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Festival of Trees 8 Welcome 9
A Special Thank You
Family Day Committee
Victorian Street Walk & Annual Tree Lighting
Frosty The Snowman
Table Top Trees
Here Comes Santa Claus
O Come All Ye Faithful
42 Everybody loves Susan! A ‘Festival’ of Gratitude for Decades of Service... A special tribute to Susan Farnsworth
O Christmas Tree
Up On The Housetop
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
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The Spirit of Christmas
Welcome to the 20th Annual
Saratoga Festival of Trees
t’s hard to believe that this is the 20th Festival of Trees. The first event was held in 1995, the risky and ambitious brain child of Peter Crowley and Tom Smith, then Board members of the agency, earlier known as Catholic Family and Community Services of Saratoga County. The Board enthusiastically took on this new venture with the dual goal of raising much needed discretionary dollars for underfunded programs and services, while inaugurating a festive holiday event to be enjoyed by the whole community. The first year we hoped for a $10,000 profit and made $21,000. The rest is history. Our profit continued to grow as did the Festival’s features. The constant, ever unchanging reason for our success, however, has been the unwavering generosity and commitment of festival volunteers as well as the business community, many of whom have shared time, talent and treasure from the very beginning. To them a very special “thank you.” Many less fortunate among of us have reaped the benefits of this wonderful holiday event.
And so it is with a spirit of increased consciousness of the blessings in our lives that we invite you to enjoy this creative holiday fantasy of delightfully decorated trees, wreaths, and centerpieces. Please stop at our raffle table, shop at the Holiday Store and join us for Breakfast with Santa on Saturday – a fun filled day of children’s activities in Santa’s Workshop. Returning again this year is the exquisite miniature Circus, Carnival and Train exhibit built over a 40 year period and presented by its owner, Don Erlenbusch. May the many magical moments of this year’s festival fill our spirits with the peace and joy of the Christmas season. Behind the scenes, scores of dedicated volunteers spent countless hours planning and preparing for this magical event to be enjoyed by the entire community. For them we are most grateful. Thank you also to our many sponsors who have generously supported our efforts and to the creative donors of the myriad of items of holiday décor. Our media sponsors, Saratoga Today, SaratogaMama, and Saratoga.com have been wonderful supports as well. And, special thanks to the staff of Allegory Studios for their many years of marketing efforts on our behalf. We encourage you to savor this visual feast and to help further the mission of Catholic Charities by purchasing the holiday items displayed. We wish you a happy, peace-filled holiday season – one that will rekindle hope, kindness, and gratitude for our relationships with one another.
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The Steering Committee Sister Charla Commins Kate Deloria Sharon and Stan Drosky Earline Johnson Bruce O’Connell
Our Sincerest Thanks to...
Steve Sullivan and Yvonne Sinnamon and the entire staff of Olde Bryan Inn and Longfellows for their continuous generosity to our Preview Reception. We’d also like to bestow many thanks to the following individuals, businesses and organizations for their support of the Festival of Trees event. AJ Sign Co. Allegory Studios: Theresa Agresta and Julia Ingersoll Allerdice Party Rent-All, Inc. Brenda Vredenburg Chad Beatty and Saratoga TODAY Colleen Pierre and SaratogaMama Don Erlenbusch Fine Affairs
A Special Thank you
Jeff Brisbin Joan and Chuck Lighthart Mark Baker and the Saratoga Springs City Center Staff Rick Bolton and Egan Mills Saratoga.com Tim Wechgelaer Tom Roohan and the Roohan Realty staff
2015 Festival of Trees Section is brought to you by:
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Catholic Charities of
Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties The Saratoga Festival of Trees is the largest fundraiser supporting the programs and services offered by Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. Engaging the energies of the tri- county communities, Catholic Charities has become a vital part of life for many individuals and families in the region. During 2014, over 6,000 individuals were served by the agency. These services were provided by 49 staff. In addition, 300 volunteers gave 27,500 hours of their time.
Programs and Services offered by Catholic Charities: • Counseling – Individual, couple and family counseling and group support. This program provided 3,757 hours of mental health services to 1,793 individuals including 535 children 1,202 adults and 56 elderly. • Domestic Violence Project – Shelter, counseling, crime victim services, advocacy, education, 24 hour hotline services for victims of domestic violence and their children in Warren and Washington counties. In 2014, 583 adults and 263 children came were served in our programs. A total of 2,511 bed-nights were provided in the safe shelter. In addition, 2,000 individuals received education and prevention services. • Donovan House – Ballston Spa community-based residential group home program for adolescent boys that provided 13 boys a cumulative 1,895 days of care last year. • Mary’s Haven – A community home for the dying serving persons with irreversible illness, who are in the last three months of their lives and who no longer can remain safely in their homes. In 2014, we served 22 families and provided 410 bed-nights to the terminally ill.
• NOEP (Nutrition Outreach and Education Program) provided outreach and education to low income households in Warren County about the benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program. 155 households were assisted in applying for and receiving SNAP program benefits. • Services to the Elderly were provided to 280 older adults. • Emergency Services were provided to 1186 individuals in the tri-county region. The programs and services of Catholic Charities are available to anyone in Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties and always accompanied by information, referral and advocacy as needed. Individuals are never refused services because of their inability to pay. For a complete list of services offered by each county or for additional information please visit ccrcda.org or call: Administrative Office 142 Regent Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-587-5000
North County Office 35 Broad St. Glens Falls, NY 12801 518-793-6212
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Festival of Trees
Theresa Agresta Lynn Allen Teena Behr Wayne Bemis Mary Bonner Sherrie Bovee Diana Burke Kaitlyn Cameron Sister Charla Commins Anne Comstock Kathleen Cosmus Patricia Cross Kate Deloria Fran Dingeman Sharon Drosky Stan Droskey Bob Dudley Mary Dudley
Committee Principals Rick Dunn Margaret Fueston Colleen Guarino Kathy Harkins Kris Hatch Linda Holmes Rick Holmes Emily Ingersoll Julia Ingersoll Earline Johnson Noreen Jones Annie Krasnicki Angela Laterra Joanne Luciano Maureen Lynch Pat Mangona Cindy Manz
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Mary Ellen Maxwell Bernie McCue Pat Meany Jane Mehan Diana Miller Jim Norton Bruce O’Connell Marcia Okosky Palma Pedrick Kathy Price Anne Reed Candyce Robenstein Jackie Saxton Nancy Schumacher Pam Stiansen Kelly Mansfield Waechter Wayne Wheeler
Catholic Charities Mission Statement
Catholic Charities, a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Albany, is committed to active witness on behalf of the Scriptural values of mercy and justice. Catholic Charities, recognizing human need at all stages of life, responds to all persons regardless of race, creed or lifestyle, with special emphasis on the economically poor and the vulnerable. Catholic Charities serves and empowers persons in need, advocates for a just society, and calls forth and collaborates with women and men of goodwill in fulfillment of its mission.
2015 Schedule Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Preview Reception 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
$75; $60 for under 35 years of age Reservations required: 518-587-5000 Be the ﬁrst to choose from hundreds of beautiful and twinkling trees, wreaths, centerpieces and other holiday items to decorate your home or oﬃce. Sumptuous appetizers and wine provided by Longfellows and Olde Bryan Inn.
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Thursday, December 3, 2015 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. General Festival Hours 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Victorian Street Walk* *Special Ticket Pricing during Victorian Street Walk: All Adults $3; Children under 10 are free Warm up from the Victorian Street Walk and take a walk through a winter wonderland of holiday trees.
Friday, December 4, 2015 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. General Festival Hours
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Fami ly Da y
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. General Festival Hours - Open for Tree Viewing Breakfast with Santa: Seatings at 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Sundaes with Santa: Seating at 12:30 p.m. Breakfast and Sundae Tickets: $8 (Adults must accompany children) Advanced reservations are required for the Breakfast and Sundae seatings. Call 518-587-5000 for reservations. Santa’s Workshop: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Admission is free. Tickets to craft activity booths: $1 Join Santa, Frosty, Rudolph, and other costumed characters in a variety of holiday craft activities and goodies.
