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Renaissance festival coming to New Scotland

Planning Board OKs special use permit, Indian Ladder Farms hosting event

The New Scotland Planning Board on Tuesday, May 6, unanimously approved NY Capital District Renaissance Festival LLC’s request for a special use permit to hold the two-day historical themed event on two parcels of land Peter Ten Eyck owns.

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Contemporary sounds

American Music Festival exposes listeners to modern-day composers

Can you imagine enjoying a sandwich with Ludwig Van Beethoven or listening on with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as they rehearse “The Magic Flute”? Unfortunately it’s about 200 years too late for that, but now is your chance to interact with some of tomorrow’s greatest composers.

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A century of faith, friendships

St. Peter Women’s Guild to commemorate 100th anniversary with dinner

Many things were different 100 years ago, with modern technology seeming more like science fiction. At least one thing remains unchanged — the dedication of a faithful group of women.

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Next stop: Neverland

Voorheesville fifth-graders to perform ‘Peter Pan Jr.’

Peter Pan may not want to go to school, but the fifth-graders at Voorheesville Elementary School are eager to get there each day to practice their lines for their upcoming show, “Peter Pan Jr.”

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Not just a family affair

The live version of ‘Family Feud’ promises the same antics and energy as the TV show

Game show fanatics who have always wanted the chance to answer “the number one question on the board” are in luck. The popular TV game show “Family Feud” in its live version, will take over the Palace Theatre on Friday, May 2.

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Ladies night

Saratoga Mom Prom lets women relive those magic moments of proms past while raising money for charity

While teens all over the Capital District are preparing for their high school proms, women of all ages have found a reason to relive their own prom memories and squeeze into their old satin and sequin-covered dresses for charity.

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Shell shocked

Young and old are often surprised at what they learn at Troy’s Discovery Hall’s ‘Jewels of the Sea’ exhibit

Tucked between two walls on Second Street in Troy exists a little taste of nature. It is here where collector and curator, Ron Glasser keeps his collection of more than 1,000 seashells from all over the world.

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State museum does the can-can

Annual Canstruction event moves up the national rankings

Engineers, architects and students from around the Capital District got together in a competition to construct displays out of canned goods to raise food and money for local food pantries.

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Fighting words

Skidmore students stage play based on collected war letters

In a time of instant communication, distant human interaction is often accomplished by way of tweets or texts. The act of using a pen and paper is rare these days, still nothing captures a moment like a personal letter, especially a war letter.

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From STEM to stage

Tech Valley High students are the driving force behind the staging of ‘Mulan’

When most people think about Tech Valley High School, they think about students studying science, technology, engineering and math. While this is true, it’s not just STEM learning that is going on at the TVHS campus in Rensselaer.

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Local flavor

Taste of Ballston Spa is a palate-pleaser and a major fundraiser for school foundation

When school budgets aren’t enough, the key to filling the gap is apparently through the stomach.

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A musical journey

Danú tells the stories of Ireland through traditional and contemporary song

Though many folks may choose to celebrate their Irish roots with beer and corned beef at a local pub on St. Patrick’s Day, authentic Irishness can be found in a different place this year.

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Expo is out of this world

Free event at Empire State Plaza features cool costumed characters, live shows, vendors and more

The Blums are the typical American family ... two kids, jobs and a house in Upstate New York. That is, until the weekend comes and the family transforms into the bad guys from “Star Wars.”

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The nature of art

Thacher Nature Center to host annual environment-inspired art exhibit, offering art classes

Artistic inspiration comes from a variety of sources, but one local art show is rooted in Mother Nature’s visual appeal.

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A midwinter’s garden

New York in Bloom gives museum displays a floral touch

Gazing into one of David Michael Schmidt’s floral displays is like stepping into another world, one of fantasy and surrealism, and Schmidt doesn’t hold back when he adds his lavish storytelling display to the New York State Museum’s annual flower show.