As the Saratoga Race Course opens for the season the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association is staging a Celebrate Saratoga event with live music on Thursday, July 14.
The event is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. in downtown Saratoga Springs, following the opening day of the track. It will be presented by 4 Pillar Funding and showcases downtown retailers, restaurant, and live music.
Caroline Street will be closed to traffic from Broadway to Putnam Street, allowing for more pedestrians to flow and gather to listen to the performances.
Soul Session’s Garland Nelson’s Motown tribute ensemble Reflections will be performing live on the main stage, located at the Spa City Motor Lodge on the corner of Broadway and Division Street, while local performers will play at notable landmarks throughout downtown.
A window decorating contest involving downtown businesses will also be held.
Other musical performances include Whiskey River Band playing on Caroline Street and Putnam Street. Life Line will be at Impressions on Broadway, Rick Bolton and Jackie Dugas will be at the Arcade Building on Broadway, Jeanine Ouderkirk Duo will be at the Saratoga Arts Building on Broadway, Jess Hudack will be at Ben and Jerry’s at Putnam and Phila streets, Jeff Brisbin at the Spa City Cafe on Broadway, and the Dave Fisk Jazz Quartet will be outside Adirondack Trust Co., also on Broadway.
“The DBA is excited to welcome guests and locals back to the Saratoga Race Course and into our businesses with no restrictions this summer,” said Deann Devitt, DBA president. “We invite everyone to come downtown on July 14, do some shopping, enjoy a meal and listen to some amazing musicians.”
Storefront windows in the downtown area will be decorated as part of the celebration. Decorations will be judged by renowned horse racing announcer Tom Durkin, NEWS10 ABC Saratoga Race Track reporter Cassie Hudson, and local actor and financial consultant Scott Valentine. The winners will be announced on the main stage Thursday night and broadcast live on NYRA-TV. The First place prize includes two tickets to the track’s rail. Second place includes two clubhouse reserved seats, and third place includes two grandstand reserved seats (excluding Travers and Whitney days).
Window decorating participants include the following businesses: Caroline & Main, Crafter’s Gallery, Complexions Day Spa, Dark Horse, Hatsational, Impressions, Lifestyle’s, Tailgate and Party, and Union Hall Supply Co.
In addition to 4 Pillar Funding, other sponsors include Albany Broadcasting, Adirondack Trust Co., Saratoga Springs Downtown Special Assessments District, Scott Varley Real Estate, NYRA, Crafter’s Gallery, Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors, Union Hall, Star Radio, Playbill Travel, Discover Saratoga, Celtic Treasures, Impressions, The Dark Horse, Spoken Boutique, and The Wine Bar.
The Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association was formed in the 1960s. Its mission is to market and promote the interest of commerce with a focus on businesses located in the downtown corridor.
For more information contact Kim Leon or Christine O’Donnell at info@saratogaspringsdowntown or by phone at 518-587-8635. The DBA website is www.saratogaspringsdowntown.com.