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Points North Saratoga Springs is a popular destination just a half hour away. It offers a vibrant downtown the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the fabled Saratoga Race Course. Skiers will enjoy their runs in nearby Vermont Mount Snow for instance is just a little more than an hour away. For a more ambitious northbound excursion head for Montreal less than four hours away. The poutine is to die for. Points East Three hours will take you to historic Boston. Why not take in a Red Sox or Celtics game Points South In just about three hours by car or train you can get into the heart of New York City. Add another half-hour and youre in hyper-hip Brooklyn. Points West L.A. is just a little over 40 hours by carbut better yet drive the 10 miles over to Albany International Airport and pick up a flight. Troy was once known as the Collar City because the vast majority of celluloid shirt collars that men wore in the 19th and early 20th centuries were manufactured here. Troy is also reputedly the birthplace of our Uncle Sam national symbol. Legend has it that a local meat-packer named Samuel Wilson supplied the military and according to an unprovable legend barrels stamped U.S. were jokingly taken by the troops to stand for Uncle Sam meaning Wilson. History lives and breathes in Troy. Walk its green leafy streets and you will find some of the most extensively preserved areas of Victorian architecture in the countrydescribed by the New York Times as a town so unchanged that upon arriving there architectural historians think theyve gone to heaven. At the same time Troy along with Albany and Schenectady which make up what is popularly known as the Capital Region has kept pace with the presentand even the future. The Capital Region has become an integral part of what is known as Tech Valley a high-tech area that has begun to rival Silicon Valley with businesses such as Albany Molecular Research Inc. AMRI GlobalFoundries and SEMATECH. Just a short walk from campus youll find a revitalized downtown that boasts music venues coffee bars brew pubs fine restaurants and some terrific special events. Among the latter are Collar City the Capital Region Victorian Stroll. Start your holiday season the elegant way in early December with Troys Victorian Stroll. This eagerly awaited annual event set amid the storybook setting of Troys beautifully preserved Victorian-era streetscapes includes narrated trolley tours antique fire engine rides live music arts and crafts and even Newfoundland dog sleigh rides for kids. Flag Day Parade. In the city that gave us Uncle Sam youll find the largest parade in the country honoring the American flag held every June. Chowderfest. Find out who has the best chowder in the Capital Region at this mega- fun tasting event held on the Sunday of every Columbus Day weekend. Troy Waterfront Farmers Market. More than 80 food growers bakers chefs and artisans gather outdoors every Saturday in the summer and in the winter convene indoors on Saturdays at the Uncle Sam Atrium in downtown Troy. Striped Bass Tournament and Block Party. Fishermen from around the world make their way to the city of Troy each May to fish for striped bass in the Hudson Riverand to party afterward. Annual Troy Pig-Out. Now in its seventh year this pig-lovers paradise held in July features a weekend competition with barbecue vendors live music and fireworks. 1 2 3 4 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Considered by many to have the finest acoustics in America. Troy Night Out. This event which takes place the last Friday evening of every month regularly draws over 1000 people onto the streets of Troy. Youll enjoy over 30 art events 15 musical venues and much more. The Rensselaer shuttle takes students between campus and Monument Square on the hour. capital region 59