Election Day is marked on calendars for a reason. For years, Americans have planned their days around trips to the polls, giving themselves enough time to wait through long lines and make it back to work.
Casting your vote shouldn’t take all day, though, so for those with the day off or kids to entertain, it helps to know what’s happening locally to pass some time before results come in.
Luckily, the Capital Region has plenty of activities planned throughout the day, from virtual story-times to wine classes for destressing. We’ve compiled a list below of a few highlights, some of which aren’t necessarily election-related but still serve a purpose, to help our readers through the most anticipated Tuesday of the year.
The Hot Yoga Spot classes, various times, The Hot Yoga Spot in Saratoga
Among its other locations around the area, The Hot Yoga Spot boasts a Saratoga location with three available hour-long sessions for folks on Election Day. The first class, Silent Bikram Hot Yoga, kicks off at 6:30 a.m., while Hot Power Flow takes place at 8:30 a.m. and Hot Vinyasa will be held at 5:30 p.m. Those interested can sign up on the company website and prepare a de-stressing experience on an otherwise stressful day.
Visual Storytime, 10-10:30 a.m., Schenectady County Public Library’s virtual program
If you need to keep the kids busy while hitting the polls, look no further. Schenectady County Public Library will be hosting a livestream story-time session for the young ones, with its theme, of course, being Election Day.
Autumn Sunset Pallet Knife Technique Painting with Melanie Fay, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Paul Nigra Center For Creative Arts, Gloversville
Before the results come in, voters can swing by the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts to learn some new painting techniques. In the morning, painters will learn the process of painting with a fan brush and pallet knife for $25, instructed by Melanie Fay. Tickets can be purchased on eventbrite.
Election Day Lunch & Dinner, Lunch pick-up 12:30 p.m./Dinner pick-up 4:30 p.m. or 6 p.m., United Church of Cohoes
Nothing screams democracy quite like roast beef and fixings. This year’s Election Day Lunch & Dinner, presented by the United Church, is going to be take-out only, with different time slots for lunch and dinner pick-up. Family meals are $50, single meals are $14 and senior meals are $12. Tickets can be pre-purchased on eventbrite or by calling 518-237-0278.
Election Day Brooks Chicken BBQ, 4-7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Ballston Spa
A local tradition, the First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa will hold its annual BBQ event, with a new format due to the pandemic this year. The now carry-out-only event will feature a chicken meal with coleslaw, a roll, potato and a dessert for $13.25. All proceeds will support families in Ballston Spa and orders can be reserved by calling 518-885-5583.
Dance Fit by VXN, 6-6:45 p.m., Max Level Fitness & Athletics, Saratoga Springs
After hitting up the polls, voters can spend the night learning some hip-hop choreography with no experience necessary. Every Tuesday, Max Level offers judgement-free hip-hop classes, which are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Those interested are asked to reserve their spots in advance, as tickets are available on Max Level’s website.
Savoy Wine Class: Washington State Wines to Get You Through Election Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Savoy Taproom, Albany
Whether you align with the Republican party, the Democratic party, or are an independent, the one party most can agree on is a wine party. At Albany’s Savory Taproom, voters will be tasting and discussing Washington state wines after they cast their ballots. For one of the most stressful nights of the year, it helps to kick back and unwind. Tables will be reserved in groups and eventbrite tickets are $35 for 12-14 tastings.
Frog Alley Trivia, 7-9 p.m., Frog Alley Brewing, Schenectady
It may not be election-based trivia, but Frog Alley hosts a special trivia night every Tuesday downtown. Prizes are also available. As with most breweries, attendees are requited to wear masks when they stand up or walk around the building and all tables are available at a first-come, first-served basis.