May 2017:

Friends of Prospect Park Annual Hidden Garden Tour

Thursday, May 25, 4-7:30 pm
Register at Sage Parking Lot @ 1st & Division. $10.

Specials for 2017

Tour Map is your ticket for free refreshments at Carmen’s Café, 198 1st St, from 4-6.
Dinner benefit for Friends of Prospect Park at Carmen’s from 6-8:30. $38 prix fixe menu will be posted at Reservations recommended; call 518-326-2064.

Jackie Baldwin Celebration:
Save the date – June 19 – for the fundraiser for the Jackie Baldwin Memorial Scholarship. Details in the June issue & on the website. The City of Troy is declaring June 19 as Jackie Baldwin Day. Jackie lived on Washington Park, in Osgood & downtown. A superb chef & involved citizen, Jackie died last year. Generous, kind & full of energy, Jackie lived life to the fullest.

Earth Day Success
Thanks to our dedicated neighbors for attacking the debris in the alleys. Riverside, Little Italy, Historic Sage, Osgood & Washington Park are super clean right now! Keep it that way. Pick up litter and scoop the poop.

Happy Anniversary
Washington Park’s Tom & Ellen Sinopoli celebrate another year of togetherness.

Happy birthday to Lauren Pinsley, Peter Grimm, Jim Martin, Ellen Sinopoli, Mary Muller, John Pattison, Daphne Hobbs, Gene Waugh, Sonny Loomis, Angie Wright, Sugi Dansereau.

Tours in May
HVCC Center for Creative Retirement Annual Tour of Washington Park – May 16 @ 10-12:30.

Woof, Woof
Your dog’s barking may be music to your ears, but it isn’t to your neighbors. Please remember that neighbors are using their yards & that windows are open.

TMI Studios, 137 2nd St
Welcome to Publication Studio (Patrick Kiley), Flower Scout (Colie Collen), Madison LaVallee (sculptor), Luke Stoddard Nathan (freelance journalist). They do book-making, floral design, sculpture, & journalism.

Positive Press/Media Darlings
The Alt gave Carmen’s Café a rave review for its Cuban-inspired menu. A big cheer for Jim Lewis’s renovation.

School Board Elections and Budget Vote – May 16 from 7 am to 8 pm
Our future depends on the brains of our kids. Vote @ 475 1st is a polling site.

Neighborhood Watch/LI
3rd Wed of every month @ 6/7 pm. ICC

2nd Tuesday of every month.
6-7, TAUM, 392 Second

2nd Wed of every month @ 6:30-7:30, Troy Public Library

Thanks to Johnny Hall & Shira Rubin for support. Our activities depend on your support.

Website Update
Please check out the website – – to be sure your postings are up to date.

Apartments, Etc.
WANTED: Room to Rent (or apartment to share)
Single man downsizing his living space, looking to rent a room in an owner-occupied residence for long term.  He liked his first apartment in Troy & stayed there for 6 years.  That’s why an owner-occupied vs. a roommate in a rented apartment is preferable. That said, he would consider a roommate situation if the circumstances were right. Last roommate experience was good, it just ended too soon. Can go as high as $500/month/inclusive depending on the amenities. Do you have an empty or extra room? Think about it. Peter is a quiet person, a proud Troy booster, a concerned volunteer.  Preferred location is Downtown Troy but he would consider any of Troy’s beautiful neighborhoods home! Call/text 368-6687 or email

Goods, Services, Help

Used Book Sale
The Park’s Susan Taylor will be selling used books on Memorial Day outside of Market Block Books from 10 am—3 pm. Lots of good books! Come out & stock up for summer reading.

What a Racket!
Troy Tennis Association wants people 18 years & older -Tennis opportunities for all levels. TTA Programs begin on Tues, May 2, with Drop-In Doubles for Women/Men combination of Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles & Mixed Doubles). So please come out & join the group!

Clinics will be instructed by Carol & Joe Pillsworth. Clinics are included with $30 member-ship. Annual fee is $30.
Where: Prospect Park
When: May thru October

Check out the schedule for senior & beginners clinics, drop-in doubles & more at the TTA website as well as the WPA site. Our neighbors Hannelore Wilfert & Heather Hamlin are have their eyes on the ball.

