Spellen of Troy
I wrote another Troy Story for Brownstoner.com. This one is about George Post, the architect of the Troy Savings Bank and Music Hall. Please read about this talented architect and his wonderful buildings. The Music Hall was one of his earlier buildings, and he gave us a beauty.
It was as hot as a skillet on a coal fire here in Troy, the weekend of the 6th Annual Troy Pig Out, and anyone who attended in the middle of the afternoon either day, knows what bacon feels like.
But the barbeques were cooking, the bacon was sizzling, the cool drinks and ice cream were selling out like crazy, and it was a lot of fun. Food, drink, music, nice people and the Hudson River. Who could ask for more?
Last year, we were up here in Troy the weekend of the Pig Out, but we didn't know about it. We were in the process of moving DJ's stuff up here, and it was hot that weekend, too. When we were crossing the Green Island Bridge out of town, we saw the tents and the signs, and said, "Next year!"
Well, this was next year, and we are all settled into our apartments, we've got a garden, and we went to the Pig Out. There were a lot of people there, but compared to a NYC crowd, this was nothing. Thank goodness. One of the things about New York City I really hated was the crowds. People there are so used to standing in line for the simplest things that when they see a line, they stand on it, just in case.
Troy gets enough crowds to make events like this fun, but not so many people you can't stand it. Love it! We had some great food, saw things with bacon on them that you wouldn't believe (cotton candy??) and had fun. Next year, we're bringing a crowd. Many of our city friends want to come. Pig out!
My name is Suzanne Spellen. I've been many things: a writer, historian, preservationist, musician, traveler, designer, sewer, teacher, and tour guide; a long time Brooklynite and now, a proud resident of Troy, NY.