Mom Camp is happening THIS weekend! Wanna come? You have till Wednesday to sign up as a day camper to check out this summer camp weekend just for moms, click the button below to register asap and click the image above to see what I'll be packing for Mom Camp!
Stop by the Clifton Common Stage for the free 2018 Performing Arts at the Common Series featuring: Catskills Puppet Theater - Sister Rain and Brother Sun on Wednesday, Jul 25th at 7pm.
This musical nature-tale features lots of audience participation and Brother Sun, a huge, talking sun face seven feet in diameter with movable mouth and eyes! The story is acted out by large, animated rod puppets with finely chiseled features and colorful sets and costumes.
All performances are free and will take place on Wednesday and Sunday nights (the exception is multi-day shows).
On Wednesday evenings, you should bring the kids to the Clifton Common Stage for the children's series. This special series will feature a wide range of musicians and performers. Kids of all ages will love being outdoors for a night of fun and free entertainment.
On Sunday evenings, the Performing Arts at the Common Series will offer excellent entertainment for all! An assortment of musicians and live performers will take the stage for shows you are sure to enjoy.
Performances will begin at 7:00pm, unless otherwise noted, rain or shine. Lawn chairs are welcome. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
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It's a celebration of the summer's sweetest berry at the Saratoga Farmers' Market! This free event will be held on Saturday, July 28, 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine. The market will be bursting with all things blueberry! From the berries themselves to blueberry products, tastings, and recipes - we'll have it all! There will also be awesome activities for kids that are, you guessed it, blueberry-themed! With all of this, plus information tables, and live music, this will be the sweetest festival of the summer!
Have you been wanting to check out the new Jumper Bean Preschool? Well here is your chance! They are hosting open house on Saturday July 21st from 12-4pm and everyone is welcome to come check out this preschool and see what it's all about. Can't make this one? They are having a second Open House on August 11th from 12-4pm!
Located at 441 Geyser Road in Ballston Spa, Jumper Bean Preschool is a full day program which incorporates learning with a certified teacher along with their Healthy, Active and Organic approach!
At Jumper Bean they have created an environment where children feel safe, eat well balanced organic meals, are encouraged to play, stay active, and learn about the environment. Jumper Bean Preschool is a place where parents can feel confident that their child is safe, and learning both developmental and fundamental skills for life. Encouragement, staying positive, learning to play with others and creativeness are all aspects of the Jumper Bean program. Their goals are to provoke learning and healthy living at all stages of your child’s development.
To find out more, visit Jumper Bean Preschool online by clicking the button below and mark your calendars for the Open House!
Up Yonda Farm in Bolton Landing has some great summer programs coming up!
Oh Thursday, July 12th from 1-2pm come create a functional walking stick for your hiking adventures. Then make it your own with some unique decorations. register online or call 518-644-9767.
On Friday, July 13th from 7-8pm enjoy a night of Native American Stories and smores! $6 per person, $5 members.
Up Yonda Farm is located on 75 acres overlooking Lake George at 5239 Lake Shore Drive (RT 9N) Bolton Landing.
Click the button below to see all of the upcoming summer programming and to register now:
The 4th Annual JRV Touch A Truck is going to be better than ever! On Sat, July 14th from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Queensbury School Campus (429 Aviation Road in Queensbury).
Climb on board our big rigs and firetrucks. Be sure to bring a camera there will be plenty of photo opportunities! A fun event for the whole family to enjoy. Get a closer look at the vehicles who protect and build our community! For tickets click the button below:
Meet professional skateboard instructor Benj Gleeksman at the East Side Recreation park to get some exercise and learn how to skate. For students entering grades 7-12. There are two dates available, July 24th an August 7th. Bring a skateboard! Please register through our online calendar at www.sspl.org. Click below for more info:
Come to the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Monday, July 16th at 6pm and bring your favorite stuffed animal for some magical fun. There will be stories, crafts, and then kids will tuck their stuffed animals in for the night. You can pick up your fluffy friend the next morning anytime after 11:00 am. No registration required. The Saratoga Springs Public Library is located at 49 Henry Street in Saratoga Springs.
The BSBPA presents the 2018 Concerts in the Park summer concert series in Wiswall Park. This free concert series is a signature event in Ballston Spa and draws hundreds of visitors, as well as residents of the greater Ballston Spa community, to the village’s historic downtown.
The concerts are held on Thursday evenings from 6-8 pm directly following the Thursday afternoon Farmers’ Market. This year’s concert season runs from June 28 through August 30 and we once again offer a diverse line-up of talent.
It’s a great family friendly event made possible by our sponsors each year. Bring your blanket & chairs to the park for a great evening of live music in the village!
June 28: Emily Teller
July 5: Ballston Spa Community Band
July 12: Pro Tones
July 19: Girl Blue
July 26: Sirsy
August 2: Ice Cream Social with the Union Fire Company Band
August 9: Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys
August 16: The McKrells
August 23: The Bluebillies
August 30: Matthew Runciman
Come and rock out at the Saratoga Springs Public Library at their Frozen sing-a-long on Saturday, July 14th from 10 AM - 10:45 PM. Feel free to dress up as your favorite character. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please register all participants through our online calendar, in-person, or by calling (518) 584-7860, ext. 305.
