Thanks to all those who have donated to the Chair Drive thus far, we were able to finally purchase

our 70 new banquet chairs. They are almost exactly the color of the dining room chairs and the seats are covered in a material that will allow us to wipe them clean, which should increase the life of the chairs. We are also about two-thirds of the way to our goal of replacing the loveseats in the Living Room and Lobby. There is still time to help us do that (see page three for details)!
Perhaps the best part about the new chairs is that they got here just in time for the wedding reception of Club member Monica Mahaffey and her husband Paul Otterness (pictured right) held at the Club on Saturday, July 20th.

After a ceremony at Westminster Presbyterian Church, the wedding party proceeded to the University Club, led by bagpiper Mike Battenfeld. A delicious dinner in the Dining Room was followed by a full Irish seisiún in the Grille Room. The bride joined the band for such traditional favorites as "Red is the Rose" and "Caledonia," a song popularized by the band Celtic Woman. The next time you see Monica, be sure to offer her this popular Irish wedding toast: "May you live as long as you want; and never want as long as you live!"

The Albany Distilling Company, owned by John Curtin and Matthew Jager, is a modest operation, producing craft spirits one small batch at a time. Its headquarters are located in downtown Albany, not far from the site of the city’s original 18th century distillery.
Matt Jager will join us at the club for a special tasting on Friday, August 16th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. “Our Original Albany rum pays homage to Albany’s first distillery,” he says. “The Quackenbush Still House produced an unaged rum from Caribbean molasses and Hudson River water, fermented with wild yeasts in huge, open wooden vessels. We use modern equipment, better yeast, and a more suitable water supply, but we follow the same recipe and use the methods of our predecessors.” Bright tropical notes shine through the rich, earthy flavor of the Caribbean cane, giving way to a long, creamy, butterscotch finish. Original Albany rum is excellent neat or on the rocks, but also brings an exciting layer of character to cocktails. Original Albany rum will be featured in the signature cocktail for the event, U. Club Rum Punch. There is no cost for the tasting, which is being hosted by the Club’s Food & Beverage Committee, but we certainly hope you will make an evening of it and join us for dinner as well. Reservations are required for both the tasting and dinner. Please let us know if you will attend. Call the Front Desk at 518-463-1151 or, if you prefer, you can make your reservations online at www.uclubevents.blogspot.com.

We continue to receive excellent feedback on the changes Chef Kevin Pagano has made to the menu. While many of your old favorites remain available, there are lots of new options to excite your taste buds! Along those lines, the Club is looking to add According to Craig Gravina, historian, some new choices to the Wine List for beer blogger, home brewer and craft beer the Fall and Winter seasons and we aficionado, “Beer built the city of Al- need your help. bany.” Join the University Club Foundation for Gravina’s presentation on the Join us Friday, September 6 from 6-7 subject and a tasting of what he calls p.m., when the Food & Beverage Com“The Magnificent Seven”–the beers that mittee will host a tasting of several of the wines under consideration to comshaped the New York beer scene. plement the signature, savory tastes of “The University Club has a deep connec- the harvest and holiday season. Then tion to Albany’s beer-making tradition as stay for dinner and check out Jeff when moved to our present location in Strange playing in the Grille from 8-10 April, 1907, we purchased the home of p.m. (see page 3 for details). brewer George Amsdell,” said Colleen Ryan, the Club’s president. “We are Or stop by the week of September 9-13 looking forward to celebrating the past, and have a taste along with your lunch present and future of Albany, and show- or dinner. Ballots will be available at casing the history that makes our city the club and in the September newsletter. Votes should be cast by September special.” 13th. We will premiere the new wine Tickets $20, includes light fare & tast- list at the Uncork Autumn Harvest Bufing, payable by cash or check to the Uni- fet on Friday, September 27! versity Club of Albany Foundation. Support for educational programming is provided by AT&T.

