albany.jpgALBANY, N.Y. -- The Capital City on the Hudson celebrates July with concerts, theater, historic commemorations and amazing fireworks for the 4th. At the Times Union Center has fabulous concerts -- Billy Joel and Elton John, Lee Greenwood in the Proud to Be an American Concert, Green Day and the Terrific Teen Tour, starring Mitchel Musso. The Palace Theater has John Legend on stage during his "Evolver" world tour. At Riverfront Park at Corning Preserve, Albany's ever-popular Alive at Five concert series continues on Thursday evenings, with July featuring the Village People, Black 47 and more. In Albany's Washington Park, the 21st annual season of free theater opens as Park Playhouse features Disney's High School Musical, performed "under the stars". At Capital Repertory theatre, Shear Madness continues on stage. On July 4th, with the background of the majestic Empire State Plaza, Price Chopper Supermarkets has a dazzling fireworks display with great entertainment and more in this dramatic setting. At the historic Schuyler Mansion, there will be a colonial festival on July 4th, with re-enactors and fifes and drums playing. At the New York State Museum, the long-awaited exhibition, "1609," opens on July 3. The exhibit re-examines Henry Hudson's voyage, the myths that surround it and the legacies of Hudson's unexpected discovery.  Crailo State Historic Site has its grand re-opening on July 4 and July 5, with an open house, public festivities and the opening of its new exhibit, "Celebration of a Sweet and Alien Land: Colony of the Dutch in the Hudson River Valley". For the most up-to-date information about these and other special events in Albany, as well as information about special Getaway Packages, visit www.albany.org Alive at Five Free Concert Series 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 & 7/30/2009    (Thursdays thru 8/13/2009) Riverfront Park at Corning Preserve Sponsored by: City of Albany Office of Special Events City Hall Room 402 Albany, NY 12203   (518) 434-2032 info@albanyevents.org www.albanyevents.org Admission: FREE! Time: Begins at 5 p.m. 7/2 is Disco Night with the Village People. 7/9 is Irish Night with Black 47. 7/16 is Latin Night with Alex Torres & the Latin Orchestra. 7/23 is Tribute Night with Hotel California's Salute to the Eagles. 7/30 is Horn Power Night with Tower of Power. www.albanyevents.org/events/event_detail.cfm?ID=3 Live entertainment plus a unique blend of concert atmosphere and hometown block party. ************************************ "1609" Exhibit Opens -- Hudson 400 7/3/2009-3/31/2010 New York State Museum Cultural Education Center Madison Avenue Albany, NY (518) 474-5877 www.nysm.nysed.gov This new exhibition re-examines Henry Hudson's voyage, myths that surround it and the legacies of Hudson's unexpected discovery. In addition to artifacts from throughout the NYS Office of Cultural Education, the exhibit features paintings by the Capital Region's expert historical artist L. F. Tantillo. ************************************ Proud to Be an American Concert  7/3/2009    Times Union Center 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207   (518) 487-2000 info@timesunioncenter-albany.com www.timesunioncenter-albany.com Times: Doors 4pm | show 5pm Admission: $27; $47; $67; $77; $97 Lee Greenwood, Yakov Smirnoff and Daniel Rodriguez in concert. ************************************ Grand Re-Opening - Hudson 400 Crailo State Historic Site 7/4/2009 & 7/5/2009 9 ½ Riverside Avenue Rensselaer, NY 12144 (518) 463-8738 Times: 11 am - 4 pm Open House and festivities to celebrate the re-opening of this museum of Colonial New Netherland history. The weekend also celebrates the opening of the new exhibit -- Celebration of A Sweet and Alien Land: Colony of the Dutch in the Hudson River Valley. ************************************ Price Chopper's 4th On the Plaza - Hudson 400 7/4/2009    Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12242  (518) 474-0538 Times: 2:00 pm - 10 pm Admission: Free. One of America´s most dramatic settings for dazzling fireworks and great food, crafts, and entertainment.  Admission: Free **************************************** Independence Day at Schuyler Mansion - Hudson 400 7/4/2009    Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site 32 Catherine Street Albany, NY 12202   (518) 434-0834 Times: 11am - 4 pm.  