Category: Events

This year we are setting up letter boxes at historical sites around Troy near the Flag Day parade route on 3rd & 4th Streets. The letter boxes contain a stamp, stamp pad and log book for people to use in typical letterboxing fashion. Want to know more about letterboxing? This web site is a great place to start!

Here is our clue sheet for all the letterboxes, which will be in place by Sunday, June 11th in time for the parade (a few might be out earlier too!). Below is a copy of the press release for the event:

—-

For Immediate Release

Contact Jon Elbaum, 518-795-0934

Jon@troymusichall.org

TROY CULTURAL ORG LAUNCHES GEOCACHING PROJECT @ FLAG DAY PARADE Find 8 Hidden Boxes with 8 Original Stamps Commemorating Bicentennial

TROY, NY (6/8/16) — The Troy Cultural Alliance is launching a “geocaching” / “letterbox” treasure hunt on Sunday, during the Flag Day Parade, to promote Troy’s bicentennial celebration.

There will be eight hidden “caches” (waterproof plastic boxes) hidden at historically significant sites not far from the Flag Day Parade route.

Inside each hidden box there is a unique rubber stamp featuring an original image of an historic Troy building or landmark drawn by local artist Ben Karis-Nix using a computer and stylus. Tom Tongue, executive director of Tech Valley Center of Gravity, made the rubber stamps using one of the center’s laser cutting machines.

“When you find one of these caches, you get to take the stamp out and stamp paper that we will provide,” Tongue said. “If you’re good at following the clues, you can find all eight.”

Members of the Troy Cultural Alliance will be distributing “passports” and clues during the Flag Day Parade.  The passports and clues will also be available in the vestibule of the Tech Valley Center of Gravity, located at 30 Third St., at The Rensselaer County Historical Society, located at 57 Second St., and at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, located at 265 River St., and they will be available for download online at: http://www.tvcog.net/letterboxing-at-flag-day-parade/

“Some clues are just GPS coordinates that tell you pretty much where the box is, though you may have to look around the site a little bit. Other clues are observational clues,” Tongue said. “We tried to hide the cache in some cases. There are even a few multi-stage cashes where the first box contains a clue to where the real cache is located.”

“We wanted historically significant sites that have reflected 200 years of Troy’s history, whether it’s industrial or social civic,” said Kathy Sheehan, Rensselaer County and City of Troy historian. “If this goes well we have identified more sites throughout Troy, including Lansingburgh, where we can hide more boxes and stamps during the rest of the bicentennial year.”

According to Sheehan, this project borrows a little bit from “geocaching,” which is a modern outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices, and “letterboxing,” which traces its roots back to 19th century Britain and features remote boxes for leaving postcards to be found and mailed by the next hiker.

“This is a fun, different twist on something that has been going on for a few hundred years,” Sheehan said. “You’re going to have to look at the buildings, look under things, look at the clues, to find the hidden boxes.”

While seven of the eight images are straightforward depictions of the Troy landmarks, The Green Island Bridge is fancifully depicted as “TroyBot,” a giant superhero that can transform itself from a bridge into a benevolent humanoid robot protector of the city.

The beloved character, created by Karis-Nix, already appears on t-shirts, in online videos and in murals. This special stamp shows TroyBot as never before depicted and should delight fans.

“I think I’ve convinced my five-year old that TroyBot is real. Whenever we drive over it, he says ‘That’s the bridge that turns into Troybot! He’s a bridge right now but sometimes he turns into robot,'” Karis-Nix said. “The plan is to have these stamps in use perpetually, so people can find them for a long to come and they will become part of the Troy imagery and ephemera that one can collect.”

PUBLICITY IMAGES

To download the images of the stamps, visit the following dropbox link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oueaa1u0ndbs6xm/AAAFo0QwBdNN_mJe4U3nOH-2a?dl=0

ABOUT THE TROY CULTURAL ALLIANCE

The Troy Cultural Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit umbrella organization for Troy-based arts and cultural organizations with a mission to promote Troy as a cultural destination. The Alliance is supported by annual membership dues as well as funding from grants and business sponsorships. Its current member institutions include: The Arts Center of the Capital Region; Chapel + Cultural Center at RPI; Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company; EMPAC; Friends of Chamber Music; Rensselaer County Historical Society;  Hudson Valley Community College; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Russell Sage College; The Sanctuary for Independent Media; Troy Civic Theatre; Hudson-Mohawk Industrial Gateway/Burden Ironworks Museum; Troy Public Library and Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

The TCA also provides the opportunity for businesses and other non-profits to join as non-voting members. The Alliance will work in concert with the Troy Business Improvement District (BID), the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce, Rensselaer County Tourism and City of Troy.

