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September 18, 2015

Tomorrow is another big Yelp Event. Farmer Gordon of 9 Miles East is hosting a Yelp Elite Event. In the past, the Official Yelp Events have been open to everyone. Now that the community is growing, there will be more of these private events for those who have gone the extra mile and earned their Elite status.

Part of my not-so-new job is to try and help those who want the rank, earn the badge.

I’m only mentioning this because this week with the Yelp stuff and the Jewish High Holy Days, I’ve been crazy busy. And for some reason, the press release machine feels like it’s working overtime. So not only do I have plenty of things to share, I’ve got more reason than ever to do it.

Next week is another crazy week too, and that ends on Saturday with the Sixth Annual Tour de Cider Donut. Hopefully you were already saving the date, because it’s September 26. Final details will be announced Monday.

You’ve gotta be at least a little curious about what the public relations community thought you would be interested in learning about this week. Even if you’re not, here it is.


WHAT: Disney Store will celebrate the grand opening of its new store at Crossgates Mall in Albany, N.Y., on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. The Disney Store at Crossgates Mall is one of several locations to celebrate its Grand Opening across North America in 2015, offering an immersive retail experience with a touch of magic for Disney fans of all ages. New for 2015, the Disney Store grand opening celebration will feature a festive song, composed specially for Disney Store and performed by the store Cast Members. Additionally, the first 500 guests to attend the opening celebration will receive a free gift and an opportunity to meet Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in the lower level Macy’s wing from noon to 4 p.m. Including unique elements such as a blue Pixie Dust Trail, Magical Trees, Disney Store Theater and Storytelling Neighborhoods featuring Disney, Marvel and Star Wars product statements, the store also includes design elements exclusive to Albany. As guests enter the store and look above, they will see a customized skyline incorporating local landmarks – including the Washington Park Lakehouse and New York State Capitol – in addition to classic Disney features and magical storytelling moments.

GRAND OPENING – Saturday, September 19, 2015
10 a.m. | Disney Store Grand Opening Ceremony where one lucky child will be invited to “Unlock Imagination.” The first 500 guests will receive a free gift.**
*While supplies last

Noon – 4 p.m. | Meet and Greet with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in the lower level Macy’s wing. Guests are encouraged to bring their cameras.*
*Characters alternate every 30 minutes. Character appearances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Disney Store at Crossgates Mall
1 Crossgates Mall Road
Albany, NY 12203

**All giveaways are subject to availability.

The Disney Store retail chain, which debuted in 1987, is owned and operated by Disney in North America, Europe, and Japan. Disney Store is the retail merchandising arm of Disney Consumer Products, the business segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) and its affiliates that extends the Disney brand to merchandise. Disney Store carries high-quality products, including exclusive product lines that support and promote Disney’s key entertainment initiatives and characters. Disney Store opened its first store in Glendale, California and, in doing so, originated the themed retail business model. There are currently more than 200 Disney Store locations in North America; more than 40 Disney Store locations in Japan; and more than 70 Disney Store locations in Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom, plus online stores,,,,,,, and Each Disney Store location offers a magical shopping experience that can only be delivered by Disney, one of the world’s largest and most successful entertainment companies. For more information, please visit or follow us at and

Best In Show Fun To Benefit Joseph’s House & Shelter

TROY, N.Y. (9/17/15) — A Troy wine bar will host a special dog show for charity this Sunday, Sept. 20 during a canine-friendly cocktail party.

Adding more fun to the popular Lucas Confectionery “Yappy Hour,” the dog show will raise funds for Joseph’s House and Shelter, Inc., a Troy-based not for profit that serves to prevent and alleviate homelessness.

“I wanted to do something fun to raise awareness for Joseph’s House and reach an audience we don’t normally reach,” said Patti Tullgren, director of development for Joseph’s House and Shelter. “If people enjoy themselves as they get to know more about who we are, then they’ll be able to relate to us later when they see our name out there doing the work we do.”

The dog show, complete with a master of ceremonies, will start at 6 p.m. and should last approximately 20 minutes depending on how many contestants take part.

Competition categories include: Best Hairdo; Best Name; Best Costume; Best Trick and Best Personality. Winners will receive a prize ribbon and toy or treat.

Registration costs $20 per category and voting ballots cost $5, with all proceeds benefiting Joseph’s House.

To pre-register online, visit:

Walk-in registration at Lucas Confectionery will be from 4 p.m. till 5:30 p.m.

Located at 12 Second St. in Downtown Troy, Lucas Confectionery has a retractable glass roof over its rear garden patio, where the dog show will take place, so this is a rain or shine event.

Yappy Hour starts at 4 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m. Dog owners and their sociable furry pals can enter the garden patio through the Franklin Street Alley entrance (off Broadway).

Celebrated Times Union reporter Paul Grondahl will attend to sell and sign copies of his “Great Dogs of Albany and Beyond” book.

The dog show is sponsored by Lucas Confectionery and Henry Loves Betty, a pet boutique located at 195 River St in Troy offering high-quality and organic toys, treats, apparel, accessories, food and gifts for pets and pet-lovers!

“We love to give dogs a place to socialize during Yappy Hour,” said Jillian Multari, director of events at Lucas Confectionery. “Now our four-legged friends have a chance to help their two-legged friends in need.”

