Time for Tulip Festival, Concerts, and History That Comes to Life


ALBANY, N.Y. --  New York's Capital City is ablaze with color in May as more than 200,000 tulips break into bloom to create the backdrop for the 61st Annual Tulip Festival and a wealth of special events. The Tulip Festival, from May 8 through May 10,  begins with the Dutch tradition of scrubbing State Street and  includes the crowning of the Tulip Queen and fabulous entertainment in historic Washington Park. Albany ‘s Times Union Center welcomes Bruce Springsteen, Yanni and  the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. The Palace Theatre hosts 100 Voices -- a special tribute to the Hudson 400 celebration -- and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Downtown Albany hosts its very popular spring Restaurant Week with specially priced meals at numerous restaurants. Albany's history runs deep and is widely celebrated throughout the month. The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center hosts a four-day History Fair and Living History Day takes place at Ten Broeck Mansion. Throughout the month, the USS Slater is open to the public and the Albany Aqua Ducks have historic tours with Henry Hudson re-enactors serving as guides.  For the most up-to-date information about these and other events in New York's Capital City, plus information about special overnight packages, visit Sweet Moms at Park Playhouse  4/30/2009  - 5/2/2009  Washington Park Lake House Enter at New Scotland and Madison Avenues Albany, NY 12203  (518) 434-5080 or 5090 Times: Thurs. 4/30/09 @ 7:30pm Fri. 5/1/09 @ 8pm Sat. 5/2/09 @ 8pm Keri Behan, Judi Merriam, and Benita Zahn sing songs of Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Cook, & Margaret Whiting.  Bring your Mom and celebrate Mother´s Day early with a night of singing and dancing to the songs made famous by three of the greatest American female voices. *********************** The Philadelphia Story   4/24/2009 - 5/3/2009  New York State Theatre Institute 37 First Street Troy, NY 12180   (518) 274-3200 Times: Vary Admission: Varies. Recommended for ages 13 and up. The honor of your presence is requested at the marriage of the lovely but spoiled Tracy Lord of the three eligible men who are all on the scene at her parents´ elegant home outside of Philadelphia. There´s her current fiancé,  her new crush and her ex-husband. ******************************** * Vanguard Designer Showhouse 2009 4/27/2009  - 5/17/2009  Location: 7 Hills Road, Loudonville. Sponsored by Vanguard/Albany Symphony Orchestra Times: Note: Closed on Mondays! Tues. and Fri.. 10:30am-3:30pm. Wed. and Thurs. 10:30am-7pm.  Sat. 10:30am-5pm, Sun. noon-5pm Admission: $18.00; group rates, call 518-273-2081.  "Rhapsody in Green" a Contemporary Home in Harmony with the Environment" at 7 Hills Road, Loudonville, NY. Lunch in cafe: Tues. - Fri. catered by Old Daley Inn. Please call for reservations, 518-724-0357. ************************ Boston Marriage  4/24/2009  - 5/17/2009  Capital Repertory Theatre 111 North Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207   (518) 462-4531 Times: Vary. Admission: Varies From David Mamet, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Glengarry Glen Ross and American Buffalo, comes this devastatingly funny and fiercely clever comedy . Boston Marriage chronicles the exploits of a pair of wildly witty female Victorian-era companions. *************************** Sing-a-Long Sound of Music 5/1/2009  Palace Performing Arts Center 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207  (518) 465-3334 Time: 7 pm Admission: Adult $25 | Child $12.50 The Sing-a-Long Sound of Music is the classic Julie Andrews film in glorious, full-screen Technicolor complete with lyric subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! This fun-filled event will be hosted by Charmian Carr (Liesl in the original motion picture) and will include a costume competition and lots of audience interaction!  ***************************** 1st Friday in Albany 5/1/2009 Starting at Upstate Artists Guild 247 Lark Street Albany, NY (518) 426-3501 Times: 5-8 p.m. Admission: Free. Board the Albany Trolley and visit numerous gallery openings, one-night shows, local shops and restaurants.  *********************************** * Albany History Fair -- Hudson 400 5/1/2009-5/4/2009 Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center & Henry Hudson Planetarium 25 Quackenbush Square Albany, NY 12207 (518) 434-0405 The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center celebrates 400 years of history in four days. Exhibits, music, demonstrations and more at the Visitors Center. On May 1, the Visitors Center is part of 1st Friday Albany with special displays and the presentation of the 7th Annual Sense of Place Awards. On May 2, the Planetarium has free admission and special activities and programs in conjunction with the Dudley Observatory in celebration of National Astronomy Day. May 3: Historic Cherry Hill Tour of Planned Restorations (reservations at 518-434-4791);  Ten Broeck Mansion Open House. May 4: Walking Tulip Tour in Washington Park, reservations at 518-434-0405. ***************************** Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus 5/2/2009-5/10/2009 Times Union Center 51 S. Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207 Times: Vary. Admission: Varies. The Greatest Show on Earth presents the 136th Edition, Over the Top. ***************************** * The Stars of 1609 - Hudson 400 5/2/2009    New York State Museum Cultural Education Center 3023 Cultural Education Center Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12230   (518) 474-5877 Times: 2 & 3 pm Admission: Free. In celebration of National Astronomy Day, we'll peer through the ages to see the night sky as it looked to Henry Hudson and his crew in 1609. Admission is free and tickets are located at the Main Lobby Desk. Please note: The program may not be relevant to children under age 5. ******************************** Living History Day at Ten Broeck Mansion  5/2/2009  Albany County Historical Association-Ten Broeck Mansion 9 Ten Broeck Place Albany, NY 12210-2524   (518) 436-9826 Times: Noon to 4pm Admission: Free Tours of the Mansion, exhibits, performances, re-enactors, pony rides, & more.  ******************************** Restaurant Week 2009 in Downtown Albany 5/3/2009  - 5/9/2009  Organizer: Downtown Albany BID 522 Broadway Albany, NY 12207  518) 465-2143 Don´t miss your chance to experience multi-course meals at some of the region´s greatest dining establishments! Explore downtown Albany, the perfect place to wine and dine! ********************************* Champagne on the Park  5/7/2009  Sponsor: Lark Street BID 245 Lark St Albany, NY 12210   (518) 434-3861 Times: 6-9pm Celebrate Lark Street under the stars with fine champagne, delicious food, live music, and dancing in the Tulip beds of Washington Park. Step back to the 1970s and disco the night away! ********************************* * 61st Annual Tulip Festival - Hudson 400   5/8/2009  - 5/10/2009   Organized 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 Times: Friday: Street Scrubbing and Luncheon • Noon Friday: Music in the Park • 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Saturday: Royal Tulip Ball • 6:30pm (518-388-9240) Saturday and Sunday: Vendors, food, music and more • 11:00am - 6:00pm, Washington Park Admission: Albany Tulip Festival is FREE & open to the public (Fee for luncheon and ball). The 61st Annual Albany Tulip Festival, a highly anticipated spring tradition, continues when over 200,000 tulip bulbs blossom into a sea of colors just in time for this Mother's Day celebration in Washington Park. Historic events take place annually, including the street scrubbing on State Street, the tradition of the Tulip Queen Coronation, Tulip Queen and Court Luncheon and Royal Tulip Ball. Friday evening starts the weekend with music in Washington Park. On Saturday and Sunday the popular wellness garden will be available. Saturday and Sunday will host the added excitement of children's activities, craft vendors, delicious food and multiple stages with nationally acclaimed musical performances. Saturday afternoon features the crowning of the Albany Tulip Queen. ******************************* * 100 Voices - Hudson 400  5/9/2009   Palace Theatre 19 Clinton Ave Albany, NY 12207   (518) 465-4755 Time: 7:30 pm Admission: Varies. The Albany Symphony's last concert of the season features composer Daron Hagenâ Ts Choral Symphony, Symphony No. 4: River Music which is inspired by Henry Hudson´s encounters with the Native Peoples of the region. The composition features Albany Pro Musica and still photography of the river by leading regional photographers. ********************************* Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company 5/9/2009 The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-7773 Time: 8pm Admission: Adult $24 | Senior $20 | $12 Child The Capital Region's foremost modern dance company explores the world of jazz and improvisation. ********************************* Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: 50th Anniversary Tour