The guides of Scary DC: Ghosts of Washington blend the natural and supernatural realms together in hair-raising tours of the city’s haunted habitats. Backed by the knowledge of professional historian Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg, tour guides regale guests with paranormal tales of the city’s past and present. During 90-minute jaunts, tour-takers set out to discover the spirits of Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson while ignoring Millard Fillmore’s pleas that he’s important too. With a blend of supernatural lore and historical fact, Scary DC’s tours edify and entertain guests of all ages.
Since opening with a Frank Sinatra performance in 1990, the stadium now known as Times Union Center has seen more than 15 million guests pass through its turnstiles. That’s only slightly smaller than the population of the Netherlands and roughly equal to the number of people worldwide who enjoy candy corn. Besides attracting such entertainment titans as the Rolling Stones, U2, Disney’s “On Ice” series, and the Harlem Globetrotters, the multifunction arena is also home to the AHL’s Albany Devils and college basketball’s Siena Saints.
Since first enchanting moviegoers with a screening of The Desert Song on May 30, 1929, Madison Theater continues to treat attendees to the latest cinematic offerings. Designed by acclaimed American theater architect Thomas White Lamb, Madison Theater remained a single-screen establishment until 1994, and now projects motion pictures on seven screens, playing Hollywood features alongside films from local and independent moviemakers. As cinematic stories unfold before their eyes, visitors can scarf down handfuls of daily made, cholesterol- and trans-fat-free popcorn. Snackers seeking richer treats can request kernels slathered in canola oil or drenched in a soy-based buttery topping, which concessions employees also insert in the middle of the corn for lasting buttery taste and protection from the beaks of butter-syphoning hawks.
Though its name accurately reflects its function, the Albany JCC has always striven to go further, providing a neighborhood community, regardless of faith. Always aiming at this goal, the center offers services and facilities geared toward everyone, from seniors to bustling families. Amenities include a fitness center equipped with the latest exercise equipment, fitness classes, an indoor and outdoor pool, and an early childhood center that provides daycare. Elementary school and teen programs give kids something to do with their free time, and summer camps help them find productive ways to while away the warmer months.
Sunset Recreation Bowling Lane’s expansive family-friendly facility offers more than a dozen self-scoring lanes, as well as a full snack bar with cheesy pizzas and sauce-slathered wings. Patrons can also stop by the alley’s full-service shop where local pro Warren Guernsey doles out bowling advice and reminisces about the days when lanes were uphill both ways.
At Wolf's 1-11 Restaurant & Games, the latter comes in myriad forms. An arcade stocks both new and older classics, from Guitar Hero to air hockey to skee-ball. Trivia tests patrons' knowledge every Tuesday, and football fans can vie for autographed photos from stars such as Joe Namath and Dan Marino on game days. In fact, every day is a game day of sorts at Wolf's, where 40 high-definition TVs and projection screens show the latest games and sports news.
Bartenders at Wolf's bar decant wines and pour 30 rotating draft beers before setting the drinks down at high-top bar tables or sending them out to the cozy leather booths and casual tables in the dining room. The dual spaces complement Wolf's menu, whose steakhouse- and pub-style meals range from 12-ounce new york strip steaks topped with housemade garlic butter to chicken wings tossed in sweet whiskey sauce.