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...

Rise and Shine: Sept. 16, 2019

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...

There IS Such Thing As A Free Lunch

There IS Such Thing As A Free Lunch

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

Mid-Summer Check In

Mid-Summer Check In

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

Rise and Shine: Aug. 2, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 2, 2019

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

While You Were Out: July 31, 2019

While You Were Out: July 31, 2019

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

Last Call for Live Music

Last Call for Live Music

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

Aug. 1, 2019: Rise and Shine

Aug. 1, 2019: Rise and Shine

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

While You Were Out: July 31, 2019

While You Were Out: July 31, 2019

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

Phasing Out Plastic

Phasing Out Plastic

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

Rise and Shine: July 31, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 31, 2019

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

While You Were Out: July 31, 2019

While You Were Out: July 31, 2019

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

Meet Dannielle Melendez

Meet Dannielle Melendez

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

Rise and Shine: July 30, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 30, 2019

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

While You Were Out: July 29, 2019

While You Were Out: July 29, 2019

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

Getting a Grip on Panhandling

Getting a Grip on Panhandling

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

Hot Weather SPAC Hack, 2019

Hot Weather SPAC Hack, 2019

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

Rise and Shine: July 29, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 29, 2019

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

While You Were Out: July 26, 2019

While You Were Out: July 26, 2019

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

Rise and Shine: July 26, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 26, 2019

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

While You Were Out: July 25, 2019

While You Were Out: July 25, 2019

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

Schuyler Sisters Invade Albany Institute

Schuyler Sisters Invade Albany Institute

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

Rise and Shine: July 25, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 25, 2019

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

While You Were Out: July 24, 2019

While You Were Out: July 24, 2019

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

One-Hit Kitchen Wonders

One-Hit Kitchen Wonders

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

Love Your Library

Love Your Library

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

Rise and Shine: July 24, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 24, 2019

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

While You Were Out: July 23, 2019

While You Were Out: July 23, 2019

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

A Sublime Time at Chatham Summerfest

A Sublime Time at Chatham Summerfest

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

Rise and Shine: July 23, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 23, 2019

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

While You Were Out: July 22, 2019

While You Were Out: July 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

Rise and Shine: July 22, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 22, 2019

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

Hamiltunes!

Hamiltunes!

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

While You Were Out: July 19, 2019

While You Were Out: July 19, 2019

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

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

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

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

Rise and Shine: July 19, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 19, 2019

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

While You Were Out: July 18, 2019

While You Were Out: July 18, 2019

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

Hudson River Skywalk, a First (and Second) Look

Hudson River Skywalk, a First (and Second) Look

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

Lights for Liberty Recap

Lights for Liberty Recap

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

Rise and Shine: July 18, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 18, 2019

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

While You Were Out: July 17, 2019

While You Were Out: July 17, 2019

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

Mid-Morning Mix; July 17, 2019

Mid-Morning Mix; July 17, 2019

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

While You Were Out: July 16, 2019

While You Were Out: July 16, 2019

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

TOMORROW: Mina Samuels – Run Like a Girl: 365 Days a Year

TOMORROW: Mina Samuels – Run Like a Girl: 365 Days a Year

In her latest book, author Mina Samuels shares daily wisdom as a spiritual running buddy for women on the run — which, let's face it, is all of us, really. On Wednesday, July 17, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., (that's tomorrow, BTW), Samuels will discuss Run Like a Girl 365...

Rise and Shine: July 16, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 16, 2019

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

While You Were Out: July 15, 2019

While You Were Out: July 15, 2019

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

Photos: Troy Pig Out

Photos: Troy Pig Out

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

What Makes a Meal Memorable?

What Makes a Meal Memorable?

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

Rise and Shine: July 15, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 15, 2019

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

Rise and Shine: July 12, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 12, 2019

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

While You Were Out: July 11, 2019

While You Were Out: July 11, 2019

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

Sussing Out Spiked Seltzer

Sussing Out Spiked Seltzer

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

Rise and Shine: July 11, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 11, 2019

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

While You Were Out: July 10, 2019

While You Were Out: July 10, 2019

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

Dan’s Summer Music Picks, Part II

Dan’s Summer Music Picks, Part II

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

Rise and Shine: July 10, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 10, 2019

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

While You Were Out: July 9, 2019

While You Were Out: July 9, 2019

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

Have Your Summer Fun AND Healthy Eating, Too!

