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February 2012 Archives

skater.jpgRemember back in November when the bowl was finally dug out at Saratoga Springs skatepark? That skatepark will be the benefactor of a great fundraiser going on throughout the month of March at Spring Street Gallery. 

On Deck: Skateboard Art Show kicks off this weekend (March 3) and will run throughout the entire month. The show will feature over 60 skateboarding artists, who have altered a plain wooden skateboard deck any way they want "as long as it fits through the door".

There are a few other fundraising events that will coincide with the On Deck Art Show. Interested? Read on..

Away.com, a division of the travel organizing website Orbitz.com, recently featured Saratoga Springs, New York as one of the top 'Spa Cities' to see!

In the article "Take the Plunge: America's Best Hot Springs Town", Away.com ranked Saratoga Springs at #2 (beat out only by Calistoga, CA) for the best places to relax in the comfort of hot springs.

Early details are out for the Inaugural Parrothead Festival happening at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds this June. Escape to the Islands, and enjoy an authentic Jimmy Buffet experience!

Saratoga Parrothead FestivalGood things come in threes... better things come in fours. This is the 4th festival that comes to Saratoga from the masterminds at Saratoga Festivals, LLC.

First there was Saratoga Brewfest and Oktobeerfest, then we saw the Inaugural Saratoga Beer Week (another huge success), and now along comes the 1st Annual Parrothead Festival to possibly steal the show.

Garth Ellms of Saratoga Festivals and Ellms Family Farm has been selected to be one of The Business Review's 2012 "Forty under 40" honorees. The Business Review announced their selection of candidates in their February 24th issue.

Have you ever seen the coupons section of our website? We have some pretty sweet deals on the things you use every day (like lunch spots, printing, hair cuts, oil changes and more). More are added daily by local businesses, so it's an ever growing list.

Check out our Saratoga coupons here >>

Oh yeah, and our Saratoga lodging specials page works the same way, only it features deals from local hotels, inns and more. You can really get a steal on an overnight or weekend package at some of these places if you use the specials on this page.

See what kind of lodging savings you can find here >>

Enjoy! And don't forget to bookmark these pages to check regularly for Saratoga coupons and deals you can use.

The inaugural Saratoga Beer Week was a success! Were you there? If not, don't worry, there's still plenty of craft beer left here for you to enjoy along with some photos of Beer Week!

A new tasty destination is coming to Saratoga to join the DZ Restaurant family. Prepare your palate for the zest of the Mediterranean, combined with the assortment of Spanish tapas at Boca Bistro!

The town Planning Board has approved plans for a new wine & liquor store to open at the former Brizbee's Restaurant on 556 Maple Ave in Saratoga. Good news for all of those who like to have an after dinner cocktail!

For the first time in a quarter of a century, New York City Ballet dancers will perform in conjunction with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs this August for a spectacular night of performance of the highest caliber.

After fifty years of accommodating the weather and the audience of upstate New York, the facade of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is going to get a face-lift.

Forget the winter blues, I'm talking about the summertime blues! SPAC has just announced the 2012 Freihofer's Jazz Fest lineup and it's got me dreaming of warm weather and smooth music.

Saratoga Casino and Raceway has been named the premier sponsor and host site of the 8th annual Saratoga Lions Duathlon. The event will be held at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 8 AM.


Have you heard the buzz about Saratoga.com's first ever Saratoga Beer Week, but not sure what the deal is? We here at Saratoga.com want to help take the mystery out of it!

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SPoT Coffee has confirmed that they are opening a new branch Saratoga Springs.  Conveniently located just one block off Broadway, SPoT Coffee Saratoga Springs will be the Canadian company's first ever cafe in the area.

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Vinny Guadagino of the popular MTV show Jersey Shore is making his way to Vapor Night Club in Saratoga Springs. All you shore fans, better GTL (gym, tan laundry) to prepare for the big night!

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A longtime landmark, the 24-hour Saratoga Diner on South Broadway recently closed, without warning or word about reasons why.

restaurant-sign.jpgMany locals were disappointed to hear the news. Saratoga.com's own Ashley Dingeman, author of "Eat Your Heart Out", said the diner had been around as long as she could remember.

Without an official reason and no talk about reopening, we can only speculate why the restaurant with the recognizable giant red pillar and colt statue had to close.

Perhaps the best idea is offered by Todd Shimkus, the CEO of the Saratoga Springs Chamber of Commerce.

"Diners, at one point, were incredibly popular," Shimkus explains. "But times have changed."

He's right - in the last quarter-century alone, Saratoga Springs has grown and evolved into a vibrantly different community, with a new market and different expectations.

Personally, I love diners. They're great for winding down after night on the town, for those irresistible late-night cravings, or for when your dinner date is incurably tardy. However, not everyone enjoys these features.

As Shimkus said, while there are still a few of us who enjoy places like Saratoga Diner, we have become a niche market.

This closing of comes in the wake of other businesses leaving South Broadway, though these closings all had separate reasons and are not part of a trend.

On the plus side, with all of these vacancies opening up on South Broadway, there is an opportunity for new businesses to move into this key point of access to the city.

