Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Clean Fuel at Gendrons North Troy:

About a month ago I saw a sign at Gendron's Pit Stop in North Troy advertising their, Ethenol Free gasoline. Believe me when I tell you, my vehicle is running much better than before after just one month. I've done quite a bit of reading on Ethanol added to your gas, and have come to the conclusion that my 99 Jeep Grand Cherokee is better off without the additive, based solely on its performance since I made the switch. Gendron's gas prices are also cheaper than the majority of stations around the area also.
I also get all of my repair work done there because Gendron's is an honest shop to do business with. Never once in the decade I've been patronizing Gendron's, have they ever tried to do any unnecessary work on any of my vehicles. Nor have I had to return my vehicle because of a screw up on their part. Honest mechanics are hard to find, but you can find this one at the corner of 5th Ave and 125th St. in Lansingburgh.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Chow -Dah Festival Number 3:

The third annual 'Chowder Festival' takes place on Sunday, September 20th, beginning at 10 a.m. This event was an instant hit in 2007, drawing thousands of people to sample the many variety of chowders prepared by an array of local restaurants. Last year, a stronger musical presence was added to go along with the ever growing group of contestants. Highlighted with an appearance by country star, Jimmy Wayne -- who just happened to have the number one hit on the country charts at the time!
This year promises to be even bigger, with 20 plus vendors entered to win the annual chowder simmer fest.
Sundays event will feature by local Blue Grass favorites, Twisted String Band at 11 a.m. Seventeen year old country sensation, Renee' Lussier takes over the stage at 12:30 with her fabulous band, Branchwater. At 2:30, the 'Ultimate Country/ Rock Weapon,' Loose Cannon Live' comes back to Troy for the third time this season. The 9 piece, country horn band features the 'Ultimate Country Front Man, Greg Simmons, and is comprised of a veteran professional lineup of fantastic musicians! Loose Cannon was the surprise hit at the recent Ford Country Festival, opening for four straight days for some of the biggest country stars in the world.
Chowder, ice cream, and great music -- sounds like a plan to me!
So come on out on Sunday and visit the Chowder Festival. It's just one more reason to, 'Enjoy Troy.'

Friday, September 18, 2009

Eddie Money Will Be Sh Sh Sh Sh Shakin:

Eddie Money returns to the Collar City on Saturday, September 19th to kick off Troy's Quadricentennial celebration. Thousands of people flooded the streets for his performance at the All Star Fan Fest in August of 2008, and were treated to a classic Eddie Money performance. The rock icon is excited about returning to Troy once again, and promises another rockin show to start the Quad off with a bang! Music, food and sunshine have been the norm for Troy's summer events this year, and Saturday promises to offer more of the same.

Entertainment Lineup:
* 2 - 3:15 p.m. -- Johnny Rabb & the Jailhouse Rockers/ With Special Guest, Graham Tichy.
*3:45 - 5 p.m. -- Solid Smoke
*6:00 -8 p.m. -- Eddie Money

Join us for all the fun and music, and come on out and, 'Enjoy Troy.'

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Fun Show Tonight in Troy:

I'm going to a great show tonight at Revolution Hall featuring, Four, and Aquanett. Four is made up of mostly schoolteachers who can really rock it out. Three are from the Lansingburgh school system, and they cover a very wide spectrum of musical styles. Aquanett is an 80's 'Hair Band' tribute act from Massachusetts who play dead on covers. Now that the free concerts at Powers Park, and Rockin on the River are over, I'm bored and want more music. Rev Hall will be the place to be tonight if you feel the same as I do. Hope to see you there. Enjoy Troy!

Show starts at 8 p.m.

34th Annual Uncle Sam Parade:

The 34th Annual Uncle Sam Parade will kick off at 1 p.m. on September 13th. It takes place beginning at 125th St. & 5th Ave, and ends at 106th & 5th Ave.
One of the most anticipated yearly events in Lansingburgh, the event always lives up to the expectations of veteran parade watchers, along with throwing in a few unexpected extras every year. After the parade, the committee invites everyone over to historic Knickerbacker Park for it's annual festival which features a chicken barbecue dinner by Giffy's, along with Snowman Ice cream, skydivers, and fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
Live music featuring Donny Elvis at 3 p.m., Imagining Lennon & McCartney at 4:30 p.m., and Cryin Out Loud at 6p.m. Join us for all the fun celebrating Uncle Sam Wilson's birthday on Sunday.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Festa Italiano / More to Do in Troy:

If you enjoy good traditional Italian food, make your way down to the Troy's Italian Community Center this weekend. The ICC has been a HUGE part of that neighborhood for as long as I can remember. The "Feast", as we from the neighborhood used to call it, used to be held in Washington Park. I have so many fond memories of this event at the park. The pizza was incredible, as was the camaraderie of the residents of what is now known as Little Italy.
Back then, all the first and second generation families still populated the area -- and everyone knew each other. The ICC played a big part, as a meeting place for friends, and a place where parents in the neighborhood had wedding receptions for their sons and daughters.

The ICC today still has many of the old families as members, and the food is still wonderful. Everyone involved with the day to day operation deserves so much credit, for helping to keep the traditions of the Italian culture alive and well -- as is Troy's Little Italy neighborhood group. The festa runs from Friday, through Sunday, featuring some fabulous entertainment over the course of the weekend. The Good Times Band, TS Ensemble, and Mr. Entertainment, Al Bruno will all be on hand, playing Italian favorites, along with a great selection of various styles of musical genres. Al Bruno's show by the way will be broadcast live on station, WKLI (Magic 100.9FM) on Sunday, from 2-6p.m. There will also be a variety of other events happening over the festa weekend, so check it all out, and come on home and, 'Enjoy Troy'!

The ICC by the way is located on 5th Ave., between Ferry St. & Liberty St.

Mucho Good Things Happening in Troy:

If you're looking for some fun this weekend, go no further than Troy. First on my list of events to invite you to attend, is Troy's German Hall ( Germania Hall) Annual German Festival, beginning at 12 p.m. on Saturday, September 12th.
From noon to 9 p.m, rain or shine, enjoy German Worst, hot dogs, German potato salad, funnel cake, and strudel as you sip some of their fine German beers. There will be entertainment beginning at 12 p.m. with Peggy Vogt, and Paul Slusar from 3 - 6 p.m.
German dancers will also perform, with audience participation as part of the program.

Organizers are asking everyone to come early and stay late! Admission is $2 per person over the age of 12. For additional information, contact Germania Hall at 237-5008.
The hall is located at 309 Third Ave. at 107th St.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Special Show in Troy this Saturday:

A special show will be held this Saturday, September 5th, beginning at 1 p.m. on the Neil Kelleher Stage at Powers Park.
The schedule is as follows:
* 1 p.m. -- Wylder / performing Motown classics and R&B
* 3 p.m. -- Solid Smoke / performing Motown, Soul, and R&B
* 5:30 -- Johnny Rabb & the Jailhouse Rockers / Rock N Roll

The show is presented by the city of Troy. It is supported in part by Snowman Ice-cream, Northeast Shuttle, Badass Burrito, Beverage Barn, Whitney Young Health Center/Troy, Troy Uniformed Firefighters Association, and the Tri City Valley Cats. Media sponsors include The Record, Our Towne Magazine, B95.5fm & Magic 100.9fm
Food and beverages will be available at the park, with a no alcohol or dogs policy in effect. Three 50/50 raffles will be held over the course of the day to benefit the upcoming Uncle Sam Day Parade on September 13. The Games2U video van will also be on hand offering free video games for the children to enjoy.
Information is also available by calling, 270-4624, or by visiting, www.troyny.gov