Things To Do This Spring – Albany County

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This is the second of my “Things To Do This Spring” blog series. In this entry, you will find lots of activities for the whole family happening in Albany between March and June of 2018. Get those calendars out and mark the dates of the events that interest you the most!

2018 MAAC Basketball Championships
Where: Times Union Center – 51 Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12207
When: March 1st – March 5th
Admission: Varies
Further info: Visit – http://www.timesunioncenter-albany.com/maac-championships-2018

Come and watch the top college teams battle it out on the court! Both men and women will compete for the 2018 Championship at the Times Union Center in Albany. Please visit their website for session schedules and game times.

 

Warmth Of Winter
Hosted By: Colonie Senior Service Centers
Where: Wolferts Roost Country Clun – 120 Van Rensselaer Blvd, Albany, NY 12204
When: Thursday, March 1st  5:30p – 8:30p
Admission: $65
Further info: Call – (518) 459-2857  X304

The Warmth of Winter is a craft beer and wine tasting event hosted by the Colonie Senior Service Centers to benefit Umbrella of the Capital Region, an organization working to support seniors who wish to stay in their homes but need a little help. The event brings together the community for a fun night of tastings, food pairings, and silent and live auctions. The live auction will feature Benita Zahn as the emcee. It’s a fun evening for a great cause!
Hannaford MAAC N’ Cheese Fest
Where: Albany Capital Center – 55 Eagle St, Albany, NY
When: Friday, March 1st – 4p – 6:30p
Admission: $8         Craft Beer Tasting Tickets (additional): $5
Further info: Call – (518) 383-6183  Visit – http://www.albanyfanfest.com/

Enjoy the 3rd Annual Hannaford MAAC N’ Cheese Fest at the Albany Capital Center. Running alongside the MAAC Basketball Basketball Championships, this fun event will have samples of delicious mac and cheese from local Albany restaurants including Angelo’s 677 Prime, City Beer Hall, and Wolff’s Biergarten. If you are 21 or over, you can also purchase tickets for the craft beer and wine tasting, find the perfect pairing or mac n’ cheese and your favorite libation. Plus, enjoy the semi-final round of I Love New York 3-on3 MAAC Corporate Basketball Challenge, where local companies battle it out on the court. There’s also lots to do for the family with entertainment, activities, and lively performances from pep bands and spirit squads in the MAAC Fan Zone, presented by Pioneer Bank.

 

2018 Hannaford Kidz Expo
Where: Empire State Plaza
When: Saturday, March 3rd – 10a – 5p
Admission: Free
Further info: Call: (518) 474-4759  Visit: https://www.albany.com/event/hannaford-kidz-expo-30286/

The 13th Annual Hannaford Kidz Expo has returned. Enjoy a day of fun for the whole family! For the kids, there are tons of activities, arts and crafts, performances, character visits and more. For the parents, there will be info on anything and everything having to do with kids; summer camps, dance studios, college savings, and much, much more. Plus, The Octonauts will be there with an entertaining and interactive performance.

 

68th Annual Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Where: Albany, NY
When: Saturday, March 17th – 2p
Admission: Free
Further Info: http://www.albanystpatricksdayparade.com/

Come and join the community of New York’s capital city in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day! Visit their website for all of the details, parade swag, and more!

 

“A Magical Evening” to Benefit Double H Ranch
Where: Albany Capital Center – 55 Eagle St, Albany, NY 12207
When: Thursday, March 22nd – 5:30p – 9:30p
Admission: Varies
Further info: Call: (518) 696-5676   Visit: https://www.doublehranch.org/special-events/magical-evening/

Fun entertainment, delicious food, and an exciting live auction make up a wonderful, magical evening to benefit the camps and programs of the Double H Ranch. The evening includes a cocktail hour and sit-down dinner with food from Mazzone Hospitality, interactive camp stations, performances from the Double H campers with Garland Nelson and Soul Session, and exciting items will be up for grabs during the live auction.

 

9th Annual Mac-N-Cheese Bowl
Where: Marcelle Athletic Complex – Siena College – 518 Loudon Rd, Albany, NY 12211
When: Saturday, March 24th – 11a – 2p
Admission: Adults – $20    Kids 5-12 – $5    Kids under 5 are free
Further info:  Email: joslynm@regionalfoodbank.net Visit: https://regionalfoodbank.net/event/timesunion-comtable-hopping-mac-n-cheese-bowl/

Over 2 dozen local restaurants will compete for your votes in the 9th Annual Mac-N-Cheese Bowl! Sample delicious mac-n-cheese from local favorites including Allie B’s Cozy Kitchen, Albany Pump Station, Browns Brewery, Longfellows, Mazzone Hospitality, Slidin’ Dirty, Wheatfield’s Bistro & Wine Bar and many, many more. Plus, the competition for home cooks will include kid-chefs, ages 8 to 13, showing off their culinary talents. Enjoy a delicious fun-filled Saturday to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

 

Ice Breaker Challenge 5k by Albany Rowing Center
Where: Hudson River Corning Preserve – 16112 Mohawk Hudson Hike Bike Trail,
Albany, NY 12207
When: Saturday, March 31st – 9a-12p
Admission: Until March 24th: $25, Race-day: $30, kids run free
Further info: https://www.albanyrowingcenter.org/ice_breaker_challenge.php

The Ice Breaker Challenge 5K is a fun, unique event, putting runners and walkers up against rowers! Runners and walkers of all ages will challenge rowers from the Albany Rowing Center on land, while rowers will try to beat runners/walkers in the water of the Hudson River. Runners/walkers of all ages are encouraged to pretend this fun, early spring event!

