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CONTENTS may 2018

40 Romeo & Juliet. Photo by Paul Kolnik



Duncan’s Dairy Bar - Winner of Best Omlete




39 Horoscopes


Publisher’s letter


Arts & Entertainment

10 Besties – Food and Drink Sun sign forecast for May


74 Last Page The job search

40 The Capital Region loves ballet and opera


46 Backyard living

54 Wedding 65 Senior living

On the cover: The Standard Restaurant & Lounge (Winner of Best Martini). Photo by Fred Neudoerffer. NeuStudios, LLC


Publisher & President VIKKI MORAN Art director STEVE TEABOUT editor BETH KRUEGER office MAnAger/bookkeePer TINA GALANTE sAles MAnAger TERESA FRAZER MedicAl & sAles AssociAte CAROLE KILPATRICK sAles AssociAte TARA BUFFA sAles AssistAnt TRACY MOMROW sPeciAl Projects coordinAtor DANI SGUEGLIA contributing Writers ARLENE DEANGELUS JOHN GRAY BETH KRUEGER BARBARA PINCKNEY hoMe office 3 MCELWAIN AVENUE COHOES, NEW YORK 12047 PHONE: 518.294.4390 FIND US ONLINE AT WWW.CRLMAG.COM serving the greAter cAPitAl region And beyond Reproduction without permission is prohibited. Many of the ads in this issue were created by Capital Region Living Magazineâ„¢ and cannot be reproduced without permission from the publisher. Established 2003




he annual “Bestie” results are in for the food and beverage businesses in the Capital Region. We have traditionally split our award categories into food and drink for one issue and then people and places for another. That way, we can pay proper homage to our winners and finalists. They deserve nothing short of that. We throw a big party, which will take place on May 8th at The Century House in Latham. It is a fun-filled evening where we can spoil the independent business people of the Capital Region. These folks are our employers, our friends, and neighbors! Please take a moment and congratulate these businesses on their Capital Region Living Magazine “Bestie” when you stop by to eat or drink. We love that so many of our readers use our food and drink Bestie issue to find new places to roadmap across our counties for fabulous food choices. Some are perennial winners, and some are new businesses that are excellent right from the start and capture everyone’s attention. Some lobby for votes and request that their patrons vote for them in the readers’ poll and some do nothing yet still manage to win top spots. The voting is always as varied as the winners, and it is such fun! We are creeping up on the wedding time of year. This issue is a great reference tool for wedding shopping needs, as well. Have you ever noticed that, from year to year, the number of weddings in a family comes in clumps? Maybe it is just me, but we have a big number of them and then a wedding drought for a while. I love attending weddings and wish I always have some to enjoy. Even though the weather had not been our friend, it has changed. We need to be ready for backyard living, which is why we wrote about some fun ways to enjoy the property you love—parties, get-togethers, gardens, flowers and so much more. There will be dizzying happiness after these colder months. Gratefully yours, Vikki Moran





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Aperitivo Bistro 426 State Street, Schenectady Sausage sliders with housemade sausage, smoked mozzarella and sautéed peppers and onions or perhaps you’d like ricotta meatballs or seasoned kettle chips with creamy parmigiano dressing. Those are just some of the intriguing appetizers that make Aperitivo Bistro number one for our readers and their taste buds in this category. New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Avenue, Albany The Shop 135 Fourth Street, Troy


Smith’s Orchard Bake Shop 4561 Jockey Street, Ballston Spa People don’t just say “I’ll bring an apple pie.” They specify “I’ll bring a Smith’s apple pie” to show how special dessert will be. You know it will as you drive in and see the apple trees and visit the bake shop. It’s the real thing and, of course, a repeat “Bestie” for apple pies. Emma Cleary’s Cafe 1926 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands tied with Lakeside Farms 336 Schauber Road, Ballston Lake Indian Ladder Farms 342 Altamont Road, Route 156, Altamont


Bagel Tyme Multiple locations The bagels are really good every time, declare customers at Bagel Tyme, which has locations in Valatie, Hudson and Greenport. Fresh, tasty, fluffy, thick are other descriptions. They like the many options, too, including slathered in cream cheese. Pyschedelicatessen 275 River Street, Troy Uncommon Grounds Multipe locations


Bella Napoli Italian American Bakery & Cafe 672 New Loudon Road, Latham 721 River Street, Troy It’s no surprise that Bella Napoli once again earns a “Bestie” for bakery. Stop in and get a feast for the eyes. You’ll surely want one of everything and vow for multiple return visits.

Customers describe delicious Italian food, including great garlic breads, tasty meatballs and more, served in generous portions in a friendly atmosphere where you’re treated like family. We are delighted that readers shared their favorite in our best-kept secret category. Not any more! Restaurant Navona 289 New Scotland Avenue, Albany

Schuyler Bakery 637 Third Avenue, Watervliet

Veronica’s Culinary Tavern 186 Main Street, Altamont

Villa Italia 226 Broadway, Schenectady



PJ’s Bar-B-QSA 1 Kaydeross Avenue West Saratoga Springs Capital Region residents and visitors go to Saratoga for some special adventures. One of them is to visit PJ’s Bar-B-QSA, which aptly is tagged as a “Taste Tour of American Barbeque,” with opportunity to select your favorite flavor from across the country. Lucky for us, this repeat “Bestie” is open year round. Brooks’ House of BBQ 5560 State Highway 7, Oneonta Warehouse Grill & BBQ 219 Wolf Road, Albany


Brown’s Brewing Company 417 River Street, Troy Brown’s, opened in 1993, was a groundbreaking brewery restaurant in Capital Region that since has seen the blossoming of breweries. But Brown’s continues to be a hit, creating new award-winning brews, keeping offerings and amenities at its restaurants/taprooms fresh and as social hubs. CH Evans Brewing Company at Albany Pump Station 19 Quackenbush Square, Albany Crossroads Brewing Company 21 Second Street, Athens 201 Water Street, Catskill


DeMarco’s Restaurant 1965 Central Avenue, Colonie

The Century House 997 New Loudon Road, Latham tied with The Shop 135 Fourth Street, Troy The Century House is a special place for our readers. And they say it’s extra special when sipping a Bloody Mary there. The Shop creates this concoction from its own recipe. One ingredient is “a lotta love.” The result is mmm-good.

Region and beyond for its bread. Visitors including performers have been known to make Perreca’s a must-go for its Italian bread – the same thick-crusted nutty flavor recipe brought over from Italy by the family in 1913 and created in a coal-fired brick oven. Perreca’s notes that that since then, there’s hardly ever time for that oven to cool down. No wonder it’s a repeat “Bestie.” Bella Napoli Italian American Bakery & Café 672 New Loudon Road, Latham 721 River Street, Troy Bountiful Bread 1475 Western Avenue, Albany


Café Madison 1108 Madison Avenue, Albany

Latham ‘76 Diner 722 New Loudon Road, Latham Consistently good, plentiful, and well-prepared. Those are some of the descriptions from customers at Latham ’76. It’s a friendly comfortable place for family meals or meeting with colleagues. Folks like the many options on the breakfast menu. You can have breakfast all day at this 24/7 diner.

Risotto 320 Northern Boulevard, Albany

Capital City Diner 1703 Western Avenue, Albany


Alexis Diner 294 North Greenbush Road, Troy

New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Avenue, Albany Add another Bistro “Bestie” to the award-winning New World Bistro where there is global cuisine and local pride (and local sourcing). This popular place’s creative menus not only satisfy but prompt rave reviews: “such a great blend of flavors” “I was blown away”; “many choices to suit all tastes”; and, of course, “we’ll be back!” Sage Bistro 2050 Western Avenue, Guilderland Garden Bistro 24 1207 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham 5 Vista Boulevard, Slingerlands


Perreca’s Bakery 31-33 North Jay Street Schenectady Perreca’s is a legend in Capital


Iron Roost 36 Front Street, Ballston Spa The Iron Roost has become a very popular place for brunch so we aren’t at all surprised that it has gained a “Bestie” in this category. A frequent decision is what to put on your waffle or you may make another choice for your brunch, which will come with a waffle wedge. Creativity is appreciated. Customers enjoy the cozy atmosphere and delicious food – or as one visitor commented, “wafflrific.” Peaches Café 1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany Café Madison 1108 Madison Avenue, Albany




Ale House 680 River Street, Troy tied with Crossroads Brewing Co. 21 Second Street, Athens 201 Water Street, Catskill As the repeat winner, Ale House, customers enjoy the fresh eight-ounce burgers cooked to order. The Crossroads menu offers “Nothin’ but the Burgers” but the tasty choices, with locally sourced beef, are anything but ‘nothin’. Crave 217 Western Avenue, Albany Capital City Gastro Pub 261 New Scotland Avenue, Albany


Zachary’s Pastry Shoppe 390 Columbia Turnpike East Greenbush Cakes and pastries should taste as good as they look, Zachary’s believes and their customers proclaim that they do indeed at this family-owned shop. That’s why it’s a repeat “Bestie.” Customers praise the attention to meeting requests and the butter cream frosting is a frequent favorite. Cocadotts Cake Shop 1179 Central Avenue, Albany Bella Napoli Italian American Bakery & Cafe 672 New Loudon Road, Latham 721 River Street, Troy


Yanni’s Too 20 Marina Drive, Coeymans Capital Region diners have once again named Yanni Too the “Bestie” for calamari and tell us that there is a very good reason that Chef Yanni is known as the “Calamari King.” Light and flaky breading, tender, different types of tasty sauces and all delicious (you can have an order of all four to avoid having to make a hard choice). Angelo’s Prime Bar & Grill 30 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park Casey’s Restaurant 77-79 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer

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Blue Ribbon Restaurant and Bakery 1801 State Street, Schenectady tied with Nuns of New Skete 345 Ashgrove Road, Cambridge Blue Ribbon Diner again gets a “Bestie” with customers saying “best cheesecake anywhere” and “simply heavenly.”And there are lots of varieties. The Nuns of New Skete are known for awesome cheesecakes in so many varieties that you will want to try them all; thankfully, a sampler is among the choices. J&S Watkins Homebaked Desserts 1675 Route 9, Clifton Park Cheesecake Machismo 293 Hamilton Street, Albany


Towne Tavern 2850 NY 43, Averill Park Ten jumbo wings turned slowly in the smoker for just a hint of smoke, then deep fried and tossed in the sauce of your choice – check out those choices! Doesn’t that sound good? Well, that’s why Towne Tavern is tops with our readers for chicken wings. People are quick to suggest their favorite but equally quick to add that any flavor would be wonderful. The Ruck 104 Third Street, Troy Ale House 680 River Street, Troy tied with Rusty Nail 1781 Route 9, Clifton Park


Gracie’s Luncheonette 969 Main Street, Leeds tied with Otis & Oliver’s 30 Mill Road, Latham The thing that I have come to love best about Capital Region Living and its “Besties” readers’ poll is that a small operation in Leeds NY can win some category over bigger operations. Gracie's is an institution in that area for scratch-made food. Everything is touched with love and human hands to make the now award-winning luncheonette in the chili category. Otis & Oliver’s is an annual winner for very awesome white chili. Top secret ingredients make this

chili an unbelievable and unbeatable choice for the Capital Region Living voters. A tall cold beer and a bowl of chili just may make heaven’s menu board! Bountiful Bread 1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany The Orchard Tavern 68 North Manning Boulevard, Albany


Uncle Sam’s All American Chocolate Factory 2571 Albany Street, Schenectady 594 New Loudon Road, Newton Plaza, Latham Looks great, smells yummy, tastes delicious, our readers say. Whether stopping in for special occasion selections or just because, they enjoy the classics, as well as special shapes and flavors. Uncle Sam’s more than lives up to its name and, of course, is a repeat “Bestie.” Verdigris Tea & Chocolate 291 Main Street, Catskill Krause’s Homemade Candy 1609 Central Avenue, Albany


Yanni’s Too 20 Marina Drive, Coeymans Award-winning chowder from Yanni's Too can be a meal in itself. It is that good and worth the trip from any place in the Capital Region. A summer's night and a bowl of Yanni's chowder can make your summer complete, not to mention your stomach very happy. Saratoga Race Course 267 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs Jack’s Oyster House 42 State Street, Albany


Golden Harvest 3074 Route 9, Valatie A multiple-year repeat “Bestie” in this category, Golden Harvest sets the gold standard for cider donuts. With cider pressed on site from their own apples, these hot and flavorsome donuts are super awesome, our readers rave.

Cider Belly Doughnuts 25 North Pearl Street, Albany Riverview Orchards 660 Riverview Road, Rexford


Wired 2443 Route 9, Malta 652 Albany Shaker Road, Albany Coffee is so in right now. It seems everyone is becoming an expert, much like wine. When you get a cup at Wired, no matter what your taste, you can be assured that it is the best you're going to get locally! You don't need to be an expert to appreciate great coffee. Uncommon Grounds Multiple locations Tierra Farms 2424 State Route 203, Valatie


Bella Napoli Italian American Bakery & Cafe 672 New Loudon Road, Latham 721 River Street, Troy Bella Napoli Bakery is one of those great Capital Region places that wherever you may move or travel in the world, when it comes to wanting great cookies, you will come home to get them. Our children grew up on them and we adults love to indulge with them. We are so lucky to have such a quality family-owned and operated business such as Dom and team at Bella Napoli. Cookie Factory 520 Congress Street, Troy Dolce & Biscotti 1758 Route 9, Clifton Park


Chicken Joe’s 486 Yates Street, Albany 506 Campbell Avenue, Troy Chicken Joe's on Yates Street in Albany is a new winner for us in the Capital Region Living “Bestie” poll. From what I hear, it will not be the last time they win in the comfort food category. When you do something so well, you are bound to be recognized. Congratulations, Chicken Joe's. Lakeview on Crystal Lake 4 Old Route 66 (Route 43), Averill Park tied with Tipsy Moose Tap & Tavern 185 Old Loudon Road, Latham

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Hattie’s Restaurant 45 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs


Coccadotts Cake Shop 1179 Central Avenue, Albany Cupcakes make me smile but it’s a grin that lasts all day when these little sweet treats come from Coccadotts. Our readers agree and once again name Coccadotts the “Bestie” in this category. But we have a problem: How do we make a selection from all those luscious creations? Simple: Return visits. Dolce & Biscotti 1758 Route 9, Clifton Park Bella Napoli Italian American Bakery & Cafe 672 New Loudon Road, Latham 721 River Street, Troy


Dancing Ewe Restaurant 181 County Route 12, Granville Now this is what we had in mind when we created this category

for our readers’ poll here at Capital Region Living. The Dancing Ewe is an authentic Tuscan-style family farm in Granville, crafting impeccable, fresh cheeses and meats. The very unique farm-to-table serves weekend dinners and lunches. The name is not only very cool, the operation is run perfectly and the service and all–important products they produce are wonderful. Peck’s Arcade 217 Broadway, Troy The Shop 135 Fourth Street, Troy


Gershon’s Deli 1600 Union Street, Schenectady To walk into Gershon’s is to walk into a Manhattan deli, without the crowds that can suffocate you and the prices that can finish killing you off. The Gershon’s family legacy is great deli food at Capital Region prices. Love, love, love them. Miranda’s Deli 52 Columbia Street, Albany

Capri Imports Italian Deli & Catering 2617 Broadway, Schenectady


Alexis Diner 294 North Greenbush Road, Troy Over the river for many, Alexis Diner is always well worth the trip. The service, the food and the cleanliness of the restaurant are amazing. Some diners have great breakfasts, some great lunches or dinners. Alexis is great every moment of the day. Latham ‘76 Diner 722 New Loudon Road, Latham Capital City Diner 1709 Western Avenue, Albany


Albany Distilling Company 78 Montgomery Street, Albany The Albany Distilling Company came together with its excellent team in 2011 and launched the following year, making this a very young success story, which our

readers love. Whether the whiskey or the rum, this distillery is a winner. Yankee Distillers 5 Fairchild Square, Clifton Park Golden Harvest 3074 US Route 9, Valatie


Ferrari’s Ristorante 1254 Congress Street, Schenectady The Ferrari family birthright is the ability to create and serve Italian food but their talent for creating the Italian food like many of us grew up on is pure talent! Once again, a trip from anywhere in the Capital Region is just what is ordered when you want to step back in time and taste awesomeness. Cornells in Little Italy 39 North Jay Street, Schenectady Verdile’s Restaurant 572 Second Avenue, Troy




677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany tied with Lake Ridge Restaurant 35 Burlington Avenue, Round Lake Fine dining equals 677 Prime in all respects—exquisite food, preparation perfection, attentive service and ambiance. The ride and the setting at Lake Ridge Restaurant are so great. The food, whatever you choose, is prepared expertly. Lake Ridge is another of our perennial winners and that illustrates how wonderful they are. 15 Church 15 Church Street, Saratoga Springs Chez Nous 707 Union Street, Schenectady


Ted’s Fish Fry Multiple locations Travel the world and ask this question of anyone who has lived or visited the Capital Region: What’s a fish fry? They will answer that it doesn’t matter since the description is just find a Ted’s around Albany NY. How lucky are we to live where the Ted’s Fish Fry locations are? Harbor House Fish Fry 1742 Route 9, Clifton Park Off-Shore Pier Fish Market & Restaurant 637 Third Avenue Extension, Rensselaer


Yanni’s Too 20 Marina Drive, Coeymans It is said that location, location, location is the key to a good business. Yanni’s Too has that but throw in excellent fish as well. Trust our readers on this pick, for sure, and enjoy the scenery, too. The Olde English Pub & Pantry 683 Broadway, Quackenbush Square, Albany


Crave 217 Western Avenue, Albany This is not just a vote for great French fries, but a vote for gourmet comfort food in general. The French fries are awesome, for sure, but the 14 | MAY 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

concept behind Crave is awesome, too. Bravo, chef! Crossroads Brewing Co. 21 Second Street, Athens 201 Water Street, Catskill Garden Bistro 24 1207 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham 5 Vista Blvd, Slingerlands


Hattie’s Restaurant 45 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs Iconic and amazing for sure. A meal at Hattie’s can leave your lips smacking and tummy full. I have never left Hattie’s without planning my return and our readers feel the same way. Pick up their cookbook as it is great but, honestly, leave the fried chicken to them and save the book for their other fabulous recipes. Chicken Joe’s 486 Yates Street, Albany 506 Campbell Avenue, Troy Bees Knees Cafe at Heather Ridge Farm 989 Broome Center Road, Preston Hollow


Wheatfields 440 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 54 Crossing Boulevard Clifton Park The food at Wheatfields is always amazing but their happy hour is as good as it gets to our Capital Region Living readers. A quick stop on your way home from work or a meet-up with friends makes Wheatfields the place to go for wonderful happy hour prices. The Standard Crossgates Mall, Albany Corcoran’s Towpath Tavern 31 Saratoga Avenue, Waterford


Cornells in Little Italy 39 North Jay Street, Schenectady House-made cavatelli at Cornells is sublime. Everything at Cornells is excellent and beautifully served but the cavatelli they make and serve is just heaven on a plate. DeFazio’s Pizzeria 266 Fourth Street, Troy Ferrari’s Ristorante 1254 Congress Street, Schenectady


Gus’s Hot Dogs 212 25th Street, Watervliet Order your little hotdog gems and walk away with a plateful. We wonder if you can make it home or even to one of their picnic tables without gobbling. Sad but true! They are little bites of hotdog heaven with little devils inside to tempt you.

