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25 An affluent life is a whole life 32 Ten of my favorite things to do in Savannah, GA 34 Hippest of new hotels in chic Savannah, GA

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e, the staff of Capital Region Living Magazine, wish you a wonderful 2019 filled with love, health, and an abundance of everything to make your life complete.

We have themed this new year “the year of gratitude,” but we probably should have named it, “our year of gratitude.” We intend to grow in appreciation of what we do, our families, what we write about and of course, each other. There is no secret that as each year passes and the new one begins, the one constant is a big crazy and noisy world. We need to slow down our portion of the world, step aside and appreciate life. How do you kick off a year like “the year of gratitude”? We decided to do so with authoress, Carol Tuttle and discussing her philosophies and her newest book, Mastering Affluence: 6 Lessons to Create a Life You Love. Please read this interview once, twice, or as many times that you need to absorb her insights in how to make a crazy, big life the life you wish to lead. This issue also features our annual wedding coverage with excellent local bridal services. These professionals have what you will need to make this joyous occasion a perfect one. On the topic of love, which we hope you notice throughout this first issue of the new year, there are romantic getaways and travel ideas. The colder months are perfect for traveling, once you determine what you want to enjoy. Perhaps a warmer location like Savannah, Georgia or closer locales for fun in the snow. Enjoy, notice, and thrive. Gratefully yours,

Happy New Year!





Put more you into your wedding day


wedding day is filled with symbolic tra‐ dition, from varied religious customs to the never‐ending circle reflected in the rings and the types of flowers accentuating the celebration. Even with all the traditional rituals to consider, nearly every bride and groom can find ways to give their special day some unique touches that reflect their personality and love. Music sets the mood for every wedding, and it's an easy place to put your own spin on the celebration. Whether you forgo the traditional bridal march entirely or simply look for an arrangement that gives an updated twist to the classic version, let guests know this isn't your average wedding by setting the festivities against a soundtrack that lets your true character shine. The wedding party is intended to be a col‐ lection of those nearest and dearest to the bride and groom, who help ensure the day goes off without a hitch and who lead fellow revelers in celebrating the start of the new

couple's life together. That being said, there's no reason this group must be limited to women on her side and guys on his, or even that it's limited to humans ‐ a beloved pooch can make for an adorable ring‐bearer, after all. Photography is an essential element of your big day, but think beyond the images you'll capture throughout the wedding and reception. Photos lend a personal touch, no matter what your color scheme or theme. Integrate photos of the two of you at various stages of life, together as a couple and with loved ones (perhaps even some you're honor‐ ing in memoriam). You can display these at a table with the guest book, as part of the table centerpieces, or even on the gift table. Or take things digital and load all your images into a slide show set to music. Make favors meaningful. Forgo more common items like bubbles and chocolate, and instead send a little of yourself home with your

guests. Maybe it's a memento from a place with special meaning to you both, or a bottle opener shaped like a bicycle to represent the way you met. Just think about the moments and things that define you as a couple and do some searching online. You'll probably be sur‐ prised by how quickly the options pile up. Serve up a menu that shows guests more about your life together. Your loved ones can order basic beef or chicken anywhere. Instead, give them a glimpse into you. Make your main course the same food you enjoyed on your first date or during another monumental moment in your courtship. Or plan the entire menu around a region that you hold close to your heart. Weddings are filled with traditions, but that doesn't mean you can't put your own touches on the day for a special event filled with memories that are uniquely your own. Find more advice for life's special moments at elivingtoday.com.




2SHEA CATERING 802 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville 518.389.2889; 2sheacatering.com The 2Shea Catering business was created to delight, inspire and to be inspired. 2Shea Catering strives each day for a standard of excellence in hospitality and cuisine. We provide all the catering services for Shaker Ridge Country Club, as well as catering to other venues stretching from Lake Placid to Poughkeepsie. Our menus range from traditional to the most current innovative cuisine. Whether it’s incorporating your favorite recipes into the menu or honoring a dietary or culturally-specific menu, we are happy to work with you to guarantee a memorable guest experience. Our talented professional staff will satisfy your personal requests, make suggestions and provide the best possible service.

OLD DALEY CATERING 2 Northern Drive, Troy; 518.235.2656

OLD DALEY ON CROOKED LAKE 2339 NY 43, Averill Park; 518.674.3132 olddaley.com Old Daley on Crooked Lake invites you to celebrate your special day with us. Couples enjoy exclusive use of our 15,000+ square feet of wedding space, located in Averill Park, NY, and just 15 minutes from Downtown Albany. Our couple’s dream of exchanging vows lakeside AND can rest easy knowing that a ballroom with candle-lit fireplace awaits them, should any last minute ceremony changes arise. All wedding packages include the guidance of our friendly and experienced event planners who will walk you through planning the 5-star wedding today’s couple’s dream of. More importantly, your event planner will be with you on your wedding day, seeing that you and your guests experience “the best wedding ever.”

THE VISTA AT VAN PATTEN GOLF CLUB 924 Main Street, Clifton Park 518.877.4979; vanpattengolf.com The Vista at Van Patten Golf Club, located in beautiful southern Saratoga County in the hamlet of Jonesville, has breathtaking views from the highest point in Clifton Park. Our Grand Clubhouse is the perfect venue for an intimate gathering of 25 guests or a fabulous wedding for 200 guests. Let our professional catering team guide you through the planning process for this memorable day. Our caring staff will help you relax and enjoy your 12 | JANUARY 2019 | CRLMAG.COM


day with the highest level of service that will certainly meet the expectations of the most discerning guest. Our incredible view and culinary delights are sure to make this a day to remember.

ZACHARY'S PASTRY SHOPPE 390 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush 518.477.2140; zacharyspastryshoppe.com We want your wedding day to be perfect, and it would be our pleasure to help you make your vision come true. Take a moment to view some of the custom cakes we have designed. Here your options are only limited to your imagination! Yours can be the next showpiece! Just listen to your guests wow at your gorgeous wedding cake. Rest assured, they will tell you just how good it is! We’re taking bookings months in advance, and we do close out some weekends, so we recommend that you secure your date as soon as possible. We deliver our wedding cakes throughout the Capital Region. Combine our Viennese pastries, tortes, and tarts for a spectacular finale to your memorable day. We certainly consider it a privilege when you choose us as your Personal Pastry Chef.

NICOLE’S SPECIAL EVENTS & CATERING 556 Delaware Avenue, Albany 518.436.4952; nicolescatering.com Are you recently engaged, or know someone who is? Don’t miss A Wedding Expo inspired by Nicole’s! On Sunday, February 10 from 12 – 3pm at the NYS Museum, you’re invited to meet the area’s top wedding professionals in a comfortable, laid-back setting. Enjoy complimentary food and drinks, hear live music and DJs, and let the experts help you get started on planning your perfect day! For a limited time, Nicole’s is offering discounted pricing for weddings from January – March 2019. Contact us today and mention our ad to receive this special rate for your custom wedding menu. See you soon!

THE RENSSELAER BANQUET & CONFERENCE FACILITY AT THE HILTON GARDEN INN TROY 235 Hoosick Street, Troy 518.272.1700; troy.hgi.com Couples looking for an enchanting wedding venue that fits their budget need look no further. Our wedding banquet space and packages help couples plan their beautiful wedding stress-free. From the rehearsal dinner to post-wedding 14 | JANUARY 2019 | CRLMAG.COM


breakfast, The Rensselaer Banquet & Conference Facility at The Hilton Garden Inn Troy does it all. Our outdoor ceremony space and indoor banquet hall seats up to 600 guests! Flexible wedding packages include audiovisual rental equipment, dance floors, linens, cake, on-site catering and upgrades include a signature cocktail and cocktail hour, ice sculpture and elaborate raw bar. We also offer onsite accommodations for guests and the happy couple. Visit our unique space today!

RIVERS CASINO & RESORT 1 Rush Street, Schenectady 518.579.8840; riverscasinoandresort.com Hosting your wedding at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady affords you a vast array of luxurious facilities and exceptional customer service. We give unparalleled attention to every type of wedding. Excite your guests with culinary genius specifically tailored to celebrate the look and feel of your wedding. Whether you desire an intimate or elaborate reception, we will graciously cater to your every wish! Choose from several unique packages or create a one-of-akind experience of your own. Our beautiful waterfront location and sophisticated atmosphere will create the perfect backdrop for your special day.

