Holiday 2017

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In this issue

  • Hotel concert for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    The Israel family, owners of The Inn at Saratoga, hosted a benefit concert for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Sunday, Oct. 15 at its hotel. More than $10,000 was raised with approximately 150 …

  • Saratoga’s Giving Circle sends two trucks of supplies for hurricane victims

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    Saratoga is known far and wide for its horses, for jazz, for its beautifully preserved downtown. Then there are all the cultural institutions, the Skidmore College campus, and a wide variety of …

  • To sell or not to sell

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    Having watched local real estate patterns for over 11 years, I often have gut feelings about timing a sale. One of those is that once mid-November hits, you can expect a lull until the end of …

  • House hunters for a day

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    On a grassy cul-de-sac in Stillwater, a custom-built sage green two-level home overlooks Saratoga Lake. The house boasts a timber-framed Douglas fir porch, a stone staircase leading to the door, and …

  • Sugar Plum fairytale

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    The Sugar Plum Farm story is rich with “a little health, a little history and a lot of horses.” The distinctive spread at 96 Gilbert Road was once the site of Saratoga’s oldest brothel, …

  • Izzy and Moe: How the First Prohibition Agent and His Partner Tried to Dry Up Saratoga

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    One hundred years ago, in January 1918, Americans were waiting for Prohibition to take effect. The National Prohibition Act, also known as the Volstead Act, had already been passed by the United …

  • Rocks, Trees, Water and Light

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    In 1917, sculptor Daniel Chester French returned to Saratoga to visit his 1915 masterwork, The Spirit of Life. A century later, we revisit the 2015 Trask Memorial Restoration Project. Why did landscape designer Charles W. Leavitt Jr.’s 1914 “Plantings Plan for Congress Hall Park” include a dense cluster of 59 evergreen trees in the oval above the statue? We now step back in time to search for answers at the great Yaddo estate. Second of two parts. You can read the first part at saratogaliving.com.

  • The (He)Art of Survival

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    In March 2015, at age 45, Dr. Joy Lucas, a veterinarian at Upstate Animal Medical Center in Saratoga Springs, appeared to be the quintessence of health. So it was a shock when the emergency room …

  • Restoring Balance

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    You have no idea how much I needed this! Many have spoken these words after stepping into Restore Balance, a new business at 451 Glen St. in Glens Falls. Helping people achieve that ever-elusive …

  • Keep your Pepper ProEyes on the ball with LPGA-champ-designed shades

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    When CBS golf commentator and LPGA champion Dottie Pepper told Saratoga Springs optician Susan Halstead that she was having trouble seeing the ball, Halstead designed a pair of special prescription …

  • More at Gore Mountain this winter following off-season renovations

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    In the upcoming season, visitors will see significant changes at Gore Mountain ski resort after $10 million in improvements. Most notable is the makeover of two buildings that date to the early …

  • Breeders’ Cup Wrap-up

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    The condo development Saratoga West sits right across the street from Del Mar Racetrack, which could have been called Saratoga Race Course West during the 34th Breeders’ Cup, Nov. 3-4. Held at …

  • Cheers!

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    Visit SaratogaLiving.com for video tutorials of these cocktail recipes Gaffney'sDying bastard2 oz. tequilaGinger beerPineapple juiceSimple syrup Lime All Star Wine & LiquorAdirondack …

  • Savory Pantry transforms into shrub hub and pub

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    Shrubbing, the newest trend in cocktail mixology, is quickly winning the hearts of Saratoga’s bartenders, bar-goers and bar-raisers. No longer will we have to settle for un-vinegared ports and …

  • “Top Chef” a top draw

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    Chef challenges are a growing trend at fundraising events in the region, along with a heightened awareness of local food, farms and produce. Whether it was specially built fire pits or chefs on the …

  • Sweet treats

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    The holiday season is brimming with delicacies, especially in the dessert category. Pies, cookies, candies, chocolates and sugar plums dance in our heads as well as our bellies. For Jordan …

  • Our Tasty Traditions

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    Tasty traditions, our timeless return to the taste and smells of foods passed down from generation to generation, are most alluring during the holidays. While some holiday traditions are merely …

  • Sarah Fisk: Fresh ideas for young minds

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    Sarah Fisk is excited. In April, she started as the new executive director of the Children’s Museum at Saratoga on Caroline Street, and says she is thrilled to take on the opportunities and …

  • Of sky and fish

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    This year, the “holidaze” will include 10 days of free time for the kiddies. Looking for boredom-busters? Good news: Some of the best children’s museums in New York are right here in the …

  • The Worden: Saratoga’s year-round hometown hotel

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    For most of its history, the northeast corner of Division Street and Broadway has been focused on serving guests who come to visit Saratoga Springs.In 1832, the Saratoga and Schenectady Railroad …

  • Girlfriends lend a helping hand to Wellspring

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    It had been a very bad week for women. The annual Girlfriends Helping Girlfriends evening out at Longfellows landed right after movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault scandal broke. Were …

  • Dark Faerie Tale Ball a tour de force

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    More than 170 costumed celebrants filled the Canfield Casino for the inaugural “All Hallows Eve Dark Faerie Tale Masquerade Ball” on Oct. 26, a benefit for SaratogaArtsFest. “We had …

  • The spirit and life of Katrina Trask

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    A sold-out crowd of 350 people filled the Spa Little Theatre to hear literary dramatist Betty Spinelli’s talk on “The Fascinating Life of Katrina Trask” at SPAC’s 13th annual Fall Lecture …

  • Dishing It Out to keep children safe

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    Chefs from around the Capital Region competed in The Dish It Out Celebrity Chef Gourmet Challenge at Saratoga National on Oct. 5. The crowd of 150 raised about $70,000 for prevention education …

  • Saratoga Arts salutes Marcia White

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    This year’s Saratoga Arts Soiree at Longfellows honored former powerhouse Saratoga Performing Arts Center President Marcia J. White. As she accepted the 6th Annual Community Arts Leadership …

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