What's New in Saratoga

March 2012 Archives

bier.jpgGood news brew buffs: A Local brewing company plans to expand, and you know what that means ... more locally-brewed beer for us! 

The Olde Saratoga Brewing Company recently invested more than $500,000 for equipment required to meet the needs of a growing demand for craft beer

This year the brewery aims to produce 50,000 barrels of beer, quite a bit more than last year's 36,000. A barrel of beer holds about 31 gallons.

Want to find out what kind of expansion is planned? Read on..

If you enjoy flipping through home magazines and just can't miss the next episode of your favorite home project show, then you can't miss this! The Parade of Homes Tour returns to the Capital Region for two weekends: June 2 & 3 and June 9 & 10, 2012.

You will have the chance to get inside 15 of the areas most beautiful homes, crafted by some of the area's finest builders.

Even if you don't consider yourself a weather aficionado, you can't deny that it affects your life everyday. Don't you like to know when a storm is coming? Or a nice, sunny day?

Brent McGrady has a degree in meteorology from the University of Albany, and has a wealth of experience forecasting the weather in upstate New York. You can stay up to date with the weather on his new blog 'The Saratoga Storm Chronicles' right here on Saratoga.com.


Did you see that guy the other day who looked exactly like Daniel Day-Lewis?

Actually, you might have seen the real thing.

On March 21st, The Saratoga Idiots, an outspoken and humorous blog about what goes on in Saratoga, mentioned a rumor that the Oscar-winning actor, known for his timeless role in "My Left Foot" and the recent release of "Nine", was present in Saratoga.

What was he doing here? Apparently, scouting out Skidmore College for his son Gabriel, who currently lives with him in New York.

If the younger Day-Lewis decides to attend good ol' Skid, he won't be the first celebrity kid to go through those halls - Bruce Springsteen, Jason Alexander, and Kevin Bacon all have Skidmore alum in their families.

Later in the day, Saratoga Idiots updated the entry by saying the rumor was confirmed, but didn't cite their source...maybe they went up and asked him?

Did you see Mr. Day-Lewis on Wednesday? Believe the rumor? Tell us your thoughts!

For those who love to bet the horses, some bad news. I just read from the TU that harness racing has been suspended at Saratoga Casino and Raceway until April 11th. Apparently some of the horses have fallen ill with a disease known as "Strangles," which sounds scarier than it actually is. It's kind of like a horse cold.

We have a new blogger here at Saratoga.com! Elaine Hume Peake now resides in Saratoga after a career as an award winning media executive on both national and local levels. She has worked in numerous newsrooms in New York City, Miami, Washington DC and New York's Capital Region. 

She has gone on quite a journey throughout her life, and will share her experiences with readers of A Little About A Lot.


For those who work in Saratoga Springs, this should come as a welcome relief, as the structure will provide close to an additional 450 parking spaces, which is almost 3 times what is there now. Although the loss of the existing spaces during the construction period may cause a bit of a challenge for some, the long term benefit of additional parking makes it well worth it!

There are a number of free parking garages and lots in Saratoga Springs to utilize during the construction period. For a map and directions to other area parking lots & garages click here.

Whether you kiss your necklace or cross your fingers before pulling the lever on the slot machine, many of us have our superstitions when it comes to luck... Saratoga Casino & Racewaythough I have to admit, today was the first time I have ever heard of anyone rubbing their husband's belly for good luck (more on this later).

As our friends over at Saratoga Casino and Raceway are launching a new series of commercials that feature stories direct from real guests, they're also holding a contest for others to enter their stories online. Those who submit their stories have a chance at winning $500 and being featured in the next series of commercials for Saratoga Casino and Raceway, to run this summer.

boatshowgiveaway.jpgHave you ever been to the annual Great Upstate Boat Show? It's a great event for those that love the water! The 2012 Show is from March 30 - April 1 at the Adirondack Sports Complex (The Dome).

There will be over 200 boats on display, ranging from antiques to the latest and greatest models. Boating products and gear will also be on display, and a number of activities will be going on all weekend. Fishing seminars, downrigger demos, a FREE NYS Boaters Safety course, Stand Up Paddling demos and more, plus some great giveaways and prizes!