THE CENTURY HOUSE 997 New Loudon Road, Latham 518.785.1857; thecenturyhouse.com Plan your dream wedding at The Century House! With the perfect balance of traditional elegance and modern rustic charm, we’ll provide an unforgettable backdrop for you. Whether you are having a grand affair for 300 or an intimate celebration for 100, our ballrooms are easily transformed to fulfill your dreams. Our garden tent is amid our half-mile nature trail and is ideal for outdoor ceremonies or casual celebrations. Our unique menus are sure to tempt any palate, and our acclaimed staff will manage every detail of your day to ensure that your expectations are exceeded.

THE ILLIUM BISTRO AT PINEHAVEN COUNTRY CLUB 1151 Siver Road, Guilderland; 518.805.1122

ILLIUM CAFE BISTRO 9 Broadway, Troy; 518.273.7700 illiumcafe.com We'd like to help plan your next event. Our experienced event planning staff can help customize your menu, plan 16 | JANUARY 2019 | CRLMAG.COM


set-up, and serving, as well as reach out to our wide range of entertainment vendors, to make your next event, one to remember! We're happy to plan an offsite event at your desired location, or help you take advantage of the many amenities The Illium Bistro has to offer!

THE GREENS AT COPAKE COUNTRY CLUB 44 Golf Course Road, Craryville 518.325.0019; thegreensatcopake.com The Greens Restaurant at Copake Country Club and The Barn at Copake Lake are must-see venues for those seeking a laid-back wedding weekend surrounded by nature. With rustic, yet chic, indoor decor and amazing views, the feel of both properties will instantly set the tone for a unique, memorable experience. Personalized service with an on-site coordinator, catering by a CIA trained chef, beautiful spaces and options to customize your entire event make this a popular choice for couples wishing to create a one-of-a-kind celebration.

DRUE SANDERS CUSTOM JEWELERS 1675 Western Avenue, Albany 518.464.9636; druesanders.com Drue Sanders not only gives you exceptional quality and value in your bridal jewelry, but we bring you tremendous savings in all of the services you’ll need for a magical wedding and breathtaking honeymoon. You’ve already made the big decision; now let us help with the rest. At Drue Sanders, our clients are important to us. So important that we want them to have the very best of everything — and that goes beyond our quality service and wedding sets. We know that weddings take a lot of time to plan and can be very expensive, so we want to make your life easier, by saving you lots of time and money. With our Gateway To Forever program, we can help you save thousands of dollars as you plan for your big day.

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS EVENT CENTER 47 Excelsior Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518.886.0020; excelsiorspringssaratoga.com Celebrate a memorable Saratoga wedding in style and comfort at the beautiful Excelsior Springs Event Center. Located just moments from downtown Saratoga, our classically-inspired wedding venue is beautifully appointed to create the fine ambiance your special day demands. Excelsior Springs is located adjacent to the Courtyard by Marriott. You and your guests can take advantage 18 | JANUARY 2019 | CRLMAG.COM




of the hotel’s outstanding amenities for lodging and bridal parties while enjoying a memorable wedding and reception in the Excelsior Springs Event Center.

NINA SHER, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON Hunt Real Estate ERA 1365 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands 518.368.5578 You’ve said your “I do’s,” now it’s time to take the next step. I’d like to guide you through the process of finding the perfect home for you and your spouse. We’ll talk about what’s important to you, such as nearby schools, rail trails, coffee shops or brew pubs. Do you need a fenced yard for your dog or extensive closet space for your wardrobe? Is space for entertaining friends and family important to you? From choosing the neighborhood that best suits you to negotiating the best price, I’ll work with you every step of the way.

THE INN AT ERLOWEST 3178 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George 518.668.5928; theinnaterlowest.com Experience the wedding of your


dreams on the shores of Lake George in a turn-of-the-century castle. The Inn at Erlowest is the premier event venue in the area with breathtaking views of Lake George. We offer our clients a boutiquestyle wedding experience that sets us apart from the rest. The day is your day with only one wedding on the property. Our entire staff is on hand to ensure that your wedding day is perfect and we are committed to providing the utmost in quality and service. The Inn at Erlowest’s signature wedding experience is as unique as the couple, customized to the client’s taste, style and distinct vision.


advanced computerized lighting, plenty of space for your guests, a stage, and significant architectural details. Carved out of the space of a historic elementary school gymnasium, it has been completely refurbished but retains many period architectural details throughout. Located minutes from the busy Amtrak station in downtown Hudson, it is perfectly repurposed for elegant weddings, proms, corporate events, fundraisers and more. The Falls Venue is well appointed with additional rooms, a back bar for cocktails, outdoor space for ceremonies and parking.


158 Union Turnpike, Hudson 518.719.1600; jmscollective.com

721 Old Settles Hill Road, Altamont 518.355.0460; settleshillbanquets.com

The Falls Venue combines portions of an early 20th-century elementary school and retains some of the most interesting industrial-age features of that space — but has been fully updated with top quality materials, beautiful craftsmanship, and state of the art lighting and sound. The Falls Venue is perhaps the most elegant space of its type in the Hudson Valley. It’s the centerpiece of your event — with

Settles Hill Banquets and Events in Altamont is the perfect setting for large weddings or small intimate gatherings. Nestled on our beautifully landscaped grounds and adorned with a pergola for onsite ceremonies, Settles Hill is surrounded by evergreens, hardwoods and seasonal flowers. Our wrap-around porch allows our guests to sit and relax while enjoying the views of the Helderberg Mountains. It’s




a perfect location for your outdoor wedding. Our 4500-square foot ballroom can accommodate up to 300 people, and is encased with elongated windows from ceiling to floor. A separate banquet room, which accommodates gatherings of up to 75 people, boasts a handsome, rustic bar. A quaint bridal suite is also available to our bridal parties. We are conveniently located just minutes from Albany, Guilderland, Schoharie and Rotterdam. Come experience country elegance at its finest.

THE BARNSIDER RESTAURANT 480 Sand Creek Road, Albany 518.869.2448; barnsiderrestaurant.com We understand that planning a wedding often includes an entire weekend of activities and celebrations. This is why we strive to make your rehearsal dinner effortless. You can focus on friends and family while our staff creates a special evening to initiate the festivities! Wedding showers and baby showers are just some of life’s special moments celebrated at the Barnsider. The bride or mom-to-be and guests will relax amidst attentive service and tasty cuisine. With options for brunches, lunches or dinners,


we offer numerous possibilities for designing a memorable event.

PREMIERE TRANSPORTATION 456 North Pearl Street, Albany 518.459.6123; premierelimo.com One of the key factors that makes Premiere different is our diverse fleet of vehicles. From luxury sedans and limousines to our vans, mini-buses and executive coaches, we are uniquely qualified to meet any transportation need. We invite you to visit our facility, preview our vehicles, and discuss your special needs and requests with one of our reservation consultants. Choose the vehicle that fits your wedding; a party bus, stretch limousine or mini coache to shuttle guests. We’ll arrive on-time, immaculately clean, and driven by a professional chauffeur in a tuxedo. When the details really count, you can count on Premiere.

THE TERRACE AT WATERS EDGE 2 Freemans Bridge Road, Glenville 518.370.5300; thewatersedgelighthouse.com The Terrace at Waters Edge banquet

facility is an elegant waterfront venue located adjacent to the award-winning Waters Edge Lighthouse Restaurant on the banks of the Mohawk River. Allow us to assist in creating an unforgettable day with personalized attention to detail, fine food, and impeccable service — all in a beautifully-appointed setting. The Terrace, overlooking the scenic Mohawk River, offers seating for 200 guests, a dance floor, a custom-designed mahogany bar, and extensive menu. A new 105-room Hilton Homewood Suites is adjacent to this property for your lodging needs. We would be honored to help you make your wedding day dreams come true. Call today for an appointment to tour this facility and meet with our consultants.

LAKE GEORGE BOAT WEDDINGS 57 Beach Road, Lake George 518.668.5777 ext. 209; lakegeorgeboatweddings.com Looking for a truly unique wedding venue? We have it! Share your vows with the scenic beauty of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains as your backdrop,




and then set sail for a celebration like no other. Our flagship, the 190-foot-long Lac du Saint Sacrement, can accommodate up to 350 passengers for dining and 900 passengers for cocktails and hors-d'oeuvres and is fully handicap-accessible. The 115foot-long Mohican offers an intimate setting for up to 150 passengers. From planning the ceremony to serving the cake, we are attentive to your every need. Choose from various packages or customize your own. Let us make your wedding dreams come true!

