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CONTENTS | MARCH 2019 BEST WEDDING VENUE Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake

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50 Last Page with John Gray


Publisher’s letter


Arts & Entertainment

10 “Bestie” People & Places Three wishes

FEATURES 41 Simple home renovations

ON THE COVER: John Gray is having a big year, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate a longtime friend of Capital Region Living Magazine than to have him and his new pup, on our cover. With the release of his second book, Keller’s Heart, to acclaimed reviews, the growing of his family with the adoption of Eli, and his Bestie wins; John is certainly WINNING in 2019! By Blue Iris Photography




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just cannot think of a month with more folklore than March. Thank goodness Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, I have repeatedly heard this year! “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” “Watch out for the ides of March.” Well, at least that one has some basis in historical fact much to the chagrin of Julius Caesar. We at Capital Region Living Magazine trust in one thing each year, when it is March…it is our first “Bestie” reveal and the People and Places “Besties” are announced within these pages. A labor of love because of who we are honoring: the independent business owners who drive our local environment, economy and culture. As I say every year, we are you. Independent of a large corporation and driven by passion each day. Without our independ‐ ent business community, there wouldn't be any Capital Region Living Magazine. We know this, and we thank you. Our readers have once again handed us a mix of some surprises and long‐established favorites. Kudos to people like Dan Bazile and Julie Chapman, the Your Morning Albany show as well as Marisa Jacques, sportscaster from Spectrum News for their new wins as well as Troy Music Hall, Laberge Massage Therapy and many more for their annual supremacy. We have a jammed packed issue this month so please read, keep and enjoy this March edition.

Gratefully yours, Vikki Moran


“Bestie” Awards People & Places

BEST MORNING TEAM Dan Bazile & Julie Chapman Photo by Megan Mumford

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CULTURE ART GALLERY Clark Art Institute 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA Nestled within the beauty of the Berkshire Mountains, The Clark’s rich collection includes period decorative arts of furniture, silver, and china as well as masterworks from Renoir, Turner, Dürer, and more. The short trip from the Capital Region and the rotation of exhibitions will keep you visiting again and again. Opalka Gallery, The Sage Colleges 140 New Scotland Avenue, Albany Pause Gallery 501 Broadway, Troy

COUNTY FAIR Columbia County Fair 182 Hudson Avenue, Chatham Demolition derbies, farm exhibi-

tions, music, a midway, rides and, of course – the food! Our readers must agree that everything you could want from a county fair can be experienced at the Columbia County Fair. This annual tradition is celebrating its 179th year in 2019. Don’t miss this Labor Day week extravaganza! Schaghticoke Fair 69 Stillwater Bridge Road, Schaghticoke Altamont Fair 129 Grand Street, Altamont


(Museum of Innovation & Science) 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady Let your children explore the natural world and beyond with a visit to miSci! Their little eyes will be filled with wonder while they engage with interactive exhibitions about

science and technology. The highlight of your visit is sure to be the planetarium; discovering the vast wonders of the universe! The Children’s Museum at Saratoga 69 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs CMOST (Children’s Museum of Science & Technology) 250 Jordan Road, Troy

MUSEUM New York State Museum 222 Madison Avenue, Albany Childhood field trips to the New York State Museum never disappointed, and now as an adult, we still love exploring this Albany icon. From the New York State mineral collection to the Mastodon to the carousel, the museum is a treasury of everything the Empire State has to offer.

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum & Art Gallery at Skidmore College 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs

CONCERT HALL Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 Second Street, Troy Since 1875, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has been entertaining the Capital Region with world-class musicians from around the world. The diverse program includes folk, jazz, classical, soul, comedy and more. It could be the amazing acoustics, and the intimacy of this legendary venue that our readers love. The Palace 19 Clinton Avenue, Albany Proctors 432 State Street, Schenectady

Albany Institute of History & Art 125 Washington Avenue, Albany



FUNDRAISING EVENT Dancing in the Woods (Albany Medical Center) Our altruistic readers made an amazing choice selecting Dancing in the Woods as this year’s Bestie. The event supports the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Albany Medical Center. This black-tie event celebrated its 35th year in 2018 and raised a record amount for the center! Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (American Cancer Society) Light up the Night (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society)

MOVIE THEATER Crandell Theatre 48 Main Street, Chatham The oldest and largest single-screen movie theater in Columbia County is once again the Capital Region’s Bestie! Featured on the National and State Registers of Historic Places, the Crandell Theater has been delighting audiences with the best of Hollywood and the International film scene since 1926. Don’t forget the popcorn!

OUTDOOR SUMMER VENUE Saratoga Race Course 267 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs Aaaand, they’re off! Familiar words that our readers have voted to hear as the Saratoga Race Course is this year's Bestie! Combining the history of the venue, the excitement of the races, the camaraderie of the picnic area, and of course the HATS! Saratoga Race Course has won a place in our hearts! Music Haven at Central Park, Schenectady SPAC Saratoga Springs

SEASONAL EVENT Adirondack Balloon Festival 443 Queensbury Avenue, Queensbury What a better way to start a crisp Autumn morning than to watch magical, colorful orbs grow out of and then gently lift off the ground. 12 | MARCH 2019 | CRLMAG.COM

The Adirondack Balloon Festival has been delighting us with flights of fancy for 47 years. Bring the family and make a day of it. Capital Holiday Lights in the Park Washington Park, Albany Alive at Five Jennings Landing, Albany

four generations in the appliance business, the Feiden family has serviced the Capital Region; from delivering ice for ice boxes to providing the most trusted brands in the industry today. Marcella’s Appliance Center 560 Broadway, Schenectady 15 Park Avenue, Clifton Park

next event shine – whether at their Crooked Lake property or yours. Nicole’s Special Events & Catering 556 Delaware Avenue, Albany 2Shea Catering 802 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville

CHEF THEATER PLAYS/MUSICALS Mac-Haydn Theatre 1925 NY-203, Chatham May is known for many beautiful things in the Capital Region and one of the best is the kick off to Mac-Haydn Theatre’s season! Celebrating its’ 51st year, the theater company is renowned for producing world-class musical theater and launching the stars of tomorrow. Park Playhouse at Washington Park, Albany Proctors 432 State Street, Schenectady


Green’s Appliance 1207 Central Avenue, Albany

AUTO SERVICE Gil’s Garage, Inc. 817 Saratoga Road, Burnt Hills 219 Guideboard Road, Clifton Park Everyone needs a reliable, trustworthy mechanic to service their vehicles. Gil’s Garage has been our readers’ favorite time and again. Their professionalism, friendly service and knowledgeable staff keep us coming back for every oil change and every hiccup along the road. Mueller’s Automotive 88 Main Street, Ravena Gochee’s Garage, Inc. 329 Delaware Avenue, Delmar

ANIMAL HOSPITAL The Animal Hospital 2 Rocking Horse Lane, Slingerlands Dr. Lexi and her team of caregivers know what they are doing – and so do our readers by naming The Animal Hospital this year’s Bestie! Your furbaby will be welcomed and treated as part of their family. The care, compassion, and respect our readers receive have made them our perennial winner. Sand Creek Animal Hospital 130 Wolf Road, Albany East Greenbush Animal Hospital 2 Springhurst Drive South, East Greenbush

BANK Kinderhook Bank Multiple locations For over 150 years, Kinderhook Bank has been providing our Capital Region residents with attentive support and offering a selection of products to assist with our personal and business banking needs. Community-based, our Bestie brings a strong tradition of integrity and customer service. Pioneer Bank Multiple locations Glens Falls National Multiple locations



Earl B. Feiden Appliance 785 Route 9, Latham 1775 Route 9, Clifton Park Five-star ratings, stellar customer service and nine decades of satisfied customers have made Earl B. Feiden our readers’ Bestie. With

Old Daley Custom Catering 2 Northern Drive, Troy Once again, our readers have recognized Old Daley Catering as their Bestie! Offering exemplary service, delicious food, and customization to make your event truly yours; this perennial winner will make your

Ric Orlando — New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Avenue, Albany For the past few decades, Chef Ric Orlando has been delighting our readers’ tastebuds with his inspired dishes and recipes. As the chef at New World Bistro, he has enriched our palates with tastes from around the globe while presenting our everexpanding local provisions in new and exciting ways. Yono Purnomo — Yono’s 25 Chapel Street, Albany Devin Ziemann — Cuckoo’s Nest 234 Western Avenue, Albany

CHIROPRACTOR Dr. Tim Talmage Delmar Chiropractic Office 204 Delaware Avenue, Delmar Many of our readers turn to chiropractic care for pain relief or as part of general wellness to keep their bodies going strong. This year, they have selected Dr. Tim Talmage as their Bestie because of his care and commitment to working to achieve his patients’ health goals. Dr. Lee Masterson Delmar Chiropractic Office 204 Delaware Avenue, Delmar Dr. William Root 2079 Western Avenue, Guilderland

MEDICAL AESTHETICS Williams Center Plastic Surgery Specialists 1072 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham Every person knows that confidence in your appearance is important. For over 20 years, the accomplished specialists at The Williams Center have been helping our readers achieve their ideal. The Williams Center is appreciated for their expertise, state-of-the-art services, and their compassion.


