5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: June 5, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: June 5, 2020

As I am writing this we are having one of those amazing sunshowers. I love them. They're so weird. Also, they usually cool things off a bit...not in this case, it seems. Also, I neglected to note for you all this morning that today is CivMix's 1-year anniversary! A...

Rise and Shine: June 5, 2020

Rise and Shine: June 5, 2020

It's finally Friday, CivMixers, which, for some reason, I thought might never get here. It's World Environment Day, established by the UN in 1974 to encourage awareness and worldwide activism around preserving the globe. This year's theme is biodiversity, which comes...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: June 4, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: June 4, 2020

Hello, all! Welcome to Thursday. One day left in this week, but as I said at the beginning of quarantine, guess what – this week has been an incredibly long year. I am seeing something I like in social media a lot, which is that for all those who are wishing for 2020...

Hartley’s Encore to play Window Sessions at Lark Hall on June 5

Hartley’s Encore to play Window Sessions at Lark Hall on June 5

Hartley’s Encore, an Albany-based funk and soul band, will be featured for Window Sessions, Lark Hall’s virtual performance series, on Friday, June 5. Window Sessions is a weekly streaming concert series that serves as a fundraiser for Feed Albany. The innovative...

Rise and Shine, June 4, 2020

Rise and Shine, June 4, 2020

Good morning, CivMixers. It's Thursday. A lot of us who have been working from home as a result of the pandemic have had an opportunity to forge extra strong bonds with our pets. Sometimes mine is the only thing that gets me through the day...I can't simply give up...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: June3, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: June3, 2020

Happy Wednesday, CivMixers. I don’t know about you, but this week has felt like a long month. And it's only Wednesday. Wednesday. Thankfully, the protests in Albany last night stayed mainly peaceful. There was a clash earlier in the day between two different groups of...

Rise and Shine: June 3, 2020

Rise and Shine: June 3, 2020

Good Wednesday morning, CivMixers. I don't want to jinx anything, but it looks like the violence in response to George Floyd's death is slowing, though the peaceful protest in reaction to his killing by a white police officer a week ago in Minneapolis continues....

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: June 2, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: June 2, 2020

And so another day. It is a gloomy one, and I believe it matches a lot of our moods in light of the recent events. I can’t even really reflect on it, as I am just tired. I am tired of the violence. I am tired of the frustration, confusion, hatred, and racism. I am...

Rise and Shine: June 2, 2020

Rise and Shine: June 2, 2020

It's Tuesday, CivMixers, and it was another long night. It has now been seven days since George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed in Minneapolis by a white police officer, and the protests - some of them violent - have not abated, despite communities across the...

5 Things: June 1, 2020

5 Things: June 1, 2020

Welcome to a chilly Monday, CivMixers. I hope everyone stayed safe this weekend and had a nice happy one. There was a lot of unrest and a lot more fear of disorder throughout the Capital District. Please rest assured that the people who were rioting were not in the...

I went down to the demonstration…

I went down to the demonstration…

...because that’s what I try to do - walk the walk. Through the years, I’ve protested for reproductive rights, in solidarity against school and gun violence, and in mourning with the GLBTQ community following the massacre in Orlando. The most heated march in which I...

Pictures Of A Region In (Peaceful) Protest

Pictures Of A Region In (Peaceful) Protest

We are all well aware of what took place over the weekend - locally, nationally and globally. There were protests to express outrage over the senseless killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer in Minneapolis, who knelt on Floyd's neck...

Rise and Shine: June 1, 2020

Rise and Shine: June 1, 2020

Good morning, CivMixers. It's hard to know where to begin. Rarely do I feel acute relief that a weekend is over. But this weekend was flat-out awful. A wave of violence, sorrow and rage is tearing apart cities across the nation in response to the death of an unarmed...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 29, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 29, 2020

TGIF, CivMixers! For a short week, it was a long one! Sorry for the SNAFU with yesterday's 5 Things, it was a long day for everyone involved in news and reporting, and I forgot to follow up with Liz to make sure my post went up. It shouldn't happen again, my sincerest...

Tending

Tending

While I was brushing enough fur off Jeter to have potentially cloned him, I thought about how there are years when he doesn’t necessarily receive the same amount of care and attention as he has during this pandemic. Earlier this week, he suffered an unfortunate...

Rise and Shine: May 29, 2020

Rise and Shine: May 29, 2020

TGIF, CivMixers. I don't usually say that. I think it's a little trite, to be honest. But yesterday was a veritable BEAR of a day. And I forgot to do "5 Things." Mea Culpa. I'm sorry. Won't happen again. We're coming to the tail end of another month - the third since...

Rise and Shine: May 28, 2020

Rise and Shine: May 28, 2020

Today is Thursday, CivMixers, good morning. It's the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which has both an agricultural and a spiritual significance. Agriculturally it marks the all-important wheat harvest in the Land of Israel, and spiritually it commemorates the anniversary...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 27, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 27, 2020

Another Wednesday in the books, CivMixers! It was another scorcher, which contributed to the challenges of wearing a mask in public. But, we do it to keep members of vulnerable communities safe - not to mention ourselves - so that makes the annoyance worth it, right?...

Rise and Shine: May 27, 2020

Rise and Shine: May 27, 2020

Good morning, it's Wednesday. The foreshortened week, as a result of the Memorial Day holiday weekend that just passed, coupled with the ongoing stay-at-home pandemic thing has got me all confused. It feels like a Tuesday. I actually WROTE that it was Tuesday, but...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 26, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 26, 2020

Happy Tuesday, CivMixers! I hope you all enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend, even though it looked different than what we as a society are used to seeing. No, there were no significant events or parades, but it was a beautiful four-day weekend and a great way to usher...

Capital Hills Park, I mean golf course

Capital Hills Park, I mean golf course

Perhaps you’ve heard about the controversy over Albany’s city owned golf course? There’s quite the kurfuffle over Mayor Sheehan’s decision to not open the municipal course for the season so far this year. Apparently, despite the fact that there are numerous other...

Rise and Shine: May 26, 2020

Rise and Shine: May 26, 2020

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers. It's going to be a short work week after a lovely Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial kickoff to summer 2020. Technically speaking, though, it's the 68th day of spring and there are 26 days remaining until summer truly starts, marked...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 25, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 25, 2020

It turned into a nice - albeit breezy - Memorial Day. I hope it has been a good one thus far for all of you, CivMixers. It started like this for me, though I used a 10 lb weight vest instead of 20. A good way to remember what this day is really all about. While you...

Rise and Shine: May 25, 2020

Rise and Shine: May 25, 2020

Happy Memorial Day, CivMixers. Summer is upon us. And WOW, ironically, this is the first Memorial Day weekend I can recall when the weather was just...showstoppingly perfect, although it hasn't been that way all across the state. Some places saw rain. I'm sorry for...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 22, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 22, 2020

We're going to knock off work little early this holiday weekend Friday. But before we go, several CivMixers (you know who you are) reached out to remind me that I neglected to mention that civil rights leader and LGBTQ Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in 1978 and is...

Rise and Shine: May 22, 2020

Rise and Shine: May 22, 2020

It's Memorial Day weekend FriYAY, CivMixers. The gateway to summer is upon us. So, yeah, summer is shaping up to be a little...different this year. OK, A LOT different. But it's still summer, with lots of long days full of sunshine that we can all enjoy while staying...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 21, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 21, 2020

Another gorgeous day in the Capital Region, CivMixers!! I hope everyone got out to enjoy it. As we roll to another weekend, everything is holding steady where we left it on the regional monitoring dashboard yesterday, with NYC, Long Island, and the Mid-Hudson regions...

Rise and Shine: May 21, 2020

Rise and Shine: May 21, 2020

Good morning. It's Thursday, which is one day away from Friday. A few things worth noting. Today is Ascension, the 40th day of Easter, which commemorates Jesus's ascension into heaven as described in the New Testament of the Bible. According to the Bible, after his...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 20, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 20, 2020

Happy Wednesday, CivMixers! Today was the beginning of the phased re-opening of the Capital District. As we fully enter Phase I, many local retailers are excited that they can welcome back business in any form - even if only through curbside pickup and delivery. Get...

Rise and Shine: May 20, 2020

Rise and Shine: May 20, 2020

Good Wednesday morning, CivMixers. It's the middle of week leading up to Memorial Day weekend, the kickoff to summer, and while summer is certainly going to look a lot different this year as a result of the ongoing pandemic, we have some things to look forward to....

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 19, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 19, 2020

Happy Tuesday, guys. I hope you had a good one. It was a lovely day, decent weather to get the little ones out and about, as well as yourself. Here's the top story of the day: Gov. Andrew Cuomo brought some good news to the Capital Region, announcing that an "army" of...

Make like a tree and…stay

Make like a tree and…stay

What? Were you expecting the word “leave” instead of stay? I mean, where are you going? It’s ten (?) weeks into this sheltering at home thing and I’m starting to get really anxious about not being able to leave my house, my city, my state... and I don’t like feeling...

Rise and Shine, May 19, 2020

Rise and Shine, May 19, 2020

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers. Apparently today is National Celebrate Your Elected Officials Day, which is when we thank those we (ostensibly, given the ridiculously and embarrassingly low voter participation rates in this country) select to represent us and fight...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 18, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 18, 2020

Hello, and welcome to another new week, CivMixers! I hope you all had a lovely weekend and got out to enjoy the weather in a safe and responsible socially distanced manner. There's more good news on the re-opening front, and also some not-to-great news when it comes...

Rise and Shine: May 18, 2020

Rise and Shine: May 18, 2020

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. Today is National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, observed annually to recognize the many volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists working together to develop a vaccine to prevent HIV. It is also, according to the...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 15, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 15, 2020

Does anyone else want the weather to clear itself up? Starting the weeks with pre-spring weather and ending them with summer humidity is not a trend I want to continue. I am not knocking hot weather; I am just hoping that the weather will find a more steady routine...

Rise and Shine: May 15, 2020

Rise and Shine: May 15, 2020

Good Friday morning, CivMixers, let the un-PAUSing begin! A number of other states are also starting to re-open today, including Louisiana and Oregon, and many others have already done so. Also worth noting: It's Peace Officers Memorial Day, which happens to fall at...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 14, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 14, 2020

So, tomorrow is the big day. The day that much of the state begins to un-PAUSE. I am feeling a mixture of nervousness, eager anticipation and outright dread. Gov. Andrew Cuomo today expanded the number of regions able to participate in the phased-in re-opening to...

Rise and Shine: May 14, 2020

Rise and Shine: May 14, 2020

It's Thursday, May 14, which is the last day of the "PAUSE." Tomorrow, the phased-in economic re-opening of four regions of the state - the Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier, Finger Lakes Region and North Country (added just yesterday) - have so far met the metrics laid...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 13, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 13, 2020

Happy Hump Day, CivMixers!! Another week, another Wednesday, another day full of news. Some people are looking forward to re-opening at the end of this week; others are wondering when their regions are going to go seven for seven, so they can begin their phased...

Getting by with the Gilmore Girls

Getting by with the Gilmore Girls

I have a history of jumping in big on television series years after their lengthy runs have ended and all the related merch can only be found on the 50% rack at Marshall’s.  I did it with Sex and the City, with Breaking Bad and, now during this pandemic, Gilmore...

Rise and Shine: May 13, 2020

Rise and Shine: May 13, 2020

Good Wednesday morning, CivMixers. It's National Third Shift Workers Day, which kind of also translates into another day to celebrate essential workers, since the folks who are traditionally working the so-called "graveyard shift" tend to be tending the sick in...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 12, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 12, 2020

Hello CivMixers, and Happy Tuesday. It is another running behind day with the munchkin not having me working uninterrupted, so let's get right down to business. 1) In February, Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed in Glynn County, Georgia. The 25-year-old black man was...

Rise and Shine: May 12, 2020

Rise and Shine: May 12, 2020

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers. Did you know that it's National Hospital Week? The American Hospital Association has some suggestions about how we can observe this "week of thanks" for the health care institutions and professionals that have been working to combat...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 11, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 11, 2020

Hello, and welcome to another gloomy Monday, CivMixers. I hope everyone had a great weekend and a Happy Mother's Day!! This is the week of reckoning when some things begin to re-open in some parts of the state. The news that drive-in theaters are going to be allowed...

Rise and Shine: May 11, 2020

Rise and Shine: May 11, 2020

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. It's Lag BaOmer, a minor Jewish holiday that marks the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a Mishnaic sage and leading disciple of Rabbi Akiva in the 2nd century, and the day on which he revealed the deepest secrets of...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 8, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 8, 2020

Hello and Happy Friday, CivMixers!! I am running a bit late today, so let's just jump right in, shall we? 1) In the ongoing college admissions scandal, nicknamed "Operation Varsity Blues," US District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton has rejected the defendants'...

Mass(k) confusion

Mass(k) confusion

Let me begin by saying I hope you and yours are managing during this difficult time. I know a situation like this current pandemic can devastate lives in a million different ways. Please reach out if you’re overwhelmed and need assistance. There are people who want to...

Campaigning (And Voting) In A Time Of COVID

Campaigning (And Voting) In A Time Of COVID

Six weeks ago if I had told you that Tulip Festival and every other spring event would be canceled - and perhaps moved online to a full virtual experience - you would likely have been highly skeptical. If I had told you that you wouldn’t be allowed to be in a place...

Rise and Shine: May 8, 2020

Rise and Shine: May 8, 2020

Good morning, it's Friday. It's also World Red Cross Day, which coincides with the anniversary of the birth of Henry Dunant, a Swiss humanitarian, businessman and social activist who was born on May 8, 1828. He was the founder of International Committee of the Red...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 7, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 7, 2020

Welcome to Thursday, CivMixers! We have made it through another beautiful day, and I hope everyone is enjoying the more excellent weather. Tomorrow is another Friday, one day closer to the beginning of the phased reopening of the state. Today's news is filled with...

Rise and Shine: May 7, 2020

Rise and Shine: May 7, 2020

Good Thursday morning, CivMixers. If you happen to have been paying attention to the night sky of late, you might have noticed that the moon is looking extra large. It is, in fact, the week of the last full "supermoon" of 2020, and it peaks this morning. According to...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 6, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 6, 2020

Another week, another hump day come and gone. It was a pretty decent day, which facilitated getting outside - a must while we remain in COVID-19 quarantine. Like everyone else, I am counting down the days to May 15. I know we won't be seeing a full re-opening, and...

Rise and Shine: May 6, 2020

Rise and Shine: May 6, 2020

Good morning, CivMixers, and welcome to Wednesday. It's National Nurses Day, which kicks off National Nurses Week - an appreciation of health care professionals that has taken on a whole new dimension as we continue to battle the novel coronavirus pandemic. Worth...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 5, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 5, 2020

Hello CivMixers! Welcome to Tuesday, and the Revenge of the Fifth...will the StarWars puns ever stop giving? This one came along as "May the 4th Be With You" StarWars day grew in popularity. It was a a follow-up to the day of all things, StarWars and a pun on the...

Covid Coif

Covid Coif

We’re 7 (?) weeks into the pandemic and it’s accompanying forced isolation. For those who are without a cohabitant or partner, the only thing getting shagged or shaggy, from what I can tell, is their hair. Witnessing how people deal with that growth has been a very...

Rise and Shine: May 5, 2020

Rise and Shine: May 5, 2020

Happy Cino de Mayo! (Also known as Tuesday, for those of you who aren't interested in the cultural thing). Technically speaking, this is an annual celebration observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5,...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 4, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 4, 2020

Good Afternoon CivMixers and May the Fourth Be With You (for just a few more hours now)!! It is officially my favorite day of the year when I get to celebrate my StarWars obsession. Now, if you are unaware, this is a saying that has long been popular among those of us...

Rise and Shine: May 4, 2020

Rise and Shine: May 4, 2020

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. May the Fourth be With You. Yes, it's Star Wars Day, which mostly a commercial thing, and also a social media thing. But it's still kinda fun, for those of us who grew up on the franchise. It's also Teacher Appreciation Week, which is a...

Learning to (re)love home on two pedals

Learning to (re)love home on two pedals

Each morning, as I make my tea (depending on how I’m feeling or what I have in stock — it’s either passion fruit or green), I face the first big decision of the day. Do I take the bike to the office or do I take the car? The general determination is the weather — is...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 1

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: May 1

Happy Friday, CivMixers - and Happy May! Every day it feels like there are more stories that break out of the COVID reporting model, which has to be a good sign. Let's get right to it, shall we? 1) Following up on a story in yesterday's 5 Things, the presumptive...

City of Albany to hold virtual Tulip Festival

City of Albany to hold virtual Tulip Festival

The City of Albany announced they will be holding a virtual Tulip Festival celebration on Saturday, May 9. The virtual event will feature musical performances, Tulip garden tours, local business take out specials, prizes and more.   "While I join so many of you...

Rise and Shine: May 1, 2020

Rise and Shine: May 1, 2020

MAY DAY! MAY DAY! Good morning, CivMixers. We have crossed the line into a whole new month. It's Friday, there are 15 more days remaining in the governor's "PAUSE" order, and it's May Day. In medieval and modern Europe, May 1 (AKA May Day) was a day to celebrate of...

What I Hope Stays When This Is All Over

What I Hope Stays When This Is All Over

We’re more more than a month in. A month after the "PAUSE" button on our lives was pushed. Most of us are still trying to figure out how to live those external lives inside our homes. Some need to cope with a world that is totally different, but their lives are still...

Rise and Shine: April 30, 2020

Rise and Shine: April 30, 2020

Hello, and welcome to Thursday, CivMixers. It's the last day of April, which somehow seems like an accomplishment. It's also International Jazz Day. This day was established in 2011 by musician and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock to bring together...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 29

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 29

Another Wednesday, another week, half gone. We are close to officially ending April, and I suppose that everyone in CivMix Land is also excited to formally putting this month behind us. It has been an exceptionally long and hard month, unlike anything any of us has...

Evolution to hotness

Evolution to hotness

Growing up in a household where spiciness did not reside, my introduction to fiery condiments came rather late in life via salsa with Mexican food. I loved the bold assault of salsa verde in my mouth and appreciated the clean flavors of tomato, onion, garlic and chili...

Rise and Shine, April 29, 2020

Rise and Shine, April 29, 2020

Good morning, CivMixers. It's Wednesday. Hump Day is here. If you are an early riser, you might like to know that a VERY large asteroid - a bit over a mile wide (2 km) and mostly spherical - is scheduled to make a pass near early shortly before 6 a.m. Now, it's about...

Rise and Shine: April 28, 2020

Rise and Shine: April 28, 2020

Good morning, CivMixers, happy Democratic presidential primary day that isn't! Yes, in the BC days (before coronavirus), Democrats all across New York would have been heading to the polls today to cast a ballot in the election to select their standard-bearer to go up...

Rise and Shine: April 27, 2020

Rise and Shine: April 27, 2020

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. Welcome to another week on PAUSE, which may well be coming to an end - of sorts - in the not-so-distant future. But more on that in a moment. On this day in 2018, an historic summit took place between Korean leaders, the North's Kim...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Otherwise Engaged: April 24, 2020

5 Things That Happened While You Were Otherwise Engaged: April 24, 2020

I don't know about you, but I'm having a hard time distinguishing from work and, well, everything else. It's tough to create a work/life balance when work IS life because home and office are one and the same. Yes, yes, I know about boundaries and schedules and carving...

Peoples, I mean, Peebles Island

Peoples, I mean, Peebles Island

As our days of isolation and confinement continue, I know I’m not the only person seeking a safe escape from my house. Staying home is really hard. My poor dog probably has calluses on his paws from all of our walks and my bike is no longer gathering dust in the...

Rise and Shine: April 24, 2020

Rise and Shine: April 24, 2020

Good morning, CivMixers. Welcome to Friday, which also happens to be National Arbor Day - a moment to celebrate trees, and plant them, too. Learn more about joining #TeamTree (yes, it's true) here. Also, for my fellow children of the '80s, there's this. You're...