WESTFALL STATION CAFE 13A Averill Avenue, Averill Park 518.674.6258; westfallstationcafe.com Are you planning an event? No matter what the event we can make it happen for you. The Westfall Station staff will go out of their way to please you. We try vigorously to provide you with quality foods and beverages in an environment where our patrons feel most comfortable. The name “Westfall” is derived from the Westfall family who originally occupied the


site in 1823, subsequently released from the Van Rensselaer patroonship that dominated much of our area. Our vision was to perpetuate the Town of Sand Lake’s beautiful and vibrant place in history when tourists frequented our area by trolley to visit our many lakes and attractions.

JACKSON'S OLD CHATHAM HOUSE 646 Albany Turnpike, Old Chatham 518.794.7373; jacksonsoldchathamhouse.com Jackson’s, in the quaint hamlet of Old Chatham, is a charming, pub-style restaurant with a five-star rating. Owned and operated by Barry Jackson, the restaurant has been in the family for three generations. Although best known for superb “prime rib” dinners and veal parmesan, there are many other American dishes, from appetizers to “melt in your mouth” desserts, freshly prepared with local produce when available. Jackson’s can accommodate your wedding party, large or small, from 20 to 200 people. Our pri-

vate dining room is available for a rehearsal dinner, wedding shower or any other small gathering. Catering is available for any occasion at your place or ours.

DANIELLE'S BRIDAL 4249 Route 50, Saratoga Springs 518.584.7067; Find us on Facebook Danielle’s Bridal, located in the heart of beautiful Saratoga Springs, has been helping brides to find that perfect dress for over 30 years. Our consultants work with each bride to see exactly how she wants to appear on her wedding day. From deciding on a wedding dress, to picking out the bridesmaid dresses, to alterations from our outstanding seamstress, we are here for you every step of the way. For the grooms, we rent from two different tuxedo companies; this offers several options and any style to fit into that dream wedding. We have been known for our laid-back approach, with no appointments needed and walk-ins welcomed.

An affluent life is a whole life By Vikki Moran


o you feel that something is missing in your day to day life? Do you have the feeling that there is something better within your grasp?

Affluence is so much more than money. It is a life wholeness and use of our full potential. Affluence is com‐ plete alertness and command over one's destiny. There is a natural ten‐ dency and capacity to create an affluent life in all of us. With this stated, a conversation with authoress Carol Tuttle brought some marvelous insights. 2019 can bring a further collapse of culture throughout the world, but it can also bring the most significant opportunities to build an afflu‐ ent life, instructs Carol Tuttle. A good foundation for building affluence can always come out of times like these. Climates will continue as a "big‐ ger" experience, meaning that our world gets bigger and bigger and nois‐ ier and noisier creating an atmosphere that can produce negativity. Carol feels strongly that this is a huge contributor to bringing us “down” in our daily lives. How do we create an affluent life with all the noise? Vet your social media; she suggests and something that she practices all the time. Don’t let social media overload you with negative energy. Practice judgment prevention and do not be afraid to block people from your feed or even unfriend them if what they have to say creates negative feelings when you read it. The bottom line is we need to create our own space in the world. When something you hear creates a response of negativity with‐ in you, remove it immediately. Stop the background noise in all areas of your life; it is everywhere and very invasive. She suggests spending more time out in nature and enjoying the silence from the busy world. We all have the freedom to create our own life, and we need to go forward in the new year resolute in our determination to do so.

causes disease? One concept she shared is dealing with past or current anger. Anger can literally make us sick. Carol advises that we need to address the anger we are carrying around and release it, to move for‐ ward in a healthy way.

Gratitude Tuttle feels that gratitude needs to be our focus. Through repetition and commitment, we need to give full attention to gratitude and appre‐ ciation. She joyously stated that "appreciation always appreciates." "Never ignore what has to be dealt with in your life. Don’t be a Pollyanna. Deal with the important issues but find positive energy when addressing them. Do what needs to be done and create the changes you need". It is a strategy for change and indeed not a denial of the issues at hand. Carol Tuttle is a teacher, speaker, energy healer, best‐selling author of five books, and pioneer in the field of personal development. She lives outside of Salt Lake City with her husband, and has raised five children and now has 11 grandchildren. Her prequel to Mastering Affluence: 6 Lessons to Create a Life You Love is Remembering Wholeness. It took 35 years to write her latest book but laughs that the reader can do it a lot faster. Great advice as we head further into 2019.

Raising children The single, most significant impact you have in your children’s life is the environment you create in your home. How do you and your signifi‐ cant other get along? Is there great stress or do you set a tone of relax‐ ation and cooperation? Anything that is going on in the world, in all matters of the world, we can as parents be highly influential. We can, and should show our children a way through the clutter. Kids can, and will build their own “community” to connect with and the tone we set in the home and the allies that we build in our children will help in determining the type of “community” that they build for themselves. You will want to be a part of building the community they affiliate with; Tuttle warns. Carol's advice is to listen well without advising. When your children are finished talking, ask them to tell you more. In that non‐judgmental and thoughtful way, you will gain knowledge of what is in your children’s mind and know better how to help.

Health Concerning our health, we need to watch the words we use. When someone becomes ill, we take on the language of war. We battle cancer, and we are at war with our blood pressure while we shoot for better sugar level numbers. These are examples of the language of war and not of the love we need to pour into ourselves when battling illness. What



Winter Escapes

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Photo courtesy of Omni Mount Washington Resort

three northeast winter wonderlands By Vikki Moran | The Grateful Traveler

Mt. Washington, nh

can lead you to make the journey. You can experience their state of the art and famous mountaintop weather station. At 6,288 feet, you can see what it is like to work from this locale and broadcast the temps to the world. There, you can speak with the sci‐ entists and observe the equipment and just how they create their legendary forecasts. Skiing is also on the slopes of Mt. Washington. From Tuckerman Ravine (not for the faint or novice skier) to New Hampshire's largest ski area, Bretton Woods with many trails for various ski levels, to more resorts dot‐ ting the mountain, there is no shortage of win‐ ter playgrounds.

Skating, hiking, and winter strolls are also plentiful. Of course, you can always take part in my favorite winter getaway activity...find‐ ing the best hot buttered rum and hot choco‐ late in the area.

Get out and get away

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Niagara‐on‐the‐Lake Visitors Bureau visitniagaracanada.com

Mirror Lake Inn 77 Mirror Lake Inn Drive, Lake Placid 518.523.2544; mirrorlakeinn.com


nything that your heart desires for win‐ ter activities and in a winter getaway, in general, can be found in Mt. Washington, New Hampshire. The tune, “walking in a winter wonderland” will linger in your mind while you are enjoying every‐ thing that cold temps have to offer.

Activities Are you ready to conquer the challenging winter climb of Mt. Washington? This peak is legendary in New Hampshire's White Mountains. There are gifted and fit guides who

Bretton Woods Ski Area 99 Ski Area Road, Bretton Woods, NH 603.278.3320; brettonwoods.com Omni Mount Washington Resort 310 Mount Washington Hotel Road, Bretton Woods, NH 603.278.1000; omnihotels.com Tuckerman Ravine friendsoftuckermanravine.org

Niagara College Teaching Winery niagaracollegewine.ca

WiLMington, nY High Falls Gorge 4761 NYS Route 86, Wilmington 518.946.2278; highfallsgorge.com

Lodging and Dining Mt. Washington is a place where you need to plan out what you wish to do on your winter getaway and take the lodging planning from that viewpoint. Do you want to to be nearest to the observatory, a particular ski resort of just luxury travel while experiencing all winter has to offer? The four‐star Omni Mount Washington Resort certainly falls in the

Santa’s Workshop 324 Whiteface Memorial Highway, Wilmington 518.946.2211; northpoleny.com Whiteface Mountain 5021 Route 86 Scenic, Wilmington 518.946.2223; whiteface.com



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luxury category, but there are so many quaint smaller properties that the choice really will depend on what you want out of this trip. The resorts, both lodging and skiing, have you cov‐ ered for great food but if you are traveling the beautiful White Mountains, you will find road‐ side treasures too. Hearty fare is what you will need and enjoy here!

