American Summer- June – July 2012 part 1



Saratoga County Fair  • July 17-22
162 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa.
For more info: 885.9701;

Schoharie County Sunshine Fair  • July 27-August 4
Cobleskill.  For more info: 234.2123;

Altamont Fair  • August 14-19
Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont.
For more info: 861.6671;

Washington County Fair  • August 20-26
Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich.
For more info: 692.2464;

Fonda Fair • August 28-September 3
Fonda Fairgrounds, 21 South Bridge Street, Rt. 30A, Fonda
For more info: 853.3313 or

Columbia County Fair • August 29-September 3
32 Church Street, Chatham
For more info: 392.2121 or

Schaghticoke Fair • August 29-September 3
69 Stillwater Bridge Road, Schaghticoke.
For more info: 753.4411 or


Alive at Five
Every Thursday
Albany Riverfront Park at the Corning Preserve
Rain location: Corning Preserve Boat Launch under 787 overpass. Opening bands 5pm; headline band 6:30pm, show ends 8pm.

June 7
Dave Mason of Traffic with The Emerald City Band

June 14
Bootsy Collins with Soul Session

June 21
Patty Smyth & Scandal with Sirsy

June 28
Dickey Betts & Great Southern with Kirsten Thien

July 5
Local Blues Night

July 12
The Bacon Brothers with The Stray Dogs

July 19
Buckwheat Zydeco with Captain Squeeze & The Zydeco Moshers

July 26
Smash Mouth with The Dylan Emmet Band

August  2
Country Night: Lee Brice with Wendy Owens & Renegade

August 9
Beach Bums: A Tribute to The Beach Boys with Grand Central Station

Town of Schaghicoke Summer Concerts
Schaghicoke Town Hall, 6:30pm

July 5
Noose Band

July 12
Storm Front – Billy Joel

July 19
Hair of the Dog

July 26
The Nellies

August 2
The Refrigerators
August 9
Back 40 Band

August 16
Lustre Kings

August 23
Four on the Floor & Fireworks

Jazz on Jay
Free noontime concerts featuring the best of regional jazz talent. Located in "The Circle" at State & Jay in Schenectady on sunny days, the concerts are from noon – 1:30pm. Rain location is in the Muddy Cup, located next to Proctors Box Office.

June 7
April Marie & The Michael Lamkin Trio

June 14
Al Haugen & Friends

June 21
Alex Slomka Quartet

June 28
Dave Fisk Quintet

July 5
The Sunnyside of the Street Band with Brian Brundige

July 12
Gals Who Play Jazz

July 19
Keith Pray Quartet

July 26
Nat Phipps All-Stars

August 2

August 9
New Regime

August 16
Brian Patneaude Quartet

August 23
John Hines and Friends

Concerts in the Courtyard
Main Street, Schoharie

Friday Nights in July 7pm-9pm in the Courtyard on Main Street.

July 6
Kopy Kats, playing hits from the 1950s

July 13
Shakey Ground, playing classic rock favorites

July 20
Linda Lee and the Fox Creek Bank, playing round and square

July 27
The Fulton Chain Gang, playing country/rock favorites

Brunswick Town
Concert Season
Brunswick Family Community Center on Keyes Lane. 6:30pm-8pm.

June 26
The Refrigerators

July 3
Four on the Floor Band

July 10
The All Paul Band – Classic Rock

July 17
Crying Out Loud

July 24
Flame The Band

July 31
Back 40 Band – Country

August 7
Cabin Fever – Bluegrass

August 14
The Tichy Boys – Roots Rock, Country & Swingability

August 21
Hair of the Dog – Irish Folk/Contemporary

August 28
Lustre Kings – Rockabilly

Pruyn House
207 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham
Donation: $5 adults; children under 12 free

Come early and enjoy the historic buildings and gardens on the grounds. Vendors are available for dinner, beverages and ice cream. Lawn chairs and dancing shoes are recommended.

July 11
JADE – they’re back after being a BIG hit last year.  Opening Act – Chelsea Cavanaugh. Music 5:30pm-9pm.