The Ruck 102 Third Street, Troy Bob’s Diner 929 19th Street, Watervliet


The Snowman 531 Fifth Avenue, Troy A perennial winner over the years and we have written many paragraphs about their wins. We are delighted to say the Snowman is also national award winning. How wonderful that everyone acknowledges how good The Snowman is. How could you not?

Century House 997 New Loudon Road, Latham tied with CH Evans Brewing Company at Albany Pump Station 19 Quackenbush Square, Albany When the Century House adds something to the menu, you better believe it will be wonderful. Done with the same care as all the other entrees, this lobster mac & cheese has to be tried and tried and tried. A favorite on the Albany Pump menu for good reason. This is perfect lobster mac & cheese and your life may be complete after eating it. So very good but like all lobster mac & cheese, it is not a diet food but that’s OK. Save your calories and eat every morsel.

Kurver Kreme 1349 Central Avenue, Albany

Yanni’s Too 20 Marina Drive, Coeymans

Moxie’s Ice Cream 1344 Spring Avenue, Wynantskill

Tipsy Moose Tap & Tavern 185 Old Loudon Road, Latham



Famous Lunch 111 Congress Street, Troy Mike’s Hot Dogs 1135 Erie Boulevard, Schenectady


Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In 5 Schonowee Avenue, Scotia Summer isn’t summer without bringing the family to Jumpin’ Jack’s. Kid-friendly, for sure, but the food is fast and great, too. So much fun to sit and enjoy your family picnic without cooking it and the kids can run and have fun at the same time! Just tell them they need to eat everything before their Jumpin’ Jack’s ice cream.

Garden Bistro 24 1207 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham 5 Vista Boulevard, Slingerlands The Garden Bistro is excellent for lunch and dinner but you cannot beat their prices and selection for the lunch crowd. Our readers believe that to indulge on a nice lunch out and not be sitting at your desk deserves the best food or shall I say “Bestie.”

Kay’s Pizza 10 Walsh Lane, Averill Park

Lakeside Farms 336 Schauber Road, Ballston Lake

Ted’s Fish Fry Multiple locations

Bountiful Bread 1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany


Latham ‘76 Diner 722 New Loudon Road, Latham If you went to high school in the Capital Region and you went to proms or on late dates, you finished your evening at the ‘76 Diner. When the desire for late-night eating hits, for whatever reason, you need to set your GPS for the’ 76 Diner in Latham.


Tipsy Moose Tap & Tavern 185 Old Loudon Road, Latham Come early and wait a bit as the Tipsy Moose is always crowded and for good reason. The mac & cheese is served in a skillet of shear bliss. So good, it’s dangerous!

Best Kept Secret DeMarco’s Restaurant

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Crossroads Brewing Company 21 Second Street, Athens 201 Water Street, Catskill tied with Druthers Brewing Company 381 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 1053 Broadway, Albany The Mill on Round Lake 2121 Route 9, Round Lake


Ama Cocina 4 Sheridan Avenue, Albany It does not have to be Cinco de Mayo to enjoy a few of these wonderful margaritas. Every day is Cinco de Mayo when you have one. Whether the house margarita, cocoginger, green tea or green apple margarita, you simply cannot go wrong. Mexican Connection 41 Nelson Avenue, Saratoga Springs El Loco 465 Madison Avenue, Albany


The Standard Crossgates Mall, Albany

You have sit at the bar or a table at The Standard and sip one of the many martinis. The ambiance simply mandates it! Expertly made, and beautifully served. Slip back to the sixties and know what cool is. 9 Maple Avenue 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs Barnsider Restaurant 480 Sand Creek Road, Albany


Canali’s Restaurant 126 Mariaville Road, Schenectady This family restaurant is amazing for many things but their meatballs are worth a trip from anywhere. I don’t care that you may think you make the best meatballs, you have to try these. I am not sure which member of the team makes them but they should be made a culinary saint. Cornells in Little Italy 39 North Jay Street, Schenectady D’Raymonds Restaurant 269 Osborne Road, Loudonville


Lindsey’s Country Store 1537 Route 9, Clifton Park Our readers have sent them as gift baskets, eaten in their cars, brought them home for the family and cannot get enough of them. Many varieties but all excellent. Bella Napoli Italian American Bakery & Cafe 672 New Loudon Road, Latham 721 River Street, Troy


Duncan’s Dairy Bar 890 Hoosick Road, Troy tied with Latham ‘76 Diner 722 New Loudon Road, Latham Duncan’s is the place to be in the little town of Brunswick (the rest of Troy sneaks in, too). Everything is homemade while you sit and watch the action. Generations have flocked to Duncan’s and many just to get the big, fat juicy omelets! A new category for us this year. Our readers believe these wonderful large omelets served by the 76’

Diner rule. I could eat their omelets day or night as they are filling and wonderful. The Ugly Rooster Cafe 312 North 3rd Avenue, Mechanicville Peaches Café 1475 Western Avenue Stuyvesant Plaza


Philly Bar & Lounge 622 Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham tied with The Waters Edge Lighthouse 2 Freemans Bridge Road, Glenville The “all new” Philly Bar & Lounge has unique dining with light choices as well as full meals. Our readers certainly acknowledge and applaud their wonderful changes. Good food, fun patio for warm weather and entertainment! The river views are amazing while you are eating or just sitting and waiting for your table with a cocktail in hand. One of the nicest river views in our Capital Region CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | MAY 2018 |


awaits your dining experience. No wonder Waters Edge Lighthouse is often a winner in this category! Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In 5 Schonowee Avenue, Scotia Lanie’s Café 471 Albany-Shaker Road, Loudonville


Testo’s 853 Fourth Avenue, North Troy 767 Pawling Avenue, Troy With two locations now in Troy, the restaurant and the new take-out on Pawling Avenue in the Albia section, their marvelous sauce is more available than ever. Whether buying a jar to make your homemade food fabulous or getting Testo’s homemade wonder with the sauce already on, you can’t go wrong. Canali’s Restaurant 126 Mariaville Road, Schenectady tied with Cornells in Little Italy 39 North Jay Street, Schenectady Scotti’s Restaurant & Pizzeria 1730 Union Street, Schenectady


Ferretti’s Restaurant 262 Ushers Road, Clifton Park tied with Kay’s Pizza 10 Walsh Lane, Averill Park For many years, Ferretti’s has been a finalist in our annual “Bestie” readers’ poll and this year they cracked that top spot. A dead heat between Kay’s and Ferretti’s. Congrats to some pretty awesome folks! Another annual faithful readers’ choice winner which is astounding because Kay’s is a seasonal operation open from April to October. Kay’s is 60 years old this year. What a legacy! Caputo’s Pizzeria 3039 Route 50, Saratoga Springs 1675 Route 9, Clifton Park Scotti’s Restaurant & Pizzeria 1730 Union Street, Schenectady


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best places to let your hair down with some Irish music and brew. The Towne Tavern 2850 State Route 43, Averill Park Ravenswood Pub and Restaurant 1021 Route 146, Clifton Park


Otis & Oliver’s 30 Mill Road, Latham The BBQ rocks at Otis & Oliver’s and has since they opened their doors. They are located at Mill Road Golf Course, which is so convenient for enjoying our readers’ choice ribs. One of their most requested entrees and our “Bestie” is their Danish baby back ribs which are dry rubbed and slow cooked for SIX hours and then brushed with their signature appleinfused BBQ sauce. American Glory BBQ 342 Warren Street, Hudson 6033 Main Street, Tannersville tied with Warehouse Grill & BBQ 219 Wolf Road, Albany The Towne Tavern 2850 NY 43, Averill Park


Lake Ridge Restaurant 35 Burlington Avenue, Round Lake tied with 15 Church 15 Church Street Saratoga Springs Eating dinner at the two “Bestie” winners offers truly awesome choices in the Romantic category. First, Lake Ridge with its classic setting that just screams relax and enjoy your “significant other.” The food is always amazing from appetizers to desserts. And 15 Church. Precise in all that they do. The atmosphere is creative and fresh and the food gourmet and then some. Wishing Well 745 Saratoga Road, Wilton Café Capriccio 49 Grand Street, Albany


Andy’s Italian Food & Deli 256 Delaware Avenue, Albany It is…Good things come in small packages, for sure. Walk in and enjoy

the old world air that screams little town in Italy. A must stop if you have missed this Capital Region gem.

well and we are thrilled that their soup is recognized this year.

Gershon’s Deli & Caterers 1600 Union Street, Schenectady

Bountiful Bread 1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany

Pellegrino Importing Multiple locations

Restaurant Navona 289 New Scotland Ave, Albany


Bountiful Bread 1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany tied with Scallions 44 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs When writing these snippets about our “Bestie” winners, I try not to interject my choices but, between us, Bountiful Bread is a great place for fresh and wonderful salads. A cup of coffee, a slice of their bread and one of their salads—heaven is singing! Scallions has been an epicurean target for years. Lunch offers unique homemade soups, paninis, many vegetarian items, sandwich and salad combinations, but our readers singled out their salads! Fresh and creative and they really deserve this “Bestie.” Illium Café 9 Broadway, Troy Garden Bistro 24 1207 Troy-Schenectady Rd, Latham 5 Vista Boulevard, Slingerlands


Jack’s Drive In 24 Main Avenue, Wynantskill A rite of summer. Order your sliders and fries. Pick your picnic table, breathe in the onions floating on the warm air and, for those of us who have been going to Jack’s for years, a small carton of chocolate milk completes the experience.


Recovery Sports Grill Multiple locations Wide screens everywhere the eyes can see; cold beer and teams we either cheer or jeer. The Recovery Rooms have all of that and then some. Four Seasons Taproom & Grill 4 Middle Mannix Road, Rensselaer Rusty Nail 1781 Route 9, Clifton Park


Sake Japanese Steakhouse 611 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham Wonderfully prepared sushi is a marvel and sitting at the sushi bar at Sake illustrates the art. The sushi is out of this world and so creative. Eating their sushi is easy; choosing which one to eat is hard. Jade Bistro 120 Mohawk Avenue, Scotia Koto Japanese Restaurant 260 Wolf Road, Latham


Canali’s Restaurant 126 Mariaville Road, Schenectady Often, home is where you want to relax, unwind and eat. Taking food out at Canali’s is the answer to making that all happen. Let’s be honest: We cannot make this food better at home!

Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In 5 Schonowee Avenue, Scotia

Scotti’s Restaurant & Pizzeria 1730 Union Street, Schenectady tied with Testo’s 853 Fourth Avenue, North Troy 769 Pawling Avenue, Troy


Scubber’s 186 Wolf Road, Albany

Slidin’ Dirty 9 1st Street, Troy 512 State Street, Schenectady

The Century House 997 New Loudon Road, Latham Lobster Bisque, chowder, or any other soup of the day is a meal in itself at The Century House. The Century House does so much so


Bocca Bistro 384 Broadway, Saratoga Springs The atmosphere is great at

Best Cajun Cuisine Mouzon House

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Bocca Bistro, whether eating and people watching in the summer or just enjoying the food in the winter months. Choosing imaginative and inspired small plates to share is the way to eat! Thirsty Owl 184 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs Peck’s Arcade 217 Broadway, Troy


15 Church 15 Church Street Saratoga Springs Paul, Susan and team have it all going on at 15 Church. Many members of the team have been together for many years and it shows. Excellence is shared and the patrons reap the benefits. Cornells in Little Italy 39 North Jay Street, Schenectady Barnsider Restaurant 480 Sand Creek Road, Albany


Twisted Vine & Tap 384 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar Twisted Vine Wine & Tap is a wine and craft beer establishment that serves delicious and unique shared plates and appetizers, small plates and desserts, but our readers honor their wines this year. Outstanding achievement in such qualified company.

Brookview Station Winery 1297 Brookview Station Road, Castleton


Lucas Confectionery 12 Second Street, Troy

Tara Kitchen (Troy) 172 River Street, Troy Tara Kitchen in Troy is new this year but we have been enchanted with Tara’s food for several years in Schenectady. The same wonderful food and a downtown Troy location— perfect!

dp an American Brasserie 25 Chapel Street, Albany

The Cuckoo’s Nest 234 Western Avenue, Albany


Kismet Mediterranean Grill 1116 Madison Avenue, Albany

Hudson Chatham Winery 1900 Route 66, Ghent The lovely drive to the Hudson Chatham Winery can only be topped by the wine. Taste, enjoy a glass or two and bring some home, for sure. We appreciate that Hudson Chatham is here in the Capital Region and love what you produce. Adirondack Winery 285 Canada Street, Lake George


Barnsider Restaurant 480 Sand Creek Road, Albany I feel that I can’t say much more about the Barnsider. They are so good on so many levels and their prices are so good for their product. It is a top restaurant in our Capital Region for very good reasons. Bravo for consistently Barnsider.

The Century House 997 New Loudon Road, Latham tied with Rare 611 Union Street, Schenectady New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Avenue, Albany


The Mouzon House 1 York Street, Saratoga Springs Outstanding achievement and consistency again for Mouzon House. If you have not been there, you need to get there. They are an annual winner voted by our readers and their food is nothing short of inspired. Nanola 2639 Route 9, Malta


Dutch Pot 270 State Street, Empire State Plaza, Albany If you love Caribbean food, you have to love Dutch Pot. Awesome jerk chicken is always available and so much more that is worth the trip.



Roy’s Caribbean Restaurant 769 State Street, Schenectady Hot Spot Jamaican American Cuisine 228 Washington Avenue, Albany


Gold Coin 1360 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands The Gold Coin is setting a standard locally for excellent Chinese food. As the years go by, the food just seems to get better and better. Way to go Gold Coin. You are appreciated by our readers. Jade Bistro 120 Mohawk Avenue, Scotia tied with Plum Blossom 685 Hoosick Road, Troy Ala Shanghai 468 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham


Chez Nous 707 Union Street, Schenectady A winner in our “Bestie” readers’ poll since they opened their doors. French food extraordinarily prepared outside of France is such a treat. Well done again to our friends at Chez Nous. You are setting a high standard in our culinary world. Provence 1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany Rive Gauche Bistro 7 Second Street, Athens


The Flammerie 7 Hudson Street, Kinderhook The inspirations for their food are rooted in German, French and Alpine culinary traditions. Our readers voted en masse for their German food. Never forgetting that they are located and draw local deliciousness from our Hudson Valley, their menu reflects that, too. Their Biergarten is closed until spring so let’s hope by the time this May issue is out that spring in finally here! Wolff’s Biergarten Multiple locations Bavarian Manor 866 Mountain Avenue, Purling

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Athos 1814 Western Avenue, Albany How do we love thee? Let me count the ways. Many times, each year in our “Betsie” readers’ poll. Congrats Athos team once again for excellence in Greek cuisine. Grecian Gardens 1612 Route 9, Clifton Park The Greek House 27 3rd Street, Troy


Karavalli 9 Johnson Road, Latham Indian food has to be prepared well to be authentic. The spices, the cooking methods are unique and the results at Karavalli are to “die for.” Great to “live for.” Curry Leaf 1 Central Avenue, Albany Taj Mahal 142 Clinton Street, Albany


D’Raymonds Restaurant 269 Osborne Road, Loudonville When our family (and probably yours) comes home to our Capital Region, we have to go to D’Raymonds. Sometimes, we barely get out of Albany Airport before hitting D’Raymonds. These long-distance folks can go far and wide but never get what we have here—the excellence of D’Raymonds. Cornells in Little Italy 39 North Jay Street, Schenectady Caffé Italia 662 Central Avenue, Albany


Koto Japanese Restaurant 260 Wolf Road, Latham tied with Sake Japanese Steakhouse 611 Troy Schenectady Road Latham Centrally located on Wolf Road and so well run! Koto serves wonderful sushi and everything Japanese to their guests in a fun and comfortable setting. Bravo Koto after many years of winning our “Bestie.” Japanese food has been plentiful here in the Capital Region for quite a few years now. Sake does it

all well from sushi to hibachi and everything in between. Tomo Asian Bistro 1365 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands Unagi Sushi 118 4th Street, Troy


Beirut Restaurant 184 River Street, Troy Beirut is one of those little culinary gems that once you try, you will never forget it. The family who owns and serves this magical Lebanese food is as wonderful as the food served. Truly a gem! Mamoun’s Restaurant 206 Washington Avenue, Albany The Phoenicians 71 Fuller Road, Colonie


Athos 1814 Western Avenue, Albany Well, I have to admit something as I am writing about Athos. Like the readers of Capital Region Living Magazine, I love the food at Athos. If you have lived under a culinary rock, climb out and head over to Guilderland because good Greek food is hard to find and they have the treasure map! Tara Kitchen 431 Liberty Street, Schenectady 172 River Street Troy Restaurant Navona 289 New Scotland Avenue, Albany


El Mariachi 289 Hamilton Street, Albany 271 Lark Street, Albany There really isn’t much else we can say about El Marichi after many, many years of winning the Mexican food category. The food is so delicious and the atmosphere is perfect. We recommend you start with their house Sangria and brace for a wonderful experience.


