Posted by: David Giacalone | December 14, 2019

celebrate Downtown Schenectady with a free 2020 Calendar

2019HolidayColorsGR The vision last week of the Train Station highlighted in green and red, plus a desire to highlight some of the good things about Downtown Schenectady, inspired me to put together a one-page 2020 calendar with holiday greetings from Downtown Schenectady. In addition, as presented below, I modified a few to focus on places in Downtown Schenectady that I particularly appreciate.

  • The calendars may be used for any noncommercial purpose. Click on them for the full jpg. file. They are formatted in the aspect ratio 8 by 10.


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2020Downtown-Tara . . 2020Downtown-Ambition

. . Above: Tara Kitchen [L] and Ambition calendars. Below: Schenectady Trading Company [L] & Open Door calendars [click on them for the larger version] . .

2020DowntownSchdyTrading  . . 2020Downtown-OpenDoor





Posted by: David Giacalone | December 11, 2019

2019 Stockade Holiday Tree Arrives

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The 2019 Stockade Tree was installed today at Lawrence Circle, and its lights strung, thanks to traditional help from a City Parks Work Crew. As you can see above, the tree towers over Lawrence and will apparently unfold into a lovely shape. Its erection was delayed due to snow-removal activities, but we still have plenty of time to appreciate this special neighborhood tradition. Thanks go to the Stockade Association, and its “Holiday Tree committee”, especially Colleen Macaulay and Susannah Hand for arrangements and vigilance.


TREE LIGHTING NEWS: As headlined in the December Spy, the Ceremony and Celebration have been “shaken up”, with a new schedule. Here’s the announcement at the Stockade Association website for the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Stockade Tree Lighting Ceremonies – Sunday, December 15th 3:00 PM

At 3:00 activities for children, and refreshments at St. George’s Hall. At 4:30 tree lighting at Lawrence Circle.


At the St. George’s Hall, there will be refreshments (as always, your donations are very welcome), activities for kids (of all ages), a visit with Santa Claus, and caroling. Shortly before 4:30, there will be a procession to Lawrence Circle for the dedication and lighting of the Tree. You can refresh your memory about last year’s festivities here.

Click on any of the tiles below for a glimpse of the Tree from various angles around the Circle. I hope to enjoy the Lighting events with many of my neighbors.

Posted by: David Giacalone | December 8, 2019

some Downtown holiday hues


Don’t let our Wild Political Turkeys get you down. Enjoy the good things about our Schenectady Downtown and Season of Good Will.

Posted by: David Giacalone | November 22, 2019

2020 Calendars celebrating the Stockade

As we’ve done the past few years, “Suns Along the Mohawk” has again created printable, one-page calendars to celebrate the Stockade neighborhood, thank our visitors, and wish you all a festive Holiday Season and Historic New Year. [For prior versions, see our Calendar Category.] All photographs were taken in the Stockade during 2019.


Below is our 2020 Calendar celebrating the Stockade-athon, in a variety of color themes.

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Posted by: David Giacalone | November 10, 2019

a Stockade view of Stockade-athon 2019


. . Above: the leading men approaching Front Street: BIB 4 is Daniel Lennon, who finished 3rd. BIB 9 is Sean O’Connor, who came in 1st. BIB 5 is Jacob Andrews, who placed 4th. BIB 1401 is Ryan Udvadia, who placed 5th.

. . Below: the leading women on Washington Avenue approaching Front Street:


. . above: Karen Hughes (BIB 3), finished 3rd; Daniele Winslow (BIB 2, finished 5th; 2nd last year); Christine Myers (BIB 6, finished 2nd); Cara Sherman (in blue, Bib 1272) finished first. . . below: leading women seen in sketch mode.

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 This post has about 150 photos from the Stockade leg of the 2019 Stockade-athon, shot in the ten minutes it took for the entire roster of 1400+ runners to race past me and my camera. For more on the Race and its Stockade segment, see our Stockade-athon preview, with links to prior coverage of this venerable road race here at suns along the Mohawk. And, see Mike MacAdams pre-race report at the Sunday Gazette.

