albany1.jpgAlbany, N.Y. -- October in Albany offers some amazing discoveries with great entertainment, fabulous festivals and rich history. The Palace Theater hosts Jerry Seinfeld, Housewives of New York and New Jersey, R. Kelly, Celtic Thunder and Loretta LaRoche. The Times Union Center welcomes Keith Urban with Sugarland. At The Egg there are performances by Bruce Hornsby, Bela Fleck, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Playing for Change. And, Capital Repertory Theater is home to Conor McPherson's Broadway hit, The Seafarer. Albany continues its Quadricentennial Celebration of discovery by explorer Henry Hudson as it showcases its history and traditions. A special exhibit, Art Meets History, is on display at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center.  Historic Cherry Hill has tours showing its evolution from a farm to an urban home. The USS Slater celebrates the U.S. Navy and the University at Albany has unique lectures on Albany history, including pirates on the Hudson River. The Capital City also celebrates its heritage with Oktoberfest, the 18th Annual Columbus Parade and Italian Festival, apple and craft festivals and a quilt festival. As the haunting Halloween season arrives, Historic Schuyler Mansion offers ghost stories from the 18th century. The Albany Trolleys have ghost tours throughout the city's historic downtown, and the New York State Theatre Institute features, A Legend of Sleepy Hollow.The New York State Capitol has special Halloween Tours that tell the tales of "Capitol Hauntings". For the most up-to-date information about these and other special events in New York's Capital City, visit Oktoberfest 10/1/2009  Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12242  (518) 473-0559 Times: 10am  Celebrate the Harvest the Old World Way. Tasty German food and drink specialties, arts and crafts vendors all in a festival atmosphere. ****************************** Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers 10/1/2009    The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223   (518) 473-7773 Time: 7:30 pm Admission: $55, $45, $35 Since winning a Grammy for "Best New Artist´ in 1987, Bruce Hornsby has created a musical life that has expanded far and wide to include a broad stylistic range of activity. **************************** Photographic Memories: Bethlehem - Hudson 400   10/1/2009 - 10/31/2009    Bethlehem Public Library  451 Delaware Avenue  Delmar, NY 12054  A display of historic photographs from the collection of the Bethlehem Historical Association and the Town Archives.      *********** Jerry Seinfeld 10/2/2009    Palace Performing Arts Center 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207   (518) 465-3334 Admission: $47.00, $62.00, $77.00 Due to popular demand, America´s premier comedian is hitting the road in a return to his first love - stand-up comedy. Recently hailed as "the master stand-up comic of his generation," Seinfeld has an uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere.  **************************** Art Meets History - Celebrating 400 Years  10/2/2009 - 12/31/2009    Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center 25 Quackenbush Square   (Corner of Broadway & Clinton Avenue) Albany, NY 12207  (518) 434-0405 Times: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm; Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm; Sunday, 11 am - 3 pm. The 300-member Colonie Art League will present approximately 100 original works of art featuring themes and scenes celebrating Albany´s Quadricentennial. Many of the works, all by local artists, will be for sale. An added feature of the exhibit will be the display of the prize-winning art works from the Colonie Art League´s invitational exhibit by student artists from all the high schools in Albany County. **************************** 17th Annual Capital District Apple Festival and Craft Fair  10/3/2009 - 10/4/2009  Altamont Fairgrounds 129 Grand Street Altamont, NY 12009  518) 861-6671 Times: 10 am - 6 pm Saturday, 10 am-5 pm on Sunday.  Admission: $10 general admission.  Children 12 and under are free. The show offers 160 of the finest crafters and artisans from throughout the northeast presenting a wide array of unique handmade crafts. Other activities include a haunted house, face painting, pumpkin painting, clowns, pony rides, kids' activities, fiddlers, wine tasting, museums, farmers market and bakery, cooking demonstrations. **************************** Historic Cherry Hill Trolley & Walking Tour - Hudson 400   10/3/2009    Historic Cherry Hill   523 1/2 South Pearl Street   Albany, NY 12202   (518) 434-4791 Times: 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Albany City Historian Anthony Opalka leads these combined trolley/walking tours that highlight changes as Cherry Hill evolved from a 900-acre farm to an urban home on five