Saratoga hasn't failed to notice - according to Shimkus, a committee is currently forming to look at the area to see what can be done to bring new business to that corner of the Spa City.

While we will miss the old Saratoga Diner, I'm excited to see what new enterprisse will spring up in its place. And perhaps they'll keep the little horse statue on the building, too.

Have any ideas about what you'd like to see on South Broadway? Share with us!

The July 2012 Ballet Summer Season has been announced by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center! The New York City Ballet is sure to light up the summer stage with a diverse assortment of performances over a two week period!

Click here to read the full press release!

SPAC Welcomes YANNICK NÉZET-SÉGUIN, The Philadelphia Orchestra's dynamic, Music Director Designate, for three exciting evenings.

Mega-star LANG LANG, heralded by the New York Times as the "hottest artist on the classical music planet" performs Franz Liszt's fiery Piano Concerto No. 1 in commemoration of the composer's 200th birthday.

OZ with ORCHESTRA, will take audiences on a journey to the Emerald City as beloved movie classic, The Wizard of Oz is shown in its entirety on SPAC's cinema screens as The Philadelphia Orchestra performs the score live.

A stellar cast of INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED GUEST CONDUCTORS take the podium including Rafael Frübeck de Burgos...Gianandrea Noseda...Stéphane Denève... David Robertson...Cristian Macelaru...Steven Reineke and Constantine Kitsopoulos.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads ITALIAN OPERA NIGHT, featuring the classic arias and overtures of Verdi, Puccini, Rossini and other masters. Stellar operatic vocalists accompany the Orchestra for this special evening.

The world's finest GUEST SOLOISTS will display their musical genius in collaborations with the Orchestra including Yo-Yo Ma... Joshua Bell...Garrick Ohlsson...Johannes Moser... Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Arabella Steinbacher.

NEW YORK CITY BALLET dancers Tiler Peck and Chase Finlay bring a stunning, visual element to SPAC's ever-popular "Tchaikovsky Spectacular" program, performing the pas de deux from The Nutcracker and Swan Lake in conjunction with the Orchestra's performances of the works. The last time New York City Ballet dancers performed on an Orchestra program was 25 years ago.

Click here to read the full press release!

The news of Whitney Houston's death over the weekend came as a surprise to many, and spread through the social media world like wild fire. I found out while sitting out in the middle of a frozen lake, checking out my twitter feed.

Today I came across this video, a live show at SPAC in the summer of 1987. Check out her performance of "Didn't We Almost Have It All?" - her hit single that was nominated for Song of the Year at the 1988 Grammys. 

Were you at the show in 1987? How does this compare to other concerts that you have been to at SPAC?

Rest in Peace Whitney

Have you heard Megabus is coming to Saratoga in a couple months? Starting in April, Megabus, the budget-friendly bus service, will make regular stops in Saratoga Springs. This will make traveling between Saratoga and New York City / Burlington easier and more affordable!

Saratoga's community comes together in a show of love and support in a time of hardship for two of it's beloved members, Kim and Scott Smith.

Want some insider information about Common Thread Saratoga's big move to Broadway? Read this exclusive interview with Ashley Gardner, owner of your favorite yarn store!


contest-image.jpgAre you planning on attending the first ever Saratoga Beer Week at the end of the month? This awesome event will have you sampling craft beers all weekend, while meeting with brewers and enjoying great food and hospitality! Sounds like a blast!

Saratoga.com and Premiere Transportation have teamed up to offer you a chance to win a great giveaway! One lucky winner will receive limousine transportation, tickets for the Beer Summit on Saturday, Feb 25th, and a $50 gift card to The Local Pub and Teahouse. This prize package is valued at $550!

ENTER HERE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN - and come back tomorrow, you can enter once per day!

Chowderfest Has A New People's Choice Winner This Year!

Seven Horse Pub SeaHog ChowderFor the past 3 years, 2009-2011, The Parting Glass had retained the title for Chowderfest in the People's Choice category, but not this year.

Seven Horse Pub won the votes this year to be crowned the Chowderfest 2012 People's Choice winner.

Having swept the Best Off-Broadway category for the past two years, Seven Horse Pub emerges from The Parting Glass's shadow with their "Deliciously Different" SeaHog Chowder (description pictured at right).

We just want to say congrats to Seven Horse Pub for not only dominating the Off-Broadway scene again (3rd year in a row!) but also for winning the People's Choice vote for the first time!

The eclectic yarn store, Common Thread Saratoga is leaving 55 Beekman St and setting up shop at 508 Broadway, formally Nikita Furniture Store and next to the new restaurant, Elizabeth's Table.

It seems like Saratoga Springs High School is churning out champions - last week we found out that the Jazz Band was going to compete in a music festival in Disney, and now the Academic Team is going to a national tournament this June!

Did you love the delicious treats from The Cupcake Lab located inside the Roohan Realty Building in Saratoga? I know that I have been missing the mouth-watering "Lab Breakfast Burrito," since The Lab closed in October. But dry your tears Lab fans because owners, Mike and Liz Phillips are starting anew and opening up Elizabeth's Table, which will set up shop in the historic Algonquin Building, located at 510 Broadway, formally 80 West Boutique.

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