July 18
German Fest with Schwarzenegger Connection – German dinners by Rolf’s Pork Store starting at 4:30pm. German Beer Garden. Music 6:30pm- 9pm.

July 25
Italian Night with The Good Times Band. Italian food served by the American Heritage Assoc. starting at 5pm, Music 6:30pm-9pm.

August 1
Irish Night with Hair of the Dog. Corned beef sandwiches by Rolf’s Pork Store, music 7pm-9pm.

August 8
Polish Night with Rymanowski Bros. Orchestra – Polish dinners prepared by the BVM of Czestochowa Church starting at 5pm, music 6:30pm-9pm.

Riverlink Summer Concert Series
1 Front Street, Amsterdam

July 7
Kick-off the concert series with the Chandler Travis Philharmonic –  a nine-piece Boston-based group will perform their eclectic mix of Dixieland romps, twisted Mardi Gras marches, sweaty 60’s rock, smoky torch songs, and occasional novelties. 7pm.

July 14
Joey Thomas Big Band – celebrating 20 years of performing the Great American Songbook. 7pm.

July 21
Annie and the Hedonists – covering an eclectic mix of acoustic music, torchy blues, standards, bluegrass, gospel, labor ballads, early jazz. 7pm.

July 28
Girl Howdy: Sweet harmonies, sliding steel and sawing fiddle define Girl Howdy’s honky-tonk sound. 7pm.

August 4
Riverlink Jamboree with the Nellies, Rusty Belle, Dan Johnson and His Expert Sidemen, others TBA:  musical romp featuring bluegrass, old-timey and traditional music. 3pm.

August 11
Skeeter Creek: Metroland’s Best Local Country Band 2012. 7pm.

August 18
Singers/Songwriters: with Olivia Quillio and Meagan Duffy,  Holly and Evan, Evan Gavry and the Tin Stars, others TBA. 4pm.

August 25
The Tichy Boys: The finest Father and Son Rockabilly duo…in all of Renssaleaer County! With Johnny Rabb and killer band. 7pm.

Washington Park Shows
At The Lakehouse in Washington Park, Albany. Tuesday-Sunday at 8pm. Amphitheater Seating is free. Premium reserved seating on sale.

Park Playhouse

July 6-29 – Cabaret – One of the most beloved show in Broadway history. A gripping story and an energetic, popular score.

Park Playhouse II
August 4-19 – Hairspray – .With show-stopper after show-stopper the production will be a sure-fire smash!

Park Playhouse Kids
August 13-19 – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – One of the most energetic and entertaining rock operas of all time.

Williamstown Theatre Festival 2012
Williamstown, MA

Main Stage
June 26 – July 14

By Oscar Wilde
Directed by David Hyde Pierce
What if a family of Guys and Dolls-style gangsters moved to Downton Abbey-style London in order to escape certain, shall we say, entanglements? What if two of these wise guys fell hard for two tough dolls? And what if the formidable dame who runs the aforementioned criminal family developed an appetite for cucumber sandwiches? Director David Hyde Pierce gives us Oscar Wilde’s hilarious high society satire in a very new way. Welcome to the family.

July 19 – 29
Book by Richard Greenberg, Music by Scott Frankel, Lyrics by Michael Korie
Directed by Michael Greif
With Kelli O’Hara
A Preview Production
Cathy Whitaker seems to be the picture-perfect wife and mother in 1957 suburban Connecticut.  But roiling beneath the surface, secret longings and forbidden desires cause her world to unravel – with incendiary consequences.  With a lush score that is both jazz-inflected and hauntingly lyrical, Far From Heaven is a powerful story of romance, betrayal, intolerance, and a woman grappling with her own identity in a society on the verge of great upheaval.

