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Holiday 2016

Happy Holidays

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Owner/Publisher Chad Beatty

General Manager Robin Mitchell

Managing Editor Chris Vallone Bushee

Graphic Designer Kacie Cotter-Sacala

Advertising Design Morgan Rook

Advertising Sales Jim Daley Cindy Durfey

Contributing Writers Carol Godette Carrie Rowlands Johnson Charlie Kuenzel Christa Caimano David Delozier Dennis Hogan Gretchen Schrade-Squires Jodie Fitz Jordana Turcotte Madison Feldhaus Marcie Fraser Maureen Werther Megan Harrington Meghan Lemery Fritz Megin Potter Nancy Castillo Peter Bowden

Photographers Blackburn Portrait Design Clark Bell DGH Photo Ed Burke Gail Stein Lisa Miller of Studio di Luce Madison Feldhaus MarkBolles.com Miriam Romais Randall Perry Photography Rob Spring Photography Saudi Burton The George Bolster Collection

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From The Editor

Chris Vallone Bushee Managing Editor I have to start this letter with an introduction to my new “office mate” the one who puts all this info I gather onto the pages of the magazine, for I am nothing without my graphic artist! Meet Kacie Cotter-Sacala, a native Saratogian and our new Graphic Designer for the Magazine & Marketing Department at Saratoga TODAY. An all-around artist, Kacie is not just a Graphic Designer, but also a Fine Artist, Muralist, Photographer, and all around creative human being. After five years in Burlington, VT, Kacie brings a great blend of urbanism and creativity to her job as our new magazine designer, and I’m looking forward to working with her. Welcome to the team, Kacie!

who doesn’t like trying new “old family favorite recipes” (Page 75) …Hopefully we have something for everyone!

In addition to the above, we have such interesting people you are going to enjoy meeting… This could easily be called my INSPIRATION issue! For all the fans of Carol Godette’s “Mom & Pops” series featuring neighborhood groceries, you’ll be sad to know… this is the last one. But… she’ll be starting a NEW series in 2017 reminiscing about the old retail shops such as… Glickman’s, Mr. Jack’s, Farmer’s Hardware and Starbuck’s (not the coffee shop, but the dep’t store!) I just made your day, didn’t I?! As always, I have to close with a big THANK YOU to all of our readers and advertisers, without them, Saratoga TODAY couldn’t continue to offer these beautiful publications free of charge to the thousands that read them each issue – please mention us by name when visiting these businesses.

Okay, now back to this issue…

Keep those comments and story ideas coming in… This issue is filled with reader suggestions!

I just scrolled through the pages (I like to do this last, after everything’s done, so I can take it all in) and this issue is just beautiful! I have to point out… our advertisers truly make this such a wonderful magazine to read – some of the ads are as pretty as the professional photographs!

You can contact me at cBushee@SaratogaPublishing.com or (518) 581-2480 x201

We have gift ideas for everyone from babies to grandparents, scattered throughout the magazine, suggestions on how to spoil your holiday company with the most perfect guest room (page 120) set the most beautiful holiday table (Page 134) and

I wish you all... Happy Holidays & a Blessed New Y ear!

Will you be in the 2017 issue of SARATOGA

BRIDE? I want to see your wedding pics!

Our Story

Send your “samples” for possible inclusion in the 2017 issue of Saratoga BRIDE Magazine to met my husband Dan back in 2009 at a cBushee@SaratogaPublishing.com



rock concert. I met his best friend while playing in a billiards tournament in Utica, NY. He had extra tickets to a concert that my best friend Tiffany and I had been HOLIDAY wanting to go to all summer. We all went 2016 and met up in Saratoga. Upon meeting Dan for the first time, I was not interested in his


CONTRIBUTORS MEGAN HARRINGTON PETER BOWDEN Peter has been the region's go-to garden guy for over 35 years. His knack for practical and concise explanations has served him well during his 20-year tenure as WRGB’s garden guy. He is an artist and avid photographer whose images have appeared in textbooks, magazines and travel guides. Peter lives with his wife, Sharon and their pets in an old house in the country.


Megan is a freelance writer who has written for a variety of publications including national magazines, local newspapers, and websites. When she’s not writing, she enjoys training for marathons and coaching fellow runners. After spending the previous seven years in New York City, Megan and her husband recently relocated to the Village of Cambridge and are loving their new community at the base of the Adirondacks.


