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Get out your best hat and prepare for a day of mint juleps, Southern charm and of course, horse racing... it's the Kentucky Derby! We've rounded up our favorite Derby Day events happening around Saratoga that are the perfect way to celebrate the "fastest two minutes in sports" and to start getting excited about our racing season, too, of course!

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photo credit: Early Races via photopin (license)
Next Wednesday, April 22 is Earth Day, and in my opinion, it's a holiday we can all get behind! In honor of our planet, we've gathered up four great events worth attending as part of your Earth Day Celebration.

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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.

revolutionary war soldiersHe 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.

Can you believe Chowderfest 2015 is almost here?! If you're like me and crazy for seafood, you're probably wondering where to go this Saturday to find delicious lobster meat, crab claws, clams and other seafood yummies in your chowder samples. Well, good news, we have your road map to find the participants who are serving various seafood chowders this year. (And if you hate seafood or have an allergy, you'll know which places to avoid!)

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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.

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Saratoga is well-known for drawing legions of sophisticates from all over the country who flock to the city for its cultural events, fine dining establishments, and shopping boutiques. Everyone knows about the Racetrack, the New York City Ballet at SPAC, and golfing at Saratoga National, but there are a whole host of other events that sophisticates might not be aware of that are right up their alley! To help out well-cultured locals and visitors alike, we've compiled the following list of 7 things sophisticates will love, but may not know about.

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!


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September is nearly here and college approaching fast, but before you hit the books, there's so much to do before classes start. The Fab Five awards were announced earlier this summer, and using those as a reference, I present to you the top 5 places to go in Saratoga before summer wraps up.

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!

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