The Club will also unveil in the Grille Room, that evening, a new collection of archival prints from the Albany Institute of History and Art The works, such as the one left were Time for Beverwyck Beverwyck Breweries, INC., selected to highlight Albany, N.Y local history, and include iconic travel posters from the NY Central Railroad, advertisements and broadsides from Albany’s famed breweries, and depictions of the city’s iconic architecture. The Albany Institute museum shop offers a selection of fine-art prints in a variety of sizes. Each is digitally reproduced using the highest quality archival
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While Cheers, Salud and Cin Cin are common toasts around the world, there are many more you can impress your friends with at your next cocktail party. In Austrian, Dutch, German and Swiss Cheers is Prost; in Norwegian, Swedish and Danish it is Skål and in Irish, Sláinte. Then there’s Gan Bei which is ‘Drain Your Glass’ in Chinese; Yam Seng, ‘Finish Your Drink’ in Singaporian or Na Zdrowie, ‘To Your Health’ in Polish, Czech and Ukranian? And, did you know that it’s said that in Russia, it is impolite to refuse beverages from your host and one should always partake in a toast. Not drinking is a serious handicap to doing business in Russia! Refusing to drink is unacceptable unless you give a plausible excuse. But beware, if you find yourself intoxicated, don't sign anything!

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inks and is color balanced to match the original art. The fine-art reproductions offered in the museum shop represent some of the most popular paintings, prints, and maps from the Albany Institute’s extensive collections, and are priced according to size, with costs ranging from $44.95 to $79.95. Contact the museum shop directly for more information at 518-4634478, ext. 459 or email them at museumshop@albanyinstitute.org.
Picture right, Storm King in the Heart of the Hudson Highlands, Walter L. Greene (1870-1956); ca. 1925-31, oil on canvas, ht.39 ¼” x w.25 ¼”; Albany Institute of History & Art, Gift of the New York Central Railroad; 1959.130.165

Jeff Strange, one of our favorite performers, returns to the Club for a lively performance of oldies and Irish tunes. Ala Carte dinner available 5-9 p.m. Reservations please. Call 4631151. The performance is free courtesy of the University Club Foundation as part of their participation in 1st Friday.

We met our banquet chair goal with the help of the very generous members listed below and we’d like to continue the momentum! Our next project is to replace our “seen better days” loveseats. We hope to order them before our busy fall and winter season begins so we can “put our best seats forward” for all the business and social events coming up at the club. There is still time to help us do that. Please take a moment to fill out and mail in the form below to make a donation. Thank you for your generosity.
Warren Abriel Tom & Peg Monahan Sylvia Barnard Joanne Moon Brian Bush Sam Ostroff Rob Curry Charles Pitt Jim Davies* Harold & Ruth Rubin Bruce Dix Colleen Ryan & Eric Hoppel Jane Graham Kathy & Bob Sheehan Jason & Meredith Helgerson Jim Sheppard* David Hochfelder & Ann Pfau Tim Sheridan Geoffrey Hoderath Mary Sullivan* Michael Hurt Gene Tobey Jack Ingels Rev. Carl Urban Amy Hines-Kramer Gloria Vanderpoel Ken & Ursula MacAffer Harold Williams Carol Mattozza Ed Wutzer* Joe McMullen *double thanks Donald Meserve

The Membership Committee is happy to announce that the reinstatement of Carl Roberts-Alexandrov. Carl is the Director of Operation Behavioral Health for CDPHP and a 1996 graduate of the State University at Albany. He first joined the Club in 2008 and, after a brief hiatus, requested reinstatement of his membership. Welcome back!

With the exception of the weeks during which the club will be closed for vacation (see below), the clubhouse will be open during July and August for dining Monday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and on Friday from 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. The club will re-open on Monday, August 12th. You may use the dining facilities of the following area clubs during our closure:
Project Loveseat progress

Yes! I/we want to help the Club put its best seat forward: $250 $150 $50 Other $______

Fort Orange Wolfert’s Roost Albany Country Club Troy Country Club Mohawk Golf Club Schuyler Meadows

434-2101 449-3223 765-2851 274-1000 374-9121 785-8558

Name: _________________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________
Make checks out to the University Club of Albany Foundation & return to: University Club of Albany Foundation, 141 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210. Your donation is eligible for a tax deduction.
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This is a very busy time of year for country clubs so please call ahead to make reservations and let them know you are a member of the University Club. Some clubs may require payment at the time of services rendered, others will allow you to charge back to your UC account.

Officers: Colleen Ryan, President Nate Maloney, Vice President Tim Varney, Secretary Matt Badalucco, Treasurer Warren Abriel, Past President

Directors: Mark Brogna Kevin Clancy Meredith Helgerson Jeffrey Hill David Hochfelder

Geoffrey Hoderath Amy Hines-Kramer Ken McCauley Frank Nemeth

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