CALENDAR 27 HELPING HANDS
Friday, August 5, 2011
Congress Park Concerts At the war memorial in Congress Park from 7-8:30 p.m. This week Maggie Doherty and Zac Rossi will perform “acoustic pop/rock, old and new, with a youthful twist.”
Wednesday, August 10 Saratoga Farmers’ Market High Rock Park, High Rock Avenue, Saratoga Springs Saratoga’s premier market, featuring meats, local produce, eggs, soaps, seasonal items and more! Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call (518) 638-8530.
Ham and Meatloaf Dinner Saratoga- Wilton Elks Lodge #161, 1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs. From 4:30 - 7 p.m. Complete dinner with soup, salad, entrée, dessert and coffee/tea. Cash bar available. Adults $9, children (ages 5-12) $5, under 5 free, seniors and military with ID $8, takeout $10.
Humpty Dumpty Ice Cream Concerts
“Six Weeks in Saratoga” Book Signing Author and horse racing authority Brendan O’Meara will be at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame signing his new book, “Six Weeks in Saratoga: How 3-Year-Old Filly Rachel Alexandra Beat the Boys and Became Horse of the Year” from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 10, and Thursday, August 11. O’Meara will also be on hand Friday, August 12 at the Saratoga Visitors Center from 3 – 5 p.m. to sign copies of his new book. For more information, please visit O’Meara’s website at www.brendanomeara.com, or see this week’s article in Winner’s Circle for a preview of O’Meara’s work.
Thursday, August 11 Ballston Spa Farmers’ Market Fresh produce, flowers, meats, crafts and more! From 3-6 p.m. tonight and 9 a.m. - noon every Saturday at Wiswall Park on Front Street. For more information, call (518) 885-2772.
Concerts in the Park Series
Humpty Dumpty/Saratoga Guitar, 60 West Ave, Saratoga Springs Bring the family for ice cream and enjoy free concerts, featuring local musicians, every Wednesday evening, weather permitting, from 6:30-8 p.m.
Wiswall Park, downtown Ballston Spa From 6-8 p.m., bring your blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic and dine al fresco while enjoying the music.
Racecourse Architecture Lecture
The Jewish Community Center of Saratoga Springs, 84 Weibel Avenue Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first game beginning at 7:15. The building is wheelchair accessible and has smoking and non-smoking sections. Refreshments for sale. For more information, call (518) 584-2370.
Fasig-Tipton, Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion, 250 East Avenue The final lecture is titled, “The Spa-Saratoga’s Legendary Track” and begins at 7 p.m. Paul Roberts will lecture on his new book of the same title. $10 for Foundation members and $15 for non-members. Seating is limited and while registration is not required, it is suggested. To register, please contact the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation at (518) 587-5030 or email sbosshart@saratoga preservation.org.
K of C Bingo The Knights of Columbus, Pine Road, Saratoga Community bingo each Wednesday at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Call (518) 584-8547 for more information.
Friday, August 12 Book Reading and Signing Saratoga Springs Area Visitor Center, 297 Broadway Brendan O’Meara will have a reading from his new book at 3 p.m., with book signing until 5 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.
Upcoming Cardboard Boat Race Hudson Crossing Park presents its
Cardboard Boat Race on Saturday, August 13 (rain date Sunday, August 14) at Fort Hardy Park Beach on Route 29 in Schuylerville from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. The first race launches at 1 p.m. Admission is free for spectators. Pre-registration discounts and more information can be found at www.hudsoncrossingpark.org. Racing participants will construct a “human-powered” boat made of corrugated cardboard or 100% recycled materials, that will hold at least one crew member and be “seaworthy” enough to race a short distance on the river. Racers may construct their boats ahead of time or on the morning of the event where materials will be available at the event site for a nominal fee.
18th Century Days Chicken BBQ In conjunction with the 18th Century Days celebration at the Schuyler House, the Old Saratoga Reformed Church in Schuylerville will hold a Chicken BBQ on Sunday, August 14 from 1-4 p.m. or until sold out. To purchase tickets, call (518) 695-6638. Tickets are $9 adults, $5 children ages 5-12. Takeout is available and walk-ins are welcome.
Toast to the Ta-Tas Village Pizzeria, 2727 Rte. 29, Galway Our next wine tasting to benefit the Avon Breast Cancer Walk will be Monday, August 15 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Sandy or Jess at (518) 882-9431.
Thomas the Tank Engine Thomas will visit North Creek on August 27 and 28 and September 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. This fun day includes a 25 minute ride on the train, and other children’s activities. Tickets are available by calling Ticketweb at (866) 468-7630, or by visiting www.ticketweb.com/thomas.html or www.sncrr.com. Ticket prices are $18 plus tax and fees for ages 2 and up.
Ongoing Guided Walking Tour: History, Legends, Lore & More Departs from the Saratoga Springs Visitor Center, 297 Broadway at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Learn 200 years of history in this 90 minute tour. $5 per person with children under 12, free.
Charity Trunkshow Tuesday, August 9 by Christina James Saratoga TODAY The always fashionable Natalie Sillery, owner of Saratoga Trunk, is giving Saratogians something to do while the track is closed this Tuesday. A special trunkshow is being held from 1-5 p.m. at the 493 Broadway boutique to benefit the new local nonprofit, Jake’s Help from Heaven. Created in 2011 by Brian and Heather Straughter in memory of their son, Jake, Jake’s Help from Heaven is dedicated to supporting medically-fragile children and their families by providing grants, financial assistance, support groups and outreach programs. The foundation also donates to various forms of research regarding leukodystrophies and other rare disorders. “We started this foundation to keep his [Jake’s] spirit and strength alive and to help the many other individuals who suffer from multiple medical challenges,” said Heather Straughter. “We are so excited about the opportunity to work with Natalie Sillery and Saratoga Trunk!” Sillery is happy to lend her shop to host such a worthwhile event. “Heather and her husband have embraced through Jake the selflessness, kindness and thoughtful understanding of what people go through living with rare or debilitating diseases,” Sillery said. “Their foundation is a lifeline for so many people who get no support from the insurance companies and sometimes just need to know someone out there is in their corner, financially and emotionally.” Tuesday’s trunkshow will introduce the foundation to the community and give residents the chance to have some fun while supporting a good cause! The show promises to be a true social event, enlisting help from some of the area’s most fashionable residents and will feature: • Meet-and-greets with designer Melanie Harris and Carol Bader, milliner and owner of Del Mar Hat Co. • Hourly Raffles • Frenchie Loeb of Frenchie Loeb Jewelry • Nanette Miranda and her "Cowboys and Cocktails" Hat Collection • Erika O'Donnell of Complementos Jewelry • Designer Sunglasses by Family Vision Care Center • Eliza DeRocker, fashion and style editor of Berkshire magazine • Sandals by Kenneth Cole Reaction There will also be light fare and beverages from Cantina, Irish Times, Hatties, Jacob & Anthony's and Crush & Cask! Admission is $25 and goes directly to the foundation. For more information about the show, contact Jake’s Help from Heaven at (518) 306-5665, or Saratoga Trunk at (518) 584-3543. To find out more ways you can help Jake’s Help from Heaven, visit www.jakeshelpfromheaven.org.