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CONTENTS july 2018

10 Photo courtesy of Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor

COVER STORY 10 Day-tripping

FEATURE 19 Summer hot spots

SPECIAL SECTION 24 Summer Dining Guide 34 Boomer Living

COLUMNS 36 Parenting When force fails

37 Financial A summer to-do list to navigate these uncertain times

38 Horoscopes Sun sign forecast for July

39 Fashion ‘Athleisure’ defined

50 Last Page The barn




Publisher’s letter


Arts & Entertainment


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ell, readers, this is the time that many of us have been waiting for: the scents, the feel and the enjoy­ ment of July. Traveling near and far with our families or just relaxing in the yard or neigh­ borhood parks are in order. Summer enter­ tainment is truly the best in our area and it all begins now! As I child, our family car only headed north on the Adirondack Northway. We packed and planned and as an only child, our trips always included my best friend, Paula or my cousin, Debbie. Granted, we had seen everything north of Albany but the trips were still always great fun. As an adult, my hus­ band, Dan, and our son, Greg, and I were more adventurous traveling the USA and beyond. We rarely had been to where our car or plane was going, but the planning was half the fun during the year. When July rolled around, it was magic and we were prepared. This issue points a few directions for many and we hope you enjoy them. Choices are the name of the game in July. You can do or go where your heart calls. The historic and storied Erie Canal may be for you or perhaps a trendy getaway to Vermont. Listen to your heart and point your car in that direction but take a copy of Capital Region Living with you. Happy July, happy picnics, happy outdoor dining (covered in our magazine, too), happy camping and glamping, enjoy every morsel and come back for more. Gratefully yours, Vikki Moran


DAY-TRIPPING By vikki moran | The Grateful Traveler



he Northeast is just spectacular for summer vacations, which is why folks flock here from all over the country at this time of the year. If your family (large or small) is looking to join an adventure scene or just relax in nature, close to your home in the Capital Region, enjoy our suggestions on local vacation trips.

Tripping to Dorset, Vermont With so many lovely places in neighboring Vermont to visit, I believe Dorset is still a wonderful and well­ kept secret. The Village Green is as near perfect as any in the world that I have seen. The Green is dotted with romantic dining and lodging and village stores with everything you would need for a picnic or Vermont food shopping. What I mean by Vermont shopping is shopping for the perfect syrup and honeys, grabbing some the best Northeast cheese you will ever have, gourmet locally roasted coffee beans and coffee and so much more! Vermont is an overlooked culinary experience. Back woods with hiking and easy walking trails showcase Dorset, Vermont’s wildlife – wild birds in par­ ticular. Grab your bird books, your binoculars and a great sense of awe and wonder. The Norcross­West Quarry is the oldest marble quarry in North America and what a great treat to swim in. Unique and refreshing and a must­do when visiting. It is internationally known and for the brave at heart. Come on; if I can do it, you can do it. There is great summer theater, farmers markets, festivals and so much to relax and unwind.

‘Unearthing’ the paranormal The Old Stone Fort Well, you don’t have to travel too far for this fun, if you love to be frightened. The Old Stone Fort in Schoharie was built as a church in 1772, then fortified during the American Revolution in 1777. It was the scenes of some bloody attacks during that time. Of course, there is a cemetery (what would be a haunting without one). The staff and guests at The Old Stone Fort have reported “feeling a presence try to stop them from going upstairs, hearing a woman scream from the tower, and even seeing apparitions in the doorway to the library. It's also not unusual to hear footsteps on the second floor when no one is up there.” 145 Fort Road in Schoharie | 518.295.7192 | hauntedhistorytrail.com Fort William Henry We all know and love the Lake George Fort but have you thought about it from a paranormal point of reference? According to HauntedHistoryTrail.com and from our local history, we know the grounds sur­ rounding Fort William Henry had also been the scene for countless battles, terrible disease and harsh cli­ mate. A tour of the fort for any reason will point all this out but when you have hundreds of years of histo­ ry, there are bound to be some ghosts and hauntings. 48 Canada Street, Lake George | 518.668.5471 | fwhmuseum.com

The Finger Lakes Region FingerLakes.com describes the Finger Lakes as a wonderland of deep gorges, cascading waterfalls, sparkling lakes, and acres of forests, farms and vineyards. This writer says great historical significance, gourmet food, pristine surroundings, Nascar racing and of course, wine is what the area offers visitors from near and far. Craft beer, craft food and new European style wineries like Heart & Hands on Cayuga Lake, as well as Bellwether on Keuka Lake, Anthony Road on Seneca Lake and the ever popular and entrenched Dr. Constantine Frank Winery create a complete journey of indulgence. Eat, drink and explore then crash at one of the many quaint B & Bs and inns; there will certainly be another glass of adult beverage waiting, if you are still thirsty!

Woodstock, VT Another Vermont treasure lies a bit farther for the Capital Region (about 2 hours) but so well worth a trip and for at least a few days. This is another wonderful example of classic Vermont. Passing by the coun­ try’s largest display of covered bridges, this year­round resort community is all about the Farm to Table scene and frankly, countrified sophistication. I recommend checking out the artisans and their work which are plentiful in Woodstock like Andrew Pearce bowls and boards, Stave puzzles and, of course, Simon Pearce glass. Quechee, Vermont is within minutes where swimming will not only bring relief from summer heat but a lifelong supply of spectacular photos at Quechee Falls and State Park. This affluent yet very country casual town is a favorite of many Capital Region families for good rea­ sons in all seasons but the summer is just a feast for the eyes. Check out one of my favorite resorts in the northeast which just happens to be Woodstock’s crowning jewel, The Woodstock Inn & Resort on page 15.



Erie Canal

Historic waterways and new adventures By Lindsey Shumway

T The Rambunctious Journeys On: Photo courtesy of Lindsey Shumway

wo hundred years after the construction of the Erie Canal, we continue to live and thrive in the cities that the canal had a large part in develop­ ing alongside it. While the days of commercial trade led by mule and barge have long since passed, travelers still come through on the same route, marveling at the fantastic engineering feat that enables boats to travel from Lake Erie to the Hudson River and beyond, lowered and lifted dozens of feet through the series of locks that connect us and allow us to pass on through. Walking along the Waterford Harbor recently I met a friendly boater relaxing onboard The Rambunctious, a cruiser she shares with her husband. I plunked down for a conversation that can only seem to occur between voyager and landlubber, yearning to listen about her adventures as much as she wanted to share. Midge Johnson and her husband, Walt, have been on the water for nearly a year complet­ ing the "Great Loop," a journey along waterways throughout the whole eastern part of North America; it's a trip they have wanted to make for the past 30 years. "It's really been the trip of a lifetime" Midge says. They have set anchor at dozens of ports and have traveled hundreds of miles since setting sail from Dock of the Bay in Sandusky, Ohio, but she says the Capital Region and its canal system hold their own charm, when compared with all the rest. "This area is really vying for one of our favorites," she said.

Cruise the Erie Canal and adjoining waters Photo courtesy of Dutch Apple Cruises

Photo courtesy of Upstate Kayak Rentals

Photo courtesy of Waterford Visitors Center


You don't need to own a boat to get out and enjoy the Erie Canal and near­ by waters. The Captain J. P. Cruise Line in Troy is a four­deck cruise ship that offers various cruises on the Hudson, including a Friday night music cruise and narrated cruise Sundays with a brunch buffet, as well as others that include dancing and entertainment from local comedians. Prices range from around $20, to $33­$43 with dinner included. (captainjpcruise.com) Dutch Apple Cruises in Albany also explores the Hudson with sightseeing trips, in addition to special cruises from $20­$50, like the Jerry Garcia Birthday Cruise August 1 with live music from Gratefully Yours, and a country cruise with 100.9FM The Cat for $25.25 pre­sale. (dutchapplecruises.com) Ride the only stern­wheel riverboat on the Champlain Canal, the Caldwell Belle, navigating water as shallow as three feet for $15­$20 per adult. The Belle's home port is near the village of Schuylerville with Mohawk Maiden Cruises. Within an easy drive, Erie Canal Cruises in Herkimer gives people the oppor­ tunity to listen to an award­winning "Living History" cruise for $59, as well as a Friday night dance party cruise for $20. (eriecanalcruises.com) Upstate Kayak Rentals If you want to paddle the waters but don't have your own kayak, there are more options around the region than ever. Self­service rental hubs are available in five locations around the Capital Region, where, after making a reservation online, you will be sent a code that uses Bluetooth technology right from your smartphone to unlock a kayak. If you feel more comfortable renting from some­ one who can help with tips and route information, rent your kayak from the Waterford Boat Launch or the Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady. It costs $20 to rent a kayak for two hours, and open hours are Tuesday­Friday (11am­6pm) and Saturdays and Sundays (10am­5pm). (upstatekayakrentals.com) Upstate Kayak Rentals employee Stephanie Dumont says "You can't bring your stress on the water in a kayak; it just melts away. It's a world away from the city."

Traveling sights Corning GlassBarge The sun shining on the canal on clear summer days makes the slow­moving water look like liquid glass. In honor of the voyage the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company made 150 years ago to Corning via the New York water­ ways to become The Corning Museum of Glass, the public is invited on the water to get a close­up look at the glassmaking process. Throughout the summer, a 30 by 80­foot canal barge loaded up with all­electric glassmaking equipment will be stopping at various ports from Kingston to its final stop back to Corning in September. The GlassBarge stopped in our region including Troy, Waterford, Amsterdam, Canajoharie and Little Falls. (cmog.org) Lois McClure Traveling with the GlassBarge from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is the Lois McClure, a replica of an 1862 sailing canal boat. Visitors will be able to go aboard the schooner 88 feet in length, which was designed to sail from faraway ports, and then lower its masts to travel the canal.