Christa Caimano has lived in Saratoga Springs her entire life. She is a competitive dancer at JDC Dance Center, a senior at Saratoga Springs High School and an intern at Saratoga Today. Christa has interests in fashion, design, journalism, and photography. She hopes to major in Fashion Merchandising and minor in Journalism/ Communications in college. Christa is thrilled to be interning at one of Saratoga’s leading magazines.

Dennis G. Hogan was born in New York City and his story is a common one: his dad took him to Saratoga Race Course as a boy and he’s returned every year since. He is a writer and photographer with an appreciation for Thoroughbreds. He has previously written for ThoroFan and is a regular contributor to Equicurean Magazine. He lives in Westchester County, NY.


Charlie Kuenzel is a native Saratogian who spent 36 years as a Science educator in the Saratoga School District before retiring 6 years ago. Charlie, along with Dave Patterson are the co-owners of Saratoga Tours LLC who for the past 16 years have educated and entertained thousands of visitors to the city with stories to tell the exciting history of our great city.

Nancy is a co-owner of our local Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop, located off Exit 15 of the Northway. She writes The Zen Birdfeeder blog and has had her writing and photography published in BirdWatcher’s Digest and Watching Backyard Birds. You can occasionally hear her answering questions about birds on the WAMC VoxPop callin program. Nancy and her spouse enjoy watching birds at their feeders from their log home west of Saratoga.

DAVE DELOZIER Dave is known as the eco-local guy around town, as he published the "eco-Local Living mag from 2008-13. Dave and his wife Brenda "walk the walk" having converted their small suburban Saratoga Springs residence into a Permaculture homestead, integrating elements such as edible landscaping, PV solar power & micro-farming. Dave is now a certified Permaculture Design Consultant and looks to help others who are seeking a more healthy, grounded and resilient lifestyle. ecolocal@gmail.com.

MADISON FELDHAUS Madison Feldhaus is a two time Saratoga Today intern, native Saratogian, and senior in the graphic design program at SUNY New Paltz. Working with both the weekly newspaper and the magazines has been an amazing experience. She loves photographing, illustrating, designing, and writing content for her projects. Her work can be found at www.behance.net/madisonfeldhaus.

JODIE FITZ Jodie Fitz is a wife, working mother of three and the creator of the Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club. She released two cookbooks in 2015; The Chaotic Kitchen; a collection of recipes to help make the lives of busy families just a little bit easier when it comes to mealtime & Cooking Up Fun; designed to get kids taste testing & experimenting with foods.

CAROL GODETTE Born and raised in Saratoga Springs, Carol Godette’s fascination with neighborhood stores began at age 11 when she frequented Rowland’s. A passionate educator, Godette taught elementary school in the Saratoga School District for 31 years. Carol is a co-owner of the local Ben & Jerry’s franchise. Godette and her husband live in her childhood home where they raised their two children. She welcomes your comments and stories/photos on neighborhood stores via email: saratoganeighborhoodstores@gmail.com



MEGHAN LEMERY FRITZ Meghan is a native of the Glens Falls/Saratoga region. Her passion is to provide her clients and readers with the tools necessary to live a life full of love, acceptance, truth, peace and balance. She is an author and writer for various publications in Upstate NY and State College, PA.She currently resides in State College, PA where she enjoys spending time with her husband and family. To contact Meghan directly email meghanlemery@yahoo.com

MEGIN POTTER Megin is an expressive writer and artist with work published in books, newspapers, corporate communications and online. A resident of the region for over 20 years, she continues to discover anew the interesting people, places and products it has to offer. As a mother to her active young son, she is inspired to explore even more.

CARRIE ROWLANDS JOHNSON With a firm belief that digital marketing is a must for small businesses, Carrie recently joined forces with photographer Alice Corey and created the blogging bar. The boutique agency provides blogging, SMM and photography services …and recently launched a brand new column in Simply Saratoga Magazine called, Simply… Saratoga Society. Carrie is also a licensed Real Estate Salesperson with Berkshire Hathaway. Read more of Carrie’s work (and a glimpse into life as a single mom of twin ten-year old boys) at CarrieRowlands.com.

MAUREEN WERTHER Maureen Werther is the owner of WHE Strategic Business Solutions, specializing in helping entrepreneurs and small business owners in the areas of business development, brand management, public relations, communications and marketing. She is also a lifelong writer and her articles have appeared in numerous local and regional publications. Currently, she is working on a book about the ongoing opioid and heroin epidemic in upstate New York.






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Cover photo by Randall Perry Photography. Tour the House - Page 112.