K-Plate, Troy’s Korean BBQ restaurant, opens in Albany

K-Plate, Troy’s Korean BBQ restaurant, opens in Albany

K-Plate Korean BBQ is now open their Albany location at 193 Lark Street. This marks the second location for the Troy-based Korean BBQ restaurant. K-Plate was founded first as a food cart started by RPI students on campus before they were one of the first food...

Rise and Shine: April 23, 2020

Rise and Shine: April 23, 2020

Good Thursday morning, CivMixers, and Happy World Book Day! This day, also known as World Book and Copyright Day, or International Day of the Book, is an annual event organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote...

Get me to the Greek (Island)

Get me to the Greek (Island)

Last summer I went to Greece for the first time and I loved it. The scenery, the food and the weather all agreed with me and I knew there was so much more that I wanted to see there. I had to go back. In the fall, as my youngest son and I started to plan our summer...

Rise and Shine: April 22, 2020

Rise and Shine: April 22, 2020

Good Wednesday morning, CivMixers, and Happy 50th Anniversary to Earth Day! Did you know that Earth Day, which marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970, is widely recognized as the largest secular observance in the world, marked...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 21

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 21

Tomorrow is Earth Day, and for the 50th anniversary of the celebration during a countrywide lockdown, there are plenty of virtual activities to take part in.  Though many typical activities are delayed or postponed to comply with current social distancing guidelines...

Rise and Shine: April 21, 2020

Rise and Shine: April 21, 2020

Happy Tuesday, CivMixers. We're back to the gray and wet version of spring, with a 90 percent chance of precipitation and potential high wind gusts later in the day. Temperatures will be in the low 50s, according to The Weather Channel. We've had a significant...

Rise and Shine: April 20, 2020

Rise and Shine: April 20, 2020

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. It's April 20 - AKA 4/20. If you happen to be hip to cannabis culture, or just a person of a certain age, you know what that means. If not, well...it reportedly all started in the early 1970s as an inside joke at a Northern California...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 17

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 17

Happy Friday, all!! I hope you all had a good week. Today is my sister's birthday, and we are doing a Zoom party for her. I don't want to knock it, because we are lucky that we can do so. We can see each other, we have the technology to do it, and that makes us lucky....

City of Albany cancels Memorial Day parade

City of Albany cancels Memorial Day parade

The City of Albany announced it will cancel the 2020 Memorial Day Parade, originally scheduled for Monday, May 25. The event was been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Joint Veterans Committee coordinates with veterans organizations and schools across the...

Things to bake, cook and fry during a pandemic

Things to bake, cook and fry during a pandemic

As you may have read, be it via a friend’s social media status or an actual journal or news article, there’s this weight gain thing happening as we hunker down at home during this extended period of time. Seems we’re all college students again packing on the...

Rise and Shine, April 17, 2020

Rise and Shine, April 17, 2020

It's Friday. We made it through another workweek on "PAUSE," CivMixers...only until May 15 (at least) to go. Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday extended the order requiring all but essential businesses to remain closed, continuing our collective self-quarantine for another...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 16

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 16

Welcome to Thursday evening, CivMixers! It seems like this week has been a particularly long one. I have to say though, my wife had to go into work today to do some things that couldn't be done remotely. (Don't worry, it's healthcare, she's essential - no guidelines...

Rise and Shine: April 16, 2020

Rise and Shine: April 16, 2020

Happy Emancipation Day, CivMixers! Oh, you don't know what that is? Well, don't feel bad. Neither did I. Probably very few people outside of Washington, D.C., which is the only place this day is celebrated, as far as I can tell, are actually in the know. So here's the...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 15

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 15

Happy Wednesday, all!! I hope you all are enjoying the clear but chilly weather. It was another day full of COVID-19 related updates. I know that it seems like COVID is just absolutely dominating every aspect of life. The news is getting better, though, and that is...

New walk-up COVID-19 testing sites available in Albany

New walk-up COVID-19 testing sites available in Albany

Albany County announced it will open three walk-up testing sites for COVID-19. The three will be located in the City of Albany within the South End, Arbor Hill, and West End neighborhoods. “It is crucial that we are bringing tests to our entire community, especially...

Rise and Shine: April 15, 2020

Rise and Shine: April 15, 2020

OK. I admit it. I had to Google, "What is today." It's Wednesday. It's also Tax Day. I knew there was a reason I wanted to stay in bed....and not because of the weather, because it's looking OK. We're on tap for mixed sun and clouds today and temperatures in the high...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 14

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 14

Tuesday came and went, intermittently windy and sunny and a little chilly, but thankfully without the torrential downpours that we had yesterday. Hopefully, everyone was able to get out and enjoy some portion of the day. Today I felt kind of like I backslid again,...

Table for one

Table for one

As the days and weeks of isolation blur into an extended time of reflection and worry, I’ve been thinking about what I most miss from my life B.C.* I do this in the comfort of a heated home with all, bidet aside, the necessary modern amenities and an awareness and...

Rise and Shine: April 14, 2020

Rise and Shine: April 14, 2020

Good morning, CivMixers, it's Tuesday...just in case you lost track. On this day in April 14, 1912, the British liner RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40 p.m. ship's time and began sinking. (The ship went under two hours and 40 minutes...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 13

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 13

Hello CivMixers, welcome to a new week. I hope everyone had a good weekend, and a happy holiday, whichever holiday they happened to celebrate. My family and I had a nice Easter, though the Easter Bunny lost her mind and bought the munchkin a skateboard. So. Yeah. Not...

My Post-Pandemic To-Do List

My Post-Pandemic To-Do List

I’m not the first person to say it, but we’re living in some strange times. I know there are no guarantees in life, but I still approach every day with the optimism that I will make it through and return to whatever normalcy my life possesses. With that, I’ve taken to...

Rise and Shine: April 13, 2020

Rise and Shine: April 13, 2020

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. It's Easter Monday, which is a day of celebration in some countries, notably Canada and Australia, where it's a day when folks are supposed to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Unfortunately, after a fairly nice - albeit windy -...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 10

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 10

Another week, another Friday. Today is not just another Friday though, it is, as noted earlier in the day, Good Friday.  Some may wonder why the day that Christians use to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, which was a very dark moment, is now referred to...

Albany’s Soul Pantry – Debbie’s Kitchen

Albany’s Soul Pantry – Debbie’s Kitchen

I hate to be the one to break it to you if you’re unaware, but Debbie’s Kitchen is closing effective Saturday, April 11th. I’m hesitant to use the word “permanently” because these current days have caused many, myself included, to question what forever really means....

Rise and Shine: April 10, 2020

Rise and Shine: April 10, 2020

Good Friday morning, CivMixers. It's Good Friday, which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. The archbishop of Paris says he wants to send a strong signal of hope to the faithful by holding a small Good Friday ceremony amid the rubble inside...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 9

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 9

Today started rainy and gloomy and unfortunately remained that way until late afternoon when it became sunny but SUPER windy - like, hold onto your hat, turn your umbrella inside out windy.  Equally unfortunate is the fact that it looks like this weather is going...

Rise and Shine: April 9, 2020

Rise and Shine: April 9, 2020

Good morning, CivMixers, it's Maundy Thursday, also known as as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, and the Thursday of Mysteries in various traditions. And yes, I had to look that one up. Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper and it occurs every year on the...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 8

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 8

Happy Hump Day CivMixers! When I looked at the weather last night I thought today was going to be a return to doom and gloom, however, it ended up being a very nice afternoon. I am happy about that as again the child got outside to expend some energy. That is what we...

What to watch during a pandemic

What to watch during a pandemic

Since we’re all, much valued essential workers aside, spending a lot more time at home these days, I thought it might be beneficial to compile a collection of recommendations for quality entertainment. I’ll get things started with a few programs that I’ve enjoyed...

Siena Poll: Coronavirus Sends Consumer Confidence Plummeting

Siena Poll: Coronavirus Sends Consumer Confidence Plummeting

Not surprisingly, consumer confidence has been shaken significantly by the coronavirus pandemic. It's down down 26.6 points from the last measurement in the fourth quarter of 2019 to 66.4 in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest poll by the Siena...

Rise and Shine: April 8, 2020

Rise and Shine: April 8, 2020

Welcome to Wednesday. We're looking at an overcast day with temperatures in the mid-50s, according to The Weather Channel. The Jewish holiday of Passover begins tonight, and many people I know - including my immediate family - will be celebrating online. On this day...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 7

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 7

Happy Tuesday, all!! It was a day to feel a glimmer of optimism. The sun was shining, the air was warm, and while the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is sobering and also climbing, there is a possibility that we have hit or are in the apex of this public health...

World Health Day 2020

World Health Day 2020

I neglected to note this morning that today is World Health Day - "the day to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and remind world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy." It's also worth noting that it's International Year of the...

Rise and Shine: April 7, 2020

Rise and Shine: April 7, 2020

It's Tuesday. If it were appropriate to write on the walls, I would be adding a hashtag for every day of this "PAUSE," which has now been extended by the governor through April 29. But I then would have to paint once this was all over, and if there's anything I hate...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 6

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 6

Happy Monday CivMixers!! I hope you all enjoyed the weekend, it was nice and offered the opportunity to get some outdoor time in. Today was flat-out gorgeous, and a nice day to work outside if you have the setup to do so. (Editor's note: Woah. I need to work on that)....

Siena Poll: Coronavirus Sends Consumer Confidence Plummeting

Siena Poll: Coronavirus Upends Life In New York

Today's Siena poll reveals the extent to which the pandemic has changed pretty much everything, with 85 percent of poll respondents saying that this unprecedented public health crisis is having either a somewhat or very significant impact on their daily lives....

Rise and Shine: April 6, 2020

Rise and Shine: April 6, 2020

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. We had a pretty good weekend, from a weather standpoint, though the warmth does make one itchy to escape the house and get outside. That's fine, as long as you maintain social distancing standards of six feet between you and everyone...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 3

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 3

Happy Friday. Quite the gloomy day to end the week on, huh? I hope that everyone can get out for their appropriately distanced walk and get through the weekend safely and sanely. The novel coronavirus continues its relentless march around the world, with nearly 1.1...

Where are the children?

Where are the children?

Do you remember that suspense novel by Mary Higgins Clark, Where are the Children? I read it a really long time ago and don’t remember any details, but the title has been bouncing around my librarian brain for the past week or so.  That’s the kind of thing that...

Dr. Fauci’s connections to the Albany area goes back decades

Dr. Fauci’s connections to the Albany area goes back decades

With a commitment to keeping public officials and public statements factual about COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is nearly inescapable on television sets and digital screens. The Brooklyn native...

Rise and Shine: April 3, 2020

Rise and Shine: April 3, 2020

It's Friday, which is nice, as it brings to a close another surreal week of social distancing. It's going to rain today, which is not so nice. Temperatures will hover around 50 degrees. The weekend is looking promising, according to The Weather Channel, with clouds...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 2

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 2

One more day left in the workweek, CivMixers!! It was another nice day weatherwise, and I hope all of you got out to enjoy it. Personally, I had a bad health day today, my chest is tighter again, shortness of breath is back - increased inhaler use, headaches, and...

Things I’m Afraid Will Never Come Back

Things I’m Afraid Will Never Come Back

I'm an extrovert. Like when you take those personality quizzes and tests? 100 percent extrovert. This doesn't mean that I'm comfortable in every social situation, but it does mean that I really love being around people. This whole new world we are in is basically the...

Rise and Shine: April 2, 2020

Rise and Shine: April 2, 2020

Good Thursday morning, CivMixers. Here's something I can really get behind: It's National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, an entire DAY dedicated to the world's most perfect food combination. Really, peanut butter and anything is a good combination...and peanut butter...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 1

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 1

Another week, another Wednesday coming to a close, CivMixers. I hope that you all got to enjoy the warm(ish) weather, blue sky, and sun we had today. As Liz said in this morning's Rise and Shine, today is April Fool's Day. The tradition of April Fool's Day goes back...

Rise and Shine: April 1, 2020

Rise and Shine: April 1, 2020

Good Wednesday morning, CivMixers. It's April 1, and I kind of feel like the joke's on us these days. Every day I wake up to a blissful few moments of not remembering what's going on in the world. And then it hits me: Oh, yeah, Groundhog Day. Is anyone else having...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 31

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 31

Happy Tuesday CivMixers! I hope everyone is having a good day and a somewhat normal (at least new normal) start to this week. I am not going to lie, the rising numbers of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the U.S. are grim, as we have officially overtaken...

A Moveable Feast Without Leaving Home

A Moveable Feast Without Leaving Home

One of my favorite springtime events occurs this weekend and even social distancing will not stand in its way. The Historic Albany Foundation’s annual fundraiser, A Moveable Feast, dubbed A Stationary Feast this year, will go on, albeit in a new and different fashion....

Spring Is Springing – Virus Be Damned

Spring Is Springing – Virus Be Damned

No matter what sorts of things are happening in the world, nature has a funny way of rolling along unaffected. It's kind of comforting in a time of uncertainty. When asked to pick my favorite season, I usually tell people I live in a place with four seasons for a...

Rise and Shine: March 31, 2020

Rise and Shine: March 31, 2020

Happy Tuesday, CivMixers. It's officially the 12th day of spring, and there are only 82 days left until summer, which seems like sort of a hopeful time. Hopefully. It's raining lightly as I write this, but that is forecast to end and we'll be left with clouds and...

The Mix for the Week of April 6, 2020: Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, Chau Mui

Launching our first podcast, The Mix

CivMixers, we come to you bringing tiding of audio joy during these uncertain times. We have launched the first of what we hope to be a set of podcasts that will be available here on civmix.com. The Mix, featuring Liz Benjamin and Joe Bonilla, will feature discussions...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 30

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 30

Good evening all, welcome to Monday. I hope you had a nice weekend, though the weather didn't make it easy. If your house is anything like mine, by this point no matter what you have tried to do to stay entertained, you are all a little stir-crazy and maybe even a...

Rise and Shine: March 30, 2020

Rise and Shine: March 30, 2020

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. We're in for some more rain today, according to The Weather Channel, with temperatures hovering around 50 degrees. The good news this morning: We've made it (almost) to the end of March, which I think we can all agree was a challenging...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 27

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 27

Shopping in the time of coronavirus. Did you know that there is even a run on lawn bags, CivMixers? I was trying to order some today for my wife and in-laws to go pick up and most places are out of them or running low on stock. This is probably in no way important to...

Rise and Shine: March 27, 2020

Rise and Shine: March 27, 2020

Good morning, CivMixers. We made it to Friday, which looks a lot like Monday and also Wednesday...but they say when you're working from home you have to stick to a schedule in order to maintain a sense of normalcy. So, TGIF. I guess. I've been hearing about a lot of...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 26

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 26

Hey all, Happy Thursday evening. As I write this, I am officially in 14-day quarantine and am showing symptoms of COVID-19. Luckily, I am not a confirmed case as I am not sick enough to qualify for the test. However the tight chest, deep, dry cough, headaches, etc....

Rise and Shine: March 26, 2020

Rise and Shine: March 26, 2020

Good Thursday morning, CivMixers. It's going to be downright springlike out there today, with temperatures flirting with 60 degrees (OK, the high 50s, really, but a girl can dream), and mostly sunny skies, according to The Weather Channel. After days of...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 25

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 25

Ah, good old hump day! Am I the only person who still envisions a camel walking around when hearing that statement? Anyway. Another workweek half in the books, albeit a different one for most of us. Being a society that is mainly working from home right now is...

Picturing Spain

Picturing Spain

In a few months, my son and I are supposed to visit Spain. Four years ago a different son and I spent some time in Barcelona, a great city that I really enjoyed and hope to one day visit again. The upcoming, and very much up in the air, trip will give my youngest son...

Rise and Shine: March 25, 2020

Rise and Shine: March 25, 2020

Good morning, it's Wednesday. Hump Day, which, when working from home, doesn't mean all that much. But not all of us are, so there you go. The big news thus far today is that the White House and Senate leaders struck a major deal early this morning over a $2-trillion...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 24

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 24

Tuesday has come and almost gone, and with came more COVID-19 updates from around the world.  I know some other people out there are feeling like I am - a little caged up, restless and very bored. Please know if you are feeling that way, you are not alone. If you are...

Rise and Shine: March 24, 2020

Rise and Shine: March 24, 2020

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers. It's National Ag Day, a moment to recognize where our fuel, fiber and food comes from. And at this particular moment - when essentials have taken on a heightened importance as we're all hunkered down and trying to prevent the spread of...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 23

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 23

Happy Snowy Monday evening, CivMixers!! Today was a gloomy, cold and snowy day here in the Capital Region. On the plus side, the cold weather makes it easier to practice precautionary isolation and social distancing. On the not so fabulous side, it's...

Rise and Shine: March 23, 2020

Rise and Shine: March 23, 2020

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. As if things weren't bad enough - you know, Monday, novel coronavirus, Monday - it's going to snow today. SNOW. (And also rain, and temperatures in the high 30s, according to The Weather Channel). The indignity of it all. As of 8 p.m....

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 20

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 20

The first full week in the COVID-19 world is over here in the Capital Region, and truly things look a whole lot different today than did just a few short days ago. People are staying six feet apart from one another when they do venture out, which some states -...

City of Albany cancels Memorial Day parade

Life In A COVID-19 Capital District

There's doubt about it, living in this COVID-19 world poses its challenges for everyone. Following the protocols and practicing social distancing and self-isolating is what we have to do to protect the higher risk groups in the community, and overall to stem the...

Rise and Shine: March 20, 2020

Rise and Shine: March 20, 2020

Good Friday morning, CivMixers. We made it to the end of the workweek...although I find that when working from home, all the days seem to sort of merge together into one gigantic block. The Google Doodle today recognizes Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis, a Hungarian physician...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 19

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 19

Good evening CivMixers. I hope you had a good Thursday, despite the gloomy weather. As mentioned in the morning's Rise and Shine, today is the vernal equinox. Among many other things, this means that the day and night today will be nearly equal (the myth that they are...

12 Coronavirus Pandemic Symptoms

12 Coronavirus Pandemic Symptoms

Pervasive feeling grey sky. Getting dressed at 8:00. That’s p.m. Discarded face masks and disposable gloves littering the street. A sense of dystopian existence. If I let my mind go, I start thinking about the internet and electric grid going down... Walking...

Rise and Shine: March 19, 2020

Rise and Shine: March 19, 2020

Good morning, CivMixers. It's Thursday, and it's the first day of Spring. Yes, Spring is here. A time of renewal and rebirth and the start of the growing season. It's a hopeful time, generally speaking, and G-d knows we could use a little hope around here these days....

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 18

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 18

Wednesday is over CivMixers, and as we go into this evening I hope you are all healthy and happy...or at least adjusting to the new normal. I hope that those of you not under quarantine were able to go out and enjoy the mild weather today. We needed a ray of sunshine...

Playlist For A Pandemic

Playlist For A Pandemic

Confession time. I can't watch movies, they are too long. I haven't been to an adult movie in a theater for nearly 20 years and a kid movie for at least ten. I'm glad they exist and people get such joy out of them, but I'd rather just hear about the movie from people...

Rise and Shine: March 18, 2020

Rise and Shine: March 18, 2020

Good morning, CivMixers. It's Wednesday. Is anyone else starting to have a little trouble keeping track of what day it is, given the whole "don't go anywhere" and "work from home" thing? I've read that the key to making this isolation experience work is to establish a...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 17

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 17

Happy St. Patricks Day Eve, CivMixers!! In this time of social distancing and drive-thru and takeout/delivery-only, it might take a little ingenuity to celebrate this usually very social holiday. It is indeed possible to make your own green beer. Ditto for a good old...

Rise and Shine: March 17, 2020

Rise and Shine: March 17, 2020

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers. And Happy St. Patrick's Day. We're going to see a mix of light snow (this morning) and rain (later in the day) with clouds and temperatures eventually hitting the low 50s, according to The Weather Channel. Today is the traditional...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 16

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 16

We made it through the first day in the new America, shaped by the rapid and consistent spread of the novel coronavirus. As discussed in this morning's Rise and Shine, we all are trying to get used to the new normal and also trying to wrap our mind around what normal...