 

Albany Craft Beer Week 2018
Where: Various locations throughout Albany, NY
When: Monday, April 2nd – Saturday, April 7th
Albany Craft Beer Festival 2018
Where: Washington Avenue Armory – 195 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
When: Saturday, April 7th – Two sessions: 12p-3p or 4p-7p
Admission: $65
Further info: https://www.albanycraftbeerweek.com/

Enjoy the wonderful city of Albany while enjoying wonderful craft beer! During Craft Beer Week there will be features throughout the city, culminating in the Craft Beer Festival held at the Washington Avenue Armory. Sample over 150 brews that are sure to get your taste-buds going. Plus, enjoy food from City Beer Hall, Lost & Found, and Madison Pourhouse, while you enjoy music from Graham Tichy and The New Lowdown. For a full list of beers, dates, and locations please visit the ALB.CBW.2018 link above.

 

Empire State Comic Con
Where: Albany Capital Center – 55 Eagle St, Albany, NY 12207
When: Friday, April 6th, 3-9p; Saturday, April 7th, 10a-7p; Sunday, April 8th, 10a-5p
Admission: Varies – please see website
Further info: https://www.escomiccon.com/

The largest pop-culture convention in the Capital Region is coming! The Empire State Comic Con rolls into town on Friday, April 6th for a weekend of fun. This 3-day event features celebrities from tv, movies, and cartoons, meet-and-greets and photo ops with artists and celebrities, a kids con, portfolio reviews, cosplay contest for adults and kids, toys and collectibles for sale, and much, much more. Come down for a weekend of fun!

 

Mother-To-Be & Baby Boom Expo
Where: Albany Marriott Hotel – 189 Wolf Rd, Albany, NY 12205
When: Wednesday, April 11th – 5p-8p
Admission: Free
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/391580081254577/?active_tab=about

All things baby! Calling all moms, dads, grandparents… All family members are welcome to attend the expo and enjoy great exhibits, vendors, prizes, raffles and much much more. Expectant parents can pre-register and will be entered into a drawing for a special gift. For complete details please visit the Facebook event page provided above. There are instructions on how to pre-register if you wish to.

 

Annual Mindful Mile and Fight Hunger 5k
Where: University at Albany – 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222
When: Saturday, April 14th – 8a-11a
Admission: $5 – $25
Further info: https://ualbanydining.com/community/mindful-mile-5k.html

The Mindful Mile and Fight Hunger 5k is in its 4th year of spreading awareness while collecting funds to fight against obesity and hunger. The event was designed to focus on these serious health problems that can exist in the same families, community, and even individuals. Through the walk, funds are raised to help support St. Vincent’s Food Pantry and The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. Help to fuel a movement with Sodexho and the University at Albany Dining Team!

 

Albany Job Fair
Where: Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites – 400 Old Louden Rd, Latham, NY 12110
When: Wednesday, April 18th – 9a-4:30p
Admission: Free
Further info: http://www.albanyjobfair.com/

The Albany Job Fair is set to feature 50+ local companies looking to hire! They will be conducting on-the-spot interviews and have representatives available to tell you more about available positions and company culture. There will be lots of networking, speakers, workshops, and Google Marketing Seminars too! Stop by and find your dream job, enhance your skills, and see great local businesses hiring right here in the Capital Region. Remember to bring your printed resume!

 

A Taste of Albany
Where: New York State Museum – Terrace Gallery – 222 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12230
When: Thursday, May 3rd
Admission: Varies
Further info:   Call – (518) 434-8021      Visit – https://501auctions.com/atasteofalbany

Dozens of local Albany restaurants will present delicious creations in a culinary extravaganza. A Taste of Albany, to benefit the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH), will feature food from Cider Belly Doughnuts, Druther’s Brewing Co., The Ginger Man, Honest Weight Food Co-op, New World Bistro Bar, Soul Kitchen, and The Melting Pot. Plus, there will be great entertainment, auctions, and more! Sample delicious culinary creations from local restaurants and support the services and programs of IPH. Remember to “Crave the Date!”

 

Capital Roots’ 31st Annual Spring Brunch
Where: Empire State Plaza – South Mall Arterial – Albany, NY 12210
When: Sunday, May 6th – 9a-2p
Admission: $25
Further info: Visit – https://www.capitalroots.org/upcoming-events/spring-brunch/ 
Email Kyle at events@capitalroots.org

An annual event for 31 years, the Capital Roots’ Spring Brunch is a highly attended and exciting event. Enjoy a buffet-style brunch from more than 100 food and beverage vendors. There are activities for kids provided by the Scotia-Glenville Children’s Museum and Emma Willard School. Plus, an enormous silent auction with amazing items from hundreds of donors!

 

70th Annual Albany Tulip Festival
Where: Washington Park, Albany, NY
When: May 12th and May 13th
Admission: Free
Further info: https://www.albany.org/things-to-do/events-calendar/annual-events-and-festivals/the-69th-annual-albany-tulip-festival/

A signature spring event for Albany, showcasing its rich Dutch heritage, it’s the 70th Annual Tulip Festival! The festival features more than 150,000 tulips, in many different varieties and colors, creating a beautiful blanket of color. In addition, almost a fine art show, fine art and craft vendors, several stages of live musical entertainment, children’s activities, and delicious food. It is a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend celebration, with something for the whole family!

 

16th Annual Polish Fest
Where: Blessed Virgin Mary of Czestochowa Church – 250 Old Maxwell Rd, Latham 12110
When: Friday, June 1st – 4p-9p
Saturday, June 2nd – 12p-9p
Sunday, June 3rd – 12p-6p
Admission: $5 per day – Take $1 off with your Price Chopper Advantage Card
Children 12 & Under – Free    Sunday Only – 62 & up free for Senior Sunday
Further info: http://www.polishfest-ny.org/information

Celebrate Polish heritage and culture in the Capital Region all weekend long at the 16th Annual Polish Fest! Enjoy a weekend filled with Polish food, customs, music, dance, culture and more. Pierogi; golabki; kielbasa – all of your favorite, delicious Polish delights will be available. Plus there will be lots for the kids including games, face painting, and crafts; all activities are free! A great weekend of culture and fun!

