve been hit in the mouth, your tooth may change color because it reacts to an injury by laying down more dentin, which is a darker layer under the enamel. • Medications Tooth darkening can be a side effect of certain antihistamines, antipsychotics, and high blood pressure medications. Young children who are exposed to antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline when their teeth are forming (either in the womb or as a baby) may have dis‐ coloration of their adult teeth later in life. Chemotherapy and head and neck radiation can also darken teeth.

How does teeth whitening work? Teeth whitening is a simple process. Whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.) These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.

Does whitening work on all teeth? No, which is why it’s important to talk to your dentist before decid‐ ing to whiten your teeth, as whiteners may not correct all types of dis‐ coloration. For example, yellow teeth will probably bleach well, brown teeth may not respond as well, and teeth with gray tones may not bleach at all. Whitening will not work on caps, veneers, crowns or fillings. It also won’t be effective if your tooth discoloration is caused by medications or a tooth injury.

What are my whitening options? Talk to your dentist before starting. If you are a candidate, there are four ways to put the shine back in your smile: • Stain removal toothpaste All toothpaste help remove surface stains through the action of

mild abrasives that scrub the teeth. Look for a whitening toothpaste that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance for stain removal (it will tell you on the package.) These toothpastes have additional polishing agents that are safe for your teeth and provide stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these types of ADA‐Accepted products do not change the color of teeth because they can only remove stains on the surface. • In‐office bleaching This procedure is called chairside bleaching and usually requires only one office visit. The dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect your gums. Bleach is then applied to the teeth. • At‐home bleaching from your dentist Your dentist can provide you with a custom‐made tray for at‐home whitening. In this case, the dentist will give you instructions on how to place the bleaching solution in the tray and for what length of time. This may be a preferred option if you feel more comfortable whitening in your own home at a slower pace, but still with the guidance of a dentist. Out‐ of‐office bleaching can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. • Over‐the‐counter bleaching products You may see different options online or in your local grocery store, such as toothpaste or strips that whiten by bleaching your teeth. The concentration of the bleaching agent in these products is lower than what your dentist would use in the office. If you are thinking about using an over‐the‐counter bleaching kit, discuss options with your dentist and look for one with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. That means it has been tested to be safe and effective for teeth whitening. Get a list of all ADA‐ Accepted at‐home bleaching products.

Are there any side effects from teeth whitening? Some people who use teeth whiteners may experience tooth sensitiv‐ ity. That happens when the peroxide in the whitener gets through the enam‐ el to the soft layer of dentin and irritates the nerve of your tooth. In most cases the sensitivity is temporary. You can delay treatment, then try again. Overuse of whiteners can also damage the tooth enamel or gums, so be sure to follow directions and talk to your dentist. CRL




AMAZINGLY AGELESS MEDI-SPA 1202 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham 518.608.1252; Dr. Giugliano completed medical school with the desire to preserve health. After 20 years of practicing OBGYN, her focus is on looking and feeling AGELESS. Who doesn’t want to look and feel their best? Amazingly Ageless Medi-Spa is a full-service med spa specializing in non-invasive treatments including Vaginal Rejuvenation for urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Microneedling, PRP, Body Contouring, Botox/Fillers, and Age-Defying Facials. Dr. Giugliano and her professional staff are excited to offer you cutting edge services to enhance your health and preserve your “ageless” look. Please call to schedule your private consultation.

RAD SOAP COMPANY 1475 Western Avenue, Albany • 646.595.0600; Welcome to the world of RAD! Our story began in a small kitchen trying to find relief for a child’s eczema. From there we developed a passion for hemp seed oil as a natural remedy that we continue today. Our mission is to create all natural products that we are proud to share worldwide. We are very excited to launch our newest line of all natural products based on CBD oil. RADCBDs uses an optimal blend of ingredients infused with the highest quality, vapor distilled CBD oil. Our CBD oil is backed by third-party testing which means you're getting a premium product to help improve and maintain overall health. Remember: If our family won't use it, we won't sell it. Continued on page 40