Sunday, December 6, 2015 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. General Festival Hours - Open for Tree Viewing
General Festival Tickets: $8 Adults; $5 Seniors; $3 Children over 10 Children under 10 are free (see details above for special ticket pricing) All events will be held at the Saratoga Springs City Center
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Preview Reception Donors Beverages:
DeCrescente Distributing Inc. Eddy’s Beverage Inc. (EBI) Empire North-Regents Spirits & Wine Division Exit 9 Wine & Liquor Warehouse Kane’s Fine Wine and Spirits Olde Saratoga Brewing Company Purdy’s Discount Wine & Liquor Saratoga Eagle Sales & Service Saratoga Springs Water Company Simplee Wine & Spirits
Paper Products: Cascades Tissue Group – Waterford Plant
Florists: Balet Flowers & Design Black Iris Briarwood Flower & Gift Shoppe The Country Florist Dehn’s Flowers Inc. Frank Gallo & Son Florist Jan’s Florist The Petal Pusher
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Honorary Chairs Harry & Helen Snyder Honorary Committee Mark E Baker Julie & Sonny Bonacio Diana M. Burke Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany Rebecca Christner & Carter White Linda & Vince Colonno Kathy DiSanto Anita & Rick Dunn Claudette M. Farchione Howard J. Hubbard, Bishop Emeritus Mike & Nancy Ingersoll
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Foster & Kathleen James Matt & Earline Johnson Drs. Jack Leary & Nancy Wade Beverly Mastrianni Jane D. Morrissey John & Rosemary Munter Michael & Kate Naughton Jim & Anne Noonan Alison & Jim Norton Madge & Bruce O’Connell Frank & Delores Parillo Chrissy & Cliff Passen Kathy Phelps David & Helen Porter David & Deborah Quinn Tom & Kristie Roohan - Roohan Realty
Dee Sarno Sharon & Trip Shannon Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Snyder, Kiley, Toohey, Corbett & Cox LLP Dave & Chris Stack Carole Tarantino & Tom Frost Joseph & Lisa Torani Michael & Linda Toohey Kelly Waechter Jane A. Wait (As of Oct. 30, 2015)
Vice President Nancy Wade, MD
Board Members Fran Dingeman Kristine Hatch
Earline Johnson Trip Shannon
Michael Toohey, Esq.
2015 Santas Jack Minehan Tom Roohan Stephen Towne Rory Whelan
Mrs. Claus Joanne McGraw
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Family Day Committee Co-Chairpersons Kate Deloria Jane Mehan Breakfast with Santa Linda & Rick Holmes Children’s Activities Donors D’Andrea’s Pizza Christmas Characters Fran Dingeman Madge O’Connell Cookie Decorating Cindy Manz
Decorations Colleen Guarino
Santa Photos Anne Comstock Barbara Cassier
Face Painting Diane McGarry Kylee Podesva Colleen Roohan
Picture Frames Margaret Fueston Mary Angelini Jane Kromm
Letters to Santa Kathleen Cosmus Maureen Lynch
Tickets/Reservations Catholic Charities Office Staff
Manicures Noreen Jones Mary Bonner
Entertainment Music: Tim Wechgelaer
Ornaments Joanne Luciano
The Circus is Returning to The Festival!
We’re thrilled to welcome Don Erlenbusch back to the 2015 Festival of Trees! His miniature Circus, Carnival and Train were a huge hit last year with the young and the young-at-heart. The elaborate display includes over 400 pieces collected over 40 years, including colorful trains, circus wagons, people, animals, tents and carnival rides. Come operate the train yourself…you know you want to!
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Sponsors & Donors Family Day Sponsor Elizabeth & Emily Whelan Holiday Shoppe Realty USA Breakfast Sponsors Adirondack Women’s Bar Association The Holowach Family McGregor Links Country Club Stewart’s Shops “Sundaes with Santa”
Cookie Decorating Airosmith Development, Margaret & Mark Cassier B & B Plumbing Decorations Fine Affairs: Gerri Ann Eddy & Michael Panza Entertainment Christmas Elf
Sponsors for the Children’s Activities & Santa’s Workshop
Letters to Santa Anthony & Susan DePaula
Face Painting Warren Anesthesiologist
Manicures Cinch Men’s Wear Clothier
Ornaments MTG Electric Piper Boutique Photos with Santa Madge & Bruce O’Connell Picture Frames Granite & Marble Works Christmas Angel Santa’s Workshop Dr. James Byrne and Dr. Brian Byrne, Orthodontist Sharon Byrne Realty USA
Breakfast with Santa Donors Boston Market The Bread Basket Barbara Cassier Chianti’s II Jim Collins Comfort Kitchen Compton’s Restaurant Country Corner Cafe Courtyard Marriott D’Andrea’s Pizza Denny’s Restaurant Dunkin’ Donuts Esperanto’s Golden Corral
Marty Hellwig: Transborder Global Freight Systems Log Jam Restaurant Hannaford Food & Drug Superstore Holiday Inn-Saratoga Springs Homestead Funding Jeff Many McDonald’s Restaurant Exit 15 Mimi & Friends Hair Studio Mexican Connection Post Time Deli Price Chopper Corp. Gift Committee Putnam Market Residence Inn by Marriott
Roma Importing Co. Carol & David Schweizer Stadium West Sysco Food Services Carole Tarantino The Brook Tavern The Hungry Spot The Merry Monk The Villa Family Triangle Diner Uncommon Grounds Coffee & Bagel
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Festival of Trees Corporate Sponsors
The Adirondack Trust Company Altria ( Philip Morris USA ) Anheuser Busch Arizona Tea Bast Hatfield Walter S. Borisenok Family Foundation Burns Management Campbell Soup Company Coca Cola Corona D.A. Collins, Pallette Stone Corp. Kubricky Construction DeCrescente Distributing Company Diageo Diana’s Bakery Freihofer / Bimbo Bakeries USA Frito-Lay, Inc. Grant Sales & Marketing
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Great Lakes Cheese Heineken USA, Inc. Heinz Hostess ITG Kellogg’s North American Breweries Leroy Holding Company Liggett Vector Brands Lil’ Drug Store Products Mike’s Hard Lemonade Miller Coors MLB Construction Service LLC Nestle Waters of North America / Poland Springs Northeast Retailer Brands Old Neighborhood Food / Demakes Enterprises
Pabst Brewing Company Paul DeLima Coffee Pavillon Grand Hotel Pepsi Cola of the Hudson Valley Pepsi Cola Company Premier Manufacturing Roohan Realty Samuel Adams Saratoga Bank & Trust Company SEFCU Simply Orange Juice Stewart’s Shops Unifirst Corporation Utz Quality Foods, Inc. White Wave Foods W.J. Morris Excavating, Inc.
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Table Top Trees
Table Top Trees Sponsors and Decorators
TREE NAME S: Sponsors D: Decorators
Mele Kailkimaka (Merry Christmas) S: Dr. Roland & Mary Phillips D: Jenness Cunningham, Charleen Bivona Sweet Christmas S: Walter S. Borisenok Family Foundation D: Tom and Irene Burns Old Fashioned Christmas S: The Wesley Community D: The Wesley Community Lorrie Shilling, Gianna Cross Memories of Christmas Past S: Jack Byrne Ford D: Evelyn Bedard, Madeline Liefl
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Adirondack Woodland Wonders S: The Card Family D: Marianne Barker, Maddy Zanetti All Aboard! S: Tom and Kathleen Cosmus D: Karen Vaccaro A Holly Jolly Christmas S: Steven and Pam Stiansen D: Terry McCue, Lucia Valentine Christmas in Paris S: Crawford Door and Window Sales – Pella Windows D: Melaney Sandbrook Gifts of the Season S: Saratoga Smiles D: Team of Saratoga Smiles Twinkle Toes S: Christmas Angel D: Stephanie Siracusa
Season’s Greetings S: St. Clement’s Church D: Brookside Nursery – Stacy Simmons, Ian Murray, Jen Holland, Jes Rich, Jess Holmes, Jesse Marco, Olivia Spain Sugar and Spice S: Church of St. Peter D: Girl Scout Troop 3309; Cherie Wise, Beth Payer Cheers! S: Bruce and Madge O’Connell D: Anny O’Neill, Penny Berg, Jeanne O’Neill Santa’s Woodland Friends S: Behan Communications Inc. D: Kathy Phelps, Kathleen Heffernan
2015 Festival pick up and delivery info:
Visitors wishing to purchase a tree, centerpiece, or wreath should lift the tag from the item and take the tag to the sales table.