Muza 1300 Fifteenth Street, Troy Muza is a “must do” if you love good Polish food. Made to order, served and cooked by the family who opened the doors in Troy some time ago. You will go home full and you will go home knowing what our voters know—it is awesome.


Yanni’s Too 20 Marina Drive, Coeymans This is a first time win in the overall seafood category for Yannis Too. Wonderful seafood and well worth the drive to Coeymans from anywhere in the Capital Region. Trust me—start with the calamari; then dive into everything else and, of course, pardon the pun. Reel Seafood Co. 195 Wolf Road, Albany Red’s Seafood 12005 Route 9W, West Coxsackie


Barcelona 1192 Western Avenue, Albany Barcelona knows no bounds when it comes to fantastic Spanish food. Created with care and cooked with expertise. It is an Albany gem. Carmen’s Cafe 198 First Street, Troy Mr. Pio Pio 160 Quail Street, Albany


677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany Our readers dare you to enjoy a steak of your choice at 677 Prime and wash it down with a fabulous glass of wine from their selection and not LOVE it. When you go you must not be on a diet because you will want an appetizer and dessert, too! Barnsider Restaurant 480 Sand Creek Road, Albany

Casa Real 1400 Altamont Avenue, Schenectady 3770 Carman Road, Schenectady

Clark’s Steakhouse 120 Broad Street, Schuylerville

El Loco 465 Madison Avenue, Albany

Sri Siam Thai Restaurant 44 Sherwood Avenue, Rensselaer 728 New Loudon Road, Latham Over the past several years, Sri


Best German Cuisine The Flammerie

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Siam has been a true treasure in the Capital Region. Their Thai food amazes all who try it. From the traditional Thai to some creatively inspired dishes, Sri Siam is again our “Bestie.”


Celadon Thai Restaurant 461 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham

Van’s Vietnamese Restaurant 307 Central Avenue, Albany Van’s is the place many Albanians think of when thinking of Vietnamese food. Our readers over many years have considered them “the best.”

Sweet Basil 370 Delaware Avenue, Albany

Pho Yum Multiple locations


Saigon Spring 1683 Route 9, Clifton Park

Berben & Wolff’s 227 Lark Street, Albany The vegan menu at Berben & Wolff’s is so innovative. I am not a vegetarian or a vegan but our readers who are find their food as delicious as it is creative. To be a great cook is one thing but to create great food without the ingredients that most use is really quite wonderful and a gift to all who follow that way of eating.


New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Avenue, Albany

New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Avenue, Albany Not only is New World our readers’ choice for bistros but it has again captured the “Bestie” for Albany County. The innovative menu with something for everyone has consistently drawn accolades.

Antipasto’s Bistro & Wine Bar 1026 Route 146, Clifton Park

677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany

D’Raymonds Restaurant 269 Osborne Road, Loudonville

Dyad Wine Bar 16 Hudson Street, Kinderhook



Salmon Run Fish House 78 Main Street, Lee MA Fresh seafood is the specialty but this family-owned and familystyle restaurant offers many other options and this combo pleases our readers who say “Berkshire County ‘Bestie.’” And leave room for the homemade bread pudding. The Red Lion Inn 30 Main Street, Stockbridge MA Old Forge Restaurant 125 North Main Street, Lanesborough, MA

Bosco’s Family Restaurant 165 Division Street, Amsterdam Calzones, pizza, tri-pasta, and eggplant parm are just a few examples of what visitors say are awesome at this long-time family restaurant, which also earns applause for its friendly atmosphere and staff. Raindancer Restaurant 4582 State Highway 30, Amsterdam


Sam’s Seafood Steakhouse 281 North Comrie Avenue, Johnstown

Jackson’s Old Chatham House 646 Albany Turnpike, Old Chatham

Crossroads Brewing Company 21 Second Street, Athens 201 Water Street, Catskill Craft brews plus inventive pub fare, with locally sourced meats, produce and cheeses. That tastes great to our readers who describe yummy and creative menu offerings, super brews and friendly serv-

Ca’Mea Restaurant 333 Warren Street, Hudson Creative menu, including fresh homemade pasta, food prepared to perfection, and attentive service are among the great comments for this fine dining Italian restaurant named “Bestie” for Columbia County.




ice. That’s why it’s the Greene County “Bestie.” Mountain View Brasserie 10697 State Route 32, Greenville Rive Gauche 7 Second Street, Athens


Brooks’ House of BBQ 5560 State Highway 7, Oneonta Our readers proclaim that this is the go-to place for mouth-watering sweet and tangy chicken hand-basted on what Brooks’ notes is the largest indoor charcoal barbeque pit in the East. Visitors love the flavorsome tender, slide-off-the-bone meat.


Chez Mike 596 Columbia Turnpike East Greenbush Chez Mike says that “our goal is to provide a superior dining experience through exceptional service and fresh, from-scratch food, in a relaxed neighborhood atmosphere.” Add to that excellent service and great food. This eclectic American cuisine restaurant has exceeded that goal, say our readers who have once again given Chez Mike the “Bestie” in Rensselaer County. Peck’s Arcade 217 Broadway, Troy Verdile’s Restaurant 572 Second Avenue, Troy


15 Church 15 Church Street Saratoga Springs An innovative menu with fresh seafood, aged beef and more fantastic food in an elegant stylish setting, with a top-notch staff. That makes your dining experience special. Our readers appreciate these elements in naming 15 Church as the Saratoga County “Bestie.” Lake Ridge Restaurant 35 Burlington Avenue, Round Lake Longfellows Hotel Restaurant & Conference Center 500 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs


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ricotta, super sauces and much more. Customers appreciate the delicious food and plentiful portions that enable them to recall the lovely experience. Those are just some of the reasons why our readers tapped Canali’s in multiple categories. Cornells in Little Italy 39 North Jay Street, Schenectady Tara Kitchen 431 Liberty Street, Schenectady


Bull’s Head Inn 105 Park Place, Cobleskill Bull’s Head Inn has been welcoming guests since 1802 as a traditional American restaurant and comfortable and friendly gathering place to the kudos of our readers who have bestowed the “Bestie” in Schoharie County. Visitors enjoy the choice of pub fare downstairs or traditional dining above. The French onion soup is often cited as divine.


New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Avenue, Albany New World Bistro frequently comes to mind with a mmmm-good. So there’s no surprise that New World is a multiple “Bestie” winner this year – for Albany, as well as Albany County and bistro. 677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany Café Capriccio 49 Grand Street, Albany


Apple Barrel 115 State Route 30A, Schoharie

Augie’s Italian Restaurant 17 Low Street, Ballston Spa A warm and welcoming atmosphere with a hometown feel. Fresh scrumptious food. Family-style quantities. That’s a winning combination making Augie’s once again the Ballston Spa “Bestie.”

Hubie’s 325 Main Street, Middleburgh

Iron Roost 36 Front Street, Ballston Spa


The Factory Eatery & Spirits 20 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa

Log Jam Restaurant 1484 State Route 9, Lake George Our readers again name the Log Jam as the “Bestie” in Warren County. Diners tell us to head for an impressive salad bar, don’t forget the delicious bread, and enjoy your selection from the large menu. They appreciate the ambiance and friendly staff, too.

Ferretti’s Restaurant 262 Ushers Road, Clifton Park Our readers rave over the great food, especially the super pizza, at Ferretti’s. They appreciate being treated like family in this family-owned popular restaurant.

Adirondack Brewery 33 Canada Street, Lake George

Wheatfields 54 Crossing Boulevard, Clifton Park


Pasta Pane 18 Park Avenue, Clifton Park

Madison Brewing Company Pub and Restaurant 428 Main Street, Bennington, VT Once again, Madison Brewing Company is our readers’ choice for the Bennington County “Bestie.” New customers cite the brewpub as a magnificent find. They and repeat visitors enjoy the beautiful craft beer and fantastic food served in a comfortable atmosphere. The Publyk House 782 Harwood Hill, Bennington, VT



Barnsider Restaurant 480 Sand Creek Boulevard Albany Barnsider is a repeat “Bestie.” The restaurant is the repeat go-to place for Capital Region residents who tell us about their countless visits and often have favorites on the menu. They especially enjoy the salad bar and steaks. D’Raymonds Restaurant 269 Osborne Road, Loudonville

DeMarco’s Restaurant 1965 Central Avenue, Colonie


Bellini’s 365 New Scotland Road Slingerlands Bellini’s shares its passions for southern Italian cuisine and glutenfree selections and our readers are delighted with delicious food, great wine selection and ambiance. Garden Bistro 24 5 Vista Boulevard, Slingerlands Swifty’s Restaurant & Pub 367 Delaware Avenue, Delmar


Chez Mike 596 Columbia Turnpike East Greenbush Congratulations Chez Mike. Not only are you a repeat “Bestie” in this category, you garnered the “Bestie” for the county, too. Paolo Lombardi 104 West Sand Lake Road, Wynantskill Alexis Diner 294 North Greenbush Road, Troy


Sage Bistro 2050 Western Avenue Guilderland Excellent food (don’t forget the pita bread and hummus), cozy booths plus tables, welcoming and attentive staff are some of the ingredients making Sage Bistro the “Bestie” in Guilderland. The one regret from diners is not discovering Sage Bistro sooner. The Standard Crossgates Mall, Albany Athos 1814 Western Avenue, Albany


The Century House 997 New Loudon Road, Latham tied with Milano 594 New Loudon Road, Latham At the ever-popular Century House readers enjoy tasty well prepared meals and friendly service. The repeat “Bestie” Milano, applauded for its delicious food, including homemade pasta, in a

Best Saratoga Restaurant 15 Church

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relaxed atmosphere, great for meeting friends or special occasion. Innovo Kitchen 1214 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham Sake 611 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham


Canali’s Restaurant 126 Mariaville Road, Schenectady Canali’s repeats here and is “Bestie” in multiple other categories. It’s known for its lip-smacking Italian food and especially the homemade meatballs. Casa Real 1400 Altamont Avenue, Schenectady 3770 Carman Road, Schenectady Tops American Grill 351 Duanesburg Road, Schenectady


15 Church 15 Church Street Saratoga Springs With the wonderful choices of restaurants in the Saratoga area,

it’s not easy to earn the “Bestie.” The Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County categories go to 15 Church this year, a restaurant that continues to garner rave reviews. Longfellows Hotel Restaurant & Conference Center 500 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs Hattie’s Restaurant 45 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs


Cornells in Little Italy 39 North Jay Street, Schenectady Cornells is dedicated to continuing a tradition of warm hospitality, great service and classic Italian cuisine of time-tested dishes with modern twists. With this repeat “Bestie,” our readers say Cornells has certainly done so. Johnny’s 433 State Street, Schenectady Ferrari’s Ristorante 1254 Congress Street, Schenectady tied with Tara Kitchen 431 Liberty Street, Schenectady


Jade Bistro 120 Mohawk Avenue, Scotia Readers enjoy the variety of menu selections from regions of China, Japan and Thailand, fresh food, lovely presentation and accommodating staff for this Asian fusion restaurant. Mohawk Tap Room 153 Mohawk Avenue, Scotia The Glass Tavern 115 Saratoga Road, Glenville


Illium Café 9 Broadway, Troy tied with Peck’s Arcade 217 Broadway, Troy Illium Café gets applause for its stylish setting and its scrumptious food, wonderful flavors, whether at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Peck’s Arcade, a repeat winner, with cheers for delectable drinks, delicious small plates (great opportunity to share with your din-

ing companions), hip atrmosphere and great service. Lo Porto Ristorante Caffe 85 Fourth Street, Troy Casey’s Restaurant 77-79 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer


Lakeview on Crystal Lake 4 Old Route 66 (Route 43) Averill Park Lakeview is appreciated for its casual family dining, from lunch to dinner, and extensive selections, including tasty pizza, homemade soups and sandwiches. Towne Tavern 2850 NY 43, Averill Park Kay’s Pizza 10 Walsh Lane, Averill Park









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The Children’s Museum at Saratoga 69 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs


New York State Museum 222 Madison Avenue, Albany Albany Institute of History & Art 125 Washington Avenue, Albany MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contmporary Art) 1040 MASS MoCA Way North Adams, MA


Tulip Festival Washington Park, Albany tied with Troy Victorian Stroll, Troy Capital District Flower & Garden Show HVCC, Troy


Proctors 432 State Street, Schenectady

The Bank of Greene County Multiple locations Berkshire Bank Multiple locations


Old Daley Catering 2 Northern Drive, Troy tied with Mazzone Catering 431 Pierce Road, Clifton Park Nicole’s Catering 556 Delaware Avenue, Albany Simon’s Catering 86 Broad Street, Kinderhook

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 Second Street, Troy

Mac-Haydn Theatre 1925 NY-203, Chatham

The Egg 1 Empire State Plaza South Mall Arterial, Albany

Capital Repertory Theatre 111 North Pearl Street, Albany

The Palace 19 Clinton Avenue, Albany


CapCom Federal Credit Union Multiple locations

The Animal Hospital 2 Rocking Horse Lane Slingerlands

Sunmark Federal Credit Union Multiple locations

FUND-RAISING EVENT Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (American Cancer Society) Washington Park, Albany


Rodger Wyland

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 Second Street, Troy


The Palace 19 Clinton Avenue, Albany

Albany Center Gallery 488 Broadway, Albany

Proctors 432 State Street, Schenectady

The Arts Center of the Capital Region 265 River Street, Troy



tied with Saratoga Race Track 267 Union Avenue, Saratoga


Catskill Animal Hospital 601 King’s Road, Catskill Guilderland Animal Hospital 4963 Western Turnpike, Altamont tied with Drumm Veterinary Hospital 1639 Columbia Turnpike East Greenbush


Cocca’s Appliances 158 Railroad Avenue, Colonie

CREDIT UNION SEFCU Multiple locations


CapCom Federal Credit Union Multiple locations SEFCU Multiple locations Rensselaer Honda 770 Hoosick Road, Troy

CUTTING EDGE (ORIGINAL BUSINESS) Nine Pin Cider 929 Broadway, Albany

Crandell Theatre 48 Main Street, Chatham

Marcella’s Appliance Center 15 Park Avenue, Clifton Park 560 Broadway, Schenectady

Saratoga Botanicals 80 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs

Saratoga County Fair 162 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa

Hollywood Drive-In 9270 NY-66 Averill Park

Earl B. Feiden Appliance Multiple locations

Music to my Hair 1214 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham

Schaghticoke Fair 69 Stillwater Bridge Road, Schaghticoke




Altamont Fair Route 156, Altamont


miSci (Museum of Innovation & Science) 15 Nott Terrace Heights Schenectady CMOST (Children’s Museum of Science & Technology) 250 Jordan Road, Troy


SPAC 108 Avenue of the Pines Saratoga Springs

Gil’s Garage 817 Saratoga Road, Burnt Hills 219 Guideboard Road Clifton Park

Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness 221 Wolf Road, Albany 268 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Park Playhouse Washington Park, Albany

Gochee’s Garage Inc 329 Delaware Avenue, Delmar

Kimberley’s A Day Spa 982 New Loudon Road, Latham

Alive at Five (Jennings Landing) 1 Quay Street, Albany

Cole’s Collision Centers Multiple locations

Saratoga Botanicals 80 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs




Holiday Lights in the Park Washington Park, Albany

Kinderhook Bank Multiple locations

Executive Cleaners 1475 Western Avenue, Albany

Silvestri Cleaners 69 Fuller Road, Albany 145 Vly Road, Schenectady Hartz Family Cleaners 1714 Union Street, Schenectady


Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness 221 Wolf Road, Albany 268 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Breathe 48 Hudson Avenue, Delmar Skin Solutions – Ruth Trenchillo

FITNESS CENTER Capital District YMCA Multiple locations Vent Fitness Multiple locations Metabolic Meltdown Multiple locations


Enchanted Garden Florist 243 Delaware Avenue, Delmar Worthington Florist 125 West Sand Lake Road, Wynantskill


St. Peter’s Hospital 315 S. Manning Boulevard, Albany Albany Medical Center 43 New Scotland Avenue, Albany Glens Falls Hospital 100 Park Street, Glens Falls


Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness 221 Wolf Road, Albany 268 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Kimberley’s A Day Spa 982 New Loudon Road, Latham Splash Spa 2309 Nott Street East, Niskayuna @ River’s Casino 1 Rush Street, Schenectady


Laberge Massage Therapy 204 Delaware Avenue, Delmar Spa Broadway at the White Sands 453 Broadway, Troy Breathe 48 Hudson Avenue, Delmar


