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Last month, I wrote about Huck Finn's Playland, the re-incarnation of beloved children's amusement park Hoffman's Playland, that's currently being constructed on Erie Boulevard. Memorial Day was initially projected as opening day of the new park, but the project is taking longer than planned

The extra time will pay off, though, as the team is paying close attention to each detail that will make the park magical (and practical) for all ages. After evaluating the work left to do, Huck Finn's Playland has set a new date for its Grand Opening, just a few weeks away on June 17!

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Photo Credit: Martin Lewison via photopin (license)
Feeling hungry? You will be once you finish reading about three new restaurants that are serving up their delicious cuisines in the capital city! The second location of a popular brewpub, a third incarnation of a local favorite, and a brand new venture for restaurant veterans are all open (or will be soon) in Albany, so loosen your belt buckle and go check them out

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Not sure what your plans are for this last weekend of May? From history walking tours, to a Troy night out to the always popular annual Pride Week BBQ kick-off, it's a busy Capital Region weekend, and we've got you covered with a round-up of our favorites.

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Albany could soon be home to two new locally sourced restaurants if their respective owners' fundraising campaigns are successful. 

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photo credit: CSA_Week16 via photopin (license)
Running out of ideas for family friendly summer activities and events in the Capital Region? GE has announced it's summer line-up of GE's "Kids in Free Days" events taking place all over Albany and surrounding areas. From baseball games to roller coasters to concerts to a taste of Broadway in the Park, there is something for everyone! And the best part? Kids under 12 get in free!

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For the fifteenth consecutive year, New York City-based Ajkun Ballet Theatre (AjkunBT) will be returning to The Egg Performing Arts Center. In honor of the occasion, the company will be offering two of its performances free of charge this summer!

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Every summer since 2001, art comes alive in downtown Albany. Previously called "Sculpture in the Street", the program offers free, public art throughout downtown for community enjoyment. The concept changes each year, (one of our past favorites was Stand in the Sole of Albany!), and this year the fun, interactive theme of #captureALB is sure to spark some social sharing. Can you picture yourself here this year?

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Photo provided by: Downtown Albany Business Improvement District 

Looking for things to do in Albany this summer? The New York State Office of General Services has put together a great line-up of events taking place at the Empire State Plaza throughout the warmer months. This year's Summer at the Plaza series will offer free concerts, movies and festivals starting June 3rd.

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The legendary Bogie's has been a fixture in the Albany area as an underground music venue for over three decades, and it has sadly closed its doors one last time this past week. From its intimate ambiance during live shows to the always packed bar, it will be sorely missed amongst the music community in the area. 

While the closing of one of the last standing hardcore venues in the Capital Region is unfortunate (other genres were booked there as well!), owner Mike Valente has plans to keep the area's music scene alive.

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A winner has been chosen of this season's NBC show "The Voice". The winner, Sawyer Fredericks, has local roots and is only sixteen years old.

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