Pick up time for small trees, wreaths, and centerpieces is 3:30–4:30 p.m. on Sunday December 6. The Saratoga Festival of Trees cannot be responsible for items not picked up on time.
Trees will be delivered free of charge within a 10-mile radius of Saratoga Springs beginning Sunday, December 6. Upon purchase, please inform the sales table of the best time for delivery.
2015 Tree Judges Todd Garofano President, Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau
Owner, Spoken Boutique
Owner, Jan’s Florist Shop & Gifts
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Floor Trees Sponsors and Decorators
TREE NAME S: Sponsors D: Decorators
Christmas Symphony S: Burke & Bussing Funeral Homes of North Broadway D: Lori Barnes, Laurie O’Malley Sugar Plum Fancy S: Jim and Joanne Grande D: Tim Healy – The Posie Peddler Flakes Have More Fun S: Cudney’s Launderers & Dry Cleaners D: Cudney’s Launderers & Dry Cleaners – Joyce Ure, Heidi Krahling, Sandy Pellock, Stacey Lamodi Home Away from Home S: Knights of Columbus D: Shelters of Saratoga – Ginny Stoliker, Bonnie Potter Snowy Dreams S: Roohan Realty D: Karan Hankinson, Darlene Chorman, Jason Thomas, Saranya Thomas, Eileen Kath A Golden Holiday S: Saratoga Springs Family Dentistry D: Christin Boeckman, Bonnie Molitor, Staff of Saratoga Springs Family Dentistry The Ginger Man S: Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau D: Beth Todd, Robyn Byrt, Lida Varone, Helen Riehle, Kathy Daly
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Heaven Sent S: Saratoga Casino & Raceway D: Home of the Good Shepherd Kelly Taylor, Krista Waters Believe in the Magic of Elves S: Saratoga Hospital D: Floor D-1 Nurses – Saratoga Hospital: Kathy Crandall, Sue Rutowski, Louise McAndrew, Cindy Pratt, Mary Mihalik, Adrianna Fraioli, Connie, Erika B., Linda, Theresa Piersen, James Lafaette Christmas Wishes S: New York Long Term Care Brokers D: Claudette Farchione, Theresa Markowicz, Rachel Farchione, Elizabeth Carlisle, Jonathan Markowicz, Jennifer Spurgas White Christmas S: Michael & Linda Toohey D: Pat Stickney, Carole Nielsen Glitz, Glamour and Giving S: SEFCU D: SEFCU Wilton – Skidmore Branch Starry’s Saratoga Adventure S: Courtyard by MarriottSaratoga Springs D: Alexandra Ainsworth, Caroline Freeman, Cara Groff Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court McLaughlin #422 Tree S: Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court McLaughlin #422 D: Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court McLaughlin #422
Festival of Trees Raffle Donors
Catholic Charities Board of Directors Lake George Steamboat Company Sally Higgins Airway Meadows Golf Pirates Cove Adventure Golf Home Made Theater The Saratoga Hilton Rock Hill Bakehouse
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Festival of Trees
Decor Donors Lisa Benton Deb Brown Irene Burns Kaitlyn Cameron Florence Campion Susan Christopher Catherine Clarke Kristen Corcoran Mary Curtis Megan Drosky Drosky Friends Joanne Figliomeni Mariann Gold Michele Graham Rory Graham Sandi Graham Dorothy Harran Linda Hoyt Diana Jenner Dianne Johnstone Connie Kirkpatrick Noelle Kolakowski Sarah LeRoux Christine Levy Cosette Lotz John & Rose Manley Sally Manz Mary’s Haven Diana Miller
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Milton Veterinary Hospital Ann Neville Gayle Noel Mary Noel Marcia Okosky Heather O’Leary Nancy O’Leary Yolanda Paolicelli Barbara Parrish Jocelyn Peters Maria Peters Candyce Robenstein Diane Russell Sue Rutkowski St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church Jackie Saxton Skidmore Apartment Management Barbara Sutherland Uncommon Threads Meghan Vaughn Gail Veitch Ralph Vincent Jane Wait Johanna Wasalinko Shirley Waterfield Yaddo Garden Association
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Building Saratoga through Service BY JULIA INGERSOLL, PHOTOS BY MARKBOLLES.COM
recalls Tom Roohan as he remembers the countless business leaders and volunteers that came together to build Mary’s Haven, a home managed by Catholic Charities for people in the last months of their lives. “When it comes to philanthropy, people often stop because they think, ‘I don’t have any money.’ Mary’s Haven wasn’t built with money,” shares Tom. “It was built with time, effort, and a little sweat equity. I called on plumbers, electricians, architects, builders, landscapers, and more…together we built something special through service.” Tom Roohan’s community service closely reflects the history of Saratoga Springs. Organizations he has touched range from NYRA, The YMCA, and AAA, to Saratoga Central Catholic, the Saratoga County Chamber of
Commerce, the Saratoga Special Assessment District, the Saratoga Hospital Foundation, and more. But the roles he has played – director, trustee, advisor, president – aren’t what he talks about. “It’s not a flashy title that helps move a community forward,” said Tom, “it’s hard, hands-on work. Writing a check is generous and thoughtful. But, that’s not how we grow together. Everyone has to step out and be visible for Saratoga to flourish.” Tom is the owner of Roohan Realty, one of the most successful real estate companies in Saratoga. From the adaptive reuse of historic properties, to mixed-use development and residential real estate sales of all shapes and sizes, the team at Roohan Realty has contributed significantly to the growth of this community. But, despite the hundreds of properties that come through the office every year, those that make Tom proud are a little different.
was blessed by their support,”
“Everyone has to step out and be visible for Saratoga to flourish.”
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“When I drive by Mary’s Haven, I remember everyone that came together to make it possible. I’m humbled when someone comes to me to say their loved one was comfortable in the last days of their lives thanks to Catholic Charities, Hospice, and the space at Mary’s Haven,” said Tom. “All of our Rebuilding Together Saratoga projects are great memories as well. Good people coming together to lend a hand – that’s how we build a strong Saratoga.” Joe Dalton, another long-term community leader, said of Tom, “Many individuals join an organization to provide oversight. Tom joins to quietly lead and set an example for others. Whether it’s swinging a hammer, raising money, or lending his expertise, you can count on Tom to be there. It is an honor to be considered his friend.” Tom’s friends are part of the family he brings to work every day. Just walk into Roohan Realty and you’ll find siblings, children, and cousins – even Tom’s mother, Peppie, stops by to lend a hand. In fact, Tom’s daughter, Mary Hallquist, recently moved back to Saratoga. Her son, Jack, and daughter, Maggie, are quickly learning the impact their grandfather has had.
