Wondering what’s happening in the Albany area this time of year? Saratoga’s Chowder Tour kicks off this weekend, wristbands for the upcoming Lake George Area Winterfest are available now, and we have even more news you should know about.
Discover Upcoming Events You Can Enjoy Near Albany or at Home
Lake George Area Winterfest: Experience an all new winter event in Lake George and the Adirondacks! Happening every Thursday – Sunday in February, Lake George Area Winterfest offers socially-distanced, family-friendly fun with activities like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more.
Saratoga Chowder Tour: Get your appetite ready because the new Saratoga Chowder Tour begins on Saturday, January 30 and continues through Saturday, February 6. As a reimagined version of the annual Chowderfest, the Saratoga Chowder Tour will feature bowls/cups of chowder available to eat at participating restaurants and quarts/pints of chowder to-go.
Naturalist Walks at the Pine Bush: Join the Albany Pine Bush Preserve for invigorating Naturalist Walks on the trails this winter. You can see upcoming Naturalist Walks on their calendar and reserve your spot.
Friends of the Pine Bush Community Book Club: Accomplish your reading goals this year with help from the Friends of the Pine Bush Community Book Club. The February 2021 Book Club Choice is “The Overstory” by Richard Powers, and readers are welcome to attend an online book club meeting on February 25 at 7:00pm.
Virtual History at Home Winter Lecture Series: The topic of next week’s Virtual History at Home Winter Lecture Series presented by Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is “The Black Experience on the D&H Canal.” Learn about the people that worked and traveled on the Delaware and Hudson Canal during its heyday.
A New Ice Cream Parlor Is Coming to Schenectady
If you scream for ice cream, then you’ll be happy to hear that a new ice cream parlor is opening this spring in Schenectady. Located at the former site of Bumpy’s Polar Freeze, Stella’s Creamery & Cakes is a family-owned ice cream shop specializing in sundaes, gourmet cakes, premium soft and hard ice cream, and quick eats. As noted by the Daily Gazette, the expected opening date is in late March.
EV Charging Stations to Be Installed at Crossgates Mall
Livingston Energy Group and Crossgates Mall have partnered up to install 20 new electric vehicle charging stations at the mall to give customers the opportunity to charge their vehicles as they shop and dine. The project is expected to be completed during Q1 of this year, and Crossgates will host a formal ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the occasion.
Two Local Nonprofits Receive Significant Grant
The Troy Record has reported that the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation will provide a $35,000 grant to benefit both the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area and the Hope 7 Community Center. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area will receive $25,000 and the Hope 7 Community Center will receive $10,000 to help them get meals to families in need and address food insecurities in local communities.
Colonie Senior Service Centers, Inc. Announces Valentine’s Day Gift Baskets
Looking for a unique gift to give your significant other on Valentine’s Day? Colonie Senior Service Centers is selling Local Bounty Valentine’s Day Baskets that include local fruit, jams, honey, sweet treats, and chocolate. The cost is just $35, and they’ll deliver up to 10 miles for free. Call them at 518-459-2857, ext. 305 to learn more and place your order.