What's New in Saratoga

July 2012 Archives

photo-contest.jpgWe're trying a new type of contest here at Saratoga.com, one that will be held on our Facebook Page and encourages you to snap some photos of Saratoga Springs!

How To Enter

Head over to our Facebook Page, and click the tab that says 'Win Gift Certificates to DZ Restaurants'. (Or you can just go here.)

Submit a photo that you think best represents Saratoga Springs by August 10th.

Voting will then take place, and the photo with the most 'likes' wins.

What You Win

Three $50 gift certificates to DZ Restaurants: Chianti, Forno, and Boca Bistro

All three restaurant are located right in Saratoga Springs, so you'll be popping in whenever you stroll through downtown and eating on our dime! Sounds pretty great doesn't it?

Get out there and start snapping photos! Once you've got one you love, enter it here

Get your friends to vote for you - and GOOD LUCK!

The day we've all been waiting for is almost here: Druthers Brew and Pub's Grand Opening!
Broadway's newest pub will celebrate their Grand Opening this week. Read on to see what's in store...

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Marylou Whitney has been immortalized on a candle. Not just any candle, mind you; it's a unique and special fragrance produced by Yankee Candle and sold exclusively through the Saratoga Hospital Gift Shop. 

contest-wcfair.jpgThe Washington County Fair is coming up at the end of August and will offer a week of great food, music, entertainment, rides, animals and attractions!

Do you enjoy the tractor pulls? Demolition derby? Fried bread dough and candy apples? You won't want to miss the Washington County Fair from August 20 - 26 this year.

We're giving away a pair of FREE tickets to the fair to FIVE lucky winners! All you have to do is enter here (bookmark the page and enter everyday to increase your chances).

The fair is an awesome time year in and year out, and it's even better when you can go for FREE!

We're seeing double this summer when it comes to fish markets in Saratoga. Two new fish markets are opening in Spa City -- great news for summer seafood lovers dying to get their hands on fresh fish!

In the 144-year history of the Saratoga Race Course, no jockey has ever won more than six races on a single card. That record was set in September of 2001, by Jockey John Velazquez. This past Sunday however, Ramon Dominguez tied this record by winning six races!

The sad rumors are true: next year, the NYC ballet will only be in Saratoga for one week. Even though this news caused great disappointment in Saratoga, it isn't all doom and gloom and here's why...

Saratoga Arts is proud to announce that Tempered By Memory, Saratoga Springs' 9/11 Memorial Sculpture made from World Trade Center Steel, will be transported to its permanent home and resting place in High Rock Park on Tuesday, July 24th.

Nicole Wardle, research and design engineer at Kitware, has started a new blog on Saratoga.com and it looks like a great idea! The blog is simple, yet captivating. Wardle will research topics that she knows nothing about, and share her new found knowledge with her readers!

Wardle has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Psychology and a master's in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She's done quite a bit of research while completing two theses on Natural Language Processing while at RPI.

Wardle's new project, How Should I Know? will test her research skills, as she sets out to learn about topics that she never had time (or a reason) to learn about in the past.

In her first post, Wardle introduces herself then dives right into the research she did on the Tudors (the subject of her favorite Showtime show). She discusses the royal family, and leaves us on a cliff hanger about Henry VIII taking the throne. Maybe she'll get back to that story in the future!

Her next post was on a topic we can all relate to. Mosquitoes. What attracts mosquitoes, what repels them, and what their role in the ecosystem is. An interesting read!

Is there anything you would like to learn about, but haven't had the chance? Let Nicole Wardle do the research for you (we think she likes it)! You can suggest topics by emailing her here: 

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ednaimage.jpgOk, it's not Dame Edna, it's Michael Walters impersonating Dame Edna. Sequins blaze and punchlines fly as our favorite saucy Aussie re-creates a Dame Edna extravaganza!

Michael Waters as Dame Edna was a huge hit last year, and earned rave reviews from 2011's sold out crowd! The show is at the Mansion Inn in Saratoga at 8pm on August 1st and 8th. Full bar & bistro menu is available from 6pm on both nights.

This event will sell out, but we've got a pair of tickets to give away here on Saratoga.com. 

You can enter every day to increase your chances of winning!

With Opening Day tomorrow, it seems Saratoga Race Track is on everyone's mind! Now, NYRA has announced that for the first time, there will be free WiFi for track patrons this year, along with a little something extra for betting convenience...

This month the East Side Skate Park will be presenting the first city sponsored event at the park since the bowl was re-opened this year. Skaters be ready for the Summer SKATEJAM, on July 28th, for some great riding and music all day.
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The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) released the new logo for the 143rd running of the Travers Stakes earlier today.

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contest-antiques.jpgWe've got a ton of great giveaways on Saratoga.com right now, and we just added another!

Here is your chance to win a four pack of tickets to the Antiques, Art & Jewelry show at the Saratoga City Center July 27-29!

