Lunch hour on the PlazaALBANY, N.Y. -- This June, Albany is Walking with Dinosaurs, welcoming the Miss New York State Pageant, enjoying outdoor concerts, and celebrating the rich history and recreational fun provided by the Hudson River. After 65 million years, the dinosaurs come to life in Walking with Dinosaurs at the Times Union Center. The 15 life-sized dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus Rex, promise a stunning theatrical event. With the backdrop of the historic Hudson River, Albany presents its ever-popular Alive at Five music series every Thursday in Riverfront Park.  On Father's Day, the 7th annual Pops Concert will feature The Albany Symphony Orchestra and The Broadway Boys along the Hudson's shore. As the Capital City continues the 400th anniversary of its discovery by Henry Hudson in 1609, river activities include the 6th Annual Canalway Trail Day, National Learn to Row Day and a welcoming of the ships and blessing of the fleet that includes the replica of Henry Hudson's Half Moon. From June 25-28, Albany is home to the 2009 Miss New York State Pageant at The Egg at the Empire State Plaza. For the most up-to-date information about these and other special events in Albany, plus information about cost-effective getaway packages, visit Alive at Five Free Concert Series  6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25 and Thursdays thru 8/13/2009  Contact: City of Albany Office of Special Events and Volunteer Services Office of Special Events City Hall Room 402 Albany, NY 12203   (518) 434-2032 Admission: Free. Alive at Five has kept downtown Albany's spirits high after work on Thursdays throughout the summer for 19 years. The stage comes alive with music from national, regional and local artists. Special Ground Rules in effect. ************************ Shear Madness 6/5/2009 - 6/28/2009  Capital Repertory Theatre 111 North Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207   (518) 462-4531 Times: Vary. Admission: Varies.  The longest running play in American Theatre history, this wacky whodunit is set in a hairstyling salon. **************************************** 2nd Annual Art on Lark - Hudson 400  6/6/2009  Lark Street BID 245 Lark St Albany, NY 12210  (518) 434-3861 Times: 10 am-5 pm  The Lark Street BID will be closing the street and moving the artists off the sidewalk and onto Lark Street! Artists, musicians, dance and theater performances **************************************** 6th Annual Canalway Trail Celebration  6/6/2009  Contact: Parks and Trails New York 29 Elk Street Albany, NY 12207  518-434-1583 The 6th Annual Canalway Trail Celebration coincides with National Trails Day. The event is designed to highlight the growing prominence of the Canalway and is sponsored by the New York State Canal Corporation in partnership with Parks & Trails New York and the Canalway Trails Association New York. *********************************** National Learn to Row Day - Hudson 400  6/6/2009  Albany Rowing Center Corning Preserve PO Box 857 Albany, NY 12201-0857 (518) 402-8976 Times: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm Admission: Free Supported nationally by the US Rowing Association and sponsored locally by Albany Rowing Center, the celebration includes learn-to-row workshops and community rowing challenge. Businesses, organizations, schools, and more are eligible to participate in the Community Challenge. Activities are free and open to the public. Contact Christina Dowd at or call *********************************** Crailo Presents a Special, Two-Part, 17th Century Dutch Concert Series - Hudson 400  6/7/2009 & 6/14/2009   Crailo State Historic Site   9 1/2 Riverside Ave Rensselaer, NY 12144   (518) 463-8738 Admission: TBA. Crailo presents a special 17th Century Dutch Concert Series in two parts Part I Sunday, June 7:  Music of the Dutch Golden Age by The Musicians of Ma'alwyck. A classical music concert presented on harpsichord, violin, cello and flute.  