August 1 – 19
By Ivan Turgenev
Translated by Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsk
Directed by Richard Nelson
World Premiere Translation
Settled into a life of sylvan contentment, 29-year-old Natalya falls under the influence of a force she has never known before: desire.  Without warning, her simple, predictable world is irrevocably changed and she is torn between moral responsibility and uncontrollable passion. Both psychologically compelling and emotionally raw, this production heightens the Festival’s tradition of beautifully acted works of Russian drama with innovations in scenic and sound design to create a one-of-a-kind, intimate experience unlike anything previously presented on the WTF Main Stage.  This revelatory new translation marks the first collaboration between playwright Richard Nelson and Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky, the foremost contemporary translators of classic Russian literature including the best-selling Oprah’s Book Club selection, Anna Karenina.  

Nikos Stage
June 27 – July 8
By Lucy Boyle
Directed by Bob Balaban
With Blythe Danner
World Premiere
Though only in her twenties, Lila Miller is stuck, while her mother, Grace, is perpetually in motion. When Lila returns home to her family’s exquisite Hamptons house and garden with only a plastic bag and a broken heart, there’s no nurturing to be found, except as pertains to horticulture. The same painful history that threatens to drive mother and daughter permanently apart ultimately evolves into the one realm where reconnection might be possible. The Blue Deep is an achingly honest and funny play about loss, growing up, and the benefits of aquaerobics.

July 11 – 22
By Neil Simon
Directed by Jessica Stone
Meet Barney Cashman. He’s a middle-aged restaurant manager who has a very nice married existence.  But he’s tired of existing; he wants to live – before it’s too late.  Maybe one afternoon of passion could be so exhilarating, so vivid, that the memory alone would sate his desire for more. Three women, three afternoons, three shots at living in Technicolor.  As she did with her lauded WTF production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, director Jessica Stone reveals the humanity and the hilarity of this oft-overlooked early work of Neil Simon.

July 25 – August 5
By Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Scott Ellis
With Patricia Clarkson and Bradley Cooper
From a desperate existence in a Victorian freak show to his days as the toast of London high society, the life of John Merrick, the Elephant Man, has fascinated the world for well over a century.  Though his disfigurement brought notoriety, it was his unblemished inner humanity that most astonished those around him, compelling examinations of their own prejudices and beliefs.  Shattering our illusions of normalcy, Pomerance weaves Merrick’s tale into a parable on beauty, innocence, and human dignity.

August 8 – 19
By Katori Hall
World Premiere
Presented in association with Signature Theatre
One-percenter Eden Higgenbotham lives a cushy Upper-East-Side life surrounded by equally affluent, vain, and snobbish friends.  When a sudden stroke causes her to contract the very rare Foreign Accent Syndrome, which makes her speak uncontrollably with a Jamaican accent, she’s forced to embrace a dramatically altered identity.  Irreverent and hilarious, WHADDABLOODCLOT!!! is a searing satire of race and class by the Olivier Award-winning writer of The Mountaintop, Katori Hall.

Pre-Season Production at Mass MoCa
June 21-24
Written by David Byrne
Music by David Byrne & Fatboy Slim
Directed by Alex Timbers
Produced in association with The Public Theater and supported in residence by MASS MoCA
Within a throbbing dance club environment, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim deconstruct the astonishing journey of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos, from her meteoric rise to her descent into infamy. This wholly immersive spectacle combines disco beats, adrenaline-fueled choreography, and a remarkable 360-degree scenic and video environment – going beyond Imelda’s near-mythic obsession with shoes to explore true questions of power and responsibility.  Neither period piece nor mere biography, neither play nor musical, Here Lies Love is a unique theatrical experience that raises the pulse and quickens the blood – all filtered through the remarkable vision of David Byrne, one of the great American artists of the last half century.

NOTE: Here Lies Love will be presented in The Hunter Center at MASS MoCA.  Tickets are available ONLY through the MASS MoCA Box Office.Call 413.662.2111.

Free Theatre
July 11-14, 17-20
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle adapted by Steve Lawson
Celebrating its 25th anniversary with the return of Sherlock Holmes, the Free Theatre will present The Valley of Fear, adapted by WTF veteran Steve Lawson from the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  A Study in Scarlet, the first Sherlock Holmes saga, launched the Free Theatre in 1987, and now the legendary sleuth returns in this new theatrical version of Conan Doyle’s final novel. Spectators will don their crime-solving caps and lend Holmes and Dr. Watson a hand, with gasps and laughs guaranteed for all.  Presented under the stars at Poker Flats Field.