Rise and Shine: March 16, 2020

Rise and Shine: March 16, 2020

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. We awake to a world that is very different than the one we inhabited just a week ago. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has altered our lives significantly, and it is clear now that it will be some time before we get back to "normal" -...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 13

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 13

So today was Friday the 13th, and Sunday, as mentioned in "Rise and Shine" this morning, will bring Ides of March. Even in the most normal of times, this juxtaposition would put many superstitious people very much on edge. These two days are widely considered some of...

Travel in the time of Corona

Travel in the time of Corona

This Coronavirus situation continues to spiral with a rapidly expanding vortex of closures, cancellations and postponements. I need to spend some researching other widespread health crises in history because I’ve never seen anything like it. The closest in my...

Rise and Shine: March 13, 2020

Rise and Shine: March 13, 2020

We made it to Friday, CivMixers. This coming weekend will be the Ides of March (on Sunday, the 15th), which is considered a terribly unlucky day. (Read more about that here). Now, I am not a superstitious person, as a rule, but right now that makes me a little...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 12

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 12

Well, it has been an interesting - and in many cases, downright frightening - 24 hours. The Coronavirus pandemic is having a significant impact across the world, the nation and right here in the Capital District. From shelves being stripped clean of toilet paper,...

Rise and Shine: March 12, 2020

Rise and Shine: March 12, 2020

Good Thursday morning, CivMixers. It's National Girl Scout Day, marking the day in 1912 when the organization's founder, Juliette Gordon Low, held the first troop meeting in the U.S. Low was an ardent believer in the potential of all girls and the importance of...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 11

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 11

Another week, another hump day. Today was a little gray, a little sun, a little chill. Overall, not a bad day to have in the middle of the workweek. There are, of course, more cases of COVID-19 to report, and we're officially in a pandemic, according to the WHO,...

Things to Do, Hear, Eat, Learn, and See: Mar 12 – 15

Things to Do, Hear, Eat, Learn, and See: Mar 12 – 15

The COVID-19 outbreak is causing a rash of cancellations of large-scale public events - SXSW and Cochella, for example, along with Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade and a slew of smaller gatherings, happenings, shows, parties, installations etc. across the state and...

Rise and Shine: March 11, 2020

Rise and Shine: March 11, 2020

Good morning, CivMixers. Welcome to the middle of the workweek, AKA Wednesday. It's also National Promposal Day. Now, this isn't something that existed back when I was a teen, walking uphill both ways to school while barefoot and listening to my Walkman. Back in MY...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 10

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 10

A bit of a late post on this dreary Tuesday evening, CivMixers. It already has been a long week, don't you think? And the gloomy, chilly weather today didn't help. Here's the latest news you should be aware of to stay up to date on happening in the country, state, and...

Being Clean and Dry Isn’t Necessarily Cheap

Being Clean and Dry Isn’t Necessarily Cheap

Can you believe winter is nearly over? That went fast. Kind of in the same way money has been flying out of my checking account, like really, really fast. It all started with the leaky shower, ultimately diagnosed as a failure of the grout rather than a more serious...

Rise and Shine: March 10, 2020

Rise and Shine: March 10, 2020

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers, and Happy Purim. Purim, if you were not aware, is a holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, an Achaemenid Persian Empire official who was planning to kill all the Jews, as recounted in the Book of Esther...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 9

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 9

The first day of the workweek is officially over. Each day is starting to feel a little bit longer than the last. That's in part due to the whole spring-is-coming thing, but also because of the relentless pace of the COVID-19 spread and news. Hopefully, all of you are...

Rise and Shine; March 9, 2020

Rise and Shine; March 9, 2020

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. I hope you are all healthy and safe. There is no getting around it. COVID-19 is here, and it's going to be dominating the headlines for some time. So let's get this out of the way now... A Bronx man tested positive for coronavirus over...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 6

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 6

Just like that, Friday is over bringing the workweek to a close. And as an added bonus, we're mow another week closer to starting Spring on the calendar, and we get to Spring Ahead this weekend. Yes, CivMixers, this is your friendly reminder (for the second time,...

Rise and Shine, March 6, 2020

Rise and Shine, March 6, 2020

You made it to Friday, CivMixers! Another workweek almost completed. An achievement, in my books. PSA: Daylight Savings Time begins this weekend. Get ready to spring forward. Sundown tonight will mark the start of the National Day of Unplugging - a 24-hour "global...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 5

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 5

The sun finally found its way to the Capital District, but the warmer temperatures did not come with. On the plus side, it was still in the 40s and with the sun and blue sky so it was a nice Thursday. Plenty of stuff happened that you will want to know about today, so...

Things to Do, Hear, Eat, Learn, and See: Mar 5 – 8

Things to Do, Hear, Eat, Learn, and See: Mar 5 – 8

So, look. Let's have some straight talk here. Coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it's now officially known, is here, and that's definitely a concern. We've already seen school closures, runs on hand sanitizer and face masks (the latter despite public health officials...

Rise and Shine, March 5, 2020

Rise and Shine, March 5, 2020

Good morning, and welcome to Thursday, which is one day away from the weekend. It's both National Absinthe Day AND National Cheese Doodle Day, which is a downright disgusting combination in my mind. I'm not sure they're meant to be celebrated together. Another day of...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 4

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 4

Wednesday is almost over, and with it goes the first part of the workweek. With only two days left until the weekend and warmer, though still gloomy weather in the forecast, it's a good time to get caught up on what has been happening around the nation and the state...

Rise and Shine, March 4, 2020

Rise and Shine, March 4, 2020

Happy Hump Day, CivMixers. Did you know that March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month? Yes. For more information check out the #ChangeYourMind public awareness campaign, run by the Brain Injury Association of American, which aims to educate the general public...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 3

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 3

Another day in the 50s. It appears as if the warmer weather has truly come to stay, at least during the day. With weather that doesn't require a coat, hat, scarf, gloves, etc. the rain that has started to fall is easier to take. Slightly easier that is. Anyway, time...

Rise and Shine: March, 3, 2020

Rise and Shine: March, 3, 2020

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers. Actually, it's not just any Tuesday, but SUPER TUESDAY! Yes, the biggest day of the 2020 Democratic presidential campaign is here, with 14 states and one territory (Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts,...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 2

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 2

Happy Monday and welcome to March CivMixers!!! As this day winds to a close, the weather seems to have taken a bit of a warmer turn, the snow (what was left of it) is melting, and the Capital Region is starting to come alive for spring. Here are the five things you...

Meniscus Surgery – The Dirty (Baker’s) Dozen

Meniscus Surgery – The Dirty (Baker’s) Dozen

The post-op discomfort has been primarily from bruising. Some from the actual procedure, like where my leg was “clamped” to keep it still, while other tenderness is caused by my leg muscles as it they balance between my normal gait and the necessary modifications from...

Rise and Shine, March 2, 2020

Rise and Shine, March 2, 2020

Good Monday morning, CivMixers, and welcome to March! They say March comes in like a lion, but today's weather forecast is certainly not in keeping with that adage. We're looking at partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid-50s - a nice break from the chilly,...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: Feb. 28

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: Feb. 28

Friday is over and the weekend is ahead of us. Today would normally be the last day in February, but it's a leap year. That means a WHOLE ETXRA DAY of February! Good thing it's a Saturday, as it is always difficult to remember to put that "Feb. 29" date down. Before...

YWCA of NE NY Presents The Vagina Monologues

YWCA of NE NY Presents The Vagina Monologues

The YWCA of Northeastern New York tonight will stage Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, an episodic play that focuses on all manner of women's issues - from body image and menstruation to genital mutilation and sex work. It's hard to over sell the importance of this...

Rise and Shine: Feb. 28, 2020

Rise and Shine: Feb. 28, 2020

It's FriYAY, CivMixers. Amen. Today's Google Doodle is worth noting. It celebrates the birthday of Sir John Tenniel, an English illustrator, graphic humorist, and political cartoonist who was prominent in the second half of the 19th century and knighted for his...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: Feb. 27

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: Feb. 27

The cold weather found its way back to the Capital District today. At least by this afternoon, the sun also found its way here. Another Thursday is done and over, and here are some things that you might have missed today. 1) Coronavirus fears are again impacting the...

Things to Do, Hear, Eat, Learn, and See: Feb 27 – Mar 1

Things to Do, Hear, Eat, Learn, and See: Feb 27 – Mar 1

Hopefully, you're either wrapping up for the day or preparing to do so. Maybe you're looking for a little diversion before you head home for the evening? Ready to get that weekend started early? Well, never fear, the Mistress of Fun and her weekly curated list of...

Rise and Shine: Feb. 27, 2020

Rise and Shine: Feb. 27, 2020

Good Thursday morning, CivMixers, and Happy International Polar Bear Day. Yes, that's a thing. Even if it's a mostly made-up thing, I'm still down with it. I love polar bears. It's going to be another gray day here in the Capital Region, with wind and rain - and maybe...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: Feb. 26

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: Feb. 26

We're a little late on the uptake with this one, but you know what they say....better late than sorry. Or something. Anyway, Wednesday proved to be a true hump day kind of...day. Cloudy, rainy and dark, it matched how most of us feel in the middle of the workweek....

Dorothea Lange at MOMA

Dorothea Lange at MOMA

My knowledge of art could be contained in the smallest of Fabergé boxes. I’m uneducated when it comes to different periods and "the Masters," but I suspect that early to mid 20th century works are my first choice. I’m also certain that most of the time when it comes...

Rise and Shine: Feb. 26, 2020

Rise and Shine: Feb. 26, 2020

Good morning, CivMixers. It's Ash Wednesday, which marks 40 days before Easter and the beginning of Lent. According to the Catholic law of abstinence, Catholics aged 14 and older must refrain from meat today and also on on Fridays during this period. It's traditional...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: Feb. 25

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: Feb. 25

Tuesday dawned so promising...warm (relatively speaking) and cloudy, but clear. Now, of course, it's raining. Can't win 'em all. Here are the top 5 things that happened while you were out today so you can head into tomorrow all prepped and in the know... 1) The top...

When Travel Plans Go Nowhere

When Travel Plans Go Nowhere

Editor's note: This post might look familiar to some of you, as it was published last Friday. Unfortunately, it disappeared into the maw of the internet when we switched servers in order to optimize the CivMix experience. In the interest of preserving every word of...

Rise and Shine: Feb. 25, 2020

Rise and Shine: Feb. 25, 2020

Good Fat Tuesday morning, CivMixers! In case you weren't aware, that's also known as "Mardi Gras" - the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual Lenten sacrifices and fasting of the Lenten season. Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday...and we're headed towards...

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: Feb. 24

5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: Feb. 24

It was a spring-like Monday - a nice change of pace, weather-wise and a great way to start the last week in February. Here are five things you might want to catch up on in order to be sufficiently in the know as the day wraps up... 1) On the national front, another...

Rise and Shine: Feb. 24, 2020

Rise and Shine: Feb. 24, 2020

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. I'm almost afraid to say it, because it feels like I'll probably jinx it and Mother Nature is notoriously fickle - especially upstate in late February/early March - but it ALMOST feels like spring is right around the corner. The weekend...

Things to Do, Hear, Eat, Learn, and See: Feb 20 – 23

Things to Do, Hear, Eat, Learn, and See: Feb 20 – 23

I can almost taste spring...even though the weather outside is, well, gray. Let's face it, there's still a while to go until we get those sun-filled warm days and MUD SEASON. But, we must soldier on. And the Mistress of Fun has just the ticket for that...Consider the...

Rise and Shine, Feb. 20, 2020

Rise and Shine, Feb. 20, 2020

Good Thursday morning, CivMixers. We have some very nice symmetry in today's date - 2/20/20. Also, the UN decided back in 2007 to observe this day as National World Day of Social Justice, the purpose of which is to focus on guaranteeing fair outcomes for all through...

While You Were Out: Feb. 19, 2020

While You Were Out: Feb. 19, 2020

While we're waiting for former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg to make his debut on the national presidential debate stage, here are some non-debate headlines to consider... Hillary Clinton has swatted down the notion of serving as Bloomberg’s running mate in the 2020...

Rise and Shine: Feb. 19, 2020

Rise and Shine: Feb. 19, 2020

Good Wednesday morning, CivMixers. There are 30 days left until spring. If you're a fan of politics and haven't yet tired of the 2020 presidential battle, tonight will bring some must-watch TV in the form of the Democratic debate in Las Vegas, which will set the stage...

While You Were Out: Feb. 18, 2020

While You Were Out: Feb. 18, 2020

A plethora of headlines today...sort of feels like all of us are playing catch up after yesterday's holiday. Let's get to it. President Trump commuted the 14-year prison sentence of former Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of trying to...

No Time To Be On Time

No Time To Be On Time

If you're on time, you're late. I say this often, and I really do believe it, but I just have so much trouble with it! For many years of my life I was an extremely punctual person. Early to everything. The first one at a party or a meeting. Then a few years ago all of...

Rise and Shine: Feb. 18, 2020

Rise and Shine: Feb. 18, 2020

Good morning, and welcome to Tuesday that is masquerading as Monday on this four-day workweek. Looks like we're in for some weather this morning, starting with snow showers that will eventually switch over to rain. Total accumulation to expect is about an inch,...

While You Were Out: Feb. 17, 2020

While You Were Out: Feb. 17, 2020

Some headlines to report on this Presidents' Day, which was on the slow side from a news perspective... More than 300 American cruise ship passengers, including 14 who tested positive for coronavirus, were being quarantined at military bases in California and Texas...

Sneak Peak At Schenectady’s Mill Artisan District

Sneak Peak At Schenectady’s Mill Artisan District

The Mill Artisan District says it aims to be a "residential, retail and social destination" for downtown Schenectady. Anyone familiar with previous downtown revitalization efforts - let alone efforts of other formally industrial-based upstate cities - knows that is a...

Rise and Shine: Feb. 17, 2020

Rise and Shine: Feb. 17, 2020

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. I hope a lot of you are sleeping in today as it's the third Monday in February, which means it's Presidents' Day - a federal holiday. This day is sometimes called "Washington's Birthday," though George Washington was born on Feb. 22,...

While You Were Out: Feb. 14, 2020

While You Were Out: Feb. 14, 2020

It's still Valentine's Day - on a Friday, no less, which means good luck trying to get a seat at any of the area's more upscale locales. If you're in the market for a life partner and enjoy the political life, perhaps consider these elected officials, who are...

Saint Motel Swings Upstate

Saint Motel Swings Upstate

The upstate music scene is in for a treat tomorrow. While we won’t be visited by some big name like Ariana Grande or the Jonas Brothers (sadly), if you're up for something truly different, you should really check out Saint Motel. An indie pop band from Los Angeles,...

The Quest To Commemorate Westinghouse In Schenectady

The Quest To Commemorate Westinghouse In Schenectady

Plans are being put forward to commemorate one of Schenectady's most famous engineers with an $80,000 bronze statue. George Westinghouse Jr., who was born in Central Bridge but raised near his father's factory on Erie Boulevard in Schenectady, filed his first patent...

Rise and Shine: Feb. 14, 2020

Rise and Shine: Feb. 14, 2020

Happy Friday, and also Happy Valentine's Day. If you're interested, CivMixers, there's a WHOLE lotta Valentine's Day history here. I personally found this little gem amusing: "In the Victorian era, and into the 20th century, lovers exchanged elaborate lace-trimmed...

While You Were Out: Feb. 13, 2020

While You Were Out: Feb. 13, 2020

Drama. Drama. So much drama. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and President Donald Trump met behind closed doors at the White House today, but emerged with no deal as the governor sought to convince the president to lift a ban that prohibits New Yorkers from enrolling in federal...

Things to Do, Hear, Eat, Learn, and See: Feb 13 – 16

Things to Do, Hear, Eat, Learn, and See: Feb 13 – 16

You all know how I feel about the big V - that would be Valentine's Day. I think it's a fabricated, commercialized guilt-fest, though there it does have its roots deep in history. The origins of Valentine's Day are in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, traditionally...

Rise and Shine: Feb. 13, 2020

Rise and Shine: Feb. 13, 2020

Good morning, CivMixers. It's Thursday. And if you go in for this sort of thing, it's also Galentine's Day. For the uninitiated, this is a day for "ladies celebrating ladies." This is supposed to mean female friendship, but I guess could be anything you wanted,...

While You Were Out: Feb. 12, 2020

While You Were Out: Feb. 12, 2020

Leading the headlines today: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will meet with President Donald Trump at the White House tomorrow to urge the president to roll back the federal government's recent decision to ban New Yorkers from participating in several popular...

Rise and Shine: Feb. 12, 2020

Rise and Shine: Feb. 12, 2020

Good Wednesday morning, CivMixers. And Happy Birthday to our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, who was born on this day in 1809. This is not to be confused with Presidents Day, which is celebrated on the third Monday of this month, (that happens to be next Monday, Feb....

While You Were Out: Feb. 11, 2020

While You Were Out: Feb. 11, 2020

While we're waiting for the results out of New Hampshire - assuming there are no Iowa-like complications in the Granite State - some interesting developments regarding the fight between the White House and the Cuomo administration over New York's so-called Green Light...

Moving out

Later this month my middle son is moving into his first apartment with some friends. Even though I’m going to miss having him around, I’m really thrilled for him. As I observe him excitedly shopping for necessary furniture and making plans for how to organize and...

Rise and Shine: Feb. 11, 2020

Rise and Shine: Feb. 11, 2020

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers. New Hampshire’s presidential primary kicked off at midnight – as voters in three tiny townships in the state’s North Country and White Mountains cast the first ballots in the first primary in the White House race. Hopefully, things go...

While You Were Out: Feb. 10, 2020

While You Were Out: Feb. 10, 2020

I am about to embark on a dangerous experiment: Trying to post a (rather early) afternoon wrap while riding on Amtrak. Where are my fellow Amtrak regulars? When the WiFi works it's a VERY GOOD day, amiright? When it refuses to cooperate...just ugh. Can't someone make...

Rise and Shine: Feb. 10, 2020

Rise and Shine: Feb. 10, 2020

Somehow, Monday always manages to come around again. So, here we are, CivMixers. It's Monday. We might as well face it together. Did you Oscars last night? I did not. For those of you in the same boat, here's a brief recap: The social thriller "Parasite" won best...

While You Were Out: Feb. 7, 2020

While You Were Out: Feb. 7, 2020

Mother Nature sure does know how to put a damper on an otherwise perfectly good Friday...We're under a winter weather advisory until 7 p.m. with slippery roads and high winds gusting as high as 50 mph. An ice storm snapped tree limbs and brought down power lines...

Rise and Shine: Feb. 7, 2020

Rise and Shine: Feb. 7, 2020

Fear not, CivMixers, for Friday has arrived! Did you know that February is National Heart Month? And no, this has noting to do with the commercialized day of love that is Valentine's Day. The purpose of this designation is to raise awareness about heart disease, which...

While You Were Out: Feb. 6, 2020

While You Were Out: Feb. 6, 2020

There's still a winter weather advisory in effect until midnight, with light rain and freezing drizzle making the roads a slick mess. Take all necessary precautions. In the news... DNC Chair (and Buffalo native) Tom Perez called for a "recanvass" of the results of the...

Things to Do, Hear, Eat, Learn, and See: Feb 6 – 9

Things to Do, Hear, Eat, Learn, and See: Feb 6 – 9

So we're in a brief moment of not-so-fabulous - yet totally typical - mid-February weather. BUT, it looks like things are going to clear up for the weekend. If you're up for braving the elements tonight and tomorrow, the Mistress of Fun has some ideas for you. If you...

Rise and Shine, Feb. 6, 2020

Rise and Shine, Feb. 6, 2020

Hello, on this snowy Thursday morning. The main news at this moment is the weather. We've got a winter weather advisory in place until later this afternoon, with the total sleet and snow accumulation expected to range from a coating to two inches in the Albany area,...

While You Were Out: Feb. 5, 2020

While You Were Out: Feb. 5, 2020

The big news today: President Donald Trump, as expected, was acquitted by a divided U.S. Senate acquitted of charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress to aid his own re-election, bringing an acrimonious impeachment trial to its expected end. The only...