Part II Sunday, June 14: Dutch and Flemish Folk Music of the 1600s by The Bells and Motley Consort of Olden Music Proceeds from this event will help support 2009 programming at the historic site. **************************************** Trolley Tour: Gravesites of the First Dutch Settlers - Hudson 400  6/13/2009    Sponsored by Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys P.O. Box 446 Albany, NY 12201   (518) 462-DUCK Times: 10 am Join Albany Rural Cemetery Historian Peter Hess as we visit the gravesites and hear the stories of some of the first Dutch settlers: the Van Rensselaers, Schuylers, Bleekers, and others. Directions: Departing Albany Rural Cemetery, Cemetery Avenue Off Broadway (Route 32) Menands County: *************************************** Ships Arrive in Albany/Rensselaer - Hudson 400 River Day Schedule 6/13/2009   Hudson River - Albany Area on the river Albany, NY  Arrival: 12:30 pm (Approximate) departs Castleton at 11 am. Arrival in Albany/Rensselaer at 12:30 for final welcome and blessing of the fleet.  Half Moon in Albany. Clearwater and Onrust in Rensselaer.  From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Town of Schodack will have its Quadricentennial Celebration at Schodack Island State Park with exhibits, music, food and more as the fleet travels. ************************************* Walking with Dinosaurs  6/17/2009 - 6/21/2009  Times Union Center 51 S. Pearl St Albany, NY 12207   (518) 487-2000 Times and Admission: Wednesday - 7pm: $21.50, $31.50, $41.50, $51.50, $61.50 Thursday - 7pm; $31.50, $41.50, $51.50, $61.50 Friday - 7pm; $31.50, $41.50, $51.50, $61.50 Saturday - 11am, 3pm, 7pm; $31.50, $41.50, $51.50, $61.50 Sunday - 1pm, 5pm; $31.50, $41.50, $51.50, $61.50  After 65 million years, they're back! The award-winning BBC TV series, Walking with Dinosaurs, comes to life in a stunning theatrical event. Internationally renowned designers have worked with scientists to create 15 life-sized dinosaurs, including the terror of the ancient terrain, Tyrannosaurus-Rex. ************************************ 7th Annual Father´s Day Pops Concert - Hudson 400  6/21/2009  Albany Riverfront Park at the Corning Preserve Albany Riverfront Park Access via the Hudson River Way pedestrian bridge Albany, NY   (518) 434-2032 Times: 7pm-9pm Admission: FREE! Enjoy a concert along the banks of the Hudson River. Albany´s Annual Father´s Day celebration hosts a guest pianist Kevin Cole with the Albany Symphony Orchestra and David Alan Miller. ************************************ Gabriel Iglesias in Concert 6/21/2009 The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223   (518) 473-7773 Time: 7 pm Admission: $30 ************************************ Boz Scaggs in Concert 6/22/2009 The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223   (518) 473-7773 Time: 8 pm Admission: $96 | $66 | $56 ************************************ The 2009 Miss New York Pageant 6/25/2009 - 6/28/2009  The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223   (518) 473-7773 Times: 8 pm Thurs., Fri. and Sat.; 2:30 pm Sunday. Admission: $30 (advance), $40 (day of)) on Thurs., Fri. and Sat.; $50 (advance), $75 (day of) on Sun. Pageant Preliminary on Thursday and Friday. Outstanding Teen Show/Final on Saturday. Miss NY Final Competition on Sunday. ************************************* 29th Annual Old Songs Festival 6/26/2009 - 6/28/2009   Old Songs Community Art Center 37 South Main Street Voorheesville, NY 12186   (518) 765-2815 The Old Songs Festival is a family-friendly festival of folk, traditional, Celtic and world music and dance. Known for its relaxed atmosphere, interactive sessions and workshops, the festival also features a juried craft show, food and instrument vendors, and a children´s activity area. On-Going Very Special Tours with Henry Hudson at the Helm -- Hudson 400 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! ********************************** 2/7/2009 thru 1/3/2010 Hudson River Panorama: 400 Years of Historic Art and Culture 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 NYS Museum Cultural Education Center,  Empire State Plaza  Albany, NY  (518) 474-5877 Times: 9:30 am - 5 pm | Admission: Free. Beneath the streets of Albany, archeological finds provide a unique way of learning about the past.



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