What's New in Saratoga

June 2012 Archives

For track aficionados, it's an exciting day when NYRA announces the Saratoga Racetrack giveaways. Everyone looks forward to learning what Saratoga swag they can collect each year. But last week when the 2012 giveaways were announced, eyes eagerly scanning the list realized one thing... there is no t-shirt giveaway!

Want to save some money? Who doesn't?

We have a new blog here at Saratoga.com, Saddle Up For Savings - Great Deals, Steals & Coupons in and around Saratoga

Erin Waring, from thesaratogasaver.com, lives in the Saratoga Springs area and she loves to help others save money and loves to find great deals. Her blog will feature a little of everything when it comes to saving money including:
  • Local Restaurant & Retail Coupons
  • Free, Fun family activities in and around Saratoga Springs
  • Saving on Organic & Wholesome foods
  • Living Social and Groupon deals
  • Digital Coupons
Erin's first post explains the idea of the blog, and offers directions on how to get great coupons from Hoffman Carwash, The Gap, and Leon's Mexican Restaurant!

Her next post, just a few days later, featured deals from Eugenio's Cafe Gelato, The Ice Cream Man, Friendly's, Cold Stone Creamery, Ben & Jerry's, Several Price Chopper deals, and a bunch of digital coupon Links!

If you want to save some money while you enjoy everything Saratoga Springs has to offer, Saddle Up For Savings is a must read!

Do you use coupons? Will you be interested to see how Erin can help you save?

Thinking of visiting Saratoga? Or maybe looking to explore a new part of the city? Check out 101 reasons why fans of Saratoga Springs on Facebook love Saratoga! Want to join the conversation? Follow our Facebook page here >>

Saratoga summers may seem effortless, but in reality, there are a lot of busy bees working hard to make sure the summer starts right! But now that everything is smoothly on its way, take some time to relax with a customized massage-- or two! You could win this great giveaway, brought to you by Alison's Therapeutic Massage and Saratoga.com 

Who doesn't love tasty food? And even better, tasty food that's good for you! But do you ever have questions about what's good not only for your taste buds but for your whole body, too?

Remember back in March when we told you a new parking garage was coming? Well, we have good news! The additional spaces are almost complete, and you have got to to see this picture of the (almost) finished project...

The Saratoga County Fair is back for it's 171th anniversary, and Saratoga.com is giving you a chance to go for free!

In the midst of Wednesday's heat wave, several of the city's business owners and civic leaders participated in the press conference with Mayor Johnson and SPAC President Marcia White to praise the festival's impact on Saratoga, and announce that June in Saratoga is now "Jazz Month."

It's the summer contest that everyone has been waiting for! Taste of Saratoga, your chance to win $500 worth of local gift certificates, is back!

Saratoga.com sits down for a 10 Questions interview with Paul Dammers, President of the Saratoga Chapter of Parrot Heads in Paradise. We got the scoop on what it means to be a Parrot Head, where to find the best margarita, and more! 

Everyone wants their home to be aesthetically pleasing, but no one wants their home to be just a picture perfect shell. So, if you're looking for a way to show some personality in your home, head to downtown Saratoga to Homessence, the newest store on the block.

Summer would not be complete without a trip to the Saratoga County Fair. As one of the country's oldest fairs, locals have long enjoyed a day at the fairground, enjoying cotton candy, cows, and the County Miss Pageant. This year, in addition to the classic fair offerings we all look forward to, many new events and features have been added to make the fair better than ever! 

Saratoga.com sits down for a 10 Questions interview with Garth Ellms of Saratoga Festivals. Saratoga Festivals is putting on the first ever Parrot Head Festival on June 22 and 23, and we got the scoop on Jimmy Buffett tribute bands, Margaritavillage, and more!
lovato_contest.jpgDemi Lovato is coming to SPAC at the end of the month! If you're not familiar with the pop sensation, her career began with acting on Disney sitcoms and kids' movies. She has now released three solo studio albums, and is in the process of working on her fourth.

With almost 7.5M followers on Twitter, and hundreds of millions of view on YouTube, it's safe to say Lovato is the pop princess at the moment.

She will be performing at SPAC on June 26, and we want to give one lucky fan a night to remember. We're giving away a four-pack for tickets to the show right here on Saratoga.com!

You can enter once per day to increase your chances of winning, good luck!

Not familiar with Demi Lovato? Check out the music video below that 57 million people have already watched!

The 2012 Summer Olympics will take place in London starting in July. But, if you're looking to get your British fix before the games begin, check out Putnam Market's new renovations, entirely inspired by an English cheese shop!

