What's New in Saratoga

May 2012 Archives

Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, and that means that the Saratoga summer season is started! This summer, Saratoga.com is presenting something new for 2012...

i-sar-ny.jpgDid you see the new I Love NY video that was just released? It is a clever little clip that shows the heart in I Love NY being replaced by different objects, from a lighthouse to a bicycle to a Saratoga race horse -- these are all of the things to love about NY!

Saratoga was one of only two destinations specifically featured by name in the short, 30-second video clip. Can you guess what the other destination might be? Nope, not NYC!

We have embedded the video here so you can take a look and share with friends...

The New York City Ballet has been performing at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center during the summer season for decades, but rumor has it that the residency may be shortened to just one week for 2013.

In 2009, the NYCB was reduced to a shorter season at SPAC, from three weeks to two, because of increased cost and now the same factor may cause the venue to again reduce the season.

It's that time of year! NYRA recently announced the 2012 job fair dates for summer jobs at the track.

Thanks to a group of concerned citizens, the annual Saratoga Memorial Day parade is officially back on for 2012 and scheduled to take place Monday, May 28.

Last week, the cancellation of the annual parade made national news. After hearing that the parade would be cancelled for 2012 because of funding and participation concerns, Paul Brisson of Milton, NY took action and created a fundraising effort on Facebook.

Saratoga.com sits down for a 10 Questions interview with Catherine Hover, founder and owner of Saratoga Paint and Sip. This unique Saratoga Springs business promises to be the newest it spot for a night out. Here, we take a more intimate look at the business and the woman behind it.
food-tours-contest.jpgRemember last summer when Saratoga Springs Food Tours began offering walking tours of the town while enjoying tastings at some of Saratoga's most interesting eateries? The tour will be offered again this summer, and you can win FREE tickets right here on Saratoga.com!

The tour begins at the Saratoga Springs Farmer's Market where participants can sample cheese, yogurt and jam made by local farmers. Learn about the production process, and talk with the locals that create the fantastic products!

Check out the great food at the Old Bryan Inn and get a quick history lesson on the Revolutionary War before heading up Broadway to taste olive oils, balsamic vinegars, salsas and more at the unique specialty shops that populate the area!

Sound like fun? 

Recently, New York State leaders announced that they will be reorganizing NYRA in order to "reform the association and transform oversight and management of horse racing in New York State." But what does this mean for the Saratoga Race Track?

Love Dancing with the Stars? Then you won't want to miss Val Chemerkovskiy, a dancer on the show, when he performs next month in Saratoga!

The renovations being made to SPAC are underway and the amphitheater is looking great already. The pictures below show the progress that has been made from late February until the first week of May. You can see how the amphitheater's facade has changed and will look for visitors that watch events from the lawn or farther back.

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If you are currently in the military or a veteran and plan on taking a train ride this Memorial Day weekend, then you won't have to worry about paying. The Saratoga & North Creek Railway is offering free train rides to all veterans and active military.

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Remember last month when we told you that PJ's Bar-B-QSA will start serving their food year round? Well the famous barbecue eatery has made its renovations and is ready for business! PJ's Bar-B-QSA will open today, and will remain open all year!

The restaurant has been working to transform themselves into a year-round establishment. Upgrades in insulation, heating and cooling systems, as well as the ordering system have been implemented. Previously, patrons would order their food at the window outside. This wouldn't work well with a year round restaurant, so the counter has been moved inside. Don't worry, there are still picnic tables outside to eat at when the weather is nice!

Are you going to eat at PJ's any time of year? I love a good pulled pork sandwich, beef brisket, or a rack of ribs; and will definitely be paying PJ's a visit soon.

Keep your eyes peeled for more PJ's Bar-B-QSA locations to pop up in the area. Rumor has it that the restaurant will soon offer franchising opportunities!

There will be some disruption in traffic this week in Saratoga Springs from a few streets being paved. So expect some delays if you travel near the roadwork that is going to be happening in the area.


Saratoga Performing Arts Center President Marcia White announced that the new Patron's Terrace will be named after Former Chairman Bill Dake.

The Patron's Terrace is currently under construction, formerly called the Patron's Tent, and will now be a 2,000 sq. ft. hardscaped, patio area. The Terrace is a hospitality area for SPAC's members at the Patron level and above.


Some of the plans for the 150th anniversary of racing have been announced and it is sure to be an amazing event. Officials have announced there will be concerts, contests, cash giveaways, free trips to Triple Crown races and more.

MP900409239.JPGThe country's premiere tribute show to the tropical singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, Changes In Latitudes, are coming to the Parrot Head Festival in June! These guys (and girls) will transform the Saratoga County Fairgrounds into the ultimate beach party!