Photo by Megan Mumford

Dr. Lucie Capek, MD Plastic Surgery 713 Troy Schenectady Road, Suite 308, Latham The Artistry of Face 475 Albany Shaker Road, Albany

CREDIT UNION SEFCU Multiple locations Service, integrity, trust, and value these are the qualities that our readers looked for in their selection of SEFCU as this year's Bestie. The perennial winner has been providing knowledgeable and friendly service, educational resources, and financial advice to our readers at their convenient locations for over 80 years. CapCom Federal Credit Union Multiple locations Sunmark Federal Credit Union Multiple locations

CUSTOMER SERVICE CapCom Federal Credit Union Multiple locations What keeps our readers coming back and voting for this company year after year? Exceptional customer service. CapCom has been delivering exemplary customer service and winning this category time and again. We like the knowledge, kindness, and ease of doing business with this trusted partner. SEFCU Multiple locations CDPHP 500 Patroon Creek Boulevard, Albany

CUTTING EDGE (ORIGINAL BUSINESS) Bard & Baker Board Game Cafe 501 Broadway, Troy “Innovative” — this is how I would define a cutting edge business, and Bard & Baker Board Game Cafe is exactly that - offering its

guests a selection of over 500 board game titles along with sandwiches, snacks, and cozy cocktails, this cafe invites their guests “to unplug and play.”

DAY SPA Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness 221 Wolf Road, Albany 268 Broadway, Saratoga Springs “Pampering with a purpose” has been this spa’s mission for over 30 years. Complexions Day Spa has been selected as this year's Bestie once again. From massage to facials and nail care, and of course a visit to their sauna, steam and relaxation rooms, you can easily spend the day here. Kimberley’s A Day Spa 982 New Loudon Road, Latham The Ivy Spa 583 North Greenbush Road, Rensselaer

DRY CLEANERS Stena Dry Cleaning 451 Albany Shaker Road, Albany Stena Dry Cleaning offers its customers great counter service and a variety of services to help with most laundering and tailoring needs. We appreciate their convenient hours and great quality work. Silvestri Dry Cleaners 69 Fuller Road, Albany 145 Vly Road, Schenectady Hartz Family Cleaners 1714 Union Street, Schenectady

FACIAL Breathe Massage 48 Hudson Avenue, Delmar “We wanted to have a relaxing, calm environment where people could come in and "just breathe."’ This was the inspiration for creating Breathe Massage, and our readers recognize it. With facials CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | MARCH 2019 |


of various lengths and catering to different needs, these estheticians will help you put your best face forward.

Furniture is being recognized as this year's Bestie because of their selection of high-quality furniture and the pressure-free shopping experience they offer. Feel free to browse, design and have fun selecting your next perfect piece!

Family Danz for their reliability, friendly service, and great value. No one wants their heating system to have an issue, but our readers know that if they do, Family Danz will be there to help!


Crisafulli Brothers Plumbing & Heating 520 Livingston Avenue, Albany

Copps DiPaola & Silverman, PLLC 126 State Street, Albany Dealing with legal issues can be daunting, but the lawyers at Copps DiPaola & Silverman are there to lend a listening ear and a helpful hand. Their expertise in familyrelated practice areas has helped our readers with compassion. That is why they are being recognized as the inaugural Bestie.



Metabolic Meltdown Multiple locations Metabolic Meltdown is being recognized as this year's Bestie because of results. Members love the 45-minute workout that combines cardio and strength building exercises. The friendly trainers motivate and encourage our readers to achieve their fitness goals while building a community of likeminded, supportive people.

St. Peter’s Hospital 315 South Manning Boulevard, Albany Whether it is for routine tests or an emergency, our readers rely on St. Peters Hospital for their care. The friendly, caring staff, the state-ofthe-art technology, amenities for patients and loved ones alike, and the compassionate service are reasons our readers voted them their Bestie!

Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP 1222 Troy Schenectady Road, Niskayuna

Skin Solutions 5000 Dunhill Court, Suite 5004, Slingerlands Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness 221 Wolf Road, Albany 268 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Kettlebell Fitness Center 333 Delaware Avenue, Delmar ABC Sports & Fitness 3 Johnson Road, Latham

The Furniture House 1254 Route 9P, Saratoga Springs 1060 Route 9, Queensbury Old Brick Furniture 33-37 Warehouse Row, Albany 2910 Campbell Road, Schenectady

HAIR SALON Choices Hair Studio 180 Delaware Avenue, Delmar Color, cut, and friendly service have made this salon number one in our reader's minds! Choices Hair Studio offers the latest techniques in color, texture processing, and curly hair specialists! Our readers love their welcoming atmosphere and leave the salon feeling and looking beautiful! Ambiance Salon & Day Spa 579 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham Panache Hair and Nail Studio 1661 Route 9, Clifton Park

FLORIST Surroundings Floral Studio 145 Vly Road, Schenectady The owner has been delighting our readers with floral arrangements from Surrounding Floral Studio since 1991. Out of the ordinary, with sculptural designs that use a diverse selection of blooms, greens, and other elements, our readers know that they won’t get “cookie cutter” from Surroundings...Personalized service and great value! Felthousen’s Florist & Greenhouse 1537 Van Antwerp Road, Schenectady 250 Columbia Street, Cohoes White Cottage Gardens 194 Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam

HEALTH CARE/HMO CDPHP 500 Patroon Creek Boulevard, Albany Great value, friendly service, and an awesome selection of providers have our readers selecting CDPHP as the inaugural Bestie. In addition to great service, we love the community engagement of this company. You will regularly see them sponsoring an event, and of course, everyone loves the Corporate Challenge! MVP Health Care 625 State Street, Schenectady Blue Shield of Northeastern New York 40 Century Hill Drive, Latham

FURNITURE STORE Mooradians Furniture 800 Central Avenue, Albany 1758A Route 9, Parkwood Plaza, Clifton Park Looking for new furniture can be exciting but stressful. Mooradians

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HEATING & COOLING Family Danz Heating & Cooling 404 North Pearl Street, Albany Capital Region residents know the importance of a good heating and cooling company. They chose

Main-Care Energy 1 Booth Lane, Albany

Albany Medical Center 43 New Scotland Avenue, Albany Ellis Hospital 1101 Nott Street, Schenectady

INSURANCE AGENCY Angers & Litz Insurance 15 Angers Avenue, Schenectady tied with SEFCU Insurance Agency 469 State Street, Schenectady When it comes to insurance, our readers trust Angers & Litz as their hometown favorite. Family-owned and operated, their friendly service and selection of both personal and business insurance products keep our readers covered for anything that comes their way. SEFCU is a trusted partner for many Capital Region residents, but when it comes to insurance; our readers rely on SEFCU Insurance for their value, service, and selection of products. Whether for business or personal insurance, our readers love having all of their business under one (protected) roof. Marshall & Sterling Insurance Multiple locations

Meier Law Firm, PLLC 10 Utica Avenue, Latham

MANI/PEDI Venetian Nail Spa 664 New Loudon Road, Latham The dry winter air can wreak havoc on our hands and feet, and with summer right around the corner, it is time for some pampering! Our readers choose Venetian Nails as their Bestie! The exemplary service, spa-like atmosphere, and high-quality product line keep our readers coming back! Shelley Salon & Day Spa 2 Greenbush Avenue, East Greenbush Serenity Day Spa 1523 Columbia Turnpike, Castleton