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GOMEZ NEUROLOGY 110 Wolf Road, Albany 518.650.2090; Women experience more recurrent pain, more severe pain, and longer lasting pain than men. Yet women are far less likely to seek appropriate treatment for their pain. Gomez Neurology believes that every patient in pain should have access to the most current and effective treatments for their pain, especially if it provides alternatives to opioid or invasive therapies. Gomez Neurology certifies eligible patients for Medical Marijuana and offers safe, non-invasive Scrambler Therapy for patients with qualifying neuropathic pain. Contact Gomez Neurology at 518.650.2090 or visit us online at

BURNT HILLS LASER 809 Saratoga Road, Burnt Hills 518.791.8590; Burnt Hills Laser is a no-frills Laser facility that delivers consistent results. Nestled in a strip mall in Burnt Hills, don’t blink your eyes lest you pass it. Once inside, you will be greeted with experience, knowledge, and expertise to get you the results you desire. From teeth whitening coupled with the enamel rebuilding BluMinerals procedure for sensitive teeth, to Laser Hair Removal for all gender, skin colors, and types, BHL offers state of the art procedures at affordable prices. With the addition of Tattoo Removal and HIFU for skin tightening, the service menu is complete.

CAPEK PLASTIC SURGERY 713 Troy Schenectady Road #308, Latham 518.786.1700; Dr. Lucie Capek is a compassionate and progressive female plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic surgery and aesthetic medicine. Her boutique practice setting gives patients a personalized and intimate experience where comfort and discretion are top priorities. Since 1996, she has been serving patients in the Capital Region and internationally. With an artistic eye and innovative approach to the latest techniques, Dr. Capek is known for giving her patients natural-looking results. Her team of experienced, highly trained nurses and aestheticians are experts in CoolSculpting, LASERs & Skincare. Dr. Capek and her staff would love to help you achieve your wellness & beauty goals. 40 | APRIL 2019 | CRLMAG.COM


Spring into the season Awaken your wardrobe with these fresh trends


pring is here, and the colors of the crocuses, hyacinths, and tulips are in full bloom. Nature’s spring palette can lead many fashion designers to migrate towards shades of yellow, blue, and coral as well as the earth from which these beautiful buds grow. Let’s jump into some spring fashion trends starting with nature’s necessity, earth tones. Earth tones are a great classic and wearable trend. Look for beiges, sands, creams, and stone shades which are so elegant and classic. The neutral palette is an easy and wearable trend which will blend into your closet easily. If there was ever a trend to invest in, neutrals are it. Beige tones with black and white is always a polished look for any time of day or night. One look to try is a white v‐neck t‐shirt, a tan ‐ just above the knee (aka duster or mid‐length) lightweight cardigan sweater paired with black leggings. Add an animal print slip‐on shoe with a gold necklace above the “V” in the shirt, and you have a classic and an on‐trend look. Animal prints are still all the rage for spring so the shoes will pull the look all together. Moving on from the earth tones, we have lots and lots of color. One of the many colors that are everywhere right now is yellow. This versa‐ tile color shows up from butter tones to bold and neon yellow. I have seen a lot of my Youtube fashionistas rocking neon yellow nails, which is a great way to incorporate the color without wearing it as clothing. A pale yellow jumpsuit with white heels or open‐toed booties would be an adorable day outfit to meet friends for lunch or brunch. Slip on a navy blazer, and the look is complete. Robins egg blue, dusty blue, and sage green colors are also trend‐ ing for this spring. These colors are a great, classic look and most of us have something of this tone in our wardrobe. Pantone’s color of the year is coral. This peachy color is great as a blouse paired with a white trouser. Add a scarf to fend off the potential spring chill, and you will look put together and definitely on trend. Polka dots, a classic print, are in for spring. A lot of black and white, but also with splashes of color like blues and yellows are on the runways. A classic twist is to see polka dotted shirt dresses, pants, and even acces‐ sories. Putting a bold print over a curvy body looks so flattering and adds a lot of harmony. This is a great print to play and experiment with, mix a check with a polka dot in the same hue with white jeans and you have a cute day time look. Vertically striped palazzo pants are everywhere in the stores right now and a great look for Spring into Summer. The vertical stripes are slimming, and the wide leg effect is great as well as comfortable. The fab‐ rics are cotton, linen and soft rayons which adds a dressier feel. Try wearing a more fitted top with the flowey pants which will give a great comfortable silhouette. Other throwbacks are crochet and tie‐dye. The best way to exper‐ iment with these looks is as a beachie cover up or a sweater with a camisole underneath. A neutral tie‐dye versus a bold color might be a good way to wear this look. Hmm…the 70’s never seem to go away from the fashion world fully.