WiLMington, nY In our beautiful and much envied Adirondack Park lies the idyllic town of Wilmington, a town in Essex County, about 15 minutes from Lake Placid village. Depending on your age, you may remember, as I do, traveling after Thanksgiving with my family to Santa's Workshop in Wilmington. I just had to get there and see Santa before he got too busy! Besides being Santa's home, it is also home to the famous and infamous Whiteface Mountain. The mountain is famous for the Olympics as well as being a training ground for some terrific, world‐class skiers. The trails are certainly good for the novice and the expert alike, and the views while you are skiing, are for all levels of enjoyment. These vistas are magnificence that we, from upstate New York, know well...you are skiing in the heart of the Adirondack Park. If you don't ski, at the very least, take a chair ride up and appreciate the splendor. Hiking the stunning Winter Waterfall Walk at High Falls Gorge is very doable for the newest hiker among us. The views are chiseled Photo courtesy of High Falls Gorge


from peaks and crannies with waterfalls cas‐ cading throughout the walk. Each season is amazing to see at High Falls Gorge but win‐ ter...well that is where the Adirondacks shine and glitter for our attention. Are you a spectator or an active partici‐ pant? Ice shows or ice skating at the Olympic arena are available. Ski jumping and bobsled viewing can be available if you schedule your trip accordingly and it is all nearby.

Lodging and dining Lake trout, hearty steaks, soups, and wine galore are available to you. This is not an area for fancy dress; this is great food in your snow gear. There are no pretenses here, and that makes for a very relaxed getaway. Little cabins, private homes, and motels dot the town of Wilmington, and down the road a bit is the off‐the‐charts Mirror Lake Inn. If you want luxury Adirondack style, this is your place, and it is only a short drive away.

niagara–on–thE–LakE, on Niagara‐on‐the‐Lake in Ontario, Canada leaves travelers with a feeling of calm and sur‐ prise. With their agricultural roots, wineries that strive to get better and better each sea‐ son, and gorgeous vistas, it is an excellent choice for a winter getaway. The center of town (which is the shopping area) is the Heritage District. The Heritage District is rich in architecture and history to enjoy as well as quaintness overload.

Dining and lodging choices Lodging options are plentiful from histor‐ ical yet quaint bed & breakfasts to lovely pri‐ vate vacation homes to five‐star hotels all available for lodging. The deep agricultural roots make for enjoyable dining. Young and creative, the chefs in Niagara‐on‐the‐Lake shine. Sure, you can get cafe and pub fare but try out some of the more elegant restaurants for some striking pairings of their award‐win‐ ning wines and beautifully prepared food from local ingredients all year.

Wineries Serious about wine is an understate‐ ment. With the teaching winery at Niagara College located at the foot of the slope, this campus is breathtaking. "This is where the winemakers and viticulturists learn their craft," writes Niagara College. Spend some time on the Niagara‐on‐the‐Lake campus tour‐ ing the winemaking facility. You can also tour their greenhouse, hike the wetlands ridge trail and dine at the Culinary Institute dining room. I am not sure if you should visit there first or last on your winery tours but know this... there are many great wineries to visit. Shop, dine, drink great wine and enjoy this beautiful Northeast gem. CRL CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JANUARY 2019 |



THE RELUCTANT PANTHER INN & RESTAURANT 39 West Road, Manchester Village, VT 802.362.2568; reluctantpanther.com

BUTTERMILK FALLS INN & SPA 220 North Road, Milton 845.795.1310; buttermilkfallsinn.com Buttermilk Falls invites you to our 75 acre Hudson River estate with river views, luxury lodgings, a world-class spa, Henry's at the Farm Restaurant and Millstone Farm & Animal Sanctuary. Our mid-week winter welcome Package includes: LUXURIOUS ROOM & FIREPLACE – A working fireplace warms each of our Inn’s guest rooms. SPA POOL, SAUNA, STEAM ROOM – Enjoy them all! You may expand your stay with our eco-friendly spa's treatments menu. COUNTRY BREAKFAST – Farm-fresh breakfast in our sunny dining room. Produce, eggs and honey are sourced from our own Millstone Farm. AFTERNOON TEA SERVICE – Featuring Buttermilk's house-made baked goods, is a highlight of every stay.


Book your romantic getaway at The Reluctant Panther Inn, southern Vermont’s premier small luxury hotel. Located in the heart of Manchester Village, the Reluctant Panther offers 20 luxurious rooms and suites in three distinct locations — the Main House, Mary Porter House and Carriage House — all featuring elegant design with antique furnishings, fireplaces, marble baths and original, museum quality artwork. The Reluctant Panther restaurant features contemporary American cooking in a relaxed yet elegantly upscale atmosphere. With an emphasis on locally sourced products, our chefs create a sophisticated dining experience that is unsurpassed in northern New England. Warm hospitality and delightful cuisine await ~ a truly unique Vermont experience.

MIRROR LAKE INN 77 Mirror Lake Inn Drive, Lake Placid 518.523.2544; mirrorlakeinn.com A longtime favorite with Capital Region travelers, the AAA Four Diamond Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa is a luxury lakefront resort, offering an authentic Adirondack experience. The Inn, rated Four Diamond for over 30 years, offers world-class cuisine and casual dining options, with impeccable service amid awe-inspiring views. It is the only property in Lake Placid that combines Four Diamond lodging and dining. The Inn's renowned spa pampers the body and refreshes the mind with its comprehensive services. The Inn is located one block from Lake Placid’s Main Street.

10 of my favorite things to do out of a zillion in Savannah By Vikki Moran | The Grateful Traveler

Retail therapy Savannah College of Art & Design Retail Gallery 30 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 912.525.5180; shopscad.com

Diet busters Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room 107 West Jones Street, Savannah, GA 912.232.5997; mrswilkes.com B. Matthew’s Eatery 325 East Bay Street, Savannah, GA 912.233.1319; bmatthewseatery.com Sandfly BBQ at the Streamliner 1220 Barnard Street, Savannah, GA 912.335.8058; sandflybbq.com The Public Kitchen & Bar 1 West Liberty Street, Savannah, GA 912.200.4045; thepublickitchen.com The Olde Pink House 29 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 912.232.4286; plantersinnsavannah.com

Forrest Gumpisms Chippewa Square Park North side of the square, Corner of West Hull and Bull Street savannah.com

Cocktails The Shrimp Factory 313 East River Street, Savannah, GA 912.236.4229; theshrimpfactory.com

Cemeteries Colonial Park Cemetery Corner of Oglethorpe Avenue and Abercorn Street Savannah, GA savannah.com



Retail therapy

“The talented community of artists at SCAD is an ever‐ changing, collabora‐ tive force of creative individuals who have showcased fine art in the most exclusive gal‐ leries, adorned celebrities with jewelry on the red carpets, fea‐ tured handbags and accessories in premier fashion magazines, and produced home goods that are featured all around the world. shopSCAD is a one‐stop resource for these works created and designed by Savannah College of Art and Design students, alumni and faculty.” SCAD’s unique retail gallery in Savannah is great for window shopping too! Such a feast for the senses.


Peeking into historical homes

Savannah’s historic and often haunted homes are this city’s bow to preservation, and no other city does it better! Many of the extraordinary homes and house museums including Harper‐Fowlkes House, Comer House, Davenport House, Green‐Meldrim House, Hamilton‐Turner Inn, Andrew Lowe House, Sorrel‐Weed House, and the famous Mercer‐Williams House are open to tour and enjoy. Every year, more architectural rich prop‐ erties are being refurbished and opened so this list will continue to grow.


Southern culinary diet busters

I will sheepishly admit that my all‐ time favorite restaurant has the potential to be the biggest pig‐ out of your life. You need to try everything on the communal table you grace, but don’t overeat any one dish. Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room is a 1940’s restaurant with a legendary history that serves family style, and it can be “rapid fire” at times. You wait in line for your table (the wait is half the fun,) and you

are seated, fed and you carry your plate to the kitchen when done. Let me tell you, you will need the walk and the humility after such a wonderful meal. Some other marvelous eateries in a town of excellent dining include: • B. Matthew's Eatery • Sandfly BBQ at the Streamliner • The Public Kitchen & Bar And of course…when you have money to burn on a great Savannah institution, The Olde Pink House is the place to go. Gussy up and enjoy a southern mansion and awesome fine dining but know that the price tag is a hefty one.


A walk in the park(s)


Geek out on Forrest Gumpisms

The squares and parks of Savannah are the cities’ most famous treasures. They certainly make Savannah walkable and totally enjoyable. These squares dot the city as landmarks to the most beloved icons. There are 22 squares spread across the city. They are grassy paradises to enjoy or use as markers to get to your favorite locales. Oh, if I only had a nickel for every picture of the squares I have.