Emil J. Nagengast 169 Ontario Street, Albany 1475 Western Avenue, Albany

Pilates Principle 578 New Loudon Road, Latham


Free Movement 500 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar

The Warehouse at Huck Finn 25 Erie Boulevard, Albany Old Brick Furniture 33-37 Warehouse Row, Albany 2910 Campbell Road, Schenectady Mooradians Furniture 1758A Route 9 Parkwood Plaza, Clifton Park 800 Central Avenue, Albany


Christopher Brian Salon 90 Fourth Street, Troy tied with Choices Hair Studio 180 Delaware Avenue, Delmar Pure Elements Organic Salon 1724 & 1728 Western Avenue, Albany Jean Paul Salon & Spa 1475 Western Avenue Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany 594 New Loudon Road Newton Plaza, Latham

Lifetree Pilates 3021 Main Street, Valatie

REAL ESTATE COMPANY Coldwell Banker Prime Properties Multiple locations

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER Hitlin Photography TR Laz Jeff Foley


Heartspace 747 Madison Avenue, Albany 10 Second Street, Troy tied with Hot Yoga Spot Multiple locations


Polkadots 10 New Karner Road, Guilderland

Golden Harvest 3074 US Route 9, Valatie

Something Olde Something New 1969 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands

Indian Ladder Farms 342 Altamont Road, Altamont



Bowman Orchards 141 Sugar Hill Road, Rexford

Honest Weight 100 Watervliet Avenue, Albany


Niskayuna Co-op 2227 Nott Street, Niskayuna

Bike Barn Cycling and Fitness 109 Remsen Street, Cohoes Downtube Bicycle Works 466 Madison Avenue, Albany Mad Dog Bicycles 561 Delaware Avenue, Delmar


Northshire Bookstore 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 4869 Main Street Manchester Center, VT

Chatham Real Food Market Co-Op 15 Church Street, Chatham


Troy Waterfront Farmers Market River Street, Monument Square, Troy (April-October) 49 Fourth Street, The Troy Atrium, Troy (November-March) Saratoga Farmers Market 65 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs

The Open Door Bookstore & Gift Gallery 128 Jay Street, Schenectady

Schenectady GreenMarket Around City Hall, Schenectady (May-October) Proctors Theatre, Schenectady (November-April)



Market Block Books 290 River Street, Troy

DeAnna’s 3991 Route 43, West Sand Lake Bridal Gallery by Yvonne 895 New Loudon Road, Latham A Love Story Bridal 188 River Street, Troy


Keeler Motor Car 1111 Troy Schenectady Road Latham Rensselaer Honda 770 Hoosick Road, Troy Kinderhook Toyota 1908 State Route 9H, Hudson

CLOTHING BOUTIQUE Truly Rhe One Broadway, Troy

DeAnna’s 3991 Route 43, West Sand Lake Circles 1475 Western Avenue Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany


Finder’s Keepers Consignments 1603 Route 9, Clifton Park

Faddegon’s Nursery 1140 Troy-Schenectady Road Latham tied with Hewitts Garden Center Multiple locations Samascott’s Garden Market 65 Chatham Street, Kinderhook Kulak’s Nursery & Landscape 1615 Route 146, Rexford


The Cross Eyed Owl Gift Shop 3143 US Highway 9, Valatie tied with Wit’s End Giftique 1762 Route 9, Parkwood Plaza Clifton Park Pearl Grant Richmans 1475 Western Avenue Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany Maggie’s Gift Shop 521 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham

HARDWARE STORE Ace Hardware (Troy) 831 Hoosick Road, Troy 63 Third Street, Troy

Phillips Hardware Multiple locations Mario’s Home Center 1057 Kinderhook Street, Valatie 9 Route 9H Ramp, Valatie

HEALTH FOOD STORE Four Seasons Natural Foods 120 Henry Street Saratoga Springs

Uncle Sam’s Good Natural Products 77 Fourth Street, Troy 644 Loudon Road, Latham


Goldstock’s Sporting Goods 98 Freeman’s Bridge Road, Scotia Steiner’s Sports Multiple locations


Crossgates Mall 1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany Colonie Center 131 Colonie Center, Albany

Kaaterskill Farm Natural Storehouse 173 Healy Boulevard, Hudson 3 Boulevard Avenue, Catskill

Stuyvesant Plaza 1475 Western Avenue, Albany



Head to Tail (In Memory of Bella) 1604 Union Street, Schenectady

Price Chopper Multiple locations


Honest Weight 100 Watervliet Avenue, Albany

Benson’s (Huey) Multiple locations

Joyelles Jewelers 318 Delaware Avenue, Main Square Shoppes, Delmar Northeastern Fine Jewelry Multiple locations R.H. Van Alstyne Fine Jewelry 42 Main Street, Chatham


Exit 9 Wine & Liquor 9 Halfmoon Crossing Boulevard Halfmoon Empire Wine & Liquor 1440 Central Avenue, Albany All Star Wine & Spirits 579 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham


Mark Thomas Men’s Apparel 5 Metro Park Road Wolf Road Park, Albany Amore Clothing 595 Loudon Road Newton Plaza, Latham


John Keal Music 819 Livingston Avenue, Albany Parkwood Plaza Route 9, Clifton Park Parkway Music 1777 Route 9, Clifton Park Segal Violins 44 Third Street, Troy

Hannaford Multiple locations

TRAVEL AGENCY AAA Hudson Valley Multiple locations

Empress Travel 1711 Union Street, Schenectady



Mirror Lake Inn 77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid Whiteface Lodge 7 Whiteface Inn Lane, Lake Placid The Sagamore 110 Sagamore Road, Bolton Landing

B&B (WITHIN 3 HOURS) The Reluctant Panther 39 West Road Manchester Village, VT

The Inn at Cooperstown 16 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown The Red Lion Inn 30 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA


Lucas Confectionery (Yappy Hour) 12 Second Street, Troy Town of Colonie Dog Park


Van Patten Golf Club 924 Main Street, Clifton Park Capital Hills at Albany Golf Course 65 O’Neil Road, Albany

Saratoga State Park 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs

Saratoga National Golf Club 458 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs

Washington Park Madison Avenue, Albany


Shaker Ridge Country Club 802 Albany Shaker Road, Albany The Country Club of Troy 100 Troy Country Club Road, Troy Colonie Country Club 141 Maple Road, Route 85A, Voorheesville


Thacher State Park 1 Hailes Cave Road Voorheesville Five Rivers 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar


The Century House 997 New Loudon Road, Latham The Desmond 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany The Pavilion Grand Hotel 30 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs

HUDSON VALLEY INN Mohonk Mountain House 1000 Mountain Rest Road New Paltz


The Century House 997 New Loudon Road, Latham Franklin Plaza 4 Fourth Street, Troy


Belhurst Castle 4069 West Lake Road, Geneva Mirror Lake Inn 77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid The Inn at Erlowest 3178 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George


Hunter Mountain 64 Klein Avenue, Hunter Jiminy Peak 37 Corey Road, Hancock, MA Gore Mountain 793 Peaceful Valley Road, North Creek

SARATOGA INN/HOTEL The Adelphi Hotel 365 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Longfellows Hotel, Restaurant & Conference Center 500 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs The Gideon Putnam 24 Gideon Putnam Road Saratoga Springs

Camp Fowler 152 Pelcher Road, Lake Pleasant


Lake Placid


Saratoga State Park


Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake 2339 NY-43, Averill Park

YMCA – Camp Chingachgook 1872 Pilot Knob Road Kattskill Bay

Camp Lovejoy 3476 Lovejoy Road, Altamont



Thacher State Park 1 Hailes Cave Road Voorheesville


Manchester, VT

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

Washington Park Madison Avenue, Albany

The Dorset Inn 8 Church Street and Route 30, Dorset, VT The Inn at Manchester 3967 Main Street, Manchester, VT The Woodstock Inn 14 The Green, Woodstock, VT





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

Voted Best Pizza and Best Clifton Park Restaurant Owned and operated by the Ferretti family since 1988. Voted best thin crust NY style pizza in the Capital Region and best Clifton Park restaurant. Thank you to all of our customers who voted for us. The Ferretti family and staff.

262 Ushers Road, Exit 10 • Clifton Park 518.877.6205 • www.ferrettispizza.com

Thank you for being a friend, Gatsroburger’s been down the road and back again. This burger is true, it’s a pal and a confidant. And if you throw a party, invite everyone you know, You would see The biggest burger would be from me, And the fries attached would say Thank you for being a friend. Thank you for voting for us and making the Capital City Gastropub one of the best burgers!

261 New Scotland Avenue • Albany 518.459.5077 • capcitygastropub.com @CapCityGastro


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 a drink with friends or a family dinner, we have it all. Try our many barbeque entrees slow-cooked on premises, our award-winning pizza or one of our many home-style entrees. A small private room in our upstairs dining room for that perfect party! Good Food ~ Good Times ~ Good Friends MAY ENTERTAINMENT Friday May 4 ~ Katie Louise Saturday . May 5 ~ Tapestry Friday May 11 ~ Geo Saturday May 12 ~ Josh Casano Friday May 18 ~ Tradition Saturday May 19 ~ Tom Atkins Friday May 25 ~ Ryan Clarke

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Thank you to our capital region patrons. We are truly honored to be voted

Best Rensselaer County Restaurant 7 years in a row! Also Best East/North Greenbush Restaurant 4 years in a row! Sincerely, Chef Mike & Staff

596 Columbia Tpke Hannaford Plaza East Greenbush • 518.479.4730 www.chezmikerestaurant.com

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

2 Freemans Bridge Road, Glenville Only one minute from Rivers Casino

518.370.5300 • TheWatersEdgeLighthouse.com

We’re honored to be voted #1 Apple Pie in the Capital Region! Smith's Orchard Bake Shop is famous for its pies. Each year since we began in 1999, demand for them has grown tremendously. In 2006, we opened a store adjacent to the bakeshop to better display and retail our pies. We have since expanded our bakeshop line and added many other products that are raised on the farm. Please like our Facebook page.

4561 Jockey Street • Ballston Spa 518.882.6598 • smithorchardbakeshop.com


Voted Best Romantic Dining and Best Fine Dining Tucked away in the village of Round Lake, we are less than 15 minutes from both Albany and Saratoga Springs, just a half mile from the Northway and even less from Route 9. An award winning fine dining restaurant with excellent food, excellent service, 2 fireplaces, casual fine dining and a mahogany bar. We offer an extensive wine menu to accompany any meal along with a large beer selection and a full bar. CHECK OUT OUR DAILY SPECIALS!

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VOTED BEST KEPT SECRET DeMarco's Restaurant is family owned and operated. Inside our cozy walls, you will find friendly smiles and good old fashioned Italian cooking. Everything is fresh, homemade and prepared to order. From a variety of appetizers, pizzas and entrees, you will be sure to find something for the entire family. Thank you for voting us one of the top restaurants in Colonie. We look forward to serving you.

1965 Central Avenue • Colonie 518.456.7574 • demarcoscolonie.com

Scallions has been a favorite gourmet destination for more than 20 years. Lunch offers unique homemade soups, paninis, vegetarian items, sandwich and salad combinations. Dinner offers specialty chicken and pasta dishes along with signature desserts.

Where good friends, food, and art meet.

44 Lake Avenue • Saratoga Springs 518.584.0192 • scallionsrestaurant.com



Good Food = Good Mood

Voted Best French Fries!

Voted Best French Restaurant Pronounced “Shay Nous” and meaning “our house” or “our home” in French, Schenectady’s only authentic French-inspired restaurant welcomes guests from near and far into a restored c.1875 house, where each room embraces its own unique color theme, highlighted by exquisite mismatched French country fabrics, antique furniture, and original French artworks. The bar room, with traditional French zinc bar top, and second floor lounge, both feature functioning fireplaces in-season.

Break away from the burger chain! Crave offers 20 gourmet burgers hand designed for you. also serving 8 rotating frozen yogurts with over 40 different toppings to choose from. Eat in, take out or delivery options available. Gluten-free options available. Download our new Crave app for easy ordering on your Android or smart phone in your app store. Beer and wine coming soon! Thank you for voting us in the top 3 best burgers!

722 New Loudon Road, Route 9 518.785.3793 • www.latham76diner.com

707 Union Street • Schenectady 344.6393 • cheznousschenectady.com

217 Western Avenue • Albany 518.650.6463 • cravealbany.com



Celebrating over 44 years

Voted Best Late-night Dining, Best Breakfast and Best Omelet Finalist for Best Diner We take pride in making sure you have the best dining experience. Family–owned and operated for over 40 years we know what our patrons have come to expect: great food, at a reasonable price, served fast with a friendly smile.

Stop by and see why we were voted the Best Ribs & Chili by the readers of Capital Region Living Magazine. Quality food, great service and a "Cheers like" atmosphere is what you'll get at Otis & Oliver’s. Located at Mill Road Acres Golf Course you'll enjoy a beautiful view and our patio is open in the warmer months. We also have a banquet room available for up to 60 people.

30 Mill Road Latham • 518.785.9291 www.otisandolivers.com

Celebrating 34 Years at our Saratoga Location! Proudly serving America's time honored BBQ Favorites: • NY “State Fair” Chicken • Memphis & Kansas City Ribs • North Carolina Pulled Pork • Texas Beef Brisket • Virginia Smoked Sausage • 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) www.pjsbarbqsa.com

Voted best family-owned restaurant The Ferrari family has been serving the finest Italian dishes since 1974. Our family restaurant provides authentic Italian dishes with a first-class wine selection. The ambiance is casual and family oriented with the feel of going to grandma’s house. Follow us on Facebook.



1254 Congress Street • Schenectady 518.382.8865 • www.ferrarisristorante.com CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | MAY 2018 |



Voted Best Calamari, Seafood, Fish n’ Chips & Chowder

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


Yanni’s by Car…Yanni’s by Bike… Yanni’s by Boat

THANK YOU! To all of our loyal customers who voted for us for Best Thai Cuisine in the Capital Region.

370 Delaware Avenue • Albany 518.729.4111 • sweetbasilthaialbany.com

2 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 756.7033. Voted Finalist for Lobster Mac & Cheese

Yanni's Too Restaurant

20 Marina Drive • Coeymans 518.756.7033 • www.YannisRestaurants.com

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

Proprietor Peter Blackman Executive Chef Alex Carusone

186 Main Street, Altamont 518.595.5095 • veronicastavern.com



THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES Peaches Café is a full service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, light dinners and fabulous desserts.

The Gold Coin restaurant was first opened in 1987 in its present location at 1360 New Scotland Avenue Slingerlands, NY. Owned and operated by the Kung and Cheung families, the restaurant was torn down in 2004 and completely rebuilt. It now accommodates 70 people and includes a full bar with flat-screen TV. The restaurant is open six days a week and closed on Tuesdays.

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1360 New Scotland Road • Slingerlands 518.439.6428 • goldcoinrestaurant.com

Thank your for your votes! Best Sauce, Best Pizza and Best Take-Out For over 23 years, chef/owner Guy Sementilli has been creating and preparing fine Italian cuisine using a combination of the finest quality ingredients available. We are sure that you will appreciate the extra time we spend on perfecting both flavor and appearance of your meal. Enjoy over 100 selections on our award winning wine list. Stop by and enjoy our newly renovated dining room and bar. Scotti's, where good food, good wine & good friends come together! Buon Appetito!

1730 Union Street • Schenectady 518.393.7440 • www.scottisrestaurant.com

HOROSCOPES arlene deangelus

Sun Sign Forecast Best days in May 2018: 15th and 27th Begin a diet on May 29th.

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Aries: (March 21 to April 20) Expanding one’s resources, sense of values and material rewards are important for this month. This is a time to put your energy into your personal finances and assets. After the Full Moon on the 29th, you become interested in such topics as the law, philosophy, world cultures and spirituality. You may decide to take formal classes or even a workshop. Taurus: (April 21 to May 20) Your personal potential, discovering self and your image projection are examined for this month. You are able to improve how you express yourself to others. Following the Full Moon on the 29th, there can be changes in your jointly held monies or assets. This is also a good time to settle old debts. New-age teachings may become interesting. Gemini: (May 21 to June 20) Looking for solitude, the subconscious self and universal laws are explored for this month. You seek ways to correct any past mistakes so that you can move forward. After the Full Moon on the 29th, you are improving your understanding of others through compromising. This is also the time to find a balance between your needs and those of others. Cancer: (June 21 to July 22) Developing new friendships, working with others and setting new goals are favored for this month. Your interest turns to group projects and humanitarian causes. Following the Full Moon on the 29th, you will want efficiency in both your work and health through exercise and diet. You also use this energy to make positive changes to your routines. Leo: (July 23 to August 22) The career world, setting new goals and receiving recognition are the focus for this month. You are interested in accomplishing something that is important. After the Full Moon on the 29th, you want to take a break and have some fun with loved ones and children. You also enjoy your hobbies or hidden talents such as music or the fine arts. Virgo: (August 23 to September 22) Prophetic dreams, philosophy on life and mental pursuits are the focus for this month. Foreign cultures and countries, the law and philosophy become interesting to you. Following the Full Moon on the 29th, there can be subtle changes in your home life as you take the time to resolve old problems and matters to everyone’s satisfaction.