Have Your Summer Fun AND Healthy Eating, Too!

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

Rise and Shine: July 9, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 9, 2019

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

While You Were Out: July 8, 2019

While You Were Out: July 8, 2019

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

Getting to Know: Fred Coffey

Getting to Know: Fred Coffey

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

Rise and Shine: July 8, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 8, 2019

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

Photos: July 4th at the Plaza

Photos: July 4th at the Plaza

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

While You Were Out: July 5, 2019

While You Were Out: July 5, 2019

Please forgive the late post, CivMix crew. We spent some time in the 'dacks today. It did not disappoint, but talk about crowds. And heat. Wow. Even up north, it was hot and sticky. The long holiday weekend continues. There's some rain in the forecast tomorrow, with a...

But How Was the Play? ‘The Lincoln Dress’ Review

But How Was the Play? ‘The Lincoln Dress’ Review

On April 14, 1865, just five days after the end of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln was shot in the back of the head by John Wilkes Booth. This is a well-documented moment, something of which pretty much everyone who ever took a history or Social Studies class...

Rise and Shine: July 5, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 5, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers. For some of us, it's Day 2 of a fabulous long summer weekend. For others, it's just back to work. However, if you're bummed because you're headed out the door for your commute while so may others are sleeping in - and maybe sleeping off a...

While You Were Out: July 4, 2019

While You Were Out: July 4, 2019

Hopefully, you're still out enjoying the July 4th holiday. Just a quick check in here for all two of you who might be home with some time to kill before you head out for one of the many fireworks displays scheduled to take place around the region, or - so sorry if...

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Birthday America! And good morning to you, CivMixers. It's going to be a perfect day for all matter of outdoor pursuits - copious sunshine, zero percent chance of rain and temperatures in the mid-90s. Just remember to be smart about the sun, and safe whether...

While You Were Out: July 3, 2019

While You Were Out: July 3, 2019

Well, the long holiday weekend is finally here. And not a moment too soon, since much of social media has been a mess for most of the day. This is clearly a sign from the cyber gods that we all need to take a deep breath and unplug, stop selfie-ing and gram-ing and...

(Bartlett) House Call

(Bartlett) House Call

Sometimes you stumble on a place at exactly the right moment in time, and have an experience that is so good it actually makes you a little sad, knowing that it can never be replicated in exactly the same way. That was how I felt about Bartlett House, a bakery/cafe...

Dispatch From Greece

Dispatch From Greece

A friend of mine who is of Greek heritage learned I would be traveling to Greece and loaned me a book to read, "Travels with Epicurus," by Daniel Klein. It is a small book and fits perfectly in my hands or tucked into a bag, as I’ve learned after keeping it on my...

Rise and Shine: July 3, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 3, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers. It's a Wednesday that's acting like a Friday due to the fact that tomorrow is July 4, and the start of a long holiday weekend. Foreshortened weeks like this alway throw me off. Not that I'm complaining, mind you. I just keep having to remind...

While You Were Out; July 2, 2019

While You Were Out; July 2, 2019

Another busy Tuesday is winding down. And after a cloudy start, the day got...HOT. How hot is it? Very hot. And getting hotter. Some headlines to consider before you call it quits, power down and do whatever it is one does on a sultry summer evening...maybe catching...

There’s More to Fit Than Meets the Eye

There’s More to Fit Than Meets the Eye

There’s this stereotypical image of what a fit person is supposed to be. If you are fit, you are athletic. You are picked first for every team. All fit people run for many miles, and they like it. When they do not run outside, they run on the treadmill, and do not...

Rise and Shine: July, 2, 2019

Rise and Shine: July, 2, 2019

Happy Tuesday, CivMixers! It's the eleventh day of summer already, with 83 days remaining until fall. There's a lot to know about Tuesday, which is named for Tiw (or Try), the one-handed Norse god of war. In French, Tuesday is "Mardi," associated with the planet Mars....