Erin Miller is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with HUNT Real Estate ERA serving Albany, NY and the surrounding areas of the Capital Region. Whether you are listing your home, buying a home or both, Erin would love to speak with you about the services that she and HUNT Real Estate ERA provide to support you with your real estate adventure. Visit her website and find her on Zillow.

 

 

 

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Things To Do This Spring – Saratoga County

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This is the first in a 4-post series, highlighting fun stuff to do throughout the counties making up the immediate Capital Region in New York. In this post, we explore some of the fun events coming up in Saratoga County this spring. I have used the months of March through June to cultivate this list. I have tried to make each event’s info as detailed as possible, but you should check each event for complete details or changes. All events mentioned are to be hosted in 2018.

Saratoga Home and Lifestyle Show
Hosted By: Saratoga Springs Rotary Club
Where: Saratoga Springs City Center – 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
When: Friday, March 2nd – 5p – 9p
Saturday, March 3rd – 9a – 7p
Sunday, March 4th – 10a – 4p
Admission: Free
Further info: Call – (518) 932-1367  Visit – www.rotaryhomeshow.com

Featuring 2 floors of more than 120 exhibitors, including more than 25 local artisans, the Saratoga Home and Lifestyle Show brings together a home expo with a fine arts and crafts show. The exhibitors will offer products and services in categories including landscaping, home decor, wellness, home organization, outdoor spaces, pets, finances, green living, and much more. Fine arts and crafts will include work from photographers, woodworkers, and painters.  There will even be artwork available from the local artists of Saratoga Springs High School! On Saturday you will not want to miss the Mac N’ Cheese Bake-Off, new to the show this year. Local eateries will compete to create the best mac and cheese for you to vote on, grab free samples from 11a – 3p and vote for your favorite! Oh, and there are prizes!

 

Adirondack Sports and Fitness Summer Expo
Where: Saratoga Springs City Center – 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
When: Saturday, March 17th – 10a – 5p
Sunday, March 18th – 10a – 4p
Admission: Free
Further info: Call – (518) 877-8788  Visit – www.adksports.com

This expo will feature 150+ exhibitors covering fitness activities including running, hiking, bicycling, paddling, triathlons, health, fitness, green living, and travel. Thre will be awesome products for sale, clubs to join, demos, events, activities, races, and prizes. Tons to do for everyone and learn more about health and fitness activities that interest you, just in time for the summer season!

 

Woodworkers Showcase
Where: Saratoga Springs City Center – 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
When: Saturday, March 24th – 10a – 5p
Sunday, March 25th – 10a – 5p
Admission: Adults: $10     Kids 12 and Under: Free
Further info: Call – (518) 584-0027  Visit: www.nwawoodworkingshow.org

The 26th annual Woodworkers Showcase is being held by the Northeastern Woodworkers Association and will feature amazing pieces by local and regional artisans. Professional and amateur woodworkers will exhibit their unique creations of furniture, carvings, toys, sports equipment and miniatures. Over 500 different items are available for exhibition or sale. Plus, many exhibitors will participate in a juried portion of the show, where their art will be judged within their category. The judging panel will consist of nationally known woodworking professionals. There are also a number of free lectures to learn more about the woodworking process or get an introduction to it.

 

Saratoga Tattoo Expo
Where: Saratoga Springs City Center – 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
When: Friday, April 13th – 3p – 11p
Saturday, April 14th – 11a – 11p
Sunday, April 15th – 11a – 7p
Admission:  Day Pass – $10     Weekend Pass – $25.00
Further info: www.saratogatattooexpo.com

The Saratoga Tattoo Expo brings artists together for a weekend of exhibition, contesting, and art! A plethora of artists and vendors are available all weekend long to answer questions and make their mark with your new tattoo or piercing. Artists compete in daily contests including Large Back Piece (Male & Female), Sleeve, and of course Tattoo of the Day, which is awarded daily throughout the expo weekend. There will also be live entertainment all weekend long.

 

Junior Ranger Day
Where: Saratoga National Historical Park – 648 Route 32, Stillwater, NY 12170
When: Saturday, April 21st – 10a – 4p
Admission: Free
Further info: Call – (518) 670-2985   Visit: www.nps.gov/sara

The Junior Ranger program is a fun way for kids to connect with the nature, beauty, and history of our National Park. Junior Ranger Day is a fun day filled with activities allowing kids to explore and learn. Held at the kick-off to National Park Week, Junior Ranger Day will include activities such as a touch table, a relay course, and uniform try-on station. Each child also receives a Junior Ranger activity book, once they complete activities at one National Park they will receive a Junior Ranger badge for that park, in this case, Saratoga. However, you can continue the Junior Ranger fun by visiting other National Park when traveling on vacation, completing activities and earning badges!

 

Saratoga Wine and Chocolate Festival
Where: Saratoga Springs City Center – 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
When: Saturday, April 21st – 1p – 8p
Admission: Advance Tickets: $35    Day Of: $40   Designated Driver Admission: $10
Further info: Call – (315) 471-9597
Visit and purchase tickets: www.wineandchocolatefestivals.com/events/saratoga

It’s a day of deliciousness! The Saratoga Wine and Chocolate Festival will feature wineries from all over the region. Sample all they have to offer, then pick your favorite and grab a bottle to enjoy at home. There will also be tasty treats including cheeses, sweets and chocolate! Mini-boutiques will also be set up, carrying goods including purses, jewelry, clothing and more, for you to browse as you sip and taste.

