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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

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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.

Congress Park Concerts!~Fun for All!

Johana “Joey” Anderson delights the crowd at the opening concert of the August series.

Concerts in Congress Park…a Saratoga tradition dating back to the Gilded Age!  Every Tuesday evening in August heralds in Dark Days Starry Nights,  a concert series  featuring talent from our region.  Bring a blanket, pack a picnic and head to Congress Park to revel in the sounds of summer. This is fun for the entire family!

We kicked off the August series with the Classics with Wayne and Joey, a feel-good celebration of golden oldies and dancing in the park.  No one wanted the fun to end when the couple closed with their signature torch song “When Something is Wrong with My Baby.”  It was a night to remember.

The next concert on August 12th will feature Party of Three, the light-hearted contemporary sounds and compositions of Vince Arpey and Kelly Hurley.  And August 19th will welcome back  R&B funk band Jacamo bringing down the house with music for the rhythmically challenged — you won’t be able to miss the beat.  Well-loved Betsy and the Byegons will end the Dark Days Starry Nights concert series on August 26th.

Concerts are held on the great lawn of Congress Park opposite the War Memorial from 7:00-8:30 PM – weather permitting.  In the case of inclement weather forecasts, please call the Visitor Center after 5:00 PM at (518) 587-3241 on the evening of the concert to make sure that the show will go on!

 

 

 

Free Concert Series in Congress Park

Jazz in July every Sunday evening in July from 7:00-8:30 at the War Memorial!  Relax with the cool sounds of jazz on a summer’s night!

The Terry Gordon Quintet will perform standard jazz repertoire and original compositions on July 20th and C.C. Vagabonds brings the sound of Django Reinhardt-style traditional music on July 27th.

 

Congress Park Walking Tour

What:  History, Legends, Lore & More

Where: Departing from the Visitor Center @ 297 Broadway

When: 10:30am – 12:00pm daily from July 7th – September 1st

Cost: $5.00 per person, children under 12 FREE

 

200 years of History in 90 minutes!  Join our knowledgeable guide & taste the world famous mineral waters in Congress Park just as society’s elite did in the 1800’s.  No reservations required.

SARATOGA TRUNK TOUR DATES

The Saratoga Trunk Tour – a Saratoga love story!  Based on the novel by Edna Ferber

Follow your guide Kathy Totten as she takes you on a walking journey through Saratoga Springs circa 1885 and unfolds the romantic tale of Clio & Clint (played by Ingrid Bergman & Gary Cooper in the 1945 film version).  Tours begin at the Visitor Center (corner of Broadway & Congress St.) and are approximately an hour in length.

This tour is being offered Saturday, June 28th at 11a.m. and Thursday, August 14th at 11a.m.  Reservations are accepted however not required.  Call (518)587-3241 ext 15 for reservations .  Admission is $5 per person and children 12 and under are free.

June 12 Brown Bag Lunch Lecture

The backbone of the racing industry is the community of workers who work within the backstretch of thoroughbred racetracks: its trainers, assistant trainers, grooms, hot walkers, and exercise riders. Ellen McHale, Executive director of the New York Folklore society, will share some of the “stories” of this community which is present during the racing season at Saratoga Springs. Based upon field research, she will talk about the unique occupational world found within thoroughbred racing.

Photo courtesy of Ellen McHale

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 program is free and open to the public and begins promptly at noon. Tea and coffee are provided.

Down in the Valley: Exploring the Gut

Saratoga Springs was made up of many ethnic districts. One of the most interesting is known as “The Gut” or “The Valley”, an area east of Broadway. This was home to many multi-ethnic working-class family businesses and was also important in the evolution of the Jewish community for many years. Learn about this unique neighborhood through the stories about the people who lived and worked there for more than two centuries. This delightful armchair tour is presented by local tour  guide, Ellen Steinberger on May 8, 2014.

This event takes place at noon in the Dutcher Community room of the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Coffee and tea are provided. The Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series is made possible by a partnership of the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center and the Saratoga Springs Public Library.

 

Patterson Spring photo courtesy of the Saratoga Springs History Museum

Walking Tours slated to begin July 7th

The Saratoga Springs Visitor Center will kickoff their walking tour season Monday, July 7th through Labor Day with a tour of Congress Park entitled “History, Legends, Lore & More”. Tours begin daily at 10:30a.m. rain or shine departing from the Visitor Center.
Tickets are $5 for adults and children under 12 are free. The Visitor Center located at 297 Broadway, directly across from Congress Park. Please call 587-3241 for questions about our tours or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer Tour Guide or email Lisa.Fernet@saratoga-springs.org .