The Parrot Head Festival (presented by Saratoga.com) will feature amazing bands, grass skirts, a VIP sand bar, cheeseburger and margarita competitions, and more tropical fun! If you're a Jimmy Buffett fan, you're not going to want to miss this beach party!

Changes In Latitude will be headlining the show, a band that has been called the most authentic Jimmy Buffett tribute show in the country. Want to learn more about Changes In Latitudes? Read on..
marylou.jpgAccording to the Times Union, local philanthropist Marylou Whitney and her husband John Hedrickson have decided to call off this year's Whitney Gala, an extravagant event for Saratoga's rich and famous. The two have said that they will concentrate on the racing industry's backstretch community of workers instead. 

If you were one of the people standing with camera in hand to get a glimpse of her and her lavish gala each year, regretfully you will no longer be able to look forward to that thrill.

The Queen of Saratoga started the tradition of the Whitney Gala in the 60s after her late husband Cornelius (Sonny) Whitney asked her to liven up the town a bit. The lavish event has had numerous creative themes over the years, from The Wizard of Oz to the Wild, Wild West.
duocrab.jpgHave you tried the food at Duo Modern Japanese Cuisine & Lounge? Here's your chance! Enter to win a $50 gift certificate to Duo and you could be enjoying authentic Japanese cuisine, on us!

Chef Wilfred Jung has traveled the world refining his culinary point of view and techniques, taking a modern approach to Japanese cuisine like no other in the Capital District.

Duo's new dining rooms and lounge can accommodate large parties, perfect for a wedding reception, special event or corporate outing! Win this giveaway and see if you would like to hold an event at Duo!

Angela Amedio just started a new fitness blog on Saratoga.com. Through Spinterest, she'll share the good, the bad, and the hilarious experiences she's had with fitness over the last few years!

Amedio found herself overweight and unhappy about ten years ago, and decided it was time to turn things around. Step by step, she tweaked her diet, added exercise, and lost more than 30 pounds! It's not easy, and there are no magic pills, but there are certainly fun ways to stay fit, and Angela would like to share them with you!

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Want to know what you can expect from the new blog? Read on..

Saratoga Arts announced last Thursday that High Rock Park will be installing a new 9/11 memorial. The new project is going to be called Tempered By Memory

Wayne Perras is Saratoga.com's newest blogger, bringing you updates on Saratoga County, Saratoga Springs and why it's worth living in this great area. Perras grew up in Ravena, NY and after brief stints in radio, writing, and publishing, found his passion for dealing real estate.

In his first post, Perras discusses what initially drew him to Saratoga Springs. Entertainment, Inspiration, Romance, and eventually Employment. Perras caught Pink Floyd at SPAC before The Dark Side of the Moon was released as well as..

"Santana a few times, Crosby/Stills/& Nash, Bob Dylan's various incarnations, Fleetwood Mac, Talking Heads, Tom Petty,  Stevie Ray Vaughn, Mahavishnu John MacLaughlin, and Miles Davis on that same stage... and about 80-90 other concerts plus countless Jazz Festivals over the years..."

These experiences, among others, led Perras to move to Saratoga Springs in the late 70s, where he still lives today.

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veggies.JPGA local volunteer group is adding a service to the Saratoga Farmer's Market that will make shopping much easier. The Veggie Valet will provide a place for shoppers to drop off their purchases, so they don't have to carry everything around while they continue shopping!

When you're finished shopping, swing by the Veggie Valet and a volunteer will help you get all of your fresh products to your vehicle! Volunteers will be using rolling wagons that were donated by Allerdice Hardware.

The Friends of the Saratoga Market is looking for volunteers (from eligible community organizations) to help with the valet service. Volunteers will be able to collect tips on behalf of their organization for their services.

cincoderby.jpgThis Saturday, May 5, two annual events converge and create a perfect reason to get out and have a good time with friends and family. The 138th running of the Kentucky Derby goes off on Saturday at about 6:24pm, and will prove to be an exciting first leg of the Triple Crown. Every year on May 5, Americans rally to celebrate the heritage and pride of our Mexican neighbors, always a good time!

When two events like this occur on the same day, and that day happens to be a Saturday, there is sure to be some celebration. Saratoga Springs won't let you down; the calendar is full of events!

Want some suggestions on where you can watch the Derby and find margarita specials? Read on..

A new Price Chopper location is now open on Railroad Place, but this location is different from all the rest. It's being called Price Chopper Limited and it's the first of it's kind.

The space is slightly smaller than the previous location at the corner of Railroad and Church Street and much smaller than your average supermarket.

Price Chopper Limited is said to be modeled after markets you would find in New York City. While the store won't carry a wide variety of goods, it will meet everyday needs and is in walking distance for many who live in Downtown Saratoga.

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