 

Hadley Maple In April Festival
Where: Rockwell Street in Hadley, NY
When: Saturday, April 28th – 8a – 4p
Sunday, April 29th – 8a – 4p
Admission: Free
Further info:  Visit – https://www.facebook.com/Maple-in-April-Festival-791966217519588/

Spend the weekend celebrating the delicious taste of Adirondack Maple Syrup and the atmosphere of the lovely town of Hadley. The weekend will feature tons of family-friendly activities including bounce houses, petting farm, pony rides, geocaching, and face painting for the kids. Vendors will line Rockwell Street to display their arts, crafts, music, and food. Enjoy the Scholarship French Toast Breakfast, of course including real Adirondack Maple Syrup on Saturday and then head over to the Lil’ Sugar Dust-Off Car, Truck and Cycle Show, beginning at 9a, at the Hadley Smead Memorial Park. Also on Saturday will be the recipe contest and historic bus tours. On Sunday meet and learn about birds of prey!

 

I Love My Park Day
Where: Saratoga National Historical Park – 648 Route 32, Stillwater, NY 12170
When: Saturday, May 5th – 9a – 1p
Admission: Free
Further info: William Valosin (518) 670-2983  Visit: www.nps.gov/sara

It’s a day of education and service at your local National Park. Become a good steward to the nature and beauty that our National Parks bring us. Participate in some volunteer opportunities and help behind the scenes. Team up with Park Rangers and help keep Saratoga National Historical Park looking great for the spring and summer season. This event is sponsored by Park & Trails New York (PTNY) and New York State Parks. I Love My Park Day is more than just a work day, it’s an engaging experience that will have you out and about in the beautiful spring weather while helping to make the park a wonderful experience for many years to come.

 

2018 Historic Homes Tour
Where: Saratoga Springs, NY
When: Saturday, May 12 – 10a – 4:30p
Admission: Advance Tickets – Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation Members – $30
Non-members – $40
Day Of – Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundations Members – $35
Non-members: $45
Further info: Call – (518) 587-5030   Visit: www.saratogapreservation.org

A unique opportunity to explore the unique architecture and homes that give Saratoga Springs it’s whimsical character. Tours are self-guided and are considered walkable, though there may be a few you will need to drive to. Each tour should take about 2-3 hours to complete. It’s a fun day, enjoying the lovely spring weather and beautiful Saratoga homes. Please keep in mind that the homes you will tour are private residences, opened with the permission of the owner. Please be respectful and courteous in each property you visit; don’t go poking through private belongings, use booties over your shoes to keep floors clean, and please leave your pets are home are a few suggested tips for your tour. Please keep in mind that tickets are REQUIRED for this event.

 

Waterford Canal Fest
Where: Village of Waterford – Tugboat Alley and Lock 2 Park
When: Saturday, May 19th
Admission: Free
Further info: Call (518) 233-9123   Visit: www.town.waterford.ny.us

A great day along the banks of the Erie Canal, full of fun! Come and celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Erie Barge Canal. Vendors will line the banks of the Erie Canal and the festival will also feature live music, dance performances, children’s activities, kayaking, educational walks, and presentations all day. There is lots to do for everyone and a chance to connect with one of the greatest feats in engineering history. Enjoy the wonderful May weather too!

 

Saratoga Horse Symposium
Where: 4-H Training Center – 556 Middle Line Rd, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
When: Saturday, May 19th – 10a – 4p
Admission: Adults: $20     Students: $10    4-H Youth: $5
Further info: Call – (518) 885-8995
Visit: www.ccesaratoga.org/agriculture/cce-equine/saratoga-horse-symposium

It’s an all-things equine event! Featuring notable equine experts and veterinarians, this is a must-attend event for horse-lovers. In addition to the expert knowledge, the event also features live horse demonstrations riding clinics and educational presentations. A silent auction is also held, with many fantastic items donated by local businesses; all proceeds benefit CCE Equine Programming and the 4-H Training and Education Center.

 

Saratoga Brewfest
Where: Saratoga Race Track – 267 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY
When: Saturday, May 19th – 2p – 5p
Admission: General Admission (2p-5p) – $35  Group General Admission (2p-5p) – $280
VIP Admission (1p-5p) – $55   Group VIP Admission (2p-5p) – $440
Designated Driver Tickets (available day of only) – $10
Further info: http://americaontap.com/saratoga-brewfest

An enormously popular event each year – it’s the 8th Annual Saratoga Brewfest. This craft beer festival, held at the historic Saratoga Race Track, features more than 160 craft beers from over 80 breweries. Attending breweries come from near and far, bringing a wide range of flavors for you to sample. Please keep in mind that this is a 21 and older event, absolutely no children will be allowed in. Group pricing is for a group of 10 and all group ticket packages are available in advance of the event only. You can easily order them through the website. Pricing mentioned above is for all tickets purchased on or before March 5th, 2018. See website for current pricing.

 

Spring Auto Show at the Saratoga Automobile Museum
Where: Saratoga Automobile Museum – 110 Avenue of the Pines,
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
When: Sunday, May 20th – 7a – 3p
Admission: $10  Kids 12 & Under Free
Further info: www.saratogaautomuseum.org

Beautiful cars in beautiful weather! Join the Saratoga Auto Museum for their annual spring auto show. Stop by to check out the classics, the muscles, the rare, and the exotic, It’s a day full of fun for everyone, plus kids between 8 and 14 years old can sign up to become Haggerty Youth Judges and judge the vehicles in the show!

 

7th Annual Chef’s Challenge Event
Where: Excelsior Springs – 47 Excelsior Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
When: Thursday, May 24 – 6:30p – 9:30p
Admission: Young Professionals – $50   General Admission – $75
Date Night (2x GA) – $112.50      Honorary Committee – $150
Further info: Elena Marosek – (518) 862-1250 X104 or email elena@bbbscr.org

It’s a culinary competition sure to delight the tastebuds! Two chefs will compete by creating dishes and must incorporate a “secret ingredient” into their dish. Dishes will then be judged by a panel. Seats, for the panel, will be auctioned off just before the competition begins. Enjoy specialties from 7-8 regional restaurants, serving their signature dishes with a summer flair; also sample creative cocktail concoctions from local bars. Vote for the People’s Choice Dish and People’s Choice Cocktail. Proceed from this mouth-watering evening will benefit the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Capital Region.