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Libra: (September 23 to October 22) A partner’s assets, accepting changes and solving problems are highlighted for this month. This is a time when you can discover your personal strengths and talents. Following the Full Moon on the 29th, a friend or neighbor may ask for your assistance with a community project. You may also become interested in a new workshop or class. Scorpio: (October 23 to November 21) Consulting a professional, legal agreements and forming relationships are important for this month. You now realize your own potential through a significant other. After the Full Moon on the 29th, there can be changes in your personal income or financial dealings. You can now take care of your needs without ignoring the needs of others. Sagittarius: (November 22 to December 21) Attracting pets, learning efficiency and healthy habits are favored for this month. You will concentrate on new work skills and health routines involving diet and exercise. Following the Full Moon on the 29th, you want to create a new self-image and may make subtle changes in your hair color or style as well as buy some new clothes. Capricorn: (December 22 to January 19) Innate affections, the joys of life and creative hobbies are the focus for this month. You find enjoyment in expressing yourself to others creatively and emotionally. After the Full Moon on the 29th, this can be a time when you look back over your mistakes, put them in perspective and move forward. You also become interested in spirituality. Aquarius: (January 20 to February 18) Home-front activity, searching for self and domestic interests are important for this month. This can be a time to strengthen your relationships with your family and home. Following the Full Moon on the 29th, there are changes in your friendships and group activities. You also examine your directions in life and may make changes in your goals. Pisces: (February 19 to March 20) Daily activities, ability to communicate and educational opportunities are favored for this month. You want to explore new areas in your neighborhood and community. After the Full Moon on the 29th, you rethink your career or the equivalent and may set new long-term goals. It’s possible that you will receive recognition for a job well-done.

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



Selecting programs for a summer dance or opera festival is not easy By Barbara Pinckney t is so funny because I hear as many people saying ‘oh please give us something new, I want to see new work!’ as I hear ‘oh please don’t give us something new,’” Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) said in reference to the New York City Ballet’s summer residency there. “Trying to have something for everyone is a real challenge but that’s what we do.” Sobol and NYCB are not alone in this. Dance and opera companies throughout the region strive to present a mix of beloved classics and original works that appeal to both longtime fans and new audiences. Several factors were considered when this season’s choices were made. Among them: three centennials; local traditions and interests; current headlines; distinctive spaces; and the availability of unique programming. As a result, there really is something for everyone, at venues that are as much of an experience as the performances themselves.



Kaatsbaan International Dance Center was created in 1990 to give companies a place to create and rehearse new works. Set on 153 acres in Tivoli, “the Hudson Valley’s Cultural Center for Dance” is made up of studios and residences with a rustic appeal designed to complement the 1890s Stanford White “Music” Barn on the property. One of the studios has a dance space the size of the Metropolitan Opera House stage and doubles as a black box theater. Gregory Cary, Artistic Director of Kaatsbaan, said the theater was designed to offer the best of both worlds. The large performance space enables dancers to move freely, but the 160 seats are positioned to give every audience member a perfect, somewhat intimate, view. “It is a very one-on-one feeling with the audience which is kind of unique,” he said. “Usually when you have that up-close feeling you are dealing with space restrictions.” Because most performances at Kaatsbaan are linked to creative residencies, audiences often get to experience brand new works. Although Kaatsbaan ends its regular season in June, there is still time to experience

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Co. Photo by Gary Gold

Sterling Hyltin in Romeo & Juliet. Photo by Paul Kolnik

some amazing performances. In May, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, one of the nation's most prominent flamenco and Spanish dance companies, will be in residence to create the works it will then take on tour. Moving Spirits Inc., a modern dance company from Brooklyn, will appear as part of the UpStream series, which celebrates emerging artists. And Jennifer Muller, a well-known New York choreographer, and her company, The Works, will preview the pieces that will premiere in the city the following week. On June 2, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Co. of Troy will be at Kaatsbaan to share a unique multimedia experience. The first in the twopart program is SleepWalks: The Body of Dreams. This work stems from a project launched in 2009 by video/sound artist Andrea Williams, a PhD candidate at Rensselaer, which uses sleeping audiences to explore the impact of sound on dreams. Upon waking, audience members record their dreams in a journal. Ellen Sinopoli and her dancers selected journal entries that could lend themselves to movement. Music was added and the result was a 45-minute multimedia performance. ESDC dancers transform themselves into the dreamers’ bodies as they are immersed in Williams’ video projection environments. Sinopoli said Cary saw a performance of

SleepWalks in 2016 and “was intrigued by it.” But it needed a companion piece to make it a full evening, so Sinopoli suggested another multimedia work called AFT.er. AFT.er is a joint effort of Sinopoli, David Allen, a visual artist, musician, programmer, and Research Associate at the Cognitive and Immersive Systems Lab at Rensselaer, and composer Maria Zemantauski, who is on the faculty at HVCC and has a private teaching studio at the Troy Music Academy. Based on the five stages of grief, AFT.er uses sensors attached to dancers’ bodies to project their movements onto screens in altered forms. Sinopoli said ESDC will use its week-long residency at Kaatsbaan to expand AFT.er from its current length of about 10 minutes to 20 minutes or longer. “I am very excited that we can bring these two programs to Kaatsbaan,” she said. “We have been there many times, but this is the first time we have had a project like this, which is so technically oriented and involves multimedia. It is a new experience for us.” Rounding out Kaatsbaan’s season will be BalletNext and solo dancer Miki Orihara’s Resonance II. Saratoga Performing Arts Center— known for its amphitheater and sprawling lawn that together create a unique choice of indoor/outdoor viewing experiences for more

than 20,000 people—has been hosting the New York City Ballet for 52 years. NYCB cofounder George Balanchine was an avid supporter of SPAC. Therefore, “You cannot have a New York City Ballet season at SPAC without a tribute to Balanchine,” Sobol said. “So, we open [this summer] with some of the great Balanchine works.” The program, All Balanchine, contains three separate ballets, each with their own personality. “Square Dance is really about community,” said Sterling Hyltin, a principal dancer with NYCB. “The Four Temperaments is very forward-thinking and very minimal. It is set to Hindemith music and shows a different vocabulary for George Balanchine—sort of a hip forward or a turned-in leg or something you never see in classical ballet. Then, in contrast, Symphony in C is classical ballet.” She noted that other companies who dance Balanchine choreography tend to slow the music down, but NYCB “dances faster than any company in the world.” To please fans who asked for a story ballet, SPAC and NYCB chose Romeo and Juliet. “Nothing beats that story and that Prokofiev score,” Hyltin said. “It is very approachable to a first-time ballet-goer. You’ve got that story you can hold onto. It is so special to dance that ballet in Saratoga because as it gets darker in CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | MAY 2018 |


Isabel Leonard. Photo by Becca Fay

Mozart's Secret Gardener. Photo by Jeff Roffman

the sky the story gets darker and more ominous. And there is nothing like the balcony scene when you are actually outside.” This summer, Romeo and Juliet will be particularly meaningful to Hyltin, who originated the role of Juliet in 2007. When she dances the part this summer, it will be for the last time. “This is probably one of the biggest moments of my career,” she said. Also on bill is a program that celebrates the new choreographers making their mark at NYCB. 21st Century Choreographers features four new works by Justin Peck, Lauren Lovett and Gianna Reisen. Closing out the season is the NYCB Gala, this year featuring a tribute to choreographer Jerome Robbins and composer Leonard Bernstein, both of whose centennials are in 2018. But NYCB is not the only dance group SPAC will be featuring this year. In late June, the legendary Ballet of Cuba will grace the amphithe42 | MAY 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

ater stage on one of only four stops on its North American tour. “That is a wonderful, miraculous thing,” Sobol said “They are going to DC, Chicago, Tampa and Saratoga. That is how exclusive this tour is.” Then, in August the Celtic group Trinity Irish Dance will appear.


Opera Saratoga Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson knows that many people think opera is an antique art form. “Or people just say ‘I don’t like opera,’” he said. “When I hear that, my response is ‘well, do you say you don’t like movies?’ Because there are as many different types of operas as there are movies.” Opera Saratoga got its start as Lake George Opera 56 years ago and has been operating out of the Spa Little Theatre for the past 20 years. Edelson describes the theater, which

shares the Saratoga Spa State Park with SPAC, as “a very intimate space.” “You are really up close and personal in a theater of just under 500 seats,” he said. “There is really nowhere else you can experience opera with this caliber of talent, these world class artists—some of whom you might see at the Met or in Paris—so close and so viscerally.” Although Opera Saratoga—which also nurtures emerging talent as home to the nation’s second-oldest young-artists program—does performances all year round, it is best known for its summer festival. Edelson said this summer’s diverse repertoire includes both traditional and contemporary works that reflect the interests of local audiences. “I think that is really how we are able to keep opera relevant in the 21st century—to make sure we really show the depth and breadth, that scope of what opera is for our audiences today,” Edelson said. First up is The Merry Widow, a wellknown operetta that has not been performed in Saratoga for 30 years. Edelson said he chose it, in part, because of the region’s love of dance. Much of The Merry Widow is told through dance—ranging from romantic waltzes to the can-can. “It was one of the first pieces in history to use the waltz to help drive the story forward,” Edelson said. Next up is The Consul, a Pulitzer Prizewinning political thriller about refugees and the bureaucracy that surrounds people escaping war-torn countries. “This piece was written 70 years ago, but it could have been written yesterday,” Edelson said. Then comes the first Opera Saratoga production to feature horse racing as a critical part of the storyline. The Rocking Horse Winner is based on short story by D.H. Lawrence. It will be part of a double bill with The Finch Opera. Both one-act operas deal with competition and the lengths people will go to win. Opera Saratoga generally presents operas in the language in which they were written— using supertitles for translation—but that is not an issue this summer. The Consul, Rocking Horse Winner and Finch Opera were all written in English, and the company is using a new English translation of The Merry Widow. The Glimmerglass Festival is described by Artistic and General Director Francesca Zambello as “a total cultural and nature experience.” Performances take place in The Alice Bush Opera Theater on the shores of Otsego Lake in Cooperstown. The 900-seat indoor venue was built for opera, with superb acoustics that require no amplification. It sits on 30 acres dotted with picnic tables, and audiences are encouraged to come early, eat lunch, take in a free lecture and enjoy a concert in addition to the headline performance. “To me it is really about the whole ethos,” Zambello said. “You are surrounded by incred-

ible natural beauty with great arts and international-level opera singers and orchestras. It is really an all-encompassing experience.” She said festival programming this year “ranges from highly entertaining to more content-ridden.” Starting things off, in celebration of the Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein centennials, is a production of West Side Story, a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, with the original Robbins choreography. Glimmerglass also will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I with a new, Pulitzer Prize-winning opera called Silent Night, which will be presented in English, French and German with English supertitles. “It is a very joyous piece about the Christmas Eve truce,” Zambello said. Traditional opera fans will enjoy The Barber of Seville, a comic bel canto work that Zambello will direct. It tells the story of Count Almaviva, a young nobleman who allies with Figaro, the barber, to woo the fair Rosina. The Barber of Seville will be presented in its original Italian with English supertitles. Rounding things out, at least on the opera front, is a new English translation of The Cunning Little Vixen composed by Leoš Janáček in the 1920s. Zambello described it as a woodland fable—“a somewhat obscure but beautiful piece about human kind and our interaction with nature.” But the Glimmerglass Festival is more than opera. Also appearing this summer are singer Roseanne Cash, comedian Bill Murray and author Margaret Atwood, among others. Caramoor, which calls itself “Westchester’s bucolic cultural mecca,” will hold its 73rd summer festival this year. The 90acre estate in Katonah includes the historic

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Rosen House, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places; the 1,500-seat Venetian Theater; and gardens that double as unique performance spaces. “Caramoor really is a hidden gem,” said Kathy Schuman, Vice President, Artistic Programming and Executive Producer. “It is like coming to somebody’s home, because it was somebody’s home. I think a lot of people don’t really understand the breadth of what we do and until you come here it is hard to imagine.” The Caramoor summer festival includes

MAY 12-13 Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. kaatsbaan.org/events.html MAY 20 Moving Spirits - Tamara LaDonna Moving Spirits, Inc. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. kaatsbaan.org/events.html MAY 26 Jennifer Muller/The Works. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. kaatsbaan.org/events.html JuNE 2 SleepWalks: The Body of Dreams/AFT.er - Ellen Sinopoli Dance Co. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. kaatsbaan.org/events.html JuNE 6-8 Giselle - National Ballet of Cuba. SPAC, Saratoga Springs. spac.org/event/national-ballet-of-cuba/ JuNE 16 Resonance II - Miki Orihara solo. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. kaatsbaan.org/events.html

musical performances ranging from a unique percussion experience called Inuksuit to American roots and jazz to opera. Until last summer, it was known for producing bel canto operas that were performed one night only. They were popular and launched the careers of some well-known stars, but were resourceintensive to mount. Caramoor did not want to end its association with opera, so starting this year it will host outside companies and artists, often with performances that will make use of the estate’s unique venues. Coming this summer is San Franciscobased Philharmonic Baroque, which will be performing Handel’s Atalanta in the Venetian Theater. For something a little out of the ordinary, the New York City group On Site Opera, which does site-specific works, will be bringing the Mozart work The Secret Gardener to Caramoor’s Sunken Garden. “That is something really different,” Schuman said. “I want to get different perspectives, different kinds of companies, different periods. We aren’t here to do things the Met would do, big grand opera. There has always been a case for a little bit of the unusual here.” In addition to the full productions, Caramoor’s summer festival will feature two solo performances that should be of interest to opera buffs. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham will perform selections from the roles that brought her renown, including arias by Handel and Mozart. And Isabel Leonard, also a mezzosoprano, with guitarist Sharon Isbin, will do a Spanish program in, appropriately, the Spanish courtyard of the Rosen House.

JulY 6-8 T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets – Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson. fishercenter.bard.edu/events/event/?eid=133852 JulY 17-18 All Balanchine – New York City Ballet. SPAC, Saratoga Springs. saratoga.com/event/new-york-city-ballet-140950/ JulY 19-21 Romeo and Juliet – New York City Ballet. SPAC, Saratoga Springs. saratoga.com/event/new-york-city-ballet-140949/ JulY 19 21st Century Choreographers – New York City Ballet. SPAC, Saratoga Springs. saratoga.com/event/new-york-city-ballet-140955/ JulY 21 Robbins / Bernstein Centennial Gala – New York City Ballet. SPAC, Saratoga Springs. saratoga.com/event/nyc-ballet-spac-32327/ JulY 30 The luck of the Irish – Trinity Irish Dance Co. SPAC, Saratoga Springs. spac.org/event/trinity-irish-dance-company/ AuGuST 19 Repertory Concert – Ellen Sinopoli Dance Co. Freedom Park, Scotia



Top trends to inspire your outdoor living Year-round enjoyment

utdoor living spaces rank first among special function rooms desired by consumers, according to the American Institute for Architects, and so homeowners are expected to be going all-in for the outdoors in 2018. Trex Company, a maker of premium decking and railing, has gleaned insights from contractors, homeowners and industry experts to compile the following outdoor living trends that will dominate this year:


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Among the biggest trends is a shift away from seasonality as consumers adopt more of a year-round mindset, no longer restricting outdoor living to spring and summer. Thanks to new high-performance materials and innovative design approaches, homeowners everywhere are transforming their outdoor spaces into multi-seasonal extensions of their homes. For example, Trex contractors have reported an uptick in requests for its RainEscape deck drainage system by clients looking to add multi-seasonal living space underneath an elevated deck.

Minimal maintenance, maximum enjoyment

Just because people are spending more time outdoors doesn't mean they're willing to put in extra hours for upkeep. In fact, highmaintenance materials like wood are seeing a decrease in demand as people are opting for offerings that deliver better performance and sustainability.

Unlike wood, high-performance composites resist fading, staining, scratching and mold - and won't rot, warp, crack or splinter. No sanding, staining or painting is required, and food and drink spills wash off easily with just soap and water.

Comfy cozy

Among the hottest design influences right now is "hygge" (pronounced hoo-gah) - the Scandinavian term for a feeling of coziness and comfort. This year, outdoor spaces will beckon homeowners and their guests to relax and rejuvenate with hygge-inspired accents, from plush cushions and throws to protective pergolas, cozy warming features and outdoor lighting.

Residential goes commercial

While railing matched to the decking remains popular, an increasing number of homeowners are taking advantage of the complementary decking and railing pairings afforded by new railing materials in modern, metal finishes, as well as sleek designs inspired by commercial architecture. More homeowners are inspired by outdoor spaces they find in commercial settings, such as hotels and urban rooftops, and want to replicate those looks in their homes. A prime example of this commercial-to-residential trend is the growing popularity of horizontal railings such as rod rail - a sleek, industrial look that's ideal for optimizing a panoramic view.

Hide and chic

With the increased usage of outdoor living spaces comes higher demand for chic decor and privacy. An easy design trick that adds personal style and functionality, lattice panels are perfect for enhancing privacy and concealing storage areas or unsightly views. With styles ranging from romantic to deco, lattice panels can be integrated into any outdoor area and applied to structures such as arbors, trellises and gazebos, or used as decorative wainscoting or deck skirting.

Fun and games

Kids are not the only ones who enjoy playing outside. Outdoor play spaces for all ages are on the rise, including everything from swimming pools and embedded sandboxes to regulation cornhole courts, horseshoe pits and dedicated spaces for volleyball, badminton and bocce ball. Beyond yard games, electronics manufacturers now offer televisions and entertainment systems specifically designed for the outdoors, taking into consideration differences in lighting and outdoor acoustics. Meanwhile, new storage options include durable wall-mounted television and entertainment centers that beautifully protect pricey electronics from the elements, while concealing all of the unsightly - and potentially unsafe - cords and cables. (BPT)



Farm-to-table: The hot food trend you can enjoy without leaving your backyard Farm-fresh eggs. locally grown tomatoes. Herbs sourced onsite. f you've eaten out recently, you've probably noticed the menus feature locally sourced ingredients. The farm-to-table movement continues to flourish at restaurants throughout the country. In fact, rather than the exception, it's become the expectation. According to the National Restaurant Association, farm-totable is quickly becoming the new norm. Diners are so attracted to the freshest fare possible, it's inspiring some restaurants to start their own gardens, on a rooftop, terrace or simple outdoor plot. Hyper-local culinary concepts like these represent the top trend on the annual “2018 Culinary Forecast� report. You can take a cue from this hot trend by starting your own farm-to-table concept garden at home. Just imagine plucking ruby red tomatoes and rich green basil straight from your garden to make a farm-fresh, scrumptious caprese salad without ever leav-


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ing home. An at-home take on the farm-totable trend can easily be translated to a convenient “garden-to-table” concept in your own backyard. Growing your own at home will elevate your cooking and you'll feel good about being able to produce your own food while lowering your grocery bill (and certainly save by not dining out as much). No matter the size of your garden space, you can grow fresh foods that are readily available right at your fingertips, even if you just have a small patio or balcony. What's more, some of the most popular produce to eat is also easy to grow. The experts at Bonnie Plants offer some easy-to-grow, space-saving suggestions to encourage a garden-to-table trend at home.

