Hi everyone! Last month my sweet husband and I attended Troy Night Out, a regular event held in the downtown area of Troy (NY), the last Friday of every month. I have to confess, I’ve never taken part in one of these, or any of the similar events held in other Capital District cities, although I’ve always wanted to.
We started the night at the Rensselaer County Historical Society (building on right; building on left is the Hart-Cluett House), where they had an art exhibit focusing on local sites within the county. (57 2nd St.)
This piece, View of Glass Lake (1865), by local, naive artist, Joseph Hidley.
After leaving St. Paul’s, we began a leisurely stroll down the block, stopping at shop windows, reading menus, and people watching. One shop that really caught my attention, Blue Bird, had several pieces of terrific art work for sale, like this one, painted by the owner’s mother, Shelly Broughton. (11 3rd St.)
After walking about for an hour or so, we decided to stop into Lucas Confectionary for a beverage and small snack. I enjoyed a flight of three dry red wines, and we shared small plates of hummus and tapenade–yum. The rustic/industrial interior welcomed us, the waitstaff wowed us, and the food pleased us. We highly recommend it. (12 2nd St.) Check out this great article in the New York Daily News about Troy’s urban renewal. Lucas Confectionery is highlighted.
Our next stop brought us back to the Rensselaer Historical Society to enjoy hearing our old friend, Vernon Benjamin, share some insights and anecdotes from his book, The History of the Hudson River Valley: Wilderness to the Civil War. You can find his book in all good bookstores, including the Book House in Albany. (Vern shown at Market Block Books, 290 Market St.) We love you Vern!
The three of us then strolled through town together, popping in here and there. We spent quite a while at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, which was holding its annual “Fences” exhibit of member works. This colorful sea turtle is a stunning quilt. (265 River St.) (Note: I love my smart readers who can tell a fish from a sea turtle 🙂 Thanks Fonda for the identification.)
Our final stop: Illium Bistro Cafe, where the three of us enjoyed absolutely delicious salads at remarkably low prices (not shown, pictured: a plated dinner entree on display). Read a review here: Schenectady Gazette review. Sitting outside, under the moonlight, we enjoyed each other’s company, sipped wine, and watched other Troy Night Out participants wander by. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful night out.
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