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18 Manchester Vermont

11 The Landing Hotel

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11 Schenectady

38 Travel

16 The Numbers: 17

40 Home

18 17 Winter Road Trips

42 Spiritual Grounding

31 Calendar

43 Legal

47 Crossword


44 Health

20 Weddings

46 Fashion

34 Locally Owned Businesses

48 Last Page with John Gray


IN EVERY ISSUE 08 Editor’s letter 09 Up Front with CRL



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Photo by Michael Murphee

by Richard Perez-Feria


t’s our birthday! This edition of Capital Region Living marks a significant milestone in the history of this storied publication. As we enter a new year—and a new decade—one year older and wiser, we’re as excited about the future as we’ve ever been. Starting with our next issue,

February 2020, we’ll debut our new‐look CRL. Next month, your favorite magazine is introducing its updated look and feel as well as introducing new, exclusive features, exciting departments and expert contributors to add to the already potent

mix of established CRL columnists and collaborators. Our 17th anniversary coinciding with a new decade seemed like the perfect time to shake things up a bit. We hope you’ll love it as much as we do. In the meantime, enjoy this month’s special city spotlight on Schenectady; travel, legal and fashion advice; and, yes, 17 winter destinations and 17 fun facts about the Capital Region featuring the number 17. It’s a lot, we know; but, hey, it’s our birthday! Enjoy the issue!

Richard Pérez‐Feria EDITOR IN CHIEF @RPerezFeria



Capital Region: Our New Boundaries


t’s a curious thing, New York’s Capital Region. By definition, a “region” is an area that has definable characteristics, but not always fixed boundaries. The Capital Region certainly doesn’t have fixed boundaries—no signs that tell you you’re entering or leaving it—but does it really have definable characteristics? What do Downtown Albany and, say, Corinth, have in common? As the leading voice on all things “Capital Region”—the hint is in the name on the cover of this magazine—we’ve taken it upon ourselves to define the Capital Region once and for all. That definition is less about actual geography than it is about how people refer to themselves: If you live north of the “Downstate,” east of “Central NY,” south of “North Country” and west of Vermont, congratulations, you are a Capital Region resident. And so, in essence, the definable characteristic of the Capital Region is not being from any of those four other regions. Sure, the Green Mountain State and Syracuse are nice, but we think we can speak on behalf of everyone from Hudson to Glens Falls when we say, we’re good right where we are. After all, it’s home. —The Editors

Why New York Is America’s ‘Dairy Queen’ New York State is known for a lot of things—the Statue of Liberty, the Adirondack Mountains, Niagara Falls…the list goes on and on. But yogurt? You might be surprised to learn that The Empire State leads the nation in yogurt production (and has actually surpassed Greece for Greek yogurt production), accounting for 15.8 percent of the US’ total production. That’s because yogurt giants such as Dannon and Chobani are headquartered in New York and the state is a hub for dairy farming, landing it in the top five in the nation for production of other delicious products such as cheese, milk, sour cream and cottage cheese. Say cheese, New Yorkers!



Photo courtesy of The Landing Hotel The Landing Hotel

City Spotlight: Splendid Schenectady by Karen Bjornland

hroughout this year, we’ll be focusing in on a different city in the Capital Region in each new issue. We’ll take you on a tour of all the top restaurants, bars, clubs and hotels in town—as well as introduce you to some of each city’s most memorable residents.This month, we’re taking a closer look at Schenectady, NY.





Photo by Cornells of Little Italy

For a luxury room on the scenic Mohawk River, your best bet is The Landing Hotel at Rivers Casino & Resort, where after a fun night of gambling, you can enjoy your morning cup of joe on a wrap‐around balcony. For spectacular downtown views, check out the Parker Inn, a boutique hotel in what was once the tallest building in Schenectady. For that special occasion, guests book the 700‐ square‐foot Presidential Suite, a.k.a. “The Penthouse.” The Parker oozes history, and did we mention that it’s nearly next door to Schenectady’s top arts venue, Proctors? Cornells in Little Italy

Photo by Tom Watkins


Tara Kitchen

Ah, there’s nothing better than home‐ style Italian food! At Cornells in Schenectady’s Little Italy, its owners take that hominess up a notch with the chef’s special touch, a red car‐ pet and white linen tablecloths. Homemade cavatelli, monster meatballs, broccoli rabe and sausage and pasta e fagiole are all on the menu. And Cornells is just steps away from other Elextric City favorites such as Perreca’s Bakery and Civitello’s Italian Pastry Shoppe. At Tara Kitchen, the fragrant aroma of cinnamon, cumin and sweet paprika float from earthenware tagines. Seven years ago, it was the only Moroccan restaurant in the Capital Region, but the owners are spreading the love around. They opened a second loca‐ tion in Troy in 2017, and a third is due this spring in Guilderland. Can’t get enough? Tara Kitchen sauces are sold online and in stores all over the Northeast. Joseph’s 23 is the new restaurant at The Stockade Inn, a beloved landmark in the Stockade District, one of America’s oldest neighborhoods. (The Stockade Inn doubles as a boutique hotel, with 18 rooms upstairs.) The dining room, with dramatic windows and chandeliers—and an intimate, old‐fashioned barroom—makes it easy to imagine that this was once a bank and then a prestigious men’s club. Joseph’s has food for every mood, from lobster BLTs to rib eyes. Plus, the homemade bread pudding is to die for.

PLAY Photo by Caasey Daversa

The Shaker & Vine, the Capital Region’s first self‐serve wine bar, has popped up in Mohawk Harbor. With a push of a button, cus‐ tomers can select a 3‐ounce, 5‐ounce or full pour of wine from a stacked wall of 50 bottles. There’s a full‐service cocktail bar, cushy furni‐ ture and river views. There’s cheese, choco‐ late and paninis, too. Mad Jack Brewing Co. at The Van Dyck


Daley’s on Yates has a Midtown Manhattan vibe, and its conversion from beat‐ up taxi garage to swanky social hub was praised by preservationists. At the gorgeous bar, one can energize with cool cocktails such as the Careless Hipster and Pink Widow. Good food? The Troy‐based Old Daley catering biz runs this place, so the answer is “yes.” Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck and Thelonius Monk all did their jazz thing many moons ago at The Van Dyck. Schenectady’s favorite bar/restaurant/music venue is also home to award‐winning Mad Jack Brewing Co. Grab a spot at the bar and sample a draft from the ten‐plus beers on tap or dig into their gigantic IPA‐battered fish fry.

When 27‐year‐old Mitch Ramsey opened Schenectady’s Jay St. Pub in 2018, the neigh‐ borly vibe reminded his customers of the TV show Cheers. Ramsey was unfamiliar with the sitcom, so he watched it on Netflix. Then he ordered a keg of Cheers star Kelsey Grammer’s signature beer. And one day, with only ten minutes notice, Grammer strolled into Jay St. Pub and hung out at the bar. “He was a super‐ nice guy,” says Ramsey. A millennial on the move, Ramsey’s goal is to bring people over to the Electric City. Last year, his pub hosted the city’s first Fall Fest Block Party and SantaCon. A Winter Fest is set to go down in February, and there’s a Country Fest planned for June. Like a growing number of young people, the Burnt Hills native lives in a new downtown apartment building. He also runs his business, Ramsey Media, from there. And that’s not all. The SUNY Plattsburgh graduate is the youngest person on a 16‐member panel that will tackle a $10 million state grant aimed at Schenectady redevelopment. Back at the pub, Ramsey loves the laid‐ back, hometown atmosphere. “I see a 26 year old having a conversation with a 55‐year‐old couple,” Ramsey says. “And everybody just gets along.”

Photo courtesy of Mitch Ramsey

Get To Know…Mitch Ramsey, Owner Of Jay St. Pub

Kelsey Grammer and Jay St. Pub ower Mitch Ramsey

Photo by Tough Traveler Ltd.