Hike or cycle the towpaths Trek the same steps made by mules and "hoagies," or the boys who led them in the early days of the Erie Canal in the canalway

trail stretching from Buffalo to Albany. The 20th annual Cycle the Erie Canal Tour has quickly filled up with more than 650 cyclists interested in the 4­day and 8–day rides taking place July 8­15, but there is still room for the 2­ day tour from Canajoharie to Albany on July 14­15 for $325. Communication Coordinator with Parks & Trails New York Jonathan Duda says that this is a historically significant ride, as it's because of the canal that the western part of the country expanded as it did. "It is such a monumental piece of American history that [cyclists] can see right then and there," Duda says. "You don't have to be on the water to appreciate it." New this year for 2­day and 4­day cyclists is a shuttle service available to transport cyclists' gear for a fee. The ride culminates at the Albany Visitors Center in Quackenbush Square, cele­ brating with live music and food trucks. Enjoy nature and history at the 600­acre Vischer Ferry Preserve off Riverview Road. There’s a segment of the original 1825 Erie Canal and towpath, along with structures of the 1842 Enlarged Erie Canal and the present­ day New York State Barge Canal. Check out the 1862 Whipple Truss Bridge, as well. In addition to learning about the canal evolution, it’s a great site to explore the wetland ecosystem and Audubon NY has identified the preserve as wonderful bird watching area. clifton­ parkopenspaces.org/locations/vischersferry.

You can learn about the Erie Canal in downtown Albany, too. The State Museum is offering an exhibit and related programs on Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal. Check out the exhibit and schedule of events. nysm.nysed.gov. Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site At Fort Hunter, see all three eras of the Erie Canal and the 1841 Schoharie stone aque­ duct that carried the water from the Enlarged Erie Canal, over the Schoharie Creek. Also on view at the Visitors Center, open Wednesday­ Sunday, are artifacts from the 18th Century Fort Hunter and Lower Castle Mohawk Village. The Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site pres­ ents a summer filled with music, history, edu­ cation, storytelling and a canal days fest. Check out the schedule at parks.ny.gov/events.

Festivals CanalFest at Mabee Farm The CanalFest is a family­friendly event packed with activities such as barn­raisings, campfire demos, a petting zoo and pony rides, live music, and much more! This free event, at the historic Mabee Farm in Rotterdam Junction, is scheduled for July 14 from 11am­ 3pm and will include demonstrations inspired by the Erie Canal in honor of its 200th anniver­ sary celebrated last year. schenectadyhistori­ cal.org/canalfest.

Glassblowing on GlassBarge

Photos courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JULY 2018 |


Steamboat Meet The annual gathering of steamboats comes to Waterford on July 7 as part of a circuit they make each summer at various ports in our area. Visitor Center Coordinator Chris Callaghan describes the captains as hobbyists skilled in their mechanical abilities to be able to work on the high­pressure steam engines and says many build their own steamboats and maintain them. "You'd think that they'd be very noisy," he says, "but they're actually whisper­quiet." Tugboat Roundup Around 30 tugboats will also dock at the Port of Waterford September 7­9 for the annu­ al gathering of tug boats, with a tug parade and tug tours available. There will also be a beer barge, live music, vendors and a firework display on September 8. Dragon Boat Races When is the last time you've seen a drag­ on on a river? How about a whole fleet? In early Chinese history, decorated dragon boats were used in ceremonies to ward off illnesses and other problems related to the coming heat and humidity of summer. Picture a 40­foot canoe with a painted dragon head in front, tail in back, and 20 rowers in between, and you have a dragon boat and crew. Upwards of 20 boats will be thundering through our water­ ways on August 18 in the first­ever dragon boat races for our area. The event is free and can be viewed from the Port of Waterford.


Photo courtesy of Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady

Riverside concert series What better concert scene is there than along the river on warm, summer nights? Check out the weekly concert series in Albany, Schenectady and Troy and check out the line­ up of bands on the websites below: Rockin' on the River – Hosted at Troy's Riverfront Park Wednesday evenings from 5:30­8pm until August 8 (except July 4).

downtowntroy.org Harbor Jam Concert Series – Saturday nights from 6­8pm at the Mohawk Harbor Amphitheater at Rivers Casino in Schenectady until August 11. discoverschenectady.com Alive at 5 – 5­8pm Thursdays at Jennings Landing, Albany, until August 2 (except July 5). Rain location at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch. albany.com.

Woodstock Inn entrance exterior at dusk: Photo courtesy of Woodstock Inn & Resort

Woodstock Inn

By vikki moran | The Grateful Traveler


bout two and one­half hours from our home in Brunswick and perhaps a bit farther from other Capital Region towns lies the affluent yet country casual vil­ lage of Woodstock, VT and its jewel in the cen­ ter of the city, The Woodstock Inn and Resort. I have been to the property and yes, have even written about it, but the most recent renova­ tions and creative culinary changes brought me back to the resort and happily so. While the Woodstock Inn and Resort has always been beautiful and impressive, now there is a new creative spirit and employee pride that is a delight for travelers to experience. The Woodstock Inn and Resort now rivals all others in the northeast. I have to begin with the road trip itself. Wow, what an excellent experience traveling through small cities and towns while traveling north to Woodstock. The route has everything: covered bridges, mountains, farms, quaint stores and places to stop and take it all in.

commitment to conservation. Mary's family, the Billings, were already prominent members of Woodstock when they married. Today the Billings (family) Farm & Museum is one of the most beautiful outdoor history museums in the country. It still is a fully­operating Jersey

dairy farm full of educational exhibits and interactive programs and events for any fami­ ly to enjoy. It’s close to the Inn that bears such a striking historical connection through its founders. It is a must­see, and the Inn can make it happen for you.

The history The Inn was founded by Laurance and Mary Rockefeller, so it is not a surprise that the Inn features only excellent craftsmanship. Throughout the elegant property, there are artisanal amenities that echo Vermont's authentic country style. Laurance lived to be 94 and was an early leader in venture capital­ ism and a devoted conservationist. Laurance married Mary French, granddaughter of Frederick Billings, and adored the farm and woodlands of Woodstock, VT. Many confirm that Woodstock cemented in Laurance the

1890 Farmhouse: Photo courtesy of Billings Farm & Museum

Billings Farm & Museum Free for Inn guests! Experience the heart of rural Vermont at Billings Farm & Museum, just a 15­minute stroll from the Woodstock Inn. Meet the prize­winning Billings Jersey herd, draft horses, and other livestock, explore the fascinating 1890 Farm House, and attend an interactive program or two. CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JULY 2018 |


The Renovations and current creative edge No expense has been spared in renova­ tions, and the principal designer of the project was Paul Duesing, of the hugely acclaimed resort interior design and architecture firm Paul Duesing Partners. He has worked with hun­ dreds of five­star hotels and resorts, including Capella Pedregal (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico), Tucker's Point Club (Bermuda), and the Royal Livingstone (Victoria Falls, Zambia). Duesing's designs are recognized for their affinity to local heritage. The beauty of Vermont and Dueseing’s philosophy is certainly apparent and appreciated at The Woodstock Inn and Resort. The renovation numbers for the guest rooms alone is 6.5 million dollars and overall 16 million was spent over a three year period. Mary Suite: Photo courtesy of Woodstock Inn & Resort

Kelly Way Gardens: Photo courtesy of Woodstock Inn & Resort

Food and the senses Gardener Benjamin Pauly and Resort Executive Chef Rhys Lewis are on board to cel­ ebrate the bounty of Vermont and their own Kelly Way Gardens as well as the newly designed Red Barns. On Sundays in July and August for evenings of dining featuring the local artistry of Vermont’s Cheese Makers, Farmers, Beekeepers, and Dairymen while cel­ ebrating the bounty of Kelly Way Gardens. A calendar of Red Barn events celebrating the bounty of flowers, herbs and vegetables is on the following page. What a team these two professionals make! The Kelly Way Gardens under Ben Pauly and his group of five devoted gardeners and interns are just amazing, har­ vesting the veggies and greens for the day's meals under the consultation with Chef Lewis. These dinners are selling quickly so if you are interested, call very soon. Ben Pauly explained, "Diversity is the fun aspect of everything we do; it is all about the taste" and I can tell you first­hand that this philosophy is paying off. You can also enjoy sensory bliss by walk­ ing through the garden. The views from the 3 acres of certified organic culinary and cutting gardens may be the best from Kelly Way. Other relaxing activities include Slow Tea in the Garden where you can enjoy a spot of organic herbal tea and honey made from the garden, and held in the garden – a perfect place to relax. Check with the Inn for times and fees. Executive Chef Rhys Lewis has also trans­ formed the cuisine at the Inn from very good to excellent, from breakfast to afternoon tea and cookies to dinners at The Red Rooster or Richardson's Tavern, in addition to these restaurants, is the The Fairway Grill (more great views and food) and of course the special dinners at The Red Barns at Kelly Way Gardens.

Activities and relaxation Red Barns at the Kelly Way Gardens: Photo courtesy of Woodstock Inn & Resort


Whatever your soul needs is what your vacation to Woodstock can deliver. There are pools to swim, nooks inside and spectacular

Woodstock Inn Calendar ~ KELLY WAY GARDEN ~

July 7 – The Culinary Herbalist July 7 – Tour & Tasting July 8 – Red Barn Dinner July 14 – Seasonal Florist: The Petal Jedi of July July 14 – Tour & Tasting July 15 – Red Barn Dinner July 21 – Edible Flowers and Great Garnishes July 21 – Tour & Tasting July 28 – How to Make a Great Garden Smoothie July 28 – Tour & Tasting July 29 – Red Barn Dinner August 4 – The Tasty Tisane: Herbal Teas from the Garden August 4 – Tour & Tasting August 5 – Red Barn Dinner August 11 – Seasonal Cut Flowers: Captivating Cuts in August August 11 – Tour & Tasting

Spa Image: Photo courtesy of Woodstock Inn & Resort

lawns outside to read or nap or sip under the Green Mountains, and a spa that is as well staffed as I have ever seen. It has always been a pet peeve of mine that resorts pay so very much to create a gorgeous spa and then leave it understaffed, with guests waiting for answers, products, and serv­ ices. This is NOT the case at Woodstock. The changing areas, saunas, steams, relaxing areas, hot tub, and pools are monitored continuously and serviced. This is a real spa facility akin to those in Europe. There is an Orvis© Endorsed Fly Fishing Program available as well as a New England Falconry program which is administered by experts and an incredible learning experience. The winter months usher in even more activities as well at the Tubbs Snowshoes & Nordic Adventure Center as well as Suicide Six Area which the resort owns. I have always viewed Vermont as New York's quiet and pretty sis­ ter, but after spending time at the Woodstock Inn and Resort after their many changes and upgrades, my imagery has changed to add gra­ cious and sophisticated. The Woodstock Inn & Resort is located at 14 The Green, Woodstock, VT. 888.338.2745; woodstockinn.com. CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JULY 2018 |


