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Current Newsletter (December 2013)
Elegant row houses, once the homes of Gilded Age magnates, surround Washington Park in Troy, New York. Laid out in 1840, the Park is one of only two privately owned urban ornamental parks in the United States. Troy's location, at the meeting of the Erie Canal and the Hudson River, made it an industrial center in the late nineteenth century. Its houses imitated the fashionable homes of the wealthy in New York City so well that parts of downtown Troy and Washington Park provided the "old New York" backdrop in Martin Scorcese's Age of Innocence.
Explore this site to find information on the history of Troy's Washington Park neighborhood, home restoration resources, and our Real Estate list (homes for sale and rental links). See the local Classifieds for interesting items for sale, a wide variety of Services offered by area businesses and practitioners, and a list of fresh, local Dining options. Looking for something interesting to do or just want to learn more about Troy? Check out our Calendar of area events, and Troy, NY News. If you are interested in finding out more about the Washington Park Association, or its affiliate group, the Friends of Washington Park, please contact us; one of our volunteers will be happy to respond to your inquiry. Thank you for your interest in Troy's Historic Washington Park!
Please help the Contemporary Artists Center save the Woodside Church in South Troy and open these wonderful structures to the public! The CAC has received a $15,000 matching grant from the Howard and Bush Foundation, and has launched an online campaign to match the grant. You can donate now via their website below - great prizes available, from original artwork by CAC artists to candlelit dinners in the church. Please help today!
Jewels of the Sea at Discovery Hall, 420 Second Street
A phenomenal collection of more than 800 species and 1000 variations of seashells and sea creatures of the ocean.
$2 adults; Kids 12 and up $1; kids 11 and under free
- Sat, June 22 from 10 - 4
- Sun, June 23 from Noon - 4
Parent and Child Drawing Experience
Sun, June 23 12:30-2:30
Taught by Armando Soto, local artist and teacher
$15 per parent & child team
Call 518-272-4766 to register
New Wine Bar on Second Street
Downtown residents Vic Christopher & Heather LaVine have finally opened the Charles F. Lucas Confectionery & Wine Bar at 12 Second Street. The tastefully redone wine bar is open 7 days a week & features wine & desserts by Sweet Sues. Vic & Heather love it so much they live above the store! Stop in; you'll like it, too.
Free After-School Music, Art & Dance Program
St. Paul’s Music & Art School offers free classes in music and art to children (ages 6-11) in an after-school, community outreach program. Music students in the program are instructed in Music Theory, Vocal Training, Ensemble, Performance and Percussion. Students also give performances throughout the year, mainly at St. Paul’s Church. Art and dance instruction is given regularly at the school as well. The classes meet every Thursday from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, as well as on Sunday mornings. September through May. All classes and materials are provided free of charge to all students. A snack/meal is also provided to the students every Thursday, free of charge. For more information, please visit www.stpaulsmusicschool.org or call the director, Brian Hoffman at 518.281.9349.
More future pets need placement. Two ready to go young females – friendly, healthy, spayed. Also 1 adult black male, 1 adult female calico. Call Lynn at 274-6434.
RACE Opens at Capital Rep Theatre
Regional Premiere of the David Mamet gripping play, RACE, at Capital Rep, 111 North Pearl Street, Albany. The Park’s acclaimed actor, Kevin Craig West, stars as Henry Brown in the play which tackles America’s most controversial topic with brilliant language. Premiers January 11 and runs Tuesday-Sunday thru February 10. Opening night is January 15. You may purchase tickets at 445-7469 or on their website.
Kevin was last seen in Cap Rep’s production of To Kill A Mockingbird. In addition to his numerous acting credits, Kevin is also president of Upstate Independents (filmmakers) and director/creator of several films. Break a leg, Kevin!
SidBuilds: We Build Community!
SidBuilds offers Energy Efficienct Building Renovations, Quality Hand Crafted Furniture, and Community Development Activities. SidBuilds is located at 384 Second Street in Troy, NY. Questions? Contact Sid Fleisher at 518-272-1944.