Get To Know…Nancy Gold, President Of Tough Traveler Wherever people wander, they’ll find computer bags, backpacks, camera bags, lug‐ gage or purses made in Schenectady by Tough Traveler. As the company celebrates its 50th year in business in 2020, a “Buy American” sign hangs proudly at its store and factory site. With high‐quality products designed and sewn Tough Traveler’s dog carrier backpack CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JANAURY 2020 |


Photos by Ashley Brown Photography

to last, Tough Traveler is a survivor in a market flooded with foreign imports. EMTs rush to accidents with Tough Traveler medical bags and musicians tote their instruments in Tough Traveler guitar and cymbal bags. “We receive thank you notes from people worldwide,” says President Nancy Gold. In 1970, the company’s first product was a comfort backpack for hikers. Now packs for pooches are hot. “Our dog carrier backpacks go out throughout the world to Australia and the UK as well as the US,” says Gold. Tough Traveler bags are sold online at toughtraveler.com and on amazon.com. Locals can browse its products in the store or make an appointment for a factory tour. CRL

Daley on Yates


It’s Our Birthday: Fun Facts! by Natalie Moore

Seventeen The percentage of

The percentage of

The average low

Capital Region residents

Albany residents who

temperature in February

who are age 65 or older

are under 18

in Albany

The number of years the Foundation for Ellis Medicine has been holding its popular Winter Gala


The number of shows and events coming to Proctors in January 2020

The number of teams in Sage College’s Department of Athletics

The distance, in miles, between Downtown Schenectady and Downtown Albany on Route 5

The record ridership of the CDTA, in millions, recorded in the 2016 fiscal year

The number of steps approaching the New York State Capitol building’s west entrance

The number of years

The age of

since the NCAA men’s

Cohoes native

The number of minutes

basketball tournament

Madison VanDenburg

before post time that the

was held at the Times

when she placed third

bell is rung at The Historic

Union Center (it will host

on American Idol

Saratoga Race Course

An Heirloom Tomato

A Big Ass Pork Plate

and Burrata Salad at

at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Salt & Char in Saratoga

in Troy

in March 2020)

in thousands, the Capital Region expanded by between 2010 and 2017

Five half gallons of Stewart’s Shops ice cream, anywhere in the greater Capital Region

$17 will get you…

A hamburger, hot dog, French fries, onion rings, large Pepsi and medium milk shake at Jumpin’ Jacks Drive-In in Scotia

:-) Did you notice the page number? CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JANAURY 2020 |


The number of people,


Seventeen Winter Road Trips! Photo by ©Mark Kurtz, Saranac Lake NY

by Natalie Moore

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival ice palace

1. Killington, VT 2 Hours 15 Minutes from Albany Killington, VT, is certainly a no‐brainer for ski and snowboard enthusiasts, and it’s also a hot spot for cold winter lovers of all types. Dogsledding, tubing, ice skating, snowshoe‐ ing and fat biking all await in the Central Vermont town.

2. Lake Placid, NY 2 Hours 15 Minutes from Albany Forty years ago this February, Lake Placid played host to the triumph of the US men’s ice hockey team over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Travel back to that historic day by way of the “Miracle on Ice” exhibit at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum.

3. Jay, VT 4 Hours 10 Minutes from Albany A stone’s throw from Canada, Jay, VT is home to some of the snowiest winters in the east. Averaging 354 inches of snow per year, Jay Peak is about the closest skiers and snow‐ boarders get to West Coast skiing this side of the Mississippi.

4. Montréal 3 Hours 30 Minutes from Albany Who said music festivals had to happen only


during the summer months? The Old Port of Montréal will host a range of acts at Igloofest, the city’s annual outdoor music festival, which takes place January 16‐February 8.

5. Burlington, VT 3 Hours from Albany Take a walk down scenic Church Street, the foot‐traffic‐only main street in Burlington, VT, which each winter transforms into a spectacle of holiday lights. Don’t forget to stop at the flagship Ben & Jerry’s store: The ice cream company opened its first in Burlington in 1978!

6. Niagara Falls, ON 4 Hours 45 Minutes from Albany A winter wonderland awaits where New York meets Canada. See Niagara Falls in all its icy glory from the climate‐controlled gondolas of the Niagara SkyWheel, a Ferris wheel over‐ looking the falls.

7. New York City 3 Hours from Albany What better way to celebrate the new year than ice skating at Rockefeller Center? If you make the journey to NYC early enough in 2020, you’ll still be skating by the light of the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. The rink is open all the way through April.

8. Syracuse, NY 2 Hours 15 Minutes from Albany Beat the winter blues at Syracuse Winterfest, a massive, 11‐day, city‐wide festival, featuring dance parties, outdoor activities, concerts, competitions and plenty of food and drink, going on February 13‐23.

9. Manchester, VT 1 Hour 20 Minutes from Albany Experience the historic luxury of The Equinox Resort on a weekend getaway to Manchester, VT. Relax in the Equinox’s award‐winning spa, dine at one of its five eateries and take advantage of those after‐Christmas sales with a shopping spree in picturesque Downtown Manchester.

10. Bretton Woods, NH 4 Hours from Albany For a more remote, equally luxurious Northeast vacation destination, head to Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH. Hit the slopes at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire’s largest ski area, then return to your hotel room overlooking a snow‐covered Mount Washington, New England’s largest mountain.

11. Saranac Lake, NY 2 Hours 30 Minutes from Albany Enjoy the outdoors in the Great White North at

the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, a ten‐day festival of sports, performances, parades and fireworks that’s been held every year since 1897. The carnival is highlighted by a magnifi‐ cent ice palace built by volunteers on the shores of Lake Flower.

12. Hudson, NY

13. Mystic, CT

Photo by Chandler Burgess

45 Minutes from Albany For a small Upstate New York city, Hudson has quite the arts scene. Explore the many gal‐ leries along charming Warren Street, dine in one of the city’s award‐winning restaurants or catch a show at Club Helsinki. It’s all a mere 45 minutes from Albany. Killington Resort

2 Hours 50 Minutes from Albany Head to the seashore this winter with a trip to scenic Mystic, CT, home of the Mystic Aquarium, a historic downtown and, of course, Mystic Pizza, the setting of the epony‐ mous 1988 film.

14. Newport, RI 3 Hours 15 Minutes from Albany Another coastal destination that’s great for a winter trip is Newport, RI, whose 3.5‐mile Cliff Walk offers panoramic views. It’s as beautiful in the colder months as it is in the summer (and it’s less crowded!).

15. Stowe, VT 3 Hours 30 Minutes from Albany Luxury awaits at the base of Vermont’s pre‐ mier ski mountain. TopNotch Resort at Stowe is home to two to‐die‐for restaurants, an impressive spa, the TopNotch Tennis Academy and the Equestrian Center, which offers horse‐ drawn sleigh rides throughout the winter.

Winter sleigh ride at Mount Washington

16. North Adams, MA 1 Hour 10 Minutes from Albany The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (a.k.a. Mass MoCA), located in North Adams, MA, is home to some of the Northeast’s finest modern art exhibits (it also doubles as a music venue). Be one of the first to experience Gamaliel Rodríguez’s La Traveía / Le Voyage exhibit, opening on January 25.

17. Boston Photo by Sylvain Granier

2 Hours 50 Minutes from Albany Boston sports are heating up as the tempera‐ ture cools. Head to Beantown this January to catch a Celtics, Patriots or Bruins home game. Oh, and an unforgettable trip to Faneuil Hall is CRL certainly in order! Igloofest in Montréal, QC





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 them 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 an extensive menu. A new 105-room Hilton Homewood Suites is adjacent to this property for your lodging needs. They would be honored to help you make your wedding day dreams come true—call today for a free appointment to tour the facility and meet with a top-level consultant.


175 Hudson Street, Warrensburg 518.623.5599 thelodgeonecholake.com Nestled against the stunning backdrop of wooded pines and 35 acres of pristine Echo Lake, The Lodge on Echo Lake has become one of the North Country’s most popular destination wedding venues. The Lodge is perfect for couples looking for a truly extraordinary Adirondack wedding. Attention to detail, finely prepared cuisine, a wide range of recreational activities and charming accommodations are just a few benefits of booking your wedding at The Lodge. Every aspect of your wedding is carefully planned by you—along with the help of the Lodge’s



professional wedding coordinator, Kathy. She looks forward to working with you to plan your wedding day or weekend!



Hosting your wedding at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady affords you a vast array of luxurious facilities and exceptional customer service. They 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, Rivers Casino will graciously cater to your every wish! Choose from several unique packages or create a one-of-a-kind experience of your own. The beautiful waterfront location and sophisticated atmosphere will create the perfect backdrop for your special day

2 Northern Drive, Troy

OLD DALEY ON CROOKED LAKE 2339 NY 43, Averill Park 518.235.2656 olddaley.com

If you or someone you know is getting married, Daley Hospitality Group has a number of great locations and catering options to choose from. Voted “Best Wedding Venue,” Old Daley on Crooked Lake, located just 30 minutes from Downtown Albany, is a one-of-akind craftsman-inspired lakehouse with multiple rooms, hardwood floors throughout and the ability to host inside and lakeside events. In nearby Schenectady, Daley’s on Yates is a mid-century modern, award-winning restaurant that hosts “out of the box” Sunday weddings. Old Daley Custom Catering, voted “Best Caterer,” offers a boutique experience at places including The Canfield Casino, Greywacke Meadows or a location of your choice.

1 Rush Street, Schenectady riverscasinoandresort.com


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 lake views. The Inn offers clients a boutique-style wed-

ding experience that sets them apart from all the rest. The day is your day with only one wedding on the property, so the entire staff is on hand to ensure that your wedding is absolutely perfect. Committed to providing the utmost in quality and service, The Inn at Erlowest’s signature wedding experience is unique and as special as each couple, customized to the client’s taste, style and distinct vision.


44 Golf Course Road, Copake Lake 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 amazing views and indoor décor that’s rustic chic, 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.