Palace Theatre Gala Event 5/12/2009  Palace Performing Arts Center 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207  (518) 465-3334 Time: 7:30pm Admission: $100, $85, $75 & $55. Join the celebration as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, America's cultural ambassador to the world, marks its 50th anniversary of bringing African-American cultural expression and the American modern dance tradition to the world's stages. ********************************* Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band  5/14/2009  Times Union Center  51 S Pearl St Albany, NY 12207  (518) 487-2000 Time: 7:30pm Admission: $97.00 | $67.00 ********************************* Yanni - Voices Live in Concert  5/15/2009  Times Union Center 51 S Pearl St Albany, NY 12207   (518) 487-2000 Admission: $74.50 | $49.50 | $25.00 ******************************* Mel Brooks´ The Producers   5/15/2009 - 5/31/2009  Cohoes Music Hall 58 Remsen Street  Cohoes, NY 12047   (518) 237-5858 Times: 3pm and 8pm The Producers sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends. ********************************* The David Bromberg Big Band, Angel Band 5/15/2009 The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-7773 Time: 8pm Admission: $29.50 Multi-instrumentalist David Bromberg reunites with his "big band" for a joy ride through acoustic and electric blues, bluegrass, folk, rock and R&B music. The vocal ensemble Angel Band opens the concert. ********************************* Natalie MacMaster 5/16/2009 The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-7773 Time: 7:30pm Admission: $28.00 The fiddle and dance sensation from Cape Breton returns with her electrifying show. ********************************* Trolley Tour: Titanic and Other Steamboat Disasters - Albany Rural Cemetery 5/23/2009  Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys P.O. Box 446 Albany, NY 12201   (518) 462-DUCK Time: 10 am Admission: $25 Departing: Albany Rural Cemetery, Cemetery Avenue (off Route 32), Menands Join Albany Rural President Peter Hess as he tells the tales of people who met tragic fates aboard some of the world´s most famous steamboats ******************************** * USS Slater - Hudson 400  5/25/2009   USS Slater DE-766 141 Broadway Albany, NY 12201   (518) 431-1943 Times: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Commemorate Memorial Day by visiting the USS Slater, the only destroyer escort afloat in America. *************************************** * Memorial Day Parade - Hudson 400  5/25/2009    Town of Bethlehem  Bethlehem Town Hall 445 Delaware Ave  Delmar, NY 12054   (518) 439-4955  Step Off: 1 pm  Remember the sacrifice and celebrate the service of our veterans, Bethlehem people have served from the Revolution through the Civil War, through World Wars and Gulf Wars. Route winds through streets of Delmar, finishing at Veteran´s Memorial Park on Delaware Ave. ************************************* Coldplay 5/27/2009  Saratoga Performing Arts Center 108 Avenue of the Pines Saratoga Springs, NY 12866   (518) 584-9330 Time: 7:30 pm Admission: Varies. Recently awarded three Grammys for their latest album, Viva La Vida, Coldplay is bringing their acclaimed Viva La Vida tour to SPAC.  ************************  Freihofer´s Run for Women  5/31/2009  Empire State Plaza Sponsored by: Freihofer´s Run for Women 233 Fourth Street Troy, NY 12180   518-273-5552 Times: 7am-2pm A women only 5k race featuring elite, Olympic level and recreational runners. Also includes a Community Walk and Run for kids at the Empire State Plaza. On-Going Events * Very Special Tours with Henry Hudson at the Helm Thru 10/31/2009  Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys   P.O. Box 446   Albany, NY 12201   (518) 462-DUCK Hop aboard a duck or a trolley to find out about Henry's amazing discovery! Departing from the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center at Quackenbush Square. ******************************** 2/7/2009 thru 1/3/2010 * Hudson River Panorama: 400 Years of Historic Art and Culture Location: Albany Institute of History and Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210 (518) 463-4478 information 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 12/31/2009 * Beneath the City: An Archaeological Perspective of Albany - Hudson 400 Location: NYS Museum Cultural Education Center, Empire State Plaza, Albany (518)474-5877 Times: 9:30am -  pm Admission: Free. Beneath the streets of Albany, archeological finds provide a unique way of learning about the past.


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