The Smalbanac

An Opinionated Guide to New York's Capital District

By Christine M. Garretson-Persans

Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions
Imprint: Excelsior Editions
Paperback : 9781438431505, 208 pages, March 2010

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Table of contents

1. Albany—400 Years Old and Counting

2. Oh Boy, Troy!!!!!

3. A Brief Look at Schenectady

4. Of Billiards and Beer

5. Some Famous Albanians You Should Know

6. Get Off the Couch!!!!

7. The BIG List of Eating Out

8. The BIG Shopping List 

9. Event Calendar

10. Calendar of Historical/Hysterical Events

11. The Smalbanac’s Guide to the Solar System

12. Some of Our Sources That We Are Willing to Reveal

A quirky yet practical guide to the Capital Region.


"An eclectic and affectionate look at the quirks of our region and its many hidden treasures. " -- The Times Union

"Is there anything to do here?" In The Smalbanac, Christine Garretson-Persans answers a resounding "Yes!" From food, shopping, and the arts to people, history, and places to go, The Smalbanac offers a wry, affectionate, and practical survival guide to the Capital Region, perfect not only for visitors, new students, and those relocating to the area, but also for long-term residents who want to get out of their "comfort zones" and explore the many hidden (and some not-so-hidden) treasures the area has to offer.