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, this classically-inspired wedding venue is elegantly appointed to create the fine ambiance your special day demands. Excelsior Springs is located adjacent to the Courtyard by Marriott, so you and your guests can take advantage of the hotel’s outstanding amenities for lodging and bridal parties, before enjoying a memorable wedding and reception in the Excelsior Springs Event Center.


4249 Route 50, Saratoga Springs 518.584.7067 danielles-bridalofsaratoga.com Danielle’s Bridal, located in the heart of beautiful Saratoga Springs, has been helping brides find that perfect dress for more than 30 years. The boutique’s consultants work with each bride on finding exactly how she wants to appear on her wedding day. From deciding on a wedding gown to picking out the bridesmaid dresses, to alterations from their outstanding seamstress, Danielle’s Bridal is here for you every step of the way. For the grooms, Danielle’s rents from two different tuxedo companies; this offers several options and any style to fit into that dream wedding. Danielle’s Bridal has been known for its laidback approach, with no appointments needed and walk-ins warmly welcomed.







2551 Vermont Route 30N, Lake Bomoseen, VT 802.468.5251 lakebomoseenlodge.com If you’re dreaming of saying “I do” in a picturesque lakeside setting, visit the beauty of Lake Bomoseen Lodge in Lake Bomoseen, VT. A recent makeover includes newly renovated rooms and indoor reception location, and upgrades to the landscaping. The pristine Vermont backdrop beckons nature-loving brides, while the wide variety of water activities and the brand-new Taproom (boasting 16 taps and more than 40 can selections of craft beers!) entertain wedding guests. Whether it’s your wedding day or weekend, Lake Bomoseen Lodge is the perfect choice for making it one to remember.

WOLFERTS ROOST COUNTRY CLUB 120 Van Rensselaer Boulevard, Albany 518.449.3223 wolfertsroost.com

Wolferts Roost’s panoramic views of the Berkshire Mountains in a city setting make it the perfect place to host your special event. Whether you are celebrating a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or your big day, the club has more than 5,000 square feet of banquet space, including a banquet hall and grand ballroom. Let the Wolferts Roost team make your day magical and leave you with fond memories that will last a lifetime. Host your wedding ceremony on the lush grounds of the golf course and celebrate your reception in the grand ballroom. With the expertise of the culinary team, your wedding menu can be customized to suit the tastes of even the most discriminating diner. Audio-visual equipment, specialty linens and décor can all be expertly coordinated by event specialists.

AMAZINGLY AGELESS MEDI-SPA 1202 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham 518.608.1252 amazinglyageless.com

Dr. Virginia Giugliano completed medical school with the desire to preserve her patients’ health. After 20 years of practicing OBGYN, her focus is now on looking and feeling ageless—and what bride-to-be doesn’t want to look and feel her best? Amazingly Ageless Medi-Spa is a full-service med spa specializing in noninvasive 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 cutting-edge services to enhance your health and preserve your “ageless” look, including leading up to your big day. Please call to schedule your private consultation.




BUTTERMILK FALLS INN AND SPA 220 North Road Milton 845.795.1310 buttermilkfallsinn.com

Buttermilk Falls’ 75-acre Hudson River estate is private, exclusive and perfect for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Enjoy the entire Inn and property while staff attends to your needs. Catering services are provided through Henry’s at the Farm, the premier on-site restaurant, where “local” is more than a trend; It’s the mantra. The Inn’s ten guest rooms in the historic Anning Smith House offer gas-burning fireplaces, shower or whirlpool tub and views of the gardens or the Hudson River. Throughout the property are eight charming carriage and guest houses, including the Grand Laurel Wedding Suite. Buttermilk’s eco-friendly spa is where a wedding party can relax and indulge and offers on-site makeup and hair stylists, as well.


997 New Loudon Road, Latham 518.785.1857 thecenturyhouse.com Plan your dream wedding right here! With the perfect balance of traditional elegance and modern rustic charm, The Century House provides an unforgettable backdrop for your special day. Whether you're having a grand affair for 300 or an intimate celebration for 25, the ballrooms and event spaces are easily transformed to match your vision. The garden tent set amid a half-mile nature trail is ideal for outdoor ceremonies or casual celebrations. Featuring unique menus, indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces, and an onsite hotel, the acclaimed staff will manage every detail of your day to ensure that your expectations are exceeded. To learn more, please call the event office today.


802 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville 518.389.2889 2sheacatering.com The 2Shea Catering business was created to delight, inspire and to be inspired, and strives each day for a standard of excellence in both hospitality and cuisine. They provide all the catering services for Shaker Ridge Country Club, as well as catering to other venues stretching from Lake Placid to Poughkeepsie. Menus range from traditional to the most current innovative fare. Whether it’s incorporating your favorite recipes into the menu or honoring a dietary or culturally-specific menu, 2Shea is happy to work with you to guarantee a memorable guest experience. The talented professional staff will satisfy your personal requests, make suggestions and provide the best possible service. 26 | JANAURY 2020 | CRLMAG.COM





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 that can accommodate your wedding party, large or small, from 20 to 200 guests. The five-star venue is owned and operated by Barry Jackson, having 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. A stunning private dining room is also available for a rehearsal dinner, wedding shower, or any other small gathering. Catering is also available for any occasion—“at your place or ours.”


677 Broadway, Albany 518.477.7463 677prime.com 677 Prime is Albany's premier upscale wedding and corporate events venue. Along with offering fine dining in the restaurant, 677 Prime is also the perfect venue for your next special event. Experience world-class service and cuisine in a chic and luxurious setting. With five event space options ranging from 10to 300-person capacities, you can be confident that your event will exceed all of your expectations. From business luncheons to weddings, you know your event will have the same five-star cuisine and impeccable service you would expect from 677 Prime.


721 Old Settles Hill Road, Altamont 518.355.0460 settleshillbanquets.com Settles Hill Banquets and Events in Altamont is the perfect setting for large weddings or small intimate gatherings. Nestled on beautifully landscaped grounds and adorned with a pergola for onsite ceremonies, Settles Hill is surrounded by evergreens, hardwoods and seasonal flowers. The wraparound 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. The 4,500-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 bridal parties. Settles Hill is conveniently located just minutes from Albany, Guilderland, CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JANAURY 2020 |



Schoharie and Rotterdam. Come experience country elegance at its finest.


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. The Grand Clubhouse is the perfect venue for either an intimate gathering of 25 guests or a fabulous wedding for 200. Let The Vista’s professional cater-

ing team guide you through the planning process for this memorable day. The caring staff is there to help you relax and enjoy your special day with the highest level of service that always meets the expectations of the most discerning guests, while the incredible view and culinary delights will make this a day to remember.


57 Beach Road, Lake George 518.668.5777 ext. 209 lakegeorgeboatweddings.com Looking for a unique wedding venue?

Lake George Steam boat Company has 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. The company’s flagship, 190-foot-long Lac du Saint Sacrement accommodates up to 350 passengers for dining and 900 passengers for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and is fully handicap-accessible; the 115-foot-long Mohican offers an intimate setting for up to 150 passengers. From planning the ceremony to serving the cake, they are attentive to your every need. Choose from various packages or customize your own. Let this truly special venue make your wedding dreams come true!

ANDREW T. FRANK DMD, PC 1816 Western Avenue, Albany 518.456.3551 albanysmiles.com

Dr. Andrew T. Frank maintains a very friendly and caring boutique dental practice that always provides the highest quality of dentistry—and is completely available for pre-wedding needs. Although he continues to practice general dentistry, his passions have led him to the more complex and rewarding cosmetic and reconstructive cases. Changing people’s lives through dentistry with a complete smile makeover “never gets old,” according to Dr. Frank, who has worked with many brides and grooms before their big day. “Today, we have the ability to accomplish so much more than we had in the past. We actually have the ability to provide a completely toothless individual with a ‘third set of teeth’ through the use of implant dentistry. It is so exciting!”


Couples looking for an enchanting wedding venue that fits their budget need look no further. The newly renovated wedding banquet space and packages at Hilton Garden Inn Troy help couples plan their beautiful wedding stress free. From the rehearsal dinner to postwedding breakfast, they do it all. Having trouble paring down the guest list? The outdoor ceremony space and indoor banquet hall seat up to 600! Flexible wedding packages include audiovisual rental equipment, dance floors, linens, cake and on-site catering, and upgrades include a signature cocktail and cocktail hour, ice sculpture and elaborate raw bar. They also offer onsite accommodations for guests and the happy couple. Visit this unique space today! 30 | JANAURY 2020 | CRLMAG.COM

EVENTS CALENDAR by Will Levith & Tracy Momrow


First Day Hike At Peebles Island State Park Start your new year off on the right foot with an easy, two-mile perimeter hike at Peebles Island State Park in Cohoes. Hikers will get a dose of the park’s history, too! For more visit, parks.ny.gov/parks/111/. JANUARY 5

Winter Wedding Expo At The Albany Marriott

Photo courtesy of The Palace Theatre

The Wedding Group Bridal Shows hosts its 36th annual Winter Wedding Expo in The Albany Marriott Hotel’s confernece center. Speak with wedding planning professionals, set appointments and sample delicious foods, cakes and pastries. Each ticket admits four people. For more information, visit facebook.com/BridalShows. JANUARY 22

Jeff Dunham—Seriously!? At The Times Union Center Master ventriloquist and comedian Jeff Dunham brings puppets such as Peanut, Walter and Bubba J. to life at the Times Union Center. For more information, visit timesunioncenter-albany.com.

