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The changing of the seasons does not take away from the beauty of local nature preserves

As you walk, cycle or drive around the rural areas at the fringes of our towns, do you ever wonder when that scenic view, woodland or field may be lost to development?

The makings of a good cookout require more than the food you serve to guests

True story. My father was inviting some people from work to our house for a barbecue. He’d been in the office for awhile. We all just moved to Houston from the suburbs of New York City — sorry, New Jersey. He bough a gas grill to sit at the end of our backyard patio. This, I remember from what I retained as a 7-year-old.

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Crossing bats

A vintage baseball game bridges the miles between two teams looking to preserve, educate and entertain

A vintage baseball game bridges the miles between two teams looking to preserve, educate and entertain.

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A walk in the woods

A jaunt through the Albany County-Helderberg Rail Trail

Imagine an early morning walk on a beautiful day, the silence is only broken by the delightful sounds of songbirds.

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Party in the park

Annual event continues to provide live music from today, and cherished traditions from the past

Frogs chirping in our backyard is a brief, telltale sign each year that summer is coming. That, and Tulip Festival.

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Icy wonderland

Ice castle craftsman brings cheer to Stratton Mountain

This winter, Ice Castles, LLC brings a one-of-a-kind experience to Stratton Mountain as it unveils a spectacular icy forest in the heart of the Vermont ski resort.

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Head for the Hills

Rensselaerville Cycling Festival lets riders experience the area’s beautiful scenery with events for all ages

Take a scenic course, add cyclists of all ages, mix in food and drinks of all kinds, cheerful spectators and top it off with live music, and you have a gran fondo.

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Crossings Challenge 5K has lots to offer

Race enters its 11th year with runs for adults and children

As the outdoor running season winds down, an event that takes place at the Crossings offers an opportunity for the whole family to get some exercise and enjoy the park.

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Game on

Celebration of Scottish heritage draws a growing crowd

A little corner of Altamont will be filled with all things Scottish when the sound of bagpipes and the site of cabers flying through the air take over the Altamont Fairgrounds on Labor Day weekend.

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Give a hoot

Festive fundraiser for owls will have a folksy flavor

What do you get when you combine owls and music? Well, a HOOTenanny of course.

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Dragons and damsels

Landis Arboretum program will take people on a dragonfly hunt

Get an up close look at some unique insects during “Dragonflies and Damselflies,” on Saturday, July 19, at the Landis Arboretum. Anne Donnelly, dragonfly surveyor for the New York State Natural Heritage Program, will lead the afternoon "field trip."

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Off to the races

NYRA holds family-friendly open house as a kickoff to track season

Around this time every summer, the old Victorian houses that line Union Avenue in Saratoga Springs come alive, the restaurants on Broadway feel a little more full and people in large hats can be spotted all over the city. It’s summer in Saratoga, and it all begins with Saratoga Race Course’s annual open house on Sunday, July 13.

A Fourth among friends

Empire State Plaza hosts annual celebration with food, entertainment and, of course, fireworks

In 1870, Congress declared July Fourth an official federal holiday, but Americans were celebrating with bells, music and military displays dating back to the day the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.

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The nature of art

Thacher Nature Center to host annual environment-inspired art exhibit, offering art classes

Artistic inspiration comes from a variety of sources, but one local art show is rooted in Mother Nature’s visual appeal.

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The wings of winter

Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center event highlights birds that don’t fly south when the weather gets cold

While many people think most, if not all birds fly south for the winter, all you have to do is take a look out the window and see that quite a few feathered friends have hung around the Capital District through the snow and bitter cold.