Chippewa Square Park is downtown, bisecting Bull Street. On the north edge of Chippewa Square Park, is where the oft quot‐ ed movie words, “Mama always said life was like a box of choco‐ lates.” The famous bench is gone, but the spot is very recognizable. There are so many different spots to remember and enjoy that there are now movie tours at various trolley companies who will spot all those special touches in the movie.

pubs, and the best pub crawls ever. There are some great big warehouse restaurants that are very good and unlike other cities with grand waterfronts.



Shall we meet for a cocktail?

We, in the Capital Region, meet for coffee. They, in Savannah, meet for cocktails. Every hotel, every restaurant, pub, and diner has their own spin on cocktails. Some soft sipping “ladylike” drinks to “bless your heart” hard‐hitting concoctions like Admiral Dewey’s Artillery Punch served at The Shrimp Factory.


Walking on water…front River Street is a riverfront gem along the broad Savannah River. Old cotton warehouses, now antique shops, galleries, great

Serious antiquing

Not antique bargain hunting but serious antiquing where you go home with something you will treasure all your life. Off nearly every green and down the street that juts from the green, you will find an antique shop that is more than worthy of a visit. If you are a serious shopper, you will love it but so will the “looky–loo” folks.


Civil War and cemeteries

Head straight and first to Colonial Park Cemetery. Sherman's army spared the beautiful city of Savannah for sure, but the cemetery did suffer at the hands of the Union army. They were, of course, camped out in Savannah and they used Colonial Park Cemetery as their camping area. As there was no fence around the cemetery, soldiers

had a mischievous sense of humor. On a few headstones throughout Colonial Park Cemetery, you will find dates carved into the stone which are wrong. People lived for over 1,000 years. A son's father died when he was not even a teenager yet. Well, if the carvings are to be believed. Of course, it was the mischief of the soldiers who simply had too much time on their hands. There is so much to explore throughout this practically intact city, and the Civil War comes to life with the correct guidebooks or tour guides, which are plentiful in Savannah.


St. Patrick’s Day Savannah style… who would have known

The third largest St. Patrick’s Day in the world. Who would have guessed? I mentioned already about the bars, pubs, and cocktails so what more proof do you need? The festivities usually last several days, and the parade is simply amazing. Book early for hotels and restaurants and just let the city carry you into a truly unique Irish celebration.



Hippest of new hotels in chic Savannah By Vikki Moran | The Grateful Traveler


he 167 room Perry Lane Hotel is an elegant example of Savannah with a distinc‐ tively modern almost Brooklyn chic vibe. Location, location, location the saying goes, and the Perry Lane Hotel is nearly perfect in a city that I feel is already sheer perfection. The city of Savannah has a character like no other city and this new hotel nails it without cliché. The literary heritage, the art scene of old and new (SCAD), the progres‐ sive nature of Savannah yet with its deep and still pervasive roots in the past. It is all here within the walls of Perry Lane; it is flawlessly unified.

Adelaide Harcourt (perfect name for a Savannah lady) wel‐ comes all to the property with a truly distinctive look, again with one foot in the past and one giant leap into modernity. Her portrait hangs with one of the beautiful sit‐ ting room lounges, and her biogra‐ phy is available in all rooms to explore. If you like me, think, why haven’t I heard of this fabulous lady before, it is because Adelaide Harcourt is a created figure to draw attention and intention to what the New York developers wanted and indeed manifested in this hotel. Sitting on top of the Perry Lane

A room with a view


Photos courtesy of Perry Lane Hotel

Peregin Pool & Bar

Lady Adelaide Harcourt

Hotel is The Peregrin Pool & Bar. In true rooftop style, the views are dramatic. With a 360‐degree view of Savannah, a city where any one direction will impress you, it is a perfect spot for guests to mingle with local residents. To know Savannah is to understand the meaning of “cocktails.” It is the same as what we may say in the Capital Region as "grab a cup of cof‐ fee." Everyone does cocktails and Perry Lane has the perfect spot to settle in with one. You don’t grab a coffee in Savannah, you grab a cocktail! Even the name “pere‐ grine” means traveling and this

rooftop bar should be where every‐ one gathers from their travels near and far to relax and mingle. At the Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market, variety and quality take center stage in a cultural epi‐ center delivering exceptional bold originality with again, a nod to the brilliant Savannah past. Bursting with vibrant energy, this local gath‐ ering place boasts an approachable, curated, highly diverse offering. The Emporium welcomes you, whether you’re staying a while and savoring the experience with a wine‐tasting or cooking class, or just stop and mingle Savannah style. CRL



LOCALLY | OWNED BUSINESSES here is made from scratch with our own recipes, and we take pride in the fact that we smoke or roast our own meats and make our dressings and BBQ sauces in­house.

also enjoy being able to support other local schools and organizations by participating in, or donating to their special events.

How do you start each day?


Each day starts with a reflection on the prior business day. We try to learn from experience to determine what works best for our customers and staff, and what we could do to improve things for the future. Larry Dickinson | The Town Tavern

How will you gauge growth for your business this year?

Our business is here thanks to our staff and our customers. We need hard working peo­ ple and loyal customers to keep us going.


What is your favorite part of your work day or what makes your business not seem like work to you?


Larry Dickinson Describe your business with a brief history.

The Towne Tavern is a warm, inviting, fam­ ily­friendly restaurant with a focus on great food. We have been open since 2005, after a major renovation to the building, which was originally a blacksmith shop in the 1800s, and then a number of other estab­ lishments over the years. Almost everything

The smile on our guests faces after a fun visit with great food and service. What do you love about the Capital Region and owning a business here?

The connection to the community. We love being a place that our neighbors can gather to spend time with friends and family. We

VOTED #1 CHICKEN WINGS Finalist for Pub, Ribs, W. Sand Lake/Averill Park Restaurant

We invite you to come enjoy our award-winning food in the comfort of our renovated 1800s blacksmith shop creek-side in Averill Park. If you are stopping in for drink with friends or a family dinner, we have it all. Try our many barbeque entrees, slow cooked on premises, our award-winning pizza or one of our many home-style entrees. Our upstairs dining room features a private room for that perfect party!



Saturday 12th ~ Plus 1

Saturday 5th ~ Tapestry

Saturday 19th ~ Steve Keller

Friday 11th ~ Gary

Friday 25th ~ James & Katie

2850 NY 43 • Averill Park • 518.674.3040 • thetownetavern.com 36 | JANUARY 2019 | CRLMAG.COM



David Michael Schmidt Describe your business with a brief history.

Established in 1995, RFD started as a small 750 square foot boutique store that sup­ ported the budding event design business of Renaissance Floral Design, which is now the areas’ premier event design company specializing in beautiful flowers and décor. Retail was a small part of RFD, but as the demand and the cliental has continued to grow over 23 years, owner David Michael Schmidt decided to go big or go home. The retail location was torn down and rebuilt in 2018. The new RFD is a 5300 square foot showroom like no other in the region. Our open kitchen style floral design room allows our guests to witness the thousands

David Michael Schmidt | Renaissance Floral Design

of stems processed each week from box to gorgeous event design. While all that is going on customers can peruse the best col­ lection of gifts and décor for the home and garden. All coming together under one Soho style roof. How do you start each day?

Waking up and getting excited about what new items will arrive. Seeing current cus­ tomers, meeting new ones, and giving the kind of service our clients love. How will you gauge growth for your business this year?

Because events make up such a huge part of our business, we count on filling our cal­ endar every year. The event sizes can range so vastly it’s not easy to pin down yearly numbers. However, each year we have been in business both our number of events and in­store customers continue to grow. Who could ask for more than that? What is your favorite part of your work day or what makes your business not seem like work to you?

Opening up the thank you letters and hear­ ing from happy customers. Helping our customers find things that work perfectly for them. What do you love about the Capital Region and owning a business here?

We are the crossroads that connect so many amazing cities; NYC, Boston, Buffalo, Montreal which allows us to access magi­ cal locations all like Saratoga, Lake George, and Lake Placid. Because of our location and our business, we get to work with customers from all of those areas.



LOB ing Ninja Zone; a combination of gymnas­ tics, martial arts, obstacle courses and con­ nection skills as in break dancing. How do you start each day?

I start my day with my daily workout, then do office work including accounting, e­ mails, etc. We are hiring new staff to be able to add additional classes. What is your favorite part of your work day or what makes your business not seem like work to you?

Karen Leggett | KJ’s Gymnastics



Karen Leggett Describe your business with a brief history.

Opened in Fall of 1999, so have been in business for 19 years, teaching gymnastics to area children. In 2016 KJ's started offer­

My favorite part of my work day is working with a group of students excited to be at KJ's learning new skills and working on ones pre­ viously learned. Also some really exciting times are when new equipment comes and we get to use our creative skills as to how many ways the equipment can be used. What do you love about the Capital Region and owning a business here?