A colonial festival highlighted by 18th century fife and drum, re-enactors, games and crafts. A true family event! **************************************** Reading of the Declaration of Independence  7/4/2009    Bethlehem Town Hall 445 Delaware Ave Delmar, NY 12054  518-439-4955    Town Supervisor John H. Cunningham reads the Declaration of Independence. *********************************** Terrific Teen Tour Starring Mitchel Musso  7/10/2009  Times Union Center 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207   (518) 487-2000 info@timesunioncenter-albany.com www.timesunioncenter-albany.com Times: 7 pm ************************************ Albany Firebirds  7/11/2009   Times Union Center 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207  518) 487-2000 info@timesunioncenter-albany.com www.timesunioncenter-albany.com Time: 1 p.m. Admission: Varies. Playing the Manchester Wolves in arena football. *********************************** Quadricentennial Celebration: A Living History Timeline: 1609-2009 -- Hudson 400 7/11/2009 - 7/12/2009 Knickerbocker Mansion 132 Knickerbocker Road Schaghticoke, NY 10154  (518) 459-5098 A celebration of 400 years of Dutch heritage that includes the Quadricentennial of Henry Hudson´s 1609 voyage up the Hudson River,  the Tricentennial of the 1709 settlement of the Knickerbocker Family in Schaghticoke  and the Bicentennial The of the 1809 publication of Deidrich Knickerbocker´s book, A History of New York, written by Washington Irving. ************************ 9th Annual Pinebush Triathlon 7/12/2009  Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission 195 New Karner Road Albany, NY 12205-4605   (518) 456-0655 info@albanypinebush.org www.albanypinebush.org Times: 8am   Open to participants age 10 and up, individual athletes and teams of three are welcome. Swim, bike, and run. Six Mile Park and other locations. ************************************ GE Kids' Day 7/12/2009 Empire State Plaza Albany, NY Coordinated by the NYS Office of General Services 518-474-0538 Times: Noon-5 p.m. Admission: Free. A full day of fun for the little ones with face painters, clowns, puppet shows, jugglers, music, pony rides, arts and crafts. ************************************ 62nd Annual Farmers´ Museum Junior Livestock Show  7/12/2009 - 7/14/2009    Fenimore Art Museum 5798 State Hwy 80 Lake Road Cooperstown, NY 13326  (607) 547-1400 info@nysha.org www.nysha.org Times: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm The annual Farmers´ Museum Junior Livestock Show is a true celebration of youth in agriculture. The show is the second largest youth competition in the state and the only one of its kind sponsored by a museum in the United States. ***************************** Disney´s High School Musical  7/14/2009 - 8/23/2009  Park Playhouse P.O. Box 525 Albany, NY 12201  Box Office (518) 434-0776 parkplay@aol.com Time: Tuesday through Sunday, 8 p.m. Admission: Free www.parkplayhouse.com/highschoolmusical.htm Often described as a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, High School Musical tells the story of two high school juniors from rival cliques -- Tony Bolton, captain of the basketball team -- and Gabriella Montez, a beautiful and shy transfer student who excels in math and science. ********************************* German Fest with The Mountain Brauhaus Band  7/15/2009   Pruyn House 207 Old Niskayuna Road Newtonville, NY 12128   (518) 783-1435 www.pruynhouse@colonie.org Times: German dinners by Rolf´s and Beer Garden beginning at 4:30 pm Music 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Admission: Donation: $5.00 Adults $2.00 Children 8-13 Free under 8 | German beer garden. ************************************* Guilderland Town Band Concert - Hudson 400  7/16/2009  Tawasentha Park 188 Route 146 Altamont, NY 12009  Time: 7:30 pm The Guilderland Town Band continues its 40th anniversary season celebrating the Hudson Quadricentennial and the Lincoln bicentennial. Included on the program are Copland´s ""Lincoln Portrait"" and Goldman´s march ""On the Hudson""   Guilderland County: *************************************  John Legend Live in Concert 7/18/2009  Palace Performing Arts Center 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207   (518) 465-3334 Time: 8 pm The Grammy Award Winning soul singer brings his "Evolver" world tour to the Palace. *************************************** Italian