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Downtown delights

By Elizabeth Held
Thursday, May 20, 2010

We received our Proctor’s season program in the mail today. It rekindled my love affair with the theatre.

I’m already looking forward to "Fiddler on the Roof" in January and the "Capitol Steps" in October. It looks like a really strong, entertaining lineup for the coming season. Proctors even booked Beakman of "Beakman’s World," a children’s science show. My brother and I used to watch his one video weekly.

Next weekend, It Came From Schenectady ( a group that screens cult classics and sci-fi films) is hosting “Alice in Chains.” They’re showing the 1933 version of “Alice in Wonderland” starring Cary Grant and a surprise second feature. Admission is $8 and limited to those over 17.

I, sadly, can’t make it. I’m working that night, but I look forward to any other events It Came From Schenectady might be holding this summer.

Proctors is also hosting a week-long cartoon festival, including classics and newer films, like "Toy Story."

Quirky movie nights like these are just one of the many reasons I’m glad to be home. Proctors has really turned into a great asset for the community over the past few years, and is offering a lot of quality programming.

In a similar vein, I went to the Greenmarket on Jay Street on Sunday. My mom, brother and I wandered around for about an hour. I sampled at least five different types of jelly from three different vendors. I suggest the raspberry champagne jam from the city mission. I also had homemade peanut butter and potato chips. Everything was delicious.

They had a great band and some cute craft vendors as well. It’s definitely worth the trip if you haven’t been yet. I’m glad the market survived its first year, and seems to be even stronger.

The moral of the story is that downtown Schenectady merits a visit if you haven’t been in a while. Be it a trip to the Greenmarket or to an event at Proctors, you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised.

 
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