Fringe is still going strong as well. 1920s flapper‐style, full skirts in fringe are a great way to experiment. Shirts or vests with fringe are also still on trend as are accessories. Fringe earrings are always adorable and many times light on the lobes. The romantic sleeve and bell sleeve continues to be on trend. These details can add a little femininity to your look. Included in this style are ruffles and ruching. If you are conscientious about your midsection, then this trend can help conceal the area. Statement pearls are back in style; the layered baroque style is great from a necklace standpoint. Picture layering strands of pearls with a menswear blazer and a baby blue collared shirt. Also, pearl statement earrings, as well as pearl bracelet, are another great look for spring. Dome jewelry is also on trend. Think of gold or silver dome rings, that have a good texture and if so inclined, layer them on your fingers, as many as you are comfortable with. There are a lot of trends out right now but sticking with what you are comfortable in and what makes you feel good about yourself is the best; the everlasting trend on the planet. Enjoy a few of these trends and knowing that you already have some in your wardrobe is that much more satisfying. Luann is a lifelong curator of fashion and enjoys researching the latest trends and tips for all of our Capital Region Living readers. You can reach her at




Spring – A time of letting go and new beginnings


s the days get longer and the air gets warmer, most of us start thinking about our annual ritual of spring cleaning. We get our mops and brooms and begin the process of clearing out the accu‐ mulation of dust and other things that have built up over the winter months. Why do we do this? Mostly, because it gives us a sense of accomplishment, but it also makes us feel good. But did you ever stop and wonder why? Why does it make us feel good? When we clean our home and rid ourselves of things we no longer use, not only are we clearing our physical space, but we are also clearing our space energetically. You see, everything in the Universe is energy. Everything. The clothes you wear, the car you drive, the sun, the ocean, your home, and even your thoughts and words. And energy, at its most basic level, is vibration. So that means, whether consciously or sub‐con‐ sciously, you feel everything. Have you ever cleared out an attic or basement? Typically, those aren’t places in your home you spend a lot of time in, but after you’ve cleaned them out, you just feel like you have more space, even though you can’t see it. That’s because all those things hold energy, and energy affects us in many different ways. For instance, have you ever gone into someone’s home and felt a negative vibe? Or visited a historical site and felt a heaviness in the air or started feeling claustrophobic for no reason? Or what about where you work, do you feel like you’re walking through quicksand before you even get to the entrance? What you’re experiencing, is the vibration of energy and how it makes you feel. You may have heard terms such as bad energy, negative energy, dense energy or low vibration. Or even high vibration and posi‐ tive energy. To understand and explain what we feel, we try to label it. But energy isn’t good or bad, low or high. Energy just is. Energy becomes positive or negative through intention, and intention is thought, action or word. And this is how physical objects can affect us energetically. Because not only are they energy, they can absorb the energy around them. Did you ever inherit a family heirloom but didn’t put it on display because it didn’t feel right, or brought back a souvenir from vacation or antique from a garage sale find and then felt a shift in the energy in your home? Sometimes, it’s because the energy of the object doesn’t have the same type of vibration (or frequency) that resonates with you or your home. And sometimes, it’s because the object hasn’t found its space yet. Think of it as a puzzle. Everything in your home, including you, your family and your pets are pieces that make a complete puzzle. When new things come in (including people, objects and pets), the puzzle starts changing because new pieces are added, and it takes time for all the pieces to shift into another complete puzzle. This is also true when we take things out, or people leave. When children leave for college or move out, we refer to it as the empty nest. Part of what you’re feeling is the shifting of the pieces making a new puz‐ zle, which includes a repositioning of the emotional and mental energy that comes with change. We also can feel other people’s energy. Sometimes it feels good