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RESULTS: From HMRRC and Are Event Productions

. NOTE: The Results are searchable by name and BIB number, and more.


Sean O’Connor [BIB 9, age 22] 1st place (46:01)

John Busque [BIB 7, age 27] 2nd place (46:11)

Daniel Lennon [BIB 4, age 25] 3rd place (46:39]

4th place Jacob Andrews BIB 5

5th place, Ryan Udvadia BIB 1401



Cara Sherman [BIB 1272, age 22] 1st place (54:24)

Christine Myers  [BIB 6, age 21] 2nd place (55:50)

Karen Hughes [BIB 3, age 35] 3rd place ( 56:01)

4th place Dana Bush BIB 1547, age 41

5th place Danielle Winslow BIB 2

10:30 AM teaser: I will be adding many more photographs, along with identifications, when feasible. SLIDESHOW 1: This first Slideshow depicts the Road Race as it begins the Stockade portion of the course. It shows the lead runners in both the Male and Female categories passing the County Historical Society and Campbell Row, then approaching and entering Front Street from Washington Avenue.

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IMG_0148 . . . . Sorry for the delay, but the Photographer has to meet a Runner (and old college friend) for lunch. There will be many more photos by the end of the evening.

SQUARE TILE MOSAIC – 4 PM offering — click on any of the 27 square tiles for a full version. 





This Slideshow has about 80 photos from the “middle” of the racing cohort, racing for the run not the glory, and savoring the accomplishment and camaraderie.

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8 PM – Finale: Last But Not Least

At the corner of Governor’s Lane and Front Street, I had the pleasure of meeting Little Liv and watching the venerable Anny Stockman [BIB 1341] run past. Anny came in 1st in her Division, Female 80-99.

LittleLiv . . AnnyStockman


This Slideshow celebrates the perseverance and pluck of the last runners passing by me on Front Street in the Stockade, heading for Lawrence Circle, and eventually the triumphant of will and stamina to finish the Road Race.

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. . 6:30 AM, sunrise over the Stockade . . 


finally, a shy smile from Liv

 Below are Thumbnail Image grids with photos from all three of the Slideshows. 

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Posted by: David Giacalone | November 9, 2019

2019 Stockade-athon Stockade preview

. . don’t miss our Race Coverage: “A Stockade View of Stockade-athon 2019“, with 150 photos


Just past 8:30 A.M. today, twenty-four hours before the 2019 Stockade-athon will rush through the Stockade District, I took my camera out to see the conditions along the route (sun, cold, tripping problems in the roadway, etc.). My fingers definitely needed thin gloves to operate the camera. The lead escort car should turn onto Washington Avenue from State Street at about 8:32 AM, heading north on Washington Avenue and, after two blocks, turning right onto Front Street, with runners heading east past Lawrence Circle and continuing all the way to the rotary at Erie Boulevard and up Nott Street. (Scroll down for a map of the Stockade leg of the Race)

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. . above & below: Washington Ave. segment of the race. .

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.. below: Front Street segment . . 

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. . asterisk in the photo immediately above marks a hazard at the turn onto Front street . .  shown in the photo to the right, 2 holes stretching 18 inches. The red-circled hole just below is in front of 28 Front Street, just a couple doors before crossing Lawrence Circle:

With the race cohort bunched up early in the Race, and unable to see the pavement at their feet, I wish temporary patches were used on the hazards. But, if cones are placed to mark them, the cone could be tipped over to cause and even bigger hazard.

 Road work in the Stockade has been going on for a long time, and is not quite completed on Front Street, which needs another layer of asphalt. Runners need to be vigilant for raised manhole covers and grates, as well as the holes shown above. [Click on a square tile below for a full image.]