Flower Scout CSA
Flower Scout, 137 2nd St, is back for 2017; sign-ups are open now. For less than $13 per week, members receive:
Flowers for 14 weeks (6/22 through Sept 21)
Weekly pick-up hang-out, on Thurs, at Flower Scout studio
Reminder email on Wednesdays
14 nifty newsletters, with garden updates, musings, list of the flowers in your share
Invitation to a special garden party in the Flower Scout lot
Various semi-planned surprise goodies, which may include homemade elderflower spritzers, a playlist, poppy seeds, and cider donuts
You can find more info, and sign up for a share, at, or email with any questions.

Going to the Dogs
Paula of Henry Loves Betty pet store, 195 River St, now offers dog walking & pet (dog & cat, etc) services! Paula can be reached at

The Alamo is Open for Trash
From June to Nov, every third Saturday of the month from 7:30 am to noon. At the Alamo, residents may dispose of yard waste, tires ($1 per tire) & bulk trash (furniture, carpets, etc.). No regular garbage, recycling or hazardous waste accepted

Kids & Adults at the Troy Public Library, 100 2nd St
Call 274-7071 to register.
All programs are free.
Medieval Party – Tues, 5/4 @ 6:30 for ages 3-10. Register.
Big 3: Resumes, Cover Letters & Interviews. Wed, 5/3 @ 6
May the 4th Party – Thurs, 5/4 @ 4. Ages 6+
Pottery Workshop – Wed, 5/17 & 24 @ 6.
Many more offerings – see the TPL website & support your local library.
Figure Drawing Open Studio
Osgood’s Armando Soto teaches on Sat, 5/6 @ 1-4 @ Arts Center. $22 member.


Troy Night Out – May 26
Downtown Troy at its finest. The last Friday of the month from 5 to 9.

 30th Annual Spring Brunch To Benefit Capital Roots
Sun, May 7 @ 10-2 @ Empire State Plaza Convention Center
This is the best brunch by far! Proceeds support all Capital Roots’ programs. Be There!

Albany Pro Musica
The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace – EMPAC, Sat, 5/6 @ 7:30. Call 273-0038 for tkts to this timely portrayal of the growing menace of war.

Troy Music Hall
The Wailin’ Jennys – Thu, 5/4 @ 7:30
Kingston Trio – Fri, 5/12 @ 7:30
Call 273-0038 for tkts.

ArtsCenter, 265 River St:

Fence Show Salon
May 18-July 2 @ 1st Floor Galleries

Thurs, May 4 & 18 @ 7-10

Thurs, May 11 @ 7-10
Both at Carmen’s, 198 1st St

Troy 100 Forum – May 16
5:30-8:30 @ Bush Memorial
RSVP to Francesca LoPorto @ 271-7000.

Troy Chromatics Concert
Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio; May 7 @ 3 pm @ Troy Music Hall
Rachmaninoff: Trio éligiaque No. 1 in G minor
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op.67
Tchaikovsky: Trio in A minor, Op. 50

Arts Center Annual Gala – May 17 @ 5:30-9 @ 265 River Street
An evening of delicious food & drink, sparkling conversation & floor-to-ceiling art. Honoring Tom Nardacci & the Troy Innovation Garage. Call 273-0552 for tkts.

Sage Theatre Institute
Freckleface Strawberry
May 31 – June 11.
More events & details at

Troy Music Hall Music at Noon, Free
Tues, May 9 @ noon. Free.
Findlay Cockrell

Troy Farmers Market – Summer Outside Beginning May
The Troy Market in its outdoor location – River Street. Every Saturday from 9 to 2!

Troy BID
Troy Business Improvement District website tells you all you need to know about the downtown scene. We can all walk to the food options (& there are more everyday), shopping & entertainment. Use the website to plan your days & evenings.


June Picnic in the Park Ellen Sinopoli Dance Co Gala, Renaissance Albany Hotel, 144 State StThe Circle of Creativity – Create, Collaborate Educate, Partner – Sat, June 10 @ 6-10. $135 pp. Call 408-1341 for tkts.

All the News & Then Some

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 Happy Spring!