acres. Funded by the NY Council for the Humanities and the Town of Bethlehem. ******************************** Rensselaer 2009-10 Men´s Hockey Season Opens 10/3/2009 - 2/27/2010    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Houston Field House 1900 Peoples Avenue Troy, NY 12180  518-276-6262 Admission: $129; $144; $126; $111; $108; $93 Season kicks off with an exhibition game. ******************************** Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer 10/3/2009    The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223   (518) 473-7773 Time: 8: pm Admission: $48.50, $38.50, $34.50 Eclectic virtuosos Bela Fleck (banjo), Zakir Hussain (tabla) and Edgar Meyer (double bass) meld classical, bluegrass, traditional Indian music and jazz for a concert that promises exciting and often surprising music performed by three musical masters.  ************* Rensselaer City History Research Center - Hudson 400   10/4/2009  Rensselaer City Hall   62 Washington Street   Rensselaer, NY 12144    518-462-9511 Time: 2 pm Dedication and reception. Free and open to the public. ************* Restaurant Week in Downtown Albany 10/4/2009-10/10/2009 Organized by the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District 522 Broadway Albany, NY 12207 518-465-2143 Albany's Fall Restaurant Week features a wide variety of restaurants offering three-course meals for $20.09. Visit for a list of the participating restaurants and their menus. ************* River Rats Hockey Season Opener 10/3/2009    Times Union Center 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207   (518) 487-2000 Time: 7 pm Admission: Varies The Rats take on the Manchester Monarchs. ************* NY Knicks vs. Nets 10/4/2009    Times Union Center 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207   (518) 487-2000 Admission: $35-$65 ************* Capitol Hauntings 10/5/2009-10/30/2009 Tours begin at the Plaza Visitor Center North Concourse Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY Admission: Free. Reservations required by calling 518-473-7582 Times: 10/5-30, weekday tours at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. 10/21-23, evening tours at 7 p.m. 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, weekend tours at 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. No tours on Sundays or Columbus Day (Oct. 12) Special  Halloween tours of the New York State Capitol. Find out which two United States Presidents visited the Capitol after they died and other haunting tales. *************  Women´s Work: Building the 19th-Century Hudson Valley Economy - Hudson 400   10/6/2009     University at Albany - University Hall   1400 Washington Ave   Albany, NY 12222  Time: 7:30 - 8:45 pm Admission: Free. Susan Ingalls Lewis, Associate Professor of History, SUNY New Paltz, is featured in a talk that ranges from cooks, collar-workers, and canawlers to farm wives, factory operatives, and female entrepreneurs. Nineteenth-century working women were vital to the economy of the Hudson Valley and the Empire State. Lewis will discuss numerous women who might once have been labeled "exceptional" because of their occupations, but can now be recognized as typical members of 19th-century communities. Visit: support from the New York Council for the Humanities. ************** Keith Urban with Sugarland  10/7/2009    Times Union Center 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207   (518) 487-2000 Times: 7:30 pm Admission: $20-$74.50 ******************************** Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 10/8/2009    The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223   (518) 473-7773 Time: 7:30 pm Admission: $29.50 Featuring original members Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter and John McEuen, these country rock pioneers -- known for their cross-over hits such as "Mr. Bojangles" and "American Dream" and the classic "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" -- perform. ******************************** Ghost Hunting in Historic Downtown 10/8/2009-10/29/2009 -- Tuesdays and Thursdays Only Albany Trolleys Departing from the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center 25 Quackenbush Square (corner Broadway and Clinton Avenue) Albany, NY 12207 Time: 7 p.m. Admission: $2 Adult | $19 Seniors and Active Military | $15 Children Experience the hauntngs, ghosts and stories of those who have passed on, plus tales of murder, hangings and mutiny. Reservations required at 518-462-3825. ******************************** See the Housewives of NY & NJ 10/9/2009    Palace Performing Arts Center 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207   (518) 465-3334 Time: 8 pm Admission: $77 (Limited Gold Circle - Includes Meet & Greet), Featuring Jill Zarin & Ramona Singer from the New York cast and Theresa Grudice and Caroline Manzo from the New Jersey cast. Catch the