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Photo courtesy of Jack Hollingsworth




12 Castles and Coblestones:

40 Spiritual Grounding

08 Editor’s letter

The Grateful Traveler journeys through Germany


42 Fashion CBD for Beginners


43 Parenting Everything Matters!

22 Glassblowing for Everyone 24 Prehistoric Adventures

50 Last Page with John Gray Polly’s Pen Pal

10 Upfront with CRL 44 Arts & Entertainment

SPECIAL SECTIONS 16 Day Trips 21 July Fourth Celebrations

30 Preparing Local Fish

26 Summer Dining Guide

32 Women Owned Businesses

38 Boomer Living

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an you believe that we are kicking off July? Around the Capital Region, we know that July marks so many fun things – epic Independence Day celebrations, picnics and barbeques with family and friends, lemonade stands, and of course, the time‐honored tradition of gauging the corn crop (“knee‐high by the fourth of July!”) As we move into July and the fun‐in‐the‐sun days of summer, we examine journeys. We are all on a journey of some sort…it can be through time, space, or place, and many outside influences may impact the outcome or destination. I had a personal connection with the more reflective side of “journeys” when I wrote about my glassblowing adventure this month. The opportunity of revisit‐ ing a passion of mine led me to Howe Glassworks, where I had a “blast” creating a piece of art. Our Grateful Traveler is back from across the pond and her epic voyage through the waters of Germany. She shares highlights and amazing photographs from her river cruise. If you are look‐ ing for something closer to home, please check out our day trips section. There are so many adven‐ tures to be had within our greater Capital Region. Of course, we are all on, or have been on a journey through our careers. Some amazing women in our area have taken the leap and started their own successful businesses that have become part of the fabric of our community. Take a few moments to learn about their entrepre‐ neurial journeys in our Women Owned Businesses feature. And then there is the satisfying jour‐ ney into retirement. Options abound for “Boomers” who are making the transition, and we have curated some of those for you. Whether you are looking to travel, spend more time with your family, start a business, or just enjoy the splendor of our summer, make your journey one to remember. Cheers,

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Fun in the Sun!

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Castles and Cobblestones A River Journey Through Germany By Vikki Moran | The Grateful Traveler

Photo courtesy of Jack Hollingsworth


Above: Classic German baked goods. Here: Bavarian beer with history.

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ike turning the pages of a sto‐ rybook with castles, forests, imaginary dragons, and of course the occasional damsel in distress, a river cruise through Germany sends your senses soaring. In my experience, the Moselle, Rhine, and Main rivers are the most consis‐ tently picturesque to enjoy via cruising. My traveling companion/husband and I recently sailed on the Emerald Waterways ship Destiny for the aptly named Legends of the Moselle, Rhine, and Main itinerary. A won‐ derfully modern 3–year–old ship, Destiny appeals to passengers' present‐day creature comforts while sailing through scenery that dazzles with history. We embarked in Bernkastel, Germany, which itself dates back to 3000 BC. Gracefully perched on the banks of the Moselle, this wine‐ growing town’s steep slopes dot the landscape. A stroll through the main gate brings you past buildings that have been standing since 1416, reminding you of its medieval heritage. The EmeraldActive option on this cruise allows you to bike up the slopes and tour Bernkastel instead of the traditional walking tour. For guests who want to remain active while enjoying the marvelous food and treats on and off the ship in Germany, the active selection is wonderful. Cochem is another enchanting town, with its Reichburg Castle that can be seen from any vantage point in the town or from the ship itself. Touring the castle – like all cas‐ tles – is a unique experience for fellow Americans. As the “youngsters of the world” compared to our European counterparts, cas‐ tles and other architectural marvels still trig‐ ger wonder and excitement. Beyond the uniqueness, however, this castle, in particular, delivers the most amazing views of the Moselle Region. Koblenz, with its Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, is a military must‐see for both its use in World War II by the Americans as well as by the French much earlier in world history. It is also the gateway for us to sail through the Rhine Gorge with its mystical Lorelei statue. Medieval castles and vineyards line the river drawing an apt metaphor: Riesling now reigns supreme as the lords of the castles once did in this region. Miltenberg and Wertheim usher us on to the Main River and into true Bavarian life. While the Rhine region loves its wine, Bavaria is truly the land of bier! Beer was not invented in Bavaria, much to their dismay, but they boast the most breweries per area than any other place in the world. Their beer is varied and world‐renowned. They are also leading the world in developing alcohol‐free options. Würzburg, in the Bavarian region, is affectionately known as the "Pearl of the Romantic Road." Romantic is the word used many times in this part of Germany for so

Photo courtesy of Emerald Waterways

many valid reasons. Bavaria is beer‐loving, while Würzburg is blanketed in slopes of grapevines. The Würzburg region produces a different type of Riesling than we enjoyed earlier in our trip, a drier wine that made me very happy. Maybe too happy, but that is a Grateful Traveler footnote that will stay hidden from view! Bishops once ruled life in Germany, charging taxes without inhibition. The baroque Residenz palace illustrates how these crippling levies supported the extrav‐ agance of the ruling class. Someone must have seen Versailles and whispered to the bishop of the era that he needed one, too. The Residenz is certainly grand on all scales and much in line with France’s Versailles. Magical Bamberg is a Unesco World Heritage city, and for character and old‐ world charm, it is a treasure as well as our last stop before ending our Emerald Waterways Cruise in Nuremburg. The gar‐ dens were in full glory when we visited; the roses, in particular, were staggering in scent and beauty. On our day in Bamberg, there was a wedding taking place in the city cathedral. I wonder if the young couple had planned their day of dazzling sun and full‐bloom rose gardens and thought that it would the perfect way to embark on their adventure of a lifetime. I certainly found it to be a picture‐perfect memory to carry CRL with us from our amazing journey.

ABOUT EMERALD WATERWAYS | EMERALDWATERWAYS.COM • The onboard language is English. • Spacious and beautifully appointed state rooms. Large closet and drawers to unpack and sail to each destination without carrying your luggage to each new city. • It is all included: suites, excursions, dining, tipping, EmeraldPLUS, EmeraldACTIVE, DiscoverMORE, EmeraldEXPLORER. • Reception desk for any need, open 24/7. • Internet and in‐room televisions complete with movies. • Maître d' seating service. Open seating for privacy or meeting fellow cruisers. • Complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner. Includes wine, beer, coffee, and soft drinks. • Bicycles, helmets, and locks available for optional bike touring. • Local guides provided at each stop for complete sightseeing needs. • Onboard laundry service. • EmeraldACTIVE offers a range of onboard and onshore activities to suit active guests. • Onboard chef for daily meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. • Cruise Director available for day‐to‐day assistance and evening "port talks" for the following day’s activities. These "port talks" not only help plan your following day, but you also have a chance to unwind before dinner with new friends and cocktails. • Casual atmosphere to dress down or up with two dinners that allow for more glam if you wish. ON THE DESTINY SHIP • A swimming pool for classes and open swimming. • Movies nightly in converted pool/movie theater complete with top movies and popcorn. • Sundeck with reclining chairs and tables with umbrellas. • Putting green and giant tic‐tac‐toe board on sundeck. • Fitness center with yoga and Pilates sessions. • Massage, hair and facial salon. • Onboard shopping. • Evening entertainment with guest performers and staff.

Continue on this river cruise journey with The Grateful Traveler as she writes about her extended visit to Nuremberg in an upcoming issue. CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JULY 2019 |



Clark Art Institute 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA 413.458.2303; clarkart.edu Throughout his long career, Pierre‐ Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919) continu‐ ally turned to the human figure for artistic inspiration. The body – particularly the nude – was the defining subject of Renoir’s practice, from his days as a student copying the old masters in the Musée du Louvre to the early twentieth century, when his revolutionary style of painting inspired the masters of mod‐ ernism. In recognition of the centenary of Renoir’s death, the Clark Art Institute presents Renoir: The Body, The Senses. This exhibition is the first major exploration of Renoir’s unceas‐ ing interest in the human form, and it recon‐ siders Renoir as a constantly evolving artist whose style moved from Realism into lumi‐ nous Impressionism and culminated in the modern classicism of his last decades. Renoir: The Body, The Senses will be on view through September 22, 2019. Renoir: The Body, The Senses includes seventy paintings, drawings, pastels, and sculptures by the artist as well as works by his predecessors, contemporaries, and followers. An international roster of exceptional loans including Boy with a Cat (1868, Musée d’Orsay), Study. Torso of a Woman in the Sunlight (1875–76, Musée d’Orsay), Seated Bather (c. 1883–1884, Fogg Museum/Harvard Art Museums), and The Bathers (1918–19, Musée d’Orsay), as well as important contri‐ butions from the Clark’s renowned collection, survey the breadth of Renoir’s career. The Clark is located in nearby Williamstown, Massachusetts, and is situated on a 140‐acre campus offering five miles of walking trails and exceptional vistas of mead‐ ows and woodlands. Visit clarkart.edu for more information.

Dutch Apple Cruises 141 Broadway, Albany 518.463.0220; dutchapplecruises.com 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 an open‐ air deck where passengers can enjoy the refreshing breeze and catch some sun. The Dutch Apple II features comfortable seating and clean restrooms. A full cash bar and light refreshments are available during each cruise. Rain or shine, we'll provide you with a memo‐ rable, entertaining cruise through Albany. We offer a variety of cruises on the Hudson River, starting with our sightseeing cruise that features onboard narration by a Hudson River historian. This 90‐minute cruise will travel south on the Hudson from Albany to Van Weis Point. Along the journey south, our historian will pro‐ vide details and point out sights of interest from the area’s fascinating history. (Remember to 16 | JULY 2019 | CRLMAG.COM

bring your binoculars for possible bald eagle sightings!) You can also choose our northbound 2 ½ hour cruise that travels through the Troy Federal lock and back for an enriched take on the history of Troy and Albany. We also offer lovely dinner cruises with a delicious meal and dancing, fun cruises featur‐ ing live music, and sunset cruises. Plan your next event with Dutch Apple Cruises as we are available as a private charter for group events, trips, celebrations, and fundraising cruises. Visit our website for a full list of departure times and details.