Check out this great Story Time with Maurice Hebert and Megan Tennant at Northshire Bookstore on Saturday, July 14th at 11am.
Author Maurice Hebert and illustrator Megan Tennant will join Northshire Bookstore for a special story time celebrating the release of their latest picture book, "The Kingdom Without Rhyme."
The King has declared that ''it is now a crime at any place and any time to read speak or write anything that rhymes.'' As an overreaction to a strange curse, King Vyrnan places the language of his kingdom in exile. How will the citizens respond? What is the plan to restore their language to its former glory? Are you ready and able to help?
This whimsical text with delightful illustrations involves the reader in an attempt to rescue the language of the kingdom.
Hebert and Tennant are also the team behind the popular picture book "What Would I Do?"
All summer kids can take part in Northshire's summer reading bingo! Stop by the children's floor of the Saratoga store to pick up a bingo board, then take on their reading challenges to complete squares. Once you complete bingo, return your board to the store for a $5 gift certificate!
Northshire Bookstore is located at 424 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Click the button below for more info:
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Get Ready for the Track at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame this Saturday, July 7h from 10am to 12pm. This FREE event is a family-friendly celebration of horse racing, the upcoming Saratoga meet and Foal Patrol. There will be a variety of fun and educational activities featuring Vicki Dodd author of “A Moose in My Stable” book and coloring book and the book “A Moose in The Starting Gate,” as well as crafts and the educational concepts on the Foal Patrol website.
Special activities include:
•Meet Vicki Dodd (author of “A Moose in My Stable” book and coloring book and “A Moose in The Starting Gate” book - and meet Longshot, the Moose mascot!
•Coloring sheets and coloring station
•Make your own Noodle Horse – and try on real jockey silks, too!
•Go on a Museum-wide Scavenger hunt – explore the museum galleries to find special objects then receive a souvenir sticker
•HorsePlay! Gallery: Ride an equipony, a mechanical horse that imitates riding, groom a life-sized stuffed horse, explore the many different shoes a Thoroughbred may wear, and investigate objects related to the many careers associated with horse racing
•Guided exploration of the Foal Patrol website, the Museum’s interactive project featuring a collection of live cameras following mares during their pregnancy through foaling. View the website with iPads on our large-screen TVs and learn all about the fun and educational aspects of Foal Patrol and our partner, Godolphin Kids.
Head to the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College (815 North Broadway in Saratoga Springs) on July 7 for Family Saturday: Magical Maps. We will look at the exhibition Dona Nelson: Stand Alone Paintings and how the abstract work can look like a map, with straight and curling lines suggesting roads and built up areas of paint and cheesecloth looking like topographical features. Then we will create our own magical maps, with stencils, yarn, and plastic paper, and coloring with a variety of pencils and water colors.
Family Saturdays foster multigenerational creative cooperation through looking at artwork, discussing it, and engaging in a hands-on art activity. Most programs run from 2:00 – 3:30 pm and include a tour of a specific exhibition.
All programs are free and open to the public, and suitable for children ages 5 and older, accompanied by their adult companions. Materials are provided. Reservations are required and can be made starting one week before the program. For more information and reservations, call the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080.
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Tang Event Page: https://tang.skidmore.edu/calendar/838-family-saturday-magical-maps
ParkFest 2018, the Town of Wilton’s Annual Community Day, will take on a bicentennial flair in celebration of Wilton’s’ 200th Birthday. The event takes place on Saturday, July 7th, from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., at Gavin Park in the Town of Wilton. Bicentennial ParkFest sponsors include Adirondack Trust Company, Scotty’s – Exit 16, The Parillo & Nigro Family, DA Collins Construction Company, Inc., Richbell Capital, Bonded Concrete Inc., Kodiak Construction, MJ Engineering, Saratoga National Bank, and Stone Bridge Iron & Steel, Inc., among others.
This year’s event will feature a Bicentennial Park including an encampment, reenactments, old time photos, period characters, crafters, games, and musical entertainment “through the years” on the Bicentennial Stage with performances by Fyfes and Drumms of Olde Saratoga, Skip Parson’s Dixieland Band, Bluz House Rockers and Latitude 43.
• Custom & Classic Car Show
• Rock Climbing Wall ($1.00 each climb)
• Pony Rides ($3.00 each ride)
• Ice Cream Eating Contest
• Quick Draw Caricature Artist
• Sidewalk Art Gallery
• Face Painting
• Wood Sculptor Demo
• Fire Engine/Flag Displays
• Northeast Search and Rescue Dog Demo
• Mini-Ark Farms Petting Zoo & Exotic Animal Display
• Operation Safe Child
• Saratoga Animal Shelter
• Live Entertainment
• Magic Show
• Comedy Juggling
• Amusement Rides & Food
BICENTENNIALFIREWORKS 9:30 PM
Stay for the fun lights in the sky!