Hudson River Train Tour App

Connecting rail passengers to regional tourism attractions Free mobile app features audio guides, themed trips and hundreds of sites


here’s a new, interactive, and entertaining way to discover the many historic, natural and cultural attractions between New York City and Albany. The Hudson River Train Tour mobile app gives rail travelers several tools to enhance their train excursions through the Hudson Valley, including real­time mapping services, audio tours, and themed trip information on over one hundred tourism sites. Developed by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, in partnership with the National Park Service, the Hudson River Train Tour app is now available for free download in the Apple App Store and Google Play. The Hudson River Train Tour app gives Metro­North and Amtrak pas­ sengers information about the various parks, trails, historic sites, cultural destinations and historic downtowns located in the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area as they travel north and south between Grand Central/Penn Station in Manhattan and the Albany­Rensselaer station. Using the smartphone app, passengers can learn about the destina­ tions along the Hudson River line related to five regional themes of inter­ est and easily plan trips to visit the sites located near the train stations using mapping services and directions. Audio narration related to the Hudson River and its many attractions educates and entertains passen­ gers along their journeys. “It’s exciting to release the Hudson River Train Tour App to coincide with the region’s peak tourist season, because it will introduce visitors to

new places to discover throughout the region,” said Scott Keller, Acting Executive Director of Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. “Part travel guide and part audio tour, the app can be used to identify sites right outside your train window and beyond, hopefully enticing you to step off the train and explore.” The app contains information on more than 100 points of interest including castles, lighthouses, mansions, estate homes, bridges, creeks, islands, preserves, historic sites, water towers, battlefields, theaters, museums and art centers, scenic landscapes, riverfront parks and recre­ ational areas for hiking, biking, kayaking, wildlife watching and more.

Hudson River Train Tour App features Themes: Travelers can click on “themes” to select from the following areas of interest: What’s Out the Window, which showcases sites seen from the train; Freedom & Dignity, highlighting the American Revolution, Underground Railroad, the Roosevelts, and Civil Rights; Nature & Culture, focused on natural landscapes, artists, writers and architects; Corridor of Commerce, featuring early settlement and economic development; and the Voices of the Hudson, which contains historic audio stories. Real­time mapping: Using location services, the Hudson River Train Tour app alerts passengers about the sites they are approaching along their trips in real time, and directions are provided from the user’s current location via Google Maps. A full GPS map with all the tourism sites marked is also available by clicking on “Map.” Audio tours: The “Voices of the Hudson” audio tours tell stories related to the Hudson River and beyond by storytellers and narrators on intriguing historical topics such as the Underground Railroad, Native Americas, pirates, ice boating, and the archaeological artifacts that lay on the bottom of the river.

Project partners Funded by a Market NY grant from Empire State Development and I Love New York with matching funding from the National Park Service, project partners include Amtrak, Dutchess Tourism, Hudson Valley Tourism, Metro­North Railroad, National Park Service Trails and Rails Program, and Scenic Hudson.

About the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area was designated by Congress in 1996 and is one of the now 49 federally designated National Heritage Areas throughout the United States. Through a partnership with the National Park Service, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area collaborates with residents, government agencies, non­profit groups and private partners to interpret, preserve and celebrate the nationally­significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley. In this way, public stewardship for these resources as well as eco­ nomic activity at the local and regional level is encouraged. The Heritage Area is managed by the Hudson River Valley Greenway. Visit: hudson­ rivervalley.com. The app can be accessed online at: hudsonrivervalley.com/app. 18 | JULY 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM



WILDPLAY Adventure activities of every intensity! Come check out Albany’s newest adventure, WildPlay Thacher Park - Little platforms way, way above your head. Dozens of ziplines whizzing everywhere. More suspended ladders, bridges, nets, and obstacle games than you can count. When life feels boring, too cozy, or is just missing something, it’s a signal to push at the edges of your comfort zone. Imagine what a little nudge (or a big ol’ leap) into a new aerial adventure will bring. Fun? Challenge? Adrenaline? At WildPlay Thacher Park, that’s only the beginning. Book your adventures at WildPlay.com. Play More. Fear Less. Thacher Park, Yellow Rocks Pavilion | Voorheesville, NY 12186 + HELPFUL TIPS: Plan to be at the park for 2-3 hours. Ages 5 and up. Walk-ins welcome, but booking online is even easier at wildplay.com

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HOURS: 7 days a week, 10 AM - 6 PM COST: $20-$55

DUTCH APPLE CRUISE Climb aboard the Dutch Apple II and enjoy a relaxing cruise on the scenic Hudson River. Our vessel is U.S. Coast Guard inspected and features both enclosed decks complete with heat and air conditioning and open-air decks where passengers can enjoy the refreshing breeze and catch some sun. The Dutch Apple II is outfitted with comfortable seating and clean restrooms. A full cash bar and light refreshments are offered during each cruise. Rain or shine, we’ll provide you with a memorable, entertaining cruise in Albany. We offer a variety of cruises on the Hudson River, including: • Sightseeing cruises, narrated by a Hudson River historian • Private charter cruises, for group events, trips or celebrations of special occasions. • Dinner cruises, featuring a delicious meal and dancing • Fundraising cruises, to benefit worthy causes and organizations 141 Broadway, Albany | 518.463.0220 | dutchapplecruises.com | info@dutchapplecruises.com + HELPFUL TIPS: Sightseeing cruise & private event venue located in Albany. Now offering LAND TOURS!

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HOURS: Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday Boards 12:30pm, Departs 1:00pm, Returns 2:30pm. COST: Adults $19.95, Seniors $18.95, Children 3-10yr $12.00, Children 2yr & under FREE.

HUDSON BERKSHIRE BEVERAGE TRAIL The premier beverage trail in New York State’s Hudson Valley and the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the trail extends from south of Albany, through the Berkshires, and down to Clermont, NY. On the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail you can visit wineries, cideries and distilleries all within 50 miles of each other. Experience award winning wines, specialty hard cider and hand crafted spirits, along with lots of fresh local produce and other gourmet items from this unique region. hudsonberkshirewinefestival.com


HELPFUL TIPS: Named Best Multi-Beverage Trail in New York and First of the 5 Best Beverage Trails in the country




RIVERSIDE MAPLE FARMS Make it a day you won't forget. Bring the whole family to Riverside Maple Farms! Open year round, there is always something yummy and sweet going on at the farm! Enjoy free tastings, tours, and family fun activities. Try some of our famous maple cotton candy. Chat with one of our experienced maple makers and learn how we tap our trees and make the syrup. Explore our products including syrup, candy, and so much more! 7152 Amsterdam Road | Glenville | 518-214-4014 | riversidemaple.com


HOURS: Thursday - Sunday 10am-6pm; Closed Monday - Wednesday

HIGH FALLS GORGE High Falls Gorge provides the Adirondacks' most breathtaking 30-minute walk accessible by all ages. Explore our groomed paths, steel bridges, and walkways with glass floors that bring visitors down into the gorge and provide safe access to plunging waterfalls as the river flows through the Adirondack cliffs. Work up an appetite by exploring the falls and stop by the River View Café for a fresh menu and locally sourced drink selection. With a children’s menu and sensitivity to dietary restrictions, there’s something here for everyone. Don’t forget to stop into the Adirondack Gift Shop for a mix of nature-themed gifts, locally made items, home accessories, a variety of books, and outdoor gear. Follow us on Instagram for daily updates! NYS 4761 Route 86, Wilmington | 518-946-2278 | highfallsgorge.com

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HELPFUL TIPS: “The most breathtaking 30-minute walk in the Adirondacks!”


HOURS: Open Daily, 9am-4:30pm

COST: Summer 2018 Rates: $11.95-Adult | $8.95-Child (ages 4-12*) *Children 3 and under are free






LET US HOST YOUR EVENT AT JACKSON’S See what everyone is talking about. We have a little bit of everything on our menu to please any appetite. Jackson's is a family run restaurant. Three generations, since 1943. HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!

646 Albany Turnpike, Old Chatham • 794.7373 • jacksonsoldchathamhouse.com



Rustic Grace. Spectacular Space. A Friendly Place by the Side of the Road... Acres of lawn, woods and gardens, authentic rustic architecture and a 40 year commitment to local farms and community are what separate The Cock 'n Bull from the herd. Enjoy Beef.

5342 Parkis Mills Road • Galway • 518.882.6962 • thecocknbull.com 24 | JULY 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

VOTED BEST OUTDOOR DINING This award-winning venue, located on the shores of the Mohawk River, is open year-round for lunch and dinner. It is well-known for fine food, romantic ambiance, outdoor seasonal patio and waterfront Tiki Bar & Grill. Start your evening with cocktails at the riverfront “Tiki Bar” and then settle in on the multi-level patio to enjoy a selection from the tempting culinary offerings. From tasty appetizers, to steaks, seafood and Italian favorites–there is something to please every palate!

2 Freemans Bridge Road, Glenville Only one minute from Rivers Casino 518.370.5300 • TheWatersEdgeLighthouse.com

Voted #1 American Cuisine & Colonie Restaurant

THE PATIO IS NOW OPEN! Experience The Barnsider Restaurant today. All dishes are prepared by award-winning chefs who use the freshest ingredients available. Our beef is carefully aged a minimum of 28 days in a temperature and humidity controlled environment and our chefs cut and trim every steak to rigid standards in our On-Premise Butcher Shop. This results in a lean, tender and incredibly flavorful steak. Mon.–Thur. 4pm-10pm, Fri.–Sat. 4pm-10:30pm, Sun. 4pm-9pm.


Celebrating 35 Years at our Saratoga Location! Proudly serving America's time honored BBQ Favorites: • NY “State Fair” Chicken • Memphis & Kansas City Ribs • North Carolina Pulled Pork • Texas Beef Brisket • Virginia Smoked Sausage and Ham • Pacific NW Smoked Salmon Thank you for your votes! BAR-B-QSA… Barbeque’s United “Tastes” of America! ®

The Barnsider 480 Sand Creek Road, Albany • 518.869.2448 • barnsiderrestaurant.com

1 Kaydeross Ave West • Saratoga Springs 518-583-RIBS (7427) • 518-583-CHIK (2445) • pjsbarbqsa.com

Thank you to our customers for your votes! Everyone else, come find out why…BEST KEPT SECRET

Veronica's is the rebirth of Altamont's only casual fine dining restaurant. We are striving to become your favorite spot for any occasion. Our scratch menu and innovative style is what we hope will bring you back time and time again. Our knowledgeable and efficient service will welcome you every time you walk in our door. For us, it is all about assuring that your choice in us is an experience that consistently over delivers time and time again. We look forward to the opportunity of serving you for years to come!