“Whether it’s swinging a hammer, raising money, or lending his expertise, you can count on Tom to be there. It is an honor to be considered his friend.” -Joe Dalton
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Son-in-law Derek Hallquist, granddaughter Maggie, mother-in-law Gail Anderson, wife Krtistie, Tom, mother Peppie, daughter Mary and grandson Jack
“This place is special. Being here means walking my son and daughter along the same streets where my family and I used to get up at 6:00 a.m. to put out flags on Flag Day. It means being part of a place that you love. And, it means being closer to my father, a man who deserves all the recognition in the world but would never ask for it,” said Mary. “I’m so proud to be his daughter and for my children to grow up surrounded by people who are making a difference.” Weekends planting flowers at the 9/11 memorial, evenings eating spaghetti dinners or chicken barbeque to benefit boy scouts and St. Clements – Tom, wife Kristie, children, grandchildren, and the Roohan Realty team are always the first in line to support those that need it. But, without a doubt, the power of their volunteerism is felt most at the Saratoga Festival of Trees. Sister Charla Commins, Executive Director of Catholic Charities said, “Tom Roohan, longtime friend of Catholic Charities, has been a major supporter of the Festival of Trees from the very beginning. His financial contributions, his encouragement of staff involvement, 30 | Saratoga Christmas | 2015
and his willingness to help wherever needed has been invaluable. The Roohan Realty crew is integral to the Festival’s success and thus our ability to better serve those in need in the tri-county communities. I am enormously grateful for Tom’s involvement and commitment to this multi-faceted endeavor.” The Annual Saratoga Festival of Trees is the largest fundraiser for Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties. Each year, thousands of people come through the Saratoga Springs City Center to tour and purchase beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, and centerpieces. Proceeds from the event help to ensure Catholic Charities can continue to offer its much-needed programs like those at Mary’s Haven, Counseling Services, the Domestic Violence Project, Donovan House, the Saratoga Mentoring Program, Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP), Emergency Services and more. Keeping the show running smoothly is done, in part, by the integral actions of many of those at Roohan Realty. Chairing committees, fundraising, finding sponsors, saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
setting up the trees, managing the events, even scooping hundreds of Stewart’s ice cream sundaes for Family Day – they engage wholeheartedly in the spirit that makes the show possible. Earline Johnson, a long-time Roohan Realty agent, is a member of Catholic Charities’ Board of Directors and has been on the Festival’s Steering Committee since day one. “The entire team here does incredible work. But, truly, it comes back to Tom. His willingness to roll up his sleeves and jump right in sets the tone. Quite literally… he hops right into the Santa suit!” This year will be the 20th anniversary of the Festival of Trees. In 20 years, the event has entertained thousands and the proceeds have been a blessing for thousands more. While much has changed since 1995, one thing remains the same – the support of Tom Roohan. “It’s the Saratoga way,” Tom said. “This is a community that gives and gives because it cares. We stand up for ourselves and invest in our people. We’re tied together by a location but we all know there’s something bigger, something special here.”
My father, a man who deserves all the recognition in the world, but would never ask for it” - Mary Hallquist
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Festival of Trees
Ethan Allen Vince Arpey Ashley Baird Judy Banks Gail Barclay Teena Behr Carol Bradley Carol Boltzer Eleanor Boyle Lanyel Brandon Don Brooks Barbara Britton Ellen Brown Mary Buhr Darlene Burke Kaitlyn Cameron Joan Carola Barbara Carovano Carol Catone Beth Chabot Marilynn Civic Becky Christner Kerry Conley Ann Cooley Jane Costello Barbara Crandall Linda Crawford Sharyn Dabiere Holly Dargush Kathy DeVivo Tori DiMenna Cathy DiPaolo Betty Donnelly Judy Dooley Carissa Dopman Pat Dorsey Jean Dugan Sally Duval Eileen Farley
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Mary Farrell Joan Ferris Joanne Figliomeni Judy Fitzpatrick Carol Frail Veronica Frazier Molly Gagne Raoul Gagne Jill Gainor Regina Gapczynski Jim Gapczynski Martha Garczynski Kelly Garvey Maureen Gemerek MaryAnne Gibbs Mary Gilhooly Mariann Gold Ellen Gorman Pat Gould Jing Guo Susan Hansen Dorothy Harren Steve Harren Katie Hart Bridgette Hartman Judy Hefter Emily Hilko Bernice Hollowood Lauren Holmes Linda Hoyt Maureen Humiston Patricia Iacobelli Kathleen James Emily Johnson Matt Johnson Ellen Fontaine Kennedy Eli King Sandi Kirshe Kathy Klim
Sue Las Carol Leone Jenna Libecca Marion Luce Sharon MacDougal Trisha McDonald George Madarasz Lyn Madden Linda Maitlin Quinby Mahoney Joyce M. Sustar-Martucci Cebe McConkey Marion Minehan Amanda Montello Patrick Moran Jane Morrissey Judy Mullen Elaine Murphy Carm Moffett Guy Moffett Kate Naughton Jim Noonan Kathy Nygard Madge O’Connell Morgan Osborn Mary Lou Paley Faith Palma Yolanda Paolicelli Barbara Parrish Kristin Parrish Joan Pehl Grace Perilli Lisa Perilli Robert Perilli Kathy Phelps Cindy Phillips Jamie Pietrosanto Kyle Podesva Nancy Pompa Betsy Porter Tom Porter Meagan Potter Mary Precheur Pat Reed
Pat Reo Amy Ritchik Barbara Rivenburg Christopher Robenstein Richard Robenstein II Richard E. Robenstein Elaine Caruso-Roberts Colleen Roohan Jane Root Sue Rutkowski Paul Schumacher Saratoga Catholic Central Students Corinne Scirocco Jo-Ann Simone Cameron Simons Kim Spano Scott Staigar Karen Stethar Barbara Sutterland Kathy Sweet Ruth Talmon Tom Tanner Mary Rose Thompson Laurin Thoud Jo Ann Todd Carol Tomlinson Mary Towers Sue Trentecoste Linda VanAlstyne Kate Van Buren Casey Vaughn Francine Vero Rose Verro Ralph Vincent Ginny Vogel Anne Wagner Jane Wait Susan Wennrich Jeanne Whitney Carter White Nancy Wilder Katherin Winderlin Patrick Winderlin
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Shining Stars Atop The Trees
SHINING STAR DONOR
GOLD SPONSOR Rose & Bill Armstrong...........................................................................................Ann & Arthur Armstrong Mr. & Mrs. William Armstrong........................................................................Angelina & John Barella, Sr. The Clements Firm.................................................................................................................Jacqueline Tyner Dr. Thomas & Mrs. Eva Francomano...........................................................................................Our Parents The Mansfield and Waechter Families....................................................................Judith Griffin Mansfield Munter Enterprises, Inc. Vince & Anny O’Neill Yolanda Paolicelli Neda Patricia Reo Saratoga Wilton Elks BPOE #161 John & Anne Wagner Stanley & Sharon Drosky
SILVER SPONSOR Mr. & Mrs. Jerome R. Callaghan Sam’s Tires & Auto Charles & Edith Ward.................................................................................................................James Conroy
BRONZE SPONSOR Jane Costello................................................................................................................................Mark Costello Allen & Phyllis Crocker.........................................................................................Marra & Crocker Families Marilyn & Bill Schweiker Mr. & Mrs. Rick Stauffer....................................................................................Hank & Mary O’Neill Schab
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A look back at...
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Brought to you by the Saratoga Srpings Downtown Business Association in downtown Saratoga, on 12/3.
Photos by Terri-Lynn Pellegri
Saratoga’s Christmas Tree Lighting
will be held on Thursday, December 3rd at 6:00 pm, to kick off the Victorian Streetwalk! Caroling by the Girl Scouts around the tree will start at 5:45, then at 6:00, the Honorable Mayor Joanne Yepsen lights the trees and we countdown for the arrival of…
Santa and Mrs. Claus!
They will be arriving with many elves and even Rumple Dumple to the beautiful, hand-made and detailed Santa Cottage that is set up in front of Putnam Market & Putnam Wine, just across from Caroline Street… to usher in the holiday season! While waiting to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus… enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies, donated by the Hungry Spot, Putnam Market and Gaffney’s. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there till 10 pm to give everybody time to stop by and visit!
Special Victorian Streetwalk postal cancellations
are available at the Broadway Post Office from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bring your stamped Christmas card envelopes, get them canceled with the special Victorian Streetwalk cancellation (free) and you have a month to mail them. 36 | Saratoga Christmas | 2015
Everyone is invited to join the fun with caroling and Victorian costumes and enjoy an old fashioned "Christmas as it used to be" street party and celebration of the holiday season. There are over 35 sites with free entertainment, including fiddlers, hammered dulcimer, a cappella singing, choral singing, saxophone, crystal glasses, a brass group, balloons, ballet dancers, live reindeer, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Festival of Trees at the City Center, special Downtown Business Association Coupon Books, everyone’s favorite Snowman, Norwegian Princess and Ice Queen, face painting, Newfoundland dogs, and the list goes on and on. Have a group photo taken at Impressions with A Victorian Print Giveaway. Nacre Dance Company and Octavo Singers will delight audiences of all ages as they combine talents at the Universal Preservation Hall at 7:30pm and 8:15pm.