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and sometimes it doesn’t. We can become mentally exhausted or ener‐ getically lifted around different people. How often have you met some‐ one that you instantly click with, or a friend brings someone new to meet you, and you just don’t get the connection? And just because you don’t click with someone doesn’t necessarily mean they have negative energy. It could simply mean their vibration doesn’t resonate with yours. Let’s think of it in terms of color. Everyone in the world is blue. How many shades of blue are there? How many hues in each shade? Maybe they’re just not your shade of blue, that’s all. Spring is a time of physical cleaning, but it can also be a time of emo‐ tional and mental cleansing as well. New beginnings can start with a shift‐ ing of perspective, which is also energy. When we interview for a new job and have the attitude of “maybe I’ll get the job, maybe I won’t,” we’ve already set the mental positioning for the outcome that thought manifests. How many times have you heard the phrase “why does this keep happening to me” or “it is better to give than to receive”? When we change our perspective, we change our energy. For instance, instead of saying “why does this keep happening to me,” change it to “why does this keep happening for me”? And instead of saying “it is better to give than to receive,” change it to “it is better to receive, so that I may give.” It’s about living in the energies of love, gratitude, and abundance — not the energies of fear, ingratitude, and lack. When we can do that, it rip‐ ples out to those around us, and we start changing the vibration of human‐ ity, one intention at a time. Diane is a Master Energy Healing Practitioner and offers intuitive energy healing sessions, workshops, and meditation groups. You can reach Diane at


ALBANY COUNTY 4/6 5 – 10:30 PM A Moveable Feast – Cornerstone at the Plaza; A Moveable Feast is one of Historic Albany’s signature and most beloved events. This annual event kicks off with a cocktail reception, hors d'oeuvres and silent auction. Then, guests will receive the location of their intimate dinner at a historic host home – you never know who you’ll meet! Following dinner, attendees return to Cornerstone to enjoy coffee, dessert, and final auction bidding. Find more information on Facebook.

4/6 – 4/12 Lark Street BID Restaurant Week – Lark Street; Explore a diverse selection of offerings throughout ten blocks of Albany’s Village in the City. Visit for more information.

4/12 – 4/14 VARIOUS TIMES Empire State Comic Con – Albany Capital Center; Features celebrities from TV, movies, cartoons & some of the best names in the in the comic art community. Visit for more information.

4/13 – 4/19 Downtown Albany BID Restaurant Week – Downtown Albany; Enjoy dishes from an eclectic array of eateries with unique, fixed price offerings at various locations throughout downtown. Visit for more information.

4/23 10 AM - 2 PM Six Mile Waterworks Fishing Festival — Six Mile Waterworks, Albany; Join Joelle Ernst from the New York State Department of Conservation for this free fishing clinic. Call 518.402.8891 or visit for more information.

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A&E 4/13 9 AM – 2 PM Rummage Sale – Calvary United Methodist Church, Latham; Come support the missions of the United Methodist Women. Contact for more information.

4/16 7 PM Eden 2.0: How Farming with Nature Can Save the Food System and the Planet – Bethlehem Public Library Community Room; Farmer, author & UAlbany professor emeritus, Gary Kleppel, Ph.D, will discuss the ways that agriculture can improve environmental quality, public health and the economy as documented through practices he has implemented on his own farm collectively known as the Eden 2.0 Project. Visit for more information.

4/17 7 PM Hikes to Take with Kids, Dogs or by Yourself – Bethlehem Public Library Community Room; Author and outdoor enthusiast Alan Via will share a visual tour of great places to hike — some with water where dogs or kids can splash and most within a short drive. Visit for more information.

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4/19 – 4/28 VARIOUS TIMES Creation Station: April Showers – Bethlehem Public Library Community Room; Make a rainy day picture in the Children's Place. Come at any time during the school vacation week. Visit for more information.

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The 4th Sunday Community Ballroom Dance – The Polish Community Center, Albany; Join in on this fun monthly activity featuring DJ Brian Zapel, great snacks, mambo lesson at 6:30 pm by Eileen Spadaro and a dance showcase by Tom Hourigan and guest. $12 pp, Open to the Public. For more information call 518.452.6883.