Proprietor Peter Blackman and Executive Chef Alex Carusone

186 Main Street, Altamont • 518.595.5095 • veronicastavern.com CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JULY 2018 |


PATIO IS NOW OPEN! VOTED BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT Thank you for your votes for Best Fine Dining

Enjoy our summer ‘18 menus, featuring delicacies of the season and detailed on our website. Accompany it with a Chardonnay, a chilled Gamay or a summer Rosé. Lighter fare menu also available on the patio.

707 Union Street • Schenectady 518.344.6393 • cheznousschenectady.com

Thank you to our Capital Region patrons. We are truly honored to be voted Best Rensselaer County Restaurant 7 years in a row! Also Best East/North Greenbush Restaurant 4 years in a row! Sincerely, Chef Mike & Staff

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Located on beautiful and historic Lake George, in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. This Queen-Anne Stone Castle has been transformed from a private residence into a luxurious Inn and farm to table restaurant. Our Executive Chef features an array of local farm-fresh ingredients prepared in a contemporary manner. Our menu follows the seasons with weekly specials that make each visit to Erlowest a new experience, savor this outstanding tradition for yourself at our intimate 4-Diamond restaurant.

3178 Lake Shore Dr. • Lake George • 668.5928 • theinnaterlowest.com

The vision for Westfall Station was formed to help establish the Town of Sand Lake as the beautiful and vibrant place it once was. It was also intended to establish another facet of a true “Traditional Neighborhood Development” Westfall Village by offering a quality gathering place for its residents and for the community at large. Our staff will go out of their way to please you, we’ve tried vigorously to provide you with quality foods and beverages in an environment where our patrons feel most comfortable. Our patrons should not settle for less.

We're not far away! Just an 8 minute drive from Albany.

596 Columbia Tpke Hannaford Plaza, East Greenbush 518.479.4730 • chezmikerestaurant.com 26 | JULY 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

13A Averill Avenue, Averill Park 518.674.6258 • westfallstationcafe.com


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. A small private room in our upstairs dining room for that perfect party! Good Food ~ Good Times ~ Good Friends

We began serving traditional delicious Mexican and Spanish cuisine in the Capital Region 22 years ago. Owned by Patty Bermejo-Bhola and Freddie Bhola. Patty came from the beautiful and culture colonial city of Puebla where the traditional cuisine and outstanding specialties include: mole poblano, pipian and gorditas poblanas. With the strong family tradition that their parents taught them, the Bermejo family has been able to start the first authentic Mexican restaurant in the Capital Region.

JULY ENTERTAINMENT Friday 6 ~ Hobbit Mafia Saturday 7 ~ Tapestry Friday 13 ~ Just Nate Saturday 14 ~ Kiss Revenge Tribute

Friday 20 ~ Prototype Saturday 21 ~ Katie Louise Friday 27 ~ Keller & McGowan Saturday 28 ~ Mike McMann

2850 NY 43 • Averill Park • 518.674.3040 • thetownetavern.com

271 Lark Street (Serving Tapas Only!) • Albany • 465.2568 289 Hamilton Street • Albany • 432.7580 www.Elmariachisrestaurant.com • www.elmariachitapas.com

Tranquil outdoor dining in the heart of Albany! Nicole’s Restaurant offers a diverse menu of upscale Italian cuisine with many global and modern American influences. Our elite team of chefs are always creating new, seasonally-inspired dishes, such as our weekly Chef’s Specials. Join us for dinner, or even just a glass of wine, out on the DelSo Terrace this summer. Nicole’s is available for evening reservations Tuesday–Sunday, with any of the restaurants rooms or spaces available for private dining for your next special occasion. Call us today!

556 Delaware Avenue, Albany • 518.436.4952 • nicolesrestaurant.com CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JULY 2018 |



Host a better-for-you barbecue


traditional backyard barbecue is typi­ cally filled with a wide array of tempt­ ing foods that make it hard to keep a healthy eating plan on track. With a few simple modifications to your menu, you can trans­ form your grilling party into a spread of better­ for­you foods you can still enjoy. Get creative on the grill. An easy swap like chicken or pork instead of burgers and brats is an instant nutrition boost. Use wood chips or a marinade to create a main dish so tasty you'll forget it's a health­conscious choice. Put produce front and center. There's no time like summer to enjoy the bounty of the garden, so pile on the veggies in place of dense, calorie­laden sides. A crisp, refreshing salad, lightly seasoned veggies on the grill and even fresh raw veggies with a light yogurt dip can all be healthier additions to your barbecue menu. Make apps amazing. A health­conscious meal doesn't have to mean eliminating entire courses. Appetizers while you wait for the grill to heat are practically a requirement, after all.

Instead of the typical rich, creamy dips, try a lighter approach, like these cracker canapes. Add a special touch with Crunchmaster crack­ ers, which are gluten­free, non­GMO and full of flavor. Made with wholesome ingredients from trusted sources and available in Sea Salt, Roasted Vegetable, Applewood Smoked BBQ and Aged White Cheddar flavors, these snacks are crafted to fit healthy lifestyles.

Grilled watermelon, feta and balsamic cracker canapes Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 5 minutes Servings: 4 Ingredients 4 watermelon wedges (1/2-inch thick slices, 4 inches wide at base) 16 Multi-Grain Sea Salt Crackers 1/4 cup finely crumbled feta cheese 1/4 cup prepared balsamic reduction 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

Directions • Heat grill to medium-high; grease grate well. Grill watermelon wedges, turning once, 3-5 minutes, or until grill-marked on both sides. Cut each watermelon wedge into four smaller wedges. • Top each cracker with watermelon wedge and sprinkle with feta. • Drizzle with balsamic reduction. Garnish with fresh mint. • Tip: Add finely chopped Kalamata olives for a tangy twist.

Watermelon gazpacho Ingredients 30-ounce can plum tomatoes 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon 1 English cucumber – peeled and cubed 1 tablespoon olive oil ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon sherry (optional) 1 small jalapeno pepper - chopped 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro – chopped ¼ cup diced watermelon, ¼ cup diced cucumber or chopped chives

Directions • • • •

Put all ingredients in a tall container and blend with a hand blender. Chill for 1 hour. Makes eight 6-ounce servings. Garnish each serving with diced watermelon, cucumber, or chives.

Courtesy of Mountain View Brasserie Chef Max Suhner 10697 Route 32 • Greenville, NY • 518.966.5522 • mountainviewbrasserie.com



Have you ever made flavored lemonade? Try these and see what refreshing really tastes like!

Watermelon lemonade Ingredients 4 cups watermelon, chopped 1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice 1/2 cup sugar 6 cups cold water or combination of 5 cups water and ice cubes in a pitcher

Directions • Blend together the fruit and lemon juice in blender until very smooth • Pour into large pitcher, add sugar and cold water and stir well

Blueberry lemonade Ingredients 4 cups pureed blueberries 1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice 1/2 cup sugar 6 cups cold water or combination of 5 cups water and ice cubes in a pitcher

Directions • Blend together the fruit and lemon juice in blender until very smooth • Pour into large pitcher, add sugar and cold water and stir well



Raise a toast


Eye-popping nutritional fun, family recipes


t seems that taking pictures of mouthwatering food to share online is all the rage for social media users. Food is art, and toast and its trimmings can be the perfect canvas. Creating a social media­wor­ thy slice requires a bit of creativity, some patience, quality and, of course, aesthetically pleasing ingredients. The versatility and distinct flavor profile of California Ripe Olives make them an ideal ingredient to fuel your imagination and add an extra bit of finesse to your edible creation. California farmers are responsible for producing more than 95 percent of the ripe olives consumed in the United States. From plant­ ing, pruning, harvesting and processing, they make sure the highest quality olives come from their farm to your table ­ one can at a time. Adding olives to any dish helps bring California sunshine into each bite. Put your creativity to the test with these delicious designs. For more delightful and artistic recipes with California Ripe Olives, visit calolive.org.

Powerful spinach salad loaded with healthy berries

A Toast to Summer (Even your kids will like it)

Ingredients 10 cups spinach 1/2 cup fresh blackberries 1/2 cup fresh blueberries 1/2 cup fresh raspberries 1/2 cup fresh strawberries ¼ cup sliced red onion 1 apple, chopped 1 cup pecans (candied taste best) 1/4 cup feta cheese (crumbled) Homemade poppy and pumpkin seed dressing: 5.3-oz. container of berry yogurt 1/3 cup mayonnaise 2-3 tablespoons milk 2-3 tablespoons sugar 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon poppy seeds 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds (unsalted)

Directions • • • •

Wisk together everything but the poppy seeds Stir in seeds at the very end Refrigerate before using This stays very fresh tasting for 1 week.


Ingredients 2 slices white bread, toasted 4 tablespoons cream cheese 3 crackers, crushed 1/4 cup sliced almonds handful leafy greens of choice (green onions, parsley, cilantro or chives) 2 black California Ripe Olives 1 green California Ripe Olive

Directions • Slice each piece of toast into a square and place one above other on plate. • Spread layer of cream cheese on bottom third of lower piece of toast and cover spread with crushed crackers. • Spread layer of cream cheese from lower-right corner to upperleft corner and, starting at bottom, layer sliced almonds on top of each other to create trunk spreading across both pieces of bread. • Arrange greens into palm fronds at top of trunk. Use cream cheese as glue if they begin to slip. • Arrange black olives and green olive as coconuts between top of trunk and base of leaves, covering bottom of leaves.

Toast Like a Butterfly (Avacado toast) Ingredients 2 slices wheat bread large butterfly cookie cutter 1/2 avocado, mashed salt and pepper, to taste 1 cheese stick 2 slices orange bell pepper 2 thin slices red bell pepper 6 black California Ripe Olives 3 green California Ripe Olives 1 sugar snap pea

• Slice black olives in half, lengthwise, and place on upper and lower portions of each wing. • Slice green olives into rounds and place on middle of each wing. • Decorate plate with quartered olives and place sugar snap pea in center.