JANUARY 15: Dancing With The Stars: Live! - 2020 Tour at the Palace Theatre


Richard Thompson At The Egg British folk-rock guitar legend Richard Thompson will be bringing his distinctive songs to The Egg in Albany. Fans have a chance to purchase VIP packages that include a number of limited-edition items. For more information, visit theegg.org.


Dancing With The Stars: Live! 2020 Tour Experience all the fun, intrigue and drama of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars onstage at the Palace Theatre. For more information, visit palacealbany.org.

the Berkshire Immigrant Center, share their work at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. For more information, visit nrm.org.


Scott Eyerly’s Pre-Broadcast Opera Lecture: Berg’s Wozzeck At The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Acclaimed composer and librettist Scott Eyerly brings his popular opera lecture series to Great Barrington’s Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit mahaiwe.org.


Jeff Dunham and Walter

JANUARY 22: Master ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is coming to Albany’s Times Union Center.

Photo by Richard McLaren


Voices Program Series At The Norman Rockwell Museum Toni Buckley of Berkshire Community College’s Berkshire Immigrant Stories program and Michelle Lopez, Director of

Present Laughter At The Clark Auditorium In an encore broadcast presentation from The Old Vic in London comes provocative comedy Present Laughter, starring Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag). Catch it at The Clark’s auditorium in Williamstown, MA. For more information, visit clarkart.edu. CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JANAURY 2020 |


Photo by Bryan Zimmerman

January 25 at the Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Northville. Beginner and intermediate level female skiers age 18 and over, grouped by ability, will receive instruction in classic technique. For more information, visit laplandlake.com.

Director and Soloist Eugene Drucker, cofounder of the Emerson String Quartet; and Harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss, performing Bach’s six Brandenburg Concerti. For more information, visit troymusichall.org.


MONTGOMERY COUNTY JANUARY 15: Francesca DiMattio’s Statues exhibit is still on at Art Omi in Ghent.


Francesca DiMattio, Statues, At Art Omi Catch the tail-end of New York modern artist Francesca DiMattio’s Statues exhibition at Art Omi in Ghent. For more information, visit artomi.org.


Polar Plunge To Benefit The Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Department The 12th Annual Polar Plunge to benefit the Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Department takes place on the first of the year at the Caroga Lake Marina in Caroga Lake. For more info, visit carogalakemarina.com.


Winter Slime Time At The Johnstown Public Library Come make slime at the library! Winterthemed colors and tidbits included! For more information, visit johnstownpubliclibrary.info.


Dealt The Blues At The Glove Theatre Capital Region quartet Dealt The Blues take the stage at The Glove Theatre in Gloversville to play their mixture of classic blues, rock and R&B. The Young Wildcats open. For more information, visit facebook.com/thegloveperformingartscenter.


Lapland Ladies Love to Ski Classic Clinic At The Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center A special cross-country ski program for women, taught by women, takes place on 32 | JANAURY 2020 | CRLMAG.COM


Bingo At The Amsterdam Elks Lodge Start your new year off with a bingo! For adults 18 and over, the Amsterdam Elks is hosting its monthly bingo night every Thursday at their 4th Avenue lodge. For more information, visit amsterdamny.gov.


Bed & Brew At The Inn At Cooperstown Cooperstown’s Brewery Ommegang is partnering with the Inn At Cooperstown to offer guests a limited availability two-night package for beer enthusiasts, who will get to try new beers, along with gourmet meals, before the beers get released to the public. For more information, visit ommegang.com.


Bolshoi Ballet In Cinema: Giselle At Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center Catch a cinematic version of the worldfamous Bolshoi Ballet’s performance of Giselle at the Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center in Oneonta. For more information, visit destinationoneonta.com.


Hair At SUNY Oneonta’s Goodrich Theater SUNY Oneonta’s Apollo Music Club presents its production of the hit ’60s musical, Hair, at the Goodrich Theater. For more information, visit connect.oneonta.edu.


Bach At New Year’s At Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Switched on Bach? The Berkshire Bach Society hosts the Berkshire Bach Ensemble;

Trivia Night At Brown’s Brewing Co.’s Walloomsac Taproom On the second Wednesday of every month, Brown’s Brewing Co.’s Walloomsac Taproom, located in Hoosick Falls, hosts a trivia night, with prizes for first, second and third place. It doesn’t hurt that Wednesdays are also Mac & Cheese night! For more information, visit brownsbrewing.com.


Sand Lake Center For The Arts’ One Act Festival 2020 Catch eight different one-act plays at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill Park, taking place at 8pm on January 9-11 and 2:30pm on January 12. For more information, visit slca-ctp.org.


Ladysmith Black Mambazo At Troy Savings Bank Music Hall If you’re a fan of Paul Simon’s Grammywinning album Graceland, you’ll be familiar with the incredible work of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The South African singers will be bringing their incredible harmonies to the acoustics-friendly Troy venue at the end of the month. For more information, visit troymusichall.org.


Sean Kelly Of The Samples At Caffè Lena Vermonter Sean Kelly, who was the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for the beloved 1990s alternative rock band, The Samples, will be performing a solo set at the historic Saratoga Springs folk venue. For more information, visit caffelena.org.


Trivia Night At The Saratoga Springs History Museum The Saratoga Lions Club and Saratoga History Museum, along with Argyle

Brewing Co., are hosting a trivia night at the Canfield Casino. For more information, visit argylebrewing.com.


2020 Wilton Mall Boat Show At The Wilton Mall Already dreaming about next summer? Find your future pre-owned or new boat at the Wilton Mall Boat Show at the Wilton Mall in Wilton. For more information, visit wiltonmall.com.


Free Craft Day At VIA Aquarium Every Wednesday and Saturday in January, head to the VIA Aquarium in Rotterdam for a free, hour-long craft session for children. For more information, visit viaportrotterdam.com.


Shen Yun at Proctors The touring Chinese performing artists of Shen Yun bring their gorgeous, tradition-

al costumes, awe-inspiring scenery and over-the-top dance moves to the main stage at Proctors in Schenectady. For more information, visit proctors.org.


5th Annual Soup Stroll At the annual Soup Stroll, restaurants in Downtown Schenectady open their doors to serve a variety of delicious hot soups to event attendees as they stroll around downtown. For more information, visit downtownschenectady.org.


New Year’s Day Brunch At Rivers Casino & Resort Put off that New Year’s diet plan for one more day and head over to Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady for a brunch buffet, with live entertainment from Musicians of Ma’lwyck. Ticket price includes one complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. For more information, visit riverscasinoandresort.com.

GOOD FOOD, BETTER HEALTH, BEST LIFE WORKSHOPS Session 1: January 8, 15, 22 • 5:30PM - 7PM Session 2: January 9, 16, 23 • 10:30AM - Noon Get on track with this three-week interactive small group health series about health myths and facts, inflammation, preventing and reversing chronic and autoimmune disease and living a healthier lifestyle in 2020 and beyond at Comerford Chiropractic Office. For more information, visit pattymcgee.coach.





Lynn and John Corrigan | East Greenbush Window Coverings

Patty McGee | Patty McGee RN, MSN Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach







Lynn and John Corrigan

Patty McGee RN, MSN, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

Describe your business.

Describe your business.

East Greenbush Window Coverings specializes in hard and soft window treatments after evolving from an interior design business that was founded in 1987. Our Loudonville showroom has product displays that allow the customer to see and operate our products—people are welcome to stop in or make an appointment.

I opened my health coaching practice in 2018 after a 30-plusyear career working as a masters prepared registered nurse and healthcare administrator. I redirected my passion and lifelong desire to help people understand their bodies, prevent or reverse chronic and autoimmune disease and navigate their cancer diagnosis and treatment plan. My programs include Women’s Wellness, Men’s Mid-life Wellness, Couples Wellness, Nurse Navigator, Medication/Supplement Review, Grocery Store Tours and Kitchen Cleanout.

How did you get the idea for the business?

John and I were looking for a new opportunity after selling our previous business. Because of John’s strong business background and my love of design and fabrics, we felt this was the perfect opportunity for both of us. How do you set your business apart from your competition?

We strive to provide our customers with a variety of current and quality products while providing excellent customer service. We use locally owned work rooms as much as possible to fabricate some of our projects. What success makes you most proud?

