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August 2012 Archives

Want to find out what style of men's suits are in right now? Be sure to check out Saratoga Wine & Food Festival's first-ever "Made-to-Measure Gourmet Luncheon" on Friday, September 7. The legendary clothier Martin Greenfield will be on hand to give his advice on current and new men's fashion.


This Friday, the New York Racing Association will be collecting donations to help local communities still recovering from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee. The Saratoga Race Track will be hosting the collection drive, and the fourth race of the day will be named "Remembering Irene & Lee - The Recovery Continues."saratoga race track and horses.jpg

racing at SaratogaWith Labor Day next Monday, we are down to the final week of racing at Saratoga Race Track! As is Spa City custom, the summer meet will go out with a bang, offering events and entertainment galore for one last "hurrah" before the sun sets on the final day of racing on Monday.

From sunset racing to music to family fun, take a look below at what's in store for the last weekend of racing at Saratoga....

There is a new event in town! Coming up on September 9th, this new event allows you to tour several exquisite water gardens in and around Saratoga. It's appropriately named the Saratoga Water Garden Tour, and it will be an annual event organized by Chip's Landscaping. But it's more than just touring water gardens...

Melissa O'Brien and Kris-jon Klopstock are not your average couple that enjoys taking photos every once in awhile. This couple has traveled all over the world taking some very beautiful shots, while enjoying their traveling experiences together. Melissa's work has been recognized by National Geographic and her new work will be shown here in Saratoga. Their new exhibit is showcased at the Four Seasons Natural Foods on 33 Phila St. in Saratoga through late October. I was able to ask them some questions while they were preparing for their exhibit.

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Do you enjoy blogging, tweeting, and facebooking about Saratoga Race Track? If you're a social media guru and enjoy world-class thoroughbred racing, you need to be at the track Sunday, August 26.

Social Media Day meet-up attendees with have access to special reserved seating back by the Big Red Spring. The event will feature trivia contests, giveaways, live entertainment and more!

Are you going to be live-tweeting this event? Read on for more information..

The President of Bonacio Construcion, Sonny Bonacio, announced three new businesses that will occupy the first floor of The Springs starting this fall. The list includes a daycare, barber shop and a dry cleaning business.

Okay so maybe watching the horses' morning workouts at the track isn't the newest idea, but sometimes olden is golden! If you haven't been to Breakfast at the Track yet this season, these pictures will make you want to rediscover this Saratoga tradition! Skip your morning exercise to watch some horses get theirs, and enjoy a delectable breakfast while you're at it!

contest-irish2000.jpgThe Irish 2000 Festival returns to the area for the 16th year from Friday, September 14 until Saturday, the 15th. The festival offers a unique lineup of music, including Celtic punk, jam music, traditional Irish music and everything in between!

The annual Irish 2000 Festival is ranked one of the top five festivals of its kind, in the entire country!

The festival kicks off Friday night at 5pm with non-stop music until 11pm. Then on Saturday, the gate re-open at 10am and performances continue all day until 11pm! Sounds like a great time celebrating Celtic entertainment and culture!

We're giving away four VIP weekend passes to this awesome event right here on Saratoga.com, a $120 value! Enter here and you and three friends can be jamming out to Burning Bridget Cleary, The Fighting Jamesons and The McKrells all weekend!

Remember, you can enter once per day to increase your chances of winning! So bookmark the page and come back tomorrow!
travers_contest.gifThe 2012 Travers Stakes are on Saturday, August 25. This prestigious race is limited to extraordinary three-year-old horses, and has been run at varying distances over time.

The Travers Stakes is rich with tradition at Saratoga Race Course

The Travers Trophy is known as the Man O'War Cup, and was designed by Tiffany & Co. A gold-plated replica is presented to the winner every year. The Travers Canoe, a fixture of the infield pond since 1926, is painted the colors of the Travers winner's silks each year.

