Saturday was one of those days when I wished I could get ahold of that special timepiece that Hermione used in the Prisoner of Azkaban – even if it came with a Dementor or two. There were just too damn many fun things to do! Had I been able to master the skill of being in two places simultaneously, I would have managed to attend both Winter WonderLARK and the wonderful celebration for newlyweds Amy & Gretchen held in the oh-so-cool space known as Time & Space Limited in Hudson. After those events wound down, I would have loved to have remained in Hudson for their holiday walk while also attending Albany Center Gallery’s Speakeasy Gala held at 90 State Street. I did the best I could, believe me.
What I managed to accomplish was a drive to Hudson to toast the brides, a quick run and then a delightful couple of hours at the speakeasy-themed Gala. The gala was held at Angelo Mazzone”s newest event space on lower State Street in downtown Albany. Parking was a bit of an issue, but, in all honesty, I found the challenge of parking to be a wonderful indicator of downtown’s appeal on a Saturday night – go, Albany! The venue, formerly a bank, was magnificent with gorgeous details and elaborate ceilings. They don’t build ‘em like that anymore. There definitely are some finishing touches which will complete the space, particularly some attention to the acoustics from the lowers level, but it is a incredible option for any of you planning an event.
The party was fantastic – a great crowd of artfully attired guests seemed to thoroughly enjoy the music, food and entertainment. As always, there were many familiar faces, as well as new folks I hadn’t met previously. There were performers who provided a wonderful theatrical interlude and, as a woman, I was thrilled and appreciative of the beautiful female burlesque dancer whose body was womanly and sexy. So nice to see in a world filled with lollipop performers! Here are some pictures to show you what a lovely event Tony Iadicicco and his entire crew put on. Hope to see you there next time!