Amsterdam Mohawks Baseball
65 Crescent Avenue, Amsterdam  • 791.7546;
Tickets: Reserved Box Seats, Adults $5, ages 5-18, seniors, military $2 under 5 free

June 7 vs. Albany Dutchmen. 7pm.
June 9 vs. Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs. 7pm.
June 12 vs. Tri-County Bees. 10:30am.
June 12 vs. Oneonta Outlaws. 7pm.
June 15 vs. Elmira Pioneers. 7pm.
June 16 US Military All-Stars. 7pm.
June 18 vs. Albany Dutchmen. 7pm
June 21 vs. Oneonta Outlaws. 7pm.
June 22 6th Annual Parkfest. Vs. Glens Falls Golden Eagles. Spectacular post-game fireworks at 11pm.
June 25 vs. Albany Dutchmen. 7pm.
June 28 vs. Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs. 7pm.
June 30 vs. Watertown Wizards. 7pm. Waterpark Day at Shuttleworth Park with the Amsterdam Mohawks. 3pm-9pm.
July 3 vs. Cooperstown Hawkeyes 7pm and 3rd Annual Spectacular Holiday Post-game Fireworks Show 10pm.
July 5 vs. Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs Grandslam Car Giveaway Night. 7pm.
July 6 vs. Glens Falls Golden Eagles. 7pm.
July 8 vs. Cooperstown Hawkeyes. 7pm. Baseball
July 10 vs. Albany Dutchmen. 7pm.
July 12 vs. Watertown Wizards. 7pm.
July 13  vs. Glens Falls Golden Eagles. 7pm.
July 15 vs. Watertown Wizards. 7pm.
July 17 vs. Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs. 7pm.
July 20  vs. Newark Pilots. 7pm.
July 22 vs. Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs. 7pm.
July 24 PGCBL All-Star Game. 7pm.
July 27 vs. Glens Falls Golden Eagles Spectacular Post-game Fireworks show. 7pm.
July 30 vs. Albany Dutchmen. 7pm.
July 31 vs. Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs.

Tri-City ValleyCats
Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy. 629.2299; Advance tickets $5.50-$10.50, day of game $6.50-$11.50
June 20 – Opening Night/Boys of Summer! 7pm.
June 21 – Game Show Night – Chances to win contests and prizes all night. 7pm.
June 25 – Bark in the Park Night – Bring your dog!  7pm.
June 26 – Tunes For Tuesday – Vs. Lowell Spinners. 7pm.
June 27 – 50 Cent Hot Dog Night – $5. 7pm.
June 28 – Girls of Summer/Softball Night. 7pm.
June 29 – Youth Baseball Night/Field Renovation Celebration. 7pm.
July 4 – Independence Day – 6pm.
July 5 – Veterans Day – Honor those who have served our country. 7pm.
July 6 – Hall of Fame Night  – 7pm.
July 8 – SouthPaw’s Birthday Celebration/Kids Club Day – 5pm.
July 9 – We Love New York Night – 7pm.
July 17 – Blues, BBQ and Baseball! Tribute to Blues Legend Ernie Williams – pregame concert at 5pm.
July 18 – Welcome to the Future Night! – 7pm
July 21 – GE Kids in Free Night – 7pm.
July 22 – Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer – 5pm.
July 23 – Social Media Monday – 7pm.
July 24 – Camp Day/Senior Day-11am First Pitch.

Old Stone Fort Museum Complex
145 Fort Road, Schoharie • 295.7192;

June 20
Strawberry Festival – Enjoy fresh local strawberries, ice cream and an evening on the lawn with live music. $6 – benefits the Old Stone Fort Museum Complex. Bring your favorite lawn chairs & friends to celebrate summer! 7pm-9pm.

