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Saratoga Shakespeare Company is celebrating its 15th summer season along with Saratoga's Centennial! This free outdoor theatre program has called Congress Park home summer after summer, and has returned for the 2015 season with an expanded program.


An international wedding and fashion photographer, Lisa Miller, is also the artist behind the lens of some of Saratoga's most stunning and unique horse photography, recently recognized with distinctions from ESPN and Bloodhorse.com.

This summer, the new Equine Gallery at Studio di Luce spotlights her acclaimed photography in a place of its own.

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With photographs that evoke such emotion, it's no secret that horses hold a very special place in Miller's heart. That's why her sales profit more than just her own bottom line.

Ever wonder what it's like to perform on stages around the world? Want to strike up a conversation with a New York City Ballet dancer? Listen to the stories of different performers at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) with the return of Pre-Performance Talks this season, presented by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Justin Peck
NYCB Soloist and Resident Choreographer Justin Peck
Seating is limited, and these events do sell out, so be sure to reserve your seat early.

Through this series, audiences have the opportunity to connect and interact with stars in the worlds of dance and classical music.

These educational pre-show talks will be located in the beautiful setting of the Hall of Springs prior to many of this season's performances, including Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, New York City Ballet, National Ballet of China, and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

"Pre-Performance Talks allow arts lovers to gain personal insights shared by prominent performers and scholars," said Marcia J. White, SPAC's President & Executive Director. "With luminaries including Peter Martins, Justin Peck, Fei Bo, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin all scheduled to give a behind-the-scenes look at the life of an artist, these informative presentations provide a unique educational experience in the arts."

What's better than celebrating the arts with fun activities, food and live music on a warm July day? If that sounds good to you, swing by the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College on July 11th for its second annual Frances Day. There are numerous events planned for all ages, and best, yet - they are free!

If you remember last week, we wrote about SaratogaArtsFest and all of the fun, art-centered events taking place throughout this upcoming weekend in downtown Saratoga. However, this will be the last run for this beloved and popular annual event. After eight years, SaratogaArtsFest is taking its event in a new direction that will debut this fall! 

In addition to the Race Course, Saratoga Springs has always been a haven for the arts. This year, SaratogaArtsFest is offering a fantastic line-up of events the weekend of June 12th through the 14th, and on June 17th to commemorate Saratoga's centennial celebration. 

If you're one of the many heading to SPAC this summer to enjoy classical performances, keep in mind this is going to be a very special season. This summer's SPAC season marks the kick-off to SPAC's Golden Anniversary celebration in 2016. What's on the line-up to ring in SPAC's 50th? Find out!

If you love the arts, you're in luck. Over 100 writers, directors, actors, singers, dancers and puppeteers, including some well-known names from Broadway theatre, film and TV, will be flocking to Saratoga Springs at the end of May to take part in the Orchard Project, which is coming to the area for the first time. The Orchard Project is a collaboration between individuals and is often referred to as an "incubator" for artists to create and develop new plays. And, a new component, Orchard Project Presents, allows the public to attend these in-development performances for the first time ever!

photo credit: Empty Stage via photopin (license)
2016 marks the 175th Anniversary of the Saratoga County Fair! In honor of the occasion, the 175th Anniversary Committee is seeking entries for a commemorative design this spring in time for the 2015 the event.

Yaddo Mansion, the historic 45,000-square-foot building at the center of Saratoga Springs' Trask estate, has recently received a $250,000 grant from New York State for winterization and renovations

Photo Credit: Yaddo Castle via photopin (license)

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