 

Pick’n & Sign’n GottaGetGon Festival
Where: Saratoga County Fairgrounds – 162 Prospect St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
When: Friday, May 25th; Saturday, May26th; Sunday May 27th
Admission: Advance (until 5/15) Adults (23yrs+) – $60 for the weekend/$35 per day
Students (19-22yrs) – $30 for the weekend/$18 per day
19 and under are free with an adult admission
At Gate (beginning 5/22): Adults (23yrs+) – $65 for the weekend/$40 per day
Students (19-22yrs) – $40 for the weekend/$20 per day
19 and under free with an adult admission
Evening only admission: $7
All weekend admissions include camping
Further info: www.pickingandsinging.org

Enjoy a weekend full of the whimsical sounds of folk music. The weekend is full of concerts, workshops, and fun! A Pot Luck Dinner is planned for Friday evening and a Barn Dance scheduled for Saturday and there is an open mic event on Sunday, where you can showcase your own talents! Workshops focus on a variety of genres including Blue Grass, Gospel and Pub Songs. All weekend admission prices include on-site camping. Check in on the above website for more details as they are released leading up to the event.

 

Americade 2018
Where: Lake George, NY – Million Dollar Beach – Fort William Henry
When: Monday, June 4th through Saturday, June 9th
Admission: Free event, though specific event features may involve an admission price
Further info: www.americade.com

Ok, so Americade isn’t technically hosted in Saratoga County, but every June you can see droves of bikers making their way to nearby Lake George, from all across the country.; so I figure it was worthy of making this list. It’s a fun week-long festival that has become “the world’s largest multi-brand motorcycle touring rally.” Featuring a massive trade show, along with demo rides and displays from many major motorcycle manufacturers, make Americade a premier event for the motorcycle enthusiast in your life. Other activities include catered boat cruises, a fireworks display, stunt shows, comedy show, and scenic guided tours through the beautiful Adirondack Park and Green Mountains of Vermont.

 

DirtDAZE
Where: The Painted Pony Ranch – 703 Howe Rd, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846
When: Wednesday, June 6th through Saturday, June 9th
Further info: www.dirtdazerally.com

Running concurrent with Americade, the DirtDAZE Adventure Bike Rally is a great time in the dirt! This is an adventurous, multi-day festival that is both educational and tons of fun. Learn proper techniques from the experts and then try out you new skills on the multiple dirt trails on The Painted Pony Ranch property. Enjoy on-site vendors, demo rides, riding games, evening activities, and contests. Get down and dirty at this year’s DirtDAZE Adventure Bike Rally.

 

Saratoga Balloon and BBQ Festival
Where: Saratoga County Fairgrounds, 162 Prospect St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
When: Friday, June 22nd – 12p-8p
Saturday, June 23rd – 10a – 8p
Sunday, June 24th – 10a – 4p
Admission: Daily Pass – Adults: $10     Kids (3-15yrs): $5      Kids 2 and under: Free
Weekend Pass – Adults: $15    Kids (3-15yrs): $5      Kids 2 and under: Free
Further info: Call – (518) 798-7888   Visit: www.balloonandcraft.com

Enjoy a great weekend full of family fun and hot air balloons! Previously known as the Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival, the event is now featuring BBQ! I don’t have much info on the BBQ portion of this event, since it is new, but I can tell you one thing, there will be hot air balloons. 4 lift offs are planned for the weekend and “the best balloon glow in the U.S.” will take place, usually on Friday evening but the official schedule isn’t out yet. During the balloon glow, the hot air balloons will hit the launch field and light up the sky in a choreographed lighting event set to music. Throughout the weekend there will be live music, entertainment, and kids activities. Plus, take a ride in the tethered hot air balloon or in a helicopter! Please keep in mind that all balloon launches and the balloon glow are weather permitting. Balloon launches will occur in the early morning hours and evening hours when the atmospheric conditions are favorable. The safety of the balloon pilots and passengers is always top of mind for the event producers and if the atmospheric conditions are not favorable balloons will not inflate. Fortunately, there are tons of other things to do! Follow the above link for details, including ticket pricing, advanced ticket purchases, and tickets for balloon rides, tethered balloon rides, and helicopter rides.

 

Round Lake Antiques Festival
Where: Village of Round Lake parks and green spaces
When: Saturday, June 23rd – 8a – 6p
Sunday, June 24th – 9a – 5p
Further info: Call – (518) 331-5004   Visit: www.fairgroundshows.com/roundlake

This annual festival takes place in the heart of the Village of Round Lake, spread throughout the parks and green spaces in the village. Over 125 vendors from the U.S. and Canada will set up shop and feature antiques and collectibles for browsing and purchase. The festival also includes food, music and more! Take note that this event will be held rain or shine.

 

Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival
Where: Saratoga Performing Arts Center –
108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
When: Saturday, June 23rd – 12p – 10p
Sunday, June 24th – 12p – 10p
Further info: www.saratoga.com/summer/jazz-festival/

Founded in 1978, the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival is one of the longest-running jazz festivals in the world. The festival features 2 stages, welcoming top talents of the jazz world. All of the fun takes place in the beautiful setting of Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Spa State Park. The 2018 line-up has not been announced yet, so make sure to check in with the SPAC website as the date gets closer to see who is playing.

 

There is going to be lots to do here in the Capital Region this spring. Keep your eye on your town’s event calendar or check in with your local chamber’s event calendar to see events that are added throughout the upcoming season. There are many events in Saratoga County that I know exist but they do not have info up yet, like the Annual Flag Day Parade in Burnt Hills, the Charlton Founders Day Celebration, and First Fridays in Ballston Spa. I encourage you to google search local areas to see what’s happening and then get out there and enjoy the beautiful spring weather in the awesome Capital Region!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for my next Things To Do This Spring post focusing on events in Albany County!