Caged tomatoes

Whether you choose big, juicy slicers or sweet cherry-sized snackers, caged tomatoes are easy to grow and offer endless cooking opportunities. Determinate varieties of tomatoes are container favorites because the vines are relatively compact yet bear a productive harvest. Or create your own container garden using tomato varieties especially bred for small spaces.

Caged peppers

Try popular and versatile Green Bell, a heavy yielder of large fruits and a good allround pepper for slicing and stuffing. Or, spice up your recipes with jalapeño chile peppers, which yield a bountiful harvest.

Strawberries in hanging baskets

Sweet, juicy strawberries add loads of flavor to salads, dressings, drinks and desserts. Think you need a plot to grow a productive strawberry patch? Think again. Maximize space with strawberries in hanging baskets, which are everbearing and produce cascades of berries throughout the growing season.

Herbs in combo pots

Want to raise the flavor profile of any culinary dish? Fresh herbs are your best bet. Herb gardens can be grown in compact spaces, which means you can fit your favorites in no matter how much space you have. For example, a kitchen herb combo container featuring sweet basil, cilantro and curled parsley is a powerhouse pot that's both practical and pretty. You can set it right outside your door for convenient access and continuous harvest. Herbs are ready for harvest upon purchase and will keep growing and giving all season long. Continued on next page



Once it's time to harvest, have fun exploring new recipes and experimenting with home-grown, fresh-picked produce that will shake up your supper and then some. For more inspiration for easy at-home gardening, visit bonnieplants.com. This recipe for a classic caprese salad is sure to hit the spot as a light lunch or satisfying start to dinner. (BPT)

Nothing says farm-to-table like Caprese salad Ingredients: 1 fresh tomato 1 ball fresh mozzarella cheese Basil leaves Olive oil Balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: • Slice tomato in 1/4-inch thick slices. • Do the same for the mozzarella. • Alternate layers between the tomato, mozzarella and basil. First, a tomato slice, then a mozzarella slice, then a few leaves of basil; begin and end with tomato. • Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or your favorite Italian dressing. • Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Call 811 before digging for home improvement projects and landscaping this spring ith spring having officially begun, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals across the country will roll up their sleeves and reach for their shovels to start projects that require digging this season. During the transition into “digging season,” Common Ground Alliance (CGA)–the organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines, people who dig near them, and their communities–reminds homeowners and professional diggers that calling 811 is the first step toward protecting you and your community from the risk of unintentionally damaging an underground line. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a free call to 811. Installing a mailbox or fence, building a deck and landscaping are all examples of digging projects that should only begin a few days after making a call to 811. Calling this number connects you to your local one-call utility notification center. According to data collected by CGA in a phone survey in February, millions of


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American homeowners will likely do DIY projects involving digging this year, but 36 percent of them do not plan to make a free call to 811 before digging. Extrapolated to the full population of U.S. homeowners, approximately 48.3 million people will dig this year without first calling 811. A utility line is damaged every nine minutes in America because someone decided to dig without making a call to 811 to learn the approximate location of buried utilities in their area. Unintentionally striking one of these lines can result in inconvenient outages for entire neighborhoods, serious harm to yourself or your neighbors, and significant repair costs. As a result, CGA offers the following tips to make sure you complete your project safely and without any utility service interruptions, so you don’t become a statistic.

Here’s how the 811 process works:

1. One free, simple phone call to 811 makes it easy for your local one-call center to notify appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig. Call a few days prior to digging to ensure

enough time for the approximate location of utility lines to be marked with flags or paint. 2. When you call 811, a representative from your local one-call center will ask for the location and description of your digging project. 3. Your local one-call center will notify affected utility companies, which will then send professional locators to the proposed dig site to mark the approximate location of your lines. 4. Only once all lines have been accurately marked, carefully dig around the marked areas. There are nearly 20 million miles of underground utility lines in the United States, which equate to more than a football field’s length of utilities for every person in the U.S. Your family depends on this buried infrastructure for your everyday needs including electric, natural gas, water and sewer, cable TV, high-speed Internet and landline telephone. With that much critical infrastructure underground, it’s important to know what’s below and call 811 before digging. (BPT)

To find out more information about 811 or the one-call utility notification center in your area, visit call811.com.



5 essentials to get your backyard party-ready he warm, summery weather is a golden opportunity to take your gettogether outside. Whatever the occasion, take advantage of the sun and extra space, and let these tips help you plan and get your outdoor space ready for your guests.


1. Cluster the conversation spots

When planning your backyard layout, think beyond the patio table, and provide more than enough seating for all. Arrange sofas and chairs into conversation clusters to keep people outside and enjoying each other's

company. It's also a good idea to provide coffee tables, side tables and other spaces where people can set their drinks and snacks. Don't be afraid to borrow pieces from a friend or neighbor to make the party set complete.

2. Don't forget the right lighting

Consider the time of day of your gathering and what that means for your lighting situation. Intense late-day sun glare is unpleasant for all, but a few strategically placed patio plants can make a huge difference (and make the space feel more intimate). For the postsundown festivities, light up the party zone with holiday lights by stringing them along deck rails, or zig-zagging them overhead. Add a fire pit, and if it's chilly, keep an extra stash of throw blankets and jackets and you'll have a cozy, well-lit space for those late-night talks.

3. Keep flying invaders at bay

No one likes it when uninvited guests like flying, biting insects show up. Bottles of insect repellent in a conspicuous place are a good bet on buggy nights, but keep these (and the spraying area) well away from the food. For a chemical-free alternative, setting out a fan or two on a low setting can stir up enough of a breeze to keep the pests away.

4. Get your game on

For the ultimate crowd mixer and crowd pleaser, keep a few fun and easy yard games on hand. Dust off the old bocce ball set. Or, with a few simple materials from your local hardware store, you can create and customize DIY versions of your favorites, including beanbag toss, ring toss or even target shooting with water guns.

5. Keep the snacks simple and stress free

The secret to a good party is not stressing over every detail of the dĂŠcor and the same goes for the food. An array of delicious but simple snacks are more than enough to get the party started. Grab a bag of tortilla chips, a few avocados and hot sauce, and you have a great dip to serve. It takes minutes to make! Soft pretzels are always a party favorite, but did you know that most people - 69 percent of them, to be exact - prefer to eat their soft pretzels dipped? Another 28 percent prefer cheese toppings above all the others. For the perfect snack to spice up the festivities, include a batch of Superpretzel Parmesan Garlic Bites. (see recipe on next page). (BPT) 52 | MAY 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

Parmesan Garlic Bites Ingredients: 9-12 Superpretzel Soft Pretzel Bites 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons wet minced garlic 2 tablespoons dry parsley 2 tablespoons pretzel salt 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese

Directions: • In a bowl, combine the extra virgin olive oil, garlic, pretzel salt, parsley and cheese and set aside. • Deep fry the pretzel bites in your favorite cooking oil at 360 degrees F for about 2 minutes. • When done, dredge the pretzel bites into the oil and cheese mixture. • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Guac Star Ingredients: 3 medium avocados 2 tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce 3/4 cup pico de gallo Tortilla chips

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Flowers By Pesha

177 River Street, Troy 518.272.1980; FlowersByPesha.com

Flowers By Pesha offers a gorgeous selection of custom bridal bouquets, floral cake decorations, wedding ceremony flowers and centerpieces to fit any budget. Whether your wedding is a spring, summer, fall or winter event, simple or elaborate, we can provide bright, beautiful flowers to make your day UNFORGETTABLE! With over 30 years of floral design experience, FBP is committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements while developing long-term relationships with all our valued customers and the community. All our designs are tailor-made to suit your individual specifications, working closely with our clients to understand their needs and expectations.

nicole’s sPecial eVents & catering

556 Delaware Avenue, Albany 518.436.4952; nicolescatering.com

Your wedding is too important to present you with just a choice between Package A or Package B. Nicole’s Catering is a little different—just like you. Come in and meet with us to create a menu and event plan custom-tailored to your preferences. From the menu to the décor and rentals, we will bring all the little details together to ensure your day is flawless. Let Nicole’s culinary and event coordination teams use their skills and knowledge to give you the perfect reception. Make your wedding day easier and more memorable. Where do you begin? Contact us today!

excelsior sPrings eVent center 47 Excelsior Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518.886.0020; excelsiorspringssaratoga.com

Celebrate a memorable Saratoga wedding in style and comfort at the beautiful Excelsior Springs Event Center. Located just moments from downtown Saratoga, our classically-inspired wedding venue is beautifully appointed to create the fine ambiance your special day demands. Excelsior Springs is located adjacent to the Courtyard by Marriott. You and your guests can take advantage of the hotel’s outstanding amenities for lodging and bridal parties, while enjoying a memorable wedding and reception in Excelsior Springs Event Center.

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dunham's Bay resort

2999 State Route 9L, Lake George 518.656.9242, dunhamsbay.com

Whether it’s an intimate plated affair or a grand dinner, Dunham’s Bay Resort treats you with care, consideration, and the constant knowledge that it is your special day. We individually customize every wedding personally with each couple in order to create your dream wedding. Hosting one wedding a day allows us to feature our many on-site locations to host your ceremony and reception. Our impeccable and attentive award-winning service is an industry standard for Adirondack dream weddings. Every wedding is tailor-made, designed, and customized to fit your individual desires and budget. From beginning to end, we will help you create your very special memorable day.

turF taVern

40 Mohawk Avenue, Scotia 518.393.3344; turftavern.com

A full-service restaurant, banquet and catering facility, the Turf Tavern has been family-owned and operated for more than 75 years, most recently by Maria and Tom Gallant who collectively have more than 60 years of quality hospitality experience. The Turf Tavern consists of a fine dining restaurant, a casual lounge area and in-house banquet space that can accommodate anything from a simple cocktail reception or a light and fresh shower to an elegant reception for as many as 100 guests. Our staff is professional and happy to make your turf our Turf with our creative and affordable offsite catering service.

the greens at coPake country cluB

44 Golf Course Road, Copake Lake 518.352.0019; thegreensatcopake.com

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

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Jackson's old chatham house 646 Albany Turnpike, Old Chatham 518.794.7373; jacksonsoldchathamhouse.com

Jackson’s, in the quaint hamlet of Old Chatham, is a charming, pub-style restaurant with a five-star rating. Owned and operated by Barry Jackson, the restaurant has been in the family for three generations. Although best known for superb “prime rib” dinners and veal parmesan, there are many other American dishes, from appetizers to “melt in your mouth” desserts, freshly prepared with local produce when available. Jackson’s can accommodate your wedding party, large or small, from 20 to 200 people. Our private dining room is available for a rehearsal dinner, wedding shower or any other small gathering. Catering is available for any occasion at your place or ours.

Zachary's Pastry shoPPe

390 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush 518.477.2140; zacharyspastryshoppe.com

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

the Falls Venue

158 Union Turnpike, Hudson 518.719,1600; jmscollective.com

The Falls Venue combines portions of an early 20th century elementary school and retains some of the most interesting industrial-age features of that space—but has been fully updated with top quality materials, beautiful craftsmanship and state of the art lighting and sound. The Falls Venue is perhaps the most elegant space of its type in the Hudson Valley. It’s the centerpiece of your event—with advanced computerized lighting, plenty of space for your guests, a stage, and significant architectural details. Carved out 58 | MAY 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM





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

enchanting escaPes

2261 Western Avenue, Guilderland 518.608.4644; enchantingescapes.net

Dreaming of offering your family and friends an amazing and memorable experience? A destination wedding may be the perfect choice. Planning honeymoons, adventure travel and destination weddings is our passion. We are your stateside butler, helping you choose the best experience for your dream honeymoon, whether it is being pampered at a Sandals Luxury Inclusive Resort in your private overwater bungalow, cruising the Mediterranean or a unique adventure. As one of the few local Preferred Sandals Agencies and only local Certified Silver Sandals Weddingmoon Specialist, call us today to start planning your Sandals Experience.

the lodge on echo lake

175 Hudson Street, Warrensburg 518.623.5599; thelodgeonecholake.com

Nestled against the stunning backdrop of wooded pines and 35 acres of pristine Echo Lake, The Lodge on Echo Lake has become one of the North Country’s most popular destination wedding venues. The Lodge is a unique venue—perfect for couples looking for a truly extraordinary Adirondack destination wedding. Attention to detail, finely prepared cuisine, a wide range of recreational activities, and charming accommodations are just a few benefits of booking your wedding at The Lodge. Every aspect of your wedding is carefully planned by you—along with the help of our professional Wedding Coordinator, Kathy. We look forward to working with you to plan your wedding day OR an entire wedding weekend!

2shea catering

802 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville 518.389.2889; 2sheacatering.com/

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services for Shaker Ridge Country Club, as well as catering to other venues stretching from Lake Placid to Poughkeepsie. Our menus range from traditional to the most current innovative cuisine. Whether it’s incorporating your favorite recipes into the menu or honoring a dietary or culturally-specific menu, we are happy to work with you to guarantee a memorable guest experience. Our talented professional staff will satisfy your personal requests, make suggestions and provide the best possible service.

the terrace at waters edge 2 Freeman’s Bridge Road, Glenville 518.370.5300; thewatersedgelighthouse.com

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

677 Prime

677 Broadway, Albany 518.477.7463; 677prime.com

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

Premiere transPortation 456 North Pearl Street, Albany 518.459.6123; premierelimo.com

One of the key factors that makes Premiere different is our diverse fleet of vehicles. From luxury sedans and limousines, to our vans, mini-buses and execuCAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | MAY 2018 |



tive coaches, we are uniquely qualified to meet any transportation need. We invite you to visit our facility, preview our vehicles, and discuss your special needs and requests with one of our reservation consultants. Choose the vehicle that fits your wedding – party bus, stretch limousines or mini coaches to shuttle guests. We’ll arrive ontime, immaculately clean, and driven by a professional chauffeur in a tuxedo. When the details really count, you can count on Premiere.

the Vista at Van Patten golF cluB

924 Main Street, Clifton Park 518.877.4979; vanpattengolf.com

The Vista at Van Patten Golf Club, located in beautiful southern Saratoga County in the hamlet of Jonesville, has breathtaking views from the highest point in Clifton Park. Our Grand Clubhouse is the perfect venue for an intimate gathering of 25 guests or a fabulous wedding for 200 guests. Let our professional catering team guide you through the planning process for this memorable day. Our caring staff will help you relax and enjoy your day with the highest level of service that will certainly meet the expectations of the most discerning guest. Our incredible view and culinary delights are sure to make this a day to remember.

drue sanders custom Jewelers 1675 Western Avenue, Albany 518.464.9636; druesanders.com

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

the inn at erlowest

3178 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George 518.668.5928; theinnaterlowest.com

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

ruggiero's catering

123 Saratoga Road, Socha Plaza, Glenville 518.399.6855; ruggierofood.com

Ruggiero’s specializes in off-premises catering and can also cook on premises because we have a mobile kitchen. We offer full-plated meals, buffets, or specialized stations. With almost 30 years in business, we provide high quality service and food. Fullservice or drop-off, our venues include Canfield Casino, National 62 | MAY 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM


Museum of Dance, Mabee Farm, and many more in the Capital Region and beyond. We customize any menu and any needs and work with rental companies for additional services, such as tables, chairs, linens, tents, table settings and more. Call and speak to John or Joe or contact us through our website.

westFall station caFe

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

Planning an event? No matter what the event we can make it happen for you. The Westfall Station staff will go out of their way to please you. We try vigorously to provide you with quality foods and beverages in an environment where our patrons feel most comfortable. The name “Westfall” is derived from the Westfall family who originally occupied the site in 1823, subsequently released from the Van Rensselaer patroonship that dominated much of our area. Our vision was to perpetuate the Town of Sand Lake’s beautiful and vibrant place in a history when tourists frequented our area by trolley to visit our many lakes and attractions.

