Saturday, July 07, 2007

Troy Doings: Midweek Farmers Market, RCHS Members Night, Movies, and Music

Troy's Weekday Farmers Market

Those who have been missing Troy's Wednesday Farmers Market -- located for years along the south side of the Uncle Sam Atrium (Broadway between Third and Fourth) -- will be pleased to know the market has been relocated to Riverfront Park. Although it is much smaller than the Saturday market, there will be 4-5 vendors with produce and other goods. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Wednesday through October. Be sure to check it out. FYI - for other farmers market days, times, and locations, check the listings in Metroland or the Times Union (online)...I think Watervliet has one in Hudson Shores park on Tuesday and one is located near Hudson Valley Community College on Thursdays.

Rensselaer County Historical Society Members' Night

The Rensselaer County Historical Society will be hosting its next Members' Night on Thursday, July 19th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Carr Building, 57 Second Street, Troy. Members (and their guests/"aspiring" members) are invited to enjoy fine wine, cheese, and informal but informative discussion of the late 1830s Howard-Hart Curtain Quarter Coach, a rare American made vehicle purchased in New York City by William and Rebecca Howard, parents of Betsey Howard Hart. With velvet seats, elaborate decorative trim and hardware, original lanterns and coat of arms on the doors, the Howard-Hart Coach is a stunning example of a high-style town coach. Only four of these coaches are known to survive and you will hear about the rediscovery and acquisition of this important piece of Troy history from Douglas G. Bucher, RCHS Board member and preservation architect and Stacy Pomeroy Draper, RCHS Curator.

The acquisition of the Howard-Hart Coach has provided RCHS with a wonderful opportunity to be able to use the vehicle to interpret both an aspect of family life at the Hart-Cluett House and discuss a wide range of themes related to Rensselaer County history, but it has also presented the organization with a complex preservation challenge. A detailed look at the Carriage House and the role it played in daily life will round out the evening. Refreshments will be served in the Courtyard of the Hart-Cluett House, weather permitting.

Members' Night is but one of the new members' benefits we plan for 2007 to increase the enjoyment of being part of RCHS. We hope to see you there, and we encourage you to bring a friend.

Little Italy's Cinema Under the Stars

Little Italy reports that this summer's first Cinema Under the Stars event was a success. Over 50 people (with their chairs in tow) enjoyed watching a young Anthony Quinn and Richard Basehart in Fellini's award winning movie "La Strada." Join Little Italy for the next movie, on Friday July 27th, 8:45 p.m., at the MarketPlace, Hill Street between Liberty and Washington, for Vittorio De Sica's "The Bicycle Thief." In case of rain the event will be held in the Gasholder House on Jefferson and Fifth.

FYI - This event is part of Troy Night Out, held on the last Friday of each month. Plan to spend the evening in Troy, browsing in shops and galleries, dining, listening to music, and watching a movie!

Troy Cinema & Visual Arts Group

The Troy Cinema & Visual Arts Group, which is a grass-roots group working to bring a movie venue back to downtown Troy, will be presenting "The Assassin," produced by local actor and producer, Kevin Craig West on Wednesday, July 18th at 7 p.m. in the Arts Center. For more information, check

Riverfront Park Concert Series

Collar City Live presents their summer concert series in River Front Park. Here is their schedule (in past years, folks have been known to picnic around the pavilion in the park).
  • Sun., July 8, 6PM - Georgie Wonders Big Band
  • Sun., July 15, 6PM - Nightingale
  • Sun., July 22, 6PM - Sonny & Perley “Brazilian Romance”
  • Sun., July 29, 6PM - Taineri – Latin night
  • Sun., Aug. 5, 6PM - The Lustre Kings - Rockabilly
  • Sun., Aug. 12, 6PM - Blind Mice
  • Sun., Aug. 19, 6PM - The Ron Cremisio Band
  • Sun., Aug. 26, 2PM - Take Me To The River Blues Fest (Featuring Danny Kalb)
And for the kids:
  • Wed., July 11, noon - Peter, Paul & George Family Dance
  • Wed., July 18, noon - Sensemaya for kids
  • Wed., July 25, noon - Tom Winslow
  • Wed., Aug. 1, noon - Ivy Vine Players
  • Wed., Aug. 8, noon - Cranberry the Clown
  • Wed., Aug. 15, noon - Tales ‘n& Tunes
  • Wed., Aug. 22, noon - Hamilton Hill Steel Drum Band
Other Music Outdoors

Powers Park Concert Series 2007 (Lansingburgh, 7 p.m.):
  • July 7 - Country Night: North 40 Band
  • July 14 - Billy Joel Tribute: Stormfront
  • July 21 - Neil Diamond Tribute - Al Bruno
  • July 28 - Classic Rock/Funk: Wylder
  • Aug 4 - More Classic Rock/Funk: Vehicle
  • Aug 11 - Spectacular 50s Night - The Greyhounds
  • Aug 18 - Classic Rock/Funk: Groov e syndicate
Rumor also has it that concerts will be held in Prospect Park, but I do not have details.

Osgood House/Garden Tour

And, last but not least, the Osgood Neighborhood of South Troy will be presenting its annual house and garden tour on July 14th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and the tour starts at 324 Third Street.

Of course, there's far more going on than I can include here, so check local newspapers, the city's web site (, and the Washington Park Association and Little Italy newsletters.