While You Were Out: July 1, 2019

While You Were Out: July 1, 2019

Monday, Monday. You came and went so quickly. And much news was made on your watch. Let us review, CivMixers, shall we? In state and local news... Nick Langworthy is officially the new state GOP chairman, and he has big plans for his party's political comeback. In the...

Root3d Brings Wellness and Yoga to All

Root3d Brings Wellness and Yoga to All

The popularity of yoga shows no signs of slowing - a fact demonstrated by the growing number of classes offered around the Capital Region. There are a plethora of places where one can practice, and a wide range of options available - from gentle stretching to...

Rise and Shine: July 1, 2019

Rise and Shine: July 1, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers. It's July already! How did that happen? It seems like only yesterday we were shivering in our parkas and boots. Summer in upstate New York is so fleeting. I hope you're getting out there to soak up every last fabulous minute of it. If you're...

While You Were Out: June 28, 2019

While You Were Out: June 28, 2019

Hello, weekend! I hope you managed to get out and soak up some of the sunshine, CivMixers. It was a beautiful summer day, the kind of day that makes you happy to be alive and well in upstate. Remember how I mentioned that New York has closed primaries, which means you...

Upstate Is Awesome…Why Do I Want to Keep That To Myself?

Upstate Is Awesome…Why Do I Want to Keep That To Myself?

It was with some trepidation that I clicked on the story in this morning’s New York Times with the headline: “New Yorkers Are Scrambling to Make Dinner Reservations (90 Miles North of the City).” The subhead was even more cringe-worthy: “Little Kingston, Exit 19 off...

Rise and Shine: June 28, 2019

Rise and Shine: June 28, 2019

TGIF, CivMix mavens. I don't know about you, but it has been a week and a half on this end. I'm glad to finally have the weekend in sight. Unfortunately, today looks like the best of the next three days, weather-wise, according to The Weather Channel. So if you could...

While You Were Out: June 27, 2019

While You Were Out: June 27, 2019

Another hot and busy day is almost in the books. I'm a bit on the early side with the round-up this afternoon, but will include late-breaking news in tomorrow morning's post. Let's get right to it, shall we? Part II of the NBC debates between the Democratic 2020...

Heads Up, Wear Your Helmet!

Heads Up, Wear Your Helmet!

If you are a bike rider who frequents the Delmar or Corning Preserve (technically the Hudson-Mohawk) bike paths, you might have encountered a small woman on a fast-looking blue bike with bright orange detail, who grumpily yells at you while she speeds past: "Wear a...

Rise and Shine: June 27, 2019

Rise and Shine: June 27, 2019

Happy Thursday, CivMixers! Did you know that this day was named after the Norse god of thunder, Thor? Good for you if you did. I didn't. Wikipedia is a marvelous invention, though, let me remind you, it is not a reliable resource for term papers, kids. Anyhow, a day...

While You Were Out: June 26, 2019

While You Were Out: June 26, 2019

Two (work) days until the weekend, CivMix crew. Here are some headlines you might have missed while you were otherwise occupied today - either in the office or enjoying yourself in the great outdoors, or perhaps a bit of both. For all you political junkies out there,...

Ohashi Headed to Albany for Aurora Games

Ohashi Headed to Albany for Aurora Games

If you are not familiar with former UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi, who became a major Internet sensation last year as a result of her joyful performance and unparalleled sassy dance moves on the floor, click here and see for yourself what all the fuss was about. Now...

Making a Pick Up in Great Barrington

Making a Pick Up in Great Barrington

What a weekend, huh? I hope you had plenty of time outdoors soaking in that Vitamin D in which we upstaters are generally deficient. As for me, I intentionally left my last weekend before the end of the school year open for any last minute obligations and was rewarded...

Rise and Shine: June 26, 2019

Rise and Shine: June 26, 2019

We made it to the middle of the week, CivMixers. Welcome to Wednesday. It's going to be a warm one, with temperatures in the mid-to-high 80s, and with this sultry situation comes the chance of isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon that may contain strong, gusty...