Amtrak Various destinations 800.872.7245; amtrak.com Riding Amtrak brings you an entire region of day trips! Travel through New York in com‐ fort, not traffic. Enjoy miles of legroom and extra‐wide seats while you explore New York and the region on Amtrak. Amtrak Adirondack's 45th‐anniversary sale is going on now. During July and August receive 45% off a companion ticket with the purchase on one adult ticket on The Adirondack. Enjoy nature’s kaleidoscope of colors. Rated a “Top 10 Most Scenic Train Ride in the World,” the Adirondack will help you discover why hikers, leaf‐peepers, and snow‐lovers make annual pil‐ grimages to Lake Champlain’s shores. Along the way, history comes alive in places like Saratoga Springs and Ticonderoga. Ride the Empire Service train to New York City. The city that never sleeps invites you to catch a show, walk the High Line’s elevated urban oasis, or stroll the Brooklyn Bridge. Explore Central Park on bike or marvel at the metropolis from the top of the Empire State Building. Catch a ferry to Lady Liberty, and then explore your roots at Ellis Island. The Ethan Allen travels the Hudson Valley to Saratoga and east to Vermont. There are no worries about road construction, traffic, or weather delays when you're leisurely enjoying the views of the Hudson River Valley, to the summer bustle of Saratoga Springs and the serenity of Vermont's farms, villages, and the Green Mountains. The Ethan Allen Express connects you to year‐round outdoor adven‐ tures. Go ahead, skip the cab ride, and go for the train. Book your unforgettable excursion on Amtrak today.

Tybush Mountain Alpaca Farm 62 Tybush Lane, Troy 518.892.9372; Find us on Facebook The Tybush Mountain Alpaca Farm, locat‐ ed in the rolling hills of Brunswick, NY, pro‐ vides a fun, family‐oriented experience that creates lasting memories. View the peacocks as they fan their magnificent feathers, watch guinea hens playfully chase each other, see the bunnies sleep in their pen as the chickens CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JULY 2019 |


roam – all while overlooking a beautiful pond. Then, of course, there is the main event: the llamas and alpacas! Each animal on the farm has its own fun, silly personality that they love to share. There is the llama Jack‐Jack, who stands proud over his alpaca friends and often comes over to guests for a nice pet and a yummy treat. There is also little Skywalker, who will happily stop to say hi and enjoy a good scratch on his neck, and May, who attracts attention with her beautifully pat‐ terned white and black fiber. Henry the pea‐ cock, loudly calls to let everyone know that he is there, always the center of attention. The owners of Tybush Farm, John and Elva, will make you feel right at home. The love and dedication they feel for the animals and the beautiful land are evident through the sto‐ ries they share. Finally, if you are looking for a unique gift, step into the store, where you can purchase lovely items made from alpaca fiber, locally made honey and syrup, and more!

Rivers Casino & Resort 1 Rush Street, Schenectady 518.579.8800; riverscasinoandresort.com Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady is the Capital Region’s ultimate day trip destination. Recognized as the area’s #1 tourist location, Rivers offers guests world‐class entertain‐

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ment, exciting gaming experiences, premium dining options, and luxurious riverfront lodg‐ ing at The Landing Hotel. Located at the picturesque Mohawk Harbor near the heart of downtown Schenectady, Rivers Casino features 1,150 slots, 67 live table games, and a 16‐table poker room. Guests can bet the ponies on our Capital Off‐Track Betting terminals, and later this sum‐ mer, Rivers will be opening its new Sportsbook betting lounge. Rivers Casino is home to five distinct restau‐ rants and bars — among them are Dukes Chophouse offering premium steaks and seafood, Flipt and its all‐American classics, homemade pasta and pizza from Johnny’s To‐Go, and Mian featuring an array of Asian cuisine. The casino also hosts a bakery counter by Schenectady’s premier Italian bakery — Villa Italia. Rivers Casino also features the lively entertainment lounge and bar Van Slyck’s, free covered parking with valet service, and daily promotions and giveaways. July through August, Rivers Casino becomes the region’s place to be with its free summer concert series, Harbor Jam, held at the Mohawk Harbor Amphitheater. The Mohawk Harbor offers access to boat slips, additional dining options, kayak rentals, retail shops, and a 5K bike path and walking trail along the Mohawk River. Rivers Casino is a short trolley ride away

from downtown Schenectady and historic Proctors theatre, which hosts numerous Broadway shows and film festivals throughout the year. (See ad on inside front cover.)

Berkshire Museum 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 413.443.7171; berkshiremuseum.org Experience the genius of the artist and inventor, Leonardo da Vinci; step into the sto‐ ries behind modern and historical footwear from around the world; discover the intersec‐ tion of art and particle physics, get up close with fish, reptiles, insects, and amphibians, and more at Berkshire Museum! Located just over the Massachusetts border in downtown Pittsfield, the Berkshire Museum combines art, science, and history to create thought‐provok‐ ing experiences for the whole family with interactive exhibitions and programs for all ages. During July and August, our knowledge‐ able team of educators and docents will bring the Museum’s diverse collections to life seven days a week with special activities including a hands‐on Discovery Tank Program in the Aquarium, museum‐wide scavenger hunts, educational demonstrations, docent tours, and more. Visit berkshiremuseum.org for a complete calendar of events. This local family favorite is open Monday – Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, noon to 5

pm; and July 4 noon to 5 pm. Tickets are $13 per adult, $6 per child, and free for children ages 3 and under. Museum members and EBT/SNAP cardholders visit free every day. Current exhibitions: Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion, on view through September 8, 2019; Amy Myers: The Opera Inside the Atom, Large Scale Drawings 2007‐ 2008, on view through September 8, 2019; Objects and Their Stories: Shoes, on view through September 29, 2019; The Aquarium and other exhibitions are open daily year‐ round. Visit berkshiremuseum.org/exhibitions to learn more.

Putnam County Visitputnam.org Day trips to Putnam County offer the bounty of the Hudson Valley. Whether you’re seeking the majestic beauty of the Hudson River, gently rolling hills, quaint villages, or the bucolic tranquility of farm life, Putnam County has it all. Conveniently located and easily accessible to and from New York City, Putnam offers unexpected year‐round attractions just an hour’s drive north of midtown Manhattan. Are you looking for outdoor recreational activities? Putnam has a range of possibilities – from swimming, hiking, and golf on elite courses in the warmer months, to snowboarding and ski‐ ing each winter.

If you’re a foodie, you’ll be thrilled at how our innovative chefs transform fresh, local ingredients into superb artisanal dining offer‐ ings. Arts lovers will delight in Putnam’s numer‐ ous festivals, theaters, galleries, museums, and music venues. And if you’re a history buff, you’ll find significant historical sites and well‐ preserved, elegant 19th‐century estates. Children will always find something fun to do, with countless educational programs and the annual Putnam County Fair. So, come join us! Explore some of the hid‐ den gems of the Hudson Valley by spending a day in Putnam County, where there’s some‐ thing for everyone, no matter what you may be looking for.

Saranac Lake Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism 518.523.2445; roostadk.com Travel a bit north to spend the day flying through the trails in Saranac Lake. The six mil‐ lion–acre wilderness of the Adirondacks pro‐ vides ample opportunity for day trips with Saranac Lake as your perfect destination. You’ll find two major mountain biking trail networks—Dewey Mountain and Mt. Pisgah. Dewey Mountain is known for its extreme range, from easy and flat to technical and steep, where stunning views of the Saranac Chain of Lakes await. Mt. Pisgah is a

fun, flowy ride also with stunning views that overlook Saranac River, the McKenzie Range, and Whiteface Mountain. For beginners, check out our local bike shops to get you started on your adventure. Mountain biking is a great way to see and experience the wild and vast Adirondack landscape. If biking is not your thing, try hiking, pad‐ dling, or just sightseeing. Scenic wilderness is everywhere in the Adirondacks, and Saranac Lake is filled with opportunities for adventure. For a short scenic day‐hike, try Mt. Baker, located right on the outskirts of downtown. Or, paddle the Saranac Chain of Lakes. Look for wildlife along your journey and breathe the fresh mountain air. At the end of one adventure, you will arrive at another…to a downtown bustling with live music, art, and innovative restaurants. Saranac Lake is still alive with its rich, eclectic history that brought people from all over the world to our mountain village. Come see why Saranac Lake is the decidedly different moun‐ tain village with the most. (See ad on page 3).

The Adirondack Experience 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake 518.352.7311; theadkx.org We are the storytellers for life in the Adirondacks, past and present.



Explore the magic and allure of this great region all within 121 acres of open‐air campus overlooking Blue Mountain Lake. Step into a guide boat, break up a log jam, set off a charge in a mine shaft, or hike to the new ADKX Boathouse to paddle or row a vintage boat. Walk through beautiful galleries and enjoy interactive exhibits featuring unique Adirondack artifacts. Share an unforgettable day at an extraordinary place. Re‐imagine YOUR museum experience. NEW THIS SEASON: • ADKX BOATHOUSE: Follow our easy ¾‐mile hiking trail to the newly constructed Adirondack‐style boathouse — home to a fleet of vintage wooden craft including classic guide boats and canoes. Or, simply enjoy a picnic lunch at the boathouse along the shores of this “gem in the wilderness.” • CURIOUS CREATURES, An Adirondack Collection of Taxidermy: Explore the curious role of stuffed animals and taxidermy oddities in this 100‐piece exhibit from several private Adirondack collections as well as the muse‐ um’s holdings. Cabinets of curiosities, unique mounted creatures, a deer hoof inkwell, and tableaux of animals engaged in human activi‐ ties are part of this extraordinary exhibit on display for one season only. • PRIVATE VIEWS, Collecting the Adirondacks: Explore 19th‐century Adirondack landscape paintings from private collections as well as a selection of the museum’s works.

Angry Orchard 2241 Albany Post Road, Walden 1.888.845.3311; angryorchard.com See where our cider makers craft innova‐ tive new ciders – many of which are available only at our cidery – and sample three delicious Angry Orchard varieties in our tasting room with your complimentary flight. There is no admission fee to visit the Innovation Cider House. Come explore the Orchard and taste a wide variety of ciders, from our flagship Crisp Apple to small batch exclusives available only at the Cider House! For a more in‐depth experience, try one of our amazing tours. Check out our website for a complete list of details and options. TREEHOUSE TOURS: Includes cider edu‐ cation and a guided tasting in our one‐of‐a‐ kind Treehouse Tasting Room, which was designed for us by Animal Planet's Tree House Masters! BARREL ROOM TOURS: Get a behind‐the‐ scenes look at how cider is made, a tour around the cider cellar and an in‐depth tasting of our limited release ciders. BARRELY AWAKE TOUR: Kick start your day with an early tasting. We wake the crew up for our first tour of the day on Saturdays and Sundays at 11AM! After your tour, relax in our Cider Garden, a stunning outdoor space designed for lounging by the fireplace and sampling a variety of ciders. 20 | JULY 2019 | CRLMAG.COM

July Fourth Celebrations 7/3 Celebration with Fireworks – Mabee Farm; Visit the historical site for a free, outdoor, riverside concert as they celebrate Independence Day! Fireworks will close the show. Food and alcoholic drinks will be available for sale; crafters and vendors will be on site as well. Schenectadyhistorical.org for more information.