Valcour inn and Boathouse 3712 Route 9, Peru 518.564.2038; ValcourInn.com

Close your eyes. Envision your dreams coming true at Valcour Inn and Boathouse, a nine-acre estate located on the shores of Lake Champlain with breathtaking views of Valcour Island and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Celebrate your special day at this beautiful 1904 Victorian estate—at the Inn




with its elegant, intimate bed and breakfast feel, three fireplaces and nine guest bedrooms; at the Boathouse with its rustic Adirondack charm, two-story high ceilings and exposed beams. Delicious, beautifully presented cuisine is offered by our exclusive caterer who will design a menu based on your taste, style and budget. At Valcour Inn and Boathouse, dreams do come true!

the rensselaer hilton garden inn

235 Hoosick Street, Troy 518.271.1700; therensselaer.com

Weddings, whether intimate or grand, require elegantly appointed spaces that are lavish and memorable. Let us create the wedding you’ve always dreamed of. Hold your wedding ceremony outside on the private, manicured enclosed lawn. Host a cocktail reception under the stars. Have a romantic rehearsal dinner in front of the fire in the Roebling Library. If a traditional wedding reception is more your style, we accommodate that too. Your Dream is Our

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Reality. You’ll find a consistency to excellence in food quality, preparation and presentation, all designed by an experienced culinary staff who bring concepts and creations to life. Indulge in food that is innovative and custom-tailored to your preferences and palate.

steVen yarinsky, md, Facs

7 Wells Street, 3rd Floor, Saratoga Springs 518.583.4019; yarinsky.com

Enhance your beauty and appearance for that special day! You can look more youthful and feel your best for your wedding and beyond! As Saratoga Springs’ premier plastic surgery med spa, we provide many non-invasive options designed to reverse and help prevent the signs of aging and maintain your youthful appearance and to contour your figure. Correct your facial skin droopiness, jowls, deep pores, fine wrinkle lines, environmental damage and age spots and you can appear 5 to 10 years younger! Enhance your figure with non-invasive SculpSure® and TruSculpt-3D fat removal. Dr. Yarinsky, a board–certified plastic sur-

geon specializing in Cosmetic Medicine, provides all facial filler and Botox® treatments as the Capital District’s only certified “Expert Injector” (visit expertinjector.org). Visit yarinsky.com for options available at the Saratoga Med Spa and cosmetic surgery options at Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery, PC.

old daley catering 2 Northern Drive, Troy

old daley on crooked lake 2339 NY 43, Averill Park 518.235.2656; olddaley.com

Old Daley Custom Catering, a familyowned and operated full-service caterer, has been proudly serving the Capital Region for over 40 years. Whether you are planning a wedding, family gathering, business luncheon or dining at one of our restaurants, our staff welcomes you with friendliness and professionalism to provide the utmost ultimate experience. Our chefs prepare our award-winning cuisine with culinary expertise and passion. Please keep us in mind when planning your next event. We love what we do, and so will you!


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 sPinney at Van dyke

6 Parker Mathusa Place, Delmar 518.689.0162; thespinneyatvandyke.com/

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/her own needs and activity. 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.

Enjoy Our New Clubhouse: The Spinney at Van Dyke’s newest amenity for “55 and better” residents is a 5,000square foot clubhouse! This clubhouse space is ready for events of all shapes and sizes from exercise to entertainment. This year will be a fun one to see all that residents can participate in. The clubhouse is equipped with a fitness center, media room with big screen TV and ample seating, welcoming Great Room with a gas fireplace and full kitchen with double ovens. For enjoyment in better weather, the space also features a spacious outdoor patio and 2 pools plus Community Gardens coming this spring.

saFe care moBility serVices 456 North Pearl Street, Albany 518.462.5923; safecaremobility.com

Safe Care Mobility was founded on the idea that compassion is key. We provide the best possible medical transportation and ambulette service that we can. We use modern vehicles maintained by inhouse mechanics and our drivers are trained professionals. That means we take every possible step to make your ride comfortable, safe, and on time—with a smile! Safe Care Mobility Services is located in Albany and serves the greater Capital Region. Call us today and find out how we can help.

uPtown oPtometry

2 Middlesex Road, East Greenbush, NY 518.486.8989; uptownoptometryny.com

For over 20 years, Dr. Edward Berger has offered optometry exam services in Rensselaer County. We provide state-ofthe-art equipment for your annual eye exam. We offer distinctive eyewear, sport and sun glasses, motorcycle goggles and




contact lenses and feature frames by Swarovski, BMW, Vera Bradley, Marciano by Guess, Harley Davidson, Liberty Sport, Ducks Unlimited, Ted Baker and many other brands. Our office is accepting new patients at our newly renovated Dutch Colonial building and offers appointments for homebound patients using our portable equipment. Call us today.

umBrella oF the caPital district

518 346-5249; theumbrella.org

Umbrella of the Capital District has been helping senior homeowners stay in the community by providing low-cost home maintenance and other services. Members pay an income-based annual membership fee for access to carefullyscreened handy-people, most of whom are retirees, who want to make a little extra cash and help others. They do housecleaning, small repairs, lawn work, and other jobs, like shopping, transportation and meal prep—it all depends on what the member needs. If you need help around the house or want to help someone take care of their home, please call Umbrella at 518.346.5249, or visit theumbrella.org.

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ARTS AND entertainment

ALBANY COUNTY May 5, 12 • 10am-4:30pm Art for All: Albany Institute of History and Art, 125 Washington Avenue. Bring your family to the museum and spend the day being creative in the Albany Institute art studio for drop-in art making. Activities are based off of current exhibitions. Adults and children of all ages. Free with museum admission; free to AIHA members. albanyinstitute.org

May 18 • 7:30pm Spring Concert - The Joy of the Journey: Mendelssohn Club of Albany. Guest Artist: Colleen Pratt and Friends. Chancellor's Hall, Albany. Tickets: $20

May 19 • 4-7pm Hudson Valley Hops 2018: Fundraiser for the Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue. Regional craft beer tasting, live music and opportunity for the community to see brewing and distilling artifacts from the museum's collection and hear from industry experts. Brewing Beer in a Melting Pot, program about brewing history in Troy. Advance sale: $30 AIHA members and $35 general public; door price: $35 AIHA members and $40 general public. albanyinstitute.org

June 5 • 5-7pm 10th Annual WERC First Impressions, Second Chances Networking Event: The Crossings of Colonie, Colonie Town Park, 580 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville. Evening of shopping, food, drinks, and networking to benefit the women of WERC - Capital District Women's Employment and Resource Center. To register: cdwerc.org/events/ or call 518.225.3131.

June 9 • 8:30am Strut Your Mutt 2K: The Albany Chapter of the National Canine Cancer Foundation presents the 3rd annual Strut Your Mutt 2K at Cook Park, Sharon Drive, Colonie. Participate with your canine companion and dress up together to make the event even more fun. Judging for the best dresses canine/human team will occur at the end of the walk. Pre-registration $25; registration the day of the event, $35. Register at runagainstcaninecancer.org/strutyourmutt.

Friday May 18, 7:30pm Spring Concert: The Joy of the Journey. Guest Artist: Colleen Pratt and Friends. Chancellor's Hall. Mendelssohn Club of Albany, NY Inc.Tickets: $20.




Bethlehem Public Library 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar 518.439.9314; bethlehempubliclibrary.org

May 2 • 6pm Meet the Candidates: Learn more about the candidates for the library’s board of trustees in an informal setting.

May 3, 10, 17 • 10:30am Tai Chi for Health: Class will explore the tai chi for diabetes form and build skills from week to week. All ages and abilities are welcome. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes.

May 4 • 1pm Coffee and Conversation: Wildflowers — Faces, Facts and Folklore: A conversation with Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Pam Taft,1-2pm program; 2-3pm. coffee hour. Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc.

May 6 • 2-3pm This ad made possible by Crossroads Brewing Co. &

Writers and Friends: An Afternoon with Sue Halpern: The author of the new release Summer Hours at the Robbers Library and many other popular novels will discuss her work. Book sales by Friends of Bethlehem Public Library.

May 7 • 6-8pm Open Sewing: Sewing machines will be available for independent projects. Bring your own supplies. Volunteers may be on hand to assist you. Sign up required.

May 7 • 7-8:15pm Trivia Night for Adults: Come alone or as a team and match wits with others. Limit of 10 teams. Prizes donated by the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library.

May 8 • 6-7pm Understanding Alzheimer’s - The Basics: An overview of what you need to know about memory loss and the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Co-sponsored by Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern New York.

May 9 • 7pm AfterDinner Books: Discuss Before the Fall by Noah Hawley. Copies are available at the information desk. Large-print audio and downloadable copies may be available.

May 10 • 6:30-7:30pm Basic Bike Maintenance: A representative from Steiner Sports will help us get ready for bike weather with some basic maintenance tips like fixing a flat tire. Meet outside on the Green.

May 11 • 1pm Coffee and Conversation: Learn more about beekeeping with Anne Frey from the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association, 1-2pm program; 2-3pm coffee hour. Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc. 68 | MAY 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

May 11 • 4-4:45pm Project Runway: Dress Your Pet – Duct Tape Accessories: Learn how to create duct tape accessories for your pet or favorite stuffed animal to take part in the May 20 Pet Fashion show. All ages welcome.

May 14 • 1:30pm Daybooks: Discuss Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. Copies are available at the information desk. Large-print audio and downloadable copies may be available.

May 14 • 6-8:30pm Fun and Games for Grownups: An adults-only gathering where you can play games, including chess, color and socialize. Snacks served.

May 14 • 6pm Library board meeting: All are welcome. Meeting begins with 2018 budget presentation.

May 14 • 7-8pm Project Runway: Dress Your Pet – Last-Minute Help: Get last-minute help with projects for your pet or favorite stuffed animal to take part in the May 20 Pet Fashion show. All ages welcome.

May 15 • 6-7pm Understanding Alzheimer’s–Communication Strategies: Learn how to understand the verbal and behavioral messages of someone with Alzheimer’s and identify strategies that may help you connect and communicate. Co-sponsored by Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern New York.

May 15 Budget/Trustee Vote: Polls are open 7am9pm. at Bethlehem Central High School.

May 17 • 7pm Listening Parties–Miles Davis: Talk about how the many moods of Miles embodied such different stylistic approaches to jazz.

May 18 • 2-5pm Seniors Prom - A Royal Wedding: Older adults are invited to dress up and enjoy an enchanting afternoon at Town Hall with music and refreshments. Green screen portraits will put you in Buckingham Palace. To register or volunteer, call 518.439.4955, ext. 1176. Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc.

May 19 • 2:30-4:30pm Open Sewing: Sewing machines will be available for independent projects. Bring your own supplies. Volunteers may be on hand to assist you. Sign up required.

May 20 • 2-3pm Knit One Purl One: If you’re an experienced knitter, bring your current project. If you’re a beginner, bring size 8 knitting needles no longer than 10 inches; we’ll provide yarn and get you started. For adults, teens and kids age 9 and up.


May 20 • 2-3pm Project Runway: Pet Fashion Show: Share your pet-friendly styles at a fashion show on the Green for pets and stuffed animals. To participate, sign up online or call. All ages welcome.

May 22 • 5:30-6:30pm or 6:30-7:30pm Chess Club: Sign up for one session per night and try your hand at chess with our teen volunteers. All experience levels welcome. For grades K-5.

May 22 • 6-7pm Understanding Alzheimer’s – Dementia Conversations: Workshop to assist families with difficult conversations related to dementia. Co-sponsored by Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern New York.

May 26-28 Library closed for Memorial Day weekend

COLUMBIA COUNTY June 8-9 Flower Show: Garden Club of Kinderhook, Playground Floral Fantasies, Celebrating Childhood Memories. Friday, June 8 from 3-7pm and Saturday, June 9 from 12-4pm. Martin H. Glynn Town Hall, 3211 Church Street, Valatie. Free admission

FULTON COUNTY May 5, May 19, June 9 5K Triple Crown: Series of three 5K races, set on the weekends of the Triple Crown horse racing series. May 5 - Glove Cities Rotary Run for the Roses, Partner's Pub, 21 South William Street, Johnstown; May 19 Johnson Jog: Johnson Hall State Historic Site, 139 Hall Avenue, Johnstown; June 9 - Lexington 5K. For race registration, visit Zippy Reg, at zippyreg.com?event=1066.

May 12 • 4:30-6:30pm From Bloomers to Boomers: Women’s Empowerment Through Fashion: Fulton County Historical Society & Museum, 237 Kingsboro Avenue, Gloversville. History of women’s fashion, 1850s-1920s. Fashion show featuring vintage pieces specially curated by Jessica Henry McClements, owner of McLemon’s Boutique. Kjirsten Gustavson will lead an interactive presentation. Tea, sandwiches, and cookies. Free; space limited. Reservations required - http://bit.ly/2F2bIYf

May 18 • 5-7pm Ice Cream Social: Fulton County Historical Society & Museum, 237 Kingsboro Avenue, Gloversville. Benefits museum. $5. More information: 518.725.2203.

May 19 • 7-9pm Baby Boomer Comedy Show: Clean Comedy for People Born Before Seatbelts, Safety Helmets and Facebook, Glove Performing Arts Center, 42 North Main Street, Gloversville. Presented by the United Way of Fulton County – 90 minutes clean stand-up comedy focusing on work, family, do-it-yourself projects, and many other topics by professional comedians Kent Rader and Jan McInnis. 518.725.9817

May 31 • 5:30-7:30pm Reading & Discussion Program for Adults - “Votes for Women”: Johnstown Public Library, 38 South Market Street, Johnstown. Discussion of African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote 1850-1920 by Rosalyn Terborg-Penn. To Sign up, contact Jo-Ann Clear, Project Director, at 518.774.7838 or jaclear@nycap.rr.com




MONTGOMERY COUNTY May 4 • 5:30-10pm Music and Dancing: Presented by Amsterdam Elks Lodge, 8 Fourth Avenue, Amsterdam. 710pm; doors open at 5:30. Featuring Joe’s Boys Band. $10. Facebook.com/Amsterdam.elkslodge

May 12 • 10am-5pm Amsterdam's Annual Spring Fling: Shuttleworth Park. Amsterdam vendor event with live music, free rides, art, food, car show. Also, Liberty League Baseball Tournament Championship game (tentatively scheduled).

May 19 • 10am-1pm Kids to Park Day: Bring children and grandchildren to Schoharie Crossing – NYS Park and Historic Site - at Fort Hunter for a history and nature walk followed by crafts for kids of all ages. Free.

RENSSELAER COUNTY May 5 • 9am-2pm Troy Waterfront Summer Market: River Street, Troy. The Market moves outdoors for summer. troymarket.com

May 5 • 2-5pm 2018 Art Show: WFW Chandler Young Post, Nassau. “Then and Now” gallery of local artists. Len Tantillo, Fine Historical and Marine Artist, will be at this event.

May 6 • 7:45am-1pm Literacy 5k Run/Walk: Schodack Island State Park, featuring a 5K Trail Run/Walk, a Guided Nature Walk, a Story Walk, and a Youth Mile - all for a good cause. To register: zippyreg.com/online_reg/index.php?e=999

May 8 • 12pm Music at Noon: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Bring your lunch and enjoy Findlay Cockrell, Piano. troymusichall.org

May 10 • 7pm 2nd Thursday Lecture Series – All About Beekeeping: Rensselaer Plateau, Sand Lake Town Hall. Lecture on Bee Keeping presented by Tom Slavin.

May 12 • 9am Murder at Oakwood: In 1870 Oakwood was rocked by a sensational murder and suicide involving one of Troy’s oldest families, the Vanderheydens. Now, 148 years later Warren Broderick, dressed as County Coroner Thomas Hurley, will present the official report of this tragic tale. He will then lead the curious public to the

scene and to the shunned murderer’s secret burial place. Meet at the Earl Chapel. Make your reservations at oakwoodcemetery.org

May 12 • 8:30am Birds by Sight and Sound: Featuring Mary Batcheller. Staalesen Nature Preserve. CoSponsored: Rensselaer Land Trust and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. Rensselaer Land Trust’s Staalesen Nature Preserve, South Troy off Campbell Avenue. Contact: Francille Egbert at 518.674-3214 or fran.egbert@gmail.com; www.renstrust.org or rensselaerplateau.org

May 12 • 11am-3pm Repair Café: Village Hall, Village of Castleton. Bring broken but beloved items. Volunteers will try their best to make repairs, and it’s free of charge. castleton-on-hudson.org/community/repaircafe.html

May 13-14 • 9am-2pm Garage/Craft and Bake Sale: Poestenkill Lutheran Church. Proceeds benefit the Heritage Center and the Community Food Pantry.

May 19 • 10am Memorial Day Observance: Valley Falls Free Library. valleyfallslibrary.org

May 19 • 10am-4pm Raptor Fest: Schodack Island State Park. Presented by Audubon Society of the Capital Region. See live birds of prey, see what kinds of fish that eagles might eat from the river, enjoy live music, and food and beverage. nysparks.com

May 19 • 10am-1pm Wildflower Walk: RPA’s Lt. Col Gundrum, Taborton. Contact Francille Egbert at 518.674.3214 or fran.egbert@gmail.com or visit renstrust.org or rensselaerplateau.org

May 19 • 10am-3pm Lansingburgh Historical Society's House Tour: Fourth Annual Historical House Tour. Self-guided tour. Pick up your ticket the day of the tour at the Melville House, 2 114th Street, Troy, between 9:45am and 1:45pm,. To receive the reduced rate of $15 per person, a check must be received by LHS no later than May 16. Tickets purchased the day of the tour are $20 per person. Mail check and make reservation to P.O.Box 219, Troy, NY 12182.

May 24 • 4-7:30pm 19th Annual Hidden Garden Tour: Rain or Shine. Buy tickets at troygarden.brownpapertickets.com.

May 25 • 5-9pm Troy Night Out: Spring Sounds in Troy. downtowntroy.org

May 26 • 9am Memorial Day Ceremony: Join Oakwood and the Veterans of Lansingburgh for the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony, ringing of the Meneely Bell, and placement of flags at the Soldiers’ Plot. Held indoors only in case of heavy rain. oakwoodcemetery.org

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A&E May 26 • 10am-2pm

May 9 • 6:30pm

Memorial Day Parade: East Greenbush. Steps off at East Greenbush Bowling. Find us on Facebook.

Journaling Workshop: For adults. Registration required.

May 26 • 1-2:30pm

May 10 • 6:30pm

Pond Study: Dyken Pond, Cropseyville. Kids will catch, examine and release salamanders, frogs and other critters and learn some fun facts about them. $1/pp. dykenpond.org.