MARINA Donovan’s Shady Harbor Marina 70 Shady Harbor Drive, New Baltimore Our readers look for clean, comfortable and well-appointed when they look for a marina, and Shady Harbor has it all and then some! With a family and pet-friendly vibe, there is something for everyone. From the immaculate bathhouse to the inground pool, new docks and of course the full-service restaurant. Harris Bay Yacht Club 2712 Route 9L, Cleverdale

MASSAGE Laberge Massage Therapy 204 Delaware Avenue, Delmar Lauren Laberge is once again this

BEST CUTTING EDGE(Original Business) Bard & Barker Board Game Café

Photo by Fred Neudoerffer, NeuStudios, LLC

year's Bestie. Our readers choose her year after year for her consultative approach to bodywork. She is a true listener, who through thoughtful consultation, learns about her client's goals and areas of concern, and then with deft professionalism, skill and compassion addresses each in kind. The Body Spot 7 Johnson Road, Latham Pure Elements Organic Salon 1728 Western Avenue, Albany

PAVING/SEALCOATING L. Browe Asphalt Services broweasphalt.com Whether you are a homeowner looking to pave your driveway or a business owner wanting to pave your parking lot, L.Browe has been earning our readers loyalty since 1960. Delivering on time, reliable and honest workmanship, this paving contractor is known for its

service and dependability. Welcome this inaugural Bestie! Gabriel Contractors, Inc gabrielpaving.com Luizzi Brothers Sealcoating & Paving luizzisealcoating.com

PILATES STUDIO Free Movement 500 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar Our readers know and trust Free Movement Pilates to help them achieve their fitness and wellness goals. Whether in a private session or a group class, their knowledgeable instructors guide their clients safely through a series of exercises in their clean, relaxing studio. Our readers also love their convenient class schedule. Pilates Principle 578 New Loudon Road, Latham Absolute Pilates 4 Atrium Drive, Albany

TREE SERVICE Mark’s Tree Service markstrees.com Mark’s Tree Service has been providing our readers with attentive customer service for over 30 years. Their dedication to safety, professionalism and client satisfaction has earned this family-owned company recognition as the first Bestie in this category. Our readers love the personal attention and commitment to excellence. SDS Tree and Stump Removal sdstree.com

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER Hitlin Photography hitlinphoto.com Couples trust the memorialization of their wedding day with Meghan and Keith of Hitlin Photography. This repeat Bestie delights our newlyweds with creative, high-quality photographs commemorating their

special day. From the first conversation with Hitlin to well beyond the “I do’s” our readers enjoy a personal, professional experience. All Occasions Photography alloccasionsphoto.net TR Laz trlaz.com

YOGA STUDIO Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts 747 Madison Avenue, Albany 10 Second Street, Troy Whether you are a beginner looking to increase your activity in a relaxed atmosphere or a dedicated practitioner, our readers appreciate Heartspace helping them to safely engage with this age-old practice. With convenient locations, class schedules and community-centered events, Heartspace has earned a spot as a repeat Bestie!



Orchid Tree Yoga 457 State Route 146, Guilderland Center Radiance Hot Yoga 394 Feura Bush Road, Glenmont 595 New Loudon Road, Latham

The Open Door Bookstore & Gift Gallery 128 Jay Street, Schenectady tied with The Chatham Bookstore 27 Main Street, Chatham


SHOPPING APPLE ORCHARD Golden Harvest Farms 3074 US Highway 9, Valatie Columbia County is once again the home of this year’s Apple Orchard Bestie going to Golden Harvest Farms. A scenic drive from anywhere in the Capital Region and such a perfect setting. Oh...and the apples are wonderful. Bowman Orchards 141 Sugar Hill Road, Rexford Indian Ladder Farms 342 Altamont Road, Altamont

BIKE SHOP Bike Barn Cycling and Fitness 109 Remsen Street, Cohoes Nestled in Cohoes is a multi-time winner of Bike Shop category. That is what makes the Capital Region great; retailers like Bike Barn are jewels studding our region. As momma always said, great things come in small packages. Freemans Bridge Sports 38 Freemans Bridge Road, Scotia Mad Dog Bicycles 561 Delaware Avenue, Delmar

BOOKSTORE Northshire Bookstore 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 4869 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT Whether shopping in Saratoga or neighboring Manchester, VT, Northshire Books is worth anytime you spend there. Our readers think more time rather than less because their store is amazing. I defy you NOT to find a great book there. Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza 1475 Western Avenue, Albany

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Bridal Gallery by Yvonne 895 New Loudon Road, Latham tied with Lily Saratoga 6 Franklin Square, Saratoga Springs For many years, The Bridal Gallery by Yvonne has lead the way down the aisle. Friendly service, outstanding choices and perfect endings for your special day. A multiple year winner for good reason. A truly happy place. Lily Saratoga is a stylish choice in Saratoga which is becoming the “style center” of the Capital Region. Their choices range from traditional to non-traditional but always encompassing what the bride will love. Lovely setting for browsing and great advice too. Azalea Dresses 3770 Carman Road, Schenectady Angela’s Bridal 126 State Street, Albany

CAR DEALER Keeler Motor Car 1111 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham Time spent browsing at Keeler may just be the perfect solution for indecision when choosing a new or used car. So many choices, so many skilled professionals to help you. You will drive off with your new car from Route 7 to cloud 9. Lia Auto Group Multiple locations Goldstein Auto Group Multiple locations

CLOTHING BOUTIQUE Truly Rhe 1 Broadway, Troy Shopping at Truly Rhe is fun! How many times can you say that about

shopping? Fun choices, unique accessories and the loveliest of associates to help you choose. It is a marvelous boutique. Fancy Schmancy 641 New Loudon Road, Latham Lifestyles 436 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Schenectady Green Market Around City Hall, Schenectady (May-October) Proctors Theatre, Schenectady (November-April) Saratoga Farmers Market 65 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs

GARDEN NURSERY CONSIGNMENT Finders Keepers Consignments 1603 Route 9, Clifton Park As a multi-year winner, Finders Keepers continues to show the way for consignment shopping. Excellent choices when on a tight budget. You will love this consignment shopping experience. Something Old Something New 1969 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands Treasures Thrift Shop 60 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs

CSA/COMMUNITY CO-OP Honest Weight 100 Watervliet Avenue, Albany Honest Weight is a place where food meets health and health meets variety. Strolling the aisles make you realize that the meticulously kept and stocked shelves are not an accident. The store is well run, well staffed and worth the many votes year after year. Niskayuna Co-op 2227 Nott Street, Niskayuna Denison Farms 333 Buttermilk Falls Road, Schaghticoke

FARMERS MARKET Troy Waterfront Farmers Market Monument Square, Troy (April-October) 49 Fourth Street, The Troy Atrium, Troy (November-March) Is the Troy Farmers Market an event or a farmers market? It is truly both. Strolling the streets of historic Troy, meeting friends and picking out the finest that our region has to offer is a sublime experience not to be missed.

