Friday, September 16, 2011

Another Great Weekend Coming Up in Troy:

   Get your party on this weekend in Troy, cause as usual, there's going to be more to do here than in any other Capital District community. Everything kicks off at the Italian Community Center, in Troy's 'Little Italy', on Friday night with their annual Italian Festival. The event runs thru Sunday afternoon complete with music, games, and music. Headlining the entertainment schedule will be Mr. Entertainment, Al Bruno, along with the fantastic, Good Times Band. The food has always been the highlight of this festival in my opinion, going back to the days when the feast was held in Washington Park. Headlining the food menu will be my favorite, Mr. Meatball!
   It's also 'Uncle Sam Weekend' up here in the 'Burgh. The weekend celebration kicks off on Saturday morning with a graveside ceremony at Uncle Sam Wilson's resting spot in Oakwood Ave Cemetery at 10 a.m.  -- hosted by the Veteran's of Lansingburgh. Immediately following will be the annual, Uncle Sam Brunch, held at the Veteran's of Lansingburgh on 1st Ave. Tickets are available at the door. The 36th annual parade kicks off at 125th & 5th Ave. on Sunday, September 18, at 12:45 p.m. Marching bands, politicians, clowns (no comparisons with the politicians please) along with midget cars, and always the highlight of my parade day, watching Shirley Kelly & John Rustin do the 'parade wave' from their convertible. I'll be the parade announcer once again, trying hard not to get people upset with me at what comes out of my mouth sometimes. Right after the parade, the party moves to two spots. First, at Powers Park we will be doing a fundraising effort with the Lansingburgh Boys & Girls Club, featuring a performance by one of the most dynamic horn bands ever to grace the local stages, Vehicle. The group is comprised of all school teachers, and feature the vocals of the electric, Alejandro Williams. There is also an Old Daley Chicken BBQ being held at Germania Hall from 2-5 p.m. to fulfill the chicken dinner tradition of the Uncle Sam weekend.
   The annual festival that we usually have was stopped this year, due to dwindling attendance, and the fact that the committee took a real financial bath last year, due to the terrible weather conditions. Plus, the committee felt that the families were no loinger attending, leaving the, give me cheap beer crowd.
So please join us for all the fun and excitement here in the Home of Uncle Sam, all weekend long.
And most of all folks, ENJOY TROY!

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