While You Were Out: Aug. 16, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 16, 2019

It's FriYAY time; the weekend has arrived. I hope you're all out living your best lives, CivMixers. As for me, I'm still working. But that will be remedied soon. Here's some news to peruse while you're unwinding from the work week, or preparing for your next epic...

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Things To Watch, Hear, Eat, Learn, See and Do This Weekend

What follows a highly selective - and subjective - list of events, concerts, classes, happenings etc. that are taking place across our fine region this weekend, starting this evening. If you're interested in it, I'm betting you'll find it here. There's really...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 16, 2019

Hello, CivMixers! It's Friday and you just have a few more - relatively short - hours before the weekend officially begins. (Unless, of course, you are already enjoying a late-summer vacation, you lucky duck, or you happen to be one of those folks who has a...

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Photos: ROTR, Aug. 13, 2019

Photos: ROTR, Aug. 13, 2019

Rocking on the River this past Wednesday in Troy was a makeup date for a previously cancelled performance. "Soul Sky" - featuring Mark Emanation, Joe Mele, Jeremy Walz, Jeff Prescott, and Tom Dolan - was the opening band, and kicked things off with some rocking blues...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 15, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 15, 2019

Congrats for making it through another Thursday, CivMixers. I hope it was a productive and/or peaceful day, depending on how you were spending it. I also hope no one got stuck in any torrential downpours...So far, I haven't seen any in my neck of the woods. Here's...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 15, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 15, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers. It's early. It's Thursday. And it looks like it's going to be a good one, from a weather standpoint, with just a few clouds in mostly sunny skies, temperatures in the mid-80s and a chance - just a chance - of a stray shower or thunderstorm....

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While You Were Out: Aug. 14, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 14, 2019

We're over the hump, CivMixers. Wednesday has almost come and gone, and Thursday is just over the horizon there. The Child Victims Act taking effect and the lawsuits that ensued dominated the headlines today. The New York State Court system is expecting so many...

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Fun With Flowers

Fun With Flowers

If you’ve wanted to go to a Paint and Sip but know that you couldn’t draw a straight line with a ruler – maybe flower arranging will be your jam? Take a trial run with The Arts Center of the Capital Region at the Aug. 19 "Crafty Hour" at the University Club. This...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 14, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 14, 2019

Welcome to Wednesday, AKA "Hump Day," CivMixers. Is it me, or is this week really screaming past at warp speed? Why does it seem like time moves more quickly the closer we get to the end of the summer? Not that I don't like fall, mind you. It's actually one of my...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 13, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 13, 2019

You made it in tact through another Tuesday, CivMixers. It was a busy one, indeed. Before we get to the headlines, be sure to be aware that there could yet be some thunderstorms in the offing. Be on the lookout. In the news today... A coalition of 29 states and...

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Revolutionary Era Gossip On Tap At Fort Ti

Revolutionary Era Gossip On Tap At Fort Ti

A dozen people from as far away as New Jersey braved thunder, lightning and swarms of mosquitoes for a recent "Gossip Tour of Fort Ticonderoga." The tour promised to provide attends with "the real story of life at Ticonderoga...Drunken soldiers, stolen wives, unsolved...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 13, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 13, 2019

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers. It looks like it might be a wet one, with clouds, high humidity, rain - maybe even a few scattered thunderstorms - and temperatures only in the high 70s. Don't worry, we'll have less humidity, higher temperatures and more sun tomorrow,...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 12, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 12, 2019

You have almost made it through another Monday in one piece, CivMixers. I've got to cut out a bit early to run to a meeting, but here are some headlines you might have overlooked as the day progressed. Keep in mind that there very well could be - oh, who am I kidding,...

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The Perfect Upstate Day

The Perfect Upstate Day

Ah, Upstate. We certainly do not lack for haters. "The Simpsons." CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. The late former mayor of New York City, Ed Koch. SNL star Pete Davidson. Just to name a few. But these people don't know what they're missing, (or, in Koch's case, what they...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 12, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 12, 2019

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. After a long and arduous weekend, I'm glad to be back with you all. It's going to be hot - in the mid-80s - and partly cloudy with rising humidity today. There's rain in the forecast for tomorrow, according to the Weather Channel, so...

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While You Were (Are?) Out: Aug. 9, 2019

While You Were (Are?) Out: Aug. 9, 2019

Sorry for the delay, CivMixers. I hope you had a great Friday and are out living your best life - even if that means sitting on your couch, eating popcorn and watching reruns. I was away from the computer because I took a road trip to Lockport, NY - a lovely little...