June 22-July 8
Schoharie County Arts Council Members’ Art Exhibition – Paintings, photography, ceramics and more. Badgley Museum Annex.

July 12
Local History Lecture – Linda Russell: "Songs America Voted by" – Campaign Songs of the 19th Century. Badgley Annex. Free. 7pm.

July 26
Local History Lecture – Milton C. Sernett: "From Muscles to Motors on the Farm" – Henry Ford & the Great American Tractor Wars, 1910-1930. Badgley

Annex. Free. 7pm.

August 9
Local History Lecture – Matt Coltrain – Get A Grip: The History of Early American Funeral Services and Embalming. Badgley Annex. Free. 7pm.

August 23
Local History Lecture – August 23 Gus Truin – U.S. Christian Commission in the Civil War. Badgley Annex. Free. 7pm.

Saratoga Performing
Arts Center

108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs

Opera Saratoga
Spa Little Theater one hour before all performances.
July 6, 9, 13, 15
Rigoletto, 2pm & 8pm

July 7, 10, 14
The Mighty Casey, 2pm & 8pm

July 8, 12
Trial by Jury/LE 66, 2pm

New York City Ballet
July 10
Opening Night: New York City Ballet, 8pm

July 11
American Girl Night, 8pm

July 12
New York City Ballet, 2pm

July 12
Date Night, 8pm

July 13
Family Night, 8pm

July 14
New York City Ballet – 2pm

July 14
Gala Night, 8pm

July 17
New York City Ballet, 8pm

July 18
Girls Night Out, 8pm

July 19
New York City Ballet, 2pm

July 19 & 21
Romeo & Juliet – 8pm & 2pm

July 20
Family Night, no pre-theatre dining, 8pm

July 21
New York City Ballet, no pre-theatre dining, 8pm

The Philadelphia Orchestra
August 1
Opening night, 8pm

August 2
The Lure of Paris, 8pm

August 3

Cirque De La Symphonie – Family Night
August 4
Arabian Nights, 8pm

August 8
Lang Lang, 8pm

August 9
Date Night, 8pm

August 10
Family Night, 8pm

August 11
Wizard of Oz, 8pm

August 15
An Evening with Joshua Bell, 8pm

August 16
Yo Yo Ma – Date Night, 8pm

August 17
The Best is Yet to Come: Sinatra and Beyond  Family Night, 8pm

August 18
Tchaikovsky Spectacular, 8pm

Chamber Music Festival

July 29, 31
Miami String Quartet – 2:15pm & 8pm

July 31, August 7, 14
Early on Tuesday’s with Andre-Michael Schub, 7pm

August 5
An Afternoon with Johannes Moser, 2:15pm

August 7
Wister Quartet and Friends, 8pm

August 12
Featuring David Kim, 2:15pm

August 14
Ebne Quarter, 8pm

35th Annual
Freihofer Jazz Festival

June 30
Chris Botti
Esperanza Spalding "Radio Music Society"
Maceo Parker
Mingus Big Band
Michel Camilo "Mano a Mano" with Giovanni Hidalgo & Charles Flores
Christian McBride Inside Straight
Mario Abney & The Abney Effect
Gazebo Stage
Jeremy Pelt Quintet
Mario Abney & The Abney Effect
Hailey Niswanger
Catherine Russell
Pedrito Martinez

July 1
Diana Krall
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Hiromi Trio Project
The Yellowjackets
Trio of Oz featuring Omar Hakim & Rachel Z
Gazebo Stage
Steve Kroon Sextet
Sachal Vasandani
Trio of Oz featuring Omar Hakim & Rachel Z
Brian Mitchell Band
Edmar Castaneda

Yaddo Garden Tours
312 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, 584.0746;

June 16, 17, 23, 24, 30
July 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 24, 28, 29, 31
August 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21, 26, 28
September 1, 2

Cost is $5 per person. Tour lasts approximately one hour. There is no tour on Travers Day, August 25.
Tours are held Saturday & Sundays throughout the summer and additional tours are held on Tuesdays during the thoroughbred racing season.


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