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COLUMBIA COUNTY 4/5 7 PM Flow Chart Foundation, Night of Neo-Benshi – Hudson Hall; The Flow Chart Foundation is dedicated to exploring the interrelationships of various art forms as guided by the legacy of renowned American poet, John Ashbery. Hudson Hall is proud to present this inaugural Flow Chart Foundation event. Visit for more information.

4/6 3 PM Opening Reception, “Letters to Wild Women” – Hudson Area Library; An art exhibition featuring the work of Hudson-based artist Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda. The exhibition consists of a series of collages in which Viejo interprets the texts of female authors and poets into a visual language of abstract shapes and color. This will be the artists’s first exhibition in the city of Hudson. The exhibition will be on view through May 31, 2019. Visit for more information.

4/7 3 PM

Thank you for your votes for best Columbia County Restaurant. See what everyone is talking about. We have a little bit of everything on our menu to please any appetite. Jackson's is a family run restaurant. Three generations, since 1943. Hope to see you soon!

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The Last Flapper – North Chatham Free Library; A fascinating, witty onewoman play creating a portrait of the extraordinary Zelda Fitzgerald. Visit for more information.

4/11 6 PM “Still Standing: The Farrand House on Fairview” – Hudson Area Library; The Farrand family farmhouse formerly known as “The Pines”, an example of Gothic Revival architecture, sits somewhat inconspicuously on Fairview Avenue although it has been lately in the news as it faces demolition. Paul Barrett will weave the story of this iconic building from the 1850s to the present. For more information, call 518.828.1792.

4/20 11 AM Easter Egg Hunt – Copake Memorial Park; Bring your own basket or bag for collecting eggs….eggs contain candy and great prizes!! Upon arrival, please enter the park building for further instructions and chances at winning raffles! The Easter Bunny will be arriving to greet all and take pictures after the egg hunt.

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4/28 2 PM Tales of the Majestic Hudson – Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown; The Hudson River has been compared to the Rhine in both beauty and in the variety of vistas. Come join us for this special presentation where CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | APRIL 2019 |


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Captain Stan will explore some of the often unknown and unique features of the Hudson Valley and uncover a mystery or two. Visit for more information.

FULTON COUNTY 4/5 6:30 – 9:30 PM Fulton County YMCA Annual Celebration Dinner – Holiday Inn of Johnstown-Gloversville; Come celebrate The Fulton County YMCA and a Mystery Dynamic Duo! Dinner, Live Music, Dancing and Silent Auction! Free childcare available at the YMCA during event for ages 2 and up. For more information please call 518.848.3447.

4/7 11 AM – 2 PM Dessert Contest – Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market, Gloversville; Our second annual dessert contest. Sign-up to enter a dessert or come taste all the yummy recipes!

4/12 5 – 8 PM Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser to Benefit Regional Animal Shelter –

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A&E Johnstown Area Community Center, Johnstown; Menu: Spaghetti with meatballs, rolls, salad with Italian dressing, lemonade, iced tea, and coffee. 50/50 and basket raffles will be drawn at 7:00 PM. For more information please contact: Jessica 518.821.3752.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY 4/13 – 4/14 12 PM – 5 PM Arkellebration! – Arkell Museum at Canajoharie; Join us for the 2019 Arkellebration! We’re welcoming spring with a celebration of all of our favorite things. Stop by throughout the weekend for plenty of great activities for the whole family. Visit for more information.

4/20 1 – 7 PM Amsterdam’s 1st Annual Wingfest – Amsterdam; Pick up a guide and map to taste different wings all throughout the city! Music, specials, entertainment, and fun! Vote for the Best Wings in the City – the winning restaurant gets a trophy!

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4/27 8 AM – 12 PM Canal Clean Sweep – Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Fort Hunter; We have an amazing volunteer project occurring for Canal Clean Sweep this year. Come help the Friends of Schoharie Crossing clear a new trail from Yankee Hill to South Amsterdam along the banks of the Mohawk River. Register on the Parks and Trails NY Website in the “ticket” section. For more information, 518.829.7516.

4/27 11 AM – 2 PM Garden Party – Cranesville Church, 105 Craneshollow Road and Route 5, Amsterdam; Free Admission, food will be available for purchase, garden and yard themed raffles, garden Q & A and more. Call 518.842.7874 for more information.




