Festival Fever: Troy ChowderFest @ Riverfront Park, 10/7/12

October 5th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg
The HIgh Flyers

The Hi-Flyers

Autumn Pear Chowder…
Jamaican Clam Chowder…
Corn Crab Chipotle Chowder…
Roasted Local Corn and Irish Sausage Chowder…
Philly Cheesesteak Chowder in a Homemade Bread Bowl…
Hefeweizen Cheddar Bacon Corn Chowder with Chipotle Garlic Croutons…

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LIVE: The Tichy Boys @ the Troy Chowderfest, 10/15/11

October 17th, 2011, 11:06 am by Greg

John Tichy

John Tichy of the Tichy Boys cranks it up at the Troy Chowderfest on Saturday afternoon…

Photograph by Tim Livingston

Chowin’ Down at Chowderfest

February 8th, 2011, 3:20 pm by Greg

Intrepid Nippertown.com writer, photographer and amiable social gadfly Matt Mac Haffie made his way up to Saratoga Springs last Saturday for the annual Chowderfest, and he came away with a full belly and these photos:

The Music

Some form of Doc Scanlon with Graham Tichy at that hotel, you know, the one with the porch

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Live: Troy Chowderfest @ River Street, 10/16/10

October 21st, 2010, 11:01 am by Greg


That doesn't look like chowder to us

Intrepid Nippertown.com man-about-town Matt Mac Haffie ventured down to River Street in Troy last Saturday, lured by the sound of free music, the taste of inexpensive chowder and the thirst-quenching capabilities of cold beer.

Here’s what he found:

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Be Here Now: Winterfest Weekend in Saratoga Springs

February 5th, 2010, 9:45 am by Sara

Saratoga’s annual Winterfest kicks off Friday (tonight) with the Winterfest Wine Tasting @ Saratoga Holiday Inn from 6-8pm. Tickets are $10.00 with all proceeds donated to the Molly Wilmont Radiation Oncology Center of Saratoga Hospital and The Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County.

Saturday, it’s the fabled Chowderfest from 11am-4pm. Try as many cups of soup and chowder ($1 a cup) as you’d like and then vote for your favorite. They even have a few entries in the “Best Dog Chowder” category that you can bring a canine companion to sample.

Once you’re stuffed, you’ll need to walk it off. Saturday is also Saratoga First Saturday, when local galleries and exhibition sites in Saratoga Springs stay open to the public from 5 to 8pm. Receptions are open to the public and free of charge. Stop by the Saratoga Arts Center first for a map. Here’s some of the highlights:

  • Margo Mensing: It’s Not Unusual @ The Arts Center Gallery
  • Rita DiCaprio: Transfixion paintings @ Feast Gallery and Meeting Space
  • 10″ x 10″ = $100 @ Mimosa Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Paintings on exhibit sell for $100 or less and are no larger than 10″x10″
  • 70 Beekman Art Gallery is featuring mixed media abstract paintings and small sculptures by Regis Brodie, watercolors by Pei Xiao Ping, porcelain by Jin de Zheng, photography by Hong yu Chen and Yong Li

Also on Saturday evening, there’s the 13th Annual Bartender’s Ball @ Saratoga City Center, 6:30pm-midnight. Tickets are $50.00 with all proceeds donated to the Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County.

And finally, after a day of stuffing your face followed by a night of drinking, you’re oh-so-definitely going to want to participate in the Saratoga Winterfest 5K Snowshoe Race (PDF) @ Saratoga Spa State Park.

Real Good for Free: Chowderfest, 9/20/09

September 18th, 2009, 9:01 am by Greg

The third annual Chowderfest on the 400 block of River Street (just north of the Green Island Bridge) in Troy takes place on Sunday, September 20 from 11am-4pm. More than 30 different Nippertown restaurants will be offering $1 cups of chowder with partial proceeds going to the Troy Boys and Girls Club.

But in addition to the food, there’s plenty of free music, too, and musically speaking, Chowderfest takes on quite a country flavor this year, as you can see by the schedule of performers:

11am: The Twisted String Band
12:30pm: Renee Lussier and Branchwater
2:30pm: Loose Cannon Live

Real Good for Free: The Drum Boogie Festival (9/19/09)
Real Good for Free: Colleen Pratt @ the Van Dyck (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Eddie Money @ Monument Square (9/19)
Real Good for Free: Tuesdays @ Revolution Hall (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: The Uncle Brothers @ East Greenbush Community Library (Sept. 26)
Real Good for Free: Happy Traum @ the Crandall Library (Various days)
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Albany’s September in the City Art Fair (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Lake George Jazz Weekend (9/19-20)
Real Good for Free: LarkFEST!!!!!!!! (Sept. 19)
Real Good for Free: Rock-It in Schenectady (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: Halfmoon (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Public Library (Third Fridays)
Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays)

Fall Festival Fever

September 9th, 2009, 3:15 pm by Greg

Yes, it’s sad but true.

Summertime has come … and gone … for another year.

But now ain’t the time for your tears. Outdoor music in Nippertown doesn’t just shut down after Labor Day. In fact, there’s still quite a cornucopia of festivals coming our way for the autumn season.

Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights of what’s coming up in the next couple of weeks on the fall festival circuit:

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