I love the Capital Region as I have lived here my entire life. I love the change in seasons. Also, all my students, parents & grandpar­ ents are wonderful!!


What do you love about the Capital Region and owning a business here?

I love the Capital Area: our love for the environment, our progressive nature, and our positive outlook for a bright future.





Describe your business with a brief history.

Francisco J. Gomez, MD

We utilize our 60 years of experience to bring you exceptional passenger car and light truck tires, as well as complete mechanical services including a new state­ of­the­art alignment machine. Our superior and professional customer service is sup­ ported by our recommended and repeat business, which is also our strength.

Describe your business with a brief history.

Gomez Neurology opened in Colonie three years ago with the goal of providing inte­ grated and compassionate neurological care to patients. I specialize in MS and headaches but treat all neurological condi­ tions. We also have a Scrambler Pain Therapy clinic to assist patients in alleviat­ ing their chronic pain without drugs. How do you start each day?

I center myself and get “the juices” flowing by taking my hound dogs on crisp walks each morning. How will you gauge growth for your business this year?

I don't gauge our growth by a balance sheet, but rather by the number of patients we can help. What is your favorite part of your work day or what makes your business not seem like work to you?

Being a physician doesn't seem like work when I can truly say our patients are our neighbors and friends.


Francisco J. Gomez, MD | Gomez Neurology

The Smith Family

How do you start each day?

We start our day early preparing to give our clients the best and most efficient cus­ tomer service that we can offer. How will you gauge growth for your business this year?

Every year we gauge our growth based on the number of referrals and repeat cus­ tomers that we have. Our life­line is our longstanding customer base. What is your favorite part of your work day or what makes your business not seem like work to you?

Our favorite part of the day is the morning as we are planning for a successful day. What do you love about the Capital Region and owning a business here?

We love the culture of the Capital Region and the change of seasons. A perfect place to raise our families and run a successful business.


John Caccese | DeMarco’s Restaurant

Jeff Meltz | Ghent Wood Products


What do you love about the Capital Region and owning a business here?



John Caccese Describe your business with a brief history.

DeMarco’s restaurant has been a mainstay in Colonie for over 45 years. As a Colonie native, I hope to continue to maintain the tradition that has made this establishment the success it has become. All are welcome to enjoy our home cooked food and the friendliest staff in the area. DeMarco’s is the favorite meeting spot for the Colonie community and beyond. We look forward to serving you! How do you start each day?

My day starts with a sense of appreciation for having been given the opportunity to fulfill my dream of owning a landmark restaurant in my hometown...and then I make sauce for three hours!

I grew up in the Capital Region, and my life has been influenced by so many people I've become friends with through the years. I'm grateful to now have a place where we can gather to reminisce and create new memories.



Jeff and Marie Meltz Describe your business with a brief history.

We are a fourth generation family logging and sawmill operation started by Jeff’s Grandfather in the 1940’s. We added the retail end of Ghent Wood Products in 2003. We’re here to help with flooring, siding, trusses, paneling, stone, reclaimed wood, custom woodwork and more! Let your imagination take flight with GWP! How do you start each day?

How will you gauge growth for your business this year?

Although I've only owned DeMarco's for four months, there has been a steady increase in business and returning guests. Although we currently offer in­house event catering, in 2019, DeMarco's intends to offer off­premise catering, take­out deliv­ ery, and expand hours of operation.


Jeff starts his day with figuring out where our 40 employees will be working. Marie’s day starts with reviewing social media, marketing and sales from the previous day. How will you gauge growth for your business this year?

“More satisfied customers and expanding our product line.”

What is your favorite part of your work day or what makes your business not seem like work to you?

What is your favorite part of your work day or what makes your business not seem like work to you?

My favorite part of the workday is when our guests walk through the door with smiles on their faces, looking forward to a fun night of great food, drinks, and conversation. I'm fortunate to be able to provide a warm and welcoming environment for our guests.

What do you love about the Capital Region and owning a business here?

Interaction among our fabulous customers and co­workers. We are one big family.

Supporting our fellow family­owned local businesses.


Ten step action plan Deftly navigate the New Years’ turbulent investment waters


ust as it pays to establish an escape route from your home in case of a fire, it pays to establish a disciplined plan of action pertaining to your investments, all the while keeping in mind that panic is not a strategy. It is with this in mind that we thought it was timely to provide a ten step program that might help you navigate these turbulent invest‐ ment waters. Step one. Assess your current financial situation. Include your income, perceived job security, details of your pension plan, projected Social Security benefits, insurances (life, health, disability, property, and casualty), real estate values, mortgage information and other debt. Step two. Get a historical perspective on this period in history. Is it really different this time or are we in a phase of our history that will pass? Keep in mind that the stock market generally moves up over a twelve to twenty year period with mini bulls and bears contained within and then moves sideways over the next period with mini bulls and bears in between. We believe that until further notice, investors are being belt‐ ed by two headwinds – the potential for higher interest rates and a long‐ term trade battle with China. Step three. Taking into consideration the results of steps one and two, begin to determine your appropriate asset allocation. Some rules of thumb include the older you are, the more fixed income (bonds) you should include in your portfolio. The more guaranteed your pension plan, the closer you are to realizing the benefits of that plan, and to what extent that pension plan along with Social Security will meet your income needs during retirement; the more equities (stocks) one should include in their portfolio. The more prone you are to making emotional investment decisions, the more you should include fixed‐income invest‐ ments. Keep in mind that the opposites of the above also hold true and that we are speaking in generalizations only. Step four. Sell peripheral holdings. Get out of investments you don’t understand or investments that contain volatility that exceeds your temperament. These may include but are not limited to emerging market funds, aggressive growth funds, non‐investment grade (junk) bonds, and small‐cap stocks. Sell so that you can sleep at night. Step five. Hold some cash. Depending on your situation, we believe that anywhere from zero to twenty‐five percent of your account is appropriate. Too little and you may sell in a panic, too much and you are not moving toward your long‐term goals. Step six. Climb the certainty ladder from your more aggressive holdings to some dividend‐paying stocks. Do you realize that the ten‐ year U.S. Treasury Note yields only 2.85% while Verizon Communications yields approximately 4.00%? Nonetheless, keep in mind that Verizon is an equity which is inherently more risky than most fixed‐income alter‐ natives. A pool of these stocks sounds like a better alternative for some of your long‐term investments as compared to bonds or cash. Step seven. Recognize that too many investors have their fingers on the sell trigger and too many investors have guns in the form of their computers. Try to determine if perhaps you are one of those individuals that does not have the temperament or time to invest on your own.

There is an old adage that says, “just because you can afford the ticket doesn’t mean you can fly the plane.” Simply put, yes, it is your money, but perhaps your time, talent and temperament are better spent else‐ where. Step eight. Be disciplined. Don’t chase the stock market on up days thinking that you have missed the boat. There will be many more boats to come around. The volatility will continue. Be patient and let the stock market come to you. What a novel idea, buying on the down days. Step nine. Gain some perspective. We’re both around fifty. If sta‐ tistics hold true, that means we have only about thirty more Summers to enjoy. All that you can do is do your best and work toward reaching your goals. It is kind of like dieting and exercising, it is your best shot, but doesn’t promise anything. Step ten. Become an investor, not a day trader. The media wants you to act, act, act, by always yelling fire in a crowded room. Think of the preceding nine steps to gain perspective. Buy low, sell high. Sounds easy but is rarely accomplished by the retail crowd because they are often scared out of their investments at the wrong time. If history is any guide whatsoever, this is truly what will prevent you from reaching your goals. Please note that all data is for general information purposes only and not meant as specific recommendations. The opinions of the authors are not a recommendation to buy or sell the stock, bond market or any security contained therein. Securities contain risks and fluctuations in principal will occur. Please research any investment thoroughly prior to committing money or consult with your financial advisor. Please note that Fagan Associates, Inc or related persons buy or sell for itself securi‐ ties that it also recommends to clients. Consult with your financial advi‐ sor prior to making any changes to your portfolio. Dennis and Christopher are Capital Region natives, who have been help‐ ing their clients navigate the financial markets since 1989. Contact them at 518.279.1044.




Wardrobe essentials


appy New Year! New year, a new season and lots of mark downs! Who doesn’t want to start the year out with a versatile wardrobe? The wardrobe essentials checklist hopefully does just that and might make your life a bit easier, which I think we can all use a bit of easy. Since we are in post holiday mode, this is a great time to shop for all the sales for your wardrobe essentials. This list includes items you can mix and match by category for this chilly season.