FOR INFORMATION

For information about the Troy Cultural Alliance, visit:

http://www.troyculture.org

CONTACT:

Jon Elbaum, 518-795-0934, Jon@troymusichall.org

###

 

The Zero To Maker event was conceived to help new members get up to speed with safety training and equipment usage at the COG. In one shot, we could cover some of the most popular pieces of equipment and make sure everyone was checked out on safety procedures, along with receiving a new ID card to allow access into the space. It worked well, but had some limitations… which is why we’ve rebuilt it from the ground up!

Weekly classes – More time – Continuous availability

Rather than a quasi-monthly event where all the information needs to be crammed into a 3 hour session, we’re moving to a weekly class series format. Each Tuesday from 7pm – 8pm we will have one of the core Zero To Maker classes. If you happen to miss one, no worries! It will be back in another 4 weeks! It also means that an opportunity for a refresher class is available, just in case you’re a bit rusty!

While the original Z2M sessions spent only 20 minutes per zone, the new format allocates a full hour for instructions, demonstrations and questions! In the case of some classes, like the laser cutting class, an online video will also be available for review in advance of the class so that the in-person session can be more hands-on.

Here is the current schedule of classes:

  • June 7th – 3D Printing
  • June 14 – Laser Cutter
  • June 21 – Wood Shop
  • June 28 – Fiber Arts

Based on the feedback from the initial 4-week run, we will make adjustments to improve the program. Please let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the new format!

Saturday, June 4th

1 P.M. – 4 P.M.

TVCOG Kitchen and Lounge

Back to the Beginning!
 
Over the past 20 years, the homebrew revolution has completely changed the course of beer
drinking in America. Where once a small number of nearly identical beers of very simple, light
character dominated, now drinkers have literally thousands of choices with a wide range of flavors,
textures and recipes.
 
Homebrewing is an exciting hobby that can range from simple and inexpensive
to wildly complex and capital intensive. Recipes can be bought pre-packaged, as raw materials, or
anywhere in between. Beer is now something *anyone* can hack, and members of the Tech Valley Center Of Gravity have expressed strong interest in joining the homebrew movement.
 
This Pod will is an informal gathering open to everyone from neophyte to brewmaster, where we can talk, learn, brew, and sample together. This time, we’ll be designing and building out our brewing closet, sampling our last brew, and depending on manpower, starting our next one! It is a free event, but donations to the cause are always welcome!

Do you have an interactive project?

Rensselaer’s School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, Severino Center for Entrepreneurship, Design for America and TVCOG are teaming up to bring “Troy By Design” to the Center of Gravity on May 7th from noon to 4pm. We’re seeking interactive demos to show off great design projects from all the makers, engineers, artists and entrepreneurs in the region. Attached is the official call for demos, and you can register your interactive project at http://www.troybydesign.com/

So if you’ve been pecking away at a project, let this be the push to get it finished up and ready to show! Whether it’s a game or VR application you developed at the hackathon last weekend, or even back in January, or something you’ve been brewing for a while, come show it off! Sign up to demo at http://www.troybydesign.com/

Also, don’t forget about our Mini Maker Faire in August, and think about exhibiting there as well! The call for makers will be opening on the 29th during our town hall meeting from 5pm – 7pm — more details coming soon!

There is a ton of stuff going on at the COG over the next few weeks, from game development to brewing to 3D modelling. Please check our web site calendar (http://www.tvcog.net/my-calendar/) for complete details!

Saturday, April 23rd

1 P.M. – 4 P.M.

TVCOG Kitchen and Lounge

It’s bottling time!
 
Over the past 20 years, the homebrew revolution has completely changed the course of beer
drinking in America. Where once a small number of nearly identical beers of very simple, light
character dominated, now drinkers have literally thousands of choices with a wide range of flavors,
textures and recipes.
 
Homebrewing is an exciting hobby that can range from simple and inexpensive
to wildly complex and capital intensive. Recipes can be bought pre-packaged, as raw materials, or
anywhere in between. Beer is now something *anyone* can hack, and members of the Tech Valley Center Of Gravity have expressed strong interest in joining the homebrew movement.
 
This Pod will is an informal gathering open to everyone from neophyte to brewmaster, where we can talk, learn, brew, and sample together. This time, we’ll be bottling what we brewed last time, after cleaning and sterilizing our inventory! It is a free event, but donations to the cause are always welcome!