Directions • Lightly toast wheat bread and use cookie cutter to cut one wing from each slice. • Mash avocado and mix with salt and pepper, to taste. Spread on both wings. • Slice cheese stick to fit between wings and act as body of butterfly. • Slice orange bell pepper into antenna and red bell pepper into thin slices to line body of butterfly.

Singing in the Grain (Perfect for summer rainy days) Ingredients 1/4 avocado, peeled and thinly sliced 1 slice sourdough bread, toasted salt and pepper, to taste handful of green California Ripe Olives, sliced into rounds 1 orange bell pepper, sliced 1 red bell pepper, sliced handful of black California Ripe Olives, sliced into raindrop shapes 1 large sugar snap pea

Directions • Arrange sliced avocado on toasted sourdough bread and top with salt and pepper, to taste. • Slice green olive rounds in half and arrange in line beneath toast. • Place one slice orange bell pepper below bread as handle and one small piece orange bell pepper above bread. • Place one straight slice of red bell pepper on bottom edge of toast. • Arrange black olives and sugar snap peas around toast as raindrops. CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JULY 2018 |



Navigating an unexpected journey Cleft and craniofacial awareness By Rebecca Whalen


t’s a challenging image to consider: A young family discovering that their new addition will be born with a health prob­ lem. They stay positive, in the back of their minds knowing there will be much more to come once their little one arrives. Unlike the original plans, it won’t be the usual challenges of parenthood. There will be more. There will be surgeries, extra hospital time, potentially time off from work. It’s a challenging image, indeed, but it is one that families right here in the Capital Region are facing after finding out there little one will be born with a cleft lip or palate.

An unexpected journey In 2013, Lisa and Lucien Delaloye were expecting their second child to arrive. Their first, Maddie, was ready to be a big sister. And while many cleft lip cases can be identified as early as five to six weeks and cleft palate as


early as seven to eight, when Amalia was born, the Delaloyes had no idea. She was born with a cleft palate and Pierre Robin sequence, a condition where Amalia’s tongue would fluff back over her airway. The first month of this little life was spent in the NICU. After gathering opinions from doctors both within and outside the Capital Region, the Delaloyes met Dr. Oluwaseun Adetayo, who had moved to Albany that same year Amalia was born to establish a program at Albany Medical Center for children with their child’s very conditions. “A lot of cleft patients need 5 to 10 spe­ cialists and the goal was to bring specialists together to coordinate the care and decrease the burden on the families,” Adetayo says. Yet out of her program came the Cleft and Craniofacial Center, which officially opened its doors in June 2015. From speech therapists and psychologists

to orthodontic expertise, ENT, and everything in between, the center acts as a catch­all for services for children with cleft lip or palate. At 15 months old Amalia had her palate repaired with Dr. Adetayo, another surgery not long after to relieve her tongue tie. “We were really just starting the cleft palate servic­ es,” Lisa says, but with the help of the center, they were all right here in the region. “They are constantly checking in, making sure she is well. They have all been very accessible.” Now Amalia does an annual clinical visit with her team of doctors at the center. She has just finished being evaluated by a speech ther­ apist there who is working with Amalia’s pre­ school to ensure they are bridging what she is learning in both places. Today, at four­and­a­half years old, Amalia is “catching up,” Lisa says, adding that her youngest’s focus now is on speech and, of course, following around her big sister.

Trusting your gut While Amalia’s journey started more than four years ago, another young one’s journey is still at its start. It’s 9pm on a Thursday night in June, and Colonie residents Mario Schiavone and Tanya McSherry are on their way to Boston for pre­op for a late June surgery. Their son Vincenzo, just 22 months old, is resting in the back seat. “We knew after our 20­week ultrasound that he had a bilateral cleft lip,” Tanya says. “We later had a fetal MRI done where they diagnosed his cleft palate.” Vincenzo was born at Albany Med, stay­ ing only a week in the NICU for feeding issues. The hospital was a familiar space for the cou­ ple (in fact, their relationship began over a grilled cheese in the hospital’s cafeteria— Tanya a nurse and Mario then a security ser­ geant). But fast forward to today and they have been navigating a journey they didn’t anticipate, taking it head on with the most positive of attitudes. “When you’re standing behind your loved one, you just be the best parent you can be and do everything you need to do for them,” Mario says. Vincenzo had his first surgery at just five­

and­a­half months, a lip adhesion procedure. At 13 months, he had his palate done. Both were handled at Albany Med with Dr. Adetayo. “Two surgeries with her and I said, ‘I really want to thank you because you are basically doing a miracle on our son,’” Mario recalls, adding that like any Italian he felt compelled to hug her. She happily obliged. “You feel like you have a friend in the operating room.” Since then, Vincenzo has been learning away, working on sign language, making up games, just being a toddler. And yet his life is quite a bit more packed than the average tot. “We see his pediatrician more than average, but just for weight checks to make sure he’s growing,” Tanya says. Like Amalia, Vincenzo sees specialists to ensure he leads the best life possible. While Boston wasn’t originally part of their plan, it is a path they felt they needed to take for the next step in their son’s journey.

Finding the support and building awareness That’s just it about this journey for fami­ lies of children with cleft palate or lip. It is all

about trust. Trust in themselves to make the best decisions possible for their children. Trust in their doctors to always provide the best care. Trust even in their employers to allow them that time to take care of their little ones. “One of the things that surprised me is that everyone we know seems to know some­ one who has had [cleft palate or lip],” Tanya says. “It’s a lot more common than the aver­ age person would realize.” July is cleft and craniofacial awareness month. Dr. Adetayo says that when the center opened there were less than 40 patients in the system. Last year, nearly 3,000 outpatient vis­ its were made, not including specialty areas like genetics, psychology and neurosurgery. “The need is there.” And with funding from community mem­ bers committed to the cause, like Lisa and Robert Moser of Saratoga Springs who last year donated $2.5 million to the center, the resources for these children will be here in the region to stay. “Some issues like this, many people don’t think exist here,” Dr. Adetayo says. “But the one thing we are trying to do is create cleft and craniofacial awareness.




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STEVEN YARINSKY, MD, FACS 7 Wells Street, 3rd Floor, Saratoga Springs 518.583.4019; yarinsky.com Beautiful Baby Boomer Christie Brinkley uses Xeomin® and Ultherapy® to maintain her beauty. So can you! Supermodel Christie Brinkley, now 63, uses Ultherapy®, a non-invasive, no down time ultrasound-based non-surgical skin tightening alternative to a “face lift,” to maintain her youthful vivacious appearance. She chooses BOTOX® Cosmetic alternative Xeomin® to reduce active wrinkle lines in her forehead and crows’ feet. Dr. Steven Yarinsky provides Christie’s favorite beauty treatments. Our staff has the most training and experience in the Capital Region to get the best possible Ultherapy® results. Dr. Yarinsky has been a cosmetic medicine expert and board-certified plastic surgeon for over 25 years. He is the only New Beauty Magazine-recognized “Expert Injector” located in the Albany/Capital District Region. To look and feel your best for this summer and beyond, visit yarinsky.com and call Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery, PC, today for a consult: 518.583.4019.



PARENTING randy cale, ph.d

When force fails Turning toward your parenting power


any parents discover that their influence over their children erodes over time. The more challenging the child, the sooner the weaknesses in parenting begin to unfold. Thus, some are battling with four­year­olds who will become more defiant or strong­willed with time. As adolescence emerges, even the families with “easy children” dis­ cover unsettling struggles. Teenagers refuse to help around the house, do minimal amounts of homework and often show disrespect to mom and dad. Moreover, too often this is accepted as the new normal. It is not nor­ mal. It is predictable, but not normal. Why would we accept this as the new standard for our children in this emerging generation?

‘But Dr. Cale, it’s not worth the battle’ This comment is critical to appreciate, as many of you have expressed this or thought it. When we believe that the outcomes we want are no longer worth the battle, we give up. We abandon the expectation to have children do more and be more respectful. Rather than battle more, as we are exhausted and spent, we may even start doing their chores for them. We start taking out the garbage and unloading the dishes. We decide in uni­ son that “it’s just the teenage years.” This is not true. The battles and the consequential giving up are due to a flawed strategy.

Why using force always ends in war at home As a parent, force is often called upon early on. We were taught to do this. We use forceful language by commanding and demanding that our children listen and respond. It sounds something like this: • Get your homework out now and get it done. • Stop fighting with your brother. • Don’t talk to me that way! • Get your shoes on now—it’s time to leave. • Take the garbage out right this minute. Such an approach often results in tiny battles that begin early in life, snowball, and worsen over time. When the kids are young, we can often rule over children and invoke fear when they resist. We raise our voice, glare and point in threatening ways, and even physically force them to fol­ low our commands. With this strategy, the home environment degrades over time and becomes an everyday battleground with arguments over the chores and tasks. When children or teens resist our commands (which eventually most do), we lean into the battle with higher levels of intimidation and threaten more loudly and harshly. We try to force them to listen and use this to an exhausting extent. We get frustrated, thinking that our children should listen to us when we give them commands. In essence, we try to force our parental authority upon them with words and threats, essentially demanding their respect. We find ourselves using more and more words in an attempt to get real action from our children. There are incessant lectures, discussions, and futile efforts to offer insights. Teenagers either tune us out or fight back. They correct us, explain how wrong we are and educate us on how the world “really works.” Our children twist and turn our words back upon us. They command back to us, as we have commanded them. They scream “NO” just as loudly as we scream “YES.” They resist the harder we push. 36 | JULY 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

This is when war emerges at home, with battle upon daily battle. It gets ugly. Very ugly. Moreover, little gets done. Important relationships suffer. In this context now, it’s easy to understand the decision: It’s not worth it when we have walked this path of using force.

Turn to power and turn away from force When we can see that using force is a losing strategy, this is where we often give up. We do not realize that there is another path—the power path! Where is this power path hidden? It’s buried in the delusion that words are the foundation for a parenting strategy to get better action from your children. If we abandon this delusion, we are left wordless but not helpless. We just stop talking and stop trying to force compliance with our commands. That’s all. So now, if we can’t talk, what can we do? What can you do if you stop trying to force behavior?