Making our clients happy by finding the perfect window treatments for their home. Whether simple roller shades or ornate draperies with custom trim, window treatments really do finish off a room. If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

I have no idea. We really love what we are doing now! 34 | JANAURY 2020 | CRLMAG.COM

How did you get the idea for your business?

For years I’d wanted to own my own business providing services to my local community. My approach to health and wellness is non-conventional. I teach people the value of real whole food and a well-balanced lifestyle in order to decrease inflammation for them to heal themselves of chronic and autoimmune disease. How do you set your business apart from your competition?

My personal healing story based on the tenets of whole food eating and functional medicine, along with my extensive knowledge of conventional medicine, makes me uniquely qualified to educate my clients so they can make informed decisions about their own healing journey. What success makes you most proud?

I am most proud of my own personal journey and transformation. Through the use of a real whole food diet, exercise and

decreasing stress, I have completely reversed my hypothyroidism, stopped taking synthetic hormones, lost more than 30 pounds and live a full and happy life. I am looking forward to a successful second career and years of joy and happiness with my three children and husband, Greg. If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

I would open a retail store that sells the hundreds of health-related products I have researched and believe in.

Lynda Tymeson | Down To Eath Fitness



Lynda Tymeson Describe your business.

Down To Earth Fitness, which I have owned since May 2019, is a fitness studio with small group exercise classes, yoga and personal training. How have you become so connected to your members in such a short amount of time?

This fitness studio was originally Full Circle Fitness, which I was a member of. I eventually took their personal training course and became a trainer and also continued to be a member there. When the previous owners decided to relocate and close the gym, it was devastating for me CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JANAURY 2020 |



and other members. So I looked into purchasing the studio and everything fell into place like it was meant to be. What success makes you most proud?

Down To Earth Fitness provides a supportive, non-intimidating and welcoming atmosphere. All fitness levels are welcomed here; however, it is an especially great place for people to start, since we teach proper technique in performing each exercise. We also provide nutritional guidance and support to help with weight loss and other fitness goals. There are a lot of success stories here at Down To Earth Fitness, such as members saying that they are now able to keep up with their grandchildren or were able to go on a hike that they were not able to do before they came here. Stories like that re-affirm my commitment. If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

I was in the addiction field for more than 30 years, and one of the things that always bothered me was that we would tell other staff and clients to take care of themselves yet were often doing a bad job of taking care of ourselves. I am very glad to be in a field now that can also give back to all the care-givers out there.


Karen Legggett | KJ’s Gymnastics

and/or ninja skills. Ninja Zone was added to the program in 2016. How did you get the idea for your business?

I worked in Albany for another gymnastics school and was ready for a change as my children were getting involved in sports. There were no other activities like gymnastics in the Columbia County area and we thought this would be a great addition to the community. How do you set your business apart from your competition?


KJ's offers a non-competitive program to facilitate fun with learning.

Karen Leggett

What success makes you most proud?

Describe your business.

Our 20 years in business and adding Ninja Zone to the program.

KJ's Gymnastics celebrated its 20th anniversary in business in October 2019, and teaches children old enough to walk gymnastics

If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?


Working someplace!



My Favorite Hotels In America by Vikki Moran • The Grateful Traveler


ith winter school breaks fast approaching, many Capital Region families are preparing for a bit of wintertime fun in the sun with a quick escape to warmer climates. Albany International Airport will soon be welcoming in droves of travelers in shorts and sandals, their recently shed winter coats and scarfs in tow, anxiously awaiting their turn to fly southeast or west. According to online tour booker TrekkSoft, 95 percent of travelers want to keep themselves and their families entertained and happy while vacationing in 2020, with 85 percent wishing to get the best deals for the most value. Their final wish is to enjoy the outdoors and stay active. Sunny and warm destinations tick all those boxes. Here’s a list of my favorite properties in sunny climates for all of you temporary snowbirds.

Need‐To‐Know: At the Betsy, you will find luxury furnishings in each room, with gorgeous walnut floors, as well as walls filled with artwork from the owner’s collection and even your very own private library. The restau‐ rant options within the hotel are lovely too, including LT Steak & Seafood. Suggestion: Book your room with a balcony overlooking the Art Deco district.

The Perry Lane Hotel (Savannah, GA)

A self‐described destination with purpose, Miami’s Betsy Hotel allows and even encourages its guests to bring the family dogs along. No need to schedule the pet sitter, because your furry friend will rest in lux‐ ury while you play on South Beach. The Betsy is undoubtedly a luxury boutique hotel, as well as a gathering place for arts and culture in South Beach. Trendy SoBe is not usually known for curated events, but you can enjoy live jazz and classical music performances in the hotel’s lobby. This family‐owned hotel is simply fantastic and sits directly across the street from the world‐famous beach.

Located right in Downtown Savannah, you can easily walk to the city’s most beautiful squares, mansions and restaurants from the hotel. (I have always felt that, perhaps, prowling is a better term in Savannah than walking.) There’s so much to take in Savannah; perfectly preserved and rich in old southern charm, one street in Savannah can hold your attention for the entire day. Need‐To‐Know: The Perry Lane has elegantly appointed guest rooms and awesome hotel perks. This gem of a hotel has the best rooftop bar—Peregrin—that I have ever seen. Peregrin sits atop the hotel, offering a luxurious 360‐degree backdrop of Savannah. Any given evening can serve up the classiest of high‐altitude vibes or tranquil after‐ noons lounging in the rooftop pool. Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market on the first floor of the hotel is a local gathering place with an energetic flow. Hotel guests and locals mingle and enjoy authentic southern and eclectic food choices. Wine‐tastings and cooking classes are offered fre‐ quently and are great fun. In the hotel’s restaurants and bars, as well as

The Betsy — South Beach

The Peregrin roof top bar

Photo courtesy of The Betsy Hotel

Photo courtesy of The Perry Lane Hotel

The Betsy Hotel (Miami)


their lobby market, special attention is paid to the one and only Savannah culinary scene. Suggestion: Pay attention to all the hotel’s special touches, including its story and portraits of the fictious Adelaide Harcourt.

Ordinarily, I would not be choosing a Disney resort in my top picks, but the Animal Kingdom Lodge has so much more to offer than the other properties in the Disney World. And let’s face it, many readers from the Capital Region will be heading there. In addi‐ tion to its proximity to the theme park, the resort also has a surprising number of cultural things happening nearby it, including nightly parades through the lobby, showcasing talent‐ ed dancers and musicians. South African restaurant Jiko ‐ The Cooking Place offers some impressive dishes, and it is managed and manned by a wonderful staff who will help you through the choices. Need‐To‐Know: The resort property also includes African safari experiences, including the villas of Jambo House, a genuine, full‐scale resort in and of itself, complete with exotic swimming pools, slides, and waterfalls; and Kidani Village, part of the Disney Vacation Club Villas. Both were inspired by the traditional African kraal, a village of fence‐enclosed huts, and their unique curved shape allows visitors views of the resort’s four lush savannas. Only Disney can pull off the design of four African savannas, complete with wandering animals from the continent, in the middle of Florida. Suggestion: At either location, grab a room with a savanna view to enjoy the sunsets and wake to the astonishing vista complete with roaming animals.

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney

Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort (Orlando)

Wilderness Lodge Resort

JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa (Paradise Valley, AZ)

Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

In the shadow of Camelback Mountain, the JW Marriott Scottsdale takes my breath away as soon as I enter its courtyard. Hummingbirds buzz by and linger at the fountain by the thou‐ sands. There is a saying posted on the building that reads “time stands still,” and it does! Need‐To‐Know: The resort’s renowned spa is not only beautiful, but also expertly man‐ aged and designed. I could live my life in the spa and die very happy. There is no better place to land after a day of hiking or horseback riding on the desert trails of the Sonoran Desert. Garden trails and outdoor living spaces lead to heated swimming pools that surround the guest rooms. The resort’s pueblo‐style, pet‐friendly accommodations feature charming kitch‐ enettes and an array of deluxe amenities. Suggestion: Spend all the time you can in the spa and bring home some of its amaz‐ CRL ing lotions. Pool at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JANAURY 2020 |


Shedding Light On The Future Of Window Treatments Photo courtesy of Comfortex

As home decor gets a boost from innovative design and technology advancements, new life is being breathed into the long-stagnant category of window treatments. by Mallory Bulman The combination of a printed shade with vibrant curtains as an accent brings visual interest to this neutral living room in this look from comfortex.

Photo courtesy of Comfortex


Photo courtesy of East Greenbush Window Coverings

No matter the size or scope of your windows, shades and curtains can add functionality and visual interest.