7/4 • 12 – 10 PM Clifton Park's July Fourth Celebration – Clifton Commons; Bring your family, friends, and neighbors as the community marks the birth of our nation in small‐town America style! Highlights will include a parade, games, rides, crafts, food, entertainment, and fireworks. Visit cliftonpark.com for more information.

7/3 • 6:30 PM Independence Day Celebration with the Valley Cats – Joe Bruno Stadium; Cheer the cats on as they face off against Hudson Valley!! Independence Day festivities culminate with an extravagant postgame fireworks display! For more information, call 518.629.CATS.

7/4 • 2 – 9 PM Town of Windham Fourth of July Celebration – Windham Mountain; Windham comes alive on 4th of July Weekend! Spend the day in town and enjoy live music, great food, kids activities, and unique ven‐ dors while watching the annual parade that steps off at 7pm. Then head up to the mountain for their famous fireworks show at 9pm! For more information, go to greatnortherncatskills.com.

7/3 • 6:35 PM The American Past‐Time on America’s Birthday! – Rao Family Stadium at Shuttleworth Park; Rally with the home team and fellow fans as the Amsterdam Mohawks take on the Glens Falls Dragons. Stay for fire‐ works sponsored by the Amsterdam Rotary. Amsterdammohawks.com for more information. 7/3 • 7 – 9 PM Summer Pops Concert and Independence Day celebration – Crandall Park; The Glens Falls Symphony presents its ever‐popular, fam‐ ily‐friendly concert followed by fireworks. Come early to set up blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy great selections from food vendors. Bring a picnic to enjoy with family, neighbors, friends, and take part in kids activ‐ ities. The concert starts at 7pm; fireworks are at dusk. Go to glensfalls.com for more information. 7/4 • 10 AM Village of Kinderhook’s People’s Parade – Village Square; Bring yourself and your patriotic spirit! Decorate your car, stroller, wagon, gar‐ den tractor, bike, or anything you can push, pull, or ride! Wear your best red, white and blue with good old American pride! Not up for marching? Bring a chair and relax on the sidelines. All are welcome. Visit village‐ ofkinderhook.org for more information. 7/4 Saratoga's All‐American Celebration – Downtown Saratoga Springs; Begin the celebration with the Firecracker 4 Road Race, a four‐mile road race through Saratoga. Festivities will continue as you take family pics with patriotic characters, enjoy the All–American BBQ & Dessert Festival, check out the classic car show, and boogie to a 7pm concert in the Spring Street parking lot featuring The Audiostars. Around 9:30pm, enjoy a live reading of the Declaration of Independence followed immediately by fire‐ works with patriotic music. Saratoga.com for more information. 7/4 • 10 AM Citizenship Ceremony – Saratoga National Historical Park; Celebrate and cheer as 20 immigrants become citizens of the USA! Enjoy patriotic music and the crack of musket fire. Stay for the reading of the Declaration of Independence at 2pm by Park Ranger Emeritus, Joe Craig at 2pm and toast (with lemonade) the “new” United States. Saratoga.com for more information.

7/4 • 3 – 10 PM New York State's Fourth of July Celebration presented by Price Chopper and Market 32 – the Empire State Plaza; This event, now in its 43rd year, features live music and fun for the whole family, including the best fireworks show in the region. Go to albany.com for more information. 7/4 • 7 PM Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Independence Day Celebration – Mohawk Harbor Amphitheater; Festivities will kick‐off Thursday, July 4 at 7 p.m. at the Mohawk Harbor Amphitheater with a free concert by the most revered Bruce Springsteen tribute band in the world, Tramps Like Us, followed by a spectacular firework display at 9 p.m. For more information, please visit riverscasinoandresort.com. 7/4 • 9:30 PM Fireworks over the Lake – Shepard Park & Lake George Village Waterfront; The Village of Lake George puts on a Fourth of July fireworks display that can be viewed along the waterfront. Time is approximate; they will go off immediately following sundown. Lakegeorge.com for more information. 7/4 – 7/6 • 9 AM Northville Fourth of July Events – Northville; Events include a parade, fireworks, horseshoe tournament, live music, a movie under the stars, face painters, bounce house, vendors, food & more! Visit 44lakes.com for more information. 7/6 • 3 PM – 11 PM After the Fourth Celebration – Village of Fonda Recreation Park; The celebration includes a car show, special band appearance, and of course Fireworks! Visit montgomerycountyny.com for more information. 7/6 • 5 PM – 11 PM Independence Day Festival – Bridge Street Amsterdam; Celebrate the Fourth of July along the beautiful waterfront. Live music, food & drink specials. The night will culminate with fireworks at 9:30 PM over the Erie Canal! Visit amsterdamny.gov for more information.

Glassblowing for Everyone (and Every Dragon)! By Dani Testa-Sgueglia

Photos courtesy of Howe Glassworks Studio


efore last week, almost two decades had passed since I last touched a blowpipe. I had long forgotten the weight of the ancient tool in my hand and the heft of the glass at the end. Full disclosure: I spent three of my four college years blowing glass as part of my Fine Arts degree before leaving my once‐treasured craft behind for a “real job.” So with a wave of nostalgia and excitement, I eagerly wound my way to the Howe Caverns property for my session at the new Howe Glassworks Studio. Glassblowing combines design, color, and physicality in a way that is absent in other mediums. The heat of the fur‐ nace, the heaviness of the tools, and the “campfire‐esque” smells in the air all combine for a full‐sensory experience. People are fascinated by glassblowing and perhaps find it a bit enigmatic. Many studios have even designed their space to allow for outside observation in an attempt to remove some of the mystery. Howe Glassworks has taken that to the next level, completely tearing down any remaining walls by inviting guests to step into the studio to create their own piece of art. Howe Caverns has been a destination since 1929, show‐ casing the natural wonders of the underground world in their guided tours. Howe Glassworks opened early this year, allowing visitors to add another memory to their trip. Guests, under the guiding hand of director and artist in resi‐ dence Dorian Ordoyne, select their project and colors and experience as they create their piece of art. Ordoyne gathers the molten glass, shapes it, and starts the “bubble.” With her calm, accessible demeanor, she explains every step, so her students feel confident when she passes the blowpipe to them. The students add color, blow, and shape the piece under her guidance. With a tap, the piece is expertly removed from the pipe and whisked off to the annealer to await its gradual cooling cycle. Students can pick up their cooled and finished pieces (sharp edges are ground down by Ordoyne and her staff) or have them shipped anywhere in the world for a modest fee. This unique hands‐on experience, followed by showing off your finished piece to friends and family, is priceless. It is something that you can literally carry with you. The cost of the session varies by project but generally starts at around $50. Ordoyne also offers 10‐week sessions that allow her students to immerse themselves in the process. Visit howeglassworks.com for more information, pricing, and to make reservations. I am sure the experience will spark a pas‐ CRL sion within you. Howe Glassworks Studio 255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave 518.296.8900; howeglassworks.com

Adding color.

Opening the Vessel.

Fire Polishing.

Works by Howe Glassworks director Dorian Ordoyne



A Prehistoric Adventure By Dani Testa-Sgueglia


ne of my greatest pleasures of sum‐ mer is bringing the littles on new adventures. Past favorites have included local hikes, visits to muse‐ ums, and playgrounds. Our latest? Bringing all of my boys’ favorite things together during a visit to the brand‐new Dino Roar Valley. Our day began with a 45‐minute trip north on the Northway. After a fun pit stop at the new Adirondack Welcome Center, where the boys got out some extra energy on the zip‐line and playground, we got back in the car for the last 10 minutes, getting off at exit 21 and head‐ ing south on route 9 for about a mile. Parking was easy, and we paused to gather our things – camera and sunglasses are a must – and slather on some sunscreen and a few spritzes of bug lotion before beginning our adventure.

Tips for a great adventure • The park is ideal for children of all ages, but depending on their interest level, 12 and under may be the prime audience. • The rides are good for children three and older, but a few height requirements that dictate that an adult must ride with smaller children. • Make sure to use the restrooms in Magic Forest before heading into Dino Roar Valley. There is a restroom along the trail, but it is about halfway in. Restrooms throughout the property are clean and easy to find. • Use sunscreen. Even though the dinosaurs are in a well‐shaded area, there are points where you will be in direct sun. • Check the times and get to Roary’s show, the boys loved dancing with him!

A Magical Expedition Dino Roar Valley sits adjacent to its sister park, Magic Forest, which is celebrating its 56th season of nostalgic, accessible fun for children of all ages. The joint box office offers tickets for either park individually or a combined ticket, designated by different colored bracelets worn by guests. Prices are reasonable and allow a family to customize their experience. On our visit, we wound our way through the Magic Forest, following the bright signs towards the Expedition Basecamp where our Dino adventure began with a short welcome video featuring a local junior paleontologist named Simon. This 10‐year‐old Burnt Hills native gave us some guidelines about what we would be seeing, and the gentle reminder to never feed the dinosaurs…unless our little brother was acting up, of course. With a group “ROAR!” led by our expedi‐ tion guide, we were off, down the gentle slope into the valley. The paved path wound through the woods, through which we could see various species of long‐extinct creatures. The bellows and sounds from the dinos harmonized with the glee‐filled hoots from my boys as we arrived at our first dino – the Spinosaurus!

Complete Sensory Experience The integration of entertainment and edu‐ cation is seamless at Dino Roar Valley. (We have an A‐team of paleontologists, engineers, and developers to thank for that.) The 20 “dinosaurs” that you will meet within the half‐ mile loop are true to size, scale, and sound to their prehistoric ancestors. Each is displayed within the landscape, interacting with the trees along the winding brook that cuts through the property. They stir to life as you pass by…bel‐ lowing, roaring, opening their impressive mouths, and moving their heads, eyes, and tails. Every species is explained through an accompa‐ nying sign in bright, easy‐to‐read language.

Every detail, from the average size and weight of the dinosaur, to where they called home and what they ate, is included. Benches dot the path for any needed rests. There are also two water vendor stations, a “grab‐n‐go” food cart, and a restroom along the path. And then there are the Jurassic Park‐worthy photo‐ops. At the base of the initial descent into the valley, there is an adventure area with kid‐sized “dino eggs” and a “nest” climbing apparatus. About three fourths of the way into the loop, there is a switchback that leads up to the “fossil” dig stations. My boys had a blast in this oversized sandbox unearthing “fossils.” The benches along the perimeter of the tented dig area provide a shaded spot for par‐ ents to relax while children explore.

