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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!

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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.

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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

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Photo Credit: Yaddo Castle via photopin (license)

The National Ballet of China, a national symbol and an exemplary cultural ambassador to the international community, will perform at SPAC on July 21 and 22 with tickets going on sale March 3. Accompanied by The National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra, the company's SPAC engagement will feature the Saratoga premiere of The Peony Pavilion, the internationally-acclaimed adaptation of a classic Chinese romantic tale.

Whoever says they don't believe in magic... they haven't met Steven Brundage. The 23-year-old magician, who is known for his talents locally in and around Saratoga, has made it big. After a 3:00 am pull over by the cops on December 5th, Steven's magic has gone to a whole new level of awesomeness, and even some recent attention from Good Morning America!

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Travers Day has passed, your skin has absorbed all the UV rays you could possibly imagine, the bathing suit section at Target is almost now fully non-existent, and there seems to be a "back-to-school savings" flyer in your mailbox at least twice a week. What does that mean?...Sadly, the summer is drawing to a close.

If you haven't done or seen these things, then you're not doing Saratoga right. I've compiled a list of things, i.e. places to go or eat and activities to do, that I, and most of Saratoga, consider a crime if you haven't at least tried. So grab a seat and read through this list. If you find something you haven't otherwise heard of, you're welcome, because I've just made your weekend plans for you.

This summer, we are fortunate to be hosting the New York City Ballet at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center from July 8th through July 12th. But next summer we are even luckier to host them for a full two weeks! Don't miss either performance!

Google photographers are able to create a revolutionary "street view" of a venue that actually takes the user on a 360-degree tour inside the venue. They recently visited Crafters Gallery of Saratoga Springs, NY. Check out the result!

Metzger Heaven and Earth.pngSaratogaArtsFest, Saratoga's annual celebration of the arts, officially kicks off its 2014 season with the grand opening of the ArtsFest Center and Gallery in downtown Saratoga Springs.

As the festival's headquarters, the center sells festival admissions packages and merchandise, provides ArtsFest information, and exhibits works of many area visual artists including: Takeyce Walter, (painting), Jack Metzger, (found-object sculpture), and Rebecca Kane (photography).

The Center's hours of operation are:
May 27-31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 2-7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.
June 8, closed
June 9-15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The center phone number is 518-871-1379.

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