Getting There / Parking:
Broadway will close once again from 5:00 to 10:00 from the Route 50 arterial to the Spring Street intersection for the festivities. CDTA, a festival Gold Sponsor, is running FREE shuttle buses every 20 minutes from the Empire State College parking lot at 111 West Avenue on Saratoga Springs’ west side. You can also get the shuttle at the Silver Sponsor, NYRA Oklahoma track (just off Exit 14 of I-87) and the Weible Avenue Skating Rink parking lots on the east side of Saratoga Springs. The shuttles run from 4:30 to 10:30 .
Most businesses will be open until 10 p.m. and will hold open houses and serve delicious, free refreshments to their guests, friends and customers.
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Victorian Streetwalk The Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association brings you the
Thursday, December 3, 2015 29h Annual
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Ellsworth Jones Place
Church 9 St.
Division St. Division St.
13 G. Willikers Adirondack Trust Co.
14 Wellness Celtic Treasures Fallon
G. Willikers 15 SS Public Library Celtic Treasures 16
Lifestyles 23 Northshire Bookstore
Northshire Bookstore Outside Washington THE24 WASHINGTON BLDG Bldg.
Outside Washington Bldg. 25 Circus Cafe
Impressions 28 Top of Phila St. Top of Phila St. 29 Ben & Jerry's Ben & Jerry's 30 The Adelphi Porch The Adelphi Porch 31 Company Candy Company Candy
32 Universal Preservation Hall Universal Preservation Hall
Congress Park Entrance
THE WASHINGTON BLDG
25 Circus Cafe 26 Fingerpaint
Congress Park Entrance
12 Fallon Wellness 2 Spoken
22 Lifestyles Gaffney’s
Spring St. Spring St.
Adirondack Trust Co.
City Hall Steps
Saratoga Marketplace 18 Wheatfields 18Faire Soave 19 Putnam Market & Putnam Wine Wheatfields 20 Crafters Gallery Putnam Market & Putnam Wine Gaffney’s 21 Gallery Crafters
Mountainman Outdoor Supply 8 City Hall Steps Stinky Dog
Collamer Parking Lot
Mountainman Outdoor Supply
SS Public Library
Temple 6 Sinai
Olde 4Bryan Inn Collamer Parking Lot City Center 5
Broadway Closed to traffic
Broadway Closed to traffic
Ellsworth Jones Place
Olde Bryan Inn
Entertainment Venues 3 Temple Sinai
33 Palace/Eddie 33 Granite Bauer Granite Palace/Eddie Bauer 34
The Saratoga Center 34 The Arts Saratoga Arts Center
The Visitor Center 35 The Visitor Center
NBT Bank 36
37 Complexions Spa
37 Complexions Spa
Spa Central Catholic School
Strolling on Broadway
Spa Central Catholic School
Strolling on Broadway
Springs Downtown Business Association 38 | Saratoga Christmas | 2015 Brought to you by the Saratoga saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com 41 Thank you to our sponsors:
Brought to you by the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association
Gold Sponsors: Lia Auto Group andThank Saratoga Special Assessment District you Springs to our sponsors: Gold Media Sponsor: Saratoga TODAY; Gold Transportation Sponsor: CDTA
All performers & times are subject to change. Broadway is closed from 5PM to 10 PM
1. Olde Bryan Inn
(123 Maple Ave.) 6:30-8:30 Gary Blodgett
2. City Center
(522 B’way) 6:00-9 Saratoga Abundant Life Church (2 sets, weather permitting) 6-10 Catholic Charities Festival of Trees 6-10 Gingerbread House Display
Outside: 7:00 Schwa Cappella Singers* 7:35 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Select High School Choir 8:05-8:30 The Skidmore Treblemakers 8:40-9:05 The Sonneteers
12. Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga
3. Temple Sinai
(472 B’way) 6:30-8:30 Betsy & the ByeGons
4. Collamer Parking Lot
(461 B’way) 6:00-9:00 PJ Duell Face Painting 7-9 Mr. Twisty
5. Mountainman Outdoor Supply Co.
(456 B’way) 6:30-9:30 The Tommy Wadsworth Trio
(509 B’way) 6-9 PM Gift Shop open inside, free cider. (494 B’way) 6-10 Ice Sculptures
(490 Broadway) 6-10 Cotton Candy (outside)
6. Stinky Dog
(488 B’way) Eggnog & Stinky cookies 6:30-8:30 Live Music
(482 Broadway) 6:30-8:30 Saratoga City Ballet dancers in the window
8. City Hall Steps
(474 B’way) 7-9 Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church Singing & Hot Chocolate
9. Post Office
(475 B’way) 5-9 Special Postal Cancellations 6-9 Local Children’s book author Jaclyn Tracy signing her new children’s book, Trying to Pull Off a Miracle. 6:30-7, 7:30-8:30 Saratoga Springs High School Fiddle Club 7-7:30 Kelly Sanford, vocalist & violin
6:30-8:30 Demetria Koninis & Tania Haiku Susi, Cello
11. Adirondack Trust Co. (473 B’way) Inside: 6-6:40 Skidmore Dynamics* 7-7:40 Racing City Chorus 8-8:40 Racing City Chorus 9-9:40 Racing City Chorus
13. G. Willikers
14. Celtic Treasures
15. Saratoga Springs Public Library
(49 Henry Street) 6-9 Gingerbread House Display
16. Saratoga Marketplace (454 B’way) 6-6:25 Waldorf School Chorus 6:30-6:55 Drastic Measures 7-8 Capitaland Chorus 8:05-8:30 Sonneteers
17. Soave Faire
(449 B’way) 7-7:30 Bandersnatchers 7:50-8:15 Bandersnatchers 9:00 Sax-O-Claus
(440 Broadway, outside) 6-10 DBA Downtown Coupon Book table
19. Putnam Market
(435 B’way, Outside:) 5:45-10:00 CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY! 5:45-6:00 Caroling by the Girl Scouts, 6:00 Mayor Joanne Yepsen lights the trees. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive with all the elves, free hot chocolate and cookies. Children can visit Santa throughout the evening until 10:00 p.m.
Brought to you by the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association, sponsored by Saratoga Today. Cookies & Hot chocolate donated by Hungry Spot, Putnam Market and Gaffney’s. 6-6:30 Skidmore College Brass Quartet 6-10 Santa Cottage with Santa & Mrs. Claus
20. Crafters Gallery
(427 B’way) 6-10 Pigster H. Wigglesworth 6-10 Live Reindeer
(16 Caroline St) 8-11 New Artist Showcase
22. Lifestyles (436 B’way) 7-7:45 & 9 John & Orion Kribs, Doug Moody
23. Northshire Bookstore (424 B’way, Washington Bldg) 7-9 Bill Flanagan, Hammered Dulcimer 7-8 Book signing with many different book authors.
24. In the street outside Washington Bldg
(420-422 B’way) 6-10 Lia Cars 6:25-6:40 Flying Fingers 6:50-7:20 Skidmore’s Rejoice! Inspirational Choir 7:30-7:55 Skidmore Treblemakers
25. Circus Café
(392 B’way) 7-10 Tim Wechgelaer, Victorian Fiddle
(395 B’way) Outside: 6:30-8:30 Magic Dan, Magician
(368 B’way) 6-9 Victorian Photo Booth (Outside) 7:00-7:40 Skidmore Accents
28. Top of Phila Street
8-8:45 John & Orion Kribs, Doug Moody
29. Ben & Jerry’s
(Corner Putnam & Phila) 7-9 Er Go Blu (Dan Garcia & Katie Dwyer)
31. Universal Preservation Hall
(25 Washington St.) 7:30 & 8:15 Nacre Dance, Co. and Octavo Singers combine talent in a unique performance. Nacre Dance Company opens the program with a modern dance version of the holiday classic “Waltz of the Flowers” before joining Octavo Singers for a unique set of holiday carols to accompany Nacre dancers as they grace the stage with a “moving bell” ensemble to ring in the holiday season!
32. Eddie Bauer
(outside) (340 B’way) 7-9 Pokingbrook Morris Dancers
33. Adelphi Hotel Porch
(353 Broadway) 7-9 Everyone’s favorite Snowman, Norwegian Princess and Ice Queen.