“Tiny” the Titanosaurus Our journey through time led us to the largest of the dinosaurs and a wonderful example of the true scale of these beasts and this project. Walking (literally) in the shadow of the 39‐foot‐tall and 160‐foot‐long Titanosaurus, our guide shared that this is the beginning of what developers hope to be a

larger experience. The park’s COO/General Manager, John Collins, explained that the site has more land that they would like to develop to host more dinos. Additions to the Magic Forest are already underway with more proj‐ ects in the planning stages. Reaching the end of the dinosaur experi‐ ence, the boys and I headed up the hill to the Magic Forest to have some lunch at the “Peppermint Lounge” snack bar. We enjoyed cooked‐to‐order burgers, hot dogs, and fries at a picnic table overlooking the magic show. The boys loved watching the show while they ate, and Mom loved the prices. The four of us ate for less than $20. We wrapped up our day by revisiting some of our favorite prehistoric pals and then riding a few of the 23 rides in the Magic Forest. After a great four‐and‐a‐half‐ hour visit, I ushered three tired and very happy little boys into the car with promises of a CRL return trip in the near future. Lake George Expedition Park, Dino Roar Valley 1912 Route 9, Lake George dinoroarvalley.com




Summer Dining Guide



Celebrating 36 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 • Virginia Smoked Sausage • Texas Beef Brisket • Pacific NW Smoked Salmon Thank you for your votes! BAR-B-QSA… Barbeque’s United “Tastes” of America! ®


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

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


We began serving delicious traditional Mexican and Spanish cuisine in the Capital Region 23 years ago. Owned by Patty Bermejo-Bhola and Freddie Bhola. Patty came from the beautiful and cultural Mexican 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 have been able to start the first authentic Mexican restaurant in the Capital Region.

271 Lark Street (Serving Tapas Only!) • Albany • 518.465.2568 289 Hamilton Street • Albany • 518.432.7580 Elmariachisrestaurant.com • Elmariachitapas.com

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!

Enjoy Beef

5342 Parkis Mills Road • Galway • 518.882.6962 • thecocknbull.com

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



At Chez Mike, our goal is to provide a superior dining experience through exceptional service and fresh, from-scratch food, in a relaxed neighborhood atmosphere. We are a casual restaurant serving eclectic American cuisine which changes seasonally. Voted Best Rensselaer County Restaurant eight years in a row, also Best East/North Greenbush Restaurant and Fine Dining finalist.

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.

The Barnsider 596 Columbia Tpke Hannaford Plaza, East Greenbush 518.479.4730 • chezmikerestaurant.com

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

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VOTED BEST CALAMARI Yanni’s by Car…Yanni’s by Bike…Yanni’s by Boat Two large outdoor patios overlooking the majestic Hudson River. You book it, we’ll cook it! Your place or ours! Holiday parties, weddings, elegant banquet, graduation, family reunion, BBQ, brunch or corporate lunch. It’s never to early to plan your event. To book your parties, call Yanni’s Too at 518.756.7033. Voted Finalist for Chowder, Seafood and Lobster Mac & Cheese.

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 Four Diamond restaurant.

Yanni's Too Restaurant 20 Marina Drive • Coeymans • 518.756.7033 • YannisRestaurants.com

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



Dining on the “Wild” Side Preparing and cooking locally caught fish By Joey Greco


here is nothing more rewarding to me than being able to harvest and cook fresh fish from local waters. As a full‐ time chef, I take advantage of being able to tap into my “culinary tackle box,” which is filled with recipes and techniques I have collected over the years. As a passionate fisherman, I have experimented with a variety of species commonly caught in our area. The key to fish cookery is starting with an exceptional product. This process starts immedi‐ ately upon harvesting the fish, which is why my fish (especially during the warmer months) typi‐ cally go from the hook directly onto ice. Filleting the fish, if choosing to do so, requires a critical understanding that each fish has its own unique skeletal structure. Learning to fillet different species of fish will take time. The goal is to end up with a high‐yielding, boneless fillet that will make for a pleasurable dining experience. Even one or two bones can be a turn‐off, especially

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when introducing a new recipe to your family for the first time. The best way to easily access the right tutorial? YouTube! There are thousands of good how‐to videos on the web that will have you filleting like an old deckhand in no time. Before taking fish home to cook, anglers should be aware of any health advisories that are in effect for the body of water they are fishing. Health advisories will vary dramatically from place to place. (Up‐to‐date information is found on the New York State DEC website.) Plan to take fish only from sources that are not on any of the advisory lists, as some fish may contain trace amounts of mercury, PCBs, or other harmful chemicals. My favorite local species to target for my table are rainbow trout, walleye, yellow perch, black crappie, and landlocked salmon. Delicate and delicious when cooked properly, these fish are better than most seafood you will find in the supermarket nowadays. They are also all

sustainable, fish you can truly feel good eating. When considering taking a fish to con‐ sume, the absolute best size fish to take are small to medium‐sized fish that can be legally taken. Information on legal size restriction is available on the NYSDEC website, and educa‐ tion is critical before harvesting any of the aforementioned species. We are huge advo‐ cates of catch and release as well as responsi‐ ble harvest, which means taking the smaller "eater" class fish. The small fish will taste bet‐ ter, and by releasing the larger "breeding class" fish, anglers can rest assured that the population will flourish for years to come. Here are a couple of dishes featuring local fishes that I find unique and simple to prepare. I hope you enjoy making these after a success‐ ful day on the water. These recipes are healthy and feature some international flavors that will take your fish cookery well beyond the tar‐ tar sauce and beer batter. Bon Appetit!

Hazelnut Crusted Lake George Perch Fillets with Grapefruit, Endive, and Local Maple Butter Sauce Ingredients For the fish 2 pounds perch fillets, cleaned 1 cup Panko bread crumbs ½ cup hazelnuts, finely chopped 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped 6 tablespoons butter, melted Salt and pepper to taste For the salad 2 Belgian endive, finely julienned and soaked in water with lemon 2 grapefruit, sectioned, removing all white pith 1 pound baby arugula Olive oil to coat For the sauce 1 cup white wine ¼ cup cider vinegar 2 shallots, finely minced 4 thyme sprigs 2 bay leaves 2 cups heavy cream ¼ cup maple syrup 8 tablespoons butter, cold cut into small cubes

Directions • Set oven to 375 degrees. • Gently coat fish with about one tablespoon of melted butter, and season with salt and pepper. Arrange the fish

on a sheet tray lined with foil. • Combine the Panko, nuts, sugar, thyme, parsley, and remaining butter in a mixing bowl. Top each fish fillet with a bit of the crunchy hazelnut crumb mixture, and bake until the tops are golden brown and fish flakes easily, about 12 to 15 minutes. • While the fish is baking, make the sauce. In a small saucepan, add the wine, vinegar, shallot, thyme, and bay; bring to a simmer. Reduce by 80%. Add the heavy cream and syrup, and

continue to reduce over medium-low heat until thick and bubbly, about 15 minutes. • Strain mixture and return to pan. On a very low heat, add the butter a little at a time using a wire whisk until all butter is incorporated. • Season with salt and pepper to taste, and hold in a warm area until ready to plate. • Toss all salad ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Arrange salad on a plate. Top with a few fillets of fish and drizzle with the maple butter sauce. Enjoy!

Vietnamese Fish Soup Featuring Local Walleye Fillets Ingredients


2 pounds walleye fillet, cut into large cubes 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, ground 2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced 2 shallots, thinly sliced 2 kaffir lime leaves ½ cup sherry 1 can diced tomato 2 cups lobster broth (available at many markets) ¼ cup fish sauce ¼ cup tamari or soy sauce 2 cups bok choy, shredded 1 red pepper, julienned finely 1 carrot, julienned finely 4oz shiitake mushroom, julienned finely 4 limes, juiced ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped

• In a large soup pot, add a little canola oil and bring to high heat. • Add the ginger, garlic, and shallot; sauté for about two minutes. Add lime leaf and cook until fragrant. • Add the sherry and reduce until dry. Add the tomato, lobster broth, fish sauce, and soy; bring to a simmer. • Add vegetables, and simmer five more minutes until about halfway cooked through. Add fish, ensuring that it is just covered by the liquid. Simmer until fish is cooked through and opaque, and then add lime juice. • Serve immediately in large bowls with steamed rice if desired. Garnish with freshly chopped herbs!



WOMEN OWNED | BUSINESSES all while leading a successful career. With so much on your plate, it’s easy to postpone your goals. “It’s Your Turn” is the line in the sand when you are an empty­nester, retired, long for meaningful relationships, or simply ask yourself, “what’s next?” Since 2009, I’ve helped women and small groups live a life they love. What was the catalyst to start your own business?

Dr. Diane Albano | Lead Consulting and Coaching, LLC



Dr. Diane Albano Tell us about your business in your own words.

Women are caretakers and multi­taskers,

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As a single mom, I juggled my responsibili­ ties by working long hours in a high­stress job while staying focused on providing a loving home. I rarely asked myself what I really wanted. Like all children, mine grew up. It was my turn. Deciding to retire was the catalyst to launch my successful coaching business. As a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation and the Life Mastery Institute in California, I work with clients integrating 34 years of leadership, teaching, consulting, and coaching skills.

When you began your business, what kept you motivated through any stumbling blocks?

Starting a business as a second career, I felt like a little fish in a big pond. To stay moti­ vated, I was supported by a coach to stay accountable for achieving my goals. How many people are on your team? What do you look for in potential employees?

Currently, I am a solopreneur. What do you do to bring your passion for your business to your employees and customers?

I communicate and encourage my clients to borrow my belief that they are far greater than their circumstances, and when com­ mitted to action they can have greater hap­ piness and freedom in their lives. What is your dream vacation?

My next dream vacation is a Sea Turtle Research Expedition in Costa Rica.

Jill Sullivan-Keating | Evolve Handcrafted Soap Company



Jill Sullivan­Keating Tell us about your business in your own words.

I launched Evolve Handcrafted Soap Company two years ago, after spending

many years making soaps and bath prod­ ucts as a hobby. Receiving positive feedback and encouragement from friends and fami­ ly, I decided to take the leap and start up a small business while working full­time as a Nurse Practitioner.

body. The love and support of my friends and family empowered me to start a business.

As a person who has always been committed to health and well­being, I devoted myself to handcrafting soap and body products made with organic and natural ingredients and that are free from harmful chemicals, pesti­ cides, and antibiotic residues. Our soaps are animal­friendly and never tested on animals. I source many ingredients locally and try to use environmentally friendly, sustainable, and recyclable packaging whenever possible.

The positive feedback and encouragement from my friends, family, and customers kept me motivated.

What was the catalyst to start your own business?

After reading about potentially harmful, skin­irritating, drying ingredients in com­ mercial soaps, I decided to forge ahead with developing a healthier, more environmental­ ly sound, handcrafted alternative that people could feel good about putting on their skin. After all, the skin is the largest organ in the

When you began your business, what kept you motivated through any stumbling blocks?

How many people are on your team? What do you look for in potential employees?

There are five people on my team. For a poten­ tial employee, I look for someone dedicated, honest, hardworking, and willing to learn. What do you do to bring your passion for your business to your employees and customers?

