Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Happy April Fool's Day.  And a beautiful, bright sunny Spring day calls for a day out and about enjoying everything the great NYS Capital Region has to offer.

Today is opening day for the 5th annual Capital District CANstruction  at The New York State Museum . The exhibit is on the fourth floor event space and is up for 16 days.  This year's theme is Heroes Fighting Hunger One Can At A Time.  This great fundraiser is to benefit the Food Pantries of the Capital District.  How it works---sponsors including our local supermarket, Price Chopper, donate can, boxed and bag foods; teams from local engineering, architectural, construction firms and college students design and create structures from those foods with in the theme.  All this food will go to the pantries at the end of the exhibit.  Then visitors can bring food and place it in the cans at each structure to vote for their favorite, and again that food gets donated.  What a great way to raise food and awareness.  Here is a look at the structures.

And each structure also has a title board next to it, can you see the Bat Signal over the Plaza.
From The Lego's Movie.
Their board shows the construction details.
This is for The Everyday Heroes, a tribute to the FDNY for September 11th.  A fire fighter's helmet, the Twin Towers and the American Flag.  For this structure, you have to stand back a little to really see the design.
The American Eagle, and a tribute to all of our Military and our Veteran's who keep our country safe.
My favorite girl, Rosie the Riveter.  This needs a step or two back too.
I love this one, Guitar Hero, so clever.  Can you make out the guitars on the side and the flames?
Can you figure this one out?  Neil Armstrong landing on the moon.  He is jumping off the ladder and the flag is to his right.
This is my favorite.  We placed a food in all of the cans, but this one got double!  Batman, Wonder Woman and The Hulk.  My choice for the winner.
There was also a structure of Wall-E, Captain America, Superman and Wonder Woman and a Transformer. 
It is hard to believe this is all done with foods.  And the food containers can not be altered.  The have to use the containers as is and make them create the "picture."  Pretty amazing if you ask me.  So which one is your favorite.
Then it is off to lunch, Bongiornos Restaurant on Dove Street is just a short walk from the Plaza.  Lunch consisted of a salad of artichoke hearts and olive and chicken limone.  For desert orange sorbet in a hollowed out orange peel topped with a little whip creme.
Then a little shopping before heading back to the car.  A stop at an Albany staple The Cottage Herb Farm Shop.  This cute little basement shop has been serving the Capital Region for 3 generations.
Then a stop of Dove & Hudson Book Sellers.
And our last stop at The Treasure Chest Thrift Store which benefits The Albany Damien Center.
A great day out in Albany, but time to head home. 

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