Housewives of New York and New Jersey live in person as they bring the drama direct to you! ******************************** The Seafarer 10/9/2009 thru 11/1/09 Capital Repertory Theatre 111 North Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207   (518) 462-4531 Times and Hours: Vary Conor McPherson´s Broadway hit finds four old friends gathering on Christmas Eve to face the holidays in a drunken game of cards. The stakes become damningly high when a stranger arrives. Soon, one of them is playing for his soul in this chilling, yet funny, Irish fable. ****************************** Festival - 21st Annual Apple Festival and Craft Show  10/10/2009 - 10/11/2009    Goold Orchards, Inc. 1297 Brookview Station Rd  Castleton, NY 12033-3166   (518) 732-7317  A celebration of the arts, crafts, and agriculture of the Capital Region. ******************************** Walking/Trolley Tour - Historic Cherry Hill - Hudson 400  10/10/2009    Location: Historic Cherry Hill   523 1/2 S Pearl St Albany, NY 12202  (518) 434-4791 Times: 9:30 am and 1:30 pm  Last program in a series entitled, "Where the Past Beats the Present: The Cherry Hill Family´s View of Their Hudson River Heritage." This tour will explore the theme of history versus nostalgia in the last of four programs funded by the New York Council for the Humanities. ******************************** Albany's 18th Annual Columbus Parade & Italian Festival - Hudson 400  10/10/2009    Washington Park Lake House   Madison Ave   Albany, NY 12203 Times: Festival from 12 Noon to 5:50 .pm.; parade at 1 p.m. Rain or shine! Admission: Free. Historic Washington Park is the setting for an authentic Italian Festival with food, music, dancing, crafters, cultural displays and a special Kids' Zone! The parade route through the park brings marchers, bands, floats and with the reviewing stand in front of the park's Lakehouse. ******************************** Saratoga, a Battle on the Hudson that Changed the World - Hudson 400    10/10/2009     University at Albany - Assembly Hall, Earth Sciences 241   University at Albany Uptown Campus Center   1400 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12222      Times: 12 Noon Admission: Free. Warren Roberts, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of History, UAlbany, discusses the battle fought 25 miles above Albany has been called the most important battle of the last 1,000 years. Persuaded by the victory at Saratoga that the Americans might prevail against Britain, France joined the American Revolution. The staggering cost to France in doing so contributed to a fiscal crisis that led to the French Revolution. Thus these first two great modern revolutions were connected by the Battle of Saratoga. Roberts will consider its historical importance, discuss key players, and reflect on some of its absurd, even comic aspects. Visit: Part of UAlbany-Community. ***************** "Specters, Strange Sights and Visions" 10/10/2009    Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site 32 Catherine Street Albany, NY 12202   (518) 434-0834 Times: 5:30 pm to 7pm Do you believe in ghosts? The people of 18th century Albany did! Join us around the campfire as we examine what ghost stories and apparitions tell us about beliefs during Philip Schuyler´s time. ******************************** R. Kelly, "Ladies Make Some Noise Tour" 10/10/2009    Palace Performing Arts Center 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207   (518) 465-3334 Times: 8 pm R&B sung by Chicago Native R. Kelly, including "I Believe I Could Fly" and "Ignition." ******************************** Celtic Thunder 10/11/2009    Palace Performing Arts Center 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207   (518) 465-3334 Time: 7 pm  From rousing ensemble numbers to solos showcasing each members´ vocal style and personality, Celtic Thunder performs powerful ballads, popular hits, and heartwarming songs of love and loss from across the Celtic music spectrum. ******************************** Civil War Tour of Albany Rural Cemetery 10/11/2009 Albany Trolleys Departing from Albany Rural Cemetery Cemetery Avenue (off Broadway) Menands, NY 12204 Time: 1 p.m. Admission: $25.00 Historian Mark Bodnar guides this tour that weaves a tapestry of mlitary interest, genealogical research and local history. Reservations required at 518-462-3825. ******************************** USS Slater Navy Day - Hudson 400  10/13/2009    USS Slater DE-766   141 Broadway   Albany, NY 12202    (518) 431-1943 Times 10 am to 4 pm Celebrate the history and accomplishments of the United States Navy on board the USS Slater -- the only destroyer escort still afloat in America. Also open Wednesday through Sunday through November. ******************************** Fall Northeast Art & Craft Show 10/13/2009 - 10/15/2009   Northeast Show Promoters 12 Avis Drive Latham, NY 12110   (518) 