Grandstand tickets are already sold out for Travers Day 2012, but we got our hands on two of them, and we're going to give them away to one lucky winner ($140 value).

Want to sit in the grandstand to watch the Travers Stakes? Enter to win tickets here >>

Remember, you can enter every day to increase your chances of winning, so bookmark the page and come back tomorrow!

August may have only just begun, but back to school posters are already everywhere! And as much as we love fall in Saratoga, we aren't ready to kiss summer goodbye just yet. So beat the end of summer blues; we're already planning for a fall we can look forward to!

A favorite fall event in Saratoga is the Saratoga Showcase of Homes, where people get to tour some of the most beautiful houses in Saratoga, and we're giving away a pair of free tickets!

It is almost that time to clean your mugs and get ready for the 2012 Oktobeerfest.This year the festival will be having a new home and will be taking place at the Malta Drive-In

Happy Birthday to us! Saratoga.com is turning 10 this August! We're happily celebrating, especially since the best present came from our loyal readership: July 2012 marked the first time Saratoga.com reached over one million visits in a single month!

contest-steeplechase.jpgHave you ever been out on the infield at Saratoga Race Track? You'll get that chance at the inaugural Steeplechase Festival at the Track on September 15th!

PLEASE NOTE: The Inaugural Steeplechase Festival at Saratoga has been postponed until further notice. Please watch our blog for details as they develop.

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) and the National Steeplechase Association (NSA) will team up to bring you this major event. The festival will have at least five races, four of which will feature hurdles.

That's not all! The Steeplechase Festival will feature live music, 5K walk/run, celebrities, equine exhibitions and shows, carriage rides and more!

Oh, and you'll be able to set foot on the infield at the Track for the first time in about 30 years!

There will be corporate tents as well a spectators tent at the final jump on the infield. The spectators tent will hold 150 patrons and will include a catered lunch! The following organizations have reserved corporate tents on the infield: Capital OTB, Fasig-Tipton, Gideon Putnam Resort, New York Thoroughbred Breeders, New York Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund, Sackatoga Stables, Saratoga Convention & Tourism, and the Saratoga County Chamber.

Do you want to go to this awesome event at the Saratoga Race Track? We're giving away a grand prize consisting of TWO Steeplechase Festival Tickets with VIP Parking! In addition to that great prize, we're giving away 10 General Admission tickets as well! Want a shot at one of the prizes? Enter here!

Remember, you can enter to win every day, so bookmark the page so you can come back and increase your chances!

Now that August is here, many of us are looking at our summer bucket lists and sighing. All those places we planned to visit, all those recipes we pinned on Pinterest...everything we planned to accomplish went by the wayside, or probably more accurately, the poolside. 

But luckily for you, if you wanted to attend a concert, Saratoga.com is hooking you up with 4 free tickets to SPAC!

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer announced Friday afternoon that him and political colleagues won't be drinking any regular tap Washington D.C. water on January 21, 2013. Schumer will be drinking some of New York's finest, Saratoga Spring Water.

billy-stritch.jpgBilly Stritch comes to The Mansion Inn of Saratoga, August 22 and 23 to perform his tribute to Mel Tormé!

Billy Stritch sings the Mel Tormé Songbook in tribute to the ultimate New York City jazz/cabaret performer. Rex Reed of the New York Observer called the show, "An eclectic & thrilling set that is guaranteed to send you into orbit!"

Want to go check this show out? You're in luck! We're giving away FREE tickets here at Saratoga.com!

You can enter every day to increase your chances of winning, so bookmark the page and come back tomorrow!

There is nowhere quite like Saratoga in the summer, and now a national news outlet is doing its part to recognize the Spa City as a great summer getaway. CNN has named Saratoga in their Great Escapes: Summer Travel article.

The article includes five destinations in New York state that 'offer unparalleled beauty, charming bed and breakfasts, beautiful farms, rivers and restaurants.'

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