While You Were Out: June 25, 2019

While You Were Out: June 25, 2019

Primary Tuesday is not quite over yet, civic-minded CivMixers. If you're eligible to vote and enrolled in a political party that is engaged in primary battles and have not yet cast your ballot, there's still time. Polls are open until 9 p.m. Get out there and engage...

Beware Sensationalist Headlines, Travel Edition

Beware Sensationalist Headlines, Travel Edition

As Civ Mix’s self-appointed travel expert - I am a professional travel advisor, after all - I feel the need to clear the air on a few travel-related news items I see circulating the airwaves that are more click bait than actual news. First off, I get a chuckle every...

Rise and Shine: June 25, 2019

Rise and Shine: June 25, 2019

Welcome to this rainy primary Tuesday, CivMixers. Please don't let the weather get in the way of small-d democracy...if you are eligible to vote, and there are intraparty contests taking place in your neck of the woods, take a moment and exercise your right to cast a...

While You Were Out: June 24, 2019

While You Were Out: June 24, 2019

It was a busy and sticky Monday, CivMix fam. And it's in the books. Boom. Politically speaking, the real action will take place tomorrow, as candidates across the state and their respective supporters are getting ready for primaries. Turnout is expected to be low -...

Art Alley-Oomph

Art Alley-Oomph

The presence of art in the public eye changes the way one experiences a city. From bold, monumental murals to unexpected moments of whimsy, public art can enliven streetscapes and engage visitors and residents alike. The Arts Center of the Capital Region (ACCR) has...

Rise and Shine: June 24, 2019

Rise and Shine: June 24, 2019

Welcome to your Monday, CivMixers. It's time to make things happen. The absolutely glorious weather of the weekend is over, but there isn't any rain in the forecast - not today, anyway. We'll have partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-to-low 80s, according...

Rise and Shine: June 21, 2019

Rise and Shine: June 21, 2019

It's Friyay! OK, usually, I think that whole substitution of "yay" of "day" thing is kind of trite. But it really has been a week, CivMixers, has it not? The weather has not made things any easier. Rain for days, hot muggy air. The bad news is, there's rain in the...

While You Were Out: June 20, 2019

While You Were Out: June 20, 2019

Another Thursday in the book, CivMix community. Here's what's going down... The 2019 legislative session is still crawling along to the finish line at a veritable snail's pace, as state lawmakers vote on hundreds of bills - both big and small - before calling it quits...

Rise and Shine; June 20, 2019

Rise and Shine; June 20, 2019

Welcome to another soggy, muggy Thursday, CivMixers. There are thunderstorms in the forecast throughout the day and into the might, according to The Weather Channel, with the chance of rain hovering around 80 percent. These storms could contain high, gusty winds, so...

While You Were Out: June 19, 2019

While You Were Out: June 19, 2019

What a busy Wednesday it has been. A twisted saga about a suburban sex cult that has gripped the Capital Region - and now the world - for years has finally come to an end... It took just four hours of deliberation for a jury to find NXIVM founder Keith Raniere guilty...

Celebrating the Solstice

Celebrating the Solstice

In case you’re unaware, we’re quickly approaching the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice. If you’re interested in brushing up on your knowledge of our planet’s orbit, this article does a great job of explaining the science behind Friday’s upcoming season...

Rise and Shine: June 19, 2019

Rise and Shine: June 19, 2019

Happy Hump Day, CivMixers. I wish it were called something else, since that moniker is a little crass, though it does mean "over the hump" of the workweek, and not anything remotely sexual or inappropriate. Apparently, this phrase has been around for decades, dating...

While You Were Out: June 18, 2019

While You Were Out: June 18, 2019

We made it through another Tuesday, CivMix fam. After tomorrow, it's all downhill from here to the weekend - smooth sailing. There's not a lot of progress to report down at the state Capitol, where negotiations continue on outstanding issues with just two working days...

Down With the Ship

Down With the Ship

Most people know the basic facts about the ill-fated RMS Titanic: It struck an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City in 1912. Some movie buffs may still be arguing whether both Jack and Rose could have fit on that door...and that’s...