Yoga – Practice Makes Improvement

I’m two months into my unlimited yoga membership and I am definitely getting my money’s worth, attending an average of four classes a week. The quality of instructors, variety of classes and location options really make it easy to grab a class at a convenient time,...

Rise and Shine: Feb. 5, 2020

Rise and Shine: Feb. 5, 2020

Good Wednesday morning, CivMixers. If we lived in Mexico, we would have the day off today. Feb. 5 (or the first Monday in February, whichever comes first) is a public holiday - Constitution Day, better known as Día de la Constitución - to celebrate the anniversary of...

While You Were Out: Feb. 4, 2020

While You Were Out: Feb. 4, 2020

It's still a mess out in Iowa, but the state Democratic Party said it plans to release "the majority of results" from the caucuses that took place yesterday at 5 p.m. Eastern time. Also tonight: On the brink of his U.S. Senate acquittal, President Donald Trump will be...

Rise and Shine: Feb. 4, 2020

Rise and Shine: Feb. 4, 2020

It's that time again, CivMixers. Tuesday time! It was an epic day in politics yesterday as two realities collided: The first votes of the 2020 presidential cycle were cast during the Iowa caucuses, while back in Washington, closing arguments were made by both sides in...

While You Were Out: Feb. 3, 2020

While You Were Out: Feb. 3, 2020

While we're waiting for the results of the Iowa caucuses to come in, which, given the process, could take a while, here are some non-Iowa headlines you might have missed today. Closing arguments today President Donald Trump's impeachment trial were aimed more toward...

Rise and Shine: Feb. 3, 2020

Rise and Shine: Feb. 3, 2020

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. It's a whole new month - and the shortest one of the year, at that. Ever wonder why February is indeed the shortest month? Well, never fear, the internet is here to answer all your burning questions. Actually, the answer to this one...

Rise and Shine: Jan. 31, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 31, 2020

The end is here, CivMixers. The end of the week, that is. And what a week it has been. It's also the end of January. Tomorrow, we will enter February, the month of love. Get ready. It's National Hot Chocolate Day. The Troy Business Improvement District is celebrating...

Things to Do, Hear, Eat, Learn, and See: Jan 30 – Feb 2

Things to Do, Hear, Eat, Learn, and See: Jan 30 – Feb 2

If you're one of those people lucky enough to keep a regular schedule, you're probably already heading home from work - or getting ready to do so. Maybe you should consider stopping off at one of the events the Mistress of Fun has flagged...you know, just to switch...

Rise and Shine: Jan. 30, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 30, 2020

Good Thursday morning, CivMixers. Can you believe January is almost over? This weekend, it will be February already. It's a mere 49 days and just under 20 hours until the first day of spring, (March 19 in the Northern Hemisphere). At the rate we're going, it will be...

While You Were Out: Jan. 29, 2020

While You Were Out: Jan. 29, 2020

I'm playing catch-up after being a little out of the loop today. Join me, won't you? U.S. Senators questioned the impeachment managers and President Trump’s lawyers. Among the surprising arguments made today: The president’s lawyer Alan Dershowitz argued that any...

Rise and Shine: Jan. 29, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 29, 2020

Good morning, CivMixers. We're headed over the hump on this Wednesday morning. I ran into someone yesterday who incredulously inquired whether I'm "REALLY" awake every morning at the crack of dawn when I post "Rise and Shine." I get this question a lot. So, yes, it's...

While You Were Out: Jan. 28, 2020

While You Were Out: Jan. 28, 2020

Long day. Lots of action. Let's get to it... U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a closed-door meeting of Republicans that he did not currently have the votes to block Democrats from calling witnesses at President Trump's trial. Still, he and his...

Rise and Shine: Jan. 28, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 28, 2020

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers! I don't know about you, but Legos played a big role in my childhood. I wasn't fanatical about them like some people are. But I did have them, and enjoyed playing with them quite a bit. Legos weren't quite as elaborate in my day as they...

While You Were Out: Jan. 27, 2020

While You Were Out: Jan. 27, 2020

Viruses. Impeachment trials. Budget hearings. Oh my. A divided U.S. Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to put in place a policy connecting the use of public benefits with whether immigrants could become permanent residents. The new policy can be used to...

All About Ink

All About Ink

Tattoos. If I had a dollar for every time someone told me I was too "something" - nice, professional, educated, fill in the blank - to have them, I'd have...more tattoos. Honestly, I'm not even sure what that means, too nice to have tattoos. This is the 21st century,...

Rise and Shine: Jan. 27, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 27, 2020

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. We start out on a somber note. First, it's International Holocaust Remembrance Day - a day established by the United Nations in 2005 to commemorate and honor the victims of the genocide committed by the Nazis during WW II - including 6...

While You Were Out: Jan. 24, 2020

While You Were Out: Jan. 24, 2020

As if there isn't already enough to worry about, what with the warming of the planet and the impeachment trial and Megxit, here's something REALLY terrifying... Health officials in New York have four people under investigation for novel coronavirus who are in...

Rise and Shine: Jan. 24, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 24, 2020

Good morning, CivMixers. We made it to Friday. Personally, I'm relieved. Not sure about you. Also, it's National Peanut Butter Day, which is RIGHT up my alley. I love nut butter in any form, and have an embarrassingly large collection of various varieties of the stuff...

While You Were Out: Jan. 23, 2020

While You Were Out: Jan. 23, 2020

Tomorrow is Friday, and I am looking forward to that. But we've got some headlines to get through first, so here's the first installment: The authorities drastically expanded a travel lockdown in central China today, essentially penning in 20 million residents to...

Things to Do, Hear, Eat, Learn, and See: Jan 23 – 26

Things to Do, Hear, Eat, Learn, and See: Jan 23 – 26

I don't know about you, CivMixers, but I'm starting to get those mid-winter blues...the sort that make me want to bundle up and hibernate and not go out again until spring. Where IS spring, anyway? I mean, I'm aware that technically it's March 19, but given the heat...

Rise and Shine: Jan. 23, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 23, 2020

Good Thursday morning, CivMixers. It's National Pie Day - not to be confused with National Pi Day, which will occur on March 14 this year. This is the day when we celebrate the dessert that (usually) features some sort of crust, double or single, with something in...

While You Were Out: Jan. 22, 2020

While You Were Out: Jan. 22, 2020

We're almost over the hump in this incredibly news-heavy week, CivMixers. So much going on. So little time to get to all of it. Let's have at it, shall we? House managers, led by Rep. Adam B. Schiff, a California Democrat, began presenting three days of opening...

Rise and Shine: Jan. 22, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 22, 2020

Good morning, it's Wednesday already. This week is flying by. Today's Google Doodle honors Anna May Wong, (born Wong Liu Tsong in 1905), an American actress who was considered to be the first Chinese American Hollywood movie star, as well as the first Chinese American...

While You Were Out: Jan . 21, 2020

While You Were Out: Jan . 21, 2020

It's been a day. And it's not over yet. Not even close. At last check, the impeachment debate was still underway on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Day One of the trail of President Donald Trump. Senators were warned that they had to remain quiet, a skill that they...

Casey Seiler named as new editor of Albany Times Union

Casey Seiler named as new editor of Albany Times Union

The Albany media shuffle continues as Hearst today announced that Casey Seiler, the Times Union's managing editor, has been named its new editor and vice president. Seiler will succeed Rex Smith, who has served as editor since 2002. Smith will continue to work for the...

Rise and Shine: Jan. 21, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 21, 2020

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers, and welcome to state budget day! This is an anxiety-ridden day on a good year, as organizations, schools, health care facilities, local governments, and just regular people across New York wait to see whose ox got gored in terms of...

While You Were Out: Jan. 20, 2020

While You Were Out: Jan. 20, 2020

Just in time for MLK Day...New York is ramping up efforts to ensure a complete count in the 2020 census, starting with a new celebrity-led Census Council and an additional $10 million in state funding, the governor announced. ...The Census Council, which will host...

Rise and Shine: Jan. 20, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 20, 2020

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. It's a Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday observed on the third Monday of each January to honor the legacy of the slain civil rights leader MLK Jr. Here's a list of what's open and closed. I mentioned last week that MLK's...

While You Were Out: Jan. 17, 2020

While You Were Out: Jan. 17, 2020

Everything old is new again, CivMixers. Guess who's back in the impeachment mix? None other than Ken Starr. Now, maybe you're too young to remember, but it was Starr's investigation into President Bill Clinton that led to his impeachment for perjury and obstruction of...

Mother Of The Year!

Mother Of The Year!

As in Worst Mother of the Year, that is. Generally, I pride myself on my calendar skills. If you know me, you may have even heard me brag over the years about my superior time management capabilities. Well, I really blew it this time - maybe even worse than that time...

Rise and Shine: Jan. 17, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 17, 2020

We made it to Friday, CivMixers. Hallelujah. Winter is back - with a vengeance. The wind is howling and it's 18 degrees as I write this, EIGHTEEN DAMN DEGREES! What happened to almost 70? What's worse, we're not expected to get much above the mid-20s today, according...

While You Were Out: Jan. 15, 2020

While You Were Out: Jan. 15, 2020

A down-and-back sort of day for yours truly...here are some headlines to consider while I work my way back north. The U.S. Senate formally opened the impeachment trial of President Trump today, as senators accepted the promise to deliver "impartial justice" and...

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Jan 16 – 19

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Jan 16 – 19

We might have some winter weather this weekend, but that shouldn't deter you from planning ahead and getting out and about - if that's on your "to do" list. Our Mistress of Fun has compiled the following round-up of possibilities....still a little bit of a slim...

Rise and Shine: Jan. 16, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 16, 2020

Good morning, CivMixers. It's Thursday, which means we're one day away from the weekend. It's also National Nothing Day. Yeah, you read that right. Wikipedia tells us it's "an 'un-event' proposed in 1972 by columnist Harold Pullman Coffin and observed annually on...

While You Were Out: Jan. 15, 2020

While You Were Out: Jan. 15, 2020

Yet again, impeachment news is at the top of the list of "things of note that happened today." I imagine that might be the case for some time... The voted 228 to 193 to send the U.S. Senate two articles of impeachment against President Trump, appointing seven...

Rise and Shine: Jan. 15, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 15, 2020

Good Wednesday morning, CivMixers. Today is the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., who was actually born "Michael King" in Atlanta, GA in 1925. His father changed both his own name and his son's to "Martin" in 1934 in honor of the Protestant...

While You Were Out: Jan. 14, 2020

While You Were Out: Jan. 14, 2020

Early out for me on this Tuesday, CivMixers. Here's the news you should know thus far today: From record heat to a "significant" snow storm - all within the span of a single week. #Upstateweather. More here. Big developments on the impeachment front: After weeks of...

Rise and Shine: Jan. 14, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 14, 2020

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers. We're headed back into the territory of seasonally appropriate weather with clouds and occasional showers this afternoon, according to The Weather Channel. Of course, those will be RAIN showers and not SNOW showers, as temperatures...

While You Were Out: Jan. 13, 2020

While You Were Out: Jan. 13, 2020

Another Monday in the books! Well, not entirely on this end, since I'm still at it and will be burning the midnight oil. I hope that's not the case for you, but if you need a bit of a news break, here are some headlines to consider... On the eve of the next 2020...

Lt. Gov. Hochul promotes Cuomo proposals in Schenectady

Lt. Gov. Hochul promotes Cuomo proposals in Schenectady

As state officials are dispatched across New York State this month to promote Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2020 State of the State proposals, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was on hand in Schenectady to evangelize the governor's Albany agenda. Before a crowd of about 80 at Schenectady...

He Read My Body Like a Map

He Read My Body Like a Map

Now that got your attention, didn’t it? To be clear, I am speaking about a massage therapist, not a lover. That’s one thing I don’t talk about publicly. Anyway - the hands of which I’m speaking belong to Open Table Massage’s Myron. I saw him recently for the first...

Rise and Shine: Jan. 13, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 13, 2020

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. I hope you got outside and enjoyed some of the glorious - yet highly unsettling - unseasonably warm weather we had over the weekend. Sixty degrees in January is just not normal. It feels awfully good, don't get me wrong. But it also...

While You Were Out: Jan. 10, 2020

While You Were Out: Jan. 10, 2020

Friday. Enough said. Don't know about you, but I'm wiped. Right. Out. Headlines... House Speaker Nancy Pelosi alerted lawmakers that she would move next week to transmit articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate and prompt a historic trial over...

New host named for WMHT’s New York NOW

New host named for WMHT’s New York NOW

WMHT announced it has named a new host for New York NOW, it's weekly statewide public affairs program. Dan Clark, most recently a reporter with the New York Law Journal, will start hosting tonight, Friday, Jan. 10. Clark replaces Matt Ryan, who hosted the program for...

Rise and Shine: Jan. 10, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 10, 2020

Good Friday morning, everyone! It's National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, which is meant to encourage consumers to explore their options and keep up with scheduled maintenance. It's also National Bittersweet Chocolate Day - a day that is sure to cause more divisions...

While You Were Out: Jan. 9, 2020

While You Were Out: Jan. 9, 2020

As we wrap up this Thursday afternoon, an important note: A very astute reader of "Rise and Shine" pointed out an error in this morning's post that definitely needs correcting. Kate Middleton, AKA Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, turned 38 today (not 30). Sorry for the...

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Jan. 9 – 12

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Jan. 9 – 12

I'm loathe to say we've reached the doldrums of winter when everyone is in hunker-down mode and focused on keeping those New Year's resolutions - less drinking and merry-making, more sleep and veggies. But based on the slim pickings in terms of things to do, I'm...

Rise and Shine: Jan. 9, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 9, 2020

Good morning, CivMixers. It's Thursday, and it's Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, which translated into "Non-Resident Indian Day." It is, according to Wikipedia, "a celebratory day observed (starting in 2015)...by the Republic of India to mark the contribution of the overseas...

While You Were Out: Jan. 8, 2020

While You Were Out: Jan. 8, 2020

Whirlwind of a day, and it's not even close to over yet...Some headlines to consider thus far: President Trump backed away from further military action against Iran and called for a new diplomatic effort as the bristling confrontation of the last six days appeared to...

Beating the Winter Blues: Outdoor Edition

Beating the Winter Blues: Outdoor Edition

Now that the holidays are over, reality has set in and we’re faced with at least three solid months of cold temperatures, short days and long nights. Many of us have resolved to be healthier and maybe give up a few vices in the new year. But that can be extra...

Rise and Shine: Jan. 8, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 8, 2020

Good Wednesday morning, CivMixers. Happy State of the State day! Gov. Andrew Cuomo will deliver his annual address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center at 1:30 p.m. As I mentioned yesterday, this is the official kickoff of the legislative session. The first...

While You Were Out: Jan. 7, 2020

While You Were Out: Jan. 7, 2020

The first day of school - AKA the kickoff of the 2020 legislative session - is almost upon us. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will deliver his annual State of the State address tomorrow at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, marking the official start of what is likely to be...

Home Ownership: American Dream or Nightmare?

Home Ownership: American Dream or Nightmare?

Growing up, we moved a lot. By the time I finished high school I had lived in at least 10 different homes, with my longest stretch being about 5 years in one house. The places we lived were a combination of apartments, houses, and even a home shared with another...

Rise and Shine: Jan. 7, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 7, 2020

It's Tuesday, and for those who follow the Julian rather than Gregorian calendar, it's Christmas. Generally speaking, that includes: Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Ukraine, Georgia, Jerusalem and Russia. So, Merry Orthodox Christmas! It's also National Bobblehead Day...

While You Were Out: Jan. 6 2020

While You Were Out: Jan. 6 2020

Phew! Was it just me, or was this an unusually jam-packed Monday? It seemed like everyone was back from the holidays with a VENGEANCE, and ready to hit the ground running. Everyone. All at once. I'm wiped. And it's only six days into the new year. I need to learn to...

Rise and Shine: Jan.  6, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 6, 2020

Happy Monday and Happy Three Kings Day, CivMixers! Epiphany, or the 12th day of Christmas, falls on January 6 and marks the official end to the festive season for many Christians. The six Sundays that follow Epiphany are known as the time of manifestation. The 12th...

While You Were Out: Jan. 3, 2020

While You Were Out: Jan. 3, 2020

So yesterday, I got a lovely email from a CivMixer (you know who you are!) who is a big fan of our "Rise and Shine" morning email blast, which, by the way, is completely free and fabulous and if you haven't signed up yet to get it, you should. Anyway, this person was...

Schenectady’s Manhattan Exchange to reopen after renovations

Schenectady’s Manhattan Exchange to reopen after renovations

Manhattan Exchange, part of lower Union Street's cadre of bars and restaurants, will reopen at the end of the month according to a social media post by the bar-restaurant. It's positive news for sure for that section of Union Street, as a number of establishments have...

Rise and Shine: Jan. 3, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 3, 2020

Good morning, CivMixers, and welcome to Friday. We're getting close to Perihelion, which will occur this coming Sunday at 2:47 a.m. What is that? Good question. I didn't know, either. But the internet knows all, and so... The Earth is closest to the Sun – at its...

While You Were Out: Jan. 2, 2020

While You Were Out: Jan. 2, 2020

This two-day workweek turns out to be both a blessing and a curse. Blessing: It's an easier way to get back into the swing of things after the holidays than a full five-day week would be. Curse: A lot of people simply extended their holiday vacations and are not yet...

Rise and Shine: Jan. 2, 2020

Rise and Shine: Jan. 2, 2020

Happy New Year, CivMixers! It's the first "Rise and Shine" of 2020. If you're back to work (like me), there's a bit of an easing back into things as this is mercifully a short week - just two days, thanks to the way the holidays fell on the calendar this year. It...

While You Were Out: Dec. 31, 2019

While You Were Out: Dec. 31, 2019

Happy and healthy New Year from all of us here at CivMix to you and yours. We'll be signing off a bit early today....some of us are not as young as we used to be, and need to "pre-game" with a long nap in order to make it to midnight in tact. As noted earlier in the...

Soaking It All In

Soaking It All In

I’ve written before about the Airbnb experiences I’ve enjoyed while traveling. There was the Irish baking class I took in Galway last spring where I learned how to finally make a good brown bread (and scones!), and the two experiences (a food tour in Athens, and a...

Rise and Shine: Dec. 31, 2019

Rise and Shine: Dec. 31, 2019

Happy last day of 2019, CivMixers! It is the 365th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, also known as Saint Sylvester's Day, New Year's Eve or Old Years Day/Night. From a weather perspective, it has been a remarkable end of the year. We've still got a winter...

While You Were Out: Dec. 30, 2019

While You Were Out: Dec. 30, 2019

The Capital Region received a mixed bag of severe weather as snow, heavy sleet, thunder and lightning impacted travel and walkways across the region. It's slippery in spots out there, depending on where you're headed. Be careful. In the headlines this final Monday of...

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Dec. 31 – Jan. 5

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Dec. 31 – Jan. 5

There's plenty of time left to get some final hurrahs in before 2019 is officially over and it's time to buckle down and face and/or welcome 2020. I, for one, will be thankful to see the old year go, but it's also sort of a melancholy time for me. (Don't ask why. I've...

Rise and Shine: Dec. 30, 2019

Rise and Shine: Dec. 30, 2019

As the year 2019 winds down, we find ourselves in the thick of a winter weather advisory, CivMixers. Happy Monday. We're looking at rain, snow, sleet and ice, with minor accumulations that could still cause major problems on the roads, depending on your location. This...

While You Were Out: Dec. 27, 2019

While You Were Out: Dec. 27, 2019

The big breaking news of this post-Christmas Friday: Radio shock jock Don Imus is dead. ...He passed away at the age of 79 this morning at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in College Station, Texas, after being hospitalized on Christmas Eve, a representative...

Rise and Shine: Dec. 27, 2019

Rise and Shine: Dec. 27, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers, and Happy Friday, though, like I said, it kinds seems like the third Friday in a row to me... For those who are members of the Eastern Orthodox Church, it's Saint Stephen's Day, also known as the Feast of Saint Stephen, which is a Christian...