I try to have fun, be down­to­earth, and not take myself too seriously. I am passionate about physical, emotional, and spiritual health. I try to let that passion shine through in my interactions with my employees and customers.



How many people are on your team? What do you look for in potential employees?

Currently, I’m a solo­practitioner. I envi­ sion hiring a team of support people and healthcare providers who share the same philosophy. What do you do to bring your passion for your business to your employees and customers?

Patty McGee | Patty McGee Health & Wellness, LLC


My passion is to live my best life and share with others the experience and knowledge that I have gained to be the healthiest, hap­ piest person I can be. What is your dream vacation?

My dream vacation is being with my family and friends on the beach in sunny warm weather preparing delicious meals.


Tell us about your business in your own words.

When you began your business, what kept you motivated through any stumbling blocks?

My clients’ emotional stories keep me moti­ vated. Helping them get off medications, reverse chronic disease, lose weight, navi­ gate their cancer diagnosis, and live fulfill­ ing lives is extremely rewarding.

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When you began your business, what kept you motivated through any stumbling blocks?

I had anticipated challenges and remained motivated by channeling my passion and focusing on creating personalized care for men and women in a relaxing environment. How many people are on your team? What do you look for in potential employees?

What do you do to bring your passion for your business to your employees and customers?

The conventional medicine model is broken and is making us sicker. I’ll work with you to get to the root of the problem and pro­ vide the support you need to achieve your health goals once and for all. I offer highly effective health and weight­loss programs for women, men, and couples.

After working in conventional healthcare for 30+ years as an RN, MSN, hospital and prac­ tice administrator, and losing my mother, it was time to focus on my own health. I studied functional medicine and integrative nutrition. I applied all of the principles of Functional Medicine and Integrative Nutrition and healed myself of hypothyroidism, stopped tak­ ing synthetic hormones and lost 30 pounds. My pain and stiffness went away. This experi­ ence motivated me to become an Integrative Health Coach and open a practice focused on transforming lives.

I am a Board Certified OBGYN who has been caring for women in the Capital District since 1995. I left my practice in 2013, when my husband became ill. After spending four years at home, raising my children, I was excited to begin a new chapter. I had always had a passion for women’s wellness and a dream to open a Medical Spa.

My team consists of myself, a Licensed Medical Aesthetician with 13 years of experi­ ence, and three assistants who help me to provide the best care and service in the area.

Patty McGee RN, MSN Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

What was the catalyst to start your own business?

What was the catalyst to start your own business?

Virginia Giugliano, MD | Amazingly Ageless Medi-Spa


I work diligently to create an atmosphere for both employees and clients that is wel­ coming and tranquil. My team and I ensure that every client receives attentiveness and individualized care. My clients recognize this and reward us with their continued business and the testimonial of their life­ changing results. What is your dream vacation?

Anywhere where there is sand, sun, and cul­ ture. A Mediterranean cruise with loved ones would be amazing.


Virginia Giugliano, MD


Tell us about your business in your own words.


Amazingly Ageless Medi­Spa is a full­ser­ vice med spa specializing in non­invasive treatments including Vaginal Rejuvenation for urinary incontinence and sexual dys­ function, Bio­Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Hair Restoration, Microneedling, PRP, Body Contouring, Botox/Fillers, and age­defying facials. My staff and I are excited to offer you cut­ ting edge services to enhance your health and preserve your “ageless” look.


Angela Krasuski Tell us about your business in your own words.

Panache Hair Studio is a full­service spa, offering services for hair, nails, feet, skin­ care, and eyelash extensions. Panache opened in 2001, and in 2006, I was blessed to be able to purchase the business and property from Naomi Smith.

Best Consignment Shop

Thank you to our customers! Angela Krasuski | Panache Hair Studio

What was the catalyst to start your own business?

I have always loved doing hair and nails. I started doing hair for school plays and attended vo­tech while in high school. I received my license right after graduation. I had a dream of owning my own salon since 1985 and realized my dream in 2006 after Naomi fell ill. When you began your business, what kept you motivated through any stumbling blocks?

When I first took over the salon, I was sur­ prised at the amount of work that went into running a salon behind the scenes. Besides keeping books and ordering supplies, own­ ing a building that is more than 100 years old has its own set of problems. I stay moti­ vated by the amazing Panache team and my family. They are my biggest cheerleaders.

Independently-owned store offering high-quality fashion and home goods at reasonable prices. We specialize in providing women in our community excellent consignment shopping with a boutique feel. Each section of the store is full of carefully selected products from well-known brands, and our inventory is always changing to follow the latest trends. Whether you need a new dress or are looking for a unique bag, we’re here for you! Tuesday - Saturday, 10-5.

1603 Rte. 9, Town Center Plaza • Clifton Park 518.371.5599 • fkccliftonpark.com

How many people are on your team? What do you look for in potential employees?

There are 16 contract stylists and four receptionists that make up our team. We all work so well together and are like fam­ ily. Everyone encourages and motivates each other. I look for a positive team play­ er who loves what they are doing. What do you do to bring your passion for your business to your employees and customers?

I look at Panache, not solely as my business, but as all of ours. Everyone plays a part in making Panache the amazing salon that it is. Our guests see that, too. Everyone who enters through our door always says it is so welcoming and nice and clean. What is your dream vacation?

My dream vacation is to take my family on an Alaskan cruise.



How many people are on your team? What do you look for in potential employees?

My current TEAM is my external support system. These include my family, friends, and many business mentors I’ve met along the way. When the need to hire an employ­ ee arises, the qualities and standards I cherish in my support system will be look­ ing back at me. What is your dream vacation?

Kim Sapienza | Finders Keepers Consignments


For me, it’s ALL about perspective. When I stand at the edge of the ocean and see noth­ ing but the horizon, suddenly, everything is right! Right here, right now…it’s all we have.

than 25 years. She was the one to push me to take the leap because she knew I would succeed. When you began your business, what kept you motivated through any stumbling blocks?

Thankfully, I haven’t had any stumbling blocks. The joy and excitement of making peo­ ple’s houses into homes keeps me motivated. How many people are on your team? What do you look for in potential employees?

The Speckled Hen is a one­woman show; however, I have daily support from my husband, who I consider the backbone of my business.


Kim Sapienza

What do you do to bring your passion for your business to your employees and customers?

Tell us about your business in your own words.

I love what I do and the products that I bring into my store. I strive to extend that passion and excitement to my customers.


A Clifton Park original, Finders Keepers Consignments offers the community and surrounding areas high­quality fashion, accessories, and home goods at reasonable prices and has for more than 11 years. We specialize in providing an excellent con­ signment shopping experience with a spe­ cial boutique feel. We pride ourselves on our curated collection of ever­changing inventory. It is interesting, clean, and well organized. Our customers enjoy the hunt and of course, “the FIND.” What was the catalyst to start your own business?

I’ve always had a creative side and like to express myself in different and unique ways; plus, I’ve always had a fondness for thrifting, repurposing, recycling, and resale in general. When the opportunity arose, I leaped to do what I love! When you began your business, what kept you motivated through any stumbling blocks?

Motivation is internal and innate. I had the desire; I had the goal; the rest was easy. Any bumps along the way are just that, “Bump!” There are also many intelligent and “been there before” people who can help and who are willing to advise. I’ve never been afraid to seek them out, ask questions, and listen for that sage advice. I take what is useful, do my due diligence and mostly, remember to be brave.

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What is your dream vacation?

On the water somewhere, anywhere. With my toes in the sand and the water breaking on the beach…that is my happy spot.

Maureen Culver | The Speckled Hen



Maureen Culver Tell us about your business in your own words.

The Speckled Hen is a unique home­decor store filled with new and old items from local artisans. We have a large selection of items including reproductions, candles, linens, a large selection of florals, and so much more. Explore new ideas to update and refresh your home with a visit to our store. Our items are ever­changing, and you will always find something new. We are cel­ ebrating our seventh year in business! What was the catalyst to start your own business?

My sister Kathleen who has owned another local business, Chatham Flowers, for more

Karen Leggett | KJ’s Gymnastics



Karen Leggett Tell us about your business in your own words.

I opened KJ's Gymnastics 20 years ago in an 800­square­foot garage bay. Three years later, we moved into our current facility.

We are a recreational gymnastics club teaching basic gymnastics skills to children 18 months through high school. In 2016 we added an international program, Ninja Zone, which is a combination of gymnastics, martial arts, obstacle courses, and freestyle movements. Ninja Zone is perfect for tod­ dlers to age 11. What was the catalyst to start your own business?

I started KJ's because I wanted to spend more time with my family and was tired of commuting to Albany. My father­in­law kept suggesting that I should do it. When you began your business, what kept you motivated through any stumbling blocks?

When I started KJ's, it was the students’ smiles and determination that pushed me through any obstacles and stumbling blocks. How many people are on your team? What do you look for in potential employees?

We currently have 11 employees. We look for energetic, fun individuals who love working with and teaching children. What do you do to bring your passion for your business to your employees and customers?

I love explaining the benefits of gymnastics and Ninja Zone to parents, grandparents, and employees, many of whom were previ­ ous students of KJ's. I love seeing the full cycle! I also love that we are a part of the community. Once a month, we host a four­ hour “Parents Night Out,” so parents can go to dinner or a movie while we entertain the kids. We also offer both gymnastics and ninja birthday parties. What is your dream vacation?

I would love to visit both Hawaii and Alaska.



Leeanne Shade Tell us about your business in your own words.

I founded the salon to provide our guests with affordable luxury. We continually ensure that we offer the latest techniques and products.

Leanne Shade | Choices Hair Studio

What was the catalyst to start your own business?

Although I had always thought about open­ ing my own salon, it just so happened that the salon I was managing offered to sell to me. It was fate. When you first began your business, what kept you motivated through any stumbling blocks?

My passion for this industry, along with the employees that were counting on me. How many people are on your team? What do you look for in potential employees?

I currently employ 22 amazing people. We have one common goal: to provide the best experience for each of our guests from start to finish. The BIGGEST quality I look for in a potential employee is that they are kind. I can teach them how to do their job but not always how to be kind; that is part of some­ one’s nature. What do you do to bring your passion for your business to your employees and customers?

In addition to catering to my clients, I also work as an educator, which requires me to stay up to date and trained on the latest trends. I travel across the country to train other stylists and bring [what I learn] back to my staff and clients. What is your dream vacation?

Out of the couple I have, my top is to travel to the Maldives. I may have a tough time sitting on a plane that long...I’m pretty used to standing a lot! CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JULY 2019 |



THE HOME OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD Various locations homeofthegoodshepherd.com The Home of the Good Shepherd assisted living facility offers residents superior, professional care in a warm home-like environment. Our size allows us to treat each resident as an individual, meeting his or her own needs and activity level. With our licensure, we can provide a continuum of care while residents age in place with either our Enhanced or Memory Care services. Every resident has a personal care plan and individualized service plan. Delicious meals are served three times a day in our dining room. Therapeutic diets as ordered by the physician are also available. We offer a full calendar of in-house and outside activities.