Roller shades and valances work together to give this room a luxe and regal look.


indow treatments are an essential part of domestic life, whether they’re blocking the early morning sun from your bedroom window, providing you with much‐needed privacy or reducing energy loss from your home. There’s quite a long history attached to them: Curtains and window treatments originated as a temperature‐control technique, with the earliest curtains made from animal hides and hung in doorways on hooks. As textile innovations have progressed, the category of window treatments has expanded to include blinds, shades, shutters and other designs to control light and temperature in your house. While window treatments are essentially about form, function and style, there are many dynamic and innova‐ tive takes on traditional window treatments evolving in the exciting new design landscape. Among the myriad trends seen throughout the home decor indus‐ try, technology is a big one and its impact on design has been stagger‐ ing. When it comes to window treatments, this growth includes a 21st‐ century approach to the age‐old mechanisms traditionally employed. As home automation grows in popularity, it is naturally evolving to include home design products. Automation for home furnishings is all about ease of use, and with motorized curtains and shades, remote‐controlled window treatments and cutting‐edge techniques such as digital printing, the world of home window products is rapidly advancing. In a market that has long been static, with the same designs for curtains and blinds for decades, high‐tech innovations are quickly making waves. “Home security, energy efficiency and child safety are all improved by allowing you to control your window treatments from a remote mobile device or your smart home assistant,” says Lynn Corrigan, owner of East Greenbush Window Coverings in Latham. Remote‐ or app‐controlled window treatments are growing in popularity due to an increasing emphasis from consumers on efficiency and convenience. When using a remote or app to adjust window treatments, regulating the amount of light in a room becomes as simple as switching a light on or off. Forward‐looking innovations to window treatments have addition‐ al advantages such as reducing wear and tear, and cordless solutions are safer for pets and children. “We expect the benefits of cordless shades to continue to appeal to customers that are seeking a sleek appearance and child safety,” says John Fitzgerald, executive vice president of Comfortex Corporation, a leading manufacturer and fabricator of cus‐ tom window treatments founded in Maplewood, just outside Albany, in 1986. Comfortex offers several motorized options that incorporate rechargeable battery technology; the PowerTouch™ Rechargeable, which employs a wand with a button that lifts and lowers the shade; and

Photo courtesy of Comfortex

the Simplicity Rechargeable Motorization, which is operated by a radio frequency remote, making it a more affordable option. East Greenbush Window Coverings is also keeping up with the advancements in motorization for window treatments, offering add‐on motorization options for most of its window treatments. Designed to adjust how natural light will be dispersed throughout the home, the PowerView Pebble Remote is a new featured product from Hunter Douglas, a popular manufacturer for which East Greenbush Window Coverings is an author‐ ized showcase dealer. The Pebble Remote is a true illustration of modern design, with its high‐tech controls and seamless ergonomic design that marries functionality with a sleek, stylish appearance. The convergence of style and substance is an ongoing trend in home decor, especially when it comes to window treatments. “While people continue to use a variety of treatments for privacy and/or sun control, they are asking for more draperies and top treatments to add another layer of personality to their rooms,” says East Greenbush Window Coverings’ Corrigan. Adding personality to a home is no new phenomenon, but there are more options than ever for customizing the look of your windows. Comfortex’s Fitzgerald has taken note of this trend as well, introducing a patented manufacturing process called Production on Demand. “This state‐of‐the‐art technology uses digital printing, combined with production that generates less than half the waste of traditional manufacturing,” Fitzgerald says. “All colors and pat‐ terns are stored digitally and, just as the name suggests, shades are cus‐ tom produced on demand.” The customization trend allows homeowners and commercial cus‐ tomers alike to put a personal touch on every detail of an interior space. Gone are the days of limited options in a sea of white plastic blinds— today’s window treatment market is rife with options for everyone from professional designers to DIYers, all of whom can lend their creative vision to their window coverings. Corrigan explains that with the diverse

Roller shades are an efficient and user-friendly alternative to blinds.

looks and designs available now, today’s consumer is less likely to shy away from window coverings once thought of as purely utilitarian: “Shades have always been a practical solution that have had a resur‐ gence over the last several years, but are now available in many fabrics, colors and prints to fit any style.she says” Window treatments are essentially a practical necessity, but recent innovations in textiles, automation and design allow for greater creativ‐ ity and freedom when choosing the distinct look one desires. At the rate that these innovations are being made, the future of window treatments CRL is shaping up to be brighter, bolder and smarter than ever before.

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Is 4 Really Your Number, Capricorn? by Alexx Bradley


t’s not only a new year, but also a new decade, and with it being a 4 Year, numer‐ ically, and Jupiter being in Capricorn for the entire year, it’s truly going to be a year of taking care of yourself and those you care about. Both Jupiter’s placement and it being a 4 Year requires us to be more conservative in how we approach life. It also gives us the added opportunity of creating new plans and ideas and making positive changes. This may be the year that we actually stick to our New Year’s resolutions and make great strides throughout the coming year. Jupiter in Capricorn is about work, home, family, finances and finding ways to improve your life in some way. These improvements could be related to work, your health or rela‐ tionships, whether they be personal ones or the relationship you have with yourself. It is telling us that it is time to cut back in some way, and you must ask yourself, “Do I really need it, whatever it may be, or can I live with‐ out it?” (That is, if it is healthy for you.) Jupiter is associated with luck and money, but in Capricorn, it is less about spending and more about ways we can grow. So, get out that vision board and start cre‐ ating the new year you want to! Of course, as with any new year, it is a time to let go and make some changes in your life. Usually, we look at it as getting over bad habits or addic‐ tions—and yes, that includes shopping, dieting and overall health—but this year it is time to look at the entire picture of how we want to create and make the year better as a whole.

If You Don’t Do The Work, The Work Might Be Done For You! To accomplish this, you have to look back at the past year (or years) and take into account what might not have been good for you or what might’ve been holding you back in some way. These might be things that are obvious, or they might just be fear or insecuri‐ ty in taking that leap of faith. The year 2020 will be wonderful, but could be difficult if you refuse to change or let go in some way, even if you are aware that the time has come to make those changes. This might have to do with rela‐ tionships, but it’s more often work‐related. If 42 | JANAURY 2020 | CRLMAG.COM

you have been playing with an idea for a busi‐ ness, going back to school or wanting to change jobs, this is the year to do it. And for the creatives, especially writers, this is the year to get published.

Where To Start? First and foremost, this is about loving and most of all believing in yourself. You know what’s no longer in your best interest or may be holding you back, so it is time to let it go. Light a white candle and write down the things you want to leave behind in 2019. For each person this may be different. This year we have the added bonus of a full moon/eclipse on January 10, and full moons are always about letting go. Write down the things you want to release on a piece of paper: These could be the names of people you have unhealthy relationships with; they could be diet‐related; or have to do with a business you started up that seems stalled. Visualize what you just wrote down as existing in the past and burn the paper. Eclipses are always more intense and allow us to see and let go of what is holding us back. They often lack sentimen‐

tality, making it easier to purge those things that you have been holding onto and that no longer define who you are, as the eclipse lacks emotional connections. Maybe it is time to ask yourself, “Do I own my things or do my things own me?” Now that you’ve released what’s been holding you back, light a pink candle for love, and it will represent loving yourself. Do this anytime during the first month of the new year. But the best times are on New Year’s Day, during the full moon on the 10th or the new moon on January 24. Do this when you can relax; light scented candles, if you wish, as well. While the candles are burning, create a vision board for the coming year of what you want to create/manifest or write on paper. Place this somewhere so that each morning you see it and visualize what you hope to bring to fruition. But be aware: You have to put the work into what you want to create or build on to make it happen. This is your year; create the person you want to become. Have a wonderful and magi‐ cal New Year! Happy 2020!


2020’s The Time For Estate Planning by David Kubikian


ose weight. Exercise more. Eat healthi‐ er. New Year’s resolutions come in dif‐ ferent shapes and sizes, but at their core, represent a desire to be better at some‐ thing than we were the previous year. However, you rarely hear New Year’s resolu‐ tions that include the words “estate plan” or “long‐term care plan.” To be honest, though, they shouldn’t be that uncommon. Deciding to be proactive about setting up or updating your estate plan or long‐term care plan requires you to think about getting older and eventually (gulp) dying. We are all going to die someday. There, I said it. One hundred percent of us are aware of this fact of life, but only a fraction of us is proactive about creating an estate plan. The excuses for why people don’t plan ahead are plentiful. Most give some version of “I don’t like thinking about that stuff.” I certainly can empathize with people who feel that way. After all, I spend my entire day talking to clients about the realities of get‐ ting older—and eventually, dying. It is no more fun than talking about root canals or chest pains, but unlike situations involving acute pain or discomfort, there are no obvious signs that you (a) need to have a comprehensive estate plan; and (b) need to make sure it is up to date and reflects your stage in life. Make no mistake: failing to plan ahead as you get older (or for your death) could be much more painful to your family than a toothache or chest pains. Consider the follow‐ ing five reasons to add estate planning to the top of your New Year’s to‐do list. (1) You already have an estate plan and long‐term care plan. Did you know that? It’s true. In New York State, there is already a default plan in place for each and every one of us. When it comes to estate planning (who gets what when we die), New York law states that your assets, absent any other direction by you, will pass to certain relatives. Which ones? That depends on what your family tree looks like at the time of your death. Most of the time, that