While You Were Out: Dec. 26, 2019

While You Were Out: Dec. 26, 2019

Are you, like me, having trouble keeping track of the days during this holiday lull, CivMixers? It's Thursday, THURSDAY. I have to keep reminding myself. If you're heading out late this night and/or early tomorrow morning, be careful...Things could get a bit slippery....

Rise and Shine: Dec. 26, 2019

Rise and Shine: Dec. 26, 2019

Happy Thursday, AKA the day-after-Christmas, AKA Boxing Day, CivMix family! First, I hope your holiday was everything you wished for - and more. Second, I hope you're off from work still and not up reading this at the crack of dawn...maybe even lounging on a beach...

While You Were Out: Dec. 24, 2019

While You Were Out: Dec. 24, 2019

An early pre-Christmas Eve roundup of headlines so you can get on to the festivities...assuming you haven't already. Just a bit of a programming note: There will be no morning memo or "Rise and Shine" tomorrow as we mark the holiday. We'll be back at it on Thursday....

Holiday Spotlight: Stephanie Sussman

Holiday Spotlight: Stephanie Sussman

Stephanie Sussman is a retired school district administrator and is currently the Claverack Democratic Committee Town Chair and an executive committee member of the Columbia County Democratic Committee. She is married and has two adult daughters and two grandchildren,...

Holiday Playlist

Holiday Playlist

It’s hard to think of any time of year other than the holiday season that provides 24 hours worth of relevant songs. I mean, summer has its songs, and each year we get the iconic "song of summer." But it's not really the same as this time - starting from around...

Rise and Shine: Dec. 24. 2019

Rise and Shine: Dec. 24. 2019

Happy Christmas Eve (AKA: Tuesday), CivMixers! On this day in 1814, the Treaty of Ghent was signed, ending the War of 1812 between the United States, the United Kingdom and their allies. On this day in 1818, fittingly, the Christmas carol "Silent Night" - composed by...

While You Were Out: Dec. 23, 2019

While You Were Out: Dec. 23, 2019

Just a quick check in as the Christmas countdown continues. Also, I neglected to wish you all a Happy Festivus! (Is that even the appropriate salutation for an anti-commercialization day?) Anyway, whatever, I'm getting that in under the wire. Of course, holiday or no,...

Holiday Spotlight: Assemblywoman Pat Fahy

Holiday Spotlight: Assemblywoman Pat Fahy

If you're out and about on the regular in the City of Albany, then chances are that you've run into Assemblywoman Pat Fahy - likely more than once. The Albany Democrat has represented the city as well as the towns of Bethlehem, Guilderland, and New Scotland since she...

Rise and Shine: Dec. 23, 2019

Rise and Shine: Dec. 23, 2019

Good Monday morning, CivMixers! The anticipation is building - tomorrow is Christmas Eve. And also, it's the second night of Hanukkah. So, Chag Sameach to all my Jewish friends out there. I hope you're having a beautiful Festival of Lights. I would say we're all ready...

Hello, Winter – It’s Official

Hello, Winter – It’s Official

We've had snow, and cold, and sleet and dark days for what seems like an eternity now, but officially speaking, it wasn't actually WINTER in the Capital Region... Until yesterday. Though many of us might not have realized it, being caught up in the pre-holiday rush...

Holiday Spotlight: Whitney Martino

Holiday Spotlight: Whitney Martino

Whitney Martino is a longtime Columbia County resident and a recruiter for an international biotechnology company. She's something of a professional matchmaker, and says her favorite part of the job is connecting people with the right job for their skills and...

While You Were Out: Dec. 20, 2019

While You Were Out: Dec. 20, 2019

Four more shopping days until Christmas, CivMixers! I hope you survived the deep freeze. We're heading into the balmy 30s tomorrow - a veritable heat wave. In the news... After more than three years of anguished national debate, multiple cliff-hanging votes, and two...

STEAM-ing Along

STEAM-ing Along

CivMix readers got a sneak preview of the S.T.E.A.M. Garden when it hosted a panel discussion on starting, sustaining and growing a small business in October. So the facility's grand opening celebration on Dec. 10 was both a trip down memory lane and a look towards...

Rise and Shine: Dec. 20, 2019

Rise and Shine: Dec. 20, 2019

Happy Friday, CivMixers! As mentioned yesterday, it's National Ugly Sweater Day, so break out those twinkly, clashing, light-up, obnoxious knitted monstrosities and wear them with pride! On a more serious note, it's International Human Solidarity Day, which, according...

While You Were Out: Dec. 19, 2019

While You Were Out: Dec. 19, 2019

I've got to jump early, CivMixers. OMG it's cold. There, I said it. Also, it's probably not going to be a white Christmas. Personally, I'm OK with that. For those of you who just can't get enough politics: After five debates including at least 10 candidates, tonight’s...

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Dec 19 – 22

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Dec 19 – 22

What would the week leading up to Christmas be without an ugly sweater party? (Did you know, by the way, that National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day falls on the third Friday of the month, which is...TOMORROW?! You're welcome). There are other holiday-themed events...

On Keeping Some  Holiday Traditions, And Letting Others Go

On Keeping Some Holiday Traditions, And Letting Others Go

The holidays are a glittery joyful time filled with tradition and wonder! With gifts and cards and decorations everywhere! Depending on where you are with your shopping and holiday prep, it’s possible some people reading this may want to injure me after reading those...

Rise and Shine: Dec. 19, 2019

Rise and Shine: Dec. 19, 2019

Good Thursday morning, CivMixers. The big news: Voting nearly along party lines, the House approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, making him the third president in history to face removal by the U.S. Senate. ...the votes on the two...

While You Were Out: Dec. 18, 2019

While You Were Out: Dec. 18, 2019

As I wrap things up on this Wednesday, the House is continuing its six-hour impeachment debate, which will be followed by what is expected to be a party-line vote. A long day of debate, parliamentary tactics and numerous votes leading up to a penultimate yes or no on...

Holiday Spotlight: Assemblyman John McDonald

Holiday Spotlight: Assemblyman John McDonald

Next up in our ongoing holiday Q-and-A: Assemblyman John McDonald. If you are regularly out and about in the Capital Region, you're bound to have run into this Cohoes Democrat, who seems (along with several of his fellow elected officials) to be everywhere at once. If...

Rise and Shine: Dec. 18, 2019

Rise and Shine: Dec. 18, 2019

Good Wednesday morning, CivMixers. Christmas is now just one week away. It's going to be a nice day, with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-30s. But don't get used to that, as the mercury is headed down into the 20s fairly soon, and will stay there for...

While You Were Out: Dec. 17, 2019

While You Were Out: Dec. 17, 2019

Well, CivMixers, it looks like the worst is over as far as the snow is concerned. It wasn't TOO bad, all things considered. And it didn't put a damper on what turned out to be a pretty busy news day... As the House moves toward impeachment, President Trump penned a...

An Ode To Shopping Small

An Ode To Shopping Small

There is nothing like walking around holiday markets filled with local vendors and an array of unique and special gifts available nowhere else: Handmade jewelry, beautiful artwork, craft beverages, and my favorite - anything that features Albany’s canine icon, Nipper....

Holiday Spotlight: Rose Miller

Holiday Spotlight: Rose Miller

Rose Miller is the owner of Albany's Pinnacle Human Resources, LLC. She has over 20 years of experience in the field, and has led Pinnacle HR since its inception in 2009. You may know Rose from her monthly podcast - "The Thorn in Rose's Side" - or recognize her from...

Rise and Shine, Dec. 17, 2019

Rise and Shine, Dec. 17, 2019

Well, it's a snowy Tuesday, as promised, CivMixers. The winter weather advisory is now in effect through 10 p.m. this evening. We're projected to receive somewhere between three and six inches. Exercise caution out there as you head to wherever you're going today....

While You Were Out: Dec. 16, 2019

While You Were Out: Dec. 16, 2019

As Monday draws to a close, we are headed into another winter weather advisory, CivMixers, so be on the lookout for that. The snow is forecast to start early tomorrow morning, and last through Wednesday morning. We are now looking at anywhere from two to six inches...

Getting Into the Spirit

Getting Into the Spirit

With just nine days remaining until Christmas, we here at CivMix are engaging in a little holiday Q-and-A. We have posed a set of (we think fairly easy to answer) questions, and hope that some of our favorite people will respond. If you're interested in participating,...

Photo Gallery: Santa Speedo Sprint 2019

Photo Gallery: Santa Speedo Sprint 2019

The 14th annual Santa Speedo Sprint took place on Lark Street in Albany this past Saturday. For the uninitiated, this is an 800-meter run on Lark Street to raise money for the Albany Damien Center and the HIV/AIDS program at Albany Medical Center. It was a little...

Rise and Shine: Dec. 16, 2019

Rise and Shine: Dec. 16, 2019

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. The Christmas countdown has begun! There are 9 days remaining until the big guy in the red suit's big day. It was crazy hectic with the compressed holiday period this year - at least it seemed that way to me. I hope you're all surviving...

While You Were Out: Dec. 13, 2019

While You Were Out: Dec. 13, 2019

A VERY newsy Friday, CivMixers. Let's get right to it. A fiercely divided House Judiciary Committee pushed President Trump to the brink of impeachment today, voting along party lines to approve charges that he abused the power of his office and obstructed Congress....

Rise and Shine: Dec. 13, 2019

Rise and Shine: Dec. 13, 2019

Happy Friday, CivMixers. For those following the D.C. drama at home, you can tune out for a second. For those (like me) who went to sleep and need to catch up on the action... The House Judiciary Committee abruptly postponed the expected party-line approval of two...

While You Were Out: Dec. 12, 2019

While You Were Out: Dec. 12, 2019

I've got to hop offline early to catch a train, CivMixers, so I leave you with this: The House Judiciary Committee is moving toward the expected party-line approval of two articles of impeachment, which will send the charges to the full House for a vote. Also ongoing:...

Downtown Drama

Downtown Drama

A historian, a chamber of commerce director, two social service providers, an environmentalist and a communications consultant sit down at a table. Sounds like the beginning of a very tedious joke, but at the Albany Roundtable luncheon on Wednesday, that was just one...

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Dec 12 – 15

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Dec 12 – 15

Thursday, December 12: - Drinking the Seasons: Christmas Cocktails. Schenectady County Historical Society, Schenectady - Vegan For the Holidays Hands-On. Different Drummer's Kitchen Co, Albany - Christmas Vacation Trivia. Fort Orange Brewing, Albany - Film: Raw Force....

Rise and Shine: Dec. 12, 2019

Rise and Shine: Dec. 12, 2019

I have just two words for you this Thursday morning, CivMixers: Hanging chads. Yeah. That brings those of us of a certain age back, doesn't it? On this day in 2000, Republican George W. Bush became president-elect over former Democratic Vice President Al Gore as a...

While You Were Out: Dec. 11, 2019

While You Were Out: Dec. 11, 2019

It has been a difficult Hump Day for the state Senate Republicans who saw their eighth member - Rochester Republican state Sen. Joe Robach (actually, a former Democrat, once upon a time) - announce that he will not seek re-election in 2020. Though the political deck...

Dark Days

Dark Days

Somehow we've found ourselves suddenly approaching the shortest day of the year - that last bit when you leave the house and it's dark, get home, and surprise, it's dark! To paraphrase Yogi Berra: It's getting late early out there. Other people I know can run around...

Rise and Shine: Dec. 11, 2019

Rise and Shine: Dec. 11, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers. We have reached the middle of the week, Wednesday, and the best I can say about today's forecast is that it looks completely ordinary for early December. A little sun, some clouds, temperatures in the mid-30s. After all the ups and downs and...

While You were Out: Dec. 10, 2019

While You were Out: Dec. 10, 2019

Happy end-of-Tuesday, CivMixers. The temperature is dropping like a stone, but the skies are clearing. If you're heading into NYC tomorrow, (like yours truly), be prepared for a lovely "wintery mix" that could make the commute a lot slipperier than usual. In the news...

Rise and Shine: Dec. 10, 2019

Rise and Shine: Dec. 10, 2019

Time to take on Tuesday, CivMixers! Good morning. It's Nation Human Rights Day, which marks the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation of the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the early major achievements of the new UN in 1948....

While You Were Out: Dec. 9, 2019

While You Were Out: Dec. 9, 2019

Holy HEAT WAVE, CivMixers. What a switch from this weekend to today. It was downright balmy. I was sweating up a storm. Someone else might be sweating down in D.C. these days, too....let's get to those headlines: In what amounted to the opening argument in the effort...

Photo Gallery: 37th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll

Photo Gallery: 37th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll

Our resident photographer, George Fazio, certainly got around this weekend. He was on hand for the 37th annual Victorian Stroll yesterday in Troy, which drew thousands of hearty souls - and quite a few dogs, a number of whom got into the spirit with festive headgear,...

Photo Gallery: 23rd Annual Albany Last Run

Photo Gallery: 23rd Annual Albany Last Run

The 23rd Annual St. Peters Cardiac and Vascular Center Albany Last Run 5K, which kicks off with a fireworks show and then winds its way through the Capital Holiday Lights in Washington Park, took place this past Saturday (December 7). There were lots of festive...

Rise and Shine: Dec. 9, 2019

Rise and Shine: Dec. 9, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers. It's Monday...not sure what else there is to say about that. On this day in 1965, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" aired for the first time ever on CBS. It's now a holiday tradition for many. Today is also "Green Monday" - also known as "Cyber...

While You Were Out: Dec. 6, 2019

While You Were Out: Dec. 6, 2019

It's Friday. Not sure about you, CivMixers, but I have Friday brain. Bad. It feels like I'm operating on half speed. But I persist. I push through. That's what we do. Because time waits for no woman, and the doughnuts don't make themselves. In the headlines... The...

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Dec 5 – 8

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Dec 5 – 8

NOTE: This is a corrected post. I pulled the trigger too early on the initial post. Mea culpa. - L It looks like there's more snow in the forecast for tomorrow - just in case you hadn't yet gotten your full of the fluffy white stuff. (It's awfully early to be sick of...

Rise and Shine: Dec. 6, 2019

Rise and Shine: Dec. 6, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers. Happy Friday! And also, happy Saint Nicholas Day - a day that recognizes the third-century saint who became an inspiration for the modern-day Santa Claus. In case you weren't aware, (I wasn't), St. Nicholas is known for selling all his...

While You Were Out: Dec. 5, 2019

While You Were Out: Dec. 5, 2019

A foreshortened and early afternoon round-up, CivMixers. I've got some transportation issues to handle. So sorry. Back with you at the regular time tomorrow... Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House would begin drafting impeachment articles against President...

Rise and Shine, Dec. 5, 2019

Rise and Shine, Dec. 5, 2019

Hello, Thursday, and hello, CivMixers. A "special weather statement" from The Weather Channel this morning: Watch out for patchy black ice on the roads - especially on untreated or ill-cleared (my addition, there) secondary roads and side streets. Black ice is a...

While You Were Out: Dec. 4, 2019

While You Were Out: Dec. 4, 2019

Wednesday has come and (almost) gone. The impeachment circus was back on down in D.C., and that heads our list of headlines for the day... Three constitutional scholars invited by Democrats to testify at today's impeachment hearings said that President Trump’s efforts...

Yoga Body

Yoga Body

A few years back I attended a high school reunion. One of my strongest memories of the evening was when a classmate noted, as I was changing into a cocktail dress, that I have a "yoga body." Truth be told, I was a little disappointed by the observation because I...

Rise and Shine: Dec. 4, 2019

Rise and Shine: Dec. 4, 2019

It's Wednesday morning, and whaddaya know? There's snow in the forecast! Not too much, CivMixers, but enough to remind you that it's winter's world, and we're just living in it. The snow will yield to cloudy skies in the afternoon, with temperatures in the mid-30s,...

While You Were Out: Dec. 3, 2019

While You Were Out: Dec. 3, 2019

Happy shovel-out Tuesday, CivMixers! I know many of us got our cardio in this morning by digging out our cars, driveways, sidewalks etc. Remember, while you're in the snow-clearing mood - dig out those hydrants! Also, no one - not even our intrepid photographer George...

A Few Blocks on Hudson’s Warren Street

Not long ago, I found myself with a few appointments in the City of Hudson with prospective clients. I lined them up on the same day, and since they were in walking distance of one another, I found a parking space in between. I did a perfect parallel park on the first...

Rise and Shine: Dec. 3, 2019

Rise and Shine: Dec. 3, 2019

What day is it, CivMixers? I've lost track. All I see is endless white. OK, it's Tuesday. And it looks like the snow has finally stopped, (outside my window, anyway), though the winter storm warning is in effect through 7 a.m. It makes me feel better - but only a...

While You Were Out: Dec. 2, 2019

While You Were Out: Dec. 2, 2019

Snow, snow and more snow. That pretty much sums up this first Monday in December, CivMix crew. Apparently, it's a record-breaking storm. Yee-haw. Twenty-seven inches!!! It was a good time to stay home and buy things online, apparently. Online marketing firm Adobe...

Dutch Treats

Dutch Treats

Stroopwafel and Boterkoek from Dutch Desserts in Kinderhook were among the examples of "Dutch Taste & Traditions" event held recently at the Albany Institute of History & Art. According to the Institute’s website: "This special day...features an educational program...

The View From My Window

The View From My Window

...just felt like I had to share. It's still snowing. I'm housebound. With two dogs. And a pre-teen. And a cold. Pity me. It sure does look pretty, though.

Rise and Shine: Dec. 2, 2019

Rise and Shine: Dec. 2, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers! I've missed you! It's a whole new month! And we have SNOW. Boy, do we have snow. I hope everyone had a wonderful and fulfilling and delicious Thanksgiving holiday weekend that involved a lot of fabulous food and family time and football and...

While You Were Out: Nov. 27, 2019

While You Were Out: Nov. 27, 2019

A few holiday-related housekeeping matters before we get to the headlines on this Thanksgiving Day eve, CivMixers. Due to the holiday, we are going to take a brief break from posting new content. We'll be back bright and early Monday morning to recap the holiday...

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Nov 27 – Dec 1

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Nov 27 – Dec 1

If you're looking for something to do over the long holiday weekend - be it dance your face off or burn off some pre-turkey calories at one of the many road races taking place tomorrow - you've come to the right place. Personally, I would recommend steering VERY clear...

Rise and Shine, Nov. 27, 2019

Rise and Shine, Nov. 27, 2019

Happy day-before Thanksgiving, CivMixers, which is otherwise known as Wednesday. This week's Hump Day is doing double duty as Friday for many of us this short holiday week. It's also, as mentioned briefly yesterday, the biggest party night of the year - the night when...

While You Were Out, Nov. 26, 2019

While You Were Out, Nov. 26, 2019

I tell you, CivMixers, you really take your life into your hands when you travel on the holidays. Even a few days out like we are now...Penn Station was a ZOO! I made it through unscathed, but only barely, which explains the rather late Tuesday round-up. But I'm here...

Repeating Myself

Repeating Myself

New York City is in some ways my home. I mean, I was born there in a hospital that grew out of a facility originally founded by Elizabeth Blackwell. While I’ve lived in Albany for decades, there will always be a place in my heart that belongs exclusively to my...

Rise and Shine, Nov. 26, 2019

Rise and Shine, Nov. 26, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers. It's Tuesday, and I've gone down the internet rabbit hole, compliments of our good friend Wikipedia. I Googled "Nov. 26" and came up with the following: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln proclaims November 26 as a national Thanksgiving Day, to be...

While You Were Out: Nov. 25, 2019

While You Were Out: Nov. 25, 2019

Phew! What a busy Monday this has been, CivMixers! It's like we're trying to stuff a whole week's worth of news into a single day...and maybe that's the case, given the short holiday week situation we've got going on. Speaking of which... Some good news for all of you...

The Hero – And The Villain – Of Mohawk Valley

The Hero – And The Villain – Of Mohawk Valley

Driving on the Thruway along the Mohawk River on a drizzly November night, one can imagine how isolated and vulnerable early settlers in the area must have felt. Their fear was warranted. On November 11, 1778, British soldiers, loyalists, Senecas and Mohawks, under...