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. . above: looking west from Lawrence Circle

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. . above: east of Lawrence on Front Street . .

StockadePortion . .Stockade portion of Stockade-athon

The MVP Health Care 2919 Stockade-athon 15k road race takes place, tomorrow, Sunday November 10. For a decade, this website, “suns along the Mohawk”, has presented scores of photos of the race taken along the streets of the Stockade neighborhood. [to see prior coverage, click for the 2018 Stockade-athon posting, and for links in our Stockade-athon Category]

Is Mark Mindel Running? Unfortunately, it looks like an impressive record will be ending with this year’s Race. [image on left from HMRRC] As Mike MacAdam wrote Friday night at the Gazette, “Lennon looking for a fast time at Stockade-athon” (Nov. 8, 2019):

Mark Mindel, the only person who has run in every Stockade-athon since the first one in 1976, said in an email that he might not be able to run on Sunday because of plantar fasciitis.

A 2009 Gazette article by MacAdams told of Mark running his 34th consecutive Stockade-athon that year, and being joined by his son Scott Mindel, a former Shenendahowa star. As Gazette reporter MacAdam wrote in 2009:

Mark Mindel is a three-time Stockade-athon champion, tying with Scott Ferguson in the inaug­ural year, 1976, tying Jay Smith in 1977 and winning outright in 1979 with a time of 47:29, which will take Scott some doing to equal someday.

Scott Mindel [in Bib 5] placed 4th in 2017 and fifth last year. If Mark does run, I will let you know. Follow-up (Nov. 11, 2019): “The streak is over: Mindel bikes Stockade-athon instead of running” (Mike MacAdams, Daily Gazette.)

  • IMG_0053-1 How Daniel Lennon do after telling Mike MacAdams he hoped to break the 46-minute mark? He came in with a very respectable 3rd place finish, with a 46:39 time. You can read his commentary on the race here in the Gazette. For instance Lennon told MacAdams, “Around 4 to 6, I was thinking, ‘OK, now I’m starting to realize how not fit I am.'”

Tomorrow, I will be posting this year’s crop of Stockade-athon pictures in the Stockade again, here at suns along the Mohawk. Go here.


  • Runners and sponsors may use any photo from our Stockade-athon postings for any purpose without further permission. Others may use the photos for any non-commercial purpose, with attribution to David Giacalone at “suns along the Mohawk.”

Here are a few teasers from the 2018 Stockade-athon:

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Posted by: David Giacalone | November 4, 2019

late but lovely autumn foliage

We didn’t get the robust array of autumn foliage colors here at Cucumber Alley and Washington Avenue that we’ve enjoyed in past years. But, subtle colors and thinning leaves nonetheless offered lovely scenes, as you can see below. (Click on a tile in the mosaic for a larger version.) The pictures were taken on October 30, 2019. 



 . . the view south from Cucumber Alley has lost some of its glory due the removal of several trees that glowed in autumn just a few years ago:



A few days later, we had some minor flooding at the end of Cucumber Alley. The Mohawk River rose very quickly on November 1, with water filling the rear yards at the end of the Alley and reaching the top of its bank along Riverside Park. On November 2nd, the lower yards of both 1 Cucumber Alley and 4 Cucumber Alley were still under water, as you can see in this collage.


Posted by: David Giacalone | October 14, 2019

digging North Ferry Street




If, like myself, you’ve been wondering what the Big Dig/Disruption looks like at the river-end of North Ferry Street, this posting is for you. On October 10 and 11, I got some shots while construction workers were on site and sidewalks closed on North Ferry Street; and on Saturday, October 12, I came back when sidewalk access had been restored. As usual, a sunny day and big yellow machines made the trip worthwhile photographically.

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Click on a tile below to see a full, larger version of the image.


As always, and especially with no youngsters around to explain the equipment for me, you will have to look elsewhere for explanations or details about the individual machines, the nature of the excavations, or the construction-disruption schedule. Thanks for your understanding.



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