Faddegon’s Nursery 1140 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham If the winter is a tough one, we want Faddegon’s to show us the path into spring and they do every year! Rows of greenhouses and aisles of horticulture perfection await. We count the days to shop there every year, who else can claim that loyalty. Hewitt’s Garden Centers Multiple locations Gade Farm 2479 Western Avenue, Guilderland

GIFT SHOPS The Cross Eyed Owl 3143 US Highway 9, Valatie tied with Wit’s End 1762 Route 9, Parkwood Plaza, Clifton Park Tucked away treasures are often the best and that is exactly what The Cross Eyed Owl is. Worth the trip to Valatie from all corners of the region to find the perfect gift or accessory for your home. Give yourself time to explore though as it is packed with charm. Conveniently off the Northway, Wit’s End has been impressing our readers for years with their amazing choices to shop from. The latest trends are there as well as the tried and true in everything that requires style. Clothes, jewelry, home accessories and on and on are there for you to enjoy. Pearl Grant Richmans 1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany Maggie’s Gift Shop 521 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham

BEST CHEF Ric Orlando

Photo by Megan Mumford

HARDWARE STORE Ace Hardware(Troy) 63 Third Street, Troy 831 Hoosick Road, Troy Strollable hardware stores, and not just what men would enjoy. The lovely staff at Ace in Troy know how to stock beyond hardware. You need to stop there first as you can save yourself time going from store to store as they will probably have it. Robinson’s Hardware 1874 Western Avenue, Albany 1900 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands Allerdice Ace Hardware Multiple locations

HEALTH FOOD STORE Honest Weight 100 Watervliet Avenue, Albany To be a healthy shopper for your family is easy for us in the Capital Region because of Honest Weight. The selection is tops and the dis-

plays and extras throughout the store are amazing. The best of all things good for you! Green Grocer Natural Foods 1505 Route 9, Clifton Park Healthy Living Market & Cafe 3065 Route 50, Saratoga Springs

JEWELER Drue Sanders Custom Jewelers 1675 Western Avenue, Albany “Unique” and “special” are the two words that come to mind when thinking of Drue Sanders. The staff is always there to help and the selection and creativity is unparalleled. Bravo Drue Sanders and team. Frank Adams Jewelers 1475 Western Avenue, Albany Joyelles Jewelers 318 Delaware Avenue, Delmar

LIQUOR/WINE Exit 9 Wine & Liquor 9 Halfmoon Crossing Boulevard, Halfmoon Whether it is a special occasion or everyday indulgences, Exit 9 Wine & Liquor is the place to go. From the beginning of your beverage shopping to cashing out, your needs come first and the prices are fantastic. Clean, comfortable, and always well staffed by extremely knowledgeable employees. All Star Wine & Spirits 579 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham Empire Wine 1440 Central Avenue, Albany

MENSWEAR SHOP Mark Thomas Men’s Apparel 5 Metro Park Road, Wolf Road Park, Albany A multi-time winner that just gets better and better. Style is revered at Mark Thomas and they are here to help us all – whether in tune with

style or needing advice. We are so happy that the Capital Region Living readers acknowledge them each year as the Best(ie). Choppa & Son Formal Wear 1020 Central Avenue, Albany

MUSIC STORE John Keal Music Company 819 Livingston Avenue, Albany 1758 Parkwood Plaza Route 9, Clifton Park Keal’s specializes in servicing school music programs and offering an easy and affordable experience for everyone to learn. There is no doubt that the Capital Region and the world needs music and the next generation to learn how to play it. Thank you Keal’s for providing this to all. Blue Sky Music Studio 118 Adams Street, Delmar Last Vestige Music Shop 173 Quail Street, Albany



OPTICAL CENTER Buenau’s Opticians, Inc. 228 Delaware Avenue, Delmar Buenau’s care and skill is the reason for this recognition. The combination of having board certified optometrists and opticians that are dedicated to their clients makes this new Bestie category winner a great choice by the readers. While we always want our eyes to be perfect, they often are not, so knowing they can be corrected perfectly is a beautiful thing. DiNapoli Opticians Multiple locations Hughes Opticians 411 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar

SPORTING GOODS STORE Steiner’s Sports Multiple locations Steiner’s has been a multi-year winner with good reason. You can shop intelligently at Steiner’s with the type of care that you just cannot get in big box stores. If you are skilled in a sport or just wanting to try it out, Steiner's will direct you to the best choices. Sievert’s Sporting Goods 4804 State Highway 30, Amsterdam

SHOPPING MALL/CENTER Colonie Center 131 Colonie Center, Albany For many, many years, Colonie Center has been the choice of many for shopping excursions. Shop, have a cup of coffee, see a movie, shop some more...what could be better? Always clean and safe for families to stroll and be entertained, it is an excellent pick by the CRL Magazine readers. Stuyvesant Plaza 1475 Western Avenue, Albany Crossgates Mall 1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany

SUPERMARKET Hannaford Multiple locations The supermarket industry is a very competitive one in the Capital

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Region and the fact that Hannaford has commanded the win for several years now is huge recognition. The selection is very good and their prices are always recognized by our magazine and others. Another job well done for the local Hannaford teams! Price Chopper Multiple locations Honest Weight 100 Watervliet Avenue, Albany

TIRE STORE Grand Premier Tires & Custom Wheels 591 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush 3361 South Thompson Street, Schenectady Grand Premier Tire & Custom Wheels has been a leader among tire dealers and service since 1982. This category is another new one for the Bestie Readers poll and we knew the winner would include sales, tire balancing, tire rotation, tire changing and more but what we didn't know was that the service would rank number one over the big chains. Adirondack Tire & Service Multiple locations Warren Tire Service Centers Multiple locations

TRAVEL AGENCY AAA Hudson Valley Multiple locations AAA Hudson Valley has grown and grown into a premier place for many things travel related. Onestop shopping now for trips being planned and executed. Expert assistance in the travel industry is what we need as travel can be complicated these days. If you haven’t used AAA Hudson Valley for a trip yet, you absolutely need to.


Kovachick has probably advised more people on dress than many of the great designers!



Christina Arangio Christina has been with Channel 10 in the Capital Region since 2007 and brought with her from other parts of the country, some pretty heavy reporting experience. From the space shuttle Columbia disaster, hurricanes, and the Long Island rail tragedy, Christina has been on the front lines of some pretty incredible moments. Now loved and appreciated by the Capital Region Living readers as a source we can trust and admire.

EVENING ANCHOR John Gray John’s persona both on and off camera make our perennial winner and friend, John Gray tough to beat. Whether John is telling you about a disaster or about a heartwarming moment, John is all in. He not only reports, he captivates.

MORNING ANCHOR Dan Bazile This first-time winner as morning anchor has been charming and informing the Capital Region for years. We feel certain that there may be a new perennial winner in Dan Bazile. His smile lights up the morning for our readers and they can depend on his professionalism.

MORNING TEAM Julie Chapman & Dan Bazile What an awesome combination of fun and talent these two anchors have. They are a pleasure to watch each morning to start our day. Some folks have the ability to enlighten and report on some pretty tough stories and that is what these two possess in large quantities.

Blue Skies Travel 15 Troy Road, East Greenbush Celtic Tours World Travel 1860 Western Avenue, Albany

METEOROLOGIST Bob Kovachick Bob has been keeping us prepared for years now in the Capital Region. How many times have we thought, “I have to watch Bob to know how to dress tomorrow.” Bob

The CAT From the sounds of Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line to gregarious on air personalities, our readers keep the dial tuned to The Cat! The music keeps people tuned in, while the contests and events brighten our day. We all have had at least one carpool karaoke session to this station!

NEWS RADIO WAMC As a go-to source for local, national and world news, WAMC again captures the hearts and minds of our readers! Programming that includes NPR feature shows as well as WAMC’s own Roundtable and Vox Pop rounds out the lineup, with deep dives into literature, medical, food and science.

LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY Paul Vandenburgh Paul certainly can get our blood surging each day with his coverage of the political scene. He is knowledgeable and always has an opinion that he can justify to the listeners. Paul is a mainstay in Albany for local and national news coverage.

LOCAL PRINT JOURNALIST John Gray John’s fans are in the legions and growing. We, at Capital Region Living cannot wait to read his column as it comes into our magazine each month. We are proud of John and of being a part of his world.

SPORTSCASTER Rodger Wyland tied with Marisa Jacques From recounting the results of International contests to introducing us to the High School Athlete of the Week or the members of the High School All Star Teams, Rodger Wyland brings sport to the layman

BEST TIRE STORE Grand Premier Tires & Custom Wheels

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and fanatic alike. His expertise, personable approach and welcoming smile makes him a perennial Bestie! As a Capital Region native, Marisa Jacques knows that we love our sports and she brings us into the game with in-depth stories and player profiles. Her coverage of local sports and international alike, ensures we never miss a result!

PLACES ADIRONDACK INN Mirror Lake Inn 77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid The Mirror Lake Inn is another of our perennial winners and we are so happy about that. It is the best example of what our area offers in hospitality. The property is beyond beautiful and the amenities are unmatched; spa, food and views of Mirror Lake. Bravo to our friends at the Mirror Lake for being relentlessly driven to perfection.