Undergarments oBlack and nude strapless bra oBlack and nude smooth bras oBlack and nude skirt slip oNude thigh shaper, like Spanx oBlack opaque stockings oBlack patterned tights/stockings

Tops and Sweaters

And last but not least, also the best way to style your outfits...accessories:

oBlack and white camisoles oBlack and white long sleeve tees oTwo great quality sweaters for layering oOne black turtleneck or knit top sweater oOne cardigan (hip length) oWhite or ivory blouse or button down oTwo solid colored blouses oChambray shirt (light blue denim shirt)

Accessories oWarm scarf and silky dressy scarf oNeutral gloves and hat oEveryday gold and silver necklace (long and short) oEveryday gold and silver bracelet oEveryday gold and silver earrings oEveryday gold and silver ring oBlack and brown sunglasses oReversible belt

Bottoms and Dresses oDark wash skinny jeans oDark wash boot cut or flared jeans oFlattering black pants (wide leg) oBlack ankle pants, tapered oBlack leggings oBlack skirt (a silhouette that flatters your body type) oBlack denim jeans oTwo versatile and body flattering black dresses

Boots and shoes oBlack pumps oBlack booties oBlack or honey brown knee‐high boots oBallet flats oSnow boots oRain boots oStatement shoes oMetallic or black evening shoes

Outerwear and bags oPerfect black blazer (1 button, hip length) oBlack or tan trench coat oBlack or camel wool coat oBlack puffer coat oLeather jacket oBlack or metallic clutch (day to night) oBlack or honey brown cross body bag oBlack or honey brown shoulder bag



Hopefully, this checklist gives you some ideas the next time you need to shop, or you find that great sale item which also happens to be a basic, win‐win! Happy shopping!!

Tips and tricks for a beautifully organized closet • Take a hard, realistic look at how much closet space you have. Most closets are disorganized because too many clothes are shoved into too small of a space. • Create zones for tops, pants, dresses, sweaters, shoes, and leisure/athletic wear. • Use the Friends/Acquaintances/Strangers method for sorting clothing: Friends are pieces you love to wear often‐keep your friends. Strangers are pieces you haven’t worn, don’t feel great in and are outdated, stained, or ripped — toss or donate these pieces. Acquaintances are the in‐between pieces that you sometimes wear but are not thrilled with. They are never your first choice. Part with as many acquaintances as possible, so you have enough space for your friends. • Make sure clothing fits into the assigned zone (with wiggle room) in the closet with like items together. • Holding on to clothing that doesn’t fit anymore? Take those pieces out, place them in a bin under your bed, and label it with the date. Set a reminder for yourself for a year from that date on your phone. If the items still don’t fit in a year, let them go. • An organized closet is well‐lit, dusted and vacuumed, has all matching hangers and all matching bins to hold off‐season items/accessories on a shelf, and is free of non‐clothing clutter. An organized closet smiles at you every time you open it! Cheryl Libutti is the owner of Pretty Neat Home Organizing. For more information, see her website at prettyneathome.com.



GUIDE ALBANY Albany Dance & Fitness 1197 Central Avenue, Albany 518.573.3631 • albanydancefitness.com

Capital District YMCA — Albany 616 North Pearl Street, Albany 518.463.9622 • cdymca.org

Good Karma Studio 12 Walker Way, 1A, Albany 518.512.9929 • thegoodkarmastudio.com

Vent Fitness — Guilderland 2080 Western Avenue, Guilderland 518.464.1500 • ventfitness.com

LATHAM The Pilates Principle Pilates and Gyrotonic® exercise 518.783.1678 • lathampilates.com

Vent Fitness — Latham 195 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham 518.786.1500 • ventfitness.com

Heartspace Yoga — Albany Studio 747 Madison Avenue, Albany 518.512.3390 • heartspacealbany.com


NISKAYUNA Vent Fitness — Niskayuna 480 Balltown Road, Niskayuna 518.370.1500 • ventfitness.com

Capital District YMCA — Southern Saratoga 1 Wall Street, Clifton Park 518.371.2139 • cdymca.org

Vent Fitness — Clifton Park 1220 NY Route 146, Clifton Park 518.348.1500 • ventfitness.com

DELMAR Capital District YMCA — Bethlehem 900 Delaware Avenue, Delmar 518.439.4394 • cdymca.org


SARATOGA SPRINGS Vent Studio 307 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 518.886.9404 • ventfitnessstudio.com

SCHENECTADY Capital District YMCA — Schenectady 433 State Street, Schenectady 518.881.0117 • cdymca.org

TROY Capital District YMCA — Troy

Lilananda Yoga

2500 21st Street, Troy 518.272.5900 • cdymca.org

585 Saratoga Road, Glenville 518.470.5240 • lilanandayoga.com

Focusmaster Fitness


828 Hoosick Road, Troy 518.326.4758 • Focusmaster.com

Capital District YMCA — Guilderland

Heartspace Yoga — Troy Studio

250 Winding Brook Drive, Guilderland 518.456.3634 • cdymca.org

10 2nd Street, Troy 518.512.3390 • heartspacealbany.com



1/17 7PM

1/5 4 – 7PM

Listening Parties: Astrud Gilberto and her Legacy – Bethlehem Public Library; Listen to and discuss the beloved bossa nova singer from the 60s and her continuing influence. bethlehempubliclibrary.org

Salutations of the Season – Schuyler State Historic Site, 32 Catherine Street, Albany; An evening of merriment for everyone! Special Twelfth Night festivities will highlight the holiday season as it may have been celebrated by the Schuyler family in the 18th century. For more information visit albany.org or call 518.434.0834.

1/11 10AM QI Gong – Bethlehem Public Library; De-stress with the gentle flowing movements and breathing exercises of qi gong. bethlehempubliclibrary.org

1/17 – 1/19 VARIOUS EVENTS/ TIMES Albany Chefs Food & Wine Festival – Empire State Plaza; This annual three-day festival showcases over 70 innovative chefs and 250 global wine, spirits and NYS craft beer samples. albany.org for more information.

1/18 3:30PM Sew It Yourself: Sweetheart Charms – Bethlehem Public Library; Create hand-sewn felt

heart-shaped charms with a pocket for a special note – just in time for Valentine’s Day. Supplies provided. Sign up online bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 518.439.9314.

2/2 6:30PM The Benedicts Social Dinner Dances for Couples – Albany Country Club; Join the Benedicts as they dance the evening away to the sounds of Danny Lombardo. Find us on Facebook for more information.

FULTON COUNTY 1/10 5:30 – 6:45PM Your Career Matters: Feeling Stuck – Out of Work or in a Dead-End Job? – Johnstown Public Library; Workforce development specialist

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A&E Marsha Lazarus brings thirty years of career readiness and workplace training experience to her workshops and one-on-one resume coaching. For more information call 518.762.8317.

1/19 1 – 4PM Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides at Lapland Lake – Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center; Enjoy a winter wonderland as you travel by horse drawn sleigh along a scenic, private road, passing beautiful Woods Lake midway. For pricing and registration call 518.863.4974.

1/26 5 – 11PM Royal Mountain Ski Area Snow Drag Racing – Royal Mountain Ski & Vacation Center; Snowmobile Drag Racing is back at Royal Mountain for the 2018 – 2019 season. For more information call 518.835.6445.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY 1/26 12 – 6PM Amsterdam’s 1st Annual SoupFest – City of Amsterdam; This event will take place at various bars and restaurants throughout the entire city! Sample and vote for your favorite! For more information, find us on Facebook.





1/4 – 1/6 VARIOUS TIMES And…begin – The One Act Plays of Sky Vogel – Sand Lake Center for the Arts; Tickets $18. slca-ctp.org for more information.

1/5 VARIOUS TIMES Twelfth Night – Crailo Historic Site, 9 ½ Riverside Avenue, Rensselaer; Learn about Albany’s Dutch roots while munching on holiday cookies and baked goods. For more information call 518. 463.8738. CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JANUARY 2019 |


A&E 1/5 – 1/6 VARIOUS TIMES Beethoven’s Seventh – Troy Savings Bank Music Hall; Join conductor David Allen Miller and the Albany Symphony as the New Year begins! albanysymphony.com

1/8 12PM Music at Noon featuring William Safford, Basoon Ensemble – Troy Savings Bank Music Hall; This free music concert presents exceptional musicians with a diverse mix of musical styles. Come listen and bring your lunch! troymusichall.org

1/9 Snowshoeing – Cherry Plain State Park; Explore the Northwest Trail, approximately 3.5 mile loop with the Waterfall Trail as an optional addition depending on conditions and group interest.


