Guide to Albany
What's New in Albany, Schenectady & Troy
Everyone knows downtown Albany is always filled with fun things to do during the Fourth of July. Luckily for us, this year the holiday falls on a weekend! There are a ton of great events going on to celebrate Independence Day and we've picked out our favorites. Check them out! 

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There is no type of news I would rather read about than food news, especially when it involves so many great things happening in the Capital Region! It's been a big week in the food world, Albany. Several new dining options are planning to open their doors in the area, local business owners are expanding and a sought-after food chain is testing the Albany market.

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Photo Courtesy of Twisted Vine Wine and Tap's Facebook 
Bloomberg Philanthropies has selected Breathing Lights, an art installation with a purpose in mind, to receive a $1 million grant. This massive installation will span throughout Albany, Schenectady and Troy. Breathing Lights is designed to illuminate the area's struggle with vacancy and its effect on the economy in hopes of regenerating interest in these once-vibrant neighborhoods and communities. 

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One of the project renderings featured on the Breathing Lights website
miSci, along with the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region and the Schenectady ARC, have collaborated to offer Sense-Able Science, a sensory friendly experience at the museum for those with autism and other sensory needs on the last Sunday of each month.

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Celebrate 26 years of free global music with the Music Haven Concert Series kicking off this weekend! Throughout the summer, this six-concert series will bring together sounds from all over the world (Peru, Indonesia, and even Albany!) All of the concerts will take place in Schenectady's Central Park in the Music Haven every Sunday at 7:00 pm. 

Check out the line-up for this summer's series:

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Photo Courtesy of Music Haven Concert Series' Facebook Page
The time has come! After years of seeing endless commercials for Sonic, the first Capital Region location will be opening its doors within the next few weeks. Sonic has officially set a date range for both its soft opening and formal grand opening for their Latham location on Route 7. 

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Sound crazy? It's true! miSci has announced their new summer planetarium schedule featuring shows every hour, every day, all summer long starting on June 24th. Check out the schedule:

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Does a circus production, a cellist who's rocked out alongside Kurt Cobain and local brews all in an "enchanted city" sound like a good time to you?

October may seem far away, but, cello rockstars, Rasputina, will be heading to Troy this upcoming fall for The Enchanted City "Queens Ball", an after party for Troy's popular and unique annual steampunk festival. And, from now until July 18th there is a special incentive for those who support The Enchanted City via Kickstarter. 

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Photo Courtesy of Vicious Victor's Photography
Summer is officially upon us in the Capital Region! With the warm, sunny weather also comes a ton of fun events taking place in and around Albany throughout the season. Overwhelmed by the amount of great activities in the Capital Region? Don't be! We've handpicked our favorite things to do for you to check out:

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I remember a little over a year ago hearing the news that the future of Hoffman's Playland was uncertain. Like so many others from the Capital Region, Hoffman's was home to many of my childhood memories. My parents, along with my brother and I had all grown up with the playland. And, when we found out my brother and his wife were expecting my niece last summer, her first trip to Hoffman's definitely crossed my mind.

To say the thought of this childhood landmark closing hit a heart string, doesn't do the feeling justice. However, when Huck Finn's Warehouse announced that it would be purchasing all the rides and opening a park next to it's furniture store, it was music to my ears. 

We were excited to check out the new Huck Finn's Playland this weekend and our visit proved that we most definitely did not outgrow our old stomping grounds

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