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Twelfth Night Celebrations

by The Staff January 8, 2015


  The holidays are not over, officially. Late this Saturday afternoon, the Crailo State Historic Site in Rensselaer and Albany’s Schuyler Mansion are teaming up to celebrate Twelfth Night with an 18th- (and 17th-) century-style festival ...

Crailo State Historic Site

A Medieval Yuletide Revels

by The Staff December 11, 2014


  Want to enjoy the holidays in old-school fashion? A Medieval Yuletide Revels promises a “rollicking celebration of the holiday season and the Winter Solstice with period costumes, music, dance and drama.” This medieval revue will include ...

Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady

Crème de la Crème

by Ari LeVaux December 5, 2014


  The French didn’t earn a reputation for culinary sensibility by accident. One example that comes to mind this time of year—and one in which eggnog lovers might be especially interested—is the French attitude toward Crème Anglaise. Namely, ...

The Art of Giving Locally

by Ann Morrow December 4, 2014


  Christmas cheer has been commodified in so many ways that it is now an occasion for dread and annoyance rather than tidings of comfort and joy. From the stressed counter clerk in a Santa hat ...

A Christmas Carol

by The Staff November 26, 2014


  As you will see when you browse through this week’s calendar listings, we are about to be awash in wonderful theatrical productions of The Nutcracker, It’s a Wonderful Life and Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. And the ...


Trans-Siberian Orchestra

by The Staff November 26, 2014


  It’s really the holiday season now, and we know this because the Trans-Siberian Orchestra are returning to the Times Union Center to make it snow for two shows this Sunday. This all-new extravaganza is the ...

Times Union Center

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone November 26, 2014

  HOLIDAY IN ALBANY  If you’ve lived in Albany long enough, you probably remember fondly the annual Festival of Trees at the Albany Institute of History & Art (125 Washington Ave., Albany). That fest isn’t back, ...

Try This at Home

by The Staff November 20, 2014


  Figgy Pudding Ric Orlando, New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Ave., Albany, 694 -0520 Serves 8-plus Ingredients: 1¾ cups buttermilk 12 ounces dried Calimyrna figs, coarsely chopped 1½ cups white whole-wheat flour (such as King Arthur®) 1 cup white sugar 2½ teaspoons baking powder 1 ...

Please Pass the Pheasant

by B.A. Nilsson November 20, 2014


  Back in the unenlightened ’60s, we elementary-school wretches celebrated the run-up to Thanksgiving by collecting dying leaves, cutting endless amounts of corn ears and turkey tails out of colorful cardboard, and most annoying of all, ...

Still Burning

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 19, 2013


  I am and always have been a big fan of the winter holidays. Though I am not religious in the usual sense, nor much of a theist, I am a big champion of the power ...

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Holiday Gift Guide: To the Cook’s Heart

by Laura Leon November 29, 2012


  Food porn. Sounds kind of dirty, right? But if you're somebody who loves to cook, to serve food to others and, yes, to eat—because you can't be addicted to food porn if you don't do ...

AIHA Holiday Gift Fair

by The Staff November 20, 2012

  Old timers will remember the Albany Institute of History & Art’s annual Festival of Trees, an event which was magical, wonderful and—thanks to size of the crowds—often just a little bit insane. The festival was ...

Albany Institute of History & Art

Seductive Shopping

by Jo Page November 30, 2011


  Last December I was living in the small seaside town of Rockport, Mass., where Santa arrives by Coast Guard boat and is transported down Bearskin Neck in a vintage fire truck so he can light ...