THE FURNITURE HOUSE 1254 Highway 9P, Saratoga Springs; 518.587.9865 1060 Route 9, Queensbury; 518.798.0133 thefurniturehouseny.com The Furniture House has two great locations to serve you: our flagship store at 1254 Highway 9P on Saratoga Lake, and 1060 Route 9, Queensbury. As we get older, our family structure changes. We downsize our homes. We want comfort and convenience in a tiny package. We look for other ways to be space efficient. The Furniture House specializes in American-made, hard to find pieces to fill these needs. We have Murphy beds, coffee tables that turn to dining tables, lift recliners, Krypton fabrics and multipurpose home furnishings offering additional storage. Our design staff can assist you in this process, and our delivery team is here for you! If you haven’t been to the Furniture House, where have you been? The Furniture House—the unusual as usual.

THE SPINNEY AT VAN DYKE 6 Parker Mathusa Place, Delmar 518.689.0162; thespinneyatvandyke.com When you move to The Spinney, you are gaining more than a new home. You are moving to a “Home to a New

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Generation” surrounded by a community of your peers. The Spinney community’s amenities were created with YOU in mind. During the summer months, Spinney residents enjoy walking their dogs along community trails, swimming in one of the pools, gardening in the raised beds of the Community Garden, reading on their back decks, or enjoying a glass of wine with a neighbor in the gazebo. Without the responsibility of maintenance and landscaping of your home, you’ll have more than enough time to enjoy all the outdoor activities at The Spinney!

CARLTON HOLLOW APARTMENTS 2000 Carlton Way, Ballston Spa 518.631.2674; carltonhollowapartments.com Carlton Hollow Apartments combines upscale apartment living with community amenities that offer fun and fitness yearround. Take advantage of the indoor pickleball court, work out in the exercise room, play billiards, watch a movie, or go for a swim in the indoor pool. In your apartment, you will appreciate the open living area with nine-foot ceilings and a private balcony. Your new gourmet kitchen includes granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a breakfast bar to entertain guests. Our location allows you to take advantage of everything the area has to offer. You will find so much to do at Carlton Hollow!

GREENE MEADOWS NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER 161 Jefferson Heights, Catskill 518.943.9380; greenemeadows.com Greene Meadows is a nursing and rehabilitation center that has served our community since 1975. Located in scenic Catskill, Greene Meadows is close to all local hospitals. Not only has Greene Meadows long been acknowledged as a leading senior care provider, but our beautifully renovated facility also offers the comforts of home in a healthcare setting. Through the years, Greene Meadows has continued to grow and evolve to meet community needs. We offer a full continuum of care, including specialty programs, farm-to-table healthy eating, on and offsite activities, and more! When looking for the best solution for your loved one's needs, look no further than Greene Meadows!

PINE HAVEN NURSING & REHABILITATION CENTER 201 Main Street, Philmont 518.672.7408; pinehavencarecenter.com Pine Haven is well known for providing excellent care to residents. Did you know it is also one of the BEST places to work? Staff work together, laugh together and support each other. Known as “The Friendly Nursing Home” we enjoy our time together. Visitors to our facility clearly see the care and compassion staff display toward residents and each other. Many of our referrals come from highly satisfied families and staff. Whether you are looking for a fulfilling second career or a living option for a loved one, contact us today. You will be glad you did!






ummer has finally arrived, and here in the northeast, the magic of the season is upon us. There are so many exciting and wonderful things to do: mountain hikes, days at the lake, street fairs, car shows, charity events, and of course, let's not forget the track. This July is just as exciting in the astral sky, with a solar eclipse and new moon in Cancer on July 2, a lunar eclipse on the full moon in Capricorn July 16, and then to end the month, we have another new moon on the 31st (often known as a black moon). All of this, along with other planets play‐ ing into the month, should make for an eventful and memorable month for all. Eclipses are always a time of awakening and shifts of consciousness. During the beginning of the month we may feel that we need to change in some way. For some, this is a time of spiritual evolution and height‐ ened awareness, and for realizing that the universe is always giving us subtle messages for personal growth and change. For others, this time may be more conventional: questioning if they are happy with the status quo and if not, where to make changes. The solar eclipse may bring the

realization that it is time to make some drastic changes, or at least take some chances that we may have typically feared. During an eclipse, we will delight in different cultures and ideals, and will often try new things – and what better time than during the warm days of July to take advantage of this? Eclipses always have a way of making us see where to make changes, and the new moon is a time to set new intentions. So this month’s new moon‐solar eclipse is truly about exploration and learning. On July 2, write down the things you want to create or change. Light a yellow candle, place your intention under it, and visualize that out‐ come of your intention. Do not use guided imagery that includes the path of getting to your goal; rather, use this opportunity to see the out‐ come you desire. Over the coming weeks, carry your written intention with you to keep your goal, literally, at hand. You may be surprised at how many things occur that will give you the inspiration you need to keep moving forward toward your goal.

Mid-month Full Moon By the lunar eclipse and full Capricorn moon, we should have start‐ ed on the changes we want to make. The Capricorn moon is about the work we still need to do or helping to adjust our original plan. A lunar eclipse also illuminates those areas of our personal life that we may want to work on as well. Take out your intention to see if you are on the right track and if you are, bury it in the ground…much like "planting the seeds" for continued growth. We are now halfway through July, and the summer months seem to be non‐stop with excitement beginning with the Fourth of July. The full moon, however, may be time to take a break and take care of yourself. As with all full moons, the days leading up to, and including the day of, the full moon can be somewhat emotional, so be kind to yourself. If need be, take a break from social interaction and connect with nature. Create some "me time." This full moon has a lot of intensity associated with it, so it is the perfect time to get away by yourself and relax if possible. Whether you follow the planets or not, we in the northeast are so filled with excitement and anticipation for the summer months that we tend to overextend, overbook, and inevitably become over‐stimulated. To truly appreciate and enjoy the glorious summer days, practice some energy‐reviving self‐care. Whenever you need a break to rejuvenate your energy, take baths or showers using lavender‐scented soap or oils to calm you. Visualize the energy around you, shifting as you relax. If you have days during which you feel your energy is somewhat depleted, be it from overdoing or just too much interaction with other people and crowds, bathe or shower and use a peppermint soap or oil to boost your energy. The summer days are busy and the nights are often long, so pay attention to what your body and mind need and replenish your energy when necessary. The 31st brings a new moon in Leo. What a wonderful way to end the month and start August. Have a wonderful, exciting, and magical summer. Find and follow Alexx Bradley on Facebook

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CBD for Beginners: Answering your basic, burning questions


hether or not to introduce CBD into your wellness routine is a complex question with an air of mystery. In the hopes of pro‐ viding a bit of first‐hand experience, I, along with two others, tested a variety of formats and products – all of which are available right here in the Capital Region. Let’s get a couple of disclaimers out of the way. I am not a licensed medical anything, just a curious woman who experiences periodic ail‐ ments that CBD advocates claim to address. Also, as with any new sup‐ plement, please consult your physician if you decide to try CBD.

What is CBD? CBD stands for cannabidiol (can∙na∙bid∙i∙ol.) Cannabinoids are a class of chemical compounds that occur naturally in the human body and the hemp plant. CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid present in hemp and has enormous therapeutic potential. Research on the plant led to the discovery of a complex cell‐signaling system called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) that is present in all mammals, including humans. The ECS includes, among other elements, receptors called CB₁ (brain and nervous system), and CB₂ (immune system) that bind to com‐ pounds known as endocannabinoids. The CBD stimulates CB₁ and CB₂ receptors, which may provide relief for many ailments. Advocates claim that CBD reduces inflammation and assists with pain management of chronic pain, relief from sleep disorders, migraines, and stomach issues.

How to CBD CBD comes in just about every type of distribution method, but I have to say that not all CBDs are created equal. CBD comes in oils and creams designed for both the body and face, as well as sticks, tinctures, roll‐ons, and even lip gloss…yes, lip glosses are now touting the use of CBD! It’s everywhere (with virtually no regulation), so buyer beware. One thing to look for when selecting a product is that it is “third‐party lab tested,” ensuring that, at the very least, the potency is what the manu‐ facturer claims. I, my husband, and a gym friend all have been using local CBD for the past several weeks for different ailments, and the overwhelming response was that it reduced pain on the affected areas. My husband has major back issues and has been using a CBD cream from RAD Soap Company called Relief. After a few days of applying it twice a day, he has experienced a marked reduction in his discomfort. My gym friend also applied the Relief cream to her rotator cuff, and it reduced the pain in her shoulder area. We also tried the Full Spectrum Hemp Extract tincture in a 750mg strength. You can find the RadCBD product line at their shop in Stuyvesant Plaza, via their website, and some local farmers markets.

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I experience pain and discomfort in my knees and shoulder. I work out most days and feel hindered by this chronic pain. I tried the Sunsoil CBD oil in a tincture format and a Charlotte’s Web cream, both from Honest Weight Food Co‐op. After swallowing the recommended Sunsoil dosage, I experienced reduced overall discomfort. I applied the cream topically to my shoulder area, and the pain subsided, as long as I remem‐ bered to apply the cream. To learn more or to try Sunsoil or Charlotte’s Web lines of CBD products, visit Honest Weight online or in person. The third set of products I tried was from another local producer, Gnome Serum, located in Johnsonville. I used the Timeless serum that claims anti‐aging properties. In addition to the hemp‐derived CBD, it also has great antioxidants such as turmeric, and L‐Ascorbic acid, plus hyaluronic acid to keep in the moisture. I experienced tighter skin, which I liked. I also really liked their Joints & Bones Cream with arnica, among other natural oils and extracts. Arnica has been known to soothe aches, pains, and bruises. Learn more or find a local stockist at gnomeserum.com.

Dollars, Scents, and Taste The taste of the ingestible CBD products varied; some had a strong nutty flavor, and others such as Sunsoil had a chocolate mint flavoring that made it much easier to go down. The taste lasts less than a minute, and ingestibles may provide a faster absorption rate. The creams vary in their scents, depending on added fragrance and additional relief‐pro‐ moting ingredients. Find one that you enjoy. The cost of CBD products start at $30 and go up based on strength, brand, and other ingredients. Depending on the volume, where and how often you apply it, it can last a while. I used only a quarter size on my hus‐ band’s back and half that amount on my shoulder, so it doesn’t take much to feel results.

