I sit down to write this with an excitement I can rarely conjure up in the dead of winter. But a brand-new column in this sparkling glossy—don’t you love the re-imagined saratoga living?—is almost enough to take the chill out of the air. I’m truly delighted to be the magazine’s new Social Editor and to officially write my inaugural “Robin’s Social Studies” column here.
Hello, Saratoga. I’ve been covering the Saratoga social scene for six years—and you probably recognize my byline from some of those other publications in town. But at my new home, I’ll be bringing you unfettered—VIP, shall we say—access to Saratoga’s nonstop nightlife, glamorous galas and sizzling summer season soirées. In these pages and online at saratogaliving.com, you’ll find all of the must-see photographs and coverage of the Saratoga glitterati. That’s what my life in Saratoga is all about: experiencing our city and the people, parties and players, and talking them up anywhere and everywhere.
On my calendar this winter is, of course, the SPAC Junior Ball on March 3; it’s always timed perfectly to save me, just as cabin fever is starting to set in. The committee members make it a hit year in and year out, with their enthusiasm, passion and dedication to providing an unforgettable theme (this year’s is “Journey Under the Sea”). I was disappointed to see that the Bartender’s Ball would not be back this year, and to hear Beth Alexander announce that 2019 would be the final Hattie’s Mardi Gras party. Both will be sorely missed on the annual social calendar, and although nothing will replace these two iconic Saratoga parties, I’ve got my fingers crossed that something new will be in the works soon to fill the void.
I’m also up to my elbows planning some fantastic spring events of my own, including my “everything old is new again” bonanza, and fussing over everything from invitations to décor. Speaking of handmade invites, I think we can all agree that calligraphy is having a major moment, and to that end, Ink Revival, which deals in just that, along with design and printing services, is a welcome addition to downtown Saratoga (they have me swooning over their place cards and other precious paper products). Each piece at Ink Revival is handmade by owner Sara McCarthy, and you can check out her handiwork on Instagram at @InkRevival.
Of course, invitations are only half the battle. The classic cocktails at Morrissey’s at the Adelphi have me testing (and tasting!) the next greatest party tipple, and the rebirth of Dodie Thayer’s classic cabbage plates has me trying out new place settings—and rummaging around thrift stores from Ballston Spa to Schuylerville. I need to round out my own collection to create the perfect springtime ladies’ luncheon setting (if I don’t get it quite right, expect a knock on your door, Mara King!)
In the meantime, what to do to ride out the rest of the winter season? Throw on your Canada Goose jacket and take that cocktail outside, naturally. From Chowderfest earlier this month to the ice bars at Saratoga National, the Adelphi and the Sagamore, don’t let the cold keep you inside too long.
See you around town, Saratoga.