History 34 99 Fashion A Good Read 50 111 Home & Garden Holiday 75 137 Save the Date

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Toys For Toga

Kicks Off Annual Toy Drive in Saratoga County DeCrescente Distributing Company, Saratoga Brewery and Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau are partnering for the fourth annual Toys For Toga campaign. With the holiday season right around the corner, we are gearing up for the fourth annual Toys For Toga campaign to help provide local children with toys for the holidays. Last year, we collected over 2500 toys and raised $7,500. This year, our goal is to collect 3,000 toys and raise $10,000. But we cannot do it without you! Tuesday November 15th through Friday, December 8th, members of the local community can help the cause by donating new, unwrapped toys at participating locations. Just look for a cardboard box with the Toys For Toga logo. In lieu of toy donations, coasters and pinups will be available for purchase at local bars and restaurants. Financial contributions can also be made at www.gofundme.com/toysfortoga2016. Any cash donation received will be spent on toys to fit the needs of each agencies children. On December 12th, all donated toys will be distributed equally among three local charities: Franklin Community Center, CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services and the Mechanicville Area Community Services Center. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com


Looking for ways

To Give Back


Adopt-A Family/ Chamber Angels The Chamber Angels has partnered with local agencies including the Southern Saratoga YMCA, Franklin Community Center, Mechanicville Community Center and Captain Youth & Family Services to provide holiday assistance to approximately 2,000 local children each year whose families are enduring financial hardships. They provide clothing, toys, toiletries and daily necessities to these families. For more information call 518-371-7748 or email info@chamberangels.com

The Toy Shop This organization collects toys from the community and creates a free toy shop for families in need. These families are then able to choose from a variety of toys and stocking stuffers for their children. All donated gifts stay in the community. If you or your business would like to host a collection box, please contact Mary Duclos at 518-3711185 or visit captaincares.org/index.php/get-involved/holiday-giving

The Mitten Tree The Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center is sponsoring its annual “Happy Hands Mitten Tree” program through December 31. Donations can be placed on the Mitten Tree in the Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Scarves, gloves, hats and muffs are all needed. Those in need of warm gear are invited to come into the Visitor Center during the holiday season. The center is collecting toys for the “Toys for Toga” program as well. For more information call 518-587-3241.

Holiday Assistance at The Franklin Community Center The Franklin Community Center provides holiday gifts to children ages 2 to 14 years old. Gift requests are taken and are then matched up with generous donors from the area. General gift donations of toys and personal care items for the Holiday Store are appreciated anytime. For more information, please call 518-5879826 or email Kristen@franklincommunitycenter.org, Lindsey@ franklincommunitycenter.org or visit franklincommunitycenter. org/programs-services/holiday-assistance 20  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | HOLIDAY 2016


The Open Door Mission The Open Door is a Christian ministry dedicated to reaching out and serving the needs of the poor and homeless in the community. This is accomplished through the daily provision of hot, nutritious meals served in a friendly, welcoming environment and by providing shelter during the coldest nights of the year. For more information, call 518-792-5900, email admin@opendoor-ny.org or visit opendoor-ny.org

Operation Adopt A Soldier This organization collects supplies and gifts for packages that are then sent out to thousands of men and women serving overseas. Families of soldiers are also served with the help of the local community. For more information or to get involved email wiseeagle1@yahoo.com or visitoperationadoptasoldier.org

The Empty Stocking Project Saratoga Children’s Committee’s largest project provides holiday gifts and necessities to approximately 1,000 children in Saratoga County each year. At the heart of the project are the “friends” who generously sponsor a child, fulfilling their holiday wishes. Gifts are collected, checked, and any last minute shopping is done before they are given to the referring agency. Please contact the Committee if you are interested in sponsoring a child or contributing to this endeavor. For more information call 518-484-1236. saratogachildrenscommittee.org saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com


Saratoga Families...


Many Saratoga families have long-standing ties to the area, but this month’s featured family is (relatively) brand new. You might say a combination of divine intervention and baked goods brought the Luhman Family to Saratoga Springs. While attending Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Ethan and his wife Sherry began interviewing with St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Ethan says, “We interviewed with this great church in Saratoga Springs and [during the process] they even brought us a pie from Putnam’s Market. My wife was 4 months pregnant at the time, so it was a very welcome gift!” Ethan accepted the position of Associate Pastor and they are now happy residents of the Spa City. 22  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | HOLIDAY 2016