The Bottom Line Would I use CBD regularly? From my experience, I have to say “yes.” In my testing, I was not regimented in using it every day. When I missed a day or two, my discomfort in my shoulder returned. A lot of people have asked if the products made us feel fuzzy or weird? We didn’t expe‐ rience that, but each person has different sensitivities to any product. If you decide to try a CBD product, as with any new item, start small and work your way up. Listen to your body and watch for reactions, both negative and positive. Hopefully, this article helped answer some of your questions con‐ cerning CBD and gives you some local options to check out and try. Luann is a lifelong curator of fashion and enjoys researching the latest trends and tips for all of our Capital Region Living readers. You can reach her at luann@crlmag.com.


Everything Matters… But Let’s Pretend, Not!


ome things matter more than others, of course, but quite hon‐ estly…everything matters. Yet, we somehow have learned to ignore the impact of some of our choices. So for a moment, let’s pretend…

Let’s Pretend These Moments Don’t Matter: • Yelling at our kids or our spouse. It isn’t that bad, since others certainly yell louder, or use more pro‐ fanity. As the kids get older and begin to yell back at you more often, let’s pretend you didn’t teach them how to do that. • Allowing kids to eat simple carbs, sugary foods, and junk. It’s simply easier. Perhaps they are 30 pounds overweight and their pediatrician has gently urged a change, but you insist it’s hard to control their eating or complain that they have always been a picky eater. Let’s pretend you couldn’t clear out the pantry or lead by example, putting yourself on a healthy path to ensure the whole family would eat better. • Letting your son play hours upon hours of video games. Everyone else is doing it and, of course, he would be furious if this were not permitted or you set some serious limits on this. What would he do? Let’s pretend that this is the “new, modern way” for kids to bond and have healthy relationships, despite the negative attitude, addictive behavior, and the absence of real, genuine social behavior. • Your phone is always in your hand. With every “ting” you pick it up to respond and quickly justify it if someone comments. “Oh, it’s the sitter. Oh, I must see if they made it in the door. Oh, my sister isn’t feeling well.” And of course, you look around, notice someone else on their phone, and your judging thoughts insolate you from clearly seeing your habit. Let’s keep pretending that what you model will not matter...that where you invest your time will not affect the relationship with your spouse or your children. • Reacting with emotion, anger, and frustration. You justify your reactions by blaming the child for their poor behav‐ ior. Of course, your parents were like that, and hey, “You turned out okay…right?” Even though the mornings are stressful, the homework is a battle, and their rooms are a wreck, that’s just because they haven’t learned to listen yet. So, let’s pretend you can just keep yelling, and everything will eventually be okay and underneath all this reactivity, “Hey, they will still know you love them.” • Your son or daughter spends all their time doing what they want to do. Yet, they are still miserable, even when getting exactly what they want, when they want it. Sure, you try to negotiate a bit, but hey…they are relentless. You give in. They have their phone, computer, unlimited internet access, and all the clothes they could possibly want, plus they attend every social event within a 50‐mile radius. On the other hand, they do nothing to support the family, the community, or the home. You

fight and battle, yet no chores get done. Let’s pretend they will learn to be responsible, happy, and successful, because doing what we want right now is the formula for success and happiness…right? • Your kids listen to profane, negative messages in their music and on the screen. You see how hard it is to manage this. It’s just so difficult. It would take time to come up with a solution, and you don’t have that kind of time. And again, isn’t every kid listening to this now? Let’s take a BIG pre‐ tend, and smile while we think that these messages will not shape their attitude towards others, and their outlook on life. • The best pretend: These are all about your neighbor or your spouse…Not you. Now, doesn’t that feel better!

No. More. Pretending. Everything Matters! The research base for this conclusion is ever‐expanding, as it appears that every choice we make matters. And not just the obvious ones I mentioned above, but also the more nuanced influences that shape our children and us. Everything we read, watch, or absorb is mold‐ ing us, and the food we consume is shaping our bodies and minds. Every video game is building an emotional and cognitive habit, every time we react we are nurturing the habit of reactivity, every indulged emotion will want to be indulged even more next week. Even the questions we ask ourselves and our children are shaping thought patterns. The art we see. The music to which we listen. The blogs we read. The shows we watch. The violence we accept in language and behav‐ ior…These all matter. Many people reject the idea that “everything matters.” (It is simply so much easier to pretend that almost nothing does.) A simple rejection of this reality frees us from taking full responsibility for our lives, both as individuals and as parents. It allows to continue to do what we want to do – how we want to do it – regardless of where it might be pointing our or our children's destiny. But the choice is right in front of you. It is not easy to shift the direc‐ tion of your family or your life. But you can do it! First, you must open your eyes to where these choices are taking you and your family. Then get ready for some tough choices…and some drama. The family herd may resist, but that’s okay. Making it easy now will make it harder for them later. So do the right thing. Consider every choice and see where you can shift the destiny of your family’s future. Stay with us over the next few months as we explore how you can become the rebel…how you can learn to parent radically, reclaim your choices, and your families values. Dr. Randy Cale offers practical guidance for a host of parenting concerns. For more information visit terrificparenting.com.



Explore Columbia County 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


COLUMBIA COUNTY SUNDAYS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER 1 – 4 PM Under the Tent Music Series – Love Apple Farm, Ghent; Bring friends and family to enjoy the sights and sounds of the best live musicians in the Hudson Valley! Admission is free and takes place on the lovely grounds under the tent. Visit loveapplefarm.com for more information.

7/6 8 PM Peaceful Country Band – The Valatie Community Theatre; Called the Capital District’s Premier Country Band, the Peaceful Country Band will play classic country songs with oldies and holiday appropriate songs mixed in. Visit valatiecommunitytheatre.org for more information.

7/20 8 PM Rambling Jug Stompers – The Valatie Community Theatre; Visit valatiecommunitytheatre.org for more information.

APRIL – NOVEMBER (LAST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH) 7 PM Coffee House Open Mic Night – The Valatie Community Theatre; Visit valatiecommunitytheatre.org for more information.

ALBANY COUNTY 7/10 5:30 – 7:30 PM Moby Dick Book Club – Albany Pump Station; Albany Historic Foundation hosts this fun discussion to celebrate Herman Melville’s 200th birthday. Call 518.465.0876 or email info@historic-albany.org to reserve your spot.

7/17 5:30 – 7:30 PM Walkabout Wednesdays – Historic Albany Foundation; Navigate through the history of Hamilton’s time in Albany. Call 518.465.0876 or email info@historic-albany.org to reserve your spot.

7/30 5:30 – 7:30 PM For the Love of Bags and Bling – Zaloga American Legion Post, Albany; A fundraiser benefiting St. Paul’s Center. Contact Meghan at mmeyerson@stpaulcenter.com for more information.

BENNINGTON COUNTY 7/11 – 7/27 VARIOUS TIMES “Dig” – Dorset Theatre Festival, Dorset, VT; A play written and directed by Theresa Rebeck about courage, redemption, and photosynthesis. Starring Gordon Clapp. Visit dorsettheatrefestival.org for more information. CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JULY 2019 |



FULTON COUNTY 7/9 7 – 8 PM Caroga Chapel Bluegrass Concert – Chapel Road, Caroga Lake; Featuring Durey Creek Bluegrass Band along with a variety of other bluegrass and gospel songs. Find Caroga Lake Evangelical Chapel on facebook or call Douglas Purcell at 518.835.3023 for more information.

7/10 7 – 8 PM Glove Capital of the World – Northville Public Library; Fulton County historian, Samantha HallSaldino will speak about the history of the glove making industry of Fulton County from the early 18th-Century through today. Visit 44lakes.com for more information.

7/11 6 – 8 PM 2nd Annual Cruise-In/Hitrick & Brooks Concert/ Ice Cream Social – Rice Homestead;The

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Mayfield Historical Society will hold its Second Annual Car Show, which will be held in conjunction with its Annual Ice Cream Social and Summer Concert. Find Rice Homestead on Facebook or contact Carol Johnston at 518.332.0538 for more information.

7/19 – 7/21 VARIOUS TIMES Woodworking and Fine Arts Weekend – Northampton Town Park; Northville Rotary’s Eleventh Annual Woodworking and Fine Arts Weekend July 19-21 features more than 60 accomplished artists from this area and beyond. Woodworkers, jewelers, weavers, potters, photographers, painters, and many others artists will display and sell their work. The show will include demonstrations, raffles, and a silent auction. Food is available for purchase. Proceeds from this event will be used throughout the year to provide scholarships to students, support community organizations, and projects of Rotary International. Visit northvillerotary.com for more information.

7/25 – 7/27 5 – 9 PM St Joseph’s Festival – Broadalbin; Food, Music, Games, Italian Pastries, Crafters and Fun for All Ages. Contact Sheila Bleyl at 518.883.5527 for more information.

7/26 3 – 6 PM Bluegrass Concert & Ice Cream Social – Sherman’s Park; The North Bush United Methodist Church will host an Ice Cream Social at the Caroga Lake Farmers’ Market. Sundaes will be available for $1 per scoop. Sundaes with a brownie will be offered for $1 additional. Music will be provided by the Durey Creek Bluegrass Band. Contact Douglas Purcell at 518.835.3023 for more information.

7/27 5 – 8 PM Annual Ice Cream Social & Raffle – Northville Public Library; Cost: $3 adult / $2 children. In the Library’s gardens, overlooking the Great

A&E Sacandaga Lake: ice cream, homemade cakes, beverages, followed by multi-prize raffle. Visit northvillepubliclibrary.weebly.com for more information.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY 7/6 11 AM – 4 PM Canal Days – Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site; Come celebrate the Erie Canal! Canal Days is history & fun all in one! Featuring great music, food, games, the Old Engine Show, vendors and more! Find Schoharie Crossing on Facebook or call 518.829.7516 for more information.

7/10 10 AM – 3 PM Montgomery County Youth Day – 20 Park Street Fonda; Visit montgomerycountyny.com for more information.

7/27 11 AM – 11 PM Presidio presents Wish Fest – Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam; Benefiting Make-A-Wish Northeast New York, Wish Fest will be a day of family fun for all ages. This year’s event will feature music by Flame the Band, The Vinny Michael's Band, and Jocelyn and Chris Arndt (as seen on the Today Show). In addition to the great music there will be fun for the whole family, Amsterdam Mohawks Baseball, The River 99.5, and Fireworks.



A&E 7/13, 7/20, 7/27 4 – 9 PM

7/2 6:30 PM

7/13 10 AM – 9 PM

Amsterdam’s Sunset Festivals – Bridge Street Amsterdam; Head down to Bridge Street to grab diner, a drink or take a stroll to the river. Music and street performers. Sponsored by Lanzi Family Restaurants. Visit amsterdamny.gov for more information.

Brunswick Sumer Concerts – Big Fez & the Surfmatics, Brunswick Family Community Center; Visit townofbrunswick.org for more information.