Scrabble & Chess Night: Ages 17+

May 28 • 7:30pm Memorial Day Parade: Schaghticoke. Steps off on Kalbfleisch Lane, Melrose. melrosefire.net

May 10 • 6:30pm Foreign Film Series: Screening of The Salesman (2016). In Persian/English; rated PG-13.

May 10 • 7pm

May 28 • 2pm

Hands on Henna: Learn to create your own henna designs. For teens in grades 6-12. Registration required.

Memorial Day Parade: Steps off on John Street in front of Village Commons. nassau12123.com

May 11 • 10:30am

May 28 • 1-4pm Townwide Memorial Day Picnic: Petersburgh Town Park. petersburgh.org

May 31 • 6pm After-Work Walks and Rides: Short, familyfriendly hikes and mountain bike rides to introduce you to the special places in Rensselaer County conserved by Rensselaer Land Trust and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. Walks Thursdays throughout summer; Tuesday mountain bike rides begin in June. rensselaerplateau.org


Ulysses S. Grant Cottage.

May 12 • 3pm Chinese Calligraphy & Characters: Learn about Chinese culture and practice one of its oldest art forms. Registration required.

May 13 • 2pm Just in Time—A Musical Memoir: Judi Clements will take you on a trip down musical memory lane with comedy and singing from the Great American Songbook. Registration required.

May 14 • 6pm Mother/Daughter Spa Day: Moms and daughters (grades 6 and up) will make bath bombs,

sugar scrubs, and paint nails in celebration of Mother’s Day. Registration required.

May 15 • 1pm Medicare 101: Overview of what Medicare is and how it works. Presented by CDPHP. Registration required.

May 15 • 6:30pm Tad & Diane in the Garden: Join Library mascot Tad (the frog) and local performer and educator Diane Payette in the Reading Garden for songs and stories. For families with children ages 3-8.

May 15 • 7pm Coloring & Conversation: For adults; no registration required.

May 16 • 1pm Crafty Adults—Mini Registration required.




May 16 • 6:30pm Understanding Your Healthcare Options in Retirement: Information session to help you plan for future health care needs, including long-term, critical and chronic illness. Registration required.

May 24 • 2pm Daytime Book Discussion Group: Discussion of My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.

May 4-6 Waterford Museum Exhibit Opening Weekend. Water & War: Waterford’s Routes And Canals Through Conflict. May 4 – 6-9pm (free admission on opening night only); May 5 10am-3pm; May 6 - 12:30-3pm. waterfordmuseum.com or on Facebook.

May 10 • 7pm Swing Era Concert: Ralph Enokian's band "The Pacemakers" will perform a free concert at the Burnt Hills Baptist Church, 193 Kingsley Road, Burnt Hills. The 11-piece band performs music of the "Swing" era and the Great American Song Book, including Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton. burnthillsbaptistchurch.org.

Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park 518.371.8622; cphlibrary.org

May 5 • 2-4pm Free Comic Book Day: Stop by the Teen Place to create your own superhero pins and comics, and pick up your free comic book. Come in costume for candy. For teens in grades 6-12.

May 8 • 7pm Tuesday Evening Book Discussion Group: Discussion of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.

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May 24 • 7pm Guided Meditation

SCHENECTADY COUNTY May 6, 13, 20, 27 • 10am-2pm Greenmarket: Around City Hall. Check calendar for special features. schenectadygreenmarket.org

May 9 • 10am-1pm Secret Stockade: Guided tour from the Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Avenue, through the Stockade, and inside two Stockade homes. Refreshments served inside the Stockade’s oldest home, the historic Brouwer House. Approximately 3 hours. $20; pre-registration required. Register at schenectadyhistorical.org/tours

May 11 • 7pm Scandalous Schenectady: Walking tour through the historic Stockade, recalling some of Schenectady’s more nefarious characters, bootlegging, kidnappings and a few mysterious murders. Meet at Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Avenue. $10; pre-registration required. schenectadyhistorical.org/tours

May 12 • 8am Schenectady County Peddle Paddle Run: 2855 Aqueduct Road, Niskayuna. Participants ages 13 and up (ages 13-15 must have parent or guardian on site). For registration and more information visit: schenectadycounty.com/content/pedal-paddle-run.

May 17 • 6pm Drinking the Seasons: Spring Cocktails: First in a series of seasonal mixology workshops. 14 North Church Street. Led by historian John Gearing, make and sample a variety of seasonal historic libations, made with locally grown ingredients. $25; pre-registration required at schenectadyhistorical.org/workshops.

Site, Rotterdam Junction. All skill levels are welcome. $10 per person; food and drink available for purchase. schenectadyhistorical.org

June 24 • 8am Capital District: PGA Travelers Championship: Bus Trip to the Final Sunday Round. Registration deadline May 24. Presented by Rotterdam Elks. Trip pricing for nonmilitary, $110; veteran-related families, $80 each; ages 15 or younger, $80. Proceeds will go to Cerebral Palsy, the NYS Elks Major Project. Call Chairman Paul Ungerland at 518.384.0221 to reserve seat. Leaving at 8am from the Rotterdam Elks Lodge.


161 Warren Street, Glens Falls 518.792.1761; hydecollection.org

Art and Yoga: Yoga Instructor Kate Patterson will lead participants through a workout inspired by the art of Rockwell Kent. Bring your yoga mat and begin your evening with art and relaxation. $10 members; $12 non-members. RSVP by contacting Kayla at 518.792.1761, ext. 310, or adminassist@hydecollection.org.

May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30


Artful Afternoons: An afternoon drop-in art program for guardians and children ages 6 to 12. Begin by examining a work from the Museum’s permanent collection or exhibitions; then visit the Art Studio to put your discoveries into action. A different topic is explored each week. Suggested donation

May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Senior Day: Free for Seniors: Free admission for ages 60 and older.

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 • 10:30-11:30am Tours for Tots: Program for guardians and children ages 3 to 5. Explore the Museum’s permanent collection or exhibitions with age-appropriate gallery and art-making activities. Different topics are explored each week by use of art materials, books, and play. Suggested donation

May 4 • 10:30-11am Friday

May 20 • 7pm

May 12 • 1-4pm

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Second Sunday with Art Lab: The second Sunday of every month, The Hyde offers free admission. Also, from 1 to 4 pm, educators host Art Lab, a free gallery and art-making activity that explores the “A” in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). For families with children ages 6 and older, but anyone can participate; including adults without children. Free.

May 17 • 5-6pm

Electric City Trucks, Taps, Corks and Forks: At Broadway and Liberty Street, Schenectady. Live music, food, beverages, kids zone. Free admission. Proceeds benefit Schenectady ARC Square Dance: Veteran callers Elaine and Dennis Visconti will guide participants through the squares in the Barn at Mabee Farm Historic

May 13 • 1-4pm

Hyde Collection

Art Crawl: On the first Friday of each month, babies and their caregivers are invited to play and learn in the Museum. Each program includes an activity designed especially for little ones with art material exploration and play. Suggested donation.

May 19 • 12-4pm

High School Juried Show has become a pinnacle of high school achievement for many young artists in the region with 100 works are chosen for exhibition from more than 700 entries. The opening reception is the first official day of the exhibition (exhibit through June 10). Museum admission.

High School Juried Show Opening and Award Ceremony: Over the past three decades, the

May 19 • 10:30am-1pm Open Studio: Rockwell Kent and Print: With Artist-in-Residence Betsy Krebs. Create a printing plate with your own unique vision to make multiples of something notable or notorious. Imagery could be inspired by your favorite landscape or selfie. $10 members; $12 non-members. RSVP by contacting Kayla at 518.792.1761, ext. 310, or adminassist@hydecollection.org.

May 19 • 1:30-5pm Writing Workshop: Seeing with Words: Acclaimed writer Marilyn McCabe leads this popular workshop. Participants will be guided through a series of writing and editing exercises inspired by Rockwell Kent: Prints from the Ralf C. Nemec Collection and Paintings from North Country Collections. All experience levels and art enthusiasts interested in writing poetry, short stories, and memoirs, as well as visual artists looking to improve their own written works about their art. $25 members; $35 non-members. RSVP by contacting Kayla at 518.792.1761, ext. 310, or adminassist@hydecollection.org.

advertisers directory 2Shea Catering ...............................................................59

Fulton County Tourism ...................................................69

Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery PC ..............................7

677 Prime........................................................................59

Gershon's Deli ................................................................74

Scallions .........................................................................36

AAA Hudson Valley................................inside front cover

Ghent Wood Products.....................................................44

Scotti's Restaurant.........................................................38

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

Gold Coin Restaurant .....................................................38

Season's Supply .............................................................51

Albany Realty Group.......................................................53

Golden Harvest ...............................................................35


Alexis Diner.....................................................................30

Gus's Hot Dogs ...............................................................30

SEFCU Insurance Agency .................................................7

All Season's Equipment, Inc ..........................................49

Herzog's Home & Paint Center .....................................44

Shawangunk Wine Trail ...................................................5

Amsterdam Overhead Door............................................49

Hewitt's Garden Centers ................................................47

Smith's Orchard Bake Shop...........................................36

Astrological Concepts ....................................................61

Hilton Garden Inn............................................................63

South End Powder Coating ............................................46

Athos ...............................................................................31

Home of the Good Shepherd ..........................................65

Spa Broadway.................................................................58

Bagel Tyme .....................................................................32

Howe Caverns...................................................................8

Sri Siam Thai Restaurant ...............................................27

Beirut Restaurant ...........................................................31

Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail ..................................33

Sweet Basil .....................................................................38

Bella Napoli Bakery........................................................26

Hudson River Tractor......................................................47

Tara Kitchen....................................................................29

Bethlehem Terrace ........................................................67

Illium Cafe.......................................................................67

Ted's Fish Fry..................................................................26

Bike Barn Cycling & Fitness ..........................................32

Jackson's Old Chatham House ......................................56

Testo’s .............................................................................31

Bob's Trees .....................................................................49

John Keal Music .............................................................28

The Ale House.................................................................33

Bountiful Bread...............................................................25

Jumpin' Jack’s Drive-In.................................................72

The Barnsider Restaurant ..............................................34

Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa ...............................................9

Karavalli Indian Restaurant ...........................................32

The Bavarian Manor Country Inn...................................33

Ca’Mea Ristorante .........................................................35

Kay's Pizza Burdan Lake................................................29

The Bees Knees at Heather Ridge Farm........................35

Canali's Restaurant ........................................................28

Kinderhook Bank ............................................................29

The Century House .........................................................28

Capital City Gastropub ...................................................36

KisKis Tire & Autocare ...................................................67

The Cross Eyed Owl........................................................67

Chez Mike .......................................................................36

KJ’S Gymnastics.................................................................

The Cuckoo's Nest..........................................................26 The Falls Venue ..............................................................57

Chez Nous .......................................................................37

L. Browe Asphalt Services, Inc. .....................................51

Christopher Brian Salon .................................................25

Lake Ridge Restaurant...................................................36

The Furniture House .......................................................48

Coccadotts Cake Shop ...................................................30

Lakeside Farms ................................................................9

The Inn at Erlowest ........................................................62

Columbia County Chamber of Commerce .....................68

Latham 76 Diner .............................................................37

The Lodge on Echo Lake ................................................58

Columbia-Green Humane Society..................................68

Lawn Solutions & Landscaping, Inc ..............................45

The Log Jam Restaurant ................................................29

Complexions Spa for Beauty & Wellness ......................26

Luizzi Brothers Sealcoating & Stripping .......................49

The Mouzon House .........................................................30

Copake Country Club......................................................56

Mac-Haydn Theatre, Inc.................................................71

The Reluctant Panther....................................................35

CR Gas Logs & Fireplaces ..............................................53

Man of Kent ......................................................................9

The Snowman .................................................................31

Crave ...............................................................................37

Mountainview Brasserie ................................................35

The Speckled Hen.............................................................8

Crossroads Brewing Company ......................................36


The Spinney Group .........................................................65

Customized Turf Services ,LLC ......................................73


The Standard ..................................................................31

D'Raymonds Restaurant ................................................30

New World Bistro Bar & Grill .........................................27

The Terrace at Water's Edge..........................................59

Davey Tree Expert Company ..........................................46

Nicole's Special Events & Catering ...............................54

The Towne Tavern...........................................................36

DeMarco's Restaurant....................................................36

Nuns of New Skete .........................................................30

The Turf Tavern...............................................................56

Dr. Gerald Benjamin DDS, PC................inside back cover

Old Daley Catering............................................................3

The Vista at Van Patten ..................................................60

Drue Sanders Custom Jewelers ....................................61

Otis & Oliver’s .................................................................37

The Waters Edge Lighthouse .........................................36

Duncans Dairy Bar ........................................................36

Peaches Cafe ..................................................................38

Trending 4 Fashion .........................................................71

Dunham's Bay Resort.....................................................55

Pellegrino Imports ..........................................................29

Twisted Vine Wine & Tap................................................28

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

Perreca's Bakery ............................................................29

Umbrella of the Capital District .....................................66 Uptown Optometry..........................................................66

Enchanting Escapes .......................................................57

Pj's BAR-B-QSA ..............................................................37

Erika Nusser Photography ............................................64

Premiere Transportation ................................................59

Valcour Inn & Boathouse ...............................................63

Excelsior Springs At The Marriott .................................55

Putnam County Tourism...................................................5

Veronica's Culinary Tavern ............................................38

Exit 9 Wine & Liquor.......................................................33

Randall Implements Co. Inc ...........................................45

Westfall Station Cafe......................................................63

Faddegons Nursery, Inc. ................................................46

Ravenswood Restaurant ................................................32

Wired Coffee ..................................................................34

Fagan & Associates..........................................................9

Redbud Development .....................................................52

Wolfe Builders - Upstate NY Trim ..................................45

Famous Lunch ................................................................31

Rensselaer County Tourism .............................................4

Yanni's Too......................................................................38

Ferrari's Ristorante ........................................................37

Ruggiero's Pizza, Deli & Catering ..................................62

Zachary's Pastry Shoppe ...............................................56

Ferretti's Family Restaurant ..........................................36

Safe Care Mobility Services...........................................66

Flowers By Pesha ...........................................................54

Sage Bistro .....................................................................32



LAST PAGE john gray

The job search ay is here and as much as April is the official start of spring, I feel that after the winter we endured, spring really hasn't been "springing" until now. If you don't mind, I'd like to take a break from my usual silliness and spend some time talking about jobs and hiring. This is a perfect time of the year for companies to post positions and, conversely, the ideal time for job seekers to hit the pavement and find new employment. I want to chat about the mistakes job seekers make and also talk to companies, big and small, and those HR people who hold the power of God in their hands when it comes to hiring and firing. Frankly, a few of them need a lesson in common decency but let's begin with the job hunters.


For interviewees

Whether you are just out of college or doing a reboot to your life in your 40s, I'm amazed at the recklessness some people display when looking for work. So let me give you five easy tips that will help you land the job. 1. Don't start looking until you are really ready. That means have a resume that is updated, neat and ready to go out when someone asks for it. Also if you aren't sure you really want to leave the situation you are in, don't apply for jobs and waste people's time. Nothing ticks people off more than folks dipping their toe in the water but when it comes time to talk terms they say, "Nah, I'm good where I am." 2. Clean up social media. Yes, there's a good chance your prospective new boss is going to look at your Facebook page and form an opinion, be it fair or not. People always worry about photos of themselves "partying" but I'd be quicker to take down all my "I hate Hillary or Trump" stuff. Nobody wants to bring someone into their work environment who is going to throw fresh buckets of poop on the fan every day over politics. Bosses like peace and quiet and output; period. 3. Do exactly as the person posting the job asks. If it says "no calls," don't call. If it says "attach resume," attach the resume. Don't mail it or cut and paste it or drop it off in person. If you can't follow the very first instructions someone gives you, why would they ever hire you? 4. Be prepared to take time off for interviews. If you work 9-5, you can't expect the company you are courting to grant you a job interview at 6pm. Save up some time off and use it for job interviews. And if they need to interview you quickly, like tomorrow, be prepared to give a Meryl Streep-caliber performance and bang out sick.

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5. listen more than you talk. When they meet you, shut up and listen. It is "their" interview not yours; let them conduct it. Smile, give short, precise answers and show them why they should want you on their team. That's it. Don't ask about holidays off or how much sick leave you get or what happens if it snows and you can't get out of the driveway. You'll just scare them away. Follow those five rules and you've got an 18% chance of landing the job. Hey, it's better than zero.

For interviewers

Now to the HR people, managers and bosses who post a job and interview candidates. My instructions for you are simple and easy to follow. You ready? Be a decent human being. Treat people applying for work like people, not cattle. Chances are someone is taking time off from something important to come in for the job interview so if you schedule them at 10am, see them at 10am. Don't leave them sitting in a lobby for 40 minutes. Be clear what the job is and expectations are, that includes Full expectations. Is this 9-5 or will you be calling them on Saturday mornings to answer questions or pop in to work? These things matter when it comes to salary and the personality type you might hire. Most important, do what you promise. If you tell someone in an interview you'll be making a decision by Thursday, then either make the decision by Thursday or email them Friday morning and say, "This is taking a little longer than we thought; please be patient with us a few more days." People who want or need a job literally will pick up the phone every ten minutes checking to see if you called or emailed. They will take the phone into the toilet so they don't miss your call. This is especially true if the person is unemployed and really needs the job. So be a nice person and treat them exactly as you'd like to be treated if you were the one looking. That's it. Not so hard to follow, now is it? Oh, one last thing for the bosses out there. I know you want to save money and hire cheap but don't forget the old saying, "If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.� Wise words indeed. 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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