Lake Placid Lodge 144 Lodge Way, Lake Placid The Inn at Erlowest 3178 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George

ASSISTED LIVING/NURSING HOME Teresian House 200 Washington Avenue Ext., Albany The Teresian House is known for a high quality of care which enhances its resident's life. Their motto is that Teresian House is a place “where the Spirit of Love and Dedication lives.” and our readers agree. Pine Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center 201 Main Street, Philmont The Sentinel of Amsterdam 10 Market Street, Amsterdam

B&B (3 HOURS) The Inn at Cooperstown 16 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown This region has so many lovely places to stay but the Inn at Cooperstown is unique and that has captured the heart of our readers this year. A hub for bicyclists each year but loved by all whether a bike enthusiasts or not. Close to the Baseball Hall of Fame, great restaurants, golfing, museums and much more.

Helderberg mountains just four miles from the Helderberg Escarpment. Located within Thacher State Park, the campground offers 140 wooded campsites. It also has a sandy beach, mixed hardwood and conifer forests, limestone outcroppings and open fields which makes it a gorgeous choice in campgrounds. Rogers Rock Campground 9894 Lake Shore Drive, Hague Lake George RV Park 74 State Route 149, Lake George

The Fern Lodge 46 Fiddlehead Bay Road, Chestertown The Morgan State House 393 State Street, Albany

CAMPGROUND Thompson’s Lake State Park Campground 68 Thompsons Lake Road, East Berne Thompson's Lake Campground, is beautifully situated in the

DAY TRIP (3 HOURS) Woodstock, NY Yes, Woodstock is home to the nation’s most recognizable music festival (coming up on its big anniversary) but Woodstock is so much more. A spiritual environment filled with artisans that can wow your senses. The food choices are varied, the scenery is beautiful and the memories for some of us are sublime. CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | MARCH 2019 |


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DOG FRIENDLY Healthy Pet Center Multiple locations You will always find exactly what you are looking for at Healthy Pet Centers. Very well stocked and filled with safe alternatives for your pets. Expert assistance is readily available and oh yes…..some pets too. Henry Loves Betty Pet Services + Boutique 472 Madison Avenue, Albany 16 First Street, Troy Saratoga State Park 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs

FISHING HOLE Saratoga Lake Some of the best fishing in the Capital Region is in Saratoga Lake but a fishing “hole” it is not. Big and beautiful with many places to relax and pull in the big one. Families from the Capital Region have loved Saratoga Lake for years and for good reason in any season!

GOLF COURSE PUBLIC Van Patten Golf Club 924 Main Street, Clifton Park One of our annual repeat winners in this category, this privately owned, public facility has a country club feel for sure. We know this category is all about the golf but the Vista restaurant is another perk. Built in 1968, the course features large mature spacious greens, sloping wide fairways and expansive views of the countryside. Saratoga National Golf Club 458 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs Orchard Creek Golf Club 6700 Dunnsville Road, Altamont

GOLF COURSE PRIVATE Wolferts Roost Country Club 120 Van Rensselaer Boulevard, Albany The golf course at Wolferts Roost has come a long way from its 1915

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nine-hole golf course. It is very convenient to all in the Capital Region and offers everything you can imagine in a country club. This very competitive category in our “Besties” Readers Poll is won this year with history and style. Schuyler Meadows Club 17 Schuyler Meadows Club Road, Loudonville Albany Country Club 300 Wormer Road, Voorheesville

HIKING TRAIL Thacher State Park 1 Hailes Cave Road, Voorheesville Once again in this year's readers poll, Thacher Park’s natural beauty reigns supreme. Cascading falls, quiet woods, and wonderful trails have it all. Hiking does not need to be grueling to be good for you, serenity does. New Skete Monasteries 273 New Skete Lane, Cambridge Five Rivers 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar

HOTEL CAPITAL REGION Saratoga Casino Hotel 342 Jefferson Street, Saratoga Springs The ability to escape the adjacent casino and races is much appreciated after a day and/or night of indulgence. The rooms are spacious and well appointed and a short walk from all the action. This was and is a perfect solution after partying in Saratoga.

just plain relaxation. Gorgeous is what we think of when seeing the buildings, landscape, and rooms but perfect is what you feel experiencing it all. June Farms 275 Parker Road, West Sand Lake

KIDS BIRTHDAY VENUE The Pottery Place 1475 Western Avenue, Albany The Pottery Place has a separate party room, perfect for birthday parties. Just bring the children and they provide the space and the creativity. What could be easier than that? When you have a party at The Pottery Place, the mess left is theirs…...now that is a party the parents will enjoy too. TreePaad Fun Center 2381 Route 9, Malta Capital District YMCA Multiple locations

KIDS CAMP Camp Fowler 152 Pelcher Road, Lake Pleasant Camp Fowler is a non-profit camp grounded in openness, hospitality, and compassionate Christianity as their website so beautifully states. In its simplicity, children can learn what the busy world does not afford them. They can have fun, flourish, and grow while taking memories with them throughout life. YMCA – Camp Chingachgook 1872 Pilot Knob Road, Kattskill Bay, NY

Saratoga State Park 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs The Crossings of Colonie 580 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville

PICNIC SPOT Thacher State Park 1 Hailes Cave Road, Voorheesville Thacher Park has been charming our Capital Region families for years and it is never a question for our readers when voting for their favorite picnic spot. The views are commanding throughout the park and the facilities to picnic are plentiful. The summer just is not summer without a picnic in Thachers Park. Peebles Island 1 Delaware Avenue, Waterford Henry Hudson Park Barent Winne Road, Selkirk

55+ RETIREMENT COMMUNITY Eddy Hawthorne Ridge 30 Community Way, East Greenbush Located near the YMCA in East Greenbush, the Eddy Hawthorne Ridge is safe, secure, maintenancefree living with delicious dining. With fun-filled social activities and apartments in a variety of styles and sizes, 55+ living is at its best here. The Spinney Group Multiple locations Coburg Village 1 Coburg Village Way, Rexford

ROMANTIC GETAWAY The Desmond 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa 24 Gideon Putnam Road, Saratoga Springs

HUDSON VALLEY INN Buttermilk Falls Inn + Spa 220 North Road, Milton The Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa is close enough to enjoy without endless travel time. You can quickly be at the facility to jump into great spa services, awesome food and

JMU4Kids Multiple locations

PARK Thacher State Park 1 Hailes Cave Road, Voorheesville We are so blessed to have many excellent parks to enjoy. Thacher with its terrain and views makes our Bestie each year because theirs is virtually unparalleled. Hiking, walking, picnicking or simply sitting and meditating in its beauty, our readers appreciate Thachers!

The Inn at Erlowest 3178 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George Romantic for sure but also stately and grand. The Inn at Erlowest provides some of the best views of Lake George in any season of the year. Food, service and ambiance is what drives our readers to vote The Inn at Erlowest, most romantic! Mirror Lake Inn 77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid The Sagamore Resort 110 Sagamore Road, Bolton Landing


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SKI AREA Jiminy Peak 37 Corey Road, Hancock, MA Jiminy Peak continues to provide excellent skiing for the Capital Region families and that is well appreciated by our readers. Close for us to travel to, very affordable for family skiing and wonderful service. Pick a weekend in winter and a trail to enjoy and you will be happy you live in the great Northeast. Mount Snow 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, VT Gore Mountain 793 Peaceful Valley Road, North Creek

SARATOGA INN/HOTEL The Adelphi 365 Broadway, Saratoga Springs The website for the Adelphi says, “From the moment you unlock your door to the moment you let in the morning sun, we've prioritized unique provisions for a beautiful, well considered stay” and truer marketing pieces have not been written. It is a premier boutique property in the Capital Region. Conde Nast placed The Adelphi on their Hot List and the readers of Capital Region Living did too! Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa 24 Gideon Putnam Road, Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Arms 497 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

VERMONT INN The Woodstock Inn 14 The Green, Woodstock, VT The Woodstock Inn has always been a wonderful place to visit and relax but the recent renovations make it hard to surpass. Like a setting out of a great New England novel or painting, the Woodstock Inn sits majestically in the quaint town of Woodstock. The rooms are gorgeous and the amenities are world class.

