The Saratoga Farmers’ Market indoor winter season returned to the Wilton Mall on Nov. 6.
Alongside many returning vendors, the winter market also features some new vendors and products, such as alcohol-infused ice cream at Boozy Moo!, (house) plants at J. Adkins Cultivation, Scandinavian baked goods at parchment, and several fan favorites who were new vendors at the markets this summer.
This season, the market was also be able to bring back several of its seasonal events, such as holiday celebrations, Maple March and more.
Markets will run each Saturday from 9:30 am to 1:30 p.m. and will feature 50-plus vendors selling a full range of locally produced items including fresh farm items, ready-to-eat foods, artisanal products, and holiday gift items.
The market will be located in the mall’s food court, accessible from the TrustCo mall entrance or from the building’s interior.
Although face coverings are not required inside the Wilton Mall, the mall and the Saratoga Farmers’ Market both recommend customers wear a mask to help keep the indoor markets as safe as possible.
The market will continue to space vendors out where possible and provide extra hand washing and sanitizing opportunities. Management is evaluating returning its online ordering and curbside pickup program.
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The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association (BSBPA) is encouraging all businesses in the village’s downtown area to decorate their storefronts for the shopping season.
For the past few years, the BSBPA has recognized businesses whose window decorations and displays have enhanced the Village of Ballston Spa during the holiday season. Businesses with decorated windows whose lights are on the evening of Nov. 30 will be judged and the winners will be announced in time for village festivities on Dec. 3, including the Holiday Parade, village Christmas tree lighting and First Friday.
Winners will be presented with specially designated “contest winner” signs to display in their businesses for the holiday season and photos of the windows will be featured on social media and on the BSBPA website, ballston.org.
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Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) is accepting applications for the 2021 Young Women Making a Difference Award.
The award was formerly called the Violet Richardson Award, named after the first Soroptimist club’s founding president. It honors young women between the ages of 14 and 18 for their volunteer activity in fields such as promoting equity, cleaning up the environment, and mentoring younger students. Volunteer actions that benefit women and girls are especially valued in the process.
Winners are eligible to receive cash awards for themselves and the charitable organization of their choice. The 2021-2022 award is $500 to the award winner and $500 to the volunteer organization.
Applicants who have demonstrated initiative in both identifying a problem and trying to solve it as well as achieving significant and noteworthy accomplishments as volunteers are encouraged to apply.
Application submissions are due to SISC by Dec. 15.
An online application can be found at soroptimistsaratoga.org/YoungWomenMakingaDifference.
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TCT FCU is offering local high school seniors a chance to win scholarships for college.
TCT FCU is participating in the New York Credit Union Association’s statewide credit union college scholarship program, which provides credit union members with scholarships.
To be eligible, students must be high school seniors attending two- or four-year accredited educational institutions for the first time in the fall of 2022. They must also be members of TCT Federal Credit Union or another participating New York credit union.
Students/applicants will be competing against other credit union members from across the state. Applicants will be judged based upon academic achievements, extracurricular and community activities and the quality of written essays.
Last year, the New York Credit Union Association awarded $30,750 in scholarships to 41 students through the program. In addition, TCT Federal Credit Union awarded nine scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each.
For more information about the scholarship program, contact TCT Federal Credit Union by phone at 1-800-721-8288 or visit our website at tctfcu.org
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The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association, in partnership with Curtis Lumber, honored business owners and residents whose renovation, restoration, and beautification efforts have enhanced the Ballston Spa community over the past year.
The winners were chosen from nominations submitted by others in the community. Each award recipient was given a framed certificate along with a Curtis Lumber gift card in recognition of their efforts.
Best Residential New Build: 248 West North St., High Rock Realty, Ron Murphy;
Best Residential Renovation:154 Bath St., Christopher and Sabrina Anderson; 118 McLean St., Joy Houle.
Best Multifamily/Mixed Use Renovation: 256-258 Milton Ave., Robert Jegabbi. Honorable mention: 22-24 Kent St., Dave and Anna Stanko.
Best Commercial Interior Renovation: Nani’s Indian Kitchen, 256 Milton Ave., Nafeesa Koslik.
Best Commercial Exterior Renovation: National Bottle Museum, 76 Milton Ave.
Best Commercial Complete Renovation: The Garage at 10 Washington St., Corina Contemporary Jewelry, Corina Oberai.
Best Commercial New Build: Stewarts Shop #229, 165 Northline Road.
Best Community Beautification Project: new agricultural building, Saratoga County Fairgrounds.
Best Landscaping Project: Ballston Spa Public Library, Ballston Spa House and Garden Club.
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The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s 3rd annual Photo Finish: Juried Photography Exhibition is now open.
Since its inception, the Museum’s juried photography exhibition program has received submissions from photographers hailing from 27 states and three Canadian provinces.
This year’s exhibition features 45 photographs by 34 photographers from 12 states. An additional 14 photographs will be included in the online exhibition as online-only entries, bringing the total representation of the 3rd annual Photo Finish exhibition to 14 states (California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin).
The selected photographs document the entire racing experience from the farm to the backstretch to the winner’s circle, including several images that showcase how COVID-19 impacted the racing world in 2020.
The online exhibition will be available on the Museum’s website at racingmuseum.org/exhibits/photo-finish-juried-photography-exhibition.
The exhibition will remain on display through Feb. 20.
For more information about the Museum, including special events and program offerings, call (518) 584-0400 or visit www.racingmuseum.org.