RENSSELAER COUNTY 4/3 7:30 PM Vienna Boys Choir – Troy Savings Bank Music Hall; Renowned for their celestial voices and pure tone. Visit for more information.

4/6 1 PM Bridge Building – Rensselaer Public Library; Make the strongest bridge you can in this hands-on science craft! Ages 6 – 12. Contact Jane Chirgwin at for more information.


– Melville House; Local author, John Gray will be present from noon to 1 PM to autograph books which will also be for sale. Meet John and tour this beloved Burgh historic home. Contact for more information.

Public Library; The Not So Common Players present this hip and hilarious story of unrequited feelings, love notes, and physical insecurity amoung four high school seniors. Visit for more information.

4/16 6 – 8:30 PM

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The 9th Annual "A Taste of Troy" – Franklin Terrace Ballroom; Please join us and treat your taste buds to delectable offerings from Troy area restaurants, specialty eateries, and caterers to benefit Hope 7 Community Center's Youth Programs and Food Pantry. Visit for more information.

Teen Poetry Workshop – Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library; Join local author Janine De Tillio Cammarata and experiment with different forms of poetry from free verse to sonnet to Haiku. Visit for more information.


College Planning Strategies Workshop - Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library; Attend this college planning overview to learn how academics, admissions and financial strategies can work together to help save you and your student money on college. Visit for more information.

Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto – Troy Savings Bank Music Hall; Enjoy the sounds of violinist Chee-Yun conducted by Lawrence Loh. Visit for more information.

Laurie Berkner – Troy Savings Bank Music Hall; Bring your little ones to enjoy “Adele of the preschool crowd”! Visit for more information.

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Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn – Troy Savings Bank Music Hall; This musical partnership has been called the “king and queen of the banjo”! Visit for more information.

Troy Waterfront Farmers Market – Troy Atrium; Same great market indoors for the winter months! Visit for more information.

4/11 5:30 PM DINNER / 7 PM SPEAKER Speaker and historian Michael Barrett – Van Schaick Country Club; Lansingburgh Historical Society hosts Barrett who will talk about Troy’s contributions during the Civil War. For more information call John and Mary Ellen Ward 518.885.4895.


4/15 2 PM Tanager - Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library; A traditional jazz performance of early 20th century music at the library. All ages welcome. Visit for more information.

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Genealogy Assistance Workshop – Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library; Drop in with questions. Roundtable discussion starts at noon. Visit for more information.

Saturday Cinema: Green Book - Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library; A working-class ItalianAmerican bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. Visit for more information.

4/13 10 AM – 2 PM

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SCHENECTADY COUNTY 4/3 12 PM Bohemian Rhapsody – Schenectady County Public Library, McChesney Room; Join us for a viewing of this 2018 film. A chronicle of Freddie Mercury and the band Queen during the years leading up to their appearance at the 1985 Live Aid concert.

4/6 6:30 PM The Benedicts – The Mohawk Golf Club; The Benedicts is an elegant dinner-dance group for couples that provides the opportunity for socializing, good food and ballroom dancing to a live band (this month features the music of Georgie Wonders Orchestra). Contact for more information.

4/7 2 – 4 PM Word Plays at Proctors: Shenanigans – Proctors Theatre; Word Plays is a shared experience

between the audience and the performer, combining the intensity of a solo performer with the intimacy of a face-to-face conversation. Visit for more information.

4/12 5:30 – 10 PM Tails by Twilight Gala – Glen Sanders Mansion; The Animal Protective Foundation presents this wonderful event which includes cocktails, dinner, live & silent auctions, and dancing! Contact for more information.

4/13 2 PM Where to Find the Historic Erie Canal with Kenneth Silber – Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction; Kenneth Silber, author of In DeWitt’s Footsteps: Seeing History on the Erie Canal, will present an illustrated talk on exploring Erie Canal historic sites, including remnants of the original Clinton's Ditch. Visit for more information.

4/18 7 PM Howlin’ Concert Series featuring The Nellies – Mabee Farm, Rotteram Junction; Join us monthly near the full moon for a night of Americana and beer from Wolf Hollow Brewing Company. Visit for more information.

