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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. . east of N. Church St. .

. . 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.



Posted by: David Giacalone | October 12, 2019

an Upper Union celebration of autumn


above: display by Sophia Sabella Photography

           . . colorful autumn photo-ops, with unscary scarecrows. . 

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. . above: Scarecrows by [L to R] Dunkin’ Donuts. DiCocco Accountants and Union St. Vet. Hospital . .

 . . tasty food opportunities, too, including [L to R below]: Alaturco Mediterranean Kitchen, Tesoros Cafe, and Needi Snacks:

Alaturco Meditterranean Kitchen



A bank of gray clouds failed to dim the colors, muffle diverse and enjoyable music, or totally banish the blue skies and puffy white clouds at the Upper Union Street 2019 Harvest Fest. I enjoyed by photo-stroll and chatting with friendly strangers.

This slideshow has a couple dozen photos. For a larger version of an image, pause on it, Right Click, and choose Show Image in New Tab. I hope you’ll enjoy the event as much as I did.


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NEFJ-prior&currentSigns p.s. A Sour Note: It was disheartening to see that, ten weeks after Northeastern Fine Jewelry was informed by the Schenectady Planning Department that the program on its large, bright, close-to-the-street digital screen was not in compliance with the City Code and its special use permit, the sign is still not in compliance. It is still changing more often than allowed by the Zoning Code and its Permit [no more than every 8 seconds], and using movement and gimmicks that make the sign even more distracting along your busy, mixed-use streetscape. Click here for a 44-second video clip that contains at least 10 changes. For more on this story, see the posting “Is anyone enforcing our digital sign rules?“.  [The image above shows the former, tasteful and effective sign and the current digital sign.]

Posted by: David Giacalone | September 22, 2019

don’t miss the 2019 Stockade Walkabout

The 57th Stockade Walkabout is coming soon: Saturday, September 28th. It is a chance to see inside a wide variety of Stockade homes, institutions and other properties. Read about it and see photos of properties that will be open here.

WalkaboutAd  . .  Walkabout2019Houses

This tiled mosaic has photos from our prior coverage of the Stockade Walkabout (e.g., 2015 Walkabout, and 2014 Walkabout).  Click on an image for a larger version.




Posted by: David Giacalone | September 21, 2019

Congress Park and Art in Saratoga


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 This afternoon, I set out for Historic Congress Park, off Broadway in Saratoga Springs, on the last Saturday of Summer 2019. A lovely blue sky made a great backdrop for my drive and the park scene. My original motivation was to attend this years’s Saratoga Art in the Park, thanks to a reminder from painter Ivy Yuan [Artbyyvy]. But, I found myself focusing  on only a few art exhibits (mostly familiar art and artists from the Stockade Art Shows), and instead marveled at all the lovely settings, nooks, etc., in the grand old Park.

IMG_2483 Like my photoshoot a fortnight ago, at the Stockade Outdoor Art Show, I found myself viewing and schmoozing at the exhibits of Erik Rutnik (viz., the large blue painting above) and Ivy Yuan, along with Tim Prendergast. Noelle Adamoschek’s Freehand Design mosaic art also caught the light and my eye at the Park. The following tile columns are representative of art and art show scenes I enjoyed today.

. . click on a square for the full image; scroll over to see if it has a caption . . 


Congress Park itself was dazzling today. My photos might not do it justice, but it would be a crime not to share some of the images.


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. . above: the Carrousel was quite inviting for some . .

. . but, the pools and fountains were more alluring to me . .


As with any fine urban park, people of all ages were enjoying the amenities. And, people were quite friendly. As when I strolled Broadway’s retail blocks earlier this summer, I again left hoping to return in the near future. Here are a few more images of my brief stay.


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Posted by: David Giacalone | September 19, 2019

foggy river morning

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 . . view west from Riverside Park Overlook at [L] 8:14 and [R] 8:30 AM

This morning, the CBS News 6 team told me there was quite a bit of fog at various river locations in the area. When I got outside at 8 AM, a thick fog blanketed the Mohawk River along its Schenectady Stockade riverbank. I was lucky to be able to see several phases of the fog along the River, at Cucumber Alley, Washington Avenue, and Riverside Park over the next 40 minutes.







.. above: rear of 1 Cucumber Alley ; below: scene from 16 Washington Avenue sidewalk toward River . .


This Slideshow depicts my September foggy photoshoot, September 19, 2019. Each of the images can also be found separately in the Thumbnail Grid at the bottom of this posting.