Multari says this Sunday’s event will be closer in spirit to Christopher Guest’s 2000 mockumentary “Best In Show” than to the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.


For information about Joseph’s House and Shelter, visit:

For information about Lucas Confectionery, visit:

Tavern Noodle Pop-Up Ramen Restaurant Returns Tomorrow

TROY, N.Y. – With Troy Restaurant Week underway, a pop-up ramen noodle concept returns to Troy on Wednesday at 5PM. The 4-day, high-energy Tavern Noodle event will feature graffiti artists, local area DJs, and a 7,500 LED light waterfall.

Executive chef Nick Ruscitto
DJ Truemaster Trimingham
Graffiti artist Michael Conlin
Light director Cory Nelson

Cultural event

Peck’s Arcade
217 Broadway
Troy, NY 12180

Wednesday, September 16 at 5:00PM


Parkside Eatery is Offering Yom Kippur Break Fast Catering

[Note: Full text from email]

Park Side Eatery has Rosh Hashanah / Yom Kippur foods available to be picked up or preordered as ready to eat. Latkes, challah, apple pecan honey cakes and much more.
Small and large quantities available.

Park Side Eatery is located at 42 Phila Street in Saratoga Springs, directly behind Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. Locally owned by Heidi and Michael Hoyt with the support of their two daughters, Angela and Gabrielle. Come and taste the difference a family recipe makes.

Introducing “Wines by the Class”

Monthly wine talks and tastes, brought to you by Lucas Confectionery, Peck’s Arcade, & Twenty-Two Second Street Wine Co.


September & October “Wines by the Class” (You may sign up by clicking on the title to any of the classes below.)

Wine 101, Tuesday, September 29th presented by Peter Jacobi of Grand Cru Selections

Chardonnay: The Grape, The Myth, The Legend, Tuesday, October 6th presented by Kevin Eidens of David Bowler Wines

Kermit Lynch: The Iconic Importer and his Wines, Wednesday, October 23rd presented by Joe Armstrong of The Winebow Group

* All classes take place from 7pm – 8:30pm in The Library at Peck’s Arcade located at 217 Broadway. Each class includes an educational and tasting component, as well small snacks. Unless otherwise indicated, no prior wine training is required. The only requirements are to be taste, listen, ask questions, and enjoy the company of others interested in wine.

MEDIA CONTACT: Karen McLane, Community Relations Manager 404-408-0679

SCHENECTADY, NY —- When was your last Hammerschlagen contest? Does the thought of responding to an auctioneers call to hoist a well-known local building contractor and a female GE engineer to the ceiling of a three story building make you curious? Patrons will sample these and other “Habitat-centric” activities at the “Women Build-A-Bash” from 5-8PM on Saturday, September 19 at the Schenectady Armory located at 125 Washington Avenue across from the Schenectady County Community College. The event will showcase the historic Armory landmark, recently purchased and refurbished by partners Jeff and Ray Legere of Legere Restorations, as it helps raise money for Habitat’s Women Build program, which brings females together to practice basic construction skills as they build homes for families currently living in sub-standard or inadequate housing. The event will celebrate and honor long time Habitat volunteer, Virginia Newton. Virginia joined the first Women Build project here in 2004 and has been a valued part of the construction team and building committee ever since.

The fundraiser will feature a variety of cuisine from local eateries set out in a street scape pattern with food court and casual seating (on furniture from Habitat’s ReStore which can be purchased that evening), a cash bar, live music by Goin’ Back, and a number of unique games and attractions that highlight Habitat’s mission. The previously mentioned Habitat Hammerschlagen contest involves nails, hammers and a tree trunk. The Raise the Roof competition pits Schenectady Armory co-owner Ray Legere against GE R&D’s Hope Matis, a member of the GE Women’s Network and frequent Women Build volunteer. Both challengers will be swinging from “boatswain’s” chairs as they strive, driven by patron auction responses, to where they can reach the Armory’s 50 foot high ceiling. A live auction to win a child’s playhouse built by Habitat volunteers and other fundraising activities are on tap during the evening.

Habitat for Humanity utilizes primarily volunteer labor to rehab and build new construction homes for working class families needing a hand up, not a hand out. Partnering with Habitat, families currently living in sub-standard or inadequate housing can apply to become first time homebuyers with the Habitat program. Applicants must show the ability to pay a mortgage, maintain an adequate credit rating and agree to put in 400 hours of sweat equity into their new home.

Campaign sponsors include Key Bank and Travelers Insurance. Event sponsors include Bayly’s Rentals, Jeff & Ursula Legere, Ray & Renee Legere, Town Square Media, Turner Construction, CDTA, Vantage Management, DeVoe Associates, Printz & Patternz, Trustco Bank, and TVI. .

A wide variety of food and beverages will be provided by Angelo’s Tavolo ,Canvas, Corks & Forks, Casa Visco, Cuff’s Cakes, Ferrari’s Ristorante, , Mike’s Hot Dogs, Morrette’s, Price Chopper, Mazzone Hospitality, Tesoros Café, Villa Italia, Union Café & Zen.

Tickets are $65 in advance; $75 at the door. They are available through Schenectady Habitat’s web site at and clicking on events or by mailing a check to Karen McLane at 115 N. Broadway, Schenectady, NY 12305. Further information is available by contacting Karen McLane at 518-395-3412 Ext. 103 /

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