4/25 5:30 – 8:30 PM Girls Inc. 30th Annual Dinner & Auction – Glen Sanders Mansion; Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold. The event’s Honorary Chair is Mary Bayly Skevington and Honoree is Angelo Mazzone. Visit for more information.

4/28 9 AM Hooked on Blacksmithing Workshop – Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction; Join our resident blacksmith John Ackner as we learn to make hooks and adjustable fireplace trammels. For more information and to register visit for more information.

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Spring cleaning


rowing up in South Troy my friends and I loved the month of April and the arrival of Spring. It wasn’t just the change in weath‐ er and seeing the bitter cold wave goodbye for another eight months; it was also the free trash. What am I talking about? Well, let me explain it to you. Back in the 1970’s Troy had a policy that every April you could do your spring cleaning around the house and put what you didn’t want out in front on the curb. And I’m talking anything. If you put it out, a big city garbage truck would roll by and take it away. It was not uncommon to see kitchen tables, bathtubs, old bicycles with broken chains and bent tires; anything was good to go. As you can imagine this created a gold mine for teenage boys look‐ ing for mischief or perhaps some hidden treasure. Every April, once the snow melted and the fields dried, we would walk the streets of Troy and scavenge through these piles of junk; looking for items we could use in our fort. What fort? The one we would soon build thanks to the Finn’s or Riley’s throwing away an old wooden door and some plywood. We’d spread out with a grocery list of items to acquire and meet back up at some designated spot in the woods to build our fortress. It

was great harmless fun for boys, before the invention of computers, social media and all the other things that have turned our children into mindless couch potatoes. So why am I reminiscing about trash on the curb and sharing this “Stand by Me” moment about my childhood friends from long ago? Like most things that present themselves to us as unimportant at the time, I think there is a life lesson in there that most of us miss. Spring is a perfect time to clean out the house, bag up clothes that are better served at Goodwill and do a personal inventory on what’s working or not in our lives. I’ve always hated New Year’s resolutions because there is nothing magical about January 1st that suddenly gives people willpower they normally don’t possess. But Spring? I think Spring is a different animal altogether. This is the perfect time to get moving if you need more exercise. To toss out the bad food in the cabinet if you keep visiting it late at night. It’s also the perfect time to evaluate what makes you happy and sad. Studies show too much time on Facebook and Instagram is bad for children but what about the rest of us? How many books could you read in a year if you kept your social media surfing to just 15 minutes, twice a day? Do you know I had never read “To Kill A Mockingbird” until I turned 50 years old? One day I decided to take a break from Facebook and read the darn thing and boy was it worth it. Every time I hear the word Scout I think of that child now and the lessons she was forced to learn. April is also a good time to reflect on that trash heap the people of Troy used to create, and we children would gratefully mine. Is there trash in your own personal life that needs to be dragged into the light and placed by the curb? Is there a friendship that went south because one of you said the wrong thing years ago and neither of you wanted to be the first to pick up the phone and say, “I’m sorry.” Perhaps now is the time. Is there a “friend” in your life who constantly brings anger and drama to you and it’s time to take them to the curb, hug them goodbye and wish them well? Are there bad things in your life that are still useful to you, like that old wooden door my friend’s mom threw away? Let’s say you went through a painful divorce, is there nothing you can take from the experi‐ ence that can better you as a person? I’ve known lots of moms and dads who took time with their children for granted until they sat in front of a judge and had that precious time carved up into tiny portions like an Easter ham. Crazy as it sounds bad events can change people for the better. One final thought. We kids used to go through other people’s trash looking for something useful. As adults are we looking closely at what our friends and family are putting out on the curb of their own lives and pay‐ ing attention to it? People in trouble who need help usually won’t ask for it until it’s too late. But later, after some horrible thing has happened, it’s easy to look back at the signs they were putting out all along and ask our‐ selves, “How did I miss that?” You missed it because you weren’t looking. April is finally here. What will you do with it? I know if Scout were here she’d help me find some scrap wood and build a fort with walls of love, floors of hope and a ceiling void of regret. John Gray is weekly columnist for the Troy Record and the Saratogian newspapers and news anchor at ABC 10 and FOX 23. He can be reached at

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