Posted by: David Giacalone | November 6, 2018

Stockade-athon will again visit Lawrence


. . prior to 2014, Lawrence Circle was the halfway point of the Race, with runners coming from the east end of Front St.; above photo taken 2009 .. 

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. . Saturday update (Nov. 10, 2018, 4 PM): Lawrence waiting for the Race:

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2018 Course Change in the Stockade

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This year’s Stockade-athon race course change is a goodie. Four years ago this week, I wrote a rather grumpy post at this weblog titled “Stockade-athon 2014 abandons Lawrence and trivializes the Stockade” (Nov. 8, 2014), because the course for the road race had been altered, with one change removing the Stockade portion of Front Street from the Stockade-athon. The half-way point of the 15K race had always been Lawrence Circle, with the entourage of runners entering from Nott Street and running west up Front Street past Lawrence to Washington Avenue. The race cohort was stretched out by then, so that the last stalwarts passed by Lawrence about 45-minutes after the front-runners.

2014-2017Course-StockadePortio The 2014 to 2017 course configuration (image at right) brought the Race to the Stockade only a half mile from the Start near Proctors, in a compacted mob entering Washington Avenue from State Street, going to and through Riverside Park, and then out Ingersoll Avenue. The front and rear escort cars were only 12 minutes or so apart.

In 2014, Race entrant Herb Terns gave the new race course, which put steep parts of the terrain earlier in the race, a grade of “B+ (more Stockade in the Stockade-athon would get it an A).”  See  “The ‘new’ Stockade-athon’ by letters” (Nov. 10, 2014), in the Times Union Outdoors Blog. Herb got nostalgic:

One thing I didn’t like about the Stockade section was that it gave short shrift to the actual Stockade. It was nice to run by the river but through the years I’ve felt the Stockade was well supported and the most fun part of the race with cheering crowds by the statue of Lawrence. It’s also one of the gems of our city and I was glad others got to experience it. 

The new 2018 configuration solves the problem of giving the Stockade short shrift geographically. The Race now covers the same ground as the pre-2014 race course, but in reverse. [See the map detail at the top of this posting.] It does not, of course, solve the problem as a spectator or photographer, of having the race “race” through the Stockade so quickly. As pointed out above, with the the Stockade being so close to the Starting line, the field is still compacted, making for less interesting viewing and photo-shooting. I’ve estimated that if you stand in one spot to watch the Race, the entire field will stream by you in about 7 or 8 minutes.

AtLawrence-img_1146 . .  Nonetheless, I bet the old tradition of a crowd gathering at Lawrence Circle will be resurrected, along with residents lining the course, with cheers and cowbells. At my grumpy 2014 post, there are dozens of photos from the good old days with Stockade-athon action approaching, passing through, and departing Lawrence Circle. And, clicking on our Stockade-athon Category will bring links to our annual coverage of the event since 2009.


In 2014, I voiced the hope that “the Stockade-athon Course Design Committee can find a way to revive this Stockade tradition in 2015.” It took a few extra years, but I am grateful for the reversion, even if it is being done for a different reason.  I look forward to seeing the runners, the volunteers, and the watchers this Sunday, November 11, between about 8:35 and 8:55 AM.

Posted by: David Giacalone | November 2, 2018

foggy Mohawk evening


It was great to be able to see fog along the Mohawk in the late afternoon, rather than having to rush my morning coffee to get out before the fog drifts away.  I was disappointed that I saw no dog-walkers in Riverside Park, and no bicyclists mysteriously emerged on a commute home, but I did enjoy quick chats with a few fellow Fog in the Park Lovers, and even got a pair to trace their steps and let me capture their reflections in a puddle. [For my last shot, I then used the puddle to prove the photographer’s existence. See image on the right.]

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Posted by: David Giacalone | October 24, 2018

get over to Union College for autumn hues


Oct. 15, 2015

 Union College in Schenectady has one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. For my taste (as a romantic and a photographer), it is especially lovely ablaze with autumnal colors. For proof, see our posting three years ago, “autumn glows on the Union College campus.

Consider this posting a pre-peak teaser to inspire visits to the Stockade’s offspring, now located a bit down Union Street and Nott Street. The photos below were taken Saturday, October 20, 2018.


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Posted by: David Giacalone | October 17, 2018

Schenectady Train Station Opens


Most of the opening-day dignitaries were still there, when I arrived about 10:30 AM (Oct. 17) at the new Schenectady Train Station. The 10 AM Opening Ceremony was attended by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, Mayor Gary McCarthy and many other local and state officials. See “Schenectady train station officially opens” (Daily Gazette, by Andrew Beam & Steven Cook, Oct. 17. 2018).