While Ethan has been getting to know the congregation of St. Paul’s, Sherry and the two boys (Abram, 3 ½ and Owain, 1½) have been adjusting to life in upstate New York. Ethan and Sherry met in college while on a mission trip to Mexico and after getting to know each other, they began dating. The couple dated long-distance while Ethan attended Seminary and after just a few months, he proposed. “I realized I couldn’t live without her,” Ethan says. The couple’s first son was born about a year after they were married and Ethan says it completely changed their lives (for the better!) “We realized it’s not just about us anymore.” As the new Associate Pastor at St. Paul’s, Ethan teams up with Rev. Adam Wiegand for hospital visits, home visits, worship services, and ministry in the church’s Christian Childhood Center. In his work, Ethan says his main goal is to, “think about how I can help people be more like Jesus in their day-to-day lives.” He continues, “I’ve been privileged to be in a place where I can dwell on that question and really think about it.” Ethan’s path to becoming a church leader became clearer as he grew older. Originally, Ethan thought his calling might be in the medical field, perhaps a doctor or chiropractor, but he says, “In high school,


I came to find my purpose in Jesus.” And when his own Pastor asked if had ever considered the church, he says, “After I was asked, it really clicked for me.” Ethan explains that he enjoys leading and being there for others, so becoming a Pastor felt natural. “It made sense to organize my life around God’s word,” he says. So far the family is enamored with their new home. Ethan says, “We love being here; it’s especially great for families.” He continues, “Saratoga is very unique in that there’s a desire in the population for personal wellness (healthy eating, exercise, etc.) as well as having a strong community. The striving for good in Saratoga is a beautiful thing.” Over the past year, the Luhmans have made a healthier shift in their own lives. “We’ve moved toward more sustainable eating,” Ethan says. Despite growing up on Wisconsin brats and cheese, Ethan and Sherry strive for a vegetarian diet. And fortunately, Saratoga offers a bevy of fresh produce and plant-based options. The Luhmans love frequenting Healthy Living Market for groceries and are pleased that area restaurants always provide at least one vegetarian/vegan option. Community-minded, energetic, and with an eye on health and sustainability, the Luhmans are a perfect fit for the Spa City. Saratoga is lucky to have them! SS





Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College, PA. Email meghanlemery@yahoo.com


deally, the holidays are a time spent with family… where good food, laughter and love are celebrated. Unfortunately however, the reality is that most people have at least one or a few - emotionally unsafe individuals in their family and this can cause major anxiety, depression and emotional distress making the season one of dread not joy. An emotionally unsafe family member is someone who has very little emotional intelligence and no insight into their behavior. They are unsafe to confront on any level and they are rarely accountable for their actions. Usually in a dynamic with an unsafe family member, you have to behave a certain way in order for the relationship to work. When you don’t engage in the dysfunctional dynamic they use manipulation, guilt and control, to get you to engage. Most of the time these individuals lack complete insight into their behavior so to confront them on their dysfunction and manipulation would create a situation where you are even more unsafe emotionally. Confrontation works when you are dialoguing with a person who can participate in an insightful discussion and own their behavior and apologize in a way that makes you feel like the issue is resolved and the relationship can continue in a healthy way. When you confront an emotionally unsafe family member they will put everything back on you, defend their behavior, take no accountability for their behavior and apologize in a way that rarely feels sincere or leads to resolution. For example, “I am sorry I upset you but…” These are not individuals you want to confront in any way or be emotionally vulnerable with. The best way to handle a family member like this is to have a concrete strategy in place as to how you will interact with them.


How To Deal with Toxic Family Members During the Holiday Season You never want to “wing it” in a situation with an emotionally unsafe family member. Pick concrete times you will spend time with them and let them know your plan. For example, “We will be at your house around 3 for Christmas Eve and we will be leaving after dinner around 6pm, we’ll bring the fruit cake.” Notice I didn’t say, “We will be leaving at 6pm because we need to go to Church, or get the kids to bed, or ….” Do not over explain why you are doing what works for you. You are an adult and have the right to choose what works for you. It is not your job to cater to and please another adult. Adults are responsible for their own well-being and care; that is NOT your job. Recognize when you are falling into peoplepleasing behaviors with unsafe family members. The more you attempt to placate them, the more you lose your peace of mind and ability to care for yourself in a way that empowers you. If you leave it up to them or wing it, they will control the situation triggering your anxiety and you will feel as though you have no power. The key is to remain factual and concrete. This will help you navigate the situation with a clear mind and confidence. Often times when you are around a family member like this you may morph into the emotional age of an adolescent feeling like you have no power or voice. Even though you are an adult, you will unconsciously become the victim because that is the dynamic you are used to. It’s important to remain grounded, conscious and factual at all times because this helps you hold your power and protect you from the emotional slime that you often feel in the presence of an unsafe family member. Have your strategy, present the plan factually and stick to the plan. One of the biggest strategies an unsafe family member will use to manipulate you into doing

