Wait, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stops in Menands this year?

Trust me, I’ve been waiting for this information like it’s white smoke from the chimneys of St. Peter’s Basilica.  The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, an illuminated, decorated locomotive that chugs through North America, announced its continental schedule. And there’s been a change.  One that will benefit us Capital Region residents. Normally the train makes two…

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My three entries for BUILT 2019 are …

Oh look, BUILT has arrived.  BUILT: Albany Architecture Through Artists’ Eyes, is Historic Albany Foundation’s annual charity gala / silent auction, where all of the submitted artworks have to contain some tie-in with Albany’s history and architecture.  So if you like artwork that represents the Empire State Plaza, or the State Capitol, or the RCA…

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This “Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco” rug could be yours! It’s now on etsy!!

Last year, I crafted a latch hook rug and chronicled its construction on my blog.  I later entered the rug at the New York State Fair’s Arts and Crafts competition, and it took a ribbon. And now … it could be yours. Yep.  I’m selling it. I’ve just made my Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco area…

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Not the kind of Cougar that would capture a young man’s fancy…

There is a subgenre of car modification and collecting known as the kit car, where you can take a fiberglass chassis and attach it to the interior of a totally different vehicle.  Let’s say, for example, you and your friends built this car from scraps and chunks out of the junkyard, and it runs decently…

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The Daily Gazette loves my Hoffman’s Playland sign

A few weeks ago, I finished my re-creation of the iconic Hoffman’s Playland sign.  I hope to enter this picture as one of my submissions for BUILT, Historic Albany Foundation’s charitable auction and fundraiser.  And for a lark, I posted the picture on the social media site reddit. Hey, remember when I said that I…

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“Holy bats, Batman … that’s a bat, man!”

So I’m driving back from Syracuse last Monday, as part of the proverbial “Drive of Shame” (as I mentioned before, of the nine entries that I submitted to the New York State Fair, only two this year – Farrell in Aerochrome and Mittsu No Yuki – were rejected), and I thought about stopping by my…

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One more return to Hoffman’s Playland

Every so often in our lives, we come across images of things from our past.  And we want to do something with those images. For me, it took a lot of procrastination – but then, just out of nowhere, I created something. And I hope you like it. For more than 50 years, Hoffman’s Playland…

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I could have Sudden Death in a month…

Every year, the New York State Fair offers some abnormally insane “fair food,” a melange of meats and cheeses and sugars and deep-frying.  A few years ago, it was the Defibrillator, a beef patty with bacon and fixings, wrapped between two grilled cheese sandwiches.  A couple of years ago, it was deep-fried matzo balls at…

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Maybe Alfred should finally worry…

I grew up with MAD Magazine.  We all did. I remember buying the oversized publication eight times a year (they had a weird publishing schedule, but that was MAD).  I would read the movie parodies, the television satires, and everything else in between.  It was a gateway to some of the greatest published satire of…

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