means money goes to a spouse, children or some combination of both. However, some‐ times it means that money goes to your parents and siblings; or even grandparents, uncles/aunts and cousins. The problems start cropping up there. (2) Absent a plan, your assets could go to your children. Well, what’s wrong with that? If you’re like me, that means a 6‐year‐old and 7‐ month‐old child will inherit all of my property and money. Not exactly a good idea. Now, for those of you thinking that my children would put Toys “R” Us back in business with their inheritance, think again: They wouldn’t actually have the money in their little hands just yet. Something worse would have to happen first…they’d need to turn 18. That’s the age of majority, not maturity. They’d be considered adults and would be able to decide whether to waste my hard‐earned money on new rims for their car or just pocket it instead of going to college, as I was hoping they would. (3) Now, think of the opposite scenario. I’ve seen instances where an elderly mother has received an inheritance from a daughter who was spouse‐less, child‐less and estate plan‐less. That doesn’t seem too awful until you learn that Mom was in a nursing home and

her newly acquired inheritance threw her off Medicaid benefits, and the inherited money was spent down until she again qualified for Medicaid, tens of thousands of dollars later. (4) Having a comprehensive estate plan can avoid guessing games. In other words, who gets what, when they get it, how they get it and what they can do with it. It can mean making sure that beneficiaries of your estate get money at the right time, or even better, not at the wrong time. It’s not uncommon for estate planning documents to have general provisions that will prevent beneficiaries under the age of, say, 25, to receive assets outright or for benefi‐ ciaries in skilled nursing facilities to be skipped in order to make sure that public benefits being received are not jeopardized. It can also mean avoiding a costly, time‐consuming probate pro‐ ceeding following death (i.e. the legal process of reviewing one’s will). (5) Estate plans, drawn up with an eye toward long‐term care considerations while you’re still alive, can help protect your hard‐ earned assets. So that those assets are dis‐ persed how you planned them to be, whether it’s preserving them for the next generation or to be given away as charitable donations or whatever you decide to do with them. The default long‐term care plan is spending all of your assets until you qualify for Medicaid to pay your costs. A well‐thought‐out plan can protect your assets from long‐term care costs, while allowing you to continue to enjoy and control your assets at all times. Resolving to create or update an estate plan is not as headline grabbing as trying a new diet or joining a gym, but the ramifications of having a comprehensive plan will positively impact you and your family for generations, to come. Believe it or not, New Year’s resolutions are not mutually exclusive, and you are not lim‐ ited to one. Come April, your weight‐loss pro‐ gram might be long gone, but an estate plan will withstand the test of time. CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JANAURY 2020 |


Expert Tips, Tricks And Recipes For Clean Eating In The New Year by Patty McGee, RN, BSN Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Story and photos by Patty McGee


he new year is all about resolutions and new beginnings. The year 2020 is an exciting time here in the Capital Region: Everywhere you look, people are making healthier choices and eating cleaner. And that is not an accident: Research shows that eating a clean, healthy diet prevents chronic and autoimmune diseases, saves money and decreases stress and inflammation. Clean eating has also been proven to help people safely lose weight and keep it off forever. Eating clean is about changing your lifestyle from the Standard American Diet (SAD) to eating real, whole foods. Changing how you eat and feed your family can be overwhelming, so I’m offering some of the best tips and tricks to enjoy a healthy new year, along with some delicious, clean recipes to help you get started and make your New Year’s resolution a sustainable reality. Cook Your Own Food: Home cooking, meal planning and meal prep‐

ping are great ways to get started with your 2020 New Year’s resolutions to eat clean and healthy. Kitchen Cleanout: Throw out foods that have expired and don’t have clean ingredients. Donate cans, jars and boxes of processed food, if they havn’t expired or been opened. Organize And Declutter: Overstocked and disorganized refrigera‐ tors, pantries, drawers, cabinets and countertops make preparing meals overwhelming. Being organized helps you prepare meals quicker and makes them more fun. Pull Out Appliances: A food processor makes meal prep quick and easy. Use it to slice, chop or grate foods to make delicious, healthy stir fries, salads and soups. A good blender will help you produce satisfying smoothies, sauces, nut butters and bowls. The list of options is endless. Plan Ahead: Plan meals for the week, make a shopping list, buy

Vegetarian and Gluten-Free: Winter Wellness Bowls Ingredients ½ cup of uncooked brown rice 1 cup of spinach 1 cup of arugula ½ cup of chickpeas ½ cup of finely chopped red cabbage ½ cup of finely chopped raw carrots ½ cup of finely chopped raw beets ½ cup of finely chopped chives 2 Tbsp of your favorite roasted nuts, chopped 3 cups of vegetable broth

Instructions • Place the uncooked rice in a medium pot with one cup of water (or vegetable broth for more flavor). • Cover and bring water/broth to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer for 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. • While the rice is cooking prepare chopped vegetables using the grater blade on your food processor. • In a separate large mixing bowl, add spinach, arugula, chickpeas, red cabbage, carrots, beets and chives. Mix everything together. • Now, build your bowl: In two separate medium bowls divide the rice and use it as your base. • Add mixed vegetables and sprinkle toasted nuts on top. • Heat the remaining 2 cups of vegetable broth and divide into each bowl. Serves 2


what’s in season (and grown locally) and know your budget before you go shopping. There are some great apps out there that will make this easier, but an old‐fashioned notebook and pencil will do the trick, too. No Labels: Reading food labels can be confusing, so take the guess‐ work out of it to ensure you’re eating clean and purchasing real whole foods with no labels. Create your own cereals, soups, sauces, dressings, nut butters, jellies, bars, desserts and even crackers using real ingredi‐ ents. Pinterest is your friend when it comes to recipes. Weekly Meal Prep: Prepare vegetables, fruits, grains and lean pro‐ tein once a week and enjoy delicious, healthy, stress‐free meals. In mere minutes, bake, roast, sauté and grill meals for the week ahead, so you can get on with your other resolutions such as exercising and spending more quality time with your friends and family. Quick And Easy: Use recipes that call for only one pot, skillet or sheet pan, so that you can prepare delicious healthy meals making

cleanup quick and easy. Google one‐skillet meals and enjoy. Cook Once, Eat Twice: Double the recipe and use the leftovers the next day or freeze them and enjoy them at a later time. Homemade food as leftovers always tastes better for tomorrow’s lunch or dinner. Use Clear Glass: Multi‐size glass storage bowls and lidded jars that store dry and cooked ingredients make staying organized and cooking at home a breeze. Glass containers can be used in the pantry, refrigerator, oven, microwave and dishwasher, then put back on the shelf for next time. Neither option harms the environment. However, lids should not be microwaved or washed in the dishwasher, so that they last for a longer period of time. Quick Cleanup: Cleaning as you prep and cook meals makes this part of healthy eating more manageable and easier at the end of the day. CRL This is where you can ask for help from your friends and family.

Time-Saver One-Skillet Meal: Warm Chicken And Vegetable Stir Fry Ingredients Sauce: 1/3 cup pineapple juice 3 1/2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce 1 Tbsp rice vinegar 1 large garlic minced 1 1/2 tsp minced ginger 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes 2 Tbsp olive oil

Stir Fry: 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 medium red or yellow onion, chopped 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved 4 cups broccoli florets (cut into bite-size pieces) 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed 3/4 cup raw cashews

1 bunch green onion, thinly sliced 1 pound organic boneless chicken breast, cleaned and sliced into thin strips

Instructions for sauce • In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients and set aside

Instructions for stir fry • Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. • Cook chicken in skillet, then add the onion and cook until it’s soft and translucent. • Add Brussels sprouts and cook until soft. Add the broccoli florets and continue to cook until vegetables are tender but still have a bit of a crispiness. • Add the chickpeas, cashews, sauce and mix together. • Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes while the sauce thickens and caramelizes. • Remove from heat and serve. • Garnish with sliced green onion. Serves 6




Pillows From T-Shirts? Sign Me Up! by Heather Jablonski


Jewel photo by hyacinth50 Scarf photo by Miss Messie

he new year is finally here—and with it comes love, peace and happiness. For many of us, 2020 means new beginnings: prepar‐ ing ourselves and our wardrobe for a fresh new start. Do you have less than dazzling jewelry, a collection of scarves you don’t wear anymore or a worn‐out, favorite T‐shirt that you just can’t seem to part ways? Why not take these settled‐in items and turn them into something fresh, fab and fun?

