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The Spring Event Grind

May 10, 2016

It must be spring. Tulip Fest is a good sign. This past weekend I had my first mow. That’s another big clue. The snow tires have been off the car for weeks. And soon, I’ll be heading off to Detroit for Memorial Day weekend. Now, while some will think of that as the first day of summer, I still hold the line for the solstice, which this year is June 20.

The other sign of spring in the Capital Region? Events start taking off like wildfire.

There’s so much going on, I don’t even know where to begin. I don’t know which things to attend. And then I’m finding out about things after they’ve begun. And some I feel like I have no hope in catching at all, which makes me terribly sad.

What follows is far from a comprehensive rundown on local events, but I just needed to take a few minutes and share some things I’m working on, the things that are falling through the cracks, and the things that sound simply super.

First things first.

The Tour de Soft Serve. I don’t know if you saw this or not, but one of the key places I wanted to visit on the Tour de Soft Serve: Schenectady Edition recently burned down. I’m starting to feel like I’m cursed. As soon as I make plans to visit a classic Schenectady establishment, something bad happens. A similar thing occurred with The City Squire.

Thankfully, the Schenectady Wing Tour went off without a hitch, but maybe I should be worried about 20 North. Man, that place is a regional treasure. For real. Get there before the FLB curse catches up with it.

Anyhow, so now I’m stuck. I don’t want to do soft serve in Schenectady without Dairy Circus. And the next couple of weekends are already booked up. My best guess is that we’ll still do an ice cream tour this spring/summer, but it may be later than it has been in the past.

Mostly that’s because of my crazy travel schedule over the next few weekends.

This Sunday, May 15, I’ll be judging a Jewish food competition out in Schenectady for Yom Ha’hatzmaut (Israel Independence Day) at the JCC. Anyone is welcome to attend the festivities. Ticket information can be found here.

But Sunday feels like a million years away. Did you know that yesterday was the start of Bethlehem’s Restaurant Week? I had no idea. I just stumbled onto that fact last night. Like most restaurant week promotions in the region, I don’t have very high hopes. But there are a small handful of enticing menus.

This week is also Goose Island Migration Week. And that gets kicked off tonight at Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs. However, perhaps the event I’m most excited about it the one on Thursday at Next Level in Troy where they are breaking out the 2013 Bourbon County Barrel Stout. Here’s the thing: if you are interested in trying this beer, your choice is pretty much now or never.

And on Friday the 13th City Beer Hall is doing something cool with Goose Island too, with more food pairings, before The Hollow closes out the week with music later that same night.

But Thursday night is also a fantastic Unofficial Yelp Event, organized by Steve N. of I like food, that will give me the chance to finally try the pizza from Albany’s oldest pizzeria, PJs. Hopefully it goes without saying that you all welcome to join, please just RSVP first if you would like to come out for pizza in the park. It’s supposed to be a gorgeous day. How could I miss this? The answer is I can’t.

So the new question has to be, can I squeeze in brinner (you know, breakfast at dinnertime) at The Ruck before hand? Maybe when I was a younger man, but these days, I just don’t think I can eat brinner and then a second pizza dinner. At least not while I’m pretending to be on some semblance of a stupid diet.

Of course Friday also happens to be the Fork in the Road food truck festival in Albany, which Yelp is sponsoring. If everything goes according to plan, that should be obvious to all attendees thanks to all the red Yelp balloons I’ve provided.

The killer part is that Friday nights are typically reserved for family dinner. That said, the in-laws are coming into town for the weekend, so maybe Mrs. Fussy and I will get a chance to eat out. It’s unlikely though, since in-laws are still family, and I do love my traditional Friday night roast chicken and challah.

But that Goose Island Madame Rose sounds mighty tempting. Mrs. Fussy does like cherries, and sour beers so that could get her out the door. Although, she also likes her parents.

And none of this takes into account the coffee thing I’ll be doing this week, the amazing Cider Belly event I’ve got scheduled for next week with Rare Form Brewing and some other fantastic partners, Third Thursday Tavern Time on May 19, or Dogfish Head night at The Ruck on Friday the 20th.
Saturday the 21st I’m off to NYC. Then on the 28th I fly out to Detroit. There are events everywhere. And it never stops.

If you think life in Albany is boring, you’re doing it wrong.

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 11, 2016 5:38 am

    For ice cream you must try Scoups on Albany Shaker Rd in Colonie near The Crossings park

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