Erin Miller is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with HUNT Real Estate ERA serving the Saratoga County area. Whether you are listing your home, buying a home or both, Erin would love to speak with you about the services that she and HUNT Real Estate ERA provide to support you with your real estate adventure. Visit her website and find her on Zillow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My New Series – Things To Do This Spring

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I am so excited to announce that I am writing a new series focusing on things to do this spring season in the Capital Region. We are expecting a really large snowstorm tomorrow, but I am in the mindset of thinking spring! Get ahead of the events calendars and start planning your spring activities. In the blog series, I will focus on one county for each post, for a total of 4 posts, covering the counties of the Capital Region; Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady. I have already pulled many events for the first post and I am super excited to share! I found tons of neat stuff and my own calendar is filling up because of it. Make sure to check back to see what is happening in the Capital Region this spring!

Erin Miller is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with HUNT Real Estate ERA in Clifton Park, NY. Erin enjoys working with buyers and sellers throughout the Capital Region and strives to provide the best service possible to her clients. Erin received the HUNT Rising Star Award in 2016 and recently received a Listing Agent of the Month award. Visit Erin’s website and check out her reviews on Zillow.

2018 Real Estate Market Forecasts Are In: Should you buy, sell or both this year?

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The 2018 real estate market forecasts have been released. In 2017 we saw significantly low inventory and fierce buying competition; leading to a challenging market for buyers but a fruitful one for sellers. This year the scales are expected to tip a little bit, but to who’s benefit still seems a little up in the air.
 
If you are a prospective buyer, you may want to consider starting your search early this year as mortgage rates are expected to rise throughout the year. Also, home prices are expected to rise throughout the year. While competition is fierce right now, it could save you some money to start your home buying experience early in 2018 versus later. However, if you do choose to wait, you could be rewarded with a larger selection of inventory.
 
If you are a prospective seller, the current market conditions are in your favor of getting your home sold quickly and for top dollar. As the year moves on, we will see an increase in home value but also an increase in listings, giving buyers more options. Couple that with mortgage rates rising, it may be in your best interest to list sooner rather than later.
 
No matter what your real estate goals are, 2018 is looking like a shift in the market is on its way. Depending on whether you are buying or selling, narrowing down that perfect time is going to be a challenge, given the predicted market changes.
Erin Miller is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with HUNT Real Estate ERA in Clifton Park, NY. Erin enjoys working with buyers and sellers throughout the Capital Region and strives to provide the best service possible to her clients. “Whether you are buying or selling, I would love to help you make your next move. Reach out with any questions or to talk about the services I use to get your home sold or to get you into the home you have been looking for.  I can’t wait to chat!” Visit Erin’s website and check out her reviews on Zillow.
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Frozen Pipes Can Be a Homeowners Nightmare

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Winter has arrived in the Capital Region and it has brought a major arctic freeze with it. Many concerns come with this type of weather and if you are a homeowner than frozen pipes should be on your mind. Frozen pipes can cause a huge, costly mess. Fortunately, frozen pipes can be avoided and there are some ways that you can get them thawed without causing more damage.

Preparing pipes for cold weather in advance is best, but there are things that you can do once the cold weather actually arrives. While not every frozen pipe situation become a leaky disaster, you should always prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Here are some steps to take to keep your home’s pipes from freezing.

  1. Insulate pipes – This can be done very easily with insulation sleeves and they work great on easily accessible pipes that are in areas with poor heat circulation, including basements or along exterior walls. Coming in foam rubber or fiberglass, each sleeve is curved to wrap around the pipe, meeting flush to surround it completely. Creating a barrier between the pipes and the unforgiving cooler air temperature is a simple and easy DIY project. You may also consider adding insulation to your walls or on your basement ceiling to protect pipes, and as an added bonus insulate your whole home better!
  2. Heating Tape – An awesome “in a pinch” option to keep pipes from freezing is electrical heating tape. This tape wraps around your pipes and is plugged into the wall. Electricity then heats the tape to keep pipes nice and warm. There are many different types of this tape and they are found at major retail hardware stores like Lowes and Home Depot, as well as general hardware stores. Heating tape can also be used to thaw frozen pipes.
  3. Heat It Up – An arctic freeze is not the time to get stingy with your heating. When a home is occupied the temperature is something that is very important to the comfort of those living in it. However, if you leave a home for a vacation or own a property that is vacant, including seasonal residences, you want to maintain a temperature that will make sure your home’s mechanicals stay in working order. If you own a property that is vacant it may be in your best interest to just have it professionally winterized. If you own a seasonal residence and plan on visiting during winter months you may want to consider keeping your heat at 55° or warmer. In all homes, interior doors should remain open to keep a good flow of air and if necessary open cupboard and access doors to keep pipes warm. Portable heaters can also be handy at keeping pipes from thawing, especially in uninsulated or poorly heated areas;  make sure to use them as instructed and keep them away from water.
  4. Faucets On – Keep your faucet on at a trickle or drip. Leaving the faucet on can keep pipes at a steady temp above freezing and if they should freeze the line is open so the pressure should not burst any pipes.

Be diligent when it comes to keeping an eye on the pipes in your home. A broken pipe can cost you thousands. Take the precautions to make sure your pipes don’t freeze and save yourself a major hassle.

Erin Miller is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with HUNT Real Estate ERA in Clifton Park, NY. Erin enjoys working with buyers and sellers throughout the Capital Region and strives to provide the best service possible to her clients. Erin received the HUNT Rising Star Award in 2016 and recently received a Listing Agent of the Month award. Visit Erin’s website and check out her reviews on Zillow.

