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Roping, riding, barrel racing … all right in Malta
MALTA

Roping, riding, barrel racing … all right in Malta

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015
The bright lights, flying dirt and beating hooves of the rodeo are a lot closer than people might realize.
 
Lots to see, taste, hear at Ballston Spa Farmers Market
BALLSTON SPA

Lots to see, taste, hear at Ballston Spa Farmers Market

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
While I would highly recommend a trip to the wine country along beautiful Seneca Lake, it takes more than three hours to get there. Closer to home, and a surprise winner in the “places-we-went-with-aunt-Theresa-and-uncle-Jim” category is the Ballston Spa Farmers Market.
 
Local history, geology spotlighted at Waterford museum
WATERFORD

Local history, geology spotlighted at Waterford museum

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
U.S. Congressman Hugh White was obviously the kind of guy who wanted to be where all the action was, and in the early 19th century that was Waterford. Today, his large white house, built in 1831, serves as home for the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center,
 
Grafton Peace Pagoda a good summer day excursion

Grafton Peace Pagoda a good summer day excursion

Monday, Aug. 24, 2015
The first peace pagodas were built in Japan in the aftermath of World War II, with the goal of uniting people of all races and creeds behind the concept of world peace.
 
Victoria Pool a classic and classy summer getaway
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Victoria Pool a classic and classy summer getaway

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015
The moment you enter Saratoga's Victoria Pool, you’re suddenly someone else: Perhaps a 1935 country-club darling who has come to Saratoga Spa to rest and drink spring water at the Recreation Complex. Or her brother, who has come to golf and bet on horses at the track.
 
Summer’s fading  fast, but there’s still free music available
CAPITAL REGION

Summer’s fading fast, but there’s still free music available

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015
Summer’s winding down and the crickets have taken over for songbirds in the evening hours.
 
Kayak rental business gets people out on the water
WATERFORD

Kayak rental business gets people out on the water

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015

Donna Larkin is committed to water. For the past three years, since she started Upstate Kayak Rentals, she’s been getting kayakers, both new and old, onto different waterways as much as possible.
 
Kids, adults eager to give Playland rides a whirl
ALBANY

Kids, adults eager to give Playland rides a whirl

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015
Playland is nearing the end of its first season at the Huck Finn’s complex.
 
Hudson Crossing Park a new river gem
SCHUYLERVILLE

Hudson Crossing Park a new river gem

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

Over the past decade, a new public park has been established less than a mile north of the Saratoga County village of Schuylerville, where visitors can take in nature or history in equal parts.
 
'Van Gogh and Nature' beckon at Clark Art Institute
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.

'Van Gogh and Nature' beckon at Clark Art Institute

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

Vincent Van Gogh would be happy at The Clark Art Institute. He could admire the mountain views, gaze at a profusion of pink flowers in the lily pond and wander around the museum’s 140 acres.
 
Kane Mountain a popular summer hiking destination
FULTON COUNTY

Kane Mountain a popular summer hiking destination

Monday, Aug. 17, 2015
Lori Avery and Susan Ackerbauer walked toward twilight atop Kane Mountain.
 
Thirsty travelers should hit the Schoharie County Beverage Trail
SCHOHARIE COUNTY

Thirsty travelers should hit the Schoharie County Beverage Trail

Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015
Gregory Wilhelm, owner of Royal Meadery in Richmondville, had heard that someone had completed the Schoharie County Beverage Trail in 21⁄2 hours, but he was skeptical. “They couldn’t have done all the tastings,” he says.
 
Camp Santanoni worth trek to Adirondacks
NEWCOMB

Camp Santanoni worth trek to Adirondacks

Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015
Let’s face it, your invitation to a friend’s Adirondack Great Camp didn’t get lost in the mail. But you can still visit one of the last of those Gilded Age “camps” -- Newcomb's Camp Santanoni, the pride and joy of Robert and Anna Pruyn.
 
Mayfield Beach is a perfect little getaway
MAYFIELD

Mayfield Beach is a perfect little getaway

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015
Three-year-old Gia Gugliemelli of Hagaman likes her sand toys. She also likes splashing in the Great Sacandaga Lake.
 
Good exercise, great stories await at Saratoga Monument
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Good exercise, great stories await at Saratoga Monument

Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015
On a recent sultry Sunday afternoon, I took a solo trip to the Saratoga Monument.
 
 

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