T-Shirts, Take Two

Photo by Whimsie Dots

I can almost guarantee that you have one of those T‐shirts—the one that makes your heart melt every time you see it in your closet or draw‐ er, day after day, even when you’re reaching for something else. I do. Mine is my “Best Mom Hands Down” T‐shirt, with my 2‐year‐old son’s handprints on them, which he gave me as a gift (he’s now 14). Back then, I wore that shirt repeatedly, showing off his beautiful little handprints to the world—but unfortunately, it inevitably became too worn out to wear. How do you part with something so special? The answer is: You don’t. One way to give that old T‐shirt some new life is to create a beauti‐ ful pillow out of it—a brilliant and simple idea that makes your heart happy and adds some personality to your home. What you’ll need to make your T‐shirt pillow: • T‐shirt • Stuffing • Matching thread • Fabric scissors • Sewing machine This project is extremely easy, so don’t worry if sewing is not your forte. You only need a sewing machine that can sew a straight stitch, and once you get rolling, you’ll be on your way to your new favorite pillow that fills your heart with joy.

Scarves’ Second Lives In addition to those old T‐shirts, scarves also rank high on the “I have way too many of these in my closet” list. Many are beautiful and come with fond memories—but can be repurposed in many artful ways. One of my favorite ways to bring old scarves back to life is by turning them into no‐sew fabric coasters. A simple and fun way to make room in your wardrobe is by creating a gorgeous set of coasters. What you’ll need to make your coasters: • One old scarf • Felt • Mod Podge Fabric • Brush • Scissors • Ruler • Straight edge Using a ruler and straight edge, cut out 4‐inch‐by‐4‐inch squares of felt. Cut out 5‐inch‐by‐5‐inch swatches of your scarf. Apply a medium coat of Mod Podge over the felt square. Firmly press your scarf over the glue and felt, smoothing out any bubbles. Brush a thin coat of Mod Podge over the top of the scarf, making sure to cover any scarf that extends out beyond the felt square. This layer will help seal the scarf and give it a shiny appearance. Once the Mod Podge is dry, carefully trim the excess scarf away from the felt square. You can also repeat this process over 4‐inch‐by‐4‐inch ceramic tiles for a heavier coaster. 46 | JANAURY 2020 | CRLMAG.COM

Accessories For The Win! Now that your old T‐shirts and scarves have new, exciting lives, why not give those accessories you’ve collected over the years the same spe‐ cial treatment? Do you have a box full of costume jewelry that you never wear? There are so many wonderful ideas to easily turn your once‐loved jewelry into unique, gorgeous fashion pieces, home decor, and gifts. Here are three easy ways to recycle old accessories: (1) Make jeweled gift tags. From old charm bracelets to brooches, any piece of jewelry can be added to a gift’s package to dress it up. It is a wonderful way to add beauty and pizazz to a gift that someone will surely love. (2) Add jewels to a lampshade. Your creativity with your jewelry will create stunning new lampshades. So simple, so new. (3) Bejewel your purse or clutch. Grab some glue and place your jewels on purses or clutches to create a brand‐new bag that is original and gorgeous! In short, everything old is new again. By taking all of these tips to heart, you’ll be well on your way to a spacious closet, new fashion pieces, great new home decor, and a happy and healthy new year!

Happy Birthday To Us! ACROSS 1. Listen! 5. Some internships are this 9. Plate smashing exclamation 12. Black, poetically 13. Blackfish subject species 14. Compass’ partner 15. Zac Efron movie ___ Again 17. Bite like a puppy 18. Horse 19. Manicure focus 21. Drink like a puppy 23. It comes after Sun. 24. Top left key on a keyboard 27. Age of Stranger Things’ Gaten Matarazzo 32. Throw with great force 34. Command for a dog before “shake” 35. Herb that’s also a shade of green 36. American teen magazine 39. Column’s counterpart 40. Nat ___ 41. Winnie the Pooh’s friend whose name rhymes with his 43. Human‐powered vessel 46. Your grandmother’s son, perhaps 50. ___ carte menu 51. Number of syllables in a haiku 55. Dorm role models (abbr.) 56. Prefix with joyed and whelmed 57. Dry, as a desert 58. Airport authority (abbr.) 59. Tennis and volleyball equipment 60. Go by DOWN 1. Popular toy truck brand 2. Aid 3. Roam

4. Assume the praying position 5. Anagram for opt 6. “We ___ Family” 7. Winter road danger 8. Yogurt brand 9. Prefix meaning all 10. Beach toy 11. Instagram and Tinder, familiarly 16. Confidentiality contracts (abbr.) 20. They may go marching one by one 22. Pine nut and basil concoction 23. Approximately 3.28 feet in length 24. Canadian interjections 25. Be litigious 26. Popular Honda model 28. Compete

29. Lobe location 30. Self‐esteem 31. ___ Year’s 52‐Down 33. Toy brand that’s now a movie franchise 37. Liam of Taken 38. An adjective may describe one 42. Available from a keg 43. Amazon.com icon 44. Expression of pity 45. Astronaut org. 47. Arrested Development’s Michael 48. Hawaiian accessories 49. Finishes 52. 31‐Down Year’s ___ 53. Retired soldier or pet doctor, for short 54. Triage locales (abbr.) ANSWERS ON

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The Mixing Bowl by John Gray


Photo by dianayin


luffy white snowflakes drift‐ ed through the sky above Times Square and by the Marriot Marquis hotel. Amelia Andrews was watching them slowly float by the window of her suite when the alarm on her phone went off, telling her it was time to go downstairs to the ballroom and receive her award. As she punched the buttons on the elevator and the doors closed behind her, a familiar melody was coming from the speaker above her head, the kind of Muzak they play at the dentist’s office. Amelia rec‐ ognized it right away and smiled, trying to remember the name of the song. Then it hit her: “Top of the World” by The Carpenters. She wasn’t one for experiencing what people called “God winks,” but Amelia felt a warm glow rise up in her and said out loud to the empty elevator, “Is that you Nana?” Her grandmother loved that song and often hummed it as she made her grandkids meals or tended to her beautiful country garden. Growing up on a ramshackle farm in Upstate New York, the Andrews family, with their three girls and two boys, didn’t have much by way of money. There was the main farmhouse with the continuously leaky roof and a smaller building out back that offered warm comfort to farm help, all the way back to when it was built 150 years ago. That’s the place where her Nana lived for much of Amelia’s teenage years, and the two of them got very close. They say grandparents aren’t supposed to have favorites, but Amelia was certainly hers, mostly because she spent so much time with her Nana. They talked about life and the importance of hard work, faith and family. She’d tell Amelia, “Three things to never be late for: work, church and Sunday dinner with your family.” Her absolute favorite thing to do with her Nana was to bake cakes, because Amelia loved licking the batter from the spoon and bowl. When you’re poor, and treats are rare, that batter is pure gold. Eventually she left the farm for college, got her Master’s degree in economics and became a hotshot at a pharmaceutical company in Manhattan. That’s what tonight was about, the annual dinner where important people, who all flew private and wore designer everything, patted each other on the back and handed out bonus checks. Amelia was being honored at the gala, but as the elevator made its journey down, her mind was on the old farm and simpler times. She wasn’t much for dinners like this, and when she was forced to

go to them, she was always drawn to the waitstaff that set the tables, tended bar or brought out the bas‐ kets of fresh rolls. When she was in her teens, she picked up hours waitressing at the local diner, and the “blue collar folks” always suited her better. She found them more genuine. As she walked into the large room with huge crystal chandeliers, she spied a young lady, about 19, filling up water glasses with two pitchers in each hand. “Impressive,” she thought. As she sat at table No.1, right by the stage, the waitress with a name tag that read Jenny said, “I’m your girl tonight, anything you need, just wave me over.” Amelia surprised Jenny when she extended her hand to shake, saying, “Hi, I’m Amelia.” Jenny lingered long enough to tell Amelia that dinner would be filet mignon and a stuffed lobster tail on the side. Everything was top shelf for the evening except for the dessert. Jenny said, “For some rea‐ son, they’re having a simple yellow cake with chocolate frosting.” With that, Jenny shrugged her shoulders

and went back to work. The cocktail hour was followed by the fancy sit‐down dinner, and then, the awards program began. One by one, people in gowns and tuxe‐ dos made their way to the stage for smiles and speeches. The last award of the night was not for the person who made the company the most money; instead they called it the “Caring Cup,” given to the one person who exemplified kindness and friendship to all. It came with an engraved silver cup and a check for $5000. Jenny was laying out the unimpressive dessert when she heard them call Amelia’s name. The room suddenly fell silent as the farm girl in the natty white dress approached the podium with a single slice of yel‐ low cake in her hand. “The cup will go on my mantle,” she began. “The money to the local animal shelter. But the cake, that’s for me.” She told them every nickel she’d ever spent being kind had come back to her dressed like a dime. She told them she requested this simple dessert tonight as a reminder of where she’d come from. Then she looked at Jenny, watching, as still as a statue, her whole life in front of her, and said, “In fact, Jenny, come with me.” Amelia led Jenny back into the kitchen and asked the head chef if he mightn’t have a bowl of cake batter still lying around. “Oh, and two spoons, please.”

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