 

 

HUNT Mortgage 2nd Look Program For Homebuyers

If you are looking to purchase a home, your first stop should be to speak with a lender. Getting your finances in order BEFORE you begin shopping is imperative for a few reason.

  1. You will be able to get advice on what your credit report looks like and how you can make it better, possibly opening up access to different loan types or better rates.
  2. It will help you to set a shopping budget for your home purchase.
  3. Sellers and agents are expecting any buyers who request showings have already been pre-qualified with a lender.

There are many loan types out there and lots of lenders to choose from. Product type and rates may differ from lender to lender. Buyers should speak with a few mortgage consultants to compare products and services, kind of like when you consider purchasing a car from a dealership and they each have their own financing products to help with your purchase.

I always suggest my clients speak with Bob Tuttle and Pat O’Connor at HUNT Mortgage; not because there is some incentive for me to do so, but because I have worked with them on several occasions and they have gone above and beyond to ensure my clients’ purchases went smoothly. I have also seen them secure mortgage commitments and clear to close status in record time. They do a great job and are excellent resources for buyers, especially first-time homebuyers who have never gone through this process before.

One of the benefits of HUNT Mortgage is their 2nd Look Program. If you have been pre-qualified with a lender and would like to compare that financing with what HUNT Mortgage can provide, you should speak with Bob or Pat. They will review rate terms to see if they can do better. Fun story: Over the summer I was working with a client who ran into a snag with his financing through another lender. I directed him to speak with Pat and after doing so my client ended up with a better rate and a better loan type. He also got his mortgage commitment in 10 days!!!

Also, by having one of the HUNT Mortgage experienced consultants review your financing you will receive a $50 Gift Card! The best part – if HUNT Mortgage can’t beat the rate from the other lender you still get to keep the gift card!

So what do you have to lose? Have Bob Tuttle or Pat O’Connor at HUNT Mortgage take a look at your financing. It means $50 more in your pocket today and possibly huge savings down the road!

Bob Tuttle –
Direct: (518) 416-4431
Email: robert.tuttle@huntmortgage.com

Pat O’Connor –
Direct: (518) 312-0181
Email: patrick.oconnor@huntmortgage.com

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NOTE: HUNT Mortgage is an affiliate company of HUNT Real Estate ERA. You are not required or obligated to utilize HUNT Mortgage services in order to work with a HUNT Real Estate ERA Licensed Salesperson. You may opt to use any financing or lender for your home purchase. This blog is intended only to inform you of the services provided by HUNT Mortgage. Bob Tuttle and Pat O’Connor are both New York State licensed mortgage consultants servicing the Capital Region.

Erin Miller is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with HUNT Real Estate ERA in Clifton Park, NY. Whether you are listing your home, buying a home or both, Erin would love to speak with you about the services that she and HUNT Real Estate ERA provide to support you with your real estate adventure. Visit her website and find her on Zillow.

 

 

Being a Buyer in a Seller’s Market

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Looking for a house is an exciting time, it can also be a stressful time. If you are shopping for a home in a seller’s market, listings can be scarce and competition can be fierce. It doesn’t matter if you are a first-time homebuyer or shopping for your 4th home, shopping in a seller’s market can be a frustrating and disappointing experience. The good news is, there are things that you can do as a buyer that will prepare to be the strongest buyer you can be.

Having a strong, competitive offer is only one part of being a successful buyer in a competitive market. Below are some tips that will help you conquer the unforgiving landscape of a seller’s market.

  1. Save, save, save – Cash is your greatest asset when buying a home. Even if you choose to use financing that requires nothing down or a low-down payment amount, your savings will come in handy in off-setting concessions for closing costs. Your offer can be made stronger if you can cover your own closing costs. It also makes the offer more attractive as a concession can raise a purchase price and that can mean trouble when it comes time for the mortgage appraisal. Cash is king! The more you save the more you will be able to play in a competitive real estate market.
  2. Get financing in order before shopping – Speaking with a loan officer can help sort out finances and identify the right financing for you. It’s also expected that you are pre-qualified before beginning your home search and going on showings (open houses are the exception to this, they are open to everyone). Having a pre-qualification means your finances have been reviewed and you are ready to roll as soon as you find a home. It also helps set your budget; it stinks when you find the perfect house, only to find out that you can’t get a mortgage to purchase that home. Knowing your financial limits will help you narrow down your options in the market.

SIDE NOTE: There are many fantastic mortgage companies in the Capital Region with great products. I have worked with many of them and I have yet to come across one that I have had a bad experience with. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to give a shout-out to 2 awesome loan officers at HUNT Mortgage – not just because it is a HUNT affiliate company* or because they are my office colleagues, but they both rock at their jobs. Bob Tuttle & Pat O’Connor are great guys who have helped several of my clients purchase their homes. They bring an enormous amount of experience to the table which has only benefitted my clients, and myself. They take time to educate buyers and are wonderful communicators, making the process smooth and keeping everyone in the loop. Additionally, HUNT Mortgage is now providing a Pre-Purchase Commitment that commits to loan approval for a buyer with the only condition being a home passes the bank appraisal. That means a buyer can offer on a home and show their financing is ready to commit as soon as an appraisal is approved. A pre-purchase commitment, along with an attractive monetary offer, shows a seller that you are a serious buyer and want to own their home. It can make your offer stand out in a multiple offer situation as well.