This show isn't just for those that are looking to purchase a boat, its for anyone that enjoys the water! Even better, you can enter to win four FREE tickets right here! The winners will be drawn next week, so hurry up and enter!

druthers.pngIn this interview, Chris Martell gives details on what inspired him to go "all in" on his latest business venture, giving his new brewing company a name that reflects his dedication. Construction is underway, and Martell expects the new Druthers Brewing Co to open this July on Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

From the sounds of it, many good things are in store for us when Druthers Brewing Company opens this summer. Read our interview with Martell Below.

What inspired you to want to open a brewpub in Saratoga?

My brothers and I have been brewing craft beer out of my garage and visiting brew pubs throughout the US for a number of years, so the dream of owning a brew pub has been something that we have shared for quite some time. A few years ago, when the economy began to sink and my brother lost his job as a pension analyst, we began talking about acting on our dream and launching our own brand of beer. My brothers and I have lived in Saratoga for over 30 years and couldn't think of a better place to introduce our brand.

Ready Or Not Casinos Come To The Empire State

New York State lawmakers agreed on Wednesday, March 15, 2012 to legalize casino gaming. The first of two constitutional amendments needed has been passed, and up to seven new casinos will be allowed to operate in New York.

Golf season started early this year! Airway Meadows has opened their fairways and is ready to be played. This is the earliest they have ever opened, thanks to the early spring weather.

Famed singer-songwriter Don McLean will perform this June at the SaratogaArtsFest in the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College.

Get ready for the first ever Saratoga Steeplechase Festival coming this September to Saratoga Race Track . Get the chance to view the races from the infield for the first time in over 30 years!

MP900422851.JPGHero Rush is a 5K+ course full of heroic obstacles, and the race is coming to Ellms Family Farm on September 8th. The course was designed by firefighters, and includes several emergency themed obstacles forcing competitors to climb, slide and make rescues!

You've probably heard of Tough Mudder and Warrior Run competitions. Hero Rush takes a whole new perspective on the idea, and lets you see what it's like when your under pressure in the heat, like the firefighters that designed the course!

Want more information on the obstacles and registration? Read on..

Love Baseball? Are you 30 years old or over? If you answered yes to both, you need to join the Roy Hobbs Baseball League!

The Capital District Roy Hobbs Baseball League is looking for more players in their 30+ baseball league. . If you are 30 or over, you are eligible to play. And guess what - the league is now accepting applications!

The league consists of eight teams, all of which are competitive. The league plays approximately 20 regular season games and then hold playoffs to determine the league champion. The current playoff format has all teams being guaranteed at least 2 more post-season games. Regular Season play begins around the first of May and extends into August. Most teams carry a 15-man roster. Most games are played in Saratoga County at various fields.

Registration deadline is May 1 so sign up today! Click here to register now and have a summer full of fun playing America's favorite pastime.

For more information,  you can email Ken Banker here

Designing Saratoga: Interior design/decorating is a new contributor blog on Saratoga.com! Written by Kimberlee Billok and Laurel Ostiguy (so far), the blog will share tips, tricks, DIY ideas, and inspiration for transforming your home! 

Whether you have an old home that needs some updating, or a front porch that needs a face lift, this will be a great resource for your future design endeavors

Want to learn more about the contributors and what type of things they will be posting? Read on..

There is nothing quite like waking up to a beautiful basket filled with brightly colored eggs and candy. This year, help make Easter morning fun for those families coping with cancer by participating in the 3rd annual Project Easter Bunny, taking place March 12th- 26th.

HVcollision.jpgIf you've noticed a few changes over on Route 50 near SPAC, here's why:

H&V Collision Centers, a car mechanic business with particular skill in crash-related repair work, has taken over the former Allstar Body Shop.

Company sound familiar?

healthy-living-recipe.pngHealth nuts, foodies, and everyone else, throw a celebration - Healthy Living Market and Cafe is headed to Wilton, NY.

Healthy Living is a Vermont-born grocery store, dedicated to shelving all that is natural, organic, and local.

This includes meat, bread, cheese, produce, and all manner of savory foods.

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