October is always a busy time in Saratoga. This Saturday downtown Saratoga Springs will be hosting the first Saratoga International Flavorfeast. Admission is free. It is sponsored in part by the Saratoga County Chamber, Skidmore, the Saratogian, fingerpaint, The Adirondack Trust bank. It will held from 11am-4pm
For a list of participating restaurants and venues go to Ashley Dingeman’s foodie blog at saratogafoodfanatic.com/flavorfeast
Also for you book lovers, the Military Museum on Lake Avenue will be holding a book sale from 10am-4pm on Saturday. Be sure to check it out.
My favorite elected official and Saratoga native Matt Veitch, will be hosting a lecture this evening at 7pm at the Canfield Casino. (Don’t worry the ceiling won’t fall in on you I promise)
He will be talking about past and present Convention Halls in Saratoga Springs. This event is free and open to the public.
I am most distressed to hear that Saratoga’s code enforcement officers have thought it necessary to shut down our beloved Canfield Casino. If it is too dangerous to remain open it begs the question: Why were the vulnerable areas of the Casino (the ceiling) not properly maintained and fixed?
This is a stain on our city’s stellar reputation as a first class destination place with beautiful landmarks such as the Casino. The Canfield Casino is not only a historical building but one that generates revenue for the city of Saratoga Springs. This latest course of events is not only bad form; it is downright devastating for those who intended on getting married at the Casino. Does the city intend on refunding money for weddings they clearly cannot accommodate? How will couples be able to secure another wedding location on such short notice? Is the city of Saratoga prepared for being sued for such debacle?
Autumn is here and the weather could not be more beautiful. I have been out taking pictures and the leaves on the trees are looking better with each passing day.
Tomorrow St. Paul’s Church on Lake Avenue/Nelson Avenue is having their annual yard sale. Talk Saratoga with Rick Thompson will be on WSPN beginning at 8am. 91.1FM.
The Farmers Market will be in full swing starting at 9am and going until 1 pm. Enjoy the weekend!
This weekend Yaddo Artists retreat will be giving four two-hour guided tours of the mansion on Sunday September 21st. The Yaddo mansion is usually off-limits to the general public. Tickets for the 8:30am tour and for the 4pm tour are still available.
The tours this weekend will be the sixth time in the retreats history that the mansion is open to the public. On Saturday September 20th Yaddo is offering a ‘deluxe’ tour from 4-7pm and the cost is $250 and it is limited to only 50 people. The deluxe tour will include a cocktail reception and a more extensive tour of the mansion and property.
Tickets must be purchased on the yaddo.org website. Tickets must be purchased no later than 5pm on Thursday September 18th.
It has arrived. The much anticipated weekend is upon us. Travers Weekend. The weather forecast for this special weekend calls for mid 70’s, sunny and mild temperatures. In other words…PERFECT. It will begin early in the morning and end late. Attendance will be (hopefully) record breaking. Tomorrow there will be a red jacket presentation honoring Tom Durkin, H. Allen Jurkens and D. Wayne Lukas. Everyone who wants to attend should be ready to go and expect to be at the track no later than 11:30am. Those who have grand stand and clubhouse seats are expected to be in their seats by 12:15 sharp.
And……we’re off… Have a spectacular weekend everyone!
If you’re from this area you’ve probably driven past this place countless times. Maybe you’ve intended on stopping in to see what’s inside but just never have for one reason or another. I drive past Valley Acres almost everyday and decided that I would stop in once and for all. I was on a pilgrimage to find fresh blueberries and I found them here at Valley Acres. I also found and bought fresh corn, garlic, peaches and a most delicious cheesecake.
When you go to a place like Valley Acres you cannot help but be reminded of a simpler time in our former American lives before computers, cell phones and other unnecessary distractions somehow took hold of our lives. Ten years from now a place like Valley Acres will no longer exist so the next time you are driving by, give into the urge and stop in.
Valley Acres is located on Route 9 between Saratoga and Malta. It is directly across the street from Jack Dillon’s restaurant. It is open all day, everyday.
If you are not familiar with racing season or Saratoga Springs, not to worry, I will fill you in. The horses run everyday except Tuesday. During racing season Tuesday is called ‘dark day’ but all it means is that you have the entire day to do other things and thankfully there is much to do in our city in the country. Below is a list of places that might interest you.
National Museum of Racing: Hall Of Fame: 191 Union Avenue at Ludlow Street. Open everyday during racing season from 8am-5pm 518-584-0400
Roosevelt Spa: Saratoga State Park: Do something very quintessentially Saratoga and treat yourself to a mineral bath (great for hangovers) call for an appointment 1-800-452-7275 ext#4
Victoria Pool: Saratoga State Park: A short walk from Roosevelt Spa this public pool primarily for adults (families with small children are encouraged to go to Peerless Pool)
Open everyday from 10am until 6pm. $8. Victoria pool reaches its 344 person max. capacity around 10:30am so if you are not an early riser come back around 2pm.
Bow-Tie Cinema: Every Tuesday all year long, all the movies are just … SIX DOLLARS!! That’s right kids! $6 no matter what movie or what time of day. Railroad Place in Downtown Saratoga Springs!!
If you are a do-gooder, the Red Cross is having a blood drive today at the Saratoga Springs Public library.
Happy Dark Tuesday everyone.