Drinks, soups festivals at Albany Park Lakehouse

lightsThose of you -- OK, those of us -- who will overindulge at Thanksgiving dinner no doubt will be looking for something lighter during the week leading up to the big day. Something liquid, perhaps.

 In conjunction with the 20th annual Capital Holiday Lights in the Park display in Albany’s Washington Park, which is scheduled to open the day after Thanksgiving, a pair of preview events are planned for the Washington Park Lakehouse:

• "A Taste of the Holidays" -- This craft beer and wine festival will run from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, November 19. Producers will include Albany Distillng Co., Nine Pin Cider, Adirondack Winery, Brookview Station Winery, Cascade Mountain Winery, Chatham Brewery, Davidson Brothers, Druthers, Helderberg Mountain Brewery, High Rock Distillery, Hudson-Chatham Winery, Saratoga Winery, Shmaltz Brewing, and Yankee Distillers. Admission is $20 in advance online, $45 at the door ($9.25/$15 for designated drivers). Suggested donation of $5 per person, $10 per family to walk through the lights display.

• "Soup & Chowder Festival" -- From 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, November 20, $1 samples of soups and chowders will be available from Albany Dog House, Bob’s Diner, B-rad's Bistro Express at 677, Bonefish Grill, Brown’s Brewing, Carol’s Place, Carrabba's Italian Grill, City Line Bar and Grill, Glenmont Job Corps, Grandma’s Pie Shop, Il Faro Restaurant, Innovo Kitchen, Junior’s Bar & Grill, O’Brien’s Public House, Maggie’s Café and Sports Bar, Muddaddy Flats, Parish Public House, Reel Seafood, Ship’s Pub, Stewart’s Shops, Sweet Mama Mia’s Catering, Tipsy Moose Tavern, The Towne Tavern, Westfall Station Café. Free admission to festival; suggested donation of $5 per person, $10 per family to walk through the lights display.

Price Chopper/Market 32 is sponsoring the lights event as a fundraiser for the Albany Police Athletic League (PAL).

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