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The Smalbanac
An Opinionated Guide to New York's Capital District
The Smalbanac
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Christine M. Garretson-Persans - Author
Excelsior Editions
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Paperback - 208 pages
Release Date: March 2010
ISBN10: 1-4384-3150-3
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3150-5

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Summary

A quirky yet practical guide to New York’s Capital Region.

The Smalbanac is a delightful, informative and reasonably priced guide to history, culture, cuisine and shopping in Albany, Schenectady and Troy … Whether you like to travel, dine out or learn local history, this is an exceptional book, worth reading and keeping on hand for when someone laments, ‘I’m so bored.’” — Schenectady Daily Gazette

“An eclectic and affectionate look at the quirks of our region and its many hidden treasures.” — Albany 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 New York’s 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.

Christine Garretson-Persans is a local writer and artist. She originally published The Smalbanac as a series of pamphlets, and this book collects those previous “issues,” together with new material, into one volume. She lives in Watervliet, New York.


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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


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