Saratoga Living - Fall 2017

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  • Art for life

    Wednesday, October 25

    Few local memorials exemplify Saratoga Springs like the Spirit of Life statue in Congress Park — a bronze figure of a winged woman by American sculptor Daniel Chester French. Katrina Trask, …

  • High-flying feats

    Wednesday, October 25

    The staid stage of the Egg Center for the Performing Arts in Albany becomes a circus on Sunday, Nov. 26 when one of the best acrobatic troupes in China presents a fast-moving spectacle featuring a …

  • Rocks, Trees, Water and Light

    Wednesday, October 25

    Editor’s note: As the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation celebrates its 40th anniversary, Saratoga Living looks back at how the city and its citizens worked together to preserve Saratoga’s …

  • Portraits of bohemian lives

    Thursday, October 19

    Celebrity photographer Cris Alexander and his husband, New York City Ballet dancer Shaun O’Brien, were noted figures in Saratoga Springs. They shared a Victorian house surrounded by dense foliage …

  • Identity fashion show pushes boundaries

    Thursday, October 19

    Individualism prevailed at the IDENTITY Fashion Show held in July by the Electric City Couture. Designers, models, makeup artists, stylists, photographers and the creative community gathered at the …

  • Here Comes the Sun

    Wednesday, October 18

    Downtown Glens Falls is in the midst of a Cinderella story. Some may argue that the transformation of this place isn’t quite as magical as a pumpkin turning into a horse-drawn carriage, but when …

  • Fall in love

    Wednesday, October 18

    Fall is approaching, so it’s that time to cue a new wardrobe. Out go the T-shirts and tank tops, in march the bulky sweaters, jeans, booties and hopefully countless cups of Pumpkin Spice …

  • Horses healing veterans

    Tuesday, October 17

    Earle I. Mack is a businessman with a deep philanthropic nature. A veteran of the U.S. Army and a lifelong horseman, Mack is now focused on how retired Thoroughbreds can help military veterans heal. …

  • Fasig-Tipton: A century in Saratoga and still going strong

    Monday, October 16

    Fasig-Tipton’s Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion on East Avenue will come alive again on Oct. 16 for the Saratoga Fall Sale, with 298 yearlings listed in the catalogue. The Saratoga Selected …

  • Angel or ghost?

    Monday, October 16

    In August 1898, the United States government opened Camp Wikoff at Montauk, Long Island, for soldiers returning from the Spanish-American War in Cuba and Puerto Rico. The camp had a primitive field …

  • Rogers Island: The Third Largest City in the 13 Colonies

    Friday, October 13

    Named for Maj. Robert Rogers of New Hampshire, Rogers Island is a 34-acre site along the Hudson River that until only a few years ago was an unmarked Colonial-era burial ground. It was found to be …

  • Do You Believe in Ghosts?

    Friday, October 13

    Health, history, horses… haunted? It’s just another reason to love Saratoga Springs. Not all ghosts are spooky. If you believe that most people are good, and well-intentioned, then maybe the …

  • Fort Edward: On the Crossroads of America’s History

    Thursday, October 12

    If the ancient walls of the Old Fort House could talk, they would describe fascinating accounts of visits by future presidents George Washington and James Madison. They would recall the venue playing …

  • The roots of incarceration

    Thursday, October 12

    The American criminal justice system currently confines over 2.3 million people, more people per capita than any other nation. The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College takes a …

  • Tales from the Tombs

    Thursday, October 12

    An astounding number of important people and fascinating folks have lived and died in our area. Over the years, some of their stories have faded; others are murky. Many live on as the names of our …

  • Thrills for Throngs

    Wednesday, October 11

    Throughout this summer’s Saratoga racing season, Yogi Berra’s famous line “It’s like déjà vu all over again” fit and fit and fit again. In many respects, most of them positive, 2017 was …

  • A tea party not to miss

    Wednesday, October 11

    As temperatures begin to drop, it’s only natural to find yourself craving something that will warm you from the inside out. Sometimes you’re on the hunt for a nip of brandy or bourbon, but other …

  • Be Inspired: Nurture Your Musical Soul

    Tuesday, October 10

    The Capital Region’s rich depth of arts offerings provides audiences with many venues where international artists perform at incomparable prices. Here are some of the choices available in classical …

  • Flavor country, ahead

    Tuesday, October 10

    In the autumn, the colors on the rolling hills of Washington County and the mountains of the southern Adirondacks rival anything you can see in Vermont, and New York’s backroads are more peaceful, …

  • America’s folk art past

    Monday, October 9

    Until the late 19th century, Americans decorated their homes with paintings, furniture and decorative pieces by regional artists, most of whom were largely untrained. Communities like the …

  • Apple goodness, right to the core

    Monday, October 9

    There’s a particular deep, bright blue in the sky and a slight chill to the air that announces apple season has arrived. New York state produces the most apples after Washington state, and …

  • Investing in off-campus housing

    Friday, October 6

    It’s that bittersweet time that parents dream of and dread. Your child is heading off to college. Excitement, anxiety and just plain old fear are likely daily emotions for both parent and …

  • Magnificent garb

    Friday, October 6

    The Victorian era was a golden age for Saratoga Springs, with people from around the world flocking to the resort — renowned as the Queen of Spas — to take the waters and hobnob at the opulent …

  • Our hoppy history

    Friday, October 6

    Upstate New York is replete with beer and beverage trails, and there are at least six beer trails that include the Capital Region. There is little doubt that this is a result of Gov. Andrew …

  • Grandma Moses re-contextualized

    Thursday, October 5

    Most people know Grandma Moses as the artist and homespun folk hero catapulted to international fame during the 1940s upon the discovery of her charming, naïvely …

  • Saratoga Memories

    Thursday, October 5

    Groucho MarX didn’t want to belong to any club that would have him as a member, but after the 1987 Supreme Court ruling that said women must be allowed to join the Rotary Club, I said yes when …

  • Tasty Trails

    Thursday, October 5

    It’s harvest season. Crops are rolling out of the fields and into our kitchens and favorite farm-to-table restaurants. The time is ripe for an autumn adventure, a road trip that revels in our …

  • Why Now Is the Best Time to Embrace Local Wine

    Thursday, October 5

    The roots of American wine are right in our backyard. Brotherhood Winery, in bucolic Washingtonville, was established in 1839 and is the oldest continually operating winery in the country. Other …

  • Circus clown tales

    Tuesday, October 3

    Inside an abandoned vaudeville theater in a post-apocalyptic world, an isolated clown finds shelter. After surviving for a long period with only inanimate objects as friends, and nothing but a pile …

  • Sugar Plum a Sweet Soiree for Backstretch Kids

    Tuesday, October 3

    The Hall of Springs was transformed into a winter wonderland on Aug. 23. Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” played and peppermints and candy canes filled martini glasses as poised ballerinas …

  • Hot Pink Hat Luncheon

    Tuesday, October 3

    Play for P.I.N.K. heated up the Saratoga Race Course with its Sizzling Hot Pink Saratoga Hat Luncheon, a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, on Aug. 10. Guests sipped Moët and …

  • Saratoga WarHorse Hosts a Blue Spangled Gala

    Tuesday, October 3

    Saratoga’s Hall of Springs was a flurry of red, white and blue on Aug. 14 as over 300 patrons gathered for Saratoga WarHorse’s fifth annual Blue Spangled Gala. There was reason to celebrate: more …

  • A Summer to Remember

    Tuesday, October 3

    It’s the end of another remarkable social season in Saratoga, with some standout moments we’ll never forget. The Double H Ranch held its 25th Anniversary Gala at the end of June, and it …

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