The kids have wrapped up, hopefully, the end of the pandemic classroom, some are graduating kindergarten, some off to college and others off to their new lives as college graduates. Whatever the situation, it has been a long 15 months. But, the sun came up and it is shining on things to do on your first summer weekend.

No better place to spend a hot sunny day than near the water! This weekend is a New York State “Free Fishing Weekend.” Check out the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation’s “I FISH NY” website for places to go and special events happening.

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The Tri-City ValleyCats are taking on the Washington Wild Things over at Joe Bruno Stadium this weekend. Friday is “Youth Baseball Night”, Saturday is a “Fireworks Night” and Sunday is a “Bark in the Park” afternoon, so you can treat your pup to a ballgame too. There are plenty of tickets available and it’s always more than a baseball game with the ValleyCats. For tickets go to

If you are looking for a bit of a road trip tomorrow for some music and fun, check out the “Americana BBQ” at the Bearsville Theatre in Woodstock at noon for Connor Wenk & Mark Brown Band. Great food vendors, craft beer and lemonade. It’s a fun day in the sun. For more information go to

Afterwards, head up to the Saratoga County Fairgrounds for the Saratoga Brewfest, sponsored by NYSCOPBA, Generation Axe Throwing and Founders Brewing Company. Unlimited samples of 60 different craft breweries and seltzers. There will be food and games. Check it out and it’s from 4p-7p. Buy your tickets at

It’s summer. Get outside. Enjoy the sunshine and put a smile on somebody’s day.

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