786-1529    Times: 9 am - 3 pm   The Empire State Plaza boasts over 25 years of craft show history and Northeast Show Promoters is pleased to be a part of this tradition. ***************************** A Legend of Sleepy Hollow at NYSTI  - Hudson 400 10/16/2009 - 10/31/2009  New York State Theatre Institute 37 First Street Troy, NY 12180   (518) 274-3200 Times: Vary A headless skeleton is unearthed in Sleepy Hollow, reopening an old mystery and a few unsettled grievances. But trespassing into forbidden territory could reawaken something far more menacing. Attorney and former Vice President Aaron Burr enlists the help of a burgeoning man-of-letters, none other than Washington Irving, to bring order to the village and solve the rather curious phenomena. Set in early 19th century New York, a Legend of Sleepy Hollow celebrates the rich history of the time and region as part of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial observance. ****************************** Loretta LaRoche & Friends, Women in Comedy 10/16/2009  Palace Performing Arts Center 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207   (518) 465-3334 Time: 7:30 pm Admission: $25.00, $35.00, $50.00 With her trademark humor and practical wisdom, Loretta LaRoche shows you how to live a long, healthy, and juicy life by mastering your body and mind-before you lose them! She is joined by some of the hottest ladies in comedy including Kelly MacFarland (Comedy Central´s Laugh Riot and Premium Blend, NBC´s The Biggest Loser) and Mary Ellen Depetrillo Rinaldi. All $50 Gold Circle Tickets Include a Special Meet & Greet with Loretta LaRoche   ******************************** Henry Hudson Planetarium Saturday Star Shows 10/17/2009 Henry Hudson Planetarium In the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center 25 Quackenbush Square Albany, NY 12207 518-434-0405 Two shows on 10/17. 11 a.m.: Children's Show with an interactive program exploring the stars, planets, comets and constellation. Geared to children ages 3-7 and their families. Admission is $3. 1 p.m. General Audience. Albany Star Sighting, an interactive program with tools and techniques for becoming an amateur astronomer, Admission is $3. ******************************** Empire QuiltFest 2009 - Hudson 400 10/17/2009 - 10/18/2009      NEW LOCATION - Shenendehowa High School East  970 Route 146  Clifton Park, NY 12065  Times: Oct. 17th - 9am-4pm Oct. 18th - 10am-4pm Admission: Adults $6.00 | Children under 12, $3.00 This year, the Empire QuiltFest joins in the celebration of Henry Hudson historic voyage up the Hudson. The show aims to showcase how quilting can be a "voyage" of self-discovery, how studying antique quilts can lend insight into the lives of those who came before us, and learning about modern forms of quilting can teach us about ourselves and point to the future. *********** The Hudson River and America´s Transportation Revolution - Hudson 400    10/20/2009     University at Albany - University Hall 400 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12222     Times: 7:30 - 8:45 pm Admission: Free. David Hochfelder, Assistant Professor of History, UAlbany, will focus on the pivotal role of the Hudson River as a transportation corridor from the days of Britain and France vying for power in Colonial America to the new nation's expansion as a commercial powerhouse through the building of the interstate highway system after World War II. Hochfelder will discuss the Hudson during the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars, the Erie Canal era, and Albany's days as a rail center. He will also cover the importance of the Northway. Visit: .Grant support from the New York Council for the Humanities. ********* Albany, the River and the World - Hudson 400    10/22/2009     Albany Institute of History & Art {AIHA}   125 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12210   (518) 463-4478 Times: 6 - 7:15 p.m. Admission: Free. From fur trading to nanotechnology, Albany is a player on the world stage. Its strategic location on the upper Hudson made it a safe place for a state capital and a major gateway for commerce. The Hon. John J. McEneny, NYS Assemblymember (104th Assembly District) will tell the story of Albany, the river, and the world through the people and power brokers who define its place in history. Presented by UAlbany, Grant support from the New York Council for the Humanities. ********* Playing For Change 10/24/2009    The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223  518) 473-7773 Time: 7:30 pm Admission: $34.50, $28 Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The video phenomenon that brought together musicians around the globe on YouTube, is now touring as a live performance uniting musicians from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds -- offering a unique, uplifting cross cultural concert