Breaking New Ground, Literally and Figuratively

Breaking New Ground, Literally and Figuratively

I think at some stage, each of us works hard for something that we believe in. Sometimes it’s a small thing, like appealing that parking ticket that you know you shouldn’t have gotten. Sometimes it’s a big movement, like fighting for equal rights or constitutional...

Rise and Shine: June 18, 2019

Rise and Shine: June 18, 2019

Up and at 'em, CivMixers! And don't forget your umbrellas today - actually all the way through Friday, as there's rain in the forecast. Again. It will be cloudy with occasional showers in most of the Capital Region today, according to The Weather Channel, with...

While You Were Out: June 17, 2019

While You Were Out: June 17, 2019

We survived another Monday, CivMix crew, and what a Monday it was. The pace has picked up considerably down at the state Capitol, where legislative leaders, the governor and their respective staffs worked through the weekend to lock down deals on outstanding issues....

“Hamilton” tickets to go on sale at Proctors on Monday

“Hamilton” tickets to go on sale at Proctors on Monday

The long-awaited run of "Hamilton" at Proctors in Schenectady got a little bit closer as the venerable theater announced that tickets will go on sale on Monday, June 24 at 10 a.m. The Tony-award winning musical, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, will run from Aug. 13 to...

Photos: Dadfest 2019

Photos: Dadfest 2019

On Sunday, June 16, the City of Albany hosted Dadfest at the Corning Preserve. Photo Credit: George Fazio

Chillin’ with Death Wish Coffee’s New Cold Brew

Chillin’ with Death Wish Coffee’s New Cold Brew

It’s Monday, the start of the workweek. Maybe you had a really great weekend – perhaps a little too great? OK, let’s be honest, you’re really dragging, and could use something with a little extra "oomph" to help get you up and at ‘em to face the day. But it’s also...

Rise and Shine: June 17, 2019

Rise and Shine: June 17, 2019

Happy Monday, CivMix crew. It's time to wake up and take on the world! It's going to be a fairly decent day, weather-wise, compared to the rain-fest we saw yesterday for Father's Day. (Sorry, soggy dads). The Weather Channel says to expect a mix of sun and clouds in...

Photos: Alive at Five with Travie McCoy

Photos: Alive at Five with Travie McCoy

On Thursday, June 13, Travie McCoy, the former lead vocalist for Gym Glass Heroes, performed at Alive at Five at the Corning Preserve in Downtown Albany. Local band Stellar Young opened for McCoy. Photo Credit: George Fazio [ngg src="galleries" ids="2"...

While You Were Out: June 14, 2019

While You Were Out: June 14, 2019

Welcome to the weekend, CivMix fam! There's still time, by the way, to run out and buy something for dad. (Father's Day is Sunday, remember?) Maybe a mug, or an ugly tie, or some gold club covers? Or maybe you should just grab a nice card and take dad out for some...

Downtown Albany street renamed “Jonas Brothers Way”

Downtown Albany street renamed “Jonas Brothers Way”

Photo Credit: Albany County Albany-area officials on Friday morning unveiling the "renaming" of South Pearl Street in downtown Albany after the Jonas Brothers. "Jonas Brothers Way" will span South Pearl Street from Beaver Street to Hudson Avenue. The band, who have...

Get a taste of the region’s ales and concoctions at Drink Saratoga

Get a taste of the region’s ales and concoctions at Drink Saratoga

Need something to do on this last Friday of spring? The Capital Craft Beverage Trail, the group of more than 40 craft beverage producers in the Capital Region, will host Drink Saratoga tonight (Friday, June 14) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Saratoga Automobile Museum...

Rise and Shine: June 14, 2019

Rise and Shine: June 14, 2019

Happy Friday, CivMix crew. You made it to the end of the week. Congrats. It's going to warm up a bit today, with clouds and sun in the forecast, though the temperature isn't expected to break 70 degrees - almost, but not quite, according to The Weather Channel....

While You Were Out: June 13, 2019

While You Were Out: June 13, 2019

Well, we live to fight another day, CivMixers. Hang in there, tomorrow's Friday. Here are some headlines to consider... Sarah Sanders, who as President Donald Trump's press secretary became the public face of the White House through some of the administration's most...

Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown

Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown

A friend recently spent a long weekend in Newport, RI, and, as one does these days, documented the experience by posting a series of photos on Facebook. These were obligatory shots for anyone who have ever visited the island: Sheep in a field at Hammersmith Farm, the...

Rise and Shine: June 13, 2019

Rise and Shine: June 13, 2019

Hello, CivMixers, here's hoping you'll have a tremendous Thursday! Want to feel old? On this day in 1978, the movie musical "Grease," starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, had its world premiere in New York. Oy. I remember that movie like it was yesterday. I...

While You Were Out: June 12, 2019

While You Were Out: June 12, 2019

Posting this one a little early today because: If you're headed in the direction of the Dunn Memorial Bridge, be forewarned that a tractor trailer rollover caused two eastbound lanes to be shut down while cleanup occurred. Hope you've had some time to get outside and...

Get Your Asana Outside

Get Your Asana Outside

In recent years, options for practicing yoga in the Capital Region have expanded more dramatically than one’s lungs during a round of Pranayama. Classes available locally can take you from A, as in asana, to Y for Yin, and include practices that incorporate weights,...

Rise and Shine, June 12, 2019

Rise and Shine, June 12, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers! Welcome to Wednesday. Such an interesting day of the week, smack in the middle of everything, named either for chief Anglo-Saxon/Teutonic god Woden, the leader of the Wild Hunt, or Mercury, the Roman god of commerce, travel, theivery,...

While You Were Out…June 11, 2019

While You Were Out…June 11, 2019

Good afternoon, CivMix crew, we hope your day went well. We're ending on a high note with lots of sunshine for that evening commute. And tomorrow's Hump Day! The halfway point to the weekend. Sweet. Some headlines you might have missed while otherwise distracted over...

Dan’s Summer Music Picks, Part I

Dan’s Summer Music Picks, Part I

With the official kick off to summer just weeks, away I’d like to lift a frothy plastic cup of my favorite suds in tribute to my favorite time of year in the Capital Region; free concert season! And you don’t have to check the temperature to see that this summer is...

Albany’s Renaissance Man: Giacomo Calabria

Albany’s Renaissance Man: Giacomo Calabria

"You know when you’re reading 'A Song of Ice and Fire' there’s seven major characters named John? Imagine 70 named Giuseppe, and you’ve got Italy in the 14th century." That's how local author and scholar Giacomo Calabria describes the number of city-states in Italy,...

Rise and Shine, June 11, 2019

Rise and Shine, June 11, 2019

Sorry for the delay this morning, CivMixers. After some brief technical difficulties, we are back up and running. Technology. Enough said. It looks like the rain is over for the day, maybe a few more light showers in store for us before things clear up entirely. We...

While You Were Out…June 10, 2019

While You Were Out…June 10, 2019

You made it through Monday, CivMixers! And the rain held off until the tail end of the day. But it's forecast to start soon, if it hasn't already. So, if you're about to hit that evening commute, maybe slow down a tad and make sure to be safe. Some headlines from the...

A Cocktail Perfect for Porch Season

A Cocktail Perfect for Porch Season

When the weather reaches out to you and finally gives you a giant hug, you know porch season has begun. My favorite way to kick it off is with as many friends as I can comfortably squeeze onto my porch plus five, a gentle breeze, sparkling lights, and a cocktail from...

My First Time…

My First Time…

...going to the Pride Parade. Can you believe I’ve never before attended Albany’s Pride Parade? Crazy, right? Prior to this weekend, my favorite outdoor Lark Street event was Winter Wonder Lark. But Sunday might have been a game changer. There’s something to be said...

It’s All Local, Even #MeToo

It’s All Local, Even #MeToo

It’s been over a year since a viral tweet brought the #MeToo movement into the national consciousness. In October 2017, actress Alyssa Milano asked sexual harassment or abuse survivors to reply to her on Twitter with "#MeToo" after widespread accusations of disgraced...