Power comes from working with the laws of reality Rule #1: Reality loves action. In the real world, action rules. We want employees who do something, not talk about doing something. You want children who get their homework done, not lie about having no homework. You want a teen who mows the lawn instead of making excuses for why the lawn is ignored. To get with reality, have an action plan for your family, not a word plan. To get better behavior, require better behavior with an action plan. Rule #2: Reality uses leverage to get people motivated. No one gets paid before he or she shows up for work. Reality says that when you do your work, then you get the rewards. This formula is the leverage installed in the very infrastructure of our society. Here’s the problem: Children now expect to get all the rewards and provide no effort. They expect the $900 phone, unlimited data plan, and not work for it. They expect rides with no notice and no hassles for failing grades. They demand the freedom to have infinite screen time, with no consequences. If we conform to this, we teach them about a false reality and set them up for failure. Instead, require work to be done before your kids enjoy all those goodies you provide. Be more reality­based, and discover your power when you stop talking and require action. Rule #3: Children are not controlled with words, even the forceful ones. Influence their actions by controlling what they care about. Here lies the magic component of leverage. Stop trying to force better behavior by talking about it. Instead, control what your kids care about, and use this as leverage to get better behavior. Be patient, as eventually they will get on board because you now touch them with what matters. Within a week or two, this shift will transform your children. Trust me: They do care about their “stuff.” Shut down their world. Hold out, until the kids demonstrate action. Do this calmly without yelling. Your motto is: Do your work, then you play. It’s simple. Once they have taken solid action, then release them to their goodies. Each day repeat this process. It’s the beginning of a magical change, as you discover your true power and you abandon using force in your parenting. Dr. Randy Cale offers practical guidance for a host of parenting concerns. For more information visit TerrificParenting.com.

FINANCIAL dennis & christopher fagan

A summer to-do list to navigate these uncertain times


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 10­step program that might help you navigate these turbulent invest­ ment waters. Step one. Assess your current financial situation. Items to include are 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 an historical perspective on this period in history. Is it really different this time or a phase in our history that will pass? Keep in mind that the stock market generally moves up over a 12­ to 20­year period with mini bulls and bears contained within and then moves side­ ways over the next period with mini bulls and bears in between. Until further notice and most likely until monetary policy becomes substan­ tially more restrictive, we believe that we are in an upward trending market and have been so since early 2009. Step three. Given the above, 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 investments. Remember that the opposites of the above also hold true and we are speaking in generalizations only. Step four. Sell the 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, non­investment grade (junk) bonds, and small cap stocks. If a lack of risk tolerance is an issue, sell so that you can sleep at night. Step five. Hold some cash. Depending upon your situation, we believe that anywhere from zero to ten percent of your account is appro­ priate. Too little and you may sell in panic. Too much and you are not moving toward your long­term goals. Step six. Buy some short­term U.S. Treasury Notes. Do you realize that the principal on these instruments are backed by the federal gov­ ernment and that the yield on the one that matures in two years has more than quadrupled to over 2.50% from less than 0.75%? 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 computer. Try to determine if perhaps you are one of those individuals who 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. If statistics hold true for those readers over 50 (for those under 50, do the math!), you have only about 30 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. Note that Fagan Associates, Inc., or related persons buy or sell for itself securities that it also recommends to clients. Consult with your financial advisor prior to making any changes to your portfolio. To contact Fagan Associates, call 518.279.1044.



HOROSCOPES arlene deangelus

Sun Sign Forecast Best days in July 2018: 3rd, 22nd and 30th Begin a diet on July 27th

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Aries: (March 21 to April 20) Home­front activity, identifying with the past and feeling secure are important for this month. You examine to what extent your family and home make you feel secure. After the 26th, you can express your thoughts to yourself, but use care when communicating them to oth­ ers. Following the 27th, you set new goals and long­term directions for the future. Taurus: (April 21 to May 20) Daily mental activities, everyday environment and all communications are favored for this month. You take the time to concentrate on your self­expression, short trips and new studies. Following the 26th, you are able to exam­ ine your personal and domestic life. After the 27th, there are changes in your dealings with important people or your aims in life. Gemini: (May 21 to June 20) Valued assets, gaining financially and inner feelings are the focus for this month. You may review your spend­ ing and saving habits and decide on a new savings plan. After the 26th, you can be interested in new studies and this is not a time to relax. Following the 27th, you take an interest in philosophy and spirituality and may begin a for­ mal course. Cancer: (June 21 to July 22) Personal potential, approach to life and discovering oneself are highlights for this month. You will focus on your personal expression and appearance. Following the 26th, read any contract or agreement carefully before signing as there could be errors in it. After the 27th, there can be changes in shared assets and it is a time to pay off old debts and commitments. Leo: (July 23 to August 22) Seeking solitude, universal laws and hidden talents are explored for this month. This can be a time to rethink past mistakes, close old doors and begin to move forward. After the 26th, you may need to express yourself to others, but think before speaking. Following the 27th, you can bet­ ter your understanding of others through compromising with them. Virgo: (August 23 to September 22) Forming new friendships, group activities and setting goals are favored for this month. New friends share your ideals and may involve you in a humanitarian cause. Following the 26th, you are interested in spirituality and retreats become interesting. After the 27th, you may begin a new diet or exercise program to improve your physical health.

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Libra: (September 23 to October 22) Destiny’s promise, setting top priorities and your career are important for this month. You may decide to change your goals if you have not accomplished what you have wanted to. After the 26th, you examine your achieve­ ments and may set new goals. Following the 27th, you will enjoy time with your loved ones and children sharing hob­ bies and projects. Scorpio: (October 23 to November 21) Self­realization, philosophy on life and mental pur­ suits are examined for this month. You begin to change some of your beliefs and ask yourself where you are going in life. Following the 26th, you may take a workshop or study to learn a new work skill. After the 27th, there are changes in your home life and often existing matters can be satisfactorily resolved. Sagittarius: (November 22 to December 21) Others’ assets, changing habits and spiritual apprecia­ tion are favored for this month. This can be a time when you are able to pay off old debts or commitments. After the 26th, you may explore such topics as philosophy and reli­ gion or take up a new study. Following the 27th, you may become involved in community projects or attend a work­ shop. Capricorn: (December 22 to January 19) Forming partnerships, cooperation and legal con­ tracts are explored for this month. You become aware of how your needs are met through each of your relation­ ships. Following the 26th, if you are negotiating marital or shared assets, read contracts carefully. Following the 27th, you examine your financial situation and may begin a new savings plan. Aquarius: (January 20 to February 18) Attention to diet, solving problems and learning effi­ ciency are important for this month. You will be interested in new skills for your work and taking care of your health. After the 26th, you are able to discuss or clarify issues of importance in your relationships. After the 27th, you want to change your self­image through a new hairstyle or wardrobe. Pisces: (February 19 to March 20) Creative hobbies, expressing yourself and pleasure from life are favored for this month. There are opportuni­ ties to learn what makes you happy and feeds your inner child. Following the 26th, you seek both mental and phys­ ical efficiency as you take an interest in your health. Following the 27th, you are able to correct past mistakes through gaining in spirituality.

Arlene is an author, astrologer and para­consultant and has studied and worked with astrology for more than 35 years.


FASHION luann conlon

‘Athleisure’ defined And how to wear it


any have heard of the term “athleisure” but what does it really mean and when and where is it appropriate to wear this look? If you have always wondered about this trend, then keep reading. Athleisure is defined as a trend in fashion in which clothing designed for workouts and other athletic activities is worn outside of the gym, such as at school or the workplace. However, I do not recommend this look in a professional environment or at other casual or social occa­ sions. The outfits consist of yoga pants, tights, baseball caps, sneakers, leggings, hoodies, track suits and shorts that look like athletic wear but are characterized as fashionable, dressed­up sweats and exercise cloth­ ing. The thought is that gym clothes are making their way out of the gym and becoming a larger part of everyday wardrobes. This look can be considered as a fashion industry movement, enabled by improved textile materials that are lightweight, waterproof and breathable and wick away moisture. Versatility and comfort allows this look to keep on trending. Many say this trend grew because women started to wear yoga pants everywhere and welcomed the functionality of wearing the outfit for multiple occasions without having to change. This resulted in greater convenience since people didn’t have to carry an extra gym outfit on the way to work. How do you obtain this look and where should it be worn? This is a two­piece outfit, typically with matching pants and jacket. The trending color combination for this look is black and white—think Adidas stripes down the side. However, this look also can be obtained by combining all white or all black with a splash of color on your top.

Leading up to this article, I surveyed a few of my friends to get their input on where to actually wear attractive, clean, athleisure. These were some of the comments: running errands, grocery shopping, going to a big box store, drugstore, etc. There was agreement that the look should not be worn when going out to lunch or dinner unless you are in the fast food drive­through, but this is more of an age difference. I think the mil­ lennials or the 20­somethings may disagree. It is a personal preference on your look for the occasion. Your comfort level is key to the appropriate look, keeping in mind the nature of the location and any dress code there.

Do’s and don’ts of wearing athleisure Here are some tips to pull this trend off: • Do mix sports pieces into your regular fashion wardrobe for a balanced look. • Do get creative, especially when it comes to mixing pieces and layering. • Do mix fashion fabrics, like denim and leather, with high­performance, sports fabrics. • Do make sure all your athleisure pieces are clean and in good condition. • Don’t throw on any old thing you’d wear to the gym. • Don’t overlook the addition of accessories and jewelry. • Don’t forget about your signature style and look. Always make it your own. • Don’t go overboard with bright colors and prints. Hopefully this trend is now understood and dressing for this style is easily accessible for all.