Leader: Sharon Bonk. For more information call 518.674.0042 or visit rensselaerplateau.org

1/16 Snowshoeing – Grafton Lakes State Park; Start at the parking area by the new welcome center and snowshoe along the Long Pond Trail and return. Bring snow shoes and micro-spikes. Total distance is 5.5 miles. For more information call 518.869.5109 or visit rensselaerplateau.org

1/19 5:30AM – 2PM 34th Annual Ice Fishing Contest – Grafton Lakes State Park; Get the family out on the ice for our annual ice fishing contest! $10/adult to register and children are free. Big cash prizes for adult categories, goodies for kiddos. For more information call 518.279.1155 or find Grafton Lakes State Park on Facebook.

1/25 5 – 9PM Troy Night Out, Hot Chocolate Hop – Downtown Troy; January’s Troy Night Out kicks off the new year with “Hot Chocolate Hop” welcoming you to downtown Troy during this Winter month with one-of-kind Troy-Night-Out-only warm drinks. Meet your local entrepreneurs, enjoy the unique spaces the city has to offer, and hop all along to all the warm spots! Find the Downtown Troy Bid on Facebook for more information.

1/26 10AM – 4PM 34th Annual Winter Festival – Grafton Lakes State Park; Snow, food and outdoor fun! Watch the Polar Plunge, go snow bowling, take a carriage ride through a Winter Wonderland, snowshoe, eat chili, and visit Grafton's new Welcome Center! Find Grafton State Parks on Facebook for more information.

A&E Park Halfmoon Public Library; Rated: PG-13. Runtime: 120 min. cphlibrary.org

SATURDAYS THRU APRIL 27 9AM – 2PM Troy Waterfront Farmers Market - Troy Atrium; Same great market indoors for the winter months! Visit troymarket.org for more information.

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Foreign Film Series – Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library: Screening of Made in Dagenham (2010). In English. cphlibrary.org

1/3 6:30PM New Year’s Resolution: Vision Boards – Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library Vision boards are a fun way to manifest your goals for the future. Using a variety of images, phrases and words the boards provide a visual to help achieve your goals. cphlibrary.org

1/11 10:30AM White-nose Syndrome, the darkest nights of NY bats – Clifton Park Halfmoon Library; Learn how this fungus is effecting our bat population in and near New York state. cphlibrary.org

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1/5 2PM Saturday Cinema: Crazy Rich Asians – Clifton

Movie: Hamlet – Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library; Rated: PG. Runtime: 135 min. cphlibrary.org

1/17 6:30PM The Iditarod Sled Dog Race – Clifton Park Halfmoon Library; In partnership with the Schenectady Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club, Iditarod competitor, Ken Hamm will explain what it is like to travel night and day for 1,100 miles through the wilds of Alaska with a team of 16 huskies. cphlibrary.org

1/20 2PM Sonny & Perley – Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library; Concert featuring music from the Great American Songbook, International Cabaret and Bossa Nova. cphlibrary.org

1/23 7PM All About Dogs – Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library; Trainer Chris Coppola will be discussing

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A&E how dogs communicate, how they learn, what they are feeling, what enrichment is and how to provide it. She’s also going to debunk some common canine myths and misinformation. Registration required. cphlibrary.org

2/2 11AM – 4PM 21st Annual Saratoga Chowderfest – Downtown Saratoga; Family friendly, fun and utterly delicious! Over 80 vendors open their doors and serve bowls of hot chowder to event goers. discoversaratoga.org

SCHENECTADY COUNTY 1/26 11 – 4PM Schenectady Soup Stroll – Downtown Schenectady;

Restaurants in downtown Schenectady will open their doors to serve a variety of delicious hot soups to event attendees. Visit downtownschenectady.org for more information.

1/27 2 – 4PM Word Plays at Proctors: Starting Over – Proctor’s Theater; sometime you can’t continue on – you have to start over. Come hear stories of how people dealt with, coped and/or survived starting over. Visit proctors.org for more information.

ing brings to Hometown USA the biggest names in professional motorcycle ICE racing! Visit coolinsuringarena.com for more information.

1/26 12PM Winterfest at Erlowest – The Inn at Erlowest, Lake George; Enjoy gorgeous views of Lake George, cozy up to the fire on the outdoor patio and terrace, play family friendly yard games or mingle in the warmth of the Grand Ballroom. Visit theinnaterlowest.com for more information.


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1/26 7PM

Barney Barnhart Memorial Fishing Derby for Kids – Brant Lake; Fun in the outdoors with the Chestertown Conservation Club Ages 15 & under. Call 518.494.2722 for more information.

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A script for life


bout twenty years ago someone asked me to give a commence‐ ment address at a high school graduation. About a week before the graduation I wrote out a speech that would take about fifteen minutes to deliver. I’d been to enough of these ceremonies to know nobody wanted to suffer through anything longer than that. I hit on the usual stuff that graduation speakers are expected to say and tried to make it uplifting. You know the whole, “you are the future” stuff that Whitney Houston liked to sing about. When the day arrived, I went to the Empire State Plaza in Albany, parked in the underground garage and took the elevator up to the con‐ course level. When the doors opened, I found myself in a sea of kids in caps and gowns all walking in the same direction. I followed them into a large room and made my way to the stage assuming someone would see me and greet me, but nobody did. I made my way backstage and asked for the person who had invited me to speak, but puzzled stares are what I got in return. “Who?” a cou‐ ple of the school administrators asked. I said the name and again got blank looks. Finally, said, “I don’t get this. I’m here to give the main speech at the (fill in the blank) high school commencement, and you all seem surprised.” That’s when someone interjected, “Um, sir. That’s a dif‐ ferent school. They are graduating today here at the plaza but in a dif‐ ferent room.” Boy, was I stupid. When I found the right room, I took my place on the stage and fum‐ bled with my now wrinkled speech waiting my turn. Then they brought me up, and something came over me. I decided to be real. I told the stu‐ dents and their parents what just happened to me. I said, “I made an assumption, and it led me down the wrong path.” I told them there was some deeper lesson in that and they too should be careful who they are following blindly. At that point, I looked down at my script, not sure where to jump in and said, “Ah, forget it. I’m not going to read my prepared remarks, let me instead tell you about failure.” I then told the kids, most of whom were about to go off to college, that I didn’t go to the school I thought I would. The reason? It was too expensive. Instead, I ended up at HVCC and SUNY Oswego, and it was the smartest move I ever made. Both are great schools, and I got a fabulous education. Then I told them when I graduated with a four‐year college degree; I couldn’t get work. Nobody wanted me. I needed money fast, but I could‐ n’t go back to my job scooping ice cream at the Stewarts shop in South Troy. I’d told all those people I was graduating and going to be a writer or reporter or something important. So, I took a job busing tables at a restau‐ rant on Wolf Road in Albany while I worked on starting my career. I used that reality check to tell the kids that real life isn’t like the movies and even though your mom thinks you're special the rest of the world may need some convincing. I also told them if you need to eat or put gas in your car you swallow your pride and work whatever job you can; nothing is beneath you. Well maybe being a D.J at a strip club but other than that, take the job available. At this point, I took my prepared script from the podium and shoved it in my pocket. This speech was officially off the rails now. I told them that once I got my career going in my chosen field, every single person told me “no” the first time. Job opening at a radio station? No thank you, Mr. Gray. A great promotion available at work? Sorry buddy but we’re giving it to your co‐worker. Every single time it was a no before I got a yes.


I told them that when I was a boy, I had a knack for locking myself out of the house. On hot summer days that meant you had two choices, sit on the front steps and sweat to death or find a way in. Soon enough I figured out which screen window would come loose if you jiggled it just right. I told the kids your life will be like that. Whether it’s because of your age, the color of your skin, religion, sexual orientation, whatever... someone may try to shut you out. Don’t just sit there, find a way in. January is here, a month when many of us set new goals. My advice, whether it’s weight loss, quitting smoking, a new job, fixing broken rela‐ tionships? Swallow your pride, take small victories, expect setbacks but keep on trying. If you find yourself in the wrong room with the wrong people; get up and leave. Lastly, if you feel yourself unsure in a defining moment; toss out the script and speak from the heart. You are never wrong if you speak from the heart. Happy New Year! 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 johngray@fox23news.com.

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