what they want is to use guilt or passive aggressive pouting as a way to control you. Do not take the bait! This is simply a tactic meant to disarm you and get you to bow down to their agenda. Remember, you don’t have to over explain to anyone what you do or why you do it- just present the plan and shut down any discussion about it. If the person tries to talk you into changing the plan, let them know that is what you will be doing and change the subject or remove yourself from the room. Do NOT engageremember, you are dealing with someone who has zero insight into their behavior so your attempts to explain anything will not be heard. When you are in a setting with an unsafe family member, make sure you are with other people in the room. Do not allow yourself to be alone with the person for any length of time. If you do put yourself in a situation where you are alone, they will find a way to throw a dig at you or attempt to use guilt and manipulation to control you. If you refuse to be alone with them you take yourself out of the situation completely. Share your plan and strategy with another family member that you feel safe with so that you have support. As an adult you decide what works best for you and how you would like to spend your time. Do not let guilt motivate you to spend time with toxic people. Be prepared, stick to the plan and do not veer from the facts. This will help you navigate the holidays from a place of power and strength instead of anxiety and dread. Don’t waste your time trying to change toxic family members, the best way to change a situation is to change your response to it. Do what you need to do to arm yourself with the tools you need to respect and honor your peace of mind.






Every DOG has its DAY By Megin Potter Photos Provided

Local graduate Carly Strife is making puppypleasing big business. As one of the founders of Bark & Co. she has helped to sell millions of products. By doing so, she’s raising awareness and money to make dogs healthier and happier.

it Starts with APPRECIATION

While attending Saratoga Springs High School, Strife started on her path toward success. “They were offering an early engineering program, which was rare then. It was a luxury and I took full advantage of it,” she said. In 2004 she graduated and went on to college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where she would become a dog-owner for the first time. A puggle rescue named Cooper stole her heart and began her canine family, which now also includes pit bull rescues Roxy and Pig. Friends Matt Meeker and Henrik Werdelin were also passionate about dogs and wanted to give them great treats and toys, so together they created Bark & Co. in 2011 with their first product; BarkBox. The BarkBox is delivered monthly filled with innovative toys and natural treats customized to match a dog’s unique needs; including size, allergies, and play style.



it’s About the LOVE

The business quickly grew larger than they ever expected.

For more information or to order a BarkBox go to www.BarkBox.com

“There’s a lot of opportunity that can happen from anywhere if you’re actually passionate,” said Strife. Based in New York City and Columbus, Ohio, their company embodies the lifestyle of the products they sell. They encourage employees to bring their dogs to work. At the off-leash park in their offices, employees take breaks with their dogs; playing on sturdy foam blocks, ramps, jumps, and tunnels. “They’re the ones putting in the work to test the toys and treats,” said Strife. They are also the dogs modeling in the company’s advertising. Working closely with dog-loving professionals and vendors to find, understand and connect them to what they’re looking for is the leverage that allowed Bark & Co. to excel. They’ve helped generate business and exposure for independent local producers including Sloppy Kisses in Saratoga and the Lazy Dog Bakery in Ballston Spa. “We have a philosophy of building business with you, and not for you, so everyone can win and profit from it,” she said. Reading comments from customers daily and investing in best-in-class customer support led to their most recent release; the Super Chewer BarkBox for dogs needing an extratough, extra-chewy challenge.

it’s for the FUN of it

Like millions of others out there, Strife enjoys cuddling, feeding, and walking her dogs. “We’re not taking ourselves too seriously. We’re joking and laughing and having fun enjoying the day-to-day. It’s kind-of like with dogs. Dogs aren’t serious – they’re kind-of funny,” said Strife. Responsible with her resources while living a simple life, she likes spending time outside with her friends. She tries to stay ultra-focused on her surroundings and everything that’s happening. What does she do when she needs to clear her mind? She likes to feel the wind, driving her motorcycle to work. SS saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com





Molding functional art for 40 years, potter James Sankowski has decided he’s not done yet; he’ll do it in his retirement, too. “It’s a constant going downstream – around every corner there’s new rapids, new obstacles. Sometimes there’s a tree in the path, or a beaver dam…” he said, laughing, in Ballston Lake Pottery’s new studio and showroom.

