Troy Night Out: Various venues, Downtown Troy Friday, Aug. 26, 5 to 9 p.m. • Free. Lianne Webster-Kim/Spotlight
Night: Troy Night Out
TROY — Looking for something fun to do with the entire family on Friday evening? Here’s an idea: head on over to downtown Troy for Troy Night Out on Friday, Aug. 26, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Coordinated by the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District, this month’s event will not only help to mark the city’s bicentennial, but also celebrate the return of its collegiate residents.
Take a self-guided tour of Troy’s historic structures, or watch as the newest members of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Russell Sage College communities become acquainted with downtown Troy and its businesses during a special scavenger hunt. Several bands will also be on hand providing live music throughout the event.
Stop by Troy Cloth and Paper at 291 River Street to screen print one of its new Troy coordinates T-shirts for $16, or to pick up this month’s limited-edition TNO Print Off! Poster with highlights of the city’s storied past, hand illustrated by Sycaway artist Emily Jahn, for $15.
Grab a bag of freshly-popped popcorn at the Collar City Sweet Shoppe at 45 3rd Street to snack on as you make your way around town.
Have little ones who like superheroes? Make your way over to Aquilonia Comics and Cards at 412 Fulton Street. Or, if the whole family enjoys playing games, head over to Foam Brain Games at 71 4th Street for its free, weekly Friday Board Game Night.
These are just a few of the pleasant surprises in store; download the EventStroll app to your mobile device for a detailed list of participating shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants and the specials they’ll offering that evening.
For more details about Troy Night Out, visit www.downtowntroy.org/events.
Day: 13th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival at Mabee Farm
ROTTERDAM JUNCTION — The Schenectady County Historical Society will welcome more than 40 of the Capital District’s best artists and crafters to Mabee Farm on Saturday, August 27, for its 13th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival from 11 a.m. To 3 p.m. Admission is $5.
Browse a wide variety of unique, eclectic and beautifully hand-crafted products, including jewelry, soap, pottery, baskets, paper goods, furniture, stained glass, wood crafts, fine arts and textiles!
Both blacksmithing and woodworking demonstrations along with tours of the 1705 Mabee farm house and 1760s Dutch Barn will take place throughout the day. Prefer to take things at your own pace? Visit the art and historic exhibits on site or take a stroll down one of the nature trails.
For more details, visit schenectadyhistorical.org/festival.
The Mabee Farm Historical Site, located at 1100 Main Street Route 5S) in Rotterdam Junction, is wheelchair accessible (except for the Brick House). Off-street parking is available in front of the George E. Franchere Educational Center.