Rise and Shine, June 10, 2019

Rise and Shine, June 10, 2019

What a glorious weekend! We hope you got outside to enjoy some of the amazing weather - so rare for upstate, with low humidity and plenty of bright sunshine - and sampled the many events that took place across the region these past several days. Sadly, all good things...

While You Were Out, June 7, 2019

While You Were Out, June 7, 2019

You made it to the weekend, CivMixers! And what a weekend it's shaping up to be. Sunny! Warm! Dry! It will a perfect rendition of an upstate summer experience. A few headlines you might have missed... President Donald Trump apparently believes Mars is part of the...

The Nutritionist Is In

The Nutritionist Is In

These days, it seems everywhere you turn someone is trying to tell you what to eat - or perhaps more accurately, what NOT to eat - how to eat it, where and when. Suddenly, everyone is a fitness and nutrition expert. There are social media influencers getting rich by...

Rise and Shine, June 7, 2019

Rise and Shine, June 7, 2019

Take heart, CivMixers, the weekend is almost upon us! And it looks like it's going to be a good one, as far as Mother Nature is concerned. We're headed for a blessedly dry, sunny and appropriately warm stretch of weather, according to The Weather Channel, with a...

In Defense of Fortnite (A Response to Prince Harry)

In Defense of Fortnite (A Response to Prince Harry)

Prince Harry and his wife, American actress Meghan Markle, recently welcomed their first child into the world. This is no doubt exciting, as the new parents have publicly professed, and they've certainly got a lot of help when it comes to raising little Archie...

While You Were Out…: June 6, 2019

While You Were Out…: June 6, 2019

Well, we made it through Day 2 of CivMix! So far, the response has been strong and positive. Thank you for your support - and your clicks! We appreciate it. Consider becoming part of our community by leaving a comment, contributing a post or just sharing our site with...

Dig Out Those Dancing Shoes, It’s Gala Season!

Dig Out Those Dancing Shoes, It’s Gala Season!

"Living in Upstate New York involves wasting one's time in a pickup truck driving 20 miles to buy a gingham dress or a Sears and Roebuck suit. I'm telling you, it's a joke." - Ed Koch That quote, given by the late former mayor of New York City to Playboy magazine...

Enlightenment Slips Away, Leaving Sweetness in Its Wake

By the time you read this, I am afraid you will have already missed the world class exhibit "The Second Buddha: Master of Time" organized by the Rubin Museum of Art and proudly displayed in the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. I...

Rise and Shine: June 6, 2019

Rise and Shine: June 6, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers. It's the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in WWII. Commemorations are taking place across the country and the world. President Donald Trump is in France, where he will accompany British Prime Minister Theresa May and French...

Finding Peace At The Farmer’s Market

Finding Peace At The Farmer’s Market

When I was a kid in Syracuse, there was but one farmer’s market. It was (and still is) a flea market, warehouse for restaurants, farmer’s market and plant wholesale outlet, all in one packed, crazy, fun place. My father dragged me there every Saturday. Once, a farmer...

While You Were Out…

While You Were Out…

Well, we made it through Day One of online life with no glitches or cyber-burps, thank the internet Goddess. Here's a few things that caught our eye as the day progressed...If you're heading out, make sure to bring an umbrella, as it's expected to storm - again. While...

Make A New Plan, Stan (For Old Buildings)

Make A New Plan, Stan (For Old Buildings)

Albany has a lot of plans. The Albany 2030 Plan, adopted in 2012, was the first Comprehensive Plan in the city’s 400-year history. There’s a plan for Complete Streets, a plan for Energy and a strategy called Impact Downtown. This year, Albany is updating its Citywide...

Rise and Shine

Rise and Shine

Good morning, CivMixers! Well, the big day is finally here. We are up and running. The process was not necessarily smooth. Giving birth to a brand new "baby" website has its challenges. But it was a labor - (baby, labor, get it? OK, never mind) - of love, and we made...

My Albany, A Love Story

My Albany, A Love Story

The first time I visited Albany was the spring before I hoped to attend SUNY Albany. That’s what we called the University at Albany in the late 80s. I had grown up downstate, which at the time I thought was upstate, in Orange County, and had never been further north...