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2017 Guided Walking Tours- “Discover Historic Broadway”

“Discover Historic Broadway” – A 90-Minute Guided Walking Tour of Broadway

Stroll Broadway with two native Saratogians!  Guests will be immersed in the history of our award winning historic main street, stroll the modern-day shops, boutiques and galleries and wrap up with a mineral water toast in Congress Park.

Tours will run on four Saturdays in July and August:  July 8 & 22 and August 12 & 26

All tours begin at 1:00 pm sharp, rain or shine and meet at the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY  12866

Cost is $10.00 per person; children under 12 are free

For more information, contact the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center at 518-587-3241 or visit us online at www.saratogaspringsvisitorcenter.com

2017 Guided Walking Tours – “History, Legends, Lore and More”

“History, Legends, Lore and More” – A 90-Minute Guided Walking Tour of Historic Congress Park.

This tour celebrates Saratoga’s Victorian era and the classic Victorian stroll, a high society must to see and be seen.   Join us as we stroll through Congress Park, take the waters, and hear the stories of our most colorful characters, beloved monuments and treasured artwork.

  • Tours will begin in June, weekends only: Friday, June 23; Saturday, June 24 and Friday, June 30.
  • July & August tours will run Monday through Saturday.
  • September tours will run on Friday, September 1, Saturday, September 2, Monday, September 4 and every Saturday after that (9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30).
  • October tours will be Saturdays only, October 7, 14 & 21.

All tours begin at 10:30 AM sharp, rain or shine.  No tours on Sundays.  Cost:  $8.00 Adults, Children under 12 are FREE.  No registration required.  Tours meet at the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.  518-587-3241

2017 Fall Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series

The Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center is excited to announce the launch of their Fall 2017 Brown Bag Lunch Series, an annual educational program meant to highlight the rich history, culture and traditions of our city and Heritage Area.

All Brown Bag Lunch Lecture programs are FREE and open to the public – no registration required.  The programs take place from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm and meet in the H. Dutcher Community Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, NY  12866.

Please join us for a great lineup of speakers and topics!

Thursday, September 14, 2017:  The Rebirth of Caffe Lena – Saratoga’s Legendary Folk Music Coffeehouse, presented by Sarah Craig, Executive Director, Caffe Lena.

Thursday, October 12, 2017:  Saratoga Stories:  Magic and Loss, presented by local author Thomas Dimopoulos.

Thursday November 9, 2017:  Celebrating 40: Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, presented by Samantha Bosshart, Executive Director, Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation.

Thursday, December 14, 2017:  Saratoga Mineral Baths:   Not Just for Saturday Nights, presented by Charlie Kuenzel.

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 Sundays and the August concerts are on Tuesdays.  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

 

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.