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2017 Summer Concert Series

The Summer Concert Series is a program of the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center.  All concerts are FREE and open to the public and occur during the months of July and August.  The July concerts are on Sunday’s and the August concerts are on Tuesday’s.  Performances take place from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the War Memorial in Congress Park.  Rain location:  Heritage Area Visitor Center.  

For more information, contact the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY  12866.  518-587-3241

Sunday, July 2 2017: Betsy and the ByeGons

Sunday, July 9, 2017: Fenimore Blues

Sunday, July 16, 2017: Skippy & the Pistons

Sunday, July 23, 2017: Hot Club of Saratoga

Tuesday, August 8, 2017: Cryin’ Out Loud

Tuesday, August 15, 2017: Crow Ridge

Tuesday, August 22, 2017: Rich Ortiz

Tuesday, August 29, 2017: AudioStars

2017 Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series

This educational series is produced by the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center in partnership with the Saratoga Springs Public Library.  All programs are FREE and open to the public – no registration required.  Programs take place from Noon – 1:00 pm in the H. Dutcher Community Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

For more information, contact the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY  12866.  518-587-3241

Spring/Summer Schedule:

Thursday, March 9, 2017:  Ulysses S. Grant and his Saratoga Connections, 1865 – 1885

Thursday, April 6, 2017:  The History of the Saratoga Chip

Thursday, May 11, 2017:  The Burning of the Piping Rock:  The True Story Behind the Novel

Thursday, June 8, 2017:  All the Law in the World Won’t Stop Them

Fall/Winter speakers & programs to be determined – Check back here for updates!

Thursday, September 14, 2017:

Thursday, October 12, 2017:

Thursday, November 9, 2017:

Thursday, December 14, 2017:

Saratoga Springs NY FAQ’s

What makes Saratoga Springs NY so special?

It’s no surprise that Saratoga Springs NY has received the award for “Great American Main Street”. Our downtown area is a safe pedestrian environment with many eye-catching sites to keep you and your guests busy all day! There are Saratoga events for everyone – including, of course, America’s oldest and most popular thoroughbred racecourse. The racetrack season is in the summer, attracting thousands of people to this historic event! Discover the Saratoga attractions and entertainment that make this region so popular – if you’re an outdoor adventurer, nearby Saratoga Lake.

Where can you park? 

Saratoga is a bustling city with a steady stream of visitors and locals driving downtown to experience the best dining, shopping, and events. Thankfully, parking is conveniently located throughout downtown Saratoga. Here you will find the parking garages, parking lots and street parking options! View the parking map.

Anything special we should see?!

Saratoga Springs is nationally recognized as one of America’s great destination locations, with attractions including naturally carbonated mineral spas, harness racing and polo, 15 golf courses around the county, and 10 historic museums. Dine at one of the 102 restaurants or shop ’til you drop at the many downtown boutiques. Visit the Beekman Street Arts District in downtown Saratoga, recognized for the mix of art galleries and local artists, unique boutiques, restaurants and much more!

What is the closest airport to Saratoga Springs?

Saratoga Airport is the closest to almost any event venue in Saratoga, a public-use airport located just three miles southwest of Saratoga. The Albany International Airport is 30 minutes South of Saratoga Springs. Commercial airline services are Air Canada, American Eagle, Continental, Continental Connection, Delta, Delta Connection, Northwest, Southwest, United/United Express, USAirways/USAirways Express. Albany International Airport is the major air center for the Capital Region, Northeastern New York and Western New England. Albany Airport has 75 arrivals and 75 departures daily from most major cities.

Is Bus transportation available to Saratoga?

Adirondack Pine Hill New York Trailways have regularly scheduled bus service throughout New York State and to the Canadian cities of Montreal and Toronto. Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) offers direct or connecting services to Saratoga Springs, Albany, Lake George, Glens Falls, Montreal, Boston and more. CDTA has become the premier mobility provider in the Capital Region. Upstate Tours serves Saratoga Springs, the Capital District, and beyond.

How about Rail Service?

Amtrak has two stations in New York’s Capital District – Albany/Rensselaer (45 minute ride by cab or shuttle, group cab fare available) and Saratoga Springs (less than two miles from your headquarters hotel, cabs meet both daily trains, hotels have shuttle vans or cars if you call ahead). The Saratoga address is 26 Station Lane, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

When is the 2017 Saratoga Racing Season?