Eating outside is a major perk of summer dining. After months of being cooped up indoors at dinner time, we can finally take advantage of the many patio seating options Saratoga restaurants offer. Developments are in place for Seven Horse Pub and Hattie's to join the legion of businesses that offer outdoor seating.

If you're looking for an excuse to splash around in the sun this weekend look no further! Victoria Pool in Saratoga Spa State Park has just provided the perfect place for you and your family to spend some time in the sun this weekend!

The annual hat contest during Hats Off to Saratoga is not something to be taken lightly- competition can get stiff. So, if you're planning ahead and already looking for a way to edge out the competition, head to Saratoga's newest hat-making business, Little Red Millinery!

What's better than a good ol' BBQ? A good ol' BBQ that helps out three local non-profit organizations!

The Franklin Community Center, Rebuilding Together and the Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga will be teaming up to offer a barbecue fundraiser to benefit all three organizations on Tuesday, July 24.

A favorite summer tradition of many Saratogians is the Freihofer's Jazz Festival. Today, the New York State Senate adopted a resolution commemorating the 35th Anniversary of the Jazz Festival and proclaimed June to be "Jazz Month."

Last week's dreary weather was enough to make anyone want to curl up with some mac 'n cheese, some sweet potato fries, or really, just any delicious comfort food. Luckily for all of us, Comfort Kitchen will be opening today in downtown Saratoga.

The day is finally here! Spanish Bistro and tapas bar, Boca Bistro will host their grand opening tomorrow, June 12th at 5 pm.  There's something special about this opening night you won't want to miss...

Looking for something to do this summer? Be sure to visit the Saratoga County Fairgrounds for some fun-filled events through June and July!fair-sign.jpg

Do you have a beauty queen toddling around your home? Whether she's saying, "GooGoo-GaGa," or listening to Lady Gaga on her iPod, there is a category for a wide range of ages in the 2012 Saratoga County Fair Pageant -- from 12 months to 21 years old!
Toddler Girl Dressing Up
If know a little girl who lives in Saratoga County and would be perfect for the pageant, read on, and you'll find all the details on entry, prizes and more.

Each year Vogue releases a list of 30 "music-,art-, culture-, and culinary-packed ways" to spend the summer months. This year, the famous style magazine mentioned a trip to Saratoga in the list!

senior-session-giveaway.jpgSenior portraits are certainly an investment, and since you'll have them forever, it's definitely worth getting nice ones done! I can recall my senior portrait (the one that still sits on a shelf at my parents house)... oh the goofy hair, and the braces.. 

Enough about that! Image Photo & Events wants to give you a chance to win a FREE, professional senior portrait session! One lucky winner will receive a deluxe studio/outdoor session and portrait package from Image, a $250 value!

Image Photo & Events is a full service portrait studio that has been serving Saratoga Springs since 1972. They specialize in creative children and family portraits, high school seniors, special events and weddings.

Your senior photo is going to stick around for a while. So enter to win this FREE portrait session, and with the help of the Image professionals you may not be so embarrassed 15-20 years down the road!

February is a long way away, surely you don't want to wait that long to do something special for your loved one! Berrylicious Bouquets in Ballston Spa can hook you up with a bouquet of fresh, delicious strawberries dipped in high quality chocolates!

These Berrylicious Bouquets are outstanding! Fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate are one of my favorite snacks, and can be enjoyed any time of day, or year!

The best part about Berrylicious Bouquets? They're giving away $50 worth of goodies right here on Saratoga.com! Enter to win the $50 gift certificate, and surprise your special someone long before Valentine's Day!

(You can enter once per day to increase your chances!)

The 171st Saratoga County Fair will be filled with tractor pulls, beauty pageants and even a shark show! But beyond this traditional fair fare, the glitz of pageants, and the glamour of sharks, Fair officials are inviting local students to enter their school projects to be exhibited at the fair.

Saratoga.com sits down for a 10 Questions interview with A.J. Bodden of Saratoga Brewfest. Saratoga Festivals and Saratoga.com have teamed up to present this event for beer lovers; here we take a closer look at the festival and what's going on behind the scenes. 

Looking to kick the summer off in an artsy way? Look no further than the SaratogaArtsFest from June 7 to 10!

This annual four-day festival celebrates the arts by featuring artists of all kind - dancers, filmographers, authors, musicians, and actors and actresses.

Throughout the weekend, visitors can stroll through the streets of Saratoga Springs, listening to and seeing different local and national artists perform.
The festival, in its sixth year, will have some new features this time around!

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