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Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now

Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now

I’m a runner. It’s something I’ve worked on since the first time I officially, with purpose, went on a "run." I was 13 years old at the time, and stuck with my new morning exercise routine of a quick jog to the road and back for maybe two days. As it turned out,...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 9, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 9, 2019

How fabulous is it that we finally find ourselves here on a fantastic Friday morning in early August, CivMixers? The sun will shine (mostly) today, though it will be partly cloudy at times. The temperature will be in the low-80s, according to The Weather Channel. It...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 7, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 7, 2019

It's almost that time, CivMixers...time to start making plans for the weekend. Thursday turned out to be rather lovely in the end - at least in my neck of the Capital Region - though it was pretty touch and go there for a while with some very heavy rain. I hope...

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Miho Loves Albany

Miho Loves Albany

It's entirely possible that the Capital Region's No. 1 fan is not a local resident. In fact, she's not even a U.S. citizen, but lives nearly 7,000 miles away from Albany in a coal mining town in southwestern Japan. I met chef and restauranteur Miho Tsujio shortly...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 8, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 8, 2019

Let's get up and at 'em and ready to take on Thursday, CivMixers! An early start to the day for me, (couldn't sleep; it happens). High humidity and more scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon are in the forecast today, according to The Weather Channel,...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 7, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 7, 2019

Happy Hump Day, CivMixers. I can see the weekend on the horizon. It's just over those hills there... The weather is making headlines in the Capital Region this afternoon. I was out in that storm around 3 p.m., and it was indeed gnarly. More severe weather is...

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Touring Downtown Albany Murals on Two Wheels

Touring Downtown Albany Murals on Two Wheels

The Capital Walls public art movement is creating new meaning in Downtown Albany’s urban spaces. In this project, participating artists select an otherwise undecorated and under-utilized space - such as a parking garage, highway underpass, or building facade - and...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 7, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 7, 2019

Welcome to Wednesday, CivMixers. The middle of the week has arrived. It's going to be very humid today, with temperatures in the mid-80s. And there will be thunderstorms! Surprise. Isolated in the morning, and more widespread in the afternoon. There's an 80 percent...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 6, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 6, 2019

It's getting stormy out there as Tuesday comes to an end, CivMixers. Take an umbrella if you're heading out the door anytime soon. A flood advisory has been issued for Albany County due to impending heavy rain. Headlines... Ohio's Republican governor bucked his party...

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Meditation Made Easy

Meditation Made Easy

How to meditate: First, fold your legs into an impossible pretzel - not the criss-cross-applesauce you learned in pre-school, but the uncomfortable (for the non-yogis among us) Lotus position. Next, close your eyes, touch your hands together in some weird way, or...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 6, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 6, 2019

It's Tuesday, and it's time to Rise and Shine. A minimalist sort of morning. Expect partly cloudy skies today with highs in the mid-80s and showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon. Kinda gray and humid. It's National Night Out - an annual community-building campaign...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 5, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 5, 2019

Well, looks like we've almost made it through another Monday, CivMixers. On the news front, most of the headlines today - at the national, state and even local level - are focused on the ongoing fallout from the back-to-back mass shootings that took place in a 24-hour...

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Photos: Washington Park Farmers Market

Photos: Washington Park Farmers Market

The inaugural Washington Park Farmers Market, organized by Scott Abraham, kicked off this past Saturday, and was, by all accounts, a success. The market will be held for the remainder of the summer through Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Vendors are set...

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Rhapsody In (Karner) Blue

Rhapsody In (Karner) Blue

Is there anything more symbolic of the beautiful, fleeting days of summer than a small butterfly fluttering carefree between colorful flowers? And when thinking of our region, there is a particular butterfly that comes to mind: the Karner blue. The blue butterflies...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 5, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 5, 2019

Well, it's Monday again, CivMixers. And we have no choice but to make the best of it, as time waits for no woman. Or man. It has been a difficult weekend, as the country is reeling from back-to-back gun violence in Ohio and Texas that took place in less than 24 hours....

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While You Were Out: Aug. 2, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 2, 2019

Welcome to the weekend, CivMixers! It looks like it's going to be a good one, with the exception of some potential thunderstorms here and there. But don't let that dissuade you from getting out to enjoy all our region (and beyond) has to offer. OR, if you plan to just...

