Saturday, March 18, 2017


Out and about to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in a non-traditional way.  Headed to Albany    and to the
Empire State Plaza   for lunch and a visit to the New York State Museum  for the 2017 Capital Region CanStruction to benefit the Capital Region Food Bank.

First stop lunch at the Cornerstone on the Plaza.


After lunch we headed to the NYSM for CanStruction.  Last year the Capital Region ranked 3 (following Dallas and Huston) for food collection.  We collected 104,095 pounds of food!  So with two bags of cans in tow, to vote for our favorite structure we headed up to the 4th floor of the museum.
It is always hard to choose my favorite structure, but this year it was pretty easy, and I am sure you can guess why.
Scooby is made out of baked beans!
Bottles of water for the windows on the Mystery Machine and the box of Scooby Snack gummies.

The Minions always seem to make an appearance.  This year as cheerleaders.
And Pokemon too.
All the major sports were covered.
Basketball, both the NBA and the NCAA March Madness.
The Olympics and Team USA.
And finally a few superheros.

But no St. Patrick's Day would be complete with out a Shamrock Shack, complete with whipped cream, green sprinkles and a cherry
and some St. Patrick's Day carnations.

It was a beautiful warm and sunny mid March day.  Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


 Another great show at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park.     Some amazing music from Swallow the Sun,   Amorphis,   and the headliner Overkill.   I like to call them the "other Jersey Boys."

So, the evening was a bit chilly for March, but it was nice and warm inside.  Swallow the Sun went on first and played for approximately a half hour, followed by Amorphis, with the same set; then Overkill.

Swallow the Sun from Finland opened their set with FALLING WORLD.
Amorphis from Finland as well, and I am such a fan of Tomi Joutsen.
And the legends from New Jersey, Overkill.
Said it before and will say it again; seeing bands at UCH, although not the biggest, best venue around; it still at treat.  Stage is on eye level, it is a very intimate venue and the bands mingle regularly with the crowds after their sets.   The shows always start on time and the change overs are always fluid, so very little down time between bands.
I arrived at the venue around 6:30 p.m.  the bands started promptly at 7:00 p.m. and after a 3 song encore the show ended at 11:45 p.m.  And since I am only about 10 miles from home, I was home shortly after midnight.  Great night, great show!
I got some pretty decent photos from the perfect spot in the crowd.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Last Wednesday we went to Schenectady Civic Players,  to see WAIT UNTIL DARK. 

I love a Wednesday evening 7:30 p.m. show!  Especially when it is a mere 5 minute drive from home.  And it is especially nice when the weather cooperates (we are having another VERY mild Winter.)  And, although I prefer it be in a warmer season, it helps break up the Winter doldrums a bit.
SCP presented the original 1966 version as it was written by Frederick Knott.  Set in 1944, Susy is blind, is tormented by 3 con men in her Greenwich apartment, who are in search of a doll and it's stash of heroin.  Susy's husband unwittingly brought the doll home. 
The stage set was (as always) very professionally crafted and the costumes perfectly in the period.  The performances were, for community theater, great as always.  Although, I have to admit, Gloria (the brat from upstairs) was my favorite.  Gloria was played by a Sophomore from Schenectady High!

Sunday, January 15, 2017


On Friday the 13th we headed to the Albany Institute of History and Art   for the Patrick Harbron Rock and Roll Icons Photograph Exhibit.

The exhibit also includes several pieces on loan from The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.   The Madison Theater    is offering a month of Rock Documentaries to coincide with the exhibit.  The films are each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. throughout the month of January.
Including THIS IS SPINAL TAP (of course!)
Patrick Harbron is a Canadian photographer who spent his career photographing musicians for print publications and also for album covers.  Patrick now lives in the Hudson Valley of NYS.  Throughout the exhibit are Patrick's own words of his encounters with these music icons.  He also included some of his own memorabilia and equipment.
The museum is also offering several Sunday afternoon lectures connected to the exhibit.
Patrick during his lecture in the exhibit space.
Guitar Icons
Posters and other memorabilia included with these amazing photos.
An amazing photo of my girl Chrissie Hynde in this collection.
Some of Patrick's equipment
THE WHO and a great one of Keith.
And of course like with any great rock concert you have to bring home a program and a concert shirt.