34. Saratoga Arts Center
(320 B’way) 6-10 Annual Members’ Show Art Exhibit 6-10 Gingerbread House Display 7-9 Ed Stander, glass player
35. Visitor Center
(Congress & B’way) 6-9 Adirondack Mountain Club 6-9 Northland Newfoundland Club (Live dogs) 6-10 Gingerbread House Display 7-9 Sonny & Perley Duo
36. NBT Bank
(295 B’way) 7:30-8:30 Choir of St. Peter
37. Complexions Spa
(268 B’way, next to Congress Park) Open House, register to win free massage, enjoy free face painting, paraffin treatments, chair massages, special gifts and more!
38. In front of Spa Central Catholic School 5:30, 6, 6:30 Live Nativity Scene, Albany Children’s Diocesan Choir
39. Strolling on Broadway: • Candy Co. Toy Soldier • 6:30-8:30 Colleen Mahar, Victorian Stilt Walking Juggler
30. Candy Company
(5 Washington St.) 6-10 Old Fashioned Hot Roasted Chestnuts
* Yet to be confirmed.
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The Victorian Streetwalk is the Downtown Business Association’s way of saying
to all our customers for supporting our beautiful downtown throughout the year
GENEROUS SUPPORT for the Victorian Streetwalk was received from the following sponsors:
Our Gold Sponsors: Lia Auto Group Saratoga Springs Special Assessment District
Gold Media Sponsor: Saratoga TODAY
Our Gold Transportation Sponsor: CDTA
The Ayco Co., L.P. Cudney’s Cleaners New York Racing Association Saratoga Hair Transplant Center Saratoga Hospital
Silver Sponsors (of closing the streets) D.A. Collins; Donnelly Construction W.J. Morris Excavating Bonacio Construction
Tree Lighting Sponsors Saratoga TODAY D&R Landscaping
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Photos by Markbolles.com, unless otherwise noted.
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I still remember the first time I worked with Susan and the lasting impression she made. I was a young board member trying to prove myself and produced the publication that answered the question… “Why should I join the DBA?” I immediately sought the advice of the most passionate person in the room and left thinking to myself “I want to be her when I grow up!” Twenty years later I am still just as impressed with Susan and I love working alongside her to make downtown Saratoga Springs a destination worthy of national attention. She just said to me on the phone yesterday “you were just a baby when I met you!” …oh, how this job ages a person! To honor this Saratoga icon, I asked Arthur to gather some thoughts from her closest comrades and pull together a montage of experiences and stories that accurately reflect the people that helped to shape downtown. Susan I think it’s safe to say… The city of Saratoga Springs will miss you - xoxo
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Of course, I echo Chris’ thoughts – in particular, I still want to be like Susan when I grow up. While I wait for that to happen, let me say that knowing Susan has been a singular experience. One that has warmed my heart, stimulated my brain and enriched my soul. The Reader’s Digest had a feature called: My Most Unforgettable... For me, Susan retired that category a long time ago. Evidently, her colleagues, associates, promotional partners, and most importantly – friends —agree, as the reminiscences shared on the following pages attest. I know you will enjoy reading them as much as I did as they came in. Susan, may the next chapters of your life be filled with the same amount of joy you have brought to all of us! Fondly,
Arthur Gonick saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
We met Susan too many years ago to mention! It was most likely at the Victorian Streetwalk and this event will forever be linked in our minds to her. She has been a big part of making downtown Saratoga Springs the desirable place it is today. If there is an event planned in the downtown area, you can be sure that Susan had a hand in its organization! I have many fond memories of sitting around a work table - gluing, cutting, wiring, and fluffing - how many thousands of tree ornaments for the downtown Holiday Trees over the years. Of course the laughs and wine certainly helped the hours pass! The memories of moving the Santa Cottage and sprucing it up holds many a fond memory as well! I was privileged to serve on the DBA Board of Directors with Susan for many years. Her leadership, tireless devotion, grounded personality and creative input have been the cornerstone of this organization for so many years it is hard to imagine it without her. Saratoga is a richer place for having you here all these years. You will be sadly missed but your legacies will live on. Dave and I will certainly miss you personally and professionally and wish you the very best of luck as you begin the next chapter of your life. Enjoy every moment of it, you¹ve earned it and you deserve it! With many thanks and much Love,
Marianne & Dave Barker
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We started working together when I was President of our fledgling Downtown Business Association, but it was our collaborative effort to establish Victorian Streetwalk that bonded us for life. We were excited, nervous and determined to prove the naysayers wrong. What, you think it’s strange to throw an outdoor party in the winter in upstate New York? Somedays, we were like teenagers who left the phone off the hook so we could just yell, “are you there?” when a brainstorm came to mind. Mind you this was BEFORE email! Lovingly called the “Dynamic Duo”, we found it easier to do it ourselves than by committee. To this day, I only work on fundraisers and events that way. The town leaders were supportive, even if secretly they thought we were nuts. Charlie Wait did not hide when he saw me walk into the bank, but certainly had to wonder, “Uh oh, what do they want now?” Bill Dake donated Stewart’s cider I believe and I suspect that they have been involved in every street fair since. Mark Baker offered his support and help with logistics (not our long suit) and the Godfather of the special Assessment District, Norman Fox gave us his seal of approval. Tommy McTygue helped us with snow removal when necessary, police patrol and other issues as they arose. We paid the acts with gift certificates we begged from fellow merchants. We established a long and wonderful relationship with the family that ran the horse drawn carriages. Susan and I continued to work on the Streetwalk year after year, refining the concept and adding elements until I relocated to Florida in 2000. In all those years, Susan and I never had a cross word between us. But there was a lot of laughter and copious amounts of champagne to celebrate.
Impressions of Saratoga
Senior Pastor, St . Paul’s Lutheran
I first met Susan sitting on a sofa at the home of a mutual friend. The first thing that I noticed about her was her beautiful face, ready smile and enthusiasm for life.
m C. Wiegand Church
The word “retirement” is really not in Susan’s lexicon. But whatever inspires her in Israel will no doubt start an exciting new chapter in her life. It still takes me half an hour to walk a block on Broadway when I come to town to visit and I am sure that the same fate awaits Susan. She will leave a void that can never be filled, but hopefully other innovative folks will rise to the occasion and keep the party going.
Casual Environments (back in the day)
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I first met Susan through the Saratoga 150 Celebration committee. In honor of the Saratoga Race Course¹s 150th ann iversary season. SPAC hosted the hon orary kick-off event, a commemorative picn ic on the lawn. Susan worked in tand em with Ed and Maureen Lewi to bring the event to life. At one point, Susan had to be the referee between Maureen Lew i and Joe Dalton, who both wanted to run this huge community event in “their way.” Of course, Maureen won out in the end ‹and Joe learned that sometimes it takes a woman. In fact, this marine would admit that most times it takes a wom an!) Ultimately, the evening included an old-fashioned picnic supper, youth danc e groups, storytellers, a variety of family activities and contests, and conclude d with a spectacular fireworks display. The Saratoga 150 Celebration was vibrant and exciting as our community came toge ther to remember the Track¹s rich histo ry. Susan was incredible to work with. She was very energetic, inspiring, dynami c, professional, and passionate ‹not only about Saratoga and all that it encompa sses, but genuinely passionate about the peop le that she met and worked with.) There are moments in life when you appreciate someone so much that you just want to stop and tell them. Feeling grat itude and not expressing it is like wrap ping a present and not giving it. Thank you for being a part of my life, Susan. For all that has been, thanks. For all that will be - Yes!