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There IS Such Thing As A Free Lunch

There IS Such Thing As A Free Lunch

Sometimes, it really is possible to get something for nothing. In this case, if you’re 60 or older and live in Albany County, that comes in the form of a free meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner), compliments of the "Go & Dine" program. The good news is that idea of...

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Mid-Summer Check In

Mid-Summer Check In

If you consider "summer" to be essentially the months of July and August, I regret to inform you that we’re now officially in the second half of the season. If you’re like me, you had a list - mental or otherwise - of all the things you wanted to do during these...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 2, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 2, 2019

Happy Friday, CivMixers! This week FLEW by for me. I'm not sure if you can say the same. But it's good to finally be at the tail end of it. There's going to be "abundant sunshine" in the region today, with temps in the high 80s. August is delivering this far....

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While You Were Out: July 31, 2019

While You Were Out: July 31, 2019

What a glorious Thursday that was, CivMixers. I hope you got a chance to enjoy it - if even for a short moment walking out to grab lunch, or during an afternoon coffee break. It's going to be perfect weather for enjoying some outdoor music. If you're interested, check...

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Last Call for Live Music

Last Call for Live Music

I have some unfortunate news Civ Mixers. We are in the home stretch of summer here, which means we only have one more month of abundant free live music in the Capital Region. You never know what you lost until it becomes a cherished memory, or as Rutger Hauer would...

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Aug. 1, 2019: Rise and Shine

Aug. 1, 2019: Rise and Shine

Good morning, and welcome to Thursday, CivMix & Co. Summer is flying by. It's already the first day of August. Get out there and soak up every hot and humid minute of it, because soon we'll all be buried in snow. It's actually a pretty straightforward summer day, from...

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While You Were Out: July 31, 2019

While You Were Out: July 31, 2019

Wednesday is not yet over, CivMixers, not by a long show. You know why? Night II of the second round 2020 Democratic debates is tonight. Get out your popcorn. There might be some fireworks here. Though, if you're not into politics, well, just carry on about your...

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Phasing Out Plastic

Phasing Out Plastic

I want to be a tree hugger. I felt like I was doing a pretty good job meeting that goal. I live in a relatively small house. We have a high-efficiency furnace and LED light bulbs. I bring my own bags to the grocery store. One of our family vehicles is a Prius. Another...

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Rise and Shine: July 31, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 31, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers! Somehow, it's already Wednesday. Is it me, or is this week going by at warp speed? Expect another hot and humid one for this final day of July, with more clouds than sun, according to The Weather Channel, with temperatures in the mid-80s and -...

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While You Were Out: July 31, 2019

While You Were Out: July 31, 2019

The traditional work day might be headed for a close, but the news cycle never sleeps, CivMixers, especially not when it comes to political news. All the political insiders' eyes will be on Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan at 8 p.m. tonight when the first night of the...

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Meet Dannielle Melendez

Meet Dannielle Melendez

Dannielle Melendez is a 27-year-old Albany native and the woman behind the "livinginalbanyny" Instagram account, where she chronicles her experiences discovering the wonders of her hometown. Melendez works as an outreach specialist for a state trade association. She's...

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Rise and Shine: July 30, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 30, 2019

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers. It's going to be another hot and humid one, with temperatures heading into the 90s. A heat advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service, so please be careful out there. Take precautions. Avoid over-exerting yourself...

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While You Were Out: July 29, 2019

While You Were Out: July 29, 2019

Monday has come and (almost) gone, CivMixers. I hope you remember all those strategies you employed to beat the heat during the last heat wave we experienced not too long ago, because it's about to get very hot and humid all over again. Another heat advisory has been...

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Getting a Grip on Panhandling

Getting a Grip on Panhandling

Elected officials, law enforcement, business owners, residents and advocates gathered last week at a Lark Street bar to discuss the interconnected issues of homelessness, mental health and addiction and their impact on the Lark Street corridor. The meeting was...

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Hot Weather SPAC Hack, 2019

Hot Weather SPAC Hack, 2019

Last Sunday’s heat wave made the prospect of going to the Victorian Pool at the Saratoga Spa State Park even more appealing than a night on the lawn watching a show. But, since we already had tickets for the Sheryl Crow/Heart show for the evening, we were committed to...

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Rise and Shine: July 29, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 29, 2019

Up and at 'em, CivMixers! It's Monday, which means it's back to work for most of us. I hope you had a fabulous weekend...I did. Let's get ready to tackle this day, and own it, shall we? The forecast, according to our friends at The Weather Channel: A mix of sun and...