WEDDING VENUE The Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake 2339 NY-43, Averill Park Historic, beautiful and perfect for your big day. The Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake is so well run and the service they deliver is dependable and creative. Our readers vote on experiences and history and this wedding venue had it all. The Century House 997 New Loudon Road, Latham Pat’s Barn 110 Defreest Drive, Rensselaer

Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant 39 West Road, Manchester Village, VT




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We are a full service companion animal hospital. It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of your pet. Our services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventive care for young, healthy pets; early detection and treatment of disease as your pet ages; and complete medical and surgical care as necessary during his or her lifetime. We are an AAFP cat friendly practice.

130 Wolf Road • Albany • 518.446.9171 sandcreekanimalhospital.com

Thank you to our loyal customers for your votes! Hughes opticians has been family-owned and operated since 1987 and still serves customers in its original location at the “four corners” in Delmar. At Hughes Opticians, no face ever leaves without a frame!

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All classes at The Kettlebell Fitness Center include instruction/review of proper lifting technique in addition to a self-paced workout. Technique is of paramount importance with kettlebell training, and small group settings allow everyone to learn the basic lifts safely. Practicing proper technique from the beginning yields faster gains in strength and endurance without being sidelined by injury.

333 Delaware Avenue • Delmar 518.275.2058 • thekettlebellfitnesscenter.com

Voted Best Chiropractor

Delmar Chiropractic Office emphasizes the connection between function and health. We focus on finding and correcting the skeletal dysfunction that causes pain and diminishes athletic capability. People are increasingly recognizing the many benefits of Chiropractic care for achieving and maintaining optimal health.

204 Delaware Avenue • Delmar 518.439.7644 • delmarchiropractic.com

Best Consignment Shop

Thank you to our customers!

John Boyd Thacher State Park and Thompson's Lake State Park would like to say thanks for voting us #1 ! Best Park, Best Trail, Best Picnic Spot, and Best Campground!! We look forward to a fantastic 2019 season of giving you more of the “best” !

518.872.1237 • thacherparkcenter.org

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

All of us at Gochee’s Garage would like to thank the readers for voting for us! We have been family-owned and operated since 1929, offering comprehensive automotive repairs, maintenance, and excellent customer service. There’s no shop you can trust more to treat you right and take great care of your vehicle. We also sell used vehicles, and we’re an Authorized Goodyear tire dealer. Call us today to ask a question or book an appointment for service.

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Simple home renovations 7 projects that improve resale value


ven if you have no immediate plans for leaving your home, it's a good idea to approach renovations with resale value in mind. Upgrades that are likely to appeal to future buyers protect your invest‐ ment while also improving your enjoyment of the home. One key to a successful renovation is fig‐ uring out how to personalize the space with‐ out making it so customized that it's not attractive to other potential owners. For example, eliminating a bedroom to create a giant walk‐in closet may help achieve your dreams, but losing that bedroom can be a major hit to your home's value. A good rule of thumb is to focus on aesthet‐ ics when it comes to integrating more of your per‐ sonal tastes because these can be easily changed with a coat of paint or minor work. However, that doesn't mean you can't make other, more signifi‐ cant changes to enhance your home. These renovation ideas — which include both cosmetic touch‐ups and more labor‐ intensive suggestions — can help boost your home's value.

Open space Older homes were often designed with a boxy, formal layout that is less conducive to most modern families' needs. Today's open floor plans offer functionality for everything from keeping an eye on the kids while making dinner to entertaining guests. This type of floor plan can also make small rooms feel larger and invite more light into darker parts of the house. The most cost‐effective way to create an open space is to remove non‐load‐bearing walls (load bearing walls help support the roof; while they can be removed there's typically quite a bit more time, labor and expense involved). Removing a wall may not be that complicated unless you encounter plumbing or HVAC duct‐ work that needs to be relocated. You'll likely have some electrical outlets to move, and both the floor and ceiling will need attention to remove lingering signs of the former wall.

adding accent walls for pops of color that can be easily changed down the road.

Climate comfort Not every aspect of home improvement is visible at first glance like a fresh coat of paint; some value‐boosting upgrades are more behind the scenes. One example is climate manage‐ ment. If you renovate a space that needs better climate control, or if you add a new room where extending the existing ductwork is impractical, a split‐ductless HVAC system may be the perfect solution. The ductless design saves HVAC con‐ tractors time during installation, therefore sav‐ ing homeowners money. An option like Mitsubishi Electric's MLZ One‐Way Ceiling Cassette fits between stan‐ dard 16‐inch ceiling joists, eliminating the need for more complicated construction. The sleek, narrow‐body design can be easily installed in existing homes and new construction projects. Additionally, these ceiling cassettes can be serv‐ iced from directly beneath the unit itself with‐ out an access panel, further eliminating the need to modify the surrounding area which can also provide significant cost savings on installa‐ tion. Learn more at mitsubishicomfort.com.

Understated elegance Features like crown molding and other wood accents such as chair rails are elegant upgrades that can elevate a home's value with a relatively modest investment. An office or dining room is the perfect place to introduce these design elements to add a bit of formality to the space. You can also find crown molding in spaces like the living room, with the molding coordinating with built‐in shelving flanking a fireplace. While getting the angles and fit just right is hardly a beginner's endeavor, it's a project that can pay dividends in the long run.

Better bathrooms Many homeowners approach a bathroom upgrade with big projects in mind, like swap‐ ping out the vanity, replacing the tub or installing tile flooring. However, it's possible to make a noticeable impact with much smaller changes. Simply updating bathroom fixtures and fittings such as showerheads, faucets, towel racks, and lighting can transform the space with minimal effort and far less work and expense than a large‐scale renovation. — Family Features

Adjustable lighting A room's ambiance can be completely transformed with lighting. For multi‐purpose rooms, an option like dimmer switches lets you customize the lighting to fit the use, which can vary throughout the day. A well‐lit living room is essential for a large gathering or a small group gathered for game night. That same space can be equally inviting for an inti‐ mate conversation or a casual movie night with the lights turned down low. One of the best parts is minimal experience is needed to swap out standard switches for the more ver‐ satile dimmers. Plus, in today's technology‐dri‐ ven world, there's an app for seemingly every‐ thing — including lighting. Homeowners can control the ambiance from their phones by installing smart lightbulbs and lighting strips.

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Although paint is one of the easiest ways to personalize your home, it's also one of the least expensive, simplest ways to improve its value and appearance. A fresh coat of paint, inside or out, can create an appealing illusion of newness no matter the age of your home. For maximum resale value, stick to neutral tones so future buyers can focus on envision‐ ing the place as their own, without the distrac‐ tion of your own vibrant choices. If you don't like the thought of boring beige, consider

Even though a garage's functionality is the top concern for most buyers, a dingy, unkempt space can be a real turn‐off. One way to instantly brighten and refresh the space is an epoxy coating on the floor. Applying the coating is relatively easy and once dry it helps prevent unsightly stains and damage in the future. Combine that with a thorough sweep‐ ing, wiping down walls and other surfaces, and organizing the clutter to create a more inviting space you can utilize to the fullest. CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | MARCH 2019 |


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A Little Sunday Music: Irina Tikhonenko — Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar. Enjoy a vocal recital featuring British and Russian classical songs. For more information, call 518. 439.9314 or visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Hannaford Kidz Expo — Empire State Plaza, Albany; This free event features meet and greets with Chase and Marshall of PAW Patrol, performances by Science Bob, a toddler zone, bounce houses, reptiles and more! For more information visit albany.org. Thank you for your votes for best Columbia County Restaurant. See what everyone is talking about. We have a little bit of everything on our menu to please any appetite. Jackson's is a family run restaurant. Three generations, since 1943. Hope to see you soon!

646 Albany Turnpike, Old Chatham 518.794.7373 • jacksonsoldchathamhouse.com

3/5 7 PM — 8 PM The Battle of Bennington — Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar; Historian David Pitlyk will talk about this decisive victory over British forces in the summer of 1777 and how it has been commemorated over time. For more information, call 518.439.9314 or visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

3/6 1 PM – 2 PM In Her Rightful Place: Women in Shaker Society — Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar; A Women’s History Month Event. Lorraine Weiss from the Shaker Heritage Society will talk about some of the key women in the Watervliet Shaker Community. For more information, call 518.439.9314 or visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

3/9 10 AM – 4 PM Irish Festival and Soda Bread Competition — Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany; Celebrate Ireland’s rich culture heritage with a full musical and literary program. For more information visit albany.org.

