Posts published in 2011

South End Earth Day 2011

Posted on May 2, 2011 at 11:45 pm

South End Earth Day 2011

A few weeks ago the Grand Street Community Arts along with AVillage Inc. and the South End Neighborhood Association organized a great community event to celebrate Earth Day in Albany's South End. A small army of volunteers gathered at Elizabeth Park on this bright Saturday morning and accomplished an astonishing amount of work. Give me a shovel and it is likely I will accidentally decapitate myself, so I decided to help out by taking pictures of the event for the ... Continue Reading

Hobbit’s House

Posted on March 30, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Hobbit’s House

Or is it? Wait, they live underground. Summer retreat maybe? Whoever wove these twigs and branches had patience and a knack for intricacy. I spotted these huts in Middlebury, VT a few days ago. Of charming Middlebury I'll remember three things. A waterfall (seen below), great local cider at the Two Brothers Tavern,  and napping in a field long enough to drain the car battery with a MP3 player. ... Continue Reading

Vroman’s Nose

Posted on March 23, 2011 at 12:20 am

Vroman’s Nose

Last Saturday I drove to Middleburgh for a short hike up Vroman’s Nose... at night. I had seen a few photos online but wasn't quite prepared for the spectacular view on the Schoharie valley. We sneaked in right before sunset and half an hour later we were seating on top of the infamous ledge, facing east, waiting for the supermoon to rise. It peaked from behind the hills in a stunning fashion, a huge orange disc distorted by the horizon, ... Continue Reading

New Show at Spectrum 8

Posted on February 23, 2011 at 11:46 pm

New Show at Spectrum 8

Why the sad face, Charlie? It is hard to believe it has been almost 8 months since the good people at Spectrum 8 Theatres offered me a spot, but here it is, a brand new photography exhibition open from February 23rd to April 5th, 2011. This series is a continuation of “The Unnoticed” collection, a small journey through abandoned memories of Upstate New York, on display last year at Uncommon Grounds. There are fewer pieces, a total of 8, hopefully ... Continue Reading

Olana on the Frozen Hudson

Posted on February 8, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Olana on the Frozen Hudson

Perched on a hill overlooking the Hudson Valley is a rather peculiar villa. The Olana State Historic Site was the home of Frederic Edwin Church, one of the major figures in the Hudson River School of landscape painting. It is difficult to affix one single style to this beautiful mansion, though “Persian” would be a good start, and it has a ring to it. The grounds are open throughout the year and I highly recommend the peaceful view of the ... Continue Reading

Exit Dome 4 at WEXT/WMHT Studios

Posted on February 1, 2011 at 1:17 am

Exit Dome 4 at WEXT/WMHT Studios

Last Saturday I attended Exit Dome IV, a benefit show for local radio WEXT 97.7 featuring some great 518 performers. WEXT has been playing local music a lot for about four years now, I can get behind the idea of returning the favor. There is really no shortage of good bands in the Capital District, and if you like live music, loads of opportunities to support them when they play out. They aren't too difficult to find either, listen to ... Continue Reading

Grafton Lakes Winterfest 2011

Posted on January 25, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Grafton Lakes Winterfest 2011

Single-digit temperatures? A great day to hit the beach. Grafton Lakes State Park and the Friends of Grafton hosted the 26th annual Winter Festival and Ice Fishing Contest last Saturday. The highlight of the day rested squarely on the shoulder of the annual Polar Plunge into Long Pond. Tip of the hat to the two dozens of courageous people who jumped in the freezing waters for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I'm pretty certain I also saw a giant, mutant trout, ... Continue Reading

Victory Mill

Posted on January 24, 2011 at 12:21 am

Victory Mill

Back in 2010 Bennett and myself spent a few hours exploring an abandoned mill in Victory, east of Saratoga Springs. Originally a textile mill opened in 1846, the Victory Mill has been abandoned since 2000, its closure essentially leveling the local economy. The 215,500 square foot monolith towering this quiet town can hardly be missed. We scouted the surrounding area in September and came back a few weeks later, armed with our best innocuous looks. Here is what I brought ... Continue Reading

French Food for Thought

Posted on January 17, 2011 at 12:11 am

French Food for Thought

This series of virtual postcards from France wouldn't be complete without talking about food. I indulged. I indulged a lot. When US Airways mentioned a weight surcharge on my way back I didn't really suspect my suitcase first. Hundreds, thousands of books have been written about French Cuisine, I'm certainly not an expert, far from it, and I don't cook much. With that out of the way, here are a few food products I had a chance to try during ... Continue Reading

The Four Corners of the Hexagon

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 1:44 am

The Four Corners of the Hexagon

I really love the vast, sprawling spaces in the USA, but there is something quite convenient about the density of Western Europe. I started my journey in Paris and a few hours later I was freezing at the bottom of the French Alps. I hopped on a train after Christmas and joined my mother in southern France that same afternoon. A few oddly-shaped castles later I settled down in Uzès, a small village in the same region, where I stayed ... Continue Reading