The Kneading It was the spontaneity inherent in watercolors that most intrigued Sankowski when he first started studying art in college. In his sophomore year however, he took a pottery class. “I took to it like a duck to water,” he said. With the scientific precision of a geologist, over the years he has refined his art, forming the practical porcelaneous stoneware that he sells today. “It’s a dense, white, high-temperature fired clay made with a recipe just like in the kitchen. It has more refractured material and is more vitreous. This is not dense flower pot clay. It’s the best material for food. It’s oven-safe, microwave-safe, and dishwashersafe,” said Sankowski. Modeled after influential meetings and experiences, his style philosophy blends aesthetic qualities with integrity for the materials and process. Combining the elements of earth, water, fire, and air, he plays with the ways that motion and movement can be embedded into surface patterns. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com


The Casting A peek past the showroom’s clean counter reveals Sankowski’s workspace. Muted by a coating of white powder everywhere, visitors can see the artist at his wheel surrounded by forms and tools stored in handmade earthen jars. Behind him, the 11-foot ceilings constructed by builder Bob Relyea accommodate a modern natural gas kiln that reaches temperatures higher than 2,000 degrees. Waiting patiently in carts alongside- are mugs, lamps, plates and bowls. They undergo a series of steps to ensure a beautiful, unique, and durable final product that ranges in price beginning with the $8 spoon rests and increases to as much as $400 for the large vases.

The Fusion Still enthralled by the synthesis between the form, the finishes, and the skin of the pot, Sankowski plays with slip trailing, overlapping glazes, and texturing. Some pieces have been made using a wood fired technique rooted in history. For four days he and other potters constantly tend a fire in nearby Charlton, feeding in five pallets of wood and directing the ash particles to lay down smokecarved deposits on each piece. “There’s so much that can be done, I don’t think I’ll ever exhaust that,” he said. Next, he plans to explore what he can do once he installs the glaze spray booth. SS Ballston Lake Pottery’s Grand Re-Opening will be held on November 12th and 13th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about James Sankowski and to see his work, go online to www.BallstonLakePottery.com





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Anyone can be a mixologist extraordinaire with this flavorinfusing water bottle. Just add your favorite natural flavors!

5 9. LUSH (for Instant Gourmet Wine) 10. Oil Perfume 11. Tea From Around the World Set 12. Box of Chocolate Soaps 13. Blank Journal (travel size?) 14. Mukluks 15. Saratoga Olive Oil

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13 Cozies! Muklucks for your legs and feet, and hand knitted gloves are the perfect stocking stuffer to make your lady's heart warm. You can fine them at The Magic Moon.


15 Add some flavor with a bottle of Saratoga Olive Oil, or Balsamic Vinegar.






n the early part of the 19th century, the summer guests came to Saratoga Springs for the healing waters that bubbled from our many world famous mineral springs and they demanded world class accommodations in the hotels in which they would stay the season. It’s impossible to tell the story of our great city without mentioning the tremendous impact that the big hotels had on our history and the comforts they afforded our summer guests. By the mid 1800s Saratoga Springs had three very large hotels, the Grand Union, United States and Congress Hall. Much has been written about these three great hotels but a fourth was equally as grand, just short lived. That fourth hotel was the Grand Central. It opened for business in July of 1872 for the first year of a short three season existence. The summer of 1874 was the last year that these four grand establishments together catered to the rich and famous, for a fire destroyed the Grand Central in October of that year. These four behemoths had set the standards for the new types of accommodations that people would demand. In the early days people were offered overnight accommodations that were more like a bed and breakfast of today. As the 1800s continued the large hotel became the complete destination for travelers. The large hotels offered three very elegant meals per day, with the best in entertainment and social activities. The owners of the Grand Central were Charles R. Brown, an optician and jeweler from Saratoga, and well know Saratoga Springs physician Dr. Robert Hamilton. The Grand Central Hotel was located on the southwest corner of Broadway and Congress Street. The Saratoga Springs Visitors Center occupies this location today. The Grand Central was five stories high, with 300 foot of frontage on Broadway and 200 foot frontage on Congress Street. The Grand Central boasted 650 rooms with a published capacity of 1,000 guests. As was typical of the day, the lower level or basement held 25 different retail spaces that operated as billiard parlors, and many assorted hat and clothing shops. The rear of the hotel had a park area for sitting, strolling or reading, along with scheduled musical events. The hotel offered a dining room, 200 feet in length served by 150 waiters three times a day making for a pleasing dining experience. During construction of the hotel, “modern” conveniences were added including an elevator along with the placement of 90 miles of telegraph wire that connected every room with the office to provide quick communications for guests. It was recorded that it took 50 railroad carloads of furniture to furnish the hotel, most pieces made of walnut and marble.