3/9 7:30 PM Albany Symphony presents Boléro! — Palace Theatre, Albany; Don’t miss this performance featuring David Alan Miller, conductor and Colin Currie, percussion. For more information, call 518.694.3300 or visit albanysymphony.com.

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3/16 2 PM St. Patrick’s Day Parade — Downtown Albany; The largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Upstate NY kicks off at Quail St & Central Ave. Visit albany.org for more information.

3/17 NYS Capital District Chapter of USA Dance Monthly Ballroom Dance — Polish Community Center, Albany; General dancing with music provided by Joe Sweeney; Learn the hustle dance with Blaise Hartley. For more information visit capitalusadance.com.

3/17 3PM Albany Symphony presents Sunday Symphony for Families: Symphonic Superheroes — Palace Theatre, Albany; Uncover your secret superpower with the Albany Symphony’s team of musical heroes! For more information, call 518.694.3300 or visit albanysymphony.com.

3/19 7 PM Hands-Only CPR and First Aid Trivia — Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar; A DelmarBethlehem EMS representative will demonstrate hands-only CPR followed by some hands-on practice and informal trivia fun with health-related prizes. For more information, call 518.439.9314 or visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

3/21 5 PM Good for a Laugh Comedy Event — Funnybones, Crossgates Mall, Albany; Come out to laugh and support a great organization, Night


Out for You. $20 per ticket with 75% of proceeds going back to the organization. For more information, nightoutforyou.org.

3/23 8th Annual Sap Run 5k — Helderberg Mountains, Knox; Kick off NYS Maple Weekends with the Sap Run 5k. Visit albany.org for more information.

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Nocturnal Animals — Roeliff Jansen Community Library; Join Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation District for an educational program about northeastern nocturnal animals. Then head over to the park to explore the trail and search for nocturnal animals. For more information visit roejanlibrary.org.

Kevin McKrell with Brian Melick — Spencertown Academy Arts Center; Celtic folk songwriting legend and Saratoga local Kevin McKrell joined by drummer and percussionist Brian Melick. For more information visit spencertownacademy.org.

3/24 3 PM The Suffragents — Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar; A Women’s History Month event. Brooke Kroeger will discuss her book “The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote”. For more information, call 518.439.9314 or visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

3/27 2 PM — 4 PM Triskele: An Afternoon of Irish Music — Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar; This all-female Celtic band from Albany performs traditional, original, and some modern Irish music. For more information, call 518.439.9314 or visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

3/31 2 PM — 3 PM Starting Seedlings at Home — Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar; Learn the basics of starting seedlings at home, including low-cost options for light, water and heat requirements. Presented by Eric deLong of Foxtail Community Farm. For more information, call 518.439.9314 or visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

COLUMBIA COUNTY 3/3 4 PM — 6 PM The Berkshire Hillsman – Roeliff Jansen Community Library; The acclaimed a cappella singing group will be joined by students from the Taconic Hills High School choir for a concert of singing in the barbershop quartet style. For more information visit roejanlibrary.org. CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | MARCH 2019 |


A&E 3/16 4 — 5:30 PM Jazz Concert — Roeliff Jansen Community Library; Pianist/composer and Fullbright Scholar Armen Donelian is joined by bassist/composer Jay Anderson and drummer Dennis Mackrel for an evening of jazz. For more information visit roejanlibrary.org.

3/24 12:30 PM Farm Film Fest — Crandell Theatre, Chatham; Screen films that focus on farms and farming issues with special consideration for those that have a regional connection. Visit crandelltheatre.org for more information.

3/30 An Evening with Steve Ross & Friends — Hudson Hall; International cabaret artist Steve Ross performs ballads form the Great American Songbook For more information visit hudsonhall.org.

FULTON COUNTY WEEKENDS, 3/23 — 3/31 10 AM — 4 PM Maple Open House Weekends – Various sugarhouses; Take a free tour of area sugarhouses. Most sugarhouses will offer samples and demonstrations. For more information visit upperhudsonmaple.com.

GREENE COUNTY 3/2 The Art of Emily Cole — Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill; This marks the first solo exhibition of Emily Cole’s artwork on both paper and porcelain, revealing her exquisitely painted botanicals. Visit thomascole.org for more information.

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A&E who called Cedar Grove home. Visit thomascole.org for more information.

3/22 – 3/31 Greene County Restaurant Week – Various restaurants throughout Greene County; Make your dining plans now to enjoy a prix fixe menu at one of the participating restaurants. For more information visit dineingreene.com.

RENSSELAER COUNTY 3/8 8 PM Maria Schneider Orchestra — Troy Music Hall; For more information visit troymusichall.org.

3/9 10 AM — 2 PM “Meet the Artist” Fred Coffey — Melville House, Troy; Hosted by the Lansingburgh Historical Society, Mr. Coffey will have some of his work on display and for purchase. Tasty treats and refreshments will be served. For more information visit lansingburghhistoricalsociety.org.

3/15 8 PM Lünasa with Natalie Merchant — Troy Music Hall; Traditional Irish band with Ms. Merchant. For more information visit troymusichall.org.

3/16 8 PM Lewis Black: The Jokes On US Tour — Troy Music Hall; For more information visit troymusichall.org.

3/17 7:30 PM The Indigo Girls — Troy Music Hall; Amy Ray and Emily Saliers return! For more information visit troymusichall.org.

3/19 7:30 PM Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour — Troy Music Hall; Featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant & Christian Sands. For more information visit troymusichall.org.

OPENS 3/20 From County Drives to the Grand Tour: Travels To and From Rensselaer County — Rensselaer County Historical Society; For more information visit rchsonline.org.

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A&E 3/22 8 PM Del & Dawg — Troy Music Hall; Del McCoury & David Grisman 50 year bluegrass friendship. For more information visit troymusichall.org.

3/22 — 3/24 VARIOUS TIMES Capital District Flower and Garden Show — Hudson Valley Community College; See full scaled gardens, themed floral exhibits, lectures, workshops and demonstrations. Visit gardenandflowershow.com for more information.

3/28 7:30 PM An Evening with Jim Messina and Poco — Troy Music Hall; Two iconic bands play their hits! For more information visit troymusichall.org.

NOW THRU APRIL The Amazing Miniature World of Buttons — Rensselaer County Historical Society; Held over by popular demand! For more information visit rchsonline.org.

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

SARATOGA COUNTY 3/1 — 3/3 VARIOUS TIMES Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show — Saratoga City Center; For more information visit discoversaratoga.org.

3/8 10:30 AM U.S. Route 1: Rediscovering The New World — Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library; Author Mark Marchand will discuss his book and journey along the famous but long-ignored highway known as Route 1 from Maine to Key West. For more information, visit cphlibrary.org.

3/9 1 PM Opera Saratoga: Pinocchio — Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library; Through this 40 minute adaptation, children will be exposed to operatic music and classical signing while exploring important themes. For more information, visit cphlibrary.org.





3/13 6:30 PM Homebuyer 101 Workshop — Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library; Get started on the path th buying a home with this overview of the home buying process. For more information, visit cphlibrary.org.

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Thank you for voting us #1

Randy Calistri-Yeh — Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library; Randy is principal cellist of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra in New Jersey and co-founded the Synergismus Duo with his wife Millie. For more information, visit cphlibrary.org.

When you walk into Bella Napoli Bakery you will smell fresh baked pastries, breads and cookies, or if you come at lunch time, the fresh aroma of homemade soups and sandwiches will fill the room. A full-service bakery, sandwich shop and coffee café. Stop by and visit us today!


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Family Sing-A-Long — Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library; Families with children of all ages are invited to join Darling Valley band members for a sing-a-long ‘60s style. For more information, visit cphlibrary.org.

CLASSIC ITALIAN PASTRIES & BREADS Latham, 518-783-0196 • Troy, 518-274-8277 www.bellanapolibakery.com

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Voted #1 Chicken Wings Finalist for Pub, Ribs, W. Sand Lake/Averill Park Restaurant

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

MARCH ENTERTAINMENT Friday 1 ~ DJ Sal Saturday 2 ~ 3 Wheel Drive Friday 8 ~ Frets Saturday 9 ~ Matt Pryce Thursday 14 ~ Trivial Trivia Saturday 16 ~ Mark T. Jones Trio Thursday 21 ~ Just Rich Friday 22 ~ The Tradition Thursday 28 ~ Trivial Trivia Friday 29 ~ Erin Harkes

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Life Along the River — Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library; Local author and Waterford Town Historian, Russ VanDervoort, will present a program about life along the Hudson and Mohawk rivers. For more information, visit cphlibrary.org.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY 3/4 – 3/11 Restaurant Week — Variety of Schenectady Restaurants; Enjoy multi-course meals at participating Schenectady restaurants for the special price of $25! For more information visit downtownschenectady.org.

