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The Wildflower Bounty of Saratoga County

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Slideshow, Spring 2015 | Comments Off

The Wildflower Bounty of Saratoga County

Luckily for me, since I live in these northern climes, I love ice and snow. As an amateur naturalist and nature photographer, I look forward each winter to tracking wildlife in the snowy woods or delighting in the beauty of sparkling snow and crystalline waters. But none of that can compare with the pleasure of finding the very first flower of spring. And I don’t even have to wait until winter is over to find it. I’m talking about Skunk Cabbage. It’s not a flower that poets sing of, nor does it even look much like what we ordinarily think of as a flower, with its bulbous spathes of...

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The Glory Days of Film Return to the Spa

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in General, Slideshow, Spring 2015 | Comments Off

The Glory Days of Film Return to the Spa

Thomas Edison—who was backed by Spencer Trask, founder of Yaddo in Saratoga Springs— copyrighted the first film, Frank Ott’s Sneeze, in 1894. A former employee shot the first film in Saratoga Springs, in 1897, and the Spa has been the site, or subject, of dozens of films since. During the glitzy lake house era, Saratoga (1937), Saratoga Trunk (1945) and The Homestretch (1947) were screened around the world [see Saratoga Living Holiday 2014]. After state and federal investigations shut down gambling and the city fell into decline in the 1950s and ‘60s, there were no major films made...

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Centennial Celebration: Remembering 100 Years of Saratoga

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Slideshow, Spring 2015 | Comments Off

Centennial Celebration: Remembering 100 Years of Saratoga

On April 7, 1915, a small village in the heart of upstate New York officially became a city. In the 100 years following, Saratoga Springs has developed into a popular tourist destination, a haven for small businesses, and a center for local culture. Today, the city is home to more than 26,000 residents—double the 13,000 at the city’s time of birth. To say thank you to the city’s devotees, the Saratoga Springs Centennial Committee has created a year’s worth of events for residents and visitors to celebrate all things Saratoga. “I hope that it shines a light on the amazing history...

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Maple Syrup

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Slideshow, Summer 2015 | Comments Off

Maple Syrup

On early spring weekends, when the cool air still reddens our cheeks, there is a call that beckons us to drive along narrow byways and trudge through a mixture of soppy snow and mud. It’s pure maple syrup—the sweet, sticky elixir that flavors our waffles and pancakes with a roasted, earthy warmth. And while most folks pull their maple sugar off a grocery store shelf, this delicious product can be tasted, devoured and purchased where it’s made the maple sugarhouses of New York. The rustic structures, where maple sap is collected and boiled into syrup, are plentiful in the forests...

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Fall Essentials

Posted by on Oct 11, 2014 in Fall 2014, General, Slideshow | Comments Off

Fall Essentials

From ghost tours to fall festivals, don’t miss these exciting events happening in and around Saratoga Springs this fall. Ride the Rails to North Creek The town of North Creek will be bustling on the weekend of October 11 and 12 with the Gore Mountain Harvest Fest and the North Creek Fall Festival. Both are free to the public and will include food, music and shopping. Gore Mountain activities include gondola rides, downhill mountain biking, a climbing wall and much more. Festivities run from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days. After getting your fill of the mountain life, stroll along...

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On the Edge of Innovation

Posted by on Oct 11, 2014 in Fall 2014, Slideshow | Comments Off

On the Edge of Innovation

Discovery Degree students from Russell Sage College study the ecology of the Hudson River at Dennings Point in Beacon. Michael J. Hickey, executive director of Siena College’s Stack Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, reviews a student’s work. Ashley Johnston and the adjustable limb she created with the help of Union College’s Objet500 Connex Multi- Material 3D printer. Dr. John Rieffel with Union College’s Objet500 Connex Multi-Material 3D printer, which was purchased with a National Science Foundation grant. Photo by Matt Milless,...

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