  • For more Stockade and Mohawk fog postings, click here.





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view west from near Gov. Lane 8:34 AM





Below is a Thumbnail Grid of the Slideshow photos. Click on one for a larger version.

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Posted by: David Giacalone | September 7, 2019

another artful outing in the Stockade


My expectations are always high as I head out the door for the annual outdoor art show on the blocks surrounding Lawrence Circle in Schenectady’s Stockade. With comfortable temperatures, art by new and returning artists displayed under sunny blue skies, and exhibitors, neighbors and visitors in good spirits, the 68th Annual Stockade Villagers’ Outdoor Art Show did not disappoint. During over five hours of shooting and schmoozing, I totally enjoyed myself and the 2019 Outdoor Art Show, from my first photo [above, R, entering at N. Church and Front Streets, about 9:40 AM] to the last [below, a portrait of Lawrence painted during the Show by Erik Rutnik].


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Later tonight and on Sunday morning, I will be adding over a hundred photos taken while strolling along the blocks of the art show, with images of exhibits, individual works, and individuals. [7 PM, Sunday: Done!]

  • Images may be used by the artist for any purpose without further permission from David Giacalone, who holds the copyright. Others may use images for non-commercial purposes. Please attribute the photographs to “suns along the Mohawk” and David Giacalone.

At this time, I would like to celebrate the “winners” of the prizes and awards granted by the organizers of the Show.


, , Zoe Oxley setting up the Winners Circle around Lawrence the Indian

 1st PlaceMABEL LEON   1st-MabelLeon




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3rd-SaraLuAnnPerkings . . IMG_2326


Best First-Time ExhibitorIVY YUAN



Best Stockade Depiction (Cohen Award)

BestStockadeDepiction-KevinKhune – KEVIN KUHNE . .


Oakroom Artists Gillilan AwardBRETT SCOTT



People’s Choice – ALEC ACEVEDO . . 2019PeoplesChoice-AlecAcevedo 


 Best Depiction of Human Form – MARY ELLEN REILL




1st PLACE . . MIA ETKIN . . Student1st-MiaEtkin

Student-2nd-EmilyFredericks 2nd Place – EMILY FREDERICKS . .

Student-3rd-JakeMatusic . . 3rd Place – JAKE MATUSIC





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. . above: artwork by [L to R] J. Matusic, M. Etkin & M. Hardin . .

Tim Pendergast’s  . . IMG_2353

Emily Frederick’s origami cranes:  IMG_2153-003

RickSacchetti2018. . If you liked this year’s Art Show. please enjoy our coverage of prior Stockade Outdoor Art Shows, such as the 2018 Show.

. . click on an image for a larger version! . . 


We’re slowly adding images throughout the morning, including slideshows. So, please stop by often. [7 PM Sunday: Only a little fine-tuning left to do; take a stroll around our Stockade’s venerable Outdoor Art Show. Please let me know if I’ve misidentified an artist or misspelled a name.]

. . Perennial Pleasers: Cute Kids and Pets!

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and, Good Neighbors with good art, like Mabel Leon and Robert Laper:

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. . artists: both new (to me), e. g. :

IMG_2126. . Philip Parker . . IMG_2316-001

Carolyn Scheicher. .  CarolynScheicher

. . and returning favorite artists:

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. . above: Peter Watrous; below: Val Robert



SLIDE SHOW ONE: Green Street Scenes

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Christine brought a helper .IMG_2197

IMG_2206 . . Thanks, Lawrence, as always.

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. . above: our first Stacey sighting in years . . 



. . above: Mark Miletta and St. George go well together .. 

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IMG_2365-001 . . thanks again, to all Art Show

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and, here’s a bonus:

IVY YUAN TILED MOSAIC: Click on any image for a larger version from the diverse selection of art in, on and outside the tent of first-time exhibitor Ivy Yuan, who moved to Schenectady earlier this yearYou’ll find a few more above in Slideshow Three.



ArtByYTYShare A big follow-up Thank You, to Ivy Yuan, who shared this webpost at her Artbyyty Facebook page Sunday evening (Sept. 8). That’s great enough, but it also triggered a lot of visitors, many of whom have the very good taste of liking Ivy’s art a lot, and are curious enough to check out other artists and webposts, too.  As cosmopolitan as she seems to be, Ivy probably knows more Italian than I do, but I just have to say “grazie i prego!

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