Bring your own project (sewing, knitting, needlework…or hey, anything portable) and a beverage for a fun evening stitching and sipping in good company. The CoG provides an empty table, well-lighted work space and electricity, as well as witty banter and camaraderie. No instructor, craft along with fellow Makers. Free to members, $5 cash fee at check-in for non-members. (Membership has its privileges, join the Center of Gravity to access our awesome equipment, including sewing machines!)

When: Thursday, April 7th – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

When getting a startup off the ground, it’s critical to have a clear agreement amongst the founders around a handful of key issues that are essential to your ability to safeguard the future viability of your new enterprise and to raise venture money.  These key issues cover three really important areas: the roles and responsibilities of the founding team, equity ownership and vesting and IP ownership. 

Confused? 

As part of SPECTRVM Services, we’re hosting and organizing workshops and events to help entrepreneurs and startup teams gather the knowledge and resources to be successful. This coming Wednesday, March 9th from 5:30-6:30pm we will be hosting a legal workshop on founders agreements with Richard Honen and Emily Ekland.

Join us for a discussion about the legal significance of founders agreements and the items that should be discussed when arranging a founder’s agreement.

Please RSVP using Eventbrite so we have an accurate headcount for the event!

Questions, Comments or Concerns? Please contact Tom Tongue (ttongue@tvcog.net).

The next Zero to Maker event is on Saturday, March 12th from 10am – 1pm! What is Zero to Maker? It’s a great way to get started making things at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity!  Come sign up, get your ID card, and receive your new member initiation and Red/Yellow safety training on some of the power tools. You’ll also get an introduction to using the laser cutters and 3D printers, all in one morning.

The event will be starting promptly at 10am, so please be on-time or early.

There is no cost to attend, but to participate, you must have a Full Membership or higher. See membership options here.

Save time on the day of the event by filling out the form and paying for your membership online before you arrive. If you have an Associate Membership, you may upgrade it to Full Membership at this time as well. PLEASE BRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP NUMBER WITH YOU!

Please “Join” using the Eventbrite sign-up page at:

http://bit.ly/21aCuwQ

or RSVP to events-coordinator@techvalleycenterofgravity.com so we have some idea of how many to expect. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows.

Saturday, March 5th

1 P.M. – 3 P.M.

TVCOG Kitchen and Lounge

Over the past 20 years, the homebrew revolution has completely changed the course of beer
drinking in America. Where once a small number of nearly identical beers of very simple, light
character dominated, now drinkers have literally thousands of choices with a wide range of flavors,
textures and recipes.

Homebrewing is an exciting hobby that can range from simple and inexpensive
to wildly complex and capital intensive. Recipes can be bought pre-packaged, as raw materials, or
anywhere in between. Beer is now something *anyone* can hack, and members of the Tech Valley Center Of Gravity have expressed strong interest in joining the homebrew movement.

This Pod will be an informal gathering open to everyone from neophyte to brewmaster, where we can talk, learn, brew, and sample together. We need to inventory and clean our equipment, there will be a simple-recipe brew started, and we’ll start planning for future activities. It is a free event, but donations to the cause are always welcome!

The countdown clock has started, and in less than 2 days we’ll be kicking off the IoT Hackathon at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity! Thank you for registering for the event, we’re in the final stages of prep before the hacking begins, and some last minute logistics and scheduling information included below.

If you are unable to make it, please send us an email at hackathon@tvcog.net so we have a good headcount for food. Thanks!

Hackers Needed for Live TV Friday Morning

A local newscaster will be doing live television spots from the TVCOG this Friday morning to promote this weekend’s hackathon. The live TV spots will occur roughly once every half-hour, starting at 5 a.m. and going until 10:30 a.m. (Set up for the first spot is at 4:45 a.m., yikes!)

Our sponsors, mentors and staff will be on hand to talk to the reporter about hacking, the hackathon, TVCOG. But we would love to have some real live actual hackers to be present.

If any hackers out there would like to participate in these live broadcasts (to promote the culture of hacking and to help promote TVCOG) please contact our publicist, Duncan Crary (DCC@DuncanCrary.com) . He can tell you more about this opportunity and can answer any of your questions.

Social Night
Are you in Troy Friday night? Stop by The Ruck starting at 6:30pm to socialize with other hackers, mentors and judges. We’ll have tags at the door so we can find each other in the scrum of Troy Night Out.

Social Media
All throughout the weekend, follow #COGhacks and @TVCOG on twitter for all the latest updates and announcements. Also Instagram.

Information Updates
Please check in on the web site for the latest info on accommodations, schedule, sponsors and mentor info. Also, we are using DevPost for posting the projects and judging, so please create a DevPost account if you have not already done so!

Questions, comments or concerns?

Please let us know at hackathon@tvcog.net