The show will feature fine art, prints, engravings, jewelry, furniture, oriental carpets, silver, ceramics, period accessories and more!

If you love fine art, jewelry or antiques (or all three) you won't want to miss this great event right here in the heart of Saratoga Springs. Already planning on heading to the show? Save yourself $40 and bring a friend if you win this giveaway!

Remember, you can enter the Antiques, Art & Jewelry Show Ticket Giveaway every day to increase your chances of winning!
winkids.jpgEaster Seals Disability Services of New York will hold its Third Annual Wins For Kids event on Saturday, August 18th, 2012 from 12:30 to 5:00pm.

The event is a great time, and all proceeds support the Easter Seals New York's Camp Colonie. Camp Colonie is a local New York State Education Department approved summer school and day camp for children with disabilities, special needs and their typically developing peers.

Wins For Kids is held at the Saratoga Race Track, and features cocktails, gourmet food stations, a silent and online auction, and of course, live horse racing!

Want to win FREE tickets to the event? We're giving away a pair of tickets to this great fundraiser right here on Saratoga.com!

(You can enter to win tickets to Wins For Kids once per day, so come back and increase your chances!)

Entrepreuners by definition are risk takers. They often put everything on the line to see if something will pay off. Many of us aren't brave enough to be entrepreneurs, but we enjoy taking smaller risks by simply trying something new, like a new restaurant. 

In Saratoga.com's newest blog, Bitten, entrepreneurship comes together with new dining options, as TV host Jennifer Savino explores food and beverage start-ups.

lapband-image.jpgSix time Emmy Award winning comedy writer Bruce Vilanch will be performing at The Mansion Inn of Saratoga next week. The Hollywood Squares star has been writing for the Oscars for over 20 years, and now writes for the Tonys, Grammys and Emmys as well.

The show will take you behind the scenes of various show business events, sharing stories of your favorite stars from a different perspective.

We're giving away a pair of tickets ($50 value) here at Saratoga.com. Enter the giveaway here, and you could be on your way to this hilarious show for FREE.

(Come back and enter the giveaway everyday for better chances of winning!)

If you're in the mood for a new restaurant with a Mediterranean style menu then 51 Front Bistro might be the type of dinning you're looking for. Last month, a local couple, Joe and Elena Marosek, bought the restaurant and reopened the Ballston Spa bistro. I was able to ask one of the owners, Joe Marosek, a few questions recently about his new purchase.

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Many are familiar with the Caboose that graces the Saratoga County Fairgrounds. To the uninitiated it may seem like any old fair exhibit, but returning visitors can speak to the charm and delight that can be discovered in the old train car. This year, visitors can look forward to the Caboose being newly refurbished courtesy of some thoughtful community members.

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This year, Saratoga.com introduced the Fab Five awards so you could tell us all your favorite places in the area, and now the results are in


The Adelphi Hotel in Saratoga Springs is now under new management. Last month RBC Hotels, a hotel maangement company owned by Richbell Capital LLC., took over the hotel on Broadway. The hotel's new general manager is Luke Duggan and I was able to recently ask him a few questions.

Track season may not have even started yet, but premier Thourougbred auction firm Fasig- Tipton is already planning a fall sale in Saratoga! 

We just hit the halfway point of the year, but Saratoga officials are looking towards New Year's Eve already. First Night Saratoga is seeking musicians, artists and performers to be part of Saratoga's biggest New Year's Eve celebration. Apply now for an chance to perform and be discovered!

Saturday Night Fever fanatics, this is a fundraiser that simply cannot be missed. On August 4, Studio Prime: A Disco Inferno, a fundraiser for Medical Missions For Children, will take place at Prime at Saratoga National

The night will be disco-themed with dancing, drinks, dinner and more, all benefiting a great cause!

The Disco Inferno kicks off at 6pm with an open bar and great views of Saratoga National.

Then, the fun continues with live music by the Dennis Collins Band, who has performed and recorded with numerous stars, followed by a performance from Joe Cerisano, an acclaimed singer and songwriter.

ABC News recently named 10 small towns with great Fourth of July Celebrations, and Saratoga made the cut!

Patrons at the Saratoga Racetrack have long enjoyed the convenience of Hattie's booth at the track. With delicious food in one hand and betting slips in the other, Hattie's at the Track is something enjoyed by all. Fried chicken fans were appalled however, when it was recently announced that Hattie's spot at the track may be moving to a tiny booth in an out of the way location.

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to ask a member of "No Destination", a motorcycle group for men and women, a few questions. Kristine Choma is the event organizer of the the group and has been busy lately preparing for two of the group's biggest summer events: their Chili Cook-Off event and Poker Run.motorcycle.jpg

In previous years, the Saratoga County Fair's Live Music Pavilion was known as the Beer Garden. The name change, combined with the awesome lineup, promise to make the music at the 171st Saratoga County Fair more amazing than ever before.

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