The profile of the Grand Central was similar to the architecture found in the other three large hotels of the day. The interesting architectural element that made the difference with the Grand Central is that its main stair case from the street to the lobby was constructed at an angle to the corner of Broadway and Congress, and not directly facing Broadway as the others did. Early construction in Saratoga Springs favored the use of native pine, but by 1872, brick was the building material of choice for large buildings, in an effort to cut down on fires so it was also used in the Grand Central construction. Unfortunately even though the hotel was constructed of brick, fire still claimed the beautiful Grand Central Hotel. Fire was reported in the south wing of the hotel at about 10:00 AM on October 1, 1874 by a passerby. Saratoga Fire Department responded to the call and then asked for additional help by telegraphing the fire departments of Troy, Fort Edward, and Glens Falls. Strong winds that day fanned the flames and put the nearby Grand Union Hotel and Congress Hall in jeopardy of catching fire by embers carried by the wind. By 5:00 PM the building was a total loss. The economic loss was about $400,000 ($8-$10 million dollars in today’s money). The insurance carried on the property was only estimated to be from $200,000-$250,000. Saratoga had a real sense of pride in our hotels but especially in the big hotels with their grand architecture and luxury accommodations. In 1882 a guide book suggests that we had 60 hotels and boarding houses with accommodations that would house over 11,000 people. In comparison, today in the city of Saratoga Springs we have 1,974 rooms. As we entered the 20th century, faster transportation provided by the automobile made it possible for our summer guests to split their vacation time in Saratoga with other destinations. Thus we had over built and the large hotels no longer filled up and they were torn down. By the early 1950s we had lost all of the big four hotels, Congress, United States , Grand Union and the very charming, but short lived Grand Central Hotel. The story of Saratoga Springs is one of rebound and renewal and we have replaced and refined the accommodations of today to match the needs of our city. SS



BROADWAY AND LAKE C.November 1933 Music was a big part of Saratoga Springs and band concerts were very popular in the summer season in Congress Park. In 1931 this bandstand was removed and the World War I Memorial was constructed in its place.

BROADWAY LOOKING NORTH FROM CONGRESS STREET C.1932 This photo was taken from the northwest corner of Congress Street, showing in the center of the photo the intersection of Spring Street and Broadway. The structure on the far left is the Grand Union Hotel.

EASTSIDE OF BROADWAY C.1937 This photo of Broadway shows two favorite stores in Saratoga Springs history. Two of the stores pictured are the national chain store Woolworth and the locally owned Starbucks. Notice the angled parking on Broadway.

BROADWAY LOOKING SOUTH WEST TO DIVISION STREET C.1940'S This photo shows the busy traffic during the summer season in the city. On the right is a Montgomery Ward store that today is the home of Plum Dandy and the Wine Bar to the left. Notice that the direction for car parking has changed to parallel like today. 36  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | HOLIDAY 2016


The Original

"MOM & POPS" Take a tour with us through Saratoga's old neighborhood grocers, we will be featuring a different store in each issue of Simply Saratoga Magazine -



Ask almost anyone

who grew up in a small town and their face lights up with that ”first kiss glaze” as they recall fond remembrances of their corner store. There existed a simplicity, warmth and sense of belonging that made customers allegiant to their particular neighborhood establishment. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to return to them as they were in their heyday? Growing up as a baby boomer, I was fascinated by my neighborhood grocery store. Recently I was walking by the little used one-car garage that had housed my favorite neighborhood store. I found myself imagining the thriving neighborhood store that had once existed there and lamenting its demise.

This map of historic west side stores, in and around Dublin, was created by Tom Denny, using information provided by the author. Names and locations of individual stores were taken largely from the annual Mannings City Directory and historic telephone directories.

This gathering place represented a way of life in our country and in particular, Saratoga Springs in 1960. At this time, there were 33 neighborhood stores within the city limits. Many were a room in the parlor of a family home, with the family living in the back, but a few were stand-alone structures. Throughout the city one didn’t have to walk more than a few blocks in any direction to be able to buy bread, milk, canned goods or fortunately for me- penny candy.