Rise and Shine: Nov. 25, 2019

Rise and Shine: Nov. 25, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers, and welcome to this foreshortened Thanksgiving holiday week! A lot of folks' thoughts have already turned to turkey (and football?). Area supermarkets were off the hook this past weekend, filled with shoppers stocking up for the big meal. In a...

While You Were Out: Nov.  22, 2019

While You Were Out: Nov. 22, 2019

I'm about to sign off for the weekend, CivMixers. But here's a few headlines for you to chew on before I go... In a 53-minute phone interview with "Fox & Friends," President Trump lashed out at the impeachment process and said a key witness — who swore under oath to...

Rise and Shine: Nov. 22, 2019

Rise and Shine: Nov. 22, 2019

Friday has finally arrived, CivMixers. In anticipation of Thanksgiving next week, it's National Cranberry Relish Day. I don't know about you, but cranberry sauce is one of my favorite things on the Turkey Day table. But I know it can be a divisive dish. I like the...

While You Were Out: Nov. 21, 2019

While You Were Out: Nov. 21, 2019

Friday is almost here, CivMixers. I, for one, am looking forward to that. But let's not get ahead of ourselves, since there's a lot of news to wade through today...and it's not even over yet. Here are some highlights: Key impeachment witnesses said today it was clear...

Rise and Shine: Nov. 21, 2019

Rise and Shine: Nov. 21, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers, it's that time again - time to Rise and Shine and greet this late-November Thursday. It's the third Thursday of November, actually, which means it's the Great American Smokeout - an event sponsored by the American Cancer Society that...

While You Were Out: Nov. 20, 2019

While You Were Out: Nov. 20, 2019

Another day in the books, CivMixers. Tomorrow is Thursday, which means only a week before Thanksgiving. Curious on why Thanksgiving fell so "late" this year? Given by law that Thanksgiving must fall on the fourth Thursday of each November and this year, November only...

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Nov 21 – 24

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Nov 21 – 24

I'm starting to see a lot of Christmas stuff out there, CivMixers. And it makes me feel downright uncomfortable. Don't get me wrong. I like the holidays as much as the next person. (OK, if we're being honest, maybe a TINY bit less than the next person, but still)....

Rise and Shine: Nov. 20, 2019

Rise and Shine: Nov. 20, 2019

Happy Wednesday, CivMixers. Welcome to the middle of the week. If you're the sort who goes in for watching a crowd of hyper-ambitious people debate high-minded policy proposals and passive-aggressively prod one another, you're in luck! Tonight is the fifth Democratic...

While You Were Out: Nov. 19, 2019

It was a Tuesday marked by stories about the weather and politics, both of which were, well, in one word: messy - at least at the outset. To the headlines, Batman! The White House attacked its own top Ukraine expert as he offered sworn testimony before the House’s...

Rise and Shine: Nov. 19, 2019

Rise and Shine: Nov. 19, 2019

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers. There's a nice symmetry to today's date: The 19th day of November 2019. Unfortunately, the weather isn't so nice. It's raining as I write this, and some places might be seeing rain mixed with snow. That's not the case outside my...

While You Were Out: Nov. 18, 2019

While You Were Out: Nov. 18, 2019

Rain and snow. Rain and snow. Rain and snow. That's what's coming our way this Monday evening, CivMixers, though, as usual, what you're going to experience largely depends on where you live. The estimated accumulation will be about an inch. But things are going to be...

A Week Or Two Away: Japan

A Week Or Two Away: Japan

If you’re looking to travel somewhere a bit different, Japan is the most accessible and visitor-friendly destination in Asia. An island nation of 126 million people - 40 million of whom live in the Greater Tokyo region - Japanese culture and history is truly unique,...

Rise and Shine: Nov. 18, 2019

Rise and Shine: Nov. 18, 2019

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. I hope the weekend was good to you. There's a freezing rain alert in place until noon today. Take some extra time on that morning commute, and be careful where you step this morning. It's going to be cloudy all day, with more showers...

While You Were Out: Nov. 15, 2019

While You Were Out: Nov. 15, 2019

Got cut out early this Friday afternoon to make a train, CivMixers. I'll leave you with these headlines to chew on for now... Roger J. Stone Jr., a former aide and longtime friend of Trump, was found guilty today of obstructing a congressional investigation into...

Nance on Trump

Nance on Trump

Malcolm Nance is a regular commentator MSNBC and CNN. Maybe you've also heard him on WAMC. Last Friday he was in Albany, sharing his insight into current affairs with an audience of more than 200 at WAMC’s Linda Norris Auditorium. According to his online bio, Nance is...

Rise and Shine: Nov. 15, 2019

Rise and Shine: Nov. 15, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers, and welcome to Friday! We're looking at a veritable heat wave, with a high temperature of 46 degrees in the forecast, according to The Weather Channel, along with a mix of sun and clouds. We're back down into the 30s over the weekend, and...

While You Were Out: Nov. 14, 2019

While You Were Out: Nov. 14, 2019

A long and busy day on my end, CivMixers. I hope things were productive and positive for you on this Wednesday. Remember: It's all downhill to the weekend from here. In the news... One person is dead and at least three others are injured, two of them critically, after...

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Nov 14 – 17

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Nov 14 – 17

We are entering the holiday season, and that means there's a TON of stuff to do. There's the big bird meal, of course, followed by a whirlwind of shopping and Santa visits, and tree cutting, and hall decking and office parties, and, and, and... It can all be downright...

Rise and Shine: Nov. 14, 2019

Rise and Shine: Nov. 14, 2019

Good Wednesday morning, CivMixers. We've reached the middle of the week somehow. Things sort of seemed to be dragging along there for a bit - maybe because it was so damn, bone-chillingly, record-breakingly cold? If you feel like it was way too early for this sort of...

While You Were Out: Nov. 13, 2019

While You Were Out: Nov. 13, 2019

All impeachment hearings, all the time... To recap: Democrats are striving to prove that President Donald Trump betrayed his oath of office by withholding military aid to Ukraine unless Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy initiated investigations to benefit...

NY Climate Action – What That Really Means

NY Climate Action – What That Really Means

With a stroke of the pen this past July, Gov. Andrew Cuomo set the path for New York to be a renewable energy leader by signing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCP) into law. The CLCP, also known as the Climate Law, calls for 85 percent...

Rise and Shine: Nov. 13, 2019

Rise and Shine: Nov. 13, 2019

Good Wednesday morning, CivMixers. The action is all down in D.C. today, where the House marks a new phase in only the fourth impeachment inquiry in U.S. history as public hearings begin with high drama and even higher stakes. The risks are enormous for everyone...

While You Were Out: Nov. 12, 2019

While You Were Out: Nov. 12, 2019

Brrrrrrr. I guess winter is coming early this year, CivMixers. As we wrap up this Tuesday, we're looking at temperatures heading down into the teens - THE TEENS, I SAID! What is this? February?! Anyway, this kind of cold can be dangerous. A number of Code Blue alerts...

Photo Gallery: Albany Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11, 2019

Photo Gallery: Albany Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11, 2019

In case you weren't able to make it to the 64th annual Albany Veterans Day Parade yesterday, these photos by George Fazio give a pretty good flavor of what you missed. (I'm particularly partial to the patriotic doggies). [ngg src="galleries" ids="41"...

American Dirt

American Dirt

Now that I’ve outed myself as a librarian, we may as well talk about books. Or book, as is the case at the moment. Last week I finished reading American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins and I’ve been thinking (and talking) about it ever since. American Dirt came to my...

Rise and Shine: Nov. 12, 2019

Rise and Shine: Nov. 12, 2019

It's just shy of 4 a.m. as I sit down to write this, and the dog and I have returned from a brief stroll outdoors. There was nothing falling from the sky as we slowly made our way to the bottom of the front lawn and back. According to The Weather Channel's hourly...

While You Were Out: Nov. 11, 2019

While You Were Out: Nov. 11, 2019

Well, CivMixers, the weather is dominating the local headlines as we head into the tail end of this Monday. For most of the Capital Region, there's a winter weather advisory in effect from midnight tonight to 10 a.m. tomorrow. In other areas of the state, (basically,...

Reimagining Lark Street

Reimagining Lark Street

The stretch of Lark Street between Washington and Madison Avenue could be in for a bit of a makeover – eventually. Liz King, a landscape designer with Bergmann Associates, recently provided an update on the Lark Street Improvement Study for dozens of business and...

Rise and Shine: Nov. 11, 2019

Rise and Shine: Nov. 11, 2019

We're kicking off a busy week today, CivMixers. But it's going to be a week that crams a lot of activity into a short period of time, as today is Veterans Day - a time to reflect and thank those who have served and are currently serving in the armed forces to keep us...

While You Were Out: Nov. 8, 2019

While You Were Out: Nov. 8, 2019

Holy frigid temperatures, CivMixers! Things are going to warm up this weekend, but then take a turn for the worse next week. Tomorrow and Sunday we're in for some sunshine, though we won't be seeing anything remotely like the balmy temperatures we enjoyed not too...

Lights In The Darkness

Lights In The Darkness

Darkness creeps up on us in October. Between the first and the 31st, we lose 1 hour and 24 minutes of daylight. Then we "fall back" over the first weekend of November and BOOM, suddenly it’s dark at dinnertime. But in Albany’s Washington Park last Sunday, hundreds of...

Rise and Shine: Nov. 8, 2019

Rise and Shine: Nov. 8, 2019

IT'S FRIDAY! Just had to get that one off my chest. Good morning, CivMixers. I hope you all survived the great November storm of 2019 that...really wasn't after all. There were a few flakes mixed with rain in most of the Capital Region, though reportedly there was...

While You Were Out: Nov. 7, 2019

While You Were Out: Nov. 7, 2019

The weather is making news as we wrap things up this early November Thursday. Another reminder to be careful out on the roads tonight, CivMixers. There could be accumulations of an inch or more of slushy mess (depending on your elevation) before the precipitation...

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Nov 7 – 10

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Nov 7 – 10

We have successfully navigated Halloween and all its many themed events. Now, we're moving into holiday territory, starting with Thanksgiving. I see in the roster of possible things to do that has been curated this week by our Mistress of Fun (Stacey Abrams) that...

Rise and Shine: Nov. 7, 2019

Rise and Shine: Nov. 7, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers. It's going to be a rather wet Thursday, with showers in the morning turning into a steady rain by afternoon, according to The Weather Channel. By the time the evening rolls around, there will be a chance of (gulp) snow - the first of the...

While You Were Out: Nov. 6, 2019

While You Were Out: Nov. 6, 2019

A busy, busy Wednesday with lots of ground to cover, CivMixers. But before I forget, it's also National Stress Awareness Day, so if you haven't done any self care today, now is the time to do so. Headlines... Donald Trump will be the first president to kick off New...

Rise and Shine: Nov. 6, 2019

Rise and Shine: Nov. 6, 2019

Now that Election Day has come and gone, it's time to tally up the results, CivMixers. Welcome to post-election Wednesday. For an off-cycle, all-local year, there was plenty of drama. A number of incumbent mayors in and around the Capital Region were ousted by their...

While You Were Out: Nov. 5, 2019

While You Were Out: Nov. 5, 2019

This Election Day Tuesday is not yet over, CivMixers. Have you voted yet? No? Well, the polls are open until 9 p.m., and we will still be here when you get back. Also, something I missed earlier: Today is National Doughnut Day. (Not sure how that one slipped past me)....

Schenectady wins $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative

Schenectady wins $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative

Schenectady has been named the winner of the state's fourth round of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative for the Capital Region, following Albany, Hudson, and Glens Falls as regional winners. As in the first three rounds of the DRI, one municipality...

Giveaway: Nine Pin Pressing Party 2019

Giveaway: Nine Pin Pressing Party 2019

Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, will host its annual pressing party, now in its sixth year, on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at their cidery in Albany’s warehouse district.    Nine Pin will press over 100 varieties of wild...

Rise and Shine: Nov. 5, 2019

Rise and Shine: Nov. 5, 2019

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers. It's Election Day! Poll sites are open from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. all across the state. If you need assistance in locating your polling site - and finding out whether you're registered to vote in the first place - click here. Be aware if...

While You Were Out: Nov. 4, 2019

While You Were Out: Nov. 4, 2019

As Monday comes to a close, it's time to prepare to do your civic duty and get out to vote in local elections tomorrow. Why? Well, because we put the "CIV" in CivMix, and it's important to make yourself heard. I know there aren't any "sexy" statewide contests - all...

Lessons Learned on a Summer Vacation

Lessons Learned on a Summer Vacation

This year, I did something I didn't think I would ever do. I left a job without exactly having another one lined up. I had an iron in the fire and that was as far as I had gotten in the search for my next adventure. But, it was time for me to go and so I went. I had...

#Adulting: Your Credit Rating

#Adulting: Your Credit Rating

Here's a real-to-me conversation I hope you never have: "Honey, I’ve got good news and bad news," said my husband. "Go on," I replied. "I left the car unlocked after we went shopping on Saturday, and the good news is, your prescription sunglasses weren’t stolen." The...

Rise and Shine: Nov. 4, 2019

Rise and Shine: Nov. 4, 2019

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. I'm back in the mix, so to speak. It was an epic weekend, to say the least. If you're curious about that, click here. But enough about me. Hopefully, you had a great weekend and did not forget about Daylight Savings Time, which, by the...

We Interrupt This Programming…

We Interrupt This Programming…

...to let you know that I've taken a brief hiatus and will be back with you bright and early Monday. In the meantime, enjoy the view. I know did.

Rise and Shine: Nov. 1, 2019

Rise and Shine: Nov. 1, 2019

Welcome to November, CivMixers! It's Friday...finally. But first: What a wild and crazy night! I'm speaking, of course, about the weather. (Where did your mind go?) That WIND! As expected, it resulted in some power outages across the state, which made for a very...

Rise and Shine: Oct. 31, 2019

Rise and Shine: Oct. 31, 2019

BOO! Here's a scary trick for President Donald Trump on this Halloween night: A bitterly divided House voted today to endorse the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry in a historic action that set up a critical new public phase of the process and underscored the toxic...

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Oct. 31 – Nov 3

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Oct. 31 – Nov 3

No surprise that the latest round-up of offerings from our Mistress of Fun (AKA Stacey Abrams) is heavy on the Halloween events at the outset. That said, there's plenty of other options for those among us who aren't into the dressing-up and getting scared thing...

Rise and Shine: Oct. 31, 2019

Rise and Shine: Oct. 31, 2019

Happy Halloween, CivMixers! (The Google Doodle today is very cute). If you are planning on going the semi-traditional route and trick-or-treating outside, you might want to incorporate something waterproof into that costume. There's an 80 percent chance of rain today....

Be Safe, Not Scared, This Halloween

Be Safe, Not Scared, This Halloween

Halloween is almost upon us. For the history buffs - or just plain curious - among you, this tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory...

While You Were Out: Oct. 30, 2019

While You Were Out: Oct. 30, 2019

Good Tuesday evening, CivMixers. A lovely late fall evening...too bad (for the trick-or-treaters among you, anyway) it's not going to stay that way. Some headlines... House impeachment investigators have summoned John Bolton, President Trump’s former national security...

Rise and Shine: Oct. 30, 2019

Rise and Shine: Oct. 30, 2019

Happy pre-Halloween Hump Day, CivMixers. It's Wednesday, and it's going to be on the warm side for late October, with temperatures in the mid-60s and the humidity somewhere around 79 percent, according to The Weather Channel. Winds will be light and variable, and...

While You Were Out: Oct. 29, 2019

While You Were Out: Oct. 29, 2019

Sorry for the late post, CivMixers. It has been an EPIC day. One of those "I can't get out of my own way" days. It was also another hefty news day, which included - but was not limited to - the following headlines... Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a Ukraine expert on...

Plotting An Author Visit

Plotting An Author Visit

Have you ever attended an author visit? I’m not talking about a big public event, like we are fortunate to experience locally via the NYSWI, when well read and inquisitive individuals file into a large space on their own volition. No, I mean an auditorium filled with...

Rise and Shine: Oct. 29, 2019

Rise and Shine: Oct. 29, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers. It's Tuesday, and we'll never have another one just like it. That's a helpful thing to keep in mind...for me, anyway. It's going to be cloudy today, with areas of patchy fog (watch out for that on your way to wherever it is you're headed this...

While You Were Out: Oct. 28, 2019

While You Were Out: Oct. 28, 2019

Another Monday has come and (almost) gone, CivMixers. I think it's safe to say that we are past peak foliage in much of the region, which makes me sad. Fall is already a little melancholy, things are slowing down...getting ready for the deep and cold hibernation...

Rise and Shine: Oct. 28, 2019

Rise and Shine: Oct. 28, 2019

We're back at Monday, CivMixers. And it's Halloween week! It's going to be mostly cloudy for your commute this morning, and then only partly cloudy this afternoon. After all the rain we saw yesterday, we're getting a bit of a reprieve. Clear skies are in the forecast,...

Reasons To Vote Local – a Public Service Announcement

Reasons To Vote Local – a Public Service Announcement

We're going to try something a little different for the last post of the week. Instead of a final headline round-up, we're instead wrapping things up with a treatise on why getting out to vote in this year's "off-cycle" elections is so important. The timing of this is...

Rise and Shine: Oct. 25, 2019

Rise and Shine: Oct. 25, 2019

Friday, where have you been all my life? Good morning, CivMixers. It's going to be "generally" cloudy with a slight chance of rain this evening and somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 degrees or so today, according to to The Weather Channel. It's National Breadstick...

While You Were Out: Oct. 24, 2019

While You Were Out: Oct. 24, 2019

Happy almost-Friday, CivMix crew. OK. So maybe that's a little optimistic. But a girl can dream. And while I'm thinking of the weekend, let's get to some headlines... The body of Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died last week at age 68, lay in state at the National...

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Oct. 24 – 27

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Oct. 24 – 27

We're pretty much at peak fall when it comes to events on tap for the upcoming weekend. Lots of Halloween-related stuff on the menu that has been assembled with care this week by our Mistress of Fun (AKA Stacey Abrams...apparently, she really likes that title, so I'm...

Rise and Shine: Oct. 24, 2019

Rise and Shine: Oct. 24, 2019

Good morning and welcome to this late-fall Thursday, CivMixers! It's going to be a nice day, weather-wise - actually on the warm side, with temperatures reaching up to touch 67 degrees of so, and a "good deal" of sunshine, according to The Weather Channel. Officially...

While You Were Out: Oct. 23, 2019

While You Were Out: Oct. 23, 2019

A lot of D.C. news in the roundup this evening, CivMixers. I'm not sure what's going on down there in our nation's capitol there days, but it's a little off the hook...read on for details: Republicans briefly brought the Democrat-led impeachment investigation to a...

The Haunting Of Canfield Casino

The Haunting Of Canfield Casino

There are a lot of reasons to visit the Saratoga Springs Historical Museum. The Canfield Casino, which is part of the museum, is a popular wedding venue. The museum exhibits on the first floor are an excellent introduction to the geologic and Native American histories...

Rise and Shine, Oct. 23, 2019

Rise and Shine, Oct. 23, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers, and I'm getting a late start - for me, anyway. I could give you the whole "dog ate my WiFi" song and dance. But let's just say: I'm up, you're up, let's do this Tuesday thing together, shall we? It's going to be mostly cloud and dry, today,...

While You Were Out: Oct. 22, 2019

While You Were Out: Oct. 22, 2019

I've got to cut out early this afternoon, CivMixers. Some not-so-happy personal business to attend to, and the weather is gray - just like my mood. The rain looks like it will start somewhere in the 8 o'clock hour, so I hope you all get home safe and dry before the...

Rise and Shine: Oct. 22, 2019

Rise and Shine: Oct. 22, 2019

Hello, CivMixers! It's Tuesday. We're in store for some rain today, according to The National Weather Channel, with clouds early and then off and on showers turning into some steadier precipitation by evening. There's a 100 percent chance of rain tonight. So bring...

While You Were Out: Oct. 21, 2019

While You Were Out: Oct. 21, 2019

What started off as a very foggy, gray and dreary Monday morning has morphed into a lovely late fall afternoon. So things are looking up from were I sit, CivMixers. I hope you can say the same. In the news today... President Donald Trump slammed Hillary Clinton for...