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I cannot remember when I first met Susan, but we worked most closely on Victorian Streetwalk because I built the Santa cottage when Bob and I took over the role as Santa and Mrs. Claus. What strikes me about Susan most, is her work ethic. Susan never just “did her job.” The end result of any job or assignment given to her was never good enough or adequate for Susan. As a matter of fact...”good enough” was never “good enough” for Susan! What an asset she has been to our organization, who among us would not want an employee whose work ethic was that it had to be as good as it could possibly be....or else you were not done yet!! That was Susan’s work ethic. We would meet in my shop along with several DBA members to make the ornaments for the Christmas tree. We were delighted that several other DBA members found some volunteer time to help. It was fun… we’d drink wine, listen to rock and roll music and make Christmas tree ornaments... Just us girls! Throughout the course of the evening we made about 200 ornaments and it was work as much as fun. What you probably don’t realize is that 200 Christmas tree ornaments didn’t go very far since we had 2 Christmas trees now instead of just one and they were growing very rapidly – they were tall! Susan didn’t hesitate to come back over the next night and again and again until her and I had made enough ornaments to fully decorate both trees (probably around 400.) There was her work ethic again. If the job needed to be done, she was there to help do it. I am still looking for the CUTEST Susan Farnsworth photo ever… (Editor: SHE FOUND IT! - see page 46.) In the beginning of the VSW we did not have a lot of elves, but we always had a toy soldier. As luck would have it, Susan fit perfectly into the beautiful red toy soldier suit I had made for myself when I was much younger (and smaller!). It wasn’t very warm either, but she “soldiered on” anyway because it needed to be done. One more funny moment… Susan and I were discussing a new event the DBA was going to have. We now know it as the fall festival. She wanted to include an event that would really include little children. She said something like… “Well we can’t just roll them down the hill” ...and I said “Why not! Let the kids just roll them down the hill, so what if one breaks, it’ll be fun.” We laughed at the thought of just letting kids roll pumpkins down Caroline Street… and they’re still rolling them today!
Best Dressed Windows in Town (and donator of Susan’s Victorian outfit)
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I met Susan at the 2nd Victorian Streetwalk in 1987, my husband and I had just arrived in Saratoga Springs, living downtown in the Skidmore Apts., waiting for our house to be built. We discovered the magical Streetwalk and a lovely lady (Susan) with a clip board and camera… calmly making sure everything was OK. Over the years I would see Susan at different community and art events and realized she was the “go to” lady for names of musicians and performers. She had everyone’s contact info and never forgot a face or name. Happily I worked with Susan at the DBA Fall Festival and SaratogaArtsFest for many years. Never late for any meeting, Susan was always calm and focused while taking detailed notes in her little black book. She was the total professional to work with and also a “fun bowling buddy.” I would describe my friend Susan Farnsworth as a “class act.” She will be missed in Saratoga Springs, but will bring her charm and knowledge to another lucky community. One more thought… “Susan, I want your little black book!”
The Arts Center …she tells us she’s retired : ) Photo Provided
epitome of Susan, you are the re. You handle cool under pressu ch calm and ever ything with su ally never seen grace. I have liter ated - only you angr y or frustr smiling. What a happy, upbeat and town and to our gift you are to our missed! Please lives! You will be stay in touch!!!
DReraaltbey (fokrmerly of stin Kir m ller Willia s
Ke unity Relations, the Office of Comm Skidmore College)
Dearest Susan, Oh how I will miss you, my frie nd! You have so beautifully celebra ted Saratoga Springs and the peo ple who live here; thank you. Now it is our turn to celebrate you and your nex t amazing venture! Congratulations on so eloquently living life to the full est; you are a wonderful example of a woman with no fear. You inspire so ma ny with your creative and loving soul, the brightest and most genuine smi le, and the warmest hugs known to ma n. Your imprint is on every corner and you will never be out of thought. From one of your many fans, with great fondness,
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Best of wishes Susan on your new life! We will miss your smiling face each and every day, but will take away years of fond memories. Your legacy will live on through the many wonderful events you’ve created in your beloved Saratoga Springs. We thank you for all you’ve done for our community and most particularly downtown Saratoga. With love,
and all of the Lifestyles team. I first “saw” Susan in the mid 80’s when an image of her was part of a photo contest in the Sunday paper. I didn’t know her at the time, but my favorite photo was one of a very pregnant Susan laughing hysterically at her young stepson who was pushing out his big-brother belly next to hers. I loved the image! About four years later, I was asked to design a map for Saratoga’s Downtown Business Association. I met with Susan and that photo was hanging on her wall! It was taken when she was pregnant for her son, David. I was amazed that I remembered it so vividly! It was as though we were destined to raise our children together in Saratoga and become the best of friends. Soon I relocated from Schenectady to Saratoga, opened Creative Sparks Pottery and joined the board of the DBA. I worked on any event Susan asked me to. Her enthusiasm was infectious and her organizational skills made every project a joy! The board decided to organize a “Fall Festival” to bring people downtown between the racing and Christmas seasons and I volunteered to be the coordinator. We had no budget so events had to be cheap and easy to execute downtown. After a late night planning session, we experimented with rolling pumpkins down Caroline Street hill just to see what would happen. It was hilarious and has become one of the signature events of the Annual Fall Festival. This is just one event that Susan has helped grow from a simple idea to a hugely successful event. While there are no bronze statues or granite staircases in her honor, Susan Farnsworth is as much part of the history of Saratoga as the Trasks and Putnams. Her dedication to the success of the businesses here has helped us all flourish and is one of the main reasons that Downtown Saratoga is a Great American Main Street. Her devotion to the causes we support and the festivals we offer has set a standard of quality that brings crowds back year after year. Our memories are full of song, sparkle and smiles because of Susan’s hard work and discerning criteria for what we offer. Susan’s retirement is bittersweet, but she promises to keep in touch and visit often. We’re not saying good bye, we’re just wishing her a long and healthy retirement with the best of times ahead.
Patrice Mastrianni Serendipity Arts Studio
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Susan and I met in 1998 at a DBA meeting at Longfellows. I thought she was so nice and she made me feel a part of something. I joined the board as a member and moved up to secretary, VP and President throughout the years. She made all those transitions so easy. We have worked together on the Travers Children’s Festival, Fall Fest, Tree Lighting, Hi Neighbor, Skidmore Family Weekend and many more small events during the four years that I was the DBA president. Susan and I have become very close over the years. She is the person I lean on and I am a sounding board for her. We talk almost every day and can find humor in so many stories. I am so happy for her to be moving on with Michi but sad that I won¹t have her near me all the time. We already have apps on our phones downloaded so we can talk all the time when she is in Israel. A friendship like this doesn¹t end just because there are a few thousand miles between us. I have to share this funny story: I am really afraid of clowns and we had to hire a white-faced clown for the Children¹s Parade every year. At the end of the event, when it was time to pay the vendors…. There was this scary clown staring at me (wanting to kill me in my opinion) waiting for his check. The look of panic formed as I hesitantly walked over there. Susan stopped me, took the check and said “Here sweetie I will pay him, you go make popcorn.” She saved the day!! Ok not so dramatic, but to me she was my clown-death savior.
Saratoga Sweets Candy Co (AKA: The Candy Lady)
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Susan I and go way back—not as far ba ck as Skidmore, bu last 30+ years she t over the and I have been co llogues, co-conspira importantly great tors and most friends. We have be en with each other changing events an for many life d always been ther e to support each ot During my history her. with the DBA and multiple years as Pr and I worked toge esident, Susan ther in supporting and helping the do core to grow and pr wntown business osper. She and I we re the team that go closed for the very t Broadway first time, to host Vi ctorian Streetwalk She is a gentle perso . n and has the patie nce of a saint. Recit story about Susan ing ONE funny is difficult because she has always been have had great tim a fun person. We es together. O ver the years Su san has been the he art and soul of th major advocate fo e DBA and a r our community. She will be remem and missed desper bered fondly ately. Thank you for bein g a special friend an d ally all of these ye ars.