Troy Pig Out – Riverfront Park; One of the most loved events of the Capital Region! A full day of fun where culinary competitors duke it out for the best BBQ! Visit downtowntroy.org for more information.

7/20 3:30 – 11 PM 11th Annual Music Fest – Hagaman Volunteer Fire Dept.; Three great bands, tons of food, a variety of vendors and great fun, all while helping your local volunteer fire department! Visit amsterdamny.gov for more information.

7/20 9:30 PM Free Movie Night featuring Hook – 193 West Main Street Amsterdam; Free admission, free popcorn, free soda! Bring a blanket and the whole family! Presented by the Knights of Columbus Council 209. (Raindate 7/21 @ 9PM). Visit amsterdamny.gov for more information.

RENSSELAER COUNTY SATURDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER 9 AM – 2 PM Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market – Monument Square, River Street; Where the farm meets the city!! Nearly 100 local farmers and fresh food vendors! Visit troymarket.org for more information.

SATURDAYS IN JULY 10:30 – 11:45 AM Saturday Walking Tours – Downtown Troy; Join the Rensselaer County Historical Society as they embark on a walking tour of Troy. Visit rchsonline.org for more information.

THURSDAYS – SATURDAYS 12 – 5 PM Hart-Cluett House Exhibits – Two new exhibits for 2019: Bridging Rensselaer County: Two Centuries of Crossing the Hudson and From Country Drives to the Grand Tour: Travels to and From Rensselaer County. Visit rchsonline.org for more information.

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7/4 6:30 PM Schaghticoke Concerts featuring 5 Dayz Out – Schaghticoke Town Hall; Visit rensco.com for more information.

7/6 6 PM Powers Park Concerts featuring Moriah Formica – Powers Park, Troy; Visit rensco.com for more information.

7/8 6 – 8 PM North Greenbush Concerts featuring Whiskey Highway – 2 Douglas Street Wynantskill; Visit townofng.com for more information.

7/9 6:30 PM Brunswick Summer Concerts featuring Elvis Birthday Bash Band – Brunswick Family Community Center; Visit townofbrunswick.org for more information.

7/13 10 AM – 2 PM Lansingburgh Historical Society Open House – Melville House; Kathleen DeRosa, extensive traveler and graduate of Russell Sage College will give a brief talk and have her book “Lansingburgh Through My Lens” available for purchase and autographing. Please call John or Mary Ward at 518.885.4295 for more information.

7/16 6:30 PM Brunswick Summer Concert featuring Lustre Kings – Brunswick Family Community Center; Visit townofbrunswick.org for more information.

7/19 8:30 PM East Greenbush Outdoor Summer Movie Night – East Greenbush Town Park; Enjoy food concessions, activities and a bounce house, then watch the movie Wreck-It Ralph Breaks the Internet. Visit rensco.com for more information.

7/20 4 – 8 PM Hoosick Falls Summer Gathering of Friends presents Burlington’s Blues for Breakfast – Wood Memorial Park; Visit rensco.com for more information.

7/20 6:30 PM Powers Park Concert featuring Broken Hearted (Tom Petty Tribute) – Powers Park, Troy; Visit rensco.com for more information.

7/22 6 – 8 PM North Greenbush Concerts presents Diva & the Dirty Boys – 2 Douglas Street Wynantskill; Visit townofng.com for more information.

7/13 5 – 8 PM

7/25 6:30 PM

Music Under the Trees featuring Jack Empie & Friends – Dyken Pond; This free concert is a tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. Visit rensco.com for more information.

Schaghticoke Summer Concerts presents Skeeter Creek – Schaghticoke Town Hall; Visit rensco.com for more information.

7/13 6 PM Powers Park Concerts featuring Skeeter Creek – Powers Park, Troy; Visit rensco.com for more information.

7/26 5 – 9 PM Troy Night Out – Party Like It’s 1969 – Downtown Troy; Enjoy arts avents, music venues, fine restaurants and unique boutiques. Visit downtowntroy.org for more information.


7/27 6 PM Powers Park Concerts presents The Accents – Powers Park, Troy; The Accents is Capital Regions #1 Horn Band! Visit rensco.com for more information.

7/29 6 – 8 PM North Greenbush Concerts presents Back40 Band – 2 Douglas Street Wynantskill; Visit townofng.com for more information.

7/30 6:30 PM Brunswick Summer Concerts featuring All Paul Band – Brunswick Family Community Center; Visit townofbrunswick.org for more information.

SARATOGA COUNTY 7/13 10 AM – 4 PM Craft and Antique Fair – Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside Museum; Come out and enjoy this fair featuring unique handmade crafts, antiques and historic collectables. Visit brooksidemuseum.org for more information.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY SUNDAYS THROUGH NOVEMBER 10 AM – 2 PM Schenectady Greenmarket – Each Sunday shoppers, musicians and friends gather and enjoy the festive marketplace with 70+vendors who produce everything they sell. Enjoy live music, prepared

food, and the region’s freshest local produce. Visit schenectadygreenmarket.org for information.

7/12 5 – 10 PM Schenectady Summer Night – Free family-friendly summer block party featuring the band Smash Mouth on the GE Main Stage as well as other musical performances, games and great food. Visit schenectadycounty.com for more information.

7/18 6 – 8 PM Paws on the Patio – Downtown Schenectady; A variety of restaurants will welcome four-legged friends friends to their patios for an evening of snacking and socializing al fresco. Visit discoverschenectady.com for more information.

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Rivers Casino .......................................inside front cover

Chez Mike ......................................................................26

Honest Weight Food Coop ............................................41

ROOST - Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism ..........3

Choices Hair Studio ......................................................37

Ianniello Anderson, P.C. ..................................................5

Saratoga County Fair ...........................................7, cover

Clark Art Institute .........................................................16

J. Hunziker Paving ..........................................................9

Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce ...................47

Cock 'N Bull Restaurant ...............................................27

Jackson's Old Chatham House ....................................44

The Adirondack Experience...........................................20

Columbia County Tourism ............................................44

Jumpin' Jacks Drive-In ................................................49

The Barnsider.................................................................28

CR Gas Logs & Fireplaces ..............................................8

Kay's Pizza ....................................................................46

The Furniture House .....................................................38

Daley's On Yates ...........................................................29

KisKis Tire & Autocare ..................................................47

The Inn at Erlowest .......................................................28

Dr. Diane Albano, Certified Life Coach ........................32

KJ's Gymnastics ...........................................................35

The Speckled Hen .........................................................35

Dr. Randy Cale ...............................................................46

L. Browe Asphalt Services.............................................40

The Spinney Group ........................................................39

Dutch Apple Cruises .....................................................16

Luizzi Asphalt Services ..................................................7

Tybush Mountain Alpaca Farm & Store .......................17

El Mariachi ....................................................................27

Mountainview Brasserie ...............................................46

Waters Edge Lighthouse ...............................................27

Evolve Handcrafted Soap Company .............................32

Music Haven Concert Series ........................................45

Yanni's Too ....................................................................28

Fagan Associates, Inc. ....................................................9

Nicole's Restaurant, Special Events & Catering ..........30




Polly’s Pen Pal


osa Ramirez sat patiently in the lobby of a high‐rise building with a yellow legal pad on her lap and a pen in her hand. Her appoint‐ ment that everyone told her was impossible to get was at 10 a.m., and at exactly the appointed hour an executive assistant to the company CEO came to collect her and bring her to the penthouse. Forty seconds after the elevator doors closed, they opened again, and Rosa was led to a large conference room with chilled bottled water and fresh flowers waiting. She didn’t have time to sit before Polly Pendergast, one of the richest women in the country, came in to shake her hand. “Do you know why you’re here?” she asked Rosa. Rosa said, “Because I asked you for an interview for my English class paper.” What Rosa didn’t know was that everyone wanted to interview Polly Pendergast ‐ Forbes, Time, The Wall Street Journal. But she turned them all down flat. So why was she giving access to this high school girl? Polly smiled and then reached into a leather briefcase, producing a sin‐ gle white sheet of paper, and read aloud, “Dear Mrs. Pendergast. My class‐ mates and I were told we could write a paper about someone we admire. Most kids chose Rosa Parks and Abraham Lincoln; I want to write about you. To do that I need to meet you to ask one simple question. You were once poor just like me, and now you’re rich. How did you do it? I’d like to know so I can become rich and help people. Sincerely, Rosa Ramirez.” Polly smiled and said, “Are you ready for my answer?” Rosa leaned in, her big brown eyes hanging on every word. That’s when Polly told her a story. “When I was exactly your age, I went to summer camp on Lake George. One night, 21 one of us campers went down to the lake just after dark. When we reached the water, we started swatting away the mos‐ quitoes. I told the group that if we went out on the dock, away from the tree line, it wouldn’t be as buggy. Five kids said they were afraid to do that and left.” Polly continued, “When we reached the end of the dock, we were all startled by some fish jumping in the lake; they were going after the bugs. This scared five kids, and they also left.” Rosa then said, “So now there were 11 of you left?” Polly nodded, “That’s right.” She continued, “The mosquitoes were still bothering us a little, so I suggested we get into the warm water and dunk ourselves so they couldn’t get us. Even though the water was shallow, and we could stand there, five more kids said no and left. So now there were just six of us in the water.” Rosa kept writing as Polly said, “After a moment someone saw something dark shoot by above our heads. I told them not to panic; it was just a couple of bats eating the bugs that were flying above the water. I told them the bats had better radar than NASA, and we were in no danger of them bumping into us, but five more kids got out of the water and went to the shore.” Rosa said, “So it was just you left?” Polly smiled and said, “Correct.” Polly then said, “You asked how I got here? After high school, some of my friends decided to hang out and party for a while, they felt they deserved a break. I went to college – that was the dock. When things got hard at school, some kids quit and went home – that was the scary fish. When I graduated college, the best jobs that were available required me to go away to places I’d never been to before and didn’t know a soul – that was the lake.”

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Rosa interrupted, asking, “And the bats bothering you?” Polly looked her in the eye and said, “The bats are the nonsense on social media. They are family and friends telling you your dreams are crazy, or you aren’t smart enough. They are anything that distracts you from your goals. Let them eat the bugs and just ignore them.” Rosa considered what Polly said and asked, “Is that all I need to know?” Polly got up from her seat and said, “No, one more thing. When I left the lake that night and went back to the cabin, I had a leach on my leg. Everyone screamed and panicked, but do you know what I did?” Rosa shook her head, no. “I took some common table salt and sprin‐ kled it on the leach, and it let go of me.” Polly then said to the young girl, “As you go through life, hang on to the people who really care about you and let go of the leaches.” Rosa smiled and said, “So I should always keep salt handy?” Polly walked her to the elevator, saying, “That and a good attorney.” That July at summer camp Rosa Ramirez asked 20 friends if they wanted to go down to the lake after dark. You know what happened next. 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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