Just looking at the lineup of parties to attend this summer could leave even the most seasoned socialite feeling dizzy and with so much on the calendar, you’re going to need to pace yourself to make it to Labor Day. Knowing parties is my business and I’ve been to hundreds, so keep reading for my tips on hitting the social circuit without burning out.
If you’re a lady who loves to lunch, you’re in luck because there are almost as many luncheons as there are evening events, but be prepared as most start at 11am and can go until 3pm. An always enjoyable start to the season is the Fashionable Fillies Luncheon on July 31, with a dignified mix of local women and racing insiders, featuring a huge spread of bags and accessories to bid on in a silent auction.
For the fashionistas, you won’t want to miss the stylish and almost always sold out White Party to benefit Saratoga Bridges or The The Sizzling Hot Pink Saratoga Hat Luncheon. The luncheon’s presenting sponsor is ESCADA and attendees can participate in a question and answer session with world renowned expert on Breast Cancer Research, Dr. Larry Norton, a huge draw in and of itself.
If you’re looking to hobnob with horse racing insiders and jockeys, you’ll want to attend the Siro’s Cup on July 20th where the excitement of opening day and induction of Javier Castellano into the National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame will have Siro’s packed with opportunities. Another opportunity is the Equine Advocates Awards Dinner on August 3rd.
For the locals, my personal favorite night out is Saratoga Hospital’s Annual Summer Gala. In the midst of the frenzied racing season, walking into the tent at the Polo Meadow feels like walking into a fabulous neighborhood party that everything came home for- you may even catch a glance of the Queen herself, as Marylou Whitney & John Hendrickson continue the tradition of being the Gala’s honorary chairs for the event’s 35th year.
If you love the racing season, the event you don’t know your missing but should attend is VISION: A look at life behind the scenes, on August 8th. The event features black and white photography taken by Latino immigrants of their daily life in Saratoga Springs, as a way to share their experience here. It’s moving, emotional and very impactful, conveying the importance a specific community in Saratoga that often goes unrecognized.
For the foodies, the brand new party I can’t wait to attend is “Fire Feast on the Farm’ on August 1. The folks over at the Pitney Farm knocked our socks off with this concept where world class chefs and bartenders host a spectacular live-fire multi-course dinner right on the farm.
Last but not least, the toughest tickets to get in town are that way for a reason and the two invite-only events whose invitations make me jump for joy every year are the Opening Day Luncheon hosted by Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson and the Annual Museum Ball. There is nothing quite like being in the presence of Mrs. Whitney, she is everything you hope for and more, gorgeous, elegant and dressed to perfection every year. The luncheon is attended by the Saratoga elite, the same pillars of the community who are responsible for the city’s success and are the backbone of our philanthropic community.
Then in August the who’s who of the racing industry descend on the National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame, dressed to the nines for a black tie, no expenses spared party. If you’re dying to put on your most gorgeous gown and hit the Saratoga scene for an evening of glamour and refinement with your fellow equestrians, this your best option. My other black tie recommendation would be the Pearl Anniversary Gala of the National Museum of Dance on August 12th, which offers the classiness with lots of fun and dancing for a fabulous night out. Still curious? Head over to our website for a peek at all of my photo galleries from last year’s summer parties!