Saratoga’s 2017 racing season begins on Friday, July 21 and runs for 40 days, through  Monday, September 4. Dark Tuesdays. Post times: 1 p.m. daily except for Twilight Friday. Hats Off Festival is July 22-24. Travers Day is August 26. Full schedule with Stakes races can be found here www.nyra.com/index_saratoga.html

What are the 2017 Dates for Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC)?

The SPAC 2017  Season runs from early June-September. The New York City Ballet (July 5-15), Che Malambo (July 20) and The Philadelphia Orchestra (August 2-19) make their summer home here in an acoustically ideal, multi-tier, open air amphitheater in the heart of Spa State Park. The summer season features SPAC Rock and Run 5K, 10K, and half marathon (May 21), Freihofer’s Jazz Festival (June 24 & 25), Opera Saratoga (July 1-16), The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (August 6-22), Live Nation rock and pop music concerts, Pre-Performance Talks, and the Saratoga Wine & Food Festival (September 8-10).

What are the 2017 Saratoga Polo Dates?

Every Friday and Sunday, July 7- September 3, 2017. Gates open at 4pm, matches begin at 5:30pm. For tickets and schedules, go to saratogapolo.com

Dog Friendly?

Many businesses and restaurants in Saratoga Springs have this cute little decal near their entrance. When you see it, you know that you and your well-behaved dog are welcome inside. View the map for dog friendly places.

What’s the weather like in Saratoga Springs?

Beautiful! With four distinct and captivating seasons, visitors enjoy the very best that each as to offer! From the warmth and sunshine of summer, through the comfortable autumn weather and stunning colors, into winter where a gorgeous blanket of snow is not only beautiful, but fun for winter enthusiasts! Springtime in Saratoga offers gorgeous weather, beautifully green countryside and colorful flowers blooming everywhere.

What about restaurants?

There are more restaurants in Saratoga Springs per capita than any place in the United States! Coffee houses, French bistros, Jazz clubs, classic American cuisine, Italian, Mexican, Indian, sports bars, seafood and steakhouses are just a sampling of over one hundred popular restaurants and night spots in the Saratoga area.

What type of hotels?

You’ll find a wide range of Saratoga hotel properties to accommodate your style and budget. From Bed & Breakfasts and Inns, Hotel and Motels, to Campgrounds and Rentals, the city of Saratoga Springs has over 40 lodging properties, not including nearby cities such as Ballston Spa, Malta, Glens Falls and more. In Saratoga City limits, there are over 1,900 hotel rooms, and over 3,500 hotel rooms including Saratoga and surrounding areas such as Clifton Park, South Glens Falls, Malta, etc.

What about kids?

In addition to the incredibly historic sites and activities in and around Saratoga Springs, there are plenty of places for good old-fashioned fun! Six Flags Great Escape Fun park in nearby Lake George offers every theme park ride, treat, and entertainment imaginable!

The Congress Park Carousel is open for the late spring and summer season in Saratoga Springs, NY!

The Carousel in Congress Park is an historic wooden carousel that has all the charm of yesteryear with all the enjoyment of today. The carousel usually opens for the year in early May for weekends only, until the school year ends in mid to late June, then operates daily from late morning until dusk. After Labor Day, the carousel returns to weekend-only hours.

Carousel operating hours for 2016 (weather dependent):
May 13 – June 22, 2016
Friday 4pm – 8pm
Saturday 11am – 6pm
Sunday 12pm – 6pm

June 23 – September 5, 2016
7 Days A Week
11am – 8pm

Sept 9 – October 31, 2016
Friday 4pm – 8pm
Saturday 12pm – 6pm
Sunday 12pm – 6pm

The Carousel is open through Halloween this year, which is October 31st. It is also open for many special events in Saratoga Springs, including the Victorian Streetwalk in December and First Night Saratoga on New Years Eve!

* Additional individual tokens may be purchased for $1 per ride at the Carousel.
For groups of 20 or more, please contact the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau in advance at (518) 584-1531.

Call (518) 587-3550 x 2555 for additional details on hours, rain dates and other information on the Congress Park Carousel.

Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau Assumes Management of the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center

On June 3rd, the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau (SCTB) entered into a two and a half year agreement with the City of Saratoga Springs to manage the operations and programs of the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitors Center, located at 297 Broadway.

This opportunity will provide the SCTB another resource to market all Saratoga has to offer to the groups, conventions and visitors that frequent Saratoga County.  Heather McElhiney has relocated from the Bureau’s office to the Visitor Center to be the full-time Director there. Heather encourages everyone to stop in and say hello.