Where There’s STEAM, There’s Business

Where There’s STEAM, There’s Business

Cider Belly doughnuts*, coffee and entrepreneurs helped fuel the first public event at Albany’s new STEAM Garden at 279 Central Ave. last Wednesday - a panel discussion on "Starting, Sustaining, and Growing a Small Business." The STEAM (Science, Technology,...

Rise and Shine: Oct. 21, 2019

Rise and Shine: Oct. 21, 2019

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. We are creeping steadily toward the holiday season. I'm starting to see Thanksgiving-themed items hit store shelves, and even a few Christmas mentions here and there for the ambitious early shoppers among us. (I know, some of you are...

While You Were Out: Oct. 18, 2019

While You Were Out: Oct. 18, 2019

A short and sweet goodnight and good riddance to this Friday, CivMixers. It was a long week. Hope you get a chance to unplug and recharge this weekend. I'm looking forward to some down time. Here's what's news... The world's first all-female spacewalking team made...

Chasing Goals, Part II (1/2 Marathon x 3)

This year I did something I never thought I would do - I signed up for, and completed, three half marathons in less than a month. I knew it wasn't the best idea I'd ever had as I was signing up for them, but I also thought it could be fun. If nothing else, I'd have a...

Rise and Shine: Oct. 18. 2019

Rise and Shine: Oct. 18. 2019

And....exhale, CivMixers, you've almost made it to the weekend. It was a weird week, starting with a day off at the front end and winding up with some really crazy weather. Things seem to have calmed down now, and we're set up for some calm and sunny skies -...

While You Were Out: Oct. 17, 2019

While You Were Out: Oct. 17, 2019

Hope you all weathered the weather (see what I did there?) and are enjoying the remaining hours of this Thursday workday, CivMixers. An early cutoff for my this afternoon...here's some of what's making news thus far: In honor of the late Maryland Democratic Rep....

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Oct. 17 – 20

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Oct. 17 – 20

It may seem hard to believe after the weather we've seen over the past 24 hours or so, but the sun WILL indeed return to the Capital Region this weekend. And that means that you'll probably be itching to get out of the house, CivMixers, to partake of some of the many...

Rise and Shine: Oct. 17, 2019

Rise and Shine: Oct. 17, 2019

Good Thursday morning, CivMixers. It's still pretty touch and go out there when it comes to the weather. There are wind and flood advisories in effect, and the rain this morning could be heavy at times with about half an inch of precipitation falling. Be careful on...

While You Were Out: Oct. 16, 2019

While You Were Out: Oct. 16, 2019

I hope you have all made it home safely and are warm and dry as Wednesday draws to a close, CivMixers. The weather is making all kinds of news, and there's a flood watch in effect for Eastern New York and Western New England starting at 8 p.m. and continuing on...

Chasing Goals, Part I

Chasing Goals, Part I

I'm not the kind of person who does things just for fun. Sure, I have fun, but not usually the spontaneous kind. Most of the things I do are planned - usually well in advance and often in pursuit of a goal of some sort. I find I'm at my best when I'm chasing something...

Rise and Shine, Oct. 16, 2019

Rise and Shine, Oct. 16, 2019

I've got to confess, CivMixers, that between Yom Kippur last week and Columbus Day this past Monday, I'm having trouble keeping my days straight. I keep thinking we're a day ahead. Just in case you're with me on this one: It's Wednesday, for the record. Good morning....

While You Were Out: Oct. 15, 2019

While You Were Out: Oct. 15, 2019

Tuesday is coming to a close, CivMixers, but if you're a political junkie the fun of the day is yet to come, as we gear up for the biggest presidential debate in U.S. history. Twelve candidates will be facing off from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern in Westerville, Ohio....

In the Round

In the Round

Some 80 people – bankers, Realtors, nonprofit leaders, city and state employees – gathered for lunch at the University Club last week to kick off the 41st season of the Albany Roundtable Civic Luncheon Series. The Albany Roundtable is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit...

Rise and Shine: Oct. 15, 2019

Rise and Shine: Oct. 15, 2019

Happy Tuesday, CivMixers. Happy first day of the work week for those of you who were off yesterday. It looks like it's going to be a lovely day from a weather perspective, with a lot of sun and temperatures hovering around 60 degrees. Enjoy it while you can, because...

While You Were Out: Oct. 14, 2019

While You Were Out: Oct. 14, 2019

If you had off from work and/or school today, CivMixers, well, I hope you made the most of what was a beautiful fall day. I mean, I really hope you got out there and lived your BEST LIFE, climbing all the mountains and eating all the apple cider doughnuts, or maybe...

Casing Out the CIA

Casing Out the CIA

Who knew a visit to the CIA would be so delicious. Not the site in Langley. This is the Culinary Institute of America, with three main restaurants and multiple other eateries - plus a brewery. These restaurants are all within a less than two-hour drive of the Capital...

Rise and Shine: Oct. 14, 2019

Rise and Shine: Oct. 14, 2019

Good Monday morning, CivMixers! I hope you had a stellar weekend and have arrived here at the start of the work week refreshed and revived and ready to get going. (Except some of you might not be returning to work just yet...more on that below). It's going to be a...

While You Were Out: Oct. 11, 2019

While You Were Out: Oct. 11, 2019

Are you ready for the long weekend, CivMixers? We sure are. As we end the first full week of October, we're at mid-peak according to the state's foilage tracker. Make sure to take advantage of the weather this weekend, as the mercury will remain in the mid 60s during...

Rise and Shine: Oct. 11, 2019

Rise and Shine: Oct. 11, 2019

We did it, CivMixers! We made it to Friday in one piece. It might have been touch and go for a while there, but we made it. So reach around and pat yourself on the back, take a deep breath and smile...because the weekend is almost upon us. It's looking not too shabby...

While You Were Out: Oct. 10, 2019

While You Were Out: Oct. 10, 2019

I'm a little bit late to the party with today's roundup, CivMixers. But you know what they say: Better late than never...We kick things off with some very interesting political news, that ups the ante considerably when it comes to the congressional races to watch in...

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Oct. 10 – 13

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Oct. 10 – 13

I don't know about you, but I could use some distraction from the craziness of the world - maybe just for an hour or two. If you're like me, and perhaps looking for something fun to do between now and Sunday evening, you have come to the right place. Stacey Abrams has...

Rie and Shine: Oct. 10, 2019

Rie and Shine: Oct. 10, 2019

And just like that, it's Thursday. Sometimes time moves really fast, CivMixers, and sometimes - like, say, when eating and drinking are off the menu for a while - it just seems to crawl....by....so..slowly. Thankfully, that's over. It's going to be another gray day,...

While You Were Out: Oct. 9, 2019

While You Were Out: Oct. 9, 2019

Just dropping by for a quick check of what's in the news as Wednesday starts to wind down, CivMixers. Hope all is well on your end. Let's get to it... Former Vice President Joe Biden said for the first time today that President Trump should be impeached — and that the...

Being Part of the League of Extraordinary Red Heads

Being Part of the League of Extraordinary Red Heads

Are you aware that less than 2 percent of the entire world’s population is comprised of natural redheads? That’s a legitimate fact. But many other stereotypes and potential untruths about redheads abound. Supposedly, we possess a high tolerance for pain medications,...

The Architecture of Downtown Troy

The Architecture of Downtown Troy

Between fires, floods and urban renewal, it’s remarkable that Troy retains any of its historic fabric at all. Diana Waite’s new book, "The Architecture of Downtown Troy," (Excelsior Editions; Illustrated edition - September 1, 2019), is a deep dive into the built...

Rise and Shine: Oct. 9, 2019

Rise and Shine: Oct. 9, 2019

Good Wednesday morning, CivMixers. The middle of the week has arrived. It will be partly cloudy today, and also humid, according to The Weather Channel. But there's no rain in the forecast. Temperatures will reach the mid-60s. As mentioned yesterday, it's Yom Kippur -...

While You Were Out: Oct. 8, 2019

While You Were Out: Oct. 8, 2019

Well, CivMixers, it has been a trying technological time on this end of the computer screen. Hopefully, we've got all the bugs worked out, (or rather, our server does), and we are back up and running for good this time. I've got to cut out early due to the holiday....

Get Out and Vote!

Get Out and Vote!

Election Day will be here before we know it, (it's Tuesday, Nov. 5), and with early voting in New York this year, it will be easier than ever to cast your ballot. And, before we go any further, now is the perfect time to remind you that if you want to be eligible to...

Rise and Shine: Oct. 8, 2019

Rise and Shine: Oct. 8, 2019

It's a reality of the digital age: technology is amazing until it doesn't work. And then you're just SOL. We had server outage yesterday. It was incredibly annoying. (You know how things go). It kept us from updating you with your afternoon headlines, and for that, we...

Meet the New NYS Librarian

Meet the New NYS Librarian

The nonprofit Friends of the NYS Library hosted a reception to formally introduce the new state librarian, Lauren Moore, before the Erie Canal exhibit tour and book talk at the NYS Museum last week. And while she may be surrounded by history in her new(ish) position,...

Rise and Shine: Oct. 7, 2019

Rise and Shine: Oct. 7, 2019

Hello, CivMixers, and welcome to the rather dreary start of another work week. We're going to see periods of rain this Monday, according to The Weather Channel, some of which may be heavy at times. The chance of rain is 100 percent, which is sort of a bummer. But,...

While You Were Out: Oct. 4, 2019

While You Were Out: Oct. 4, 2019

If your weekend celebrations aren't already well underway, CivMixers, here are some headlines from the day's news to peruse while you're trying to decide what to do next - even if that entails pouring out a large adult beverage and settling in for a nice chillax...

Rise and Shine: Oct. 4, 2019

Rise and Shine: Oct. 4, 2019

Hello, Friday. I'm glad you're here, and I'm betting there's at least one or two CivMixers who likely feel the same. We'll have clouds in the morning, giving way to some sun (but still some clouds, too) in the afternoon, according to The Weather Channel. The...

While You Were Out: Oct. 3, 2019

While You Were Out: Oct. 3, 2019

Happy almost-Friday, CivMixers. It's chilly out there. And busy. Very busy. Here's a smattering of the stories that made headlines today as I battled traffic in NYC... President Trump, already facing impeachment for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political...

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Oct. 3 – 6

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Oct. 3 – 6

It's finally starting to really feel like fall. There's a chill in the air, and the foliage is reaching peak fabulousness (in certain parts of the region, anyway). October is underway, and it's time to start thinking seriously about Halloween. This weekend's offerings...

The Amusement Park That is Puberty

The Amusement Park That is Puberty

You’d think I’d recognize the signs after three previous rides on the puberty rollercoaster. While my own experiences with this life-changing, hormonal event have been overshadowed by a much more recent ride through the menopause House of Horrors, I still should have...

Rise and Shine: Oct. 3, 2019

Rise and Shine: Oct. 3, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers. It's Thursday. It's going to rain - a few showers early that turn into something steady by the afternoon. Highs will only be in the low 50s. Welcome to fall in upstate New York. It's National Mean Girls Day AND also National Boyfriend Day....

While You Were Out: Oct. 2, 2019

While You Were Out: Oct. 2, 2019

We're over the hump and the weekend in just over the horizon, CivMixers. Hang in there. Here are some headlines to tide you over as the day comes to a close... A whistleblower who raised concerns about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine spoke to staffers...

Rise and Shine: Oct. 2, 2019

Rise and Shine: Oct. 2, 2019

Welcome to Wednesday, CivMixers. In Indian, they're celebrating Gandhi Jayanti - a national holiday that marks the birthday of the Father of the nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi or Bapuji. It's also the International Day of...

While You Were Out: Oct. 1, 2019

While You Were Out: Oct. 1, 2019

Well this turned into a beautiful Tuesday after a very wet, dark and gloomy start, didn't it, CivMixers? It feels like whiplash weather, for sure. I've got to cut out early today...so here are some pre-close-of-business headlines for you to consider: President Trump...

That Patio Life

That Patio Life

Public Service Announcement: It’s not too late to get outside and do as much patio eating and drinking as possible. In fact, now is arguably the perfect time to steal a few moments in the last remaining days of good weather as possible, lingering over a beverage...

Rise and Shine: Oct. 1, 2019

Rise and Shine: Oct. 1, 2019

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers. Welcome to October - a month of pumpkins and witches and ghosts and, yes, overindulging on all that Halloween candy your kids haul home and then you offload at the office in hopes that your co-workers eat it. It's going to be mostly...

While You Were Out: Sept. 30, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 30, 2019

As Monday draws to a close, there is a lot of news being made at the federal, state and local levels, CivMixers. So, let's jump right in, shall we? U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the GOP-controlled Senate "would have no choice" but to take up...

Power of the Past at the NYS Museum

Power of the Past at the NYS Museum

History is in good hands if the crowd at a recent event at the New York State Museum was any indication. The Office of Cultural Education (NYS Museum, Library and Archives) hosted an Erie Canal gallery tour and book talk that drew more than 100 history lovers. The...

Rise and Shine: Sept. 30, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 30, 2019

It's Monday, CivMixers, and somehow, it's also the last day of September - already. It's also the 273rd day of the year, which means 92 days remain in 2019. In the Hebrew calendar, it's 1 Tishri 5780. For those of you observing Rosh Hashanah, "shanah tovah" - I hope...

While You Were Out: Sept. 27, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 27, 2019

Friday is almost over, CivMixers. Perhaps you've already started celebrating. If that is, in fact, the case, kudos to you. Personally, I have many more miles to go before I sleep. Not complaining, mind you. Just sayin'... And now, without further do, the news. The...

Beach birthday – Jersey Shore Weekend

Beach birthday – Jersey Shore Weekend

I think I was 18 the last time I trod on New Jersey sand and, truth be told, it was probably more of a stagger. Where I grew up (downstate), Seaside Heights was the epitome of beach party nirvana and the place to go after prom, or any other occasion that demanded to...

Rise and Shine: Sept. 27, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 27, 2019

Hello, Friday, you beautiful thing. You've gotta love a forecast that calls for "abundant sunshine," CivMixers. We've got that today, according to The Weather Channel, plus temperatures in the low 70s and a zero percent chance of rain. Enjoy it while you can, because...

While You Were Out: Sept. 26, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 26, 2019

Hello, CivMixers. The weekend is almost upon us. (Or, if you subscribe to my point of view, it's more or less already here). If you're up for a celebration, and you're a breakfast-for-dinner kind of person, you're in luck, because today is National Pancake Day....

He’s a Hero

He’s a Hero

There's so much bad news out there these days. It can really get you down. So it's nice when we can highlight something good for a change - especially when it's news about someone getting recognized for all the good they do in the world. This coming Saturday, Sept....

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Sept. 26 – 29

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Sept. 26 – 29

It's that time again, CivMixers, time to start plotting out your weekend! Around here, the "happenings" start on Thursdays...there's so much to do these days, it's hard to keep it all straight. Thankfully, we have Stacey Abrams on the case. A lot of fall-themed events...

Rise and Shine: Sept. 26, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 26, 2019

Good Thursday morning, CivMixers. I can safely say it's likely going to be....wet. Showers are forecast to start this morning, changing over to steady rain in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent, according to The Weather Channel. Temperatures will...

While You Were Out: Sept. 25, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 25, 2019

Another whirlwind day of non-stop news is coming to an end, CivMixers. My head is still spinning as Thursday comes to a close...and there's still a number of hours yet for a headline or two to drop. I'll be watching for that. In the meantime, here's what's going on......

Searching For the Holy Grail of Chocolate Chip Cookies

Searching For the Holy Grail of Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've been into baking since I was a kid. My earliest memories in the kitchen are of helping my granny bake bread before I was even old enough to go to school. I would help her measure out ingredients and knead the dough. This would be the work of the morning - making...

Rise and Shine: Sept. 25, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 25, 2019

Happy Hump Day, CivMixers. It looks like there's another nice fall day on tap, with temperatures in the mid-70s and lots of sunshine. It's humid at the moment, but that will be dropping throughout the day, according to The Weather Channel. It's not a great day to be a...

While You Were Out: Sept. 24, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 24, 2019

As Tuesday winds down, the big news is taking place at the federal level. Jumping right in to what you need to know here, CivMixers.... House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly is planning to put a resolution on the House floor tomorrow to address the Ukraine scandal....

Confessions of a Social Media Ad Addict

Confessions of a Social Media Ad Addict

Social media video ads are to today's small screen users what TV infomercials were to those of us of a certain age who still remember rotary phones and cassette tapes. I grew up watching infomercials. Aside from that Time Life Sounds of the Seventies CD set, which...

Rise and Shine: Sept. 24, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 24, 2019

Welcome to Tuesday, the second day of fall, CivMixers. It's going to feel more seasonally appropriate out there today, with temperatures barely getting out of the 70s. There will be a mix of sun and clouds, and a slight chance of a shower, according to The Weather...

While You Were Out: Sept. 23, 2019

It has been a day and then some, CivMixers. So sorry for the delayed post. I'm going to be quick about some updates of stories that made headlines today while I was otherwise engaged, and get back to you with our regular scheduling bright and early tomorrow morning....

A Weekend In Montreal

A Weekend In Montreal

We are very lucky to be located less than 200 miles south of Canada’s second largest city and the French-speaking cultural capital of North America. If you don’t mind spending a little over three hours in the car each way, Montreal is an easily accessible locale for a...

Rise and Shine: Sept. 23, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 23, 2019

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. It is officially, 100 percent FALL. The Autumnal Equinox - one of two days when the sun is located just above the Earth’s equator and day and night are roughly equal - took place while you were (likely) sleeping - at 3:50 a.m. Daylight...

Photos: Saratoga Auto Auction, 9-20-19

Photos: Saratoga Auto Auction, 9-20-19

Calling all gearheads, (including a certain governor I know), this one's for you. The Saratoga Automobile Museum’s 2019 Saratoga Auto Auction took place this weekend at SPAC. Photographer George Fazio was on hand for the event's first day and took some amazing shots -...

While You Were Out: Sept. 20, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 20, 2019

I've got to cut and run early today because I've got a train to catch. Hopefully, you're enjoying the last few hours of this mid-October Friday, CivMixers, whether you're till toiling away in the office, or have managed to make it home a little on the early side. Or,...

Hops and Harvest

Hops and Harvest

Bluegrass and craft beverages on the Empire State Plaza? Count me – and about a thousand others – in. The stretch of spectacular weather that Albany has been enjoying continued Wednesday evening as the sun set and stars rose over the stages and tents at the Madison...

The Waterboys, Calvin Theater, 9/19/19

The Waterboys, Calvin Theater, 9/19/19

I’m sure I’ve written before about how blown away I was when I last saw U2. It was, as always, the best U2 shown I’d ever seen - from the opening bars to the encore. The band came to the stage with the Waterboys’ Whole of the Moon playing over the speakers. The set...

Rise and Shine: Sept. 20, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 20, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers. You made it to Friday. And what a Friday it's going to be. It may be on the chilly side now - sub-50 degrees as I write this. But once the sun comes out, and it will, we're headed up, up, up, to just shy of 80 degrees today. There will be some...

While You Were Out: Sept. 19, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 19, 2019

In two short days, it'll be fall. And let us tell you, it's sure feeling like it in the morning and the evenings now. The mercury will drop to the mid 40s tonight. Early in the morning, there will be some "patchy" fog before rising back up to the mid 70s on what...

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Sept. 19 – 22

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Sept. 19 – 22

The weekend is almost upon us, and it's going to be a bit of a summer throwback, (from a weather standpoint), with temperatures reaching back up into the 80s. If you aren't planning to try to prolong that summer tan by catching some rays by the pool, or making a quick...

Rise and Shine: Sept. 19, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 19, 2019

Hello and welcome to Thursday, CivMixers. It's going to be another clear and sunny day, perhaps slightly less breezy than yesterday. Winds will be "light and variable," according to our friends at The Weather Channel. It's headed back down into the 40s come evening,...

While You Were Out: Sept. 18, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 18, 2019

It's that time of year - warm days and cold nights. There's a frost advisory for the first time thus far this early fall. It will impact the Adirondacks down across Lake George/Saratoga, into Washington County, the Rensselaer Plateau and all of Bennington and...