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American Girl Night at SPAC is on Friday, July 20, 6pm as the pre-show event for NYCB’s performance of Shakespeare’s ROMEO + JULIET.
American Girl Night, 6pm
CDPHP Family Night, 6pm – learn more
Pre-Performance Talk, 7pm – see below for details
New York City Ballet, 8pm
In defiance of its tragic ending, Shakespeare’s ROMEO + JULIET remains the greatest romance of all time, demonstrating the power of love in its many forms. NYCB’s staging of this eternal classic, set to Prokofiev’s glorious accompaniment, features choreography by Peter Martins, sets and costumes by Danish artist Per Kirkeby, and lighting by Mark Stanley.
Before the NYCB performance, experience the excitement of American Girl Place in the park! Set in a massive tent on the lush SPAC grounds you will participate in all kinds of activities themed around the American Girl Place Girl of the Year. You even have a chance at winning one of ten that we will give away! There will be photo booths, crafts, games, a lemonade stand and all kinds of cookies!
We can’t wait to see you and your dolls at one of our most popular events! Click the button for more info:
Where’s Waldo? In Downtown Saratoga Springs of course! The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs will be hiding in local businesses and community organizations throughout our downtown this July. Join in our fun scavenger hunt and win great prizes!
The first 125 participants to find at least ten of the Waldos hiding around town will win a button or sticker sheet and a coupon for $1 off any Where's Waldo Book. Find at least 15 Waldos to be entered in our grand prize drawing, which includes many great Waldo prizes.
Where’s Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in the late eighties. In celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is once again teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores all across the country for some scavenger hunt fun as well as to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses.
The Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt will take place between Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 10:00am to Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 9:00pm. The participating businesses for 2018 are:
- Caroline and Main
- Common Thread
- Dark Horse Mercantile
- G. Willikers
- Impressions of Saratoga
- Lifestyles of Saratoga
- Mango Tree Imports
- Miss Scarlett Boutique
- Northshire Bookstore Saratoga
- Plum Dandy Yogurt
- Putnam Market
- Saratoga Arts
- Saratoga Candy Company
- Saratoga Farmers Market (Wednesdays from 3-6 pm, Saturdays from 9 am - 1 pm)
- Saratoga Olive Oil
- Saratoga Springs Public Library Children's Room
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by Jennifer VanDerwerken
One evening last summer, my husband and I were walking through Spa State Park on our way to a concert at SPAC when we heard a sound that stopped us both in our tracks. Somewhere inside The Spa Little Theater, an opera singer was warming up, running through her octaves in a crystal clear tone that traveled right outside the building to the grounds as we passed. We were both completely wowed. “I want to go to an Opera someday,” I said.
I got to tick that particular item off my bucket list last Friday night at “Opera Saratoga” and it more than met my “Pretty Woman”, “Age of Innocence”, “Moonstruck” -influenced expectations. We attended a performance of “The Merry Widow”, a funny, charming opera by Franz Lehar first performed in 1905 that any fan of the modern day rom-com would enjoy.
I chose to go into the performance blind--I didn’t want to know anything about the plot in advance. I was curious to see how much of the story and tone could be conveyed to an opera novice through the music and acting alone, and we were thrilled to find that the plot was as easy to follow as any film. And while the singing was crisp and sharp and the lyrics easy to understand, there is also a screen with subtitles above the stage so you can catch every word.
The talent of the performers cannot be overstated. Their powerful and beautiful voices project all the way to the back of the theater (of which there is no bad seat) and convey all of the emotion and humor that the story demands. I couldn't help but admire the sheer athleticism of their jobs, as dance is an important aspect of this particular opera. I was completely swept up in the drama of the unfolding plot, and invested in the happiness of the quirky characters as they fumbled their way to their respective happy endings.
The Spa Little Theater in itself is lovely and offers very reasonable concessions during the intermissions, and helpful ushers to get you to your seat and answer any questions. One important thing to note: Budget for lots of extra travel time should you attend the opera on a night when there is also a SPAC performance. We were caught up in the general traffic heading to the Imagine Dragons concert, and while the Spa Little Theater has its own very convenient separate parking lot, it will take time to get through the park.
The Saratoga summer offers no end of fun date night options as we all know, but I strongly suggest an evening at Opera Saratoga as an alternative to the typical “dinner and a movie” for any couple. It’s a chance to dress up a bit, absorb a truly rarified musical experience, and support our thriving local arts community.
My husband and I really enjoyed our Opera Saratoga experience. It was a first time event for both of us, and as my favorite marriage expert Esther Perel advises, novel experiences are like human growth hormone for your relationship. Do something new to both of you, and get swept up in it together.
It’s also just really fun to tell someone, “Oh, I can’t tonight. I’m sorry. I’m going to the opera.”
The Opera Saratoga season lasts until July 15. For a schedule of performances, tickets, and other information visit operasaratoga.org.