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DSCF4249 follow-up (October 18, 2018): Yesterday, we were asked about seating in the waiting area of the new Station, and stopped in this afternoon to check it out. As expected, the folding chairs set up for yesterday’s opening ceremony were gone, and new seating installed in the public portion of the Station. Similar seating was in-place yesterday in the seating area for ticketed passengers. They seem comfortable, but I did not stay long enough for a true test drive. On the way out, I also snapped a photo of one of the sturdy new planters placed near the entrance of the Station (photo at the head of this blurb).



Posted by: David Giacalone | October 10, 2018

foggy October morning


Unusually mild temperatures brought a thick morning fog along the Mohawk today. It stayed around long enough for me to get outside and capture some images with foggy backgrounds.

I started at the end of Cucumber Alley and then turned up Washington Avenue into Riverside Park, as far as the Play Lot, and back. You can see results in the Slideshow below.


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view north from end of Governor’s Lane

below: view east from end of Cucumber Alley

Posted by: David Giacalone | October 7, 2018

2018 Mohawk Fall Classic Regatta rows by


Today (October 7, 2018), the Burnt Hills Rowing association [Facebook page] once again hosted a major autumn rowing event on the Mohawk River (18 clubs, 195 entries this year). The 2018 Mohawk Fall Classic Regatta was again worth a walk to the Park. As their website explains:

RegattaLogoThe regatta is run out of the iconic Jumpin’ Jacks Drive-In and Freedom Park location.  . . .

The 3700 meter head race starts downstream and finishes in front of the Freedom Park stage. The last 500 meters of the race is fully viewable from shore.


Happily, those last 500 meters go right past the Stockade’s Riverside Park, allowing me to snap some photos, as I did, and posted about, last year. We did not have the dramatic blue skies and curious blue heron [photo reprised on the right] like we did in 2017, but it was fun to watch and listen to the fans from the Park for the last portion of the event.

The Slide show has about two dozen photos, taken with a zoom lens (sorry for the occasional lack of full focus, and for not being able to identify the entrants or clubs).

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. . Thanks go out to the Host, BHRA, and sponsors (including, The Gazette, Jumpin’ Jack’s, Turf Tavern . . 


Posted by: David Giacalone | October 6, 2018

wings and players

IMG_8729 The 7th Annual Downtown Schenectady Wing Walk sold out days before the event, which took place today, Saturday, October 6, 2018, from Noon to 5 PM. The 2000 ticket-holders could “sample unique chicken wing recipes at 23 different restaurants”, and vote for their favorite. (pre-event Gazette story, here)

I encountered a lot of friendly and happy-looking folks. And, had a few good smiles. The closest thing to trauma that I encountered was a young woman who needed napkins because “I can’t even lick my fingers, it’s too hot.” There are over 50 photos in the Slideshow below.

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Thanks to those who asked to have their picture taken. I did not take names, but did let them know I was not from the Gazette. The photos are in the Slideshow, and also combined in this Tile Matrix. (click on a photo for a larger version; scroll over an image to see a caption):



The forecasted sunny day never happened, but even the photographer had a warm, good time.


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Posted by: David Giacalone | October 3, 2018

2nd Edition of Jamming on the Mohawk

Jamming2dCover Of the six Stockade-themed photobooks I have put together, my personal favorite has always been “Jamming on the Mohawk: ice floes and jams along the Mohawk River near the Schenectady Stockade” (2014).  After experiencing and shooting 2018’s massive ice jam; its floes invading our Park and yards; and the flash-freeze flood of January; plus, flooding with floes in February, I knew I needed to update Jamming, to commemorate the beautiful phenomena of the winter of 2018. [for example, see here and there] The result is “Jamming on the Mohawk II: ice floes and jams along the Mohawk River near the Schenectady Stockade” (2nd Edition, Sept. 2018, 21 pages).

  • Jamming II  has over 60 photos, 16 of them from the winter of 2018, and about four dozen taken from 2010 through 2014.
  • update (January 2019): Click here to see Jamming 3, a slightly improved version.

As I’ve said before, I put the photobook together for my own pleasure and those of other viewers, rather than as a business. Therefore, I’m pleased that you can see the entire book at the Shutterfly website without having to buy it. Just click this perma-link: Jamming II .

  • And, if you would like to purchase a copy, either hardcover or softcover, you can do so at my price to print the book, using available discounts (plus, postage, if necessary), rather than paying the higher regular price at Shutterfly. Just contact me [David Giacalone], if you are interested.
  • You can find larger version of the photos in Jamming II, plus many others, by going to our prior Ice-floes-jams postings.

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