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While You Were Out: July 26, 2019

While You Were Out: July 26, 2019

TGIF, CivMixers. Welcome to the weekend. Let's get right to it. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended slow-walking impeachment despite pressure from liberal members of her caucus, arguing that Dems should wait until they had the "best, strongest possible case" against...

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Rise and Shine: July 26, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 26, 2019

It's Friyay! Good morning, CivMixers. We made it to the end of the work week! Temperatures will continue their ascent over the weekend, with The Weather Channel calling for mid-to-high-80-degree days today, tomorrow and Sunday. Some areas might even hit the 90s. It...

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While You Were Out: July 25, 2019

While You Were Out: July 25, 2019

I'm closing up shop a little early today, CivMixers. It's almost Friday, after all. And it's my birthday! In the news today... President Trump was probably never going to be impeached by the House of Representatives before the 2020 election. The testimony by Robert...

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Schuyler Sisters Invade Albany Institute

Schuyler Sisters Invade Albany Institute

As mentioned in an earlier CivMix post on Music Haven's popular "Hamiltunes" sing-along event, the Capital Region is fully in the grip of Hamilton-Mania. On Tuesday, some 250 people at the Albany Institute of History and Art lifted a glass to Albany’s own Schuyler...

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Rise and Shine: July 25, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 25, 2019

Heeeeere's Thursday, CivMixers! Happiest of birthdays to all my fellow Leos out there. We're in for a stretch of increasing warm, dry and sunny weather, starting today and heading into the weekend, according to The Weather Channel. We'll be moving from the...

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While You Were Out: July 24, 2019

While You Were Out: July 24, 2019

No matter how arduous your Wednesday has been, CivMixers, it's highly likely your day wasn't nearly as taxing as Robert Mueller's. For that, at least, you can be thankful. The former special counsel spent some seven hours testifying before two different House...

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One-Hit Kitchen Wonders

One-Hit Kitchen Wonders

While I’m most easily identified as Irish because of my freckles and red hair, I was raised by a German mom in a household in which being on time meant arriving 5 minutes early. First grade came with a radio alarm clock of my very own so I could out of bed and ready...

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Love Your Library

Love Your Library

Many people think of libraries with a sense of nostalgia. They’re the ultimate in old school – dusty stacks of books and shushing librarians – right? But you’d be making a mistake if you thought of Albany Public Library that way. The Albany Public Library has all the...

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Rise and Shine: July 24, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 24, 2019

Welcome to Wednesday, CivMixers, the apex of the work week. It's shaping up to be a nice enough day, from a weather perspective, with mostly sunny skies and temperatures reaching back up into the (low) 80s. We're on an upward heat trajectory as the weekend approaches....

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While You Were Out: July 23, 2019

While You Were Out: July 23, 2019

Tuesday is almost over, CivMixers. Tomorrow we hit the midweek point, with quite a bit on the agenda - particularly down in D.C. Some headlines from the day...A bit on the early side, sorry, but I've got a bus to catch. Thousands of emergency workers who rushed to the...

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A Sublime Time at Chatham Summerfest

A Sublime Time at Chatham Summerfest

This past weekend, Chatham held its annual Summerfest, and for a change of pace, this year's event was held on the surface of the sun. Okay, not really. But with heat index values well over 100 for the majority of the day, it might as well have been. Having said that,...

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Rise and Shine: July 23, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 23, 2019

Happy Tuesday, CivMix crew! We're going to have another wet start to the day, with light rain in the morning, according to The Weather Channel. It will then be cloudy for the remainder of the day, with temperatures only in the low-to-mid-70s - another reprieve from...

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While You Were Out: July 22, 2019

While You Were Out: July 22, 2019

Another Monday over and almost done, CivMixers. Let's get right to it, and check the headlines... The White House officials and Congress are nearing a deal that would boost government spending levels over the next two years and raise the federal borrowing limit. If...

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I Want To Get Away, I Want to Fly Away (Part II)

I Want To Get Away, I Want to Fly Away (Part II)

Hey! Welcome back. You came back, just like you will after you fly out of town. I’ve already covered the airport options I go with most frequently, but there are couple of other locations I’ve made use of when I wanted to get away. Let me share them with you... My...

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Rise and Shine: July 22, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 22, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers! The bad news: It's Monday, which means - for most of us, anyway - it's time to get back to work. The good news: We made it through the first heat wave of the season! Today's forecast calls for periods of rain and temperatures in the...

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Hamiltunes!

