Category Archives: Things Around Town

Logging Museum

Recently, the town I now live in held a Moose Festival, and they opened up the museum they keep above the library. Not many people know about this museum because they only open it about two or three times a year, so I grabbed the chance and got a TON of pictures.

Below are some of my favorites from logging. Most of the crews and people you see are from Van Dyke’s group.

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X-Mas Tree

This year is the first time in YEARS that we decided to go with a real tree. My brother and I split the price, and off the two of us, along with Mama Bear went. 🙂 We got to the tree place, Holland Hill Tree Farm in Ballston Spa, NY, and after we grabbed a saw we set off into the field to look for our tree. There were a few where we all paused and pondered if it was the tree for us, before mom saw one and pointed it out to us. “I think this is it,” she said happily. Elliott and I nodded in agreement, and my six foot five inches of brother got down on his stomach and cut the tree down.

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He hefted it back up the hill and after we put it in the trunk of his car (yes, we had to leave the trunk open-obviously XD), we drove home and put it up in the family room. 🙂

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We let the tree sit for a bit to let it warm up(my mom said that this step is important…..I DID NOT KNOW THAT.)

Anyway, after my brother got home from work we decorated the tree with all of the family ornaments, each one having a different meaning. ❤

The tree topper
The tree topper
Cricket-Gone, but never forgotten
Cricket-Gone, but never forgotten
Camelot-Gone, but never forgotten
Camelot-Gone, but never forgotten
Boldie-Gone, but never forgotten
Boldie-Gone, but never forgotten
Jasmine-Gone, but never forgotten
Jasmine-Gone, but never forgotten
Zeus-Gone, but never forgotten
Zeus-Gone, but never forgotten
Apollo-Gone, but never forgotten
Apollo-Gone, but never forgotten
Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse
Cardinals-They represent my grandma <3
Cardinals-They represent my grandma ❤

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So that’s our Christmas tree this year. ❤

 

Getting the Hotel Ready for Christmas

I work at a hotel as the Sales Coordinator. Basically this means that I sell overnight rooms to large groups, and our banquet space for parties, meeting, and weddings. It’s a pretty awesome job, and I love it. ❤ This is my first year doing holiday parties, and I loved watching our banquet staff decorate the room, so I decided to post their hard work. 🙂

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Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

So every year the town where I live has a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. It’s a really fun event where Santa comes and the kids can take pictures with him, and they do carriage rides, there are reindeer and they light trees that people have decorated in memory of loved ones that have passed. I went up this year (as my mom and dad played Santa and Mrs. Clause!!!) and took a whole bunch of pics to show you guys. Enjoy!!!! 🙂

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I LOVED this tree. Simplistic beauty.
I LOVED this tree. Simplistic beauty.

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This is Athena, she was my favorite. :)
This is Athena, she was my favorite. 🙂

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This was my favorite horse. <3
This was my favorite horse. ❤

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My mom and dad as Mrs. Clause and Santa Clause.
My mom and dad as Mrs. Clause and Santa Clause.
My mom and dad as Mrs. Clause and Santa Clause.
My mom and dad as Mrs. Clause and Santa Clause.

Mom and Dad

Midnight Bowling

So a lot of places have local bowling allies, the one near us does midnight bowling on the weekends. It runs $17 per person, and includes shoe rental, and unlimited games from 11PM-1:30AM. Pretty good deal, especially considering their snack bar is relatively cheap.

My cousins were up still last night visiting from Thanksgiving. It was there first time and we had such a blast!!!

My Cousin Zak
My Cousin Zak
My friend Jordynn
My friend Jordynn
My Cousin Hannah
My Cousin Hannah
Cousins: Hannah and Zak
Cousins: Hannah and Zak

We ordered a pizza and ate that, and listened to the awesome music that the DJ played. 🙂 My two best friends, and one of the their boyfriends tagged along to, so we wound up playing boys versus girls. Girls one every game but the first one, I am proud to say. 🙂

Girls Board
Girls Board
Guys Board
Guys Board
Guys Board
Guys Board
Girls Board
Girls Board

Even though it was freezing cold outside, the cousins had an awesome time, and so did everyone else. 🙂 Can’t wait for the next Midnight Bowling Trip. 🙂

Troy Block Party

A few weeks ago my friends Kyra and Sam took me to a block party where they live. It was really cool because there was a HUGE farmers market, and there were food trucks and stuff for kids. But what enjoyed most of all was walking around downtown and seeing the stuff I don’t normally take the time to look at it. I’ve picture it all below!!! 🙂

Proctor's
Proctor’s

For anyone who isn’t aware, Proctor’s is a theater here in upstate New York in Schenectady. What a lot of people don’t know is that it started in Troy, in this building pictured above. Currently, RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) owns this building. It’s really sad because they’re not doing anything with it, and it’s literally rotting from the inside out. You can still see the red chairs if you’re tall enough to peak through the boarded windows, and you can still see the grandness the building once had if you close your eyes.

One the outside of the building, RPI students have depicted their art, which is cool,  (still wish they’d do something with the inside though). Here’s some of the art outside:

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I know, they’re super good. Also going on in downtown Troy is the “Uncle Sam Project.” Again, RPI students have decorated statues of Uncle Sam with their own ideas and pictures. There are 30 in total, and at some point, the city of Troy will be auctioning them off for people to buy (I want one. :)) Unfortunately, a lot of them have been stolen, or vandalized (I know, people). So, here are some of the ones I was able to find:

The Annotated Uncle Sam The artist actually encouraged people to write on it, creating a new kind of art
The Annotated Uncle Sam
The artist actually encouraged people to write on it, creating a new kind of art
The Engineer Sponsored by RPI, this statue gives a new take on the shapes people are already so familiar with.
The Engineer
Sponsored by RPI, this statue gives a new take on the shapes people are already so familiar with.
Home Based on the streets and homes in Troy/Lansingburgh
Home
Based on the streets and homes in Troy/Lansingburgh
Truly...Uncle Sam Portrays a Store called "Truly Rhe"
Truly…Uncle Sam
Portrays a Store called “Truly Rhe”

There’s so many more, and I even got to see a spot where an Uncle Sam had been stolen(all that remained was the cement block they sit on).

So my lesson here had been to just walk in a place I didn’t know. Now, I did have two people with me who knew the area, however neither had actually taken the time to look at these statues as I wanted to do. So I’m glad they indulged me, and I’m glad I got to explore. I can’t wait for these to go on auction (I’m hoping to get the Home one) and I hope everyone enjoys the art!!!!