In the short time since taking over the operations there, the Convention & Tourism Bureau has added an additional part-time staff person, created a free Wi-Fi hotspot which extends onto the front lawn and into the beautiful courtyard area, extended the popular walking tours through the fall and expanded the marketing reach for the upcoming free summer concert series in Congress Park.

Stay tuned for announcements of additional activities, initiatives and changes to make the visitors to our region feel more welcome!

 

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: The Creator of the Spirit of Life

Dana Pilson, Curatorial Researcher of Chesterwood, Daniel Chester French’s former summer home, studio and gardens in Stockbridge, MA, will present on the nationally significant “Spirit of Life” sculpture by Daniel Chester French and its setting in Congress Park, the Spencer Trask Memorial, designed by Henry Bacon. Ms. Pilson will highlight the sculptor’s artistic career and discuss the various preliminary stages of his work on The Spirit of Life sculpture in Congress Park in a powerpoint presentation with Samantha Bosshart, Executive Director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. Ms. Bosshart will discuss the restoration project to be completed by June 2015, the Memorial’s centennial, as part of the City of Saratoga Springs’ own centennial celebration.

The Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series is a monthly, hour-long program presented in partnership by the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center and the Saratoga Springs Public Library. This event is conducted in the Dutcher Community Room located on the main floor of the library.

 

This free program is open to the public and begins promptly at noon. Tea and coffee are provided. For more information please contact the Visitor Center at 518-587-3241.

 

 

Lost Ski Areas In (and Near) Saratoga Springs

Lost ski area, Alpine Meadows

Alpine Meadows, photo courtesy of The Strader Family.

December 11, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow… if you are a skier, that white stuff is the right stuff! The Southern Adirondacks were once home to dozens of small ski areas that no longer exist today. In this presentation based on his book, “Lost Ski Areas of the Southern Adirondacks,” ski historian Jeremy Davis chronicles the history of these vanished ski areas with photographs and memories from those who enjoyed them, while also paying homage to restored and classic skiing opportunities still available in the region.

The Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series is a monthly, hour-long program presented in partnership by the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center and the Saratoga Springs Public Library. This event is conducted in the Dutcher Community Room located on the main floor of the library.

This free program is open to the public and begins promptly at noon. Tea and coffee are provided. For more information, please contact the Visitor Center at 518-587-3241.

 

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture

Photo courtesy of the Saratoga Springs History Museum.

Photo courtesy of the Saratoga Springs History Museum.

In the late 1800’s, every town had its own time zoned based on sundials and train schedules were chaotic. So how did standardization eventually come about? Join Charlie Keunzel and Dave Patterson as they talk about the timely intervention of Charles Dowd and the sundial that honors him.

The Brown Bag Lunch lecture Series is a monthly, hour-long program presented in partnership with the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center and the Saratoga Springs Public Library. This event is conducted in the Dutcher Community Room located on the main floor of the library.

This free program is open to the public and begins promptly at noon. Tea and coffee are provided. For more information, please contact the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center at 518-587-3241.

Supernatural Saratoga Springs Story Sampler

ghostly pic yaddo 1(1)

Photo courtesy of the Corporation of Yaddo

Bewitched, bothered and bewildered by bumps in the night? And daytime, too? Join Charlie Kuenzel and special guests, including representatives from the History Museum, the Preservation foundation and Yaddo Gardens, as they share their own tales of ghosts and apparitions in spook-tacular Saratoga Springs. Information on local ghost tours will be available. Books by David Pitkin, noted expert on ghost stories, will also be for sale.

The Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series is a monthly, hour-long program. It is presented in partnership by the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center and the Saratoga Springs Public Library. This event is conducted in the Dutcher Community Room located on the main floor of the library. This free program  is open to the public. It begins promptly at noon. Tea and coffee are provided. For more information, please contact the Visitor Center at 518-587-3241.

Since 1887: Saratoga’s Police Department

1887 Saratoga Police Force

The first chief of police, George W. Blodgett, (center, with straw hat and light colored pants) with his police force.

By 1887, Saratoga Springs had grown to a point where a police department was needed to ensure law and order.  An act of the State Legislature created the Saratoga Springs police department on April 26th of that year, and on June 1st, eight men marked their first official work day in the new department. Come hear Saratoga Springs’ Police Chief Greg Veitch talk about this unique part of our city’s history.

The Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series is a monthly, hour-long program presented in partnership by the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area visitor Center and the Saratoga Springs Public Library. This event is conducted in Dutcher Community Room located on the main floor of the library. This program is free and open to the public and begins promptly at noon. Tea and coffee are provided.