Broadway clearly divided the city into an east side and west side. Natives will admit that they rarely traded at stores on “the other side of town”. Some pockets of town were more concentrated with “Mom and Pop” stores than others. John Conners’ paper route on the Westside in “Dublin” stretched from 1 Oak St to West Avenue and all the streets in between. He recalls 11 neighborhood grocery stores in the “Dublin” area and reports that with the exception of two, every family lived in the back of the store. Many of these shop owners supported as many as ten children from their business. Based on Manning’s Saratoga Springs City Directories the number of neighborhood stores peaked in 1911 when 53 grocers dotted the city. The directory index lists another 26 stores under the category of “Markets- Meat, Fish, Poultry and Vegetables.” It is hard to establish the difference of the criteria of the listings as many of the so-called grocers also had a butcher. Nonetheless to have almost 80 small stores service a year-round population of just under 13,000 speaks volumes about our culture. Many of these stores continued on for decades, passing ownership to another family saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com

member or selling to other local entrepreneurs. By 1969 the number of these “Mom and Pop” stores within city limits still numbered 25. Saratoga Spring’s population of 17,000 supported these same establishments until 1978, when the number of neighborhood shops listed in the city directory sharply declined to a mere 13. Nationwide several things contributed to the demise of these stores- the May 1978 launch of the NYS Lotto; the widespread improvement of credit cards and their magnetic strips in 1979; FDA labeling regulations making it hard to produce and sell your own canned goods; the increased mobility of our population; and large grocery chains increasing their hours of operation. Locally we can’t deny the success of a convenience store chain we now know as Stewart’s Shops. (Today these stores have excelled in filling the void left behind from the closing of many “Mom and Pop” stores.) And for at least a few local neighborhood stores, Nelson Rockfeller’s establishment of the OTB hurt a few of our local grocers who “ran book” on the side to keep their store afloat. What was the final nail in the coffin of many of our “Mom and Pop” stores is up for debate and speculation. Many of the stories associated with the stores reflect what was happening in our society. Overall, hard work, extended family members tirelessly working together, and the pursuit of the American Dream prevail. HOLIDAY 2016 | SIMPLY SARATOGA  | 37



Neighborhood grocery stores are a microcosm of our society. Although most of Saratoga’s beloved “mom and pop” stores exist only in our memories, one still lives on today- Five Points Grocery. Before you read its rich history, take some time to peruse the photographs of a few of the 121 stores that at one time graced our city.

EBERT’S 294 Caroline Street- Henry Ebert’s store gives us a glimpse into 1934 Saratoga. Unlike other neighborhood stores of the time, this “living room store” was not on a corner but rather in the middle of the block. Most interesting is the sign in the right window. Today we associate the “NRA” with guns, but then it stood for the National Industrial Recovery Act, established by Franklin D. Roosevelt. It set minimum wages and maximum weekly hours. The middle class often boycotted small businesses that did not display the blue eagle symbol in their window. Also reflective of early Saratoga is the “Dake’s Delicious Ice Cream” sign. Percy and Charles V. Dake started to make and distribute their ice cream from their Greenfield farm in 1921. We now know the ice cream as Stewart’s.

SUPER TRI COUNTY MARKET 53 Church Street- This 1940’s photograph highlights a popular product of the time Swift’s Bland Lard. During World War ll, lard was used as a substitute for butter.



COUNTRY TERRACE Jefferson Street- Originally named The Country Store, this “mom and pop” opened in the 1950s to help service the nearby racetrack during August and Jefferson Terrace year round. The 19 buildings on Jefferson Street named Jefferson Terrace were constructed in 1952 to offer public housing to Saratoga Springs residents. Photo credit- Clark Bell, 1991.

LEWIS GROCERY 119 Church Street- 1942. Various owners operated from this popular location for over 30 years.

HYGRADE MARKET 2 Maple Avenue-Eager to serve white-aproned butchers were ready to cut choice meats for local customers.

OSTROM AND BAILEY’S GROCERS 523 Broadway- c. 1920. Wooden crates of fresh fruits and vegetables awaited customers daily. Photo credit- The Minnie Bolster Collection



Neighborhood customer Pete Turchich of Lincoln Avenue exits Five Points in May of 1991. Note the video rental sign in the window. Photo by Ed Burke. PRICES may change,employees may change, the Mega Millions jackpot may change, but 5 Points prides itself on carrying on the same friendly environment and neighborhood atmosphere that it has for decades. Saratoga 5 Points is more than a market and deli. It is the supporter of several local companies. It is the much anticipated lunch break with delicious sub sandwiches that are made to your liking. It is the essential start to every morning with a fresh cup of our own Starting gate coffee, the daily paper, and friendly conversation. It is the morning line favorite for all track-goers. It is, quite simply, a tradition; a tradition that promises to be upheld by the support of our ