A new gift card program has kicked off in downtown Albany, the popular Mac-n-Cheese Bowl has transitioned into a drive-thru event, and we’ve rounded up some cool announcements from local businesses. Get your Capital Region news and events updates below!
Downtown Albany BID Launches Gift Card Program
You can support local and give the gift of downtown when you purchase one of the new Downtown Albany Gift Cards. This digital gift card program was developed by the Downtown Albany BID, and each e-gift card is redeemable at over 30 locations in the community. Plus, from now through April 15, 2021, or while supplies last, the Downtown Albany BID is offering up to an additional $50 in bonus Downtown Dollars with the purchase of an e-gift card.
New Format Announced for the Annual Mac-n-Cheese Bowl
Typically hosted at Siena College, the 2021 timesunion.com/Table Hopping Mac-n-Cheese Bowl will instead be a drive-thru event at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York in Latham. The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 27, and ticket holders will receive a to-go bag with 10 4oz. samples of delicious mac-n-cheese from local restaurants. Purchase your ticket now!
Major Restoration Project at Historic Cherry Hill Nears Completion
Historic Cherry Hill is one of Albany’s most recognizable landmarks, and recently, the historic house museum has been undergoing a three-phase restoration project.
According to an article by WAMC, phases one and two focused on restoring the house’s sills, securing the windows, and implementing a new HVAC system. Although some parts of the project still need to be completed, last year, volunteers and staff finally began to refurnish the home with artifacts that had been in storage.
The museum typically opens for tours in May, but reopening plans for this year are still to be determined due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page and website for updates.
Indoor Golf Simulator Business Expanding to Clifton Park & Malta
Featuring a comfortable lounge and state-of-the-art indoor golf simulators, The Bunker in Guilderland offers a luxury experience for both golfers and non-golfers. As noted by the Albany Business Review, the business is planning an expansion this summer to Clifton Park and Malta.
Full details have yet to be announced, but both new locations will include garden patios, indoor/outdoor bar areas, and TrackMan-brand simulators.
Local Seafood Company Plans Move to New Building
Hooked Seafood Co., a locally owned and operated seafood market and kitchen, is currently located at the Galleria 7 Market in Latham. However, later this year, they will be moving to their own building nearby at 1177 Troy Schenectady Road. Thanks to the new space, they plan to offer even more tasty menu options when they officially open their doors. Until then, check out their website for details about their fresh seafood and takeout meals.
Check Out Events Happening in the Capital Region & Virtually
From Watervliet Restaurant Week to a St. Patrick’s Day-themed race, we’ve rounded up a variety of fun events worth checking out.
- Rivers Casino & Resort Wedding Open House: Saturday, March 6
- Fifth Annual Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair (Virtual): Saturday, March 6
- 2021 Watervliet Restaurant Week: Happening Today Through Saturday, March 6
- Julia Alsarraf: Open for Take-Out Virtual Concert: Monday, March 8 – Tuesday, March 9
- Virtual Irish Sweat-er Run 2021: Monday, March 8 – Sunday, March 14
- Grab-and-Go Clothing, Food & Supplies: Thursday, March 11
Featured Hike: Thacher State Park
Looking to make the most of these final weeks of winter? Plan a trip to Thacher State Park in Voorheesville! Admission is free during the winter months, and you can take a drive up to the scenic overlook pictured above. Most of the trails are open for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing (snow conditions permitting).