Bird Sleuth on the Case of the Carolina Wren

Bird Sleuth on the Case of the Carolina Wren

Have you noticed how quiet it has gotten outside in the evening and morning? Twilight and dawn? The crepuscular serenade of local songbirds has all but ended as the season turns from summer to fall. Except for one particular standout. Long after all the robins,...

Rise and Shine: Sept. 18, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 18, 2019

Good Wednesday morning, CivMixers. To whoever is in charge of the weather these days...Thank you. We'll again see mostly clear skies, sun and temperatures in the low 70s. Remember: It's likely to head up into the 80s this weekend - like, maybe close to 90 degrees...

While You Were Out: Sept. 17, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 17, 2019

The work day is coming to a close, CivMixers, and I don't know any other way to say this: GET. OUTSIDE. NOW. We have so few really amazing days to enjoy in upstate New York. Either it's hot and humid like a tropical jungle or freezing cold and snowy like some arctic...

Redefining the Routine

Redefining the Routine

Several times a year - usually as summer ends and fall begins and just after Jan. 1 - people start talking about "getting back to a routine." This always makes me cringe. I have to confess that the word "routine" for me, until recently, conjured up only negative...

Rise and Shine: Sept. 17, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 17, 2019

Brrr. It's a bit brisk this Tuesday morning, CivMixers - just a hair under 50 degrees as I write this. But not to worry, we're headed up to the low 70s with what looks like another lovely day. We'll see clear skies, lots of sun, just a touch of humidity and zero...

While You Were Out: Sept. 16, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 16, 2019

What a perfectly glorious Monday this has been, CivMixers. (I mean, as far as Mondays go). You couldn't ask for a more beautiful early fall day. FYI: According to no less authority than the Empire State Development Corp., the fall foliage season is officially...

Why Own When You Can Rent?

Why Own When You Can Rent?

Editor's Note: This piece speaks to me on a very deep level. I, too, am a shameless clothes horse. I just love clothes, all sorts of clothes - the fancier and more unwearable the better. I have a closet full of amazing pieces that I rarely get the chance to actually...

Albany predicts $17 to $20 million shortfall due to COVID-19 pandemic, leading to potential layoffs and service reductions

Rise and Shine: Sept. 16, 2019

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. I thought we might be headed toward Indian summer territory, but apparently - according to Wikipedia, anyway - that doesn't kick in until October or even November. Anyway, today we'll see temperatures in the mid-70s and partly cloudy...

Photos: PearlPalooza, Sept. 14, 2019

Photos: PearlPalooza, Sept. 14, 2019

This past Saturday saw the 10th annual Pearlpalooza - an all-ages music festival presented by SEFCU in association with WEQX, The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID), and Sugar Productions. The event featured a diverse lineup of local and...

While You Were Out: Sept. 13, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 13, 2019

Another beautiful fall Friday in the books, CivMixers. I hope you were able to get out and enjoy some of it. There's plenty of daylight left to do so if you haven't. In the news... Actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison and a $30,000 fine for her...

Rise and Shine: Sept. 13, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 13, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers! The good news: It's Friday. The bad news: It's Friday the 13th. So, why is this day considered unlucky? Here's what History.com has to say on that: "According to biblical tradition, 13 guests attended the Last Supper, held on Maundy Thursday,...

While You Were Out: Sept. 12, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 12, 2019

Good afternoon, CivMix crew. If you're preparing to settle in to watch tonight's Democratic 2020 primary debate in Texas, I hope you've got your popcorn ready, because it's looking like there could be some very interesting moments. There are several issues pertinent...

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Sept. 12 – 15

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Sept. 12 – 15

It's almost the weekend! We here at CivMix like to get an early start on things when it comes to getting an itinerary together for what we might like to do with our limited free time. There's a lot of options, and it's good to consideration the whole panoply of what's...

Rise and Shine: Sept. 12, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 12, 2019

Good Thursday morning, CivMixers. We're going through a seesaw of weather these days, with cooler temperatures, clouds and rain following on the heels of yesterday's (comparative) heat and humidity. Highs today are only expected to reach the mid 60s, according to The...

While You Were Out: Sept. 11, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 11, 2019

We're over the hump, CivMixers. It's all downhill to the weekend from here. Headlines... President Donald Trump said his administration will propose banning thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes to combat a recent surge in underage vaping. The FDA will develop...

Remembering

Remembering

When I typed the date - Sept. 11 - this morning, I was surprised by how it made me feel. All these years later, almost two full decades after the worst terrorist attack on our nation in its history, this day still has the ability to generate powerful emotions, to...

Rise and Shine: Sept. 11, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 11, 2019

It's a somber morning, CivMixers. No matter how many years pass since the attacks in Lower Manhattan and Washington, D.C. and the downing of a plane in a Pennsylvania field, we who were around to witness those horrific moments will never forget, and we will never stop...

While You Were Out: Sept. 10, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 10, 2019

A busy, busy day, from a news perspective, CivMixers. I hope it was a productive Tuesday for you, too. There were big doings at the White House, where President Trump announced he had fired John Bolton, his third national security adviser, amid fundamental...

Fallbany and Other Downtown Delights

Fallbany and Other Downtown Delights

Architecture, landscape, music, history and shopping – all yours to see and experience in a mere 2,000 steps. It turns out that many of the best aspects of urban life can be experienced on a 10-block walk on a September Thursday in downtownAlbany. The Fallbany Art &...

RIP, Robert Frank

RIP, Robert Frank

Robert Frank, a documentary photographer who is best known for his book "The Americans," which chronicled the lives of everyday people across the U.S. via snapshots he took during cross-country road trips, has died at the age of 94. He was a true photographic genius,...

Rise and Shine: Sept. 10, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 10, 2019

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers. It's a little on the chilly side, (in the 50s), as I write this, but it's going to be just shy of 80 degrees and humid today as the sun comes up. The Weather Channel says to expect clouds and some sun this morning, with more clouds as...

While You Were Out: Sept. 9, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 9, 2019

Monday, Monday. Monday. What else is there to say, really? Thankfully, it's almost over. Headlines... The Secretary of Commerce reportedly threatened to fire top employees at NOAA on Friday after the agency’s Birmingham office contradicted President Trump’s claim that...

‘People of New York’ Tour, A Review

‘People of New York’ Tour, A Review

One of the big applause lines in the hit Broadway play "Hamilton" comes in the first act, during the song Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down). If the mere mention of this number doesn't immediately trigger something for you, this is when Hamilton and Lafayette...

Rise and Shine: Sept. 9, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 9, 2019

A SUPER early good morning to you, CivMixers. I've got a train to catch, so I am up before the birds, it seems, and just wanted to check in with you all before I depart. It looks like more of the same in the weather department, with partly cloudy skies and...

Here is New York State’s new license plate design

Here is New York State’s new license plate design

Come next April, New York license plates will feature the first new design in a decade. Officials at the New York Department of Motor Vehicles announced that a design featuring the Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls, the Adirondacks, and the New York City skyline is the...

While You Were Out: Sept. 6, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 6, 2019

Well, CivMixers, the big moment you've all been waiting for has arrived! Yes, Friday is almost over, and the weekend is here. But that's not what I mean. The state DMV today announced the winner of the license plate contest....and it's NOT - as was widely speculated -...

An Ode to Rescue Dogs

An Ode to Rescue Dogs

You've probably heard the phrase "adopt, don't shop." This is meant to encourage you to get your next furry forever friend from a shelter instead of from a pet shop, (which could soon be illegal anyway) or a breeder. I do understand why in certain cases you may want...

Rise and Shine: Sept. 6, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 6, 2019

HELLLLLLLLLO Friday! Boy, am I glad to see you. And a good Friday morning to you, CivMix crew! It will be cloudy, a bit on the humid side and in the mid-70s today, according to The Weather Channel. There's a slight chance of a rain shower later in the day. The weekend...

While You Were Out: Sept. 5, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 5, 2019

Hello, CivMixers. We're almost over the hump and headed into the weekend. Nice to have a short week to ease back into the swing of things. I'm a little crunched for time myself, and need to catch a train. So let's cut to the chase and get right to the news of the day....

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Sept. 5 – 8

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Sept. 5 – 8

Technically speaking, summer is over. But that doesn't mean there's any lack of fun, interesting, informative, cool, (insert your favorite adjective here) things to do in our region. Far from it. Thanks to CivMix's social secretary and chief of all things worth doing,...

Rise and Shine: Sept. 5, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 5, 2019

It's Thursday, CiMixers. Are you adjusted back into your fall groove yet? I'm not quite there. Soon, I hope. Looks like we're in for a stretch of nice weather. It's going to be dry and sunny with temperatures in the mid-70s today, according to The Weather Channel....

While You Were Out: Sept. 4

While You Were Out: Sept. 4

Good evening, CivMixers. I hope you're all safe and well as another Wednesday draws to a close. The weather continues to make headlines. The National Weather Service issued both a severe thunderstorm watch (until 9 p.m.) and a flood advisory (until 2 p.m.) in the...

The School Year Looms, A Teacher’s Confession

The School Year Looms, A Teacher’s Confession

Editor's note: Most Capital Region kids are back in their respective classrooms for the new academic year. Social media was replete with "first day" photos and clusters of neatly-dressed children and anxious hovering parents were seen at bus stops across the area this...

Rise and Shine: Sept. 4, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 4, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers. Welcome to this hot and humid Wednesday. There will be thunderstorms - scattered this morning - then mostly cloudy, with a chance of ore thunderstorms in the afternoon. Some of these storms may be severe, and there's a very high (80 percent)...

While You Were Out: Sept. 3, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 3, 2019

We've had such nice weather in the Capital Region today that it's hard to fathom the devastation we're seeing some 1,000 miles to our south being wrought by Dorian. But the storm is really packing quite a deadly punch. Florida is now starting to be impacted....

Hiking Challenge Accepted!

Hiking Challenge Accepted!

Editor's note: We are about to enter what I consider premiere hiking season in upstate New York. While you might have more time in the summer to get outside, the drawbacks of hitting the trail June through August are, in my view, many. It's hot, for one thing, which...

Rise and Shine: Sept. 3, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 3, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers, welcome to fall! Welcome to sweaters and hot drinks and apple cider doughnuts and Halloween and CHRISTMAS IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER WHO HAS THEIR SHOPPING DONE???!!! And it's going to be partly sunny, 80 degrees with 73 percent humidity,...

Happy Almost Fall!

Happy Almost Fall!

Sorry for interrupting your holiday weekend, but I just wanted to check in with you, CivMixers, and let you know that we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow morning. I hope you're enjoying this Labor Day, and giving some thought to the people...

Photos: Musclepalooza Car Show and Drag Race

Photos: Musclepalooza Car Show and Drag Race

Photographer George Fazio took some great shots at the Musclepalooza Car Show and Drag Race hosted by Hemmings on Sunday, Sept. 1 at Lebanon Valley Speedway. The event was "open to all American muscle cars in sound, working order," and also featured 1/4 mile drag...

While You Were Out: Aug. 30, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 30, 2019

Knocking off a little early today, CivMixers, to get a jump on the holiday weekend. Enjoy yourselves. Be safe. I'll be seeing you back here bright and early Monday morning. OH, and BTW: Even though it's almost the official end of summer, we have a lot to look forward...

Go Fish!

Go Fish!

Editor's note: Long gone are the days when outdoor pursuits were seen as a strictly male endeavor. Women are flocking to the mountains, rivers, woods and streams in ever increasing numbers, trying their hands at everything from snowmobiling and long-distance solo...

Rise and Shine: Aug. 30, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 30, 2019

FriYAY is here, CivMixers. And not a moment too soon. If you're hitting the road this afternoon/evening, be aware that there might be some showers about. The chance of rain is about 30 percent. Otherwise, it's going to be cloudy, with the temperatures hovering in the...

While You Were Out: Aug. 29, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 29, 2019

Good afternoon, CivMixers. I hope that you have not decided to call it quits early in anticipation of the impending Labor Day weekend, because right now we are SMACK in the middle of the one of the holiday weekend's busiest travel times. If you're stuck in traffic,...

Frajee’s Opens on Lark Street – What’s Next?

Frajee’s Opens on Lark Street – What’s Next?

Editor's note: There's a lot of Lark Street news these days, which is great! Sometimes referred to as the "Greenwich Village" of Albany, the stretch from State Street to Washington Avenue has seen its ups and downs over the years, as contributor Colleen Ryan points...

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Aug. 29 – Sept. 2

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Aug. 29 – Sept. 2

We're heading into the final big weekend of summer. It's a three-day doozy of a weekend...hopefully the weather will cooperate, though it looks like we're for some rain on Monday. As usual, there's a plethora of things to do, starting today and continuing on through...

Rise and Shine: Aug. 29, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 29, 2019

Good Thursday morning, CivMixers. It's looking like a lovely day, with sun and temperatures nearing 80 degrees, according to The Weather Channel. It is going to be a bit on the breezy side, though, and there might be some areas of fog out there this morning as you...

While You Were Out: Aug. 28, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 28, 2019

As Wednesday draws to a close, it looks like we're in for some rain, CivMixers, so be aware if you're heading out and about this evening. In the news... President Trump’s signature campaign promise to build a wall along the southwestern border is far behind schedule....

Travels With Sons

Travels With Sons

I read a piece recently in the New York Times about a man and his boy taking a trip together to Iceland and spending some time hiking a specific, somewhat challenging trail. It made me smile as I pictured the events described because there were some really sweet...

Rise and Shine: Aug, 28, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug, 28, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers. It's Wednesday already. We're speeding toward that three-day, last-hurrah-for-summer weekend. It's going to be cloudy this morning, with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. There's a 60 percent chance we'll see precipitation,...

While You Were Out: Aug. 27, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 27, 2019

I hope your Tuesday has been terrific, CivMixers. Before we get to anything else, we have a bit of a public service announcement: If you happen to be a Cohoes resident, and are a registered Democrat, you still have a few hours (polls close at 9 p.m.) to get out and...

A (Painted) Fish Tale

A (Painted) Fish Tale

Last Friday, in broad daylight, a bunch of kids from Troy blatantly painted on the side of a vacant building on Middleburgh Street. This was a far cry from vandalism. The kids were not hoodlums, but instead were playing an important role in an ongoing public art...

Rise and Shine: Aug. 27, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 27, 2019

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers. I must start this day with an apology. Somehow, I missed that it was National Dog Day yesterday!! I know. I know. A travesty. An opportunity to post amazing photos of people's pooches - including the furry love of my own live -...

While You Were Out: Aug. 26, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 26, 2019

So, it was indeed a beautiful Monday, CivMixers. I hope you managed to enjoy some piece of it in the great outdoors, even if that means taking a few extra steps and deep breaths en route for your afternoon coffee or while walking to the car. It was a busy day, from a...

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

A long-standing summer tradition in upstate New York - and Columbia County, in particular - is the chicken barbecue. Usually, these events are held with the dual purpose of bringing people together and raising money for some cause or another. It seems no matter which...

Rise and Shine: Aug. 26, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 26, 2019

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. What a glorious, amazingly beautiful weekend we just had. It's sad to see it go. But it was tinged with bittersweet - for me, anyway - because there is no denying it anymore... Fall is around the corner. Summer is on its last leg. We...

While You Were Out: Aug. 23, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 23, 2019

Happy weekend, CivMixers! I hope you have lots of good thing planned, whatever it is that constitutes "good" in your world. Here are some headlines for you to peruse as you unwind for your day and/or prepare for whatever lies in store for you tonight... President...

The Dough Also Rises… At 197 Lark St.

The Dough Also Rises… At 197 Lark St.

Heraclitus said, "Everything flows, nothing stands still." So it goes with Albany’s Lark Street. The eight-block stretch of this major North-South thoroughfare between Washington and Madison avenues has ebbed and flowed through the years as shops and restaurants, bars...

Rise and Shine: Aug. 23, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 23, 2019

Friday is here, CivMixers, and along with it comes a stretch of dry weather, which will be a nice change from all the storms we've been seeing of late. Temperatures should hover just shy of 80 degrees today, according to The Weather Channel, with sun in the morning...

While You Were Out: Aug. 22, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 22, 2019

We're well over the hump now, CivMixers, with Thursday almost in the rear window and Friday in our sites. Let's get right to the headlines, shall we? The National Weather Service confirms that two tornados touched down during the storm Wednesday - one in Johnstown,...

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Aug. 22-25

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Aug. 22-25

The last few weeks of summer tend to be a frenzy of activity as we try to pack in as much fun as possible before the fall comes and we get serious about shaking off our vacation hazes, going back to school, unpacking those flannels and indulging in apple cider...

Dog Days Of Summer

Dog Days Of Summer

I’m just back from a week spent at the most special of houses in Wellfleet, MA. This place, which I’ve rented for the past three years, is absolutely perfect - off a long, rutted dirt road directly across from a skinny-dipping-private pond with the ocean less than a...

Rise and Shine: Aug. 22, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 22, 2019

Good Thursday morning, CivMixers. It's shaping up to be warm and muggy, again, with temperatures in the mid-80s. There will be clouds in the morning, giving way to some sun late in the afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible, due to a cold front moving...

While You Were Out: Aug. 21, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 21, 2019

Good afternoon, CivMixers. I'm a bit early with the end-of-day round-up...more of a middle-of-the-day check-in, due to travel requirements for my day job. The weather continues to be top of everyone's mind, with the National Weather Service warning of powerful...

Learning To Let Go

Learning To Let Go

A desk lamp. That’s the only thing my child wanted for his dorm room. Literally the only thing. "How about sheets?" I offered. He thought about it, "Yeah, that’s probably a good idea too." Gulp, "probably" a good idea not to sleep on a naked mattress like some sort of...

Rise and Shine: Aug. 21, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 21, 2019

Welcome to Wednesday, CivMixers. The middle of the week is here. Among other things, it's National Senior Citizens Day. Blurbage: National Senior Citizens Day recognizes the achievements of the more mature representatives of our nation. The day provides an opportunity...

While You Were Out: Aug. 20, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 20, 2019

Hello, CivMixers, I hope Tuesday has treated you well thus far. I'm not sure how I missed this, but it's National Bacon Lovers Day. (Apparently, it has been observed annual since 2000)?! Don't worry! There's still time to celebrate - maybe with a fabulous BLT with all...

Street Smarts: McEneny Schools Chief Hawkins On Albany History

Street Smarts: McEneny Schools Chief Hawkins On Albany History

They make an unlikely pair: A 70-plus bearded white guy, who’s perhaps just a tad scruffier than in the heyday of his career as a local elected official; and a clean-cut, 50-year-old African American man whose commanding presence draws the eye - even without the crisp...

Rise and Shine: Aug. 20, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 20, 2019

There's going to be sun, sun and more sun on this terrific Tuesday, CivMixers. Make sure you get outside and soak up some Vitamin D if you have a spare moment. The temperatures will be somewhere in the mid-to-high 80s, with slightly lower humidity and the chance of -...

While You Were Out: Aug. 19, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 19, 2019

Good afternoon, CivMixers. Thanks for standing by while we got some technical difficulties ironed out. Everything is now working as it should - a well-oiled machine. It's very warm outside, and the heat advisory remains in effect through 8 p.m. We may have hit a...

Vote to choose New York State’s next license plate design

Vote to choose New York State’s next license plate design

You now have a chance to choose the Empire State's new license plates. Today, state officials announced a competition for residents to vote on one of five potential designs for New York State license plates. The current plate design - "Empire Gold" - dates to 2010,...

Take A Hike!

Take A Hike!

The Capital Region is book-ended by two spectacular and widely renowned hiking areas: The Catskills and the Adirondacks. People travel from all over to visit these two state parks, which are admittedly fantastic. However, they are - especially in the case of the High...

Rise and Shine: Aug. 19, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 19, 2019

The inevitable has come to pass, CivMixers, because time waits for no woman - or man. It's Monday. Good morning. The weather made headlines again over the weekend, with a number of big storms raging through the weekend, leaving some damage, flash flooding and power...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...