experience. ********************************* Symphony of Seasons  10/25/2009    A benefit for the Albany Symphony Orchestra Venue: Albany Country Club 300 Wormer Rd Voorheesville, NY 12186-9764  (518) 765-2851 Time: 4 pm Admission: $75 in advance | $85 at the door The Albany Symphony Orchestra invites you to save the afternoon of October 25th, 2009 to celebrate the seasons and to honor our Music Director, David Alan Miller. Join us at the Albany Country Club to sample foods prepared by the best chefs and restaurants in the Capital Region paired with wine by Joseph Carr Details at or call the Albany Symphony office at (518) 465-4755 for tickets and additional information. *********************************** Crailo State Historic Site Lecture Series - Hudson 400  10/25/2009    Crailo State Historic Site  9 1/2 Riverside Avenue Rensselaer, NY 12144   (518) 463-8738 Time: 2 pm Tom Lake will present the lecture, "Why Henry Hudson Did Not Discover the River." ********************************** Dangerous Waters: Pirates and Piracy on the Hudson, 1600-1928 - Hudson 400 10/27/2009  University at Albany - University Hall   1400 Washington Ave   Albany, NY 12222      Time: 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. at the UAlbany Main Campus, University Hall   Admission: Free. Gerald Zahavi, Professor of History, will survey the history of piracy on the river since Henry Hudson's exploration led to the river's growth as a major commercial conduit for Euro-American trade. Like all such corridors, the Hudson drew its share of plunderers. As local 17th-century Albany records noted, "Pirates in great numbers infest the Hudson River at its mouth and waylay vessels on their way to Albany. . . ." Zahavi will offer glimpses into the many colorful and sometimes violent individuals who transformed the river into "dangerous waters," even into the 20th century. Grant support from the New York Council for the Humanities. ********************************** Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, Jeffrey Gaines at The Egg  10/30/2009    The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223   (518) 473-7773 Times: 8 pm Admission: $22   Stephen Kellogg has successfully blended the insightfulness of the folk tradition, with modern-rock showmanship and considerable charm to develop an ever-growing and devoted following for his group, The Sixers. Soulful singer/songwriter Jeffrey Gaines opens the concert.     On-Going Events ********************************** Thru 1/3/2010 Hudson River Panorama: 400 Years of Historic Art and Culture Albany Institute of History and Art 125 Washington Ave.nue  Albany, NY 12210 (518) 463-4478 Times: Wed.-Sun. 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday, Noon-5 PM. Tuesday, Registered Groups only. Closed Monday and major holidays. Admission:  Adults $10| Seniors $8|. Students w/ID $8.| Children 6-12, $6 | Children under 6, free. This unprecedented, year-long exhibit commemorates Henry Hudson's 1609 exploration of the river that bears his name, and the remarkable narrative of the people, events and ideas that shaped the Capital Region. Features hundreds of artworks, artifacts and rare archival from the Institute's renowned collection.


********************************** Thru 10/25/2009 Bethlehem and the Hudson Art Show - Hudson 400  Cedar Hill Schoolhouse Museum 1003 River Road Selkirk, NY 12158  518-767-9432 Exhibit features Native American artifacts, ice harvesting, steam ships and other small industries on the Hudson.  ************************************ 1609 Exhibit -- Hudson 400 7/3/2009-3/31/2010 New York State Museum Cultural Education Center Madison Avenue Albany, NY (518) 474-5877 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. ************************************ Thru Oct. 31 Historic Tours of Albany Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys Departing from the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center 25 Quackenbush Square Albany, NY 12207 (518) 462-DUCK Departure times vary The Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys serve some very special tours and fun times as the City of Albany celebrates the 400th anniversary of its discovery by explorer, Henry Hudson. Many tours have a first-person narration by Henry Hudson re-enactors. ************************************* Thru 12/31/2009 Downtown Albany Bike Tour Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center 25 Quackenbush Square  Albany, NY 12207   (518) 434-0405  Two tours encompass downtown from Quackenbush Square to the New York State Capitol and Washington Park to the Empire State Plaza. Brochures available at Visitors Center. ***************************** Thru 10/31/2009 Sunday Mansion Tours Knickerbocker Historical Society Schaghticoke, NY 10154   (518) 459-5098 Times: Every Sunday from 11 am-3 pm


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