Moving on…

  1. Be realistic on what your budget will buy you – If you find yourself in a seller’s it may limit your buying power for something that meets your needs. Even in a buyer’s market you may have to reduce wants ex) you get 2,000 square feet, 4 beds and 2 baths, but you will have to put in some elbow grease to make that diamond shine. If you are looking for a steal in a seller’s market chances are your low-ball deal might fall flat. Consider reviewing your wishlist and defining what your needs versus your wants are. You might also want to investigate some other areas or neighborhoods that can provide you with the same conveniences or atmosphere you are looking for at a more wallet-friendly price. At least you are widening your inventory pool giving you more options to consider.
  2. Be ready to write an offer – A market with lots of buyers and few listings can be a nightmare if you are one of those buyers. New listings may not last long before going pending. Heck! I had one receive multiple offers in less than 24 hours back in October (2017)! The market is not going to wait for you to make up your mind and there is a lot of truth to the realtor.com®  “Not You” commercials – the you may nail down the house, but look at all those not yous that lost out. Don’t be a not you.
  3. Brace for disappointment – It sucks to lose out on a house. As an agent, I hate it when my clients get beat, I truly feel the blow. It’s easy to get discouraged, but it happens and it can happen more than once. This includes buyers with above average budgets too. Remember to breathe when things get overwhelming. When you can’t even get past the finding a home phase it can be frustrating. Be prepared to face a loss when buying in a seller’s market, hopefully, your offer is accepted without a hitch, but you will be ready for the news if it doesn’t.
  4. Learn from your mistakes –So, your first offer situation didn’t go according to plan – what now? Talk with your agent; ask questions about what went wrong and what you should do next time. They are there to help guide you, good communication with your agent will only lead to success. Every offer is different because every home and buyer are different. Learn from each failed offer to better your next one.

No matter who the market favors, buying a home is an adventure. If you find yourself shopping in a market that favors sellers, be the strongest buyer you can, be prepared to fail, and learn from your mistakes. Surround yourself with a team that can guide you on your journey – your agent, your loan officer, and your attorney should all have your back through your purchase. Be prepared, be competitive, and be confident; you will find yourself a winner in a high-stress market and nab that perfect home!

Erin Miller is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with HUNT Real Estate ERA in the Clifton Park, NY office. She is also a member of the National Association of REALTORS® . Erin enjoys working with buyers to find their perfect new home. If you are looking for an agent to help in your Capital Region home search, contact Erin, and check out her reviews on her website at www.homeswitherinmiller.com

 

*HUNT Mortgage is an affiliate company of HUNT Real Estate ERA. There is no obligation to utilize the services of HUNT Mortgage in order to work with a HUNT Real Estate ERA salesperson. The opinion on the services of HUNT Mortgage and the mentioned loan officers are those of the writer and in no way imply any client is required to work with this lender.

The Top 10 Reasons to List A Home During the Holidays!

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The holidays are upon us! I am sure most of you are thinking that the real estate market comes to a screeching halt during the holiday season. The truth is, it never really stops. In fact last year during the holidays the Capital Region saw 812 new listings, 2,621 showing appointments, and 618 closings. That is a lot for an already busy holiday season, but it also shows that the real estate market stays active and healthy during the early winter months. Buyers that are still out in the market during this time are usually serious and are trying to find the right house; will yours be the one?

The Top 10 Reasons to List A Home During the Holidays

  1. People who look for a home during the Holidays are serious buyers.
  2. Serious buyer have fewer houses to look at and choose from during the holidays. Less competition may mean more money for you.
  3. The supply of listings will dramatically increase in January. A higher supply of available homes in the market will mean there will be less demand for your particular home. This may impact your sale price.
  4. Houses show better when they are decorated for the holidays.
  5. Buyers are more emotional during the holiday season, so they are more likely to pay a higher price for a home.
  6. Buyers have more time to look for a home during the holidays than they do during a typical work week.
  7. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons.
  8. January is traditionally a month for employees relocating to the area to begin new jobs. Since transferees cannot wait until spring to buy, your home must be on the market now to capture those buyers.
  9. Your home can be on the market during the holiday season, yet, you have the option to restrict showings during inconvenient or undesirable times.
  10. You may sell your home now for more money and we can negotiate a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year.

Many homeowners may be hesitant to list around the holidays, but the list above and the general market conditions suggest that the holidays really don’t hinder buyers. The question is, are you ready to sell?

Erin Miller is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with HUNT Real Estate ERA in Clifton Park, NY. In the past Erin has worked in the field of marketing, focusing in social media and internet marketing. She also holds excellent customer service skills and enjoys working in the community. Erin is looking forward to blending real estate and her other skills to provide a great experience for future clients in the Capital Region. Visit her website and find her on Zillow.

New Listing – 705 Sacandaga Rd – Pending

**So this listing actually went under contract before I could get this blog post up! Thought I had the blog crafted I didn’t have a chance to publish it before my sellers received multiple offers on this adorable little home!

I am so excited to present my latest listing! A very cute bungalow, completely redone by the current owners. 2 bedrooms with one bath on the first floor. Comes with a walk up attic and an entire top floor just waiting to be converted into living space.

Beautiful granite countertops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. Warm wood feature wall and wood burning fireplace insert in the cozy living room. Open feel to this charming little home. Nice yard in a convenient location and it is USDA financing eligible!

Check out some images below and make sure to contact me for your showing appointment!

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Erin Miller is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with HUNT Real Estate ERA serving the Scotia, NY area. Whether you are listing your home, buying a home or both, Erin would love to speak with you about the services that she and HUNT Real Estate ERA provide to support you with your real estate adventure. Visit her website and find her on Zillow.

New Listing – 3313 Maryvale Dr – Sold

**Home sold as of 11/15/17, pending after only 12 days on market!

I am so excited to present this super cool home in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Schenectady. This home has a really neat split layout with a converted garage for more living space. Don’t worry, the home also has a 2 stall garage for your vehicles!

This is a 2 bed, 1 and a half bath home with an office/flex space and expanded living area into the attached garage space. All it needs is your personal touch!

Contact me today for your showing of this great home!

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Erin Miller is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with HUNT Real Estate ERA serving the Schenectady, NY area. Whether you are listing your home, buying a home or both, Erin would love to speak with you about the services that she and HUNT Real Estate ERA provide to support you with your real estate adventure. Visit her website and find her on Zillow.