Night with The Good Times Band 7/22/2009   Pruyn House 207 Old Niskayuna Road Newtonville, NY 12128   (518) 783-1435 www.pruynhouse@colonie.org Times: Italian food served by the American Italian Heritage Assoc. starting at 5:00 pm Music 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Admission: Donation --$5.00 Adults | $2.00 Children ages 8-13 | Under age 8, free. Lawn chairs and dancing shoes are recommended. ************************************* Duck Into History - Hudson 400                                            7/24/2009    Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys Departing from the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center 25 Quackenbush Square Albany, NY 12207 518) 462-DUCK info@albanyaquaducks.com www.albanyaquaducks.com Times: 10 a.m. Journey up the Hudson River with Henry (Hudson) and the stars as we celebrate the 400th anniversary of Albany´s discovery and the 400th anniversary of Galileo´s first observations. A joint program with the Visitors Center. Directions: ************************************ Green Day Times Union Center 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207   (518) 487-2000 info@timesunioncenter-albany.com www.timesunioncenter-albany.com Time: 7:30 pm Admission: $49.50 | $25.00 ************************************ Colonie Town Band Concert - Hudson 400 7/27/2009    Albany County Historical Association-Ten Broeck Mansion =9 Ten Broeck Place Albany, NY 12210-2524  (518) 436-9826 Times: 7:00 www.colonietownband.org An evening of music for the whole family. Programs feature marches, light classics, and popular tunes. This year the Colonie Town Band features works commemorating the Hudson 400.  ******************************** Concert: Billy Joel & Elton John  7/27/2009    Times Union Center 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207   (518) 487-2000 info@timesunioncenter-albany.com www.timesunioncenter-albany.com Time: 7:30 pm Admission: Prices vary. ON-GOING EVENTS New York Giants Football Training Camp University at Albany - Uptown Campus 1400 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12222   (518) 442-5566    Times and Exact Dates: TBD. For the 14th consecutive year, the New York Giants hold their training camp in the Capital City at the University At Albany (UAlbany). This marks the 14th year that the NFL team draws tens of thousands of fans to watch their pre-season practices and get a glimpse at the stars in uniform at the UAlbany college campus. *************************************** Hello, Dolly Thru 7/5/2009    The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Inc P.O. Box 204 Chatham, NY 12037   (518) 392-9292 machaydn@fairpoint.net Times: Vary Admission: Varies. Dolly Gallagher Levi is back where she belongs, putting her hand in to create a merry, mixed-up romp, where everyone meets their match at the end. . *************************************** Saratoga Race Track 7/29/2009 - 9/7/2009   Saratoga Race Course 267 Union Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12866  Closed Tuesdays. www.nyra.com/Saratoga/GeneralInformation/Calendar/Calendar.shtml Thoroughbred horse racing at its best! *********************************** Albany Aqua Ducks Daily historic tours thru 10/31/2009    Departing from the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center 25 Quackenbush Square Albany, NY 12207 (518) 462-DUCK (3825) Admission and Departure times vary The Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys are set to serve up some very special tours and fun times as the city of Albany celebrates the 400th anniversary of its discovery by explorer, Henry Hudson. *********************************** Shear Madness Through 8/22/09  Capital Repertory Theatre 111 North Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207   (518) 462-4531 info@capitalrep.org www.capitalrep.org Times: Vary. Admission: Varies. The longest running play in American Theatre history! A wacky whodunit set in a hairstyling salon. *********************************** Senior Sundays at the Corning Preserve  7/12/2009 - 8/9/2009   Sponsored by City of Albany Office of Special Events and Volunteer Services Office of Special Events City Hall Room 402 Albany, NY 12203  (518) 434-2032 nfo@albanyevents.org www.albanyevents.org Times: 11:30am-2:30pm 

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