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ARTS AND entertainment

Festivities around the region JULY 3 • 5-9:30PM Symphony and Fireworks Riverside: At historic Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction. Outdoor, riverside performance of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra to celebrate Independence Day, closed by fireworks. Food, beverage, and craft vendors on site with free activities for kids and families. JULY 3 • 7:30PM Summer Pops Concert and Fireworks: Glens Falls Symphony. Crandall Park, Glens Falls. Annual Independence Day celebration with fireworks, food vendors, and children’s activities. Come early to set up blankets and lawn chairs. theglensfallssymphony.org/concert-schedule. JULY 3 • 6:35PM Baseball and Fireworks: Mohawks baseball game followed by fireworks show sponsored by The Amsterdam Rotary. Shuttleworth Park, Amsterdam. amsterdammohawks.com/specialevents.asp. JULY 3-4 Saratoga’s All-American Celebration: Downtown Saratoga Springs. July 3 includes children’s program, history walking tour “The Good Guys and the Bad Guys,” and fireside chat with General Burgoyne; July 4 – Firecracker 4 Road Race, All-American Parade and Patriotic Pooches, BBQ and Dessert Fest, Car Show, reading of Declaration of Independence, party with live music, patriotic music and fireworks. See schedule at saratogajuly4th.com. JULY 4 • 3-10PM NYS 4th of July Celebration: Empire State Plaza, Albany. Naturalization ceremony, food and craft vendors, activities for kids, and an evening of live entertainment leading up to fireworks. JULY 4 • 12-10PM Clifton Park July Fourth Celebration: Clifton Common, 16 Clifton Common Boulevard. Culminates with entertainment and fireworks. Live music featuring: Hellcat Maggie and The New York Players. cliftonpark.com/event/clifton-common-fireworks-35940/ JULY 4 • 10AM-4PM Independence Day at Saratoga National Historical Park: 648 Route 32, Stillwater. Includes Citizenship Ceremony 10am; Declaration of Independence at 2pm with Park Ranger Emeritus Joe Craig portraying a town crier declaring America’s Independence and leading 13 celebratory toasts with lemonade. See cannon and musket firings up close. nps.gov/sara. JULY 4 • 11AM-4PM Independence Day at Schuyler Mansion: Enjoy an early American July 4th celebration on the grounds of Schuyler Mansion, 32 Catherine Street, Albany. 18th century-inspired games, activities and performances, along with free ice cream. Mansion open for self-guided tours. 12-4pm. Open House Admission: $3; age 12 and under free. Find us on Facebook. JULY 4 • 7PM Friends, Family Fun and Fireworks: Mohawk Harbor Amphitheater, Rivers Casino, Schenectady. Free concert with Dark Desert Eagles, Eagles tribute band, followed by fireworks at 9pm. riverscasinoandresort.com/events/fourth-of-july. 40 | JULY 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM


ALBANY COUNTY ALBANY INSTITUTE OF HISTORY AND ART 125 Washington Avenue, Albany Albanyinstitute.org

July 6 • 6-8pm History on Tap: To mark the 4th of July, explore how artists use their work to celebrate the American landscape and being an “American” using artwork and objects in the museum’s collections. The tour will include activities and little known stories. Enjoy a drink with the group at a local bar following the tour (age 21+). Registration required $10 members; $12 nonmembers (does not include drink).

July 13, 20, 27 • 10-11:30am Tute for Tots: Children, ages 3-5, and parents discover the Albany Institute and the world of art together, exploring the galleries, reading stories, in sensory play exploration, and creating art projects. Each week will build upon the last; however, individual class registration is available. Continues through August; check schedule. $10 members and $12 others/per class.

July 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 Performance Art: Retyping Ironweed: The 100 Novels Project is an ongoing performance art piece in which Tim Youd retypes novels from beginning to end in locations that play a central role in the novels. Performance schedule: Sunday, July 15 – 124:45pm; Tuesday, July 17 - 10:30am-1pm and 2-4:45pm; Wednesday, July 18 10:30am-1pm and 2-4:45pm; Thursday, July 19 - 10:30am-1pm and 2-7:45pm; Friday, July 20 - 10:30am-1pm and 2-4:45pm; Saturday, July 21 – 12-4:45pm.

July 26 • 6-7pm Summer Clark Art Institute Lecture: Felda and Dena Hardymon Director Olivier Meslay will discuss the Clark Art Institute’s summer 2018 exhibitions. Free.

July 7, 14 • 12:30pm and 2:30pm State Education Building Tour: 45 minutes. Reservations required: online.ogs.ny.gov/ogsEvents/StateEducatio nBuildingTours/TourDates.aspx For addtional contact EBtours@nysed.gov. Free.

July 11 • 12pm Lunch Bite Gallery Tour: Engineering the Landscape of the Erie Canal. New York State



A&E Museum South Lobby, Albany. Free. Join senior historians Karen Quinn and Brad Utter for an in-depth tour of the Museum’s exhibition, Art of the Erie Canal. Learn how both engineering and art transformed the landscape, focusing on the city of Little Falls. nysm.nysed.gov.

July 12 • 1-2:30pm Erie Canal for Kids: NYS Museum Exhibition Hall. Take an adventure to the early 1800s Erie Canal, imagining our own journey from town to town with hands-on mystery items and a tour through the canal exhibit with a scavenger hunt. nysm.nysed.gov.

July 14 • 11:30am and 2 pm Gallery Tour of Enterprising Waters – NY’s Erie Canal: NYS Museum. Join a museum educator for a guided tour that explores the Erie Canal’s creation, construction, and contributions to the Empire State and the U.S. (45 minutes). nysm.nysed.gov.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY July 7 • 10am Star Party - Landis Arboretum. Hosted by the Albany Area Astronomers Association. All ages. Arrive anytime during the Star Party and stay as long as you want. A brief introductory talk will be given near the Meeting House about 15 minutes. This will include a short guided tour of the prominent constellations in the night sky. Feel free to bring your own telescope. Bring a chair. landisarboretum.org.

July 7, 14, 21, 28 • 7-9pm Riverlink Concerts: Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. Free. July 7- Mark Doyle and the Maniacs; July 14 - Orquesta Akokán; July 21 – Frank Vignola Trio; July 28 – The Big Takeover. riverlinkconcerts.com.

July 13 • 5-10pm WishFest 2018: The Sentinel Sunset in the Park presents WishFest 2018 on Bridge Street in Amsterdam. It will be a night of fun food and amazing music performed by Flame, Vinny Michaels Band and Jocelyn & Chris Arndt. All proceeds from this event will be going to Make a Wish NENY to help make wishes come true in the 518 area.

July 14 • 6:30-8:30am Bird Walk: Amsterdam Southside Boat Launch. Join environmental educator George Steele for a morning bird walk through part of the South Side over the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge.

July 27 • 7-10pm Full Moon Music Series: Hot Club of Saratoga. Landis Arboretum Meeting House: 174 Lape Rosd, Esperance. $10; kids 12 and under free. landisarboretum.org.

RENSSELAER COUNTY July 3 • 6-8pm Music in the Park: Yankee Doodle Band, Schodack Town Park, Nassau. schodack.org.

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 • 6pm Brunswick Summer Concert Series: Brunswick Family Community Center, Brunswick. July 3 featuring Wyldie; July 10 - The Tichy Boys; July


A&E 17 - Big Fez and the Surfmatics; July 24 - Kyle Bourgault Band; July 31 Diva and the Dirty Boys. townofbrunswick.org.

July 4 • 10am-2pm July 4th Picnic: Village Commons Park, Nassau. nassau12123.com.

July 4 • 11am Fourth of July Parade: Berlin Elementary School, Berlin. berlin-ny.us.

July 4, 11, 18, 25 • 4-7pm Hoosick Falls Summer Concert Series: Wood Park, Hoosick Falls. facebook.com/hoosicksummerconcertseries.

July 5, 12, 19, 26 • 6:30-8:30pm Schaghticoke Summer Eve's Concerts: Schaghticoke Town Hall, Schaghticoke. July 5 – Emerald City; July 12 – Lustre Kings; July 19 – The Refrigerators; July 26 - Christmas in July with Cryin Out Loud. Find us on Facebook.

July 7 • 1-2:30pm Super Hero Hike: Dyken Pond, Cropseyville. dykenpond.org.

July 7, 14, 21, 28 • 9am-12pm Poestenkill Farmers Market & Craft Fair: Poestenkill Town Hall, Poestenkill. facebook.com/PoestenkillFarmersMarket.com.

July 7, 14, 21, 28 • 9am-2pm Troy Waterfront Farmers Market: Monument Square/River Street, Troy. troymarket.org.

July 8, 15, 22, 29 • 9-10am Fitness in the Park: Riverfront Park, Troy. downtowntroy.org.

July 8, 15, 22, 29 • 6-8pm Summer Concert Series: BTown Hall, North Greenbush. July 8 – Whiskey Highway; July 15 - Kyle Bourgault Band; July 22 - Diva & the Dirty Boy; July 29 - The Back 40 Band. townofng.com.

July 11, 18, 25 • 5-8:30pm Rockin' on the River: Riverfront Park, Troy. downtowntroy.org.

July 11, 18, 25 • 4-7pm East Greenbush Farmers Market: East Greenbush Library/YMCA, East Greenbush. eastgreenbushlibrary.org.

July 11, 18, 25 • 6-8pm Rensselaer Kiwanis Family Summer Concert Series: behind North End Firehouse, Rensselaer, weather permitting. rensselaerny.gov.

July 13 • 5pm Music Under the Trees: The Stray Dogs, Dyken Pond, Cropseyville. dykenpond.org.

July 14 • 10am-9pm Troy Pig Out: Riverfront Park, Troy. downtowntroy.org.



July 14 • 9am-3pm Annual Community Summer Gathering and Sale: Intersection of Tayer Road and GarfieldEast Nassau Road, Nassau. villageofeastnassau.org.

July 14 • 6:30pm Farm to Table: Buffet Band and Beer, Engelke Farm, Troy. Find us on Facebook.

July 14 • 9am-4pm Grafton Summer Festival: Grafton Town Park, Grafton. townofgraftonny.org.

July 14 • 11am-3pm Repair Café, Village Hall: Castleton-onHudson. castleton-on-hudson.org.

July 21 • 1-2:30pm Nature Art: Dyken Pond, Cropseyville. dykenpond.org.

July 27 • 5-9pm Troy Night Out: Where in Troy is Uncle Sam?, Downtown Troy, Troy. downtowntroy.org.

July 28 • 10:30am Melville birthday talk and tours: The Lansingburgh Historical Society will celebrate the 199th anniversary of the birth of Herman Melville with a talk by MIT Professor of Literature Wyn Kelley on “Teaching Moby Dick in the Digital Age.” The doors open 10am and lecture begins 10:30am at the Melville House, 2 114th Street, Troy, followed by light refreshments and birthday cake. The house and garden will be open to tour after the lecture. $6 donation for not-yet members and a $5 donation for members appreciated.

July 28 • 4-6pm Chicken BBQ: Village Commons Park, Nassau. nassau12123.com.

July 28 • 4-7pm Summer Gathering of Friends - Band: Burlington Vermont's Blues for Breakfast, Wood Park, Hoosick Falls, 4:00 - 7:00 PM, www.villageofhoosickfalls.com.

July 29 • 2-4pm Nassau Local History Day: Village Commons Park, Nassau. nassau12123.com.