Mark E. Baker
President, City Cent er Authority
for to Susan Farnsworth Many, many thanks the to ve ga e sh at th ation all the time and dedic dia ir over the years as me Saratoga County Fa for rep es sal my as t Susan specialist. I first me came paper. She quickly be the Saratogian news d advisor to our media a valuable friend an was fair. How fantastic it campaigns with the ra I was able to offer he that a few years later ations r handling media rel position with the fai san uld never say no to Su during fair week. I co for g up and being ready even if it meant wakin ight She was always as br an inter view at 6am. lk a Susan even tried to mi and chipper as ever. ! on Now that is dedicati cow once at the fair…
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I have known Susan since I was little, but really started working years ago. Her son Da together closely abou vid and my brother t4 we re the same age so I¹v but ever yone knows e always known Susan Susan! , Being the VP of the DBA, I am with Susan all the time, but the and I work on togeth main thing that Susan er is the Fall Festiva l, sh e asked me to chair it ago and we have work with her a few years ed on it ever since. I think Susan and I tal via calls or emails! It k to each other ever y is nice to just run ide day as by each other and stay on the same page I love working with . Susan, we share a pa ssion for Saratoga an sees a side that I do d downtown. But sh n¹t, I have never been e connected to the arts I have learned so mu the way she has and ch from her. I love ho w or ganized she is and ho have all played out. w her festivals She has taught me so much about events, without her will not but planning it next be the same. year Working with Susan isn¹t like work, it is more social and fun, enjoying it. And we we work, yes, but we share lots of ideas, wh are ether it is what we are thoughts we have ha working on or other d. I want to thank Susan , for ever ything she has done, and ever yth about the DBA. I lov ing she has taught me e listening to her sto rie s of the past festivals full of knowledge. I and DBA events. Sh also want to thank he e is r for always supportin guidance while we we g me, offering help an re planning events. Sh d e has always made me her the best of luck an feel included. I wish d I will miss her a lot . She started out as a her a friend before an co-chair and I conside ything else. Susan de r ser ves a healthy, happ adventures and beau y retirement full of tiful landscapes! Take lots of hikes, sh are lots of photos, an d come back to Sara toga Springs often! Impressions of Saratog a
Maddy Z anetti
I think the first time I met Susan she was with Martha Margolis - what a pair they made! They both could win you over with their confidence and sweet talk. Since those days, decades ago, Martha has moved to Florida, and luckily Susan has stayed with us and the community she loves. Whenever I think of Susan, the image of the cute toy soldier at the Victorian Streetwalk comes to mind. She has been in the lead of that effort, which is now a tradition in our city. When the NYRA asked the Chamber to organize events to celebrate the opening and closing of the track’s expanded season, I turned to Chamber staff and Susan, to organize the details of over a dozen music venues, over four nights on the opening and closing weekends. Susan has been the heart and muscle of the downtown business association for decades - her outside services to her community range from the arts to public relations. She has volunteered for the July Arts Festival, and served with me on locating the 9/11 memorial sculpture, and the Saratoga City Center board of directors. When Susan begins on a new trail it will be a great loss to Saratoga and in my opinion it will be impossible to replace the class, enthusiasm, and caring she has given to our community. Hopefully your travels will sooner or later bring you back to the city you have helped build. Love you kiddo, Joe
former President of the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce
Susan, your all the best on Wishing you ur path. ure. Honor yo nt ve ad c ti an rom your things come May all good l always il d always. I w way today an s” ay d he good old remember “t on e qu adise Bouti at Bird of Par at s lk d our fun ta Broadway an l. e for Victoria Poo l you have don al r fo u yo k Than ity. this commun Much love,
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For over 29 years Susan Farnsworth has dedicated her career to the success and vitality of Downtown Saratoga Springs. Susan has been the cornerstone and the face of The Downtown Business Association. Susan has championed many efforts in the support of our downtown and our members and we thank her for all her commitment and dedication. On behalf of the Board of The Downtown Business Association we say thank you for all you have done for our city. Susan’s steadfast commitment to Downtown Saratoga Springs’ success has been seen in many areas of great accomplishment, from Victorian Streetwalk, Christmas Tree Lighting, Fall Festival, Arts Festival, Hats off and Final Stretch to name a few. She has been actively engaged with the Saratoga Chamber, Saratoga Convention and Tourism, Saratoga City Center, SPAC, Saratoga Hospital to Skidmore College and countless local charitable organizations over the years. On behalf of every President of the Downtown Business Association, we wish Susan Congratulations in her next chapter and much great success and happiness. We also humbly thank her for all her dedication, unselfishness, loyalty and hard work over these last 29 years and making Downtown Saratoga Springs what it is today. Susan has made a difference in our community and our lives. We are privileged to be in a great City and it is a because of great people that have paved the way for the success of this City and Susan you are one of these great people. From myself and all the Presidents that have come before me Congratulations and Thank you!! Saratoga Springs would not be what it is today without your achievements.
n a s u S u o y k n a h T XOXO
President, Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association
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Holiday SONG BOOK Frosty the Snowman Jingle Bells Here Comes Santa Claus O Come All Ye Faithful Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Oh Christmas Tree Up on The Rooftop We Wish You A Merry Christmas Santa Claus is Coming to Town
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Frosty The Snowman Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul, With a corncob pipe and a button nose. And two eyes made out of coal.
O, Frosty the snowman Was alive as he could be, And the children say he could laugh and play just the same as you and me.
Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say, He was made of snow but the children know how he came to life one day.
Thumpetty thump thump, Thumpety thump thump, Look at Frosty go. Thumpetty thump thump, Thumpety thump thump, Over the hills of snow.
There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found, for when they placed it on his head He began to dance around.
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Down to the village, With a broomstick in his hand, running here and there all around the square saying, catch me if you can.
Jingle Bells Dashing through the snow In a one horse open sleigh O’er the fields we go Laughing all the way Bells on bob tails ring Making spirits bright What fun it is to laugh and sing A sleighing song tonight Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh
A day or two ago I thought I’d take a ride And soon Miss Fanny Bright Was seated by my side The horse was lean and lank Misfortune seemed his lot We got into a drifted bank And then we got upset Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh
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Here Comes Santa Claus Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus, Right down Santa Claus Lane,
Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus, Right down Santa Claus Lane,
Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer Pullin’ on the reins.
He’s got a bag that’s filled with toys For boys and girls again.
Bells are ringin’, children singin’, All is merry and bright.
Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle, Oh what a beautiful sight, So jump in bed, and cover your head, ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!
So hang your stockings and say your prayers, ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!
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O Come All
O Come All Ye Faithful Joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem. Come and behold Him, Born the King of Angels; O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord. O Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation, Sing all that hear in heaven God’s holy word. Give to our Father glory in the Highest; O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.
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Red-Nosed Reindeer Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Had a very shiny nose, And if you ever saw it, You would even say it glows. All of the other reindeer Used to laugh and call him names; They never let poor Rudolph Join in any reindeer games.
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen., But do you recall? The most famous reindeer of all?
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Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say, Rudolph with your nose so bright, Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight? Then how the reindeer loved him As they shouted out with glee, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, You’ll go down in history!
Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas tree Oh Christmas tree Of all the trees, most lovely Oh Christmas tree Oh Christmas tree Of all the trees, most lovely
Your boughs are green in summer’s glow And do not fade in winter’s snow Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree With faithful leaves unchanging
Each year you bring to me delight Gleaming in The Christmas light Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree Of all the trees, most lovely
Each year you bring to me delight Gleaming in The Christmas Light Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree Of all the trees, most lovely
Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree With faithful leaves unchanging Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree With faithful leaves unchanging
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Up On The Rooftop Up on the housetop, reindeer pause Out jumps good ol’ Santa Claus Down through the chimney with lots of toys All for the little ones, Christmas joys Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go? Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go? Up on the housetop, click, click, click Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick
Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go? Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go? Up on the housetop, click, click, click Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick Next comes the stocking of little Will Oh, just see what a glorious fill Here is a hammer and lots of tacks Also a ball and a whip that cracks Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go? Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go? Up on the housetop, click, click, click Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick
First comes the stocking of little Nell Oh, dear Santa, fill it well Give her a dolly that laughs and cries One that will open and shut her eyes
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We Wish You
A Merry Christmas We wish you a Merry Christmas; We wish you a Merry Christmas; We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Good tidings we bring to you and your kin; Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year. Oh, bring us a figgy pudding; Oh, bring us a figgy pudding; Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer We won’t go until we get some; We won’t go until we get some; We won’t go until we get some, so bring some out here We wish you a Merry Christmas; We wish you a Merry Christmas; We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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Santa Claus Is
Coming to Town
You better watch out You better not cry Better not pout I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town He’s making a list And checking it twice; Gonna find out Who’s naughty and nice
O! You better watch out! You better not cry Better not pout I’m telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town He sees you when you’re sleeping He knows when you’re awake He knows if you’ve been bad or good So be good for goodness sake!
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