LITTLE BUNGALOW LIFE

LITTLE BUNGALOW LIFE

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A DIFFERENT WAY TO CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK'S DAY

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.
Football.
 
 
Hockey.
 
 
 
Soccer.
 
 
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

SOME MORE AMAZING MUSIC

 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.
 
 
THE FOUR WISE ONES
 
 
And the legends from New Jersey, Overkill.
 
 
GODDAMN TROUBLE
 
 
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.