RENSSELAER PUBLIC LIBRARY 676 East Street, Rensselaer 518.462.1193; rensselaerlibrary.org

July 3, 10, 17, 24 • 11am Pre-K storytime: Ages 2-6, no sign-up needed. 44 | JULY 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

July 7 • 1pm Rock Party: Become a rock star at this party. Develop your “look” and take the stage. Ages 4-12.

July 11, 18, 25 • 2pm Maker Lab: Wednesdays. Ages 6-12. Sign up for each lab. On July 18 - Coding Robots, playing with robots and learning about how they run; July 25 - Edible Science, experimenting with your food.

July 14 • 1pm Rock Star Crafts: Make your own rock star. Ages 4+.

July 21 • 1pm Music Show: Take a “Tromp in the Swamp” with musician Tom Sieling, and get ready to dance and sing. Ages 4-10. Sign up.

July 26 • 2pm Tang Museum: Make a work of art with the Tang Museum. Sign up.

July 28 • 1pm Builders: Lego and More: Make a masterpiece. Ages 6-12.

SARATOGA COUNTY July 5, 12, 19, 26 • 6-8pm Ballston Spa Concerts in the Park: Wiswall Park, 39 Front Street, Ballston Spa. July 5: Ballston Spa Community Band; July 12: Pro Tones; July 19: Girl Blue; July 26: Sirsy. ballston.org.

July 5, 12, 19 • 10:30-11:15am Horse Explorers: National Museum of Racing, 191 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Recommended for ages 3-6, “Horse Explorers” is a hands-on series intended to creatively educate children about horses by developing ageappropriate skills in disciplines including art, literacy, science and math. The program will be staffed by the Museum’s professional educators. July 5 – Play Safe; July 12 – Do Horses Have Friends? July 19 – You be the Jockey. Children free with a paid accompanying adult. Racingmuseum.org.

July 6 • 8:30pm Summer outdoor Movies in the Park: “Paddington 2.” The movies are projected onto the wall of the adjacent Front Street Deli building on Front Street, Ballston Spa. Free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Movie snacks will be available. Rain date: July 7. Ballston.org.






July 8 • 11am-5pm Secret Garden Tour: Self-guided tours of 10 gardens of interest to both experienced and casual gardeners, from urban to rural to public to private settings. $20 in advance ($25 day of event if available). Presented by Soroptimist International of Saratoga County; benefits its projects assisting women who are heads of household continuing their education in the face of adversity. soroptimistsaratoga.org.

CLIFTON PARK-HALFMOON PUBLIC LIBRARY 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park 518.371.8622; cphlibrary.org

July 6, 12, 20, 27 • 10:30am 80s Summer Movie Series: July 6 - Dirty Dancing; July 12 - Raiders of the Lost Ark; July 20 - The Great Outdoors; July 27 - The Naked Gun: From the Files of the Police Squad.

July 9 • 1-6pm Red Cross Community Blood Drive: Call 1.800.RED.CROS or register online at RedCrossBlood.org.

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July 10 • 7pm So You Think You Can Sing: Karaoke for adults. Registration required.

July 10 • 7pm Tuesday Evening Book Discussion Group: Discussion of Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

July 11 • 1pm Connecting Threads: Informal quilting group. Open to all.

July 12 • 6:30pm Foreign Film Series: Screening of The Intouchables (2012). In French; rated R.

July 17 • 7pm Coloring & Conversation: Coloring night for adults.

July 18 • 10am Crafty Adults: Rock Art!: Registration required.

July 18 • 6:30pm Journaling Workshop (for adults): Registration required.

July 19 • 6:30pm Scrabble & Chess Night: Ages 17+. 46 | JULY 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

A&E July 19 • 7pm Concert on the Lawn: Featuring Red Dirt Highway. BYO lawn chair or blanket for a concert on the library’s back lawn. Rain location: Inside library. Registration requested.

July 21 • 9:30am-1pm Jigsaw Puzzle Swap: Stop in and bring your gently used 500+ piece puzzles to swap with the library’s collection.

July 21 • 3pm Traditional Chinese Medicine in Modern Society: Learn more about the ancient practice and get practical tips for everyday life. Registration required.

July 23 • 6:30pm Seasonal Chef - Summer Vegetables: Bring your favorite cookbook and a homemade sample to share. Registration required.

July 26 • 2pm Daytime Book Discussion Group: Discussion of The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls.

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Books, Beer, BBQ and a Band: After hours celebration of Adult Summer Reading program. Barbecue and beer samples (21+ only), lawn games, performance by Marty Wendell and his tour band. All ages welcome. Registration required.


July 31 • 6pm Plant-Based Living: Panel discussion and Q & A about vegan and vegetarian lifestyle.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • 10am-2pm Greenmarket: Around City Hall. Check calendar for special features. schenectadygreenmarket.org

July 5, 12, 19, 26 • 12-1:30pm Jazz on Jay: Jay Street: Free concerts at Jay Street pedestrian area; rain location – Robb Alley in Proctors. July 5 - Keith Pray Quartet; July 12 - Azzaam Hameed Quartet; July 19 George Muscatello/Shiri Zorn Trio; July 26 Brian Patneaude Quartet.

July 20-21 Stockade Art and Nature Garden Tour: Presented by The Stockade Association July 20 from 4-8pm; July 21 from 11am-4pm. Visit eight gardens that are normally hidden from view.

Gardens will display unique fiber art of regional artists exclusively installed for the tour. In addition, plein-air artists will be working in select locations throughout the neighborhood. Gardens at First Presbyterian Church, St. George’s Church, and Riverside Park will also be open. Tickets $20 in advance and $20 day of event; $10 students; free for children under age 12. To start tour, visit McKeel Hall in front of First Presbyterian Church, 209 Union Street to get tour booklet for entrance to gardens. historicstockade.com/?page_id=2410.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY schenectadyhistorical.org/tours

July 3 • 5-9:30pm Fireworks and music at Mabee Farm: Celebrate the Fourth of July with an outdoor, riverside performance of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra at the Mabee Farm, 1100 Main Street, Rotterdam Junction. Fireworks will

close the show, and food, beverage, and craft vendors will be on site with free activities for kids and families.

July 11 • 10am Secret Stockade: Guided walking tour from the museum through the Stockade, and inside two Stockade homes, each with their own legends and lore. Refreshments inside the Stockade’s oldest home, the historic Brouwer House. This tour lasts approximately three hours, and meets at 32 Washington Avenue, Schenectady. $20 registration.

July 14 • 11am-3pm CanalFest at Mabee Farm: A day of free fun, family activities celebrating the Erie Canalway, Rotterdam Junction. Live music, petting zoo and pony rides, rehabbed wild animals, camping and campfire demos, boat rides, food and craft beer, barn-raisings, kids activities, craft vendors, free ice cream, demonstrations inspired by the Erie Canal, and family-friendly tours of the historic Mabee house.

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The barn


hile driving through the country, I came upon a barn. It was very old and falling down and looked sad to me. I frowned as I looked at it thinking, “Poor, poor barn.” Just as I turned to go, the barn spoke, “Don’t do that. Don’t look at me with such disappointing eyes. You know nothing about me, silly man.” I looked around, certain someone was hiding in the shadows and playing a joke but there was no one there—just the shambles of the weathered barn. I can’t tell you why but I smiled in that instant and decided to play along saying out loud, “OK Mr. Barn, what don’t I know?” The barn responded, “You see me only as I am today but imagine for a moment what I was before—big, strong. I protected animals under this roof. Children used to play in the hay in my loft. I saw so many baby cows brought into this world not three feet from where you are standing now. I was a great barn once.” Before I could speak, the barn continued, “The boy who grew up on the farm that used to be here kissed his very first girl by the light of a lantern right here 53 years ago. I did great things, saw great things. So spare me your sad glances, please. “ I was quiet for a moment and then started to see the barn’s point. What I was looking at today was a lie, a small final chapter in a great and complex story. This barn was young and strong once long ago. Just then I heard rustling in a thatch of hay near my feet and saw a bunny with three tiny babies moving about. Up above, I noticed birds’ nests in the crooked beams of the failing structure—one of them filled with hatchlings only a few days’ old. They were calling to their mother. I realized in that instant that this old barn, now more on its knees than standing, still had purpose even in this diminished state. Still hanging on, refusing to fall. Finally I spoke, “You’re right, Mr. Barn. I was wrong; I only saw you as you are now. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. Sorry....” At the Shady Acres Nursing Home, a middle­aged woman asked her teen­age son, “What did your grandfather just say?” The boy just stared at his “Pa,” the man who taught him to swim, fish and skip stones years earlier, and said, “He mumbled something about an old barn and said he was sorry. I couldn’t follow it, mom. He seems out of it today.” The boy then noticed his grandfather was looking out the window at something so he moved closer and looked, too. Across the road from the nursing home was a big field that used to be a farm. Tumbleweeds had their way with it now. Yet up on the hill was the one thing that told the story of what once was. An old barn fighting time and, like the old man now staring at it, hoping others could see beyond the broken pieces of today to the beauty, strength and purpose that used to be. The boy now understood what his grandfather was saying. When the boy left the nursing home, he asked his mom to wait 50 | JULY 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

while he snapped a photo of the old barn. “Why do you want a picture of that?” she asked. The boy didn’t respond; he just looked back toward the nursing home and his grandpa’s window and smiled. One year later the old man died. There was a funeral and speeches and kind words about a life well lived. The following morning a plate of cookies was dropped off at the nursing home to say thank you to the staff for their years of care for the old man, along with a single framed photo delivered by a teen­age boy. The woman running the home looked at it and grinned saying, “I know just the place for this.” If you stop by Shady Acres, you’ll find it hanging in the foyer, greet­ ing every guest as they walk through the doors to visit the seniors who call this place their home. It’s a photo of an old falling down barn with a brief stanza below that reads: “Cast not your gaze on what you see but what I used to be. This weathered shell has stood the storm, with grace and love and glee. “I once was strong, useful, beautiful and will be once more. When I break the chains of this tattered shell and knock on heaven’s door.” ## Right now, as you are reading this there are nearly 1 million 400 thousand seniors living in nursing homes in America. That is 1 million 400 thousand souls with stories to tell. Try to look beyond the wrinkles and fading hair to the person they used to be and the person they still are. Don’t dismiss them so easily. Even an old barn has pride and purpose. 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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