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Even if you aren't a history buff (I'm certainly not!), you have of course heard of Benedict Arnold. I mostly remember him as a "hero turned traitor," but some are now questioning whether the hero part is really deserved.
He has been painted into heroism for leading his soldiers in a charge against the British Army at Bemis Heights, which led them to victory at this crucial second Battle of Saratoga. The British Army, led by General John Burgoyne, retreated and later surrendered. The French then aided the American forces, and this battle went down in the history books as the turning point of the American Revolution.
Some are wondering if Arnold really deserves all the credit, though. Should he be considered the real hero, or does his commanding officer Horatio Gates deserve recognition for the decisive charge that changed the course of history?
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.
Op-Ed by Ashley Dingeman
The DZ Farm Meet the Chefs Event took place this past Sunday, October 12th, and I had the pleasure of attending on behalf of Saratoga.com.
After reviewing the invitation, I had a good idea of what to expect when I arrived at the farm, but reality blew out my prior expectations. The beauty of the property was completely overwhelming at first, initially making you forget where you were.
Saratoga is recognized for a variety of reasons, from horse races to spas to fine arts and music. Yet, what about a round of applause for 'toga and its vast ethnic cuisine? On October 11, Saratoga Food Fanatic and Network Saratoga are teaming up to present the FIRST annual Saratoga International Flavorfeast, giving your palate the opportunity to try something new!
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!