3/23 – 3/31 Schenectady County Maple Week — Riverside Maple Farms; Celebrate maple season with a week of events, food and maple tree tapping. Visit discoverschenectady.com for more information.

A&E 3/30 2 PM Young Musicians Forum presents A Chamber Music concert by students of the School of Music at SUNY Schenectady — Schenectady Public Library; Music for piano and bass-baritone includes works by Beethoven, Schubert, Barber, Vaughan Williams and more. For more information call 518.210.0975.

3/31 5:30 – 9:30 PM AFTER DARK: Butterflies & Brews — miSci, Schenectady; This social event for adults 21+ features full museum access, alcoholic beverages, board games, planetarium shows and exciting science demonstrations. For more information visit miSci.org.

SCHOHARIE COUNTY 3/23 – 3/24 VARIOUS TIMES 44th Annual Antiques Show — Schoharie Central School; For more information call 518.231.7241 or 518.295.7505 or visit schoharieheritage.org.

ADVERTISERS | DIRECTORY 2Shea Catering ......................................34

Delmar Chiropractic Office ....................39

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


AAA Hudson Valley ................................29

Drue Sanders Custom Jewelers ............22

Skin Solutions ........................................34

Adirondack Orthodontics ........back cover

Exit 9 Wine & Liquor ..............................27

Keeler Motor Car Company ................inside back cover

Adirondack Tire & Service ....................36

Faddegon's Nursery, Inc. ......................33

All Occasions Photography....................36

Finders Keepers Consignments ............39

All Season's Equipment, Inc. ................48

Gabriel Contractors, Inc. ......................33

Barnsider Restaurant ............................44

Gerald Benjamin, DDS, PC........................4

Bella Napoli Bakery................................48

Ghent Wood Products ............................41

Berkshire Museum ................................47

Gil's Garage, Inc. ..................................39

Bethlehem Terrace ................................42

Gochee's Garage, Inc. ..........................39

Breathe Massage Therapy ....................24

Gomez Neurology ....................................8

Bridal Gallery By Yvonne ......................35

Grand Premier Tire & Custom Wheels ....28

Buttermilk Falls......................................32

Gus's Hot Dogs ........................................7

Canali's Restaurant................................48 CapCom Federal Credit Union ..................inside front cover Capital District Garden & Flower Show ..40 Capital District YMCA ............................26 CDPHP ....................................................35 Choices Hair Studio................................30 Columbia County Fair ............................28 Complexions Spa For Beauty & Wellness ..30

Hannaford Supermarkets ......................23 Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts ..........22 Hitlin Photography ................................22 Honest Weight Food Co-op ....................31

Kinderhook Bank....................................33 KisKis Tire and Autocare ......................49 L. Browe Asphalt Services ....................24 Laberge Massage Therapy ....................34 Lifestyles ................................................30 Marshall & Sterling Insurance ..............30 Meier Law Firm ......................................22 Mueller's Automotive ............................37 MVP Healthcare......................................26 NeuStudios ............................................50 New World Bistro Bar ............................32 Old Daley Custom Catering......................9 Pause Gallery..........................................28 Pine Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center ............................32

Howe Caverns ..........................................7

Snow Companies....................................46 Sri Siam Thai Restaurant ......................47 St Peter's Hospital....................................5 Teresian House ......................................28 Thacher State Park ................................39 The Animal Hospital ..............................34 The Artistry of Face................................37 The Body Spot ........................................35 The Century House ................................34 The Cross Eyed Owl ..............................26 The Cuckoo's Nest ................................32 The Furniture House ..............................38 The Kettlebell Fitness Center ................39 The MacHaydn Theatre, Inc. ..................26 The Spinney Group ................................36 The Towne Tavern ..................................48

Rensselaer County Tourism ..................45 Hughes Opticians ..................................38

Truly Rhe ................................................37 Rivers Casino & Resort ............................3

Jackson's Old Chatham House..............42 Sand Creek Animal Hospital..................38 John Keal Music ....................................35 Schenectady Greenmarket ....................37 Joyelles Jewelers ..................................24

Warmth of Winter Colonie Senior Services ........................43 Wellspring ..............................................44




Three wishes


here once were three brothers who shared everything, even the womb. Born triplets they all walked and talked at the same time, were ‘straight A’ students in school, all played varsity basketball, and all attended the same college after graduation. It was there, for the first time, they parted ways with one studying finance, one science, and one social work. After college one went to work on Wall Street, one took a job in a lab mapping DNA, and the third managed a food pantry. On their 40th birthday, the three realized they hadn’t seen each other in a while, so they planned a trip to Atlantic City in March. Now Atlantic City in the summer is warm and inviting, but in March it’s cold and foreboding. Still, they went with plans to gamble a bit and enjoy a nice steak dinner and catch up on each other’s lives. All three were married with kids and offered few complaints about how things were turning out so far. After dinner, despite the 40‐degree temperatures and the cold breeze off the ocean, they went for a stroll on the boardwalk. It was dead this time of year save for the few casinos still in operation. They walked about three blocks when they saw it, one of those

Zoltar fortune telling machines like the one from the Tom Hanks movie “Big.” There it was sitting outside on its own in front of a boarded up salt water taffy store. It was still plugged in and working so one of them fished for a quar‐ ter from his pocket and inserted it carefully so it rolled into Zoltar’s mouth and a wish would be granted. Since they’d always done things together, all three made their wish at exactly the same time, and the machine spit out a tiny piece of paper which said, “Wishes Granted.” None of them shared their wish as to not spoil the fun, and the next morning they hugged goodbye and returned to their lives with the prom‐ ise to get together one year later on their 41st birthday and catch up yet again. They also secretly wanted to see if any of the wishes came true. A year later the three of them met up at a Starbuck’s and pushed a couple of tables together in the corner guaranteeing some privacy. After some small talk and sharing family photos one of them brought up the elephant in the room; the three secret wishes. Brother one, the one who worked on Wall Street, said, “I’ll go first. My wish came true. I wished for money, and a few weeks after Atlantic City I was surprised with a huge bonus at work, like six figures huge.” His brothers told him that was awesome but could see on his face it wasn’t. He continued, “For starters, there were a half dozen of us at the firm after that bonus. Since I got it, they treat me different. I don’t get invited out for lunch anymore. A bunch of them went to a basketball game and never even told me. Plus, my wife and I started fighting over how to spend it and here’s the kicker; they didn’t take out enough taxes so now I owe the IRS. Part of me wishes I never made the wish.” A second brother, the scientist, went next and told them his wish came true as well. He wished he was famous and sure enough within a week of putting a quarter in that Zoltar machine he was. Late one night he and a co‐worker decided to celebrate a break‐thru in their lab work by opening a bottle of vodka and turning on some music. The brother got a little drunk and started dancing on the countertop singing into a test tube like Tom Cruise in the film “Risky Business.” What he didn’t realize was the lab had a security camera, and when the I.T. guy saw it he thought was hilarious and uploaded it to YouTube. It went viral, and he was the laughing stock of the entire building. The two brothers whose wishes were a disaster looked to the third and said, “So?” The last brother, the social worker, shrugged his shoulders as he sipped his coffee then said, “Nothing happened with me.” Confused, they asked what he wished for, and he said, “Just to be happy.” All three were quiet a moment when the last brother continued, “Well I mean things happened. My daughter made honors at school. My wife and I renewed our vows”, he paused to think. “Oh and we opened a new food pantry, so that was cool.” The three sat in silence thinking about their wishes and how funny life can be. It’s nice to be rich and famous but to simply be happy, con‐ tent with what you have already; that’s a true gift. As they got up to leave the brother from Wall Street shared two final words, “Zoltar sucks.” The three men laughed like they hadn’t in years. 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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