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Rainy summer disrupts outdoor events, entertainment, dining

That has so far been true for ducks and steam-bath aficionados. And people who like rain, aka pluviophiles, who presumably revel in the fact that we’ve had twice as much precipitation in June and so far in July as during the equivalent period last summer, according to National Weather Service records at the Albany International Airport.

As for the rest of us? Erin Pihlaja has a few thoughts.

“This is definitely a tough weather year for sure. No doubt about it,” said Pihlaja, a Troy resident who owns Make It Up State, a market showcasing local, handmade goods and prepared foods. It has midday outdoor markets on Second Street in downtown Troy on Sunday and on the plaza in front of the SUNY System Administration building on Broadway in Albany on Thursday. 

Since the beginning of last month, half of Make It Up State’s Albany markets have been affected by rain, and last week’s market saw attendance depressed by extreme heat and humidity, which discourage downtown workers from leaving air-conditioned offices for a lunchtime stroll. Rain has so far dampened multiple Sunday markets in Troy and forced two full cancellations, Pihlaja said via eail. The situation is similar for the Saratoga Farmers Market, which has seen slightly decreased attendance as a result of rain during between a third to half of its market sessions, on Wednesday and Saturday in Saratoga Springs and Monday in Clifton Park, a representative said.   

After the first two weeks of Park Playhouse’s production of the musical revue “Ain’t Misbehavin’” in Albany’s Washington Park, eight of 10 scheduled performances have been affected by rain, according to Owen Smith, producing artistic director of Playhouse Stage Company, the parent

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