Hamiltunes!

Some said they walked away with "chills." Others couldn’t help but join in singing. A few lucky folks walked away with tickets to the hottest show of the summer in the Electric City. And everyone at the Hamiltunes karaoke-like event last Thursday certainly didn’t...

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While You Were Out: July 19, 2019

While You Were Out: July 19, 2019

Well, you made it through another week, CivMixers. Welcome to the weekend. Perhaps you're tired of hearing about how hot it is out there, but, well, it REALLY IS hot out there. And it's only going to get hotter. I had the occasion to be at the track in Saratoga for...

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I Want to Get Away, I Want to Fly Away (Part I)

I Want to Get Away, I Want to Fly Away (Part I)

(Cue this tune before reading). We’ve already established that I love me some Albs, but sometimes a person needs a new view or a break from the cacophony of the 24-hour news cycle. When those times come, residing in the Capital District provides one with an...

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Rise and Shine: July 19, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 19, 2019

Good morning, CixMixers, there's some nice symmetry in today's date, adding just a touch of je ne sais quoi to the already lovely fact that's we've made it to Friday. And it's going to be a hot one. The temperature is headed up to some dangerous levels today,...

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While You Were Out: July 18, 2019

While You Were Out: July 18, 2019

Hang onto your hats, CivMixers, we're over the hump and headed into the weekend...and here comes the heat. Racing at the Saratoga Race Course has been preemptively canceled for Saturday in anticipation of excessive heat during the day. The National Weather Service now...

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Hudson River Skywalk, a First (and Second) Look

Hudson River Skywalk, a First (and Second) Look

I'm a runner, and as much as I enjoy running around my neighborhood - hills, views, not that much traffic - I often find myself looking to branch out and try a new route. I run over 20 miles per week, and I can only loop by the same goat barn so many times before I'm...

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Lights for Liberty Recap

Lights for Liberty Recap

Hundreds gathered last Friday at Albany’s West Capitol Park for a Lights for Liberty vigil - part of a mass mobilization in which tens of thousands of people, at 818 events on six continents, protested in front of detention camps, in the streets and even in their own...

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Rise and Shine: July 18, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 18, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers. Thursday has arrived, along with some rain showers this morning, expected to taper off in the afternoon, and temperatures forecast in the low 80s. That's not too terrible, from a summer heat standpoint, though the humidity is going to be quite...

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While You Were Out: July 17, 2019

While You Were Out: July 17, 2019

Holy thunderstorms! The weather people weren't kidding when they said there was the possibility of strong winds and heavy rains. There's a flash flood watch until 11 p.m. for portions of northwestern Connecticut, Western Massachusetts, and New York, including the...

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Mid-Morning Mix; July 17, 2019

Mid-Morning Mix; July 17, 2019

Hello, CivMixers! Welcome to this hot and steamy Hump Day. (That sounds almost dirty, doesn't it? Sorry, that was not at all what I intended). Got something of a late start today. Let's blame it on the heat. Although, technically speaking, it's not all that hot. The...

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While You Were Out: July 16, 2019

While You Were Out: July 16, 2019

It was a VERY busy Tuesday, CivMixers, and there's still quite a bit of action taking place down in D.C. Let's get right to it... When President Trump said foreign-born Americans should "go back" to the countries they were born in, he may not have realized his...

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Rise and Shine: July 16, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 16, 2019

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers. (I initially wrote "Thursday" there, wishful thinking). It's going to be another 90-plus degree day in most of the region, maybe a hair cooler in Saratoga Springs, with a mix of sun and clouds and the possibility of a stray...

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While You Were Out: July 15, 2019

While You Were Out: July 15, 2019

You made it through another Monday in one piece, CivMixers. Nicely done. Let's hit those headlines, shall we? Lots of news coming out of D.C. today, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged House Democrats to support a resolution to condemn President Trump for tweeting that...

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Photos: Troy Pig Out

Photos: Troy Pig Out

On Saturday, July 13, the ever-popular Troy Pig Out was held. Culinary competitors duked it out for the title of "best BBQ," and people flocked to Riverfront park to indulge in some of the area's finest food. Did you attend? And if so, were you immortalized on "film"...

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What Makes a Meal Memorable?

What Makes a Meal Memorable?

Through the years, I’ve enjoyed some pretty spectacular meals at a broad range of price points. There was lunch at the French Laundry that came in at a cost that dwarfed my car payment, and a dinner in Liguria, Italy that included two bottles of Pigato and multiple...

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Rise and Shine: July 15, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 15, 2019

Good Monday morning, CivMixers! It's going to be a mostly sunny day thought the Capital Region, though clouds will start to form in the afternoon, with temperatures forecast in the low-to-mid-80s, and no rain in the picture, according to The Weather Channel. Barry has...

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Rise and Shine: July 12, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 12, 2019

We made it to Friday, CivMixers. I'm not usually one to say it, but TGIF. The weekend is looking pretty good, weather-wise, with clear skies, lots of sun, temperatures in the mid-80s to low 90s, and relatively low humidity, according to The Weather Channel. Another...

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While You Were Out: July 11, 2019

While You Were Out: July 11, 2019

Thursday down, more or less, Friday to go. Hope your day went well, CivMix crew. Here are some headlines to peruse before you head home for the day, or maybe after you get home and settle in... President Donald Trump is expected to issue an executive action directing...

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Sussing Out Spiked Seltzer

Sussing Out Spiked Seltzer

In summer, it’s the right choice to spend as much time as you can with friends outside on a porch or patio. It’s also an excellent choice when porching, (my technical term), to have a cold, refreshing beverage. One of my favorite summer beverages is a spiked seltzer....

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Rise and Shine: July 11, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 11, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers! Welcome to Thursday. It's a big day in the Capital Region, as the meet kicks off at the Saratoga Race Course. This is the true start of summer for thoroughbred race fans. Gates open at 11 a.m., and the first post is at 1 p.m. There are two...

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While You Were Out: July 10, 2019

While You Were Out: July 10, 2019

We're over the hump, CivMixers. It's all downhill to the weekend from here. Some news of note... The United States’ victorious women’s national soccer team rolled up the "Canon of Heroes" - a stretch of Broadway from Battery Park to City Hall in Manhattan - cheered by...

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Dan’s Summer Music Picks, Part II

Dan’s Summer Music Picks, Part II

July is in the house and I’m feeling the burn! June had some incredible entertainment for us Capital Districters, and July is no different. There's really too much free entertainment available to mention it all, but here are some of my top picks around the region of...

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Rise and Shine: July 10, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 10, 2019

Good morning, CivMix crew and at 'em. The middle of the week has arrived. Happy Wednesday. Remember how I said that yesterday there would be a ticker tape parade in Manhattan celebrating the U.S. women's soccer team members and their fourth World Cup win? Well, yeah....

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While You Were Out: July 9, 2019

While You Were Out: July 9, 2019

Another Tuesday has (almost) come and gone, and what a busy one it has been - for early July, especially. Lots of headlines to get to, CivMixers, so let's jump to it, shall we? Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, renowned patriot and two-time independent candidate for...

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Have Your Summer Fun AND Healthy Eating, Too!

Have Your Summer Fun AND Healthy Eating, Too!

People like you! Hopefully, they also like your family! The reward for being so awesome; you get invited to a slew of gatherings all summer long. Everything from graduation parties, BBQs, pool parties, picnics, "It’s a day with a vowel" gatherings...You get the...

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Rise and Shine: July 9, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 9, 2019

Tuesday has arrived in all its glory, CivMixers. *NOTE: This is happening TOMORROW, not today. Mea culpa. And speaking of glory, at 9:30 a.m. this morning, a ticker tape parade will be held in Manhattan for members of the U.S. women's soccer team, marking their fourth...

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While You Were Out: July 8, 2019

While You Were Out: July 8, 2019

One day of a full work week down, four more to go, CivMix crew. Here are some headlines you might have missed while attending to other matters... As a battle over the president's tax returns heats up in Washington, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the "Trust Act" into law,...

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Getting to Know: Fred Coffey

Getting to Know: Fred Coffey

Since CivMix has been up and running for a few weeks now, it seems like a good time to start introducing you to some of the people who make regular appearances on the site. Many of the photos featured in the daily round-ups - "Rise and Shine" in the morning and "While...

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Rise and Shine: July 8, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 8, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers. It's back to the grind for most of us after a long holiday weekend. It's tough to return to work after four days of sun and fun, especially when we're continuing to experience some peak summer weather, with temperatures predicted to be in the...

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Photos: July 4th at the Plaza

Photos: July 4th at the Plaza

Thousands of people showed up for the 44th annual July 4th festivities at the Empire State Plaza - one of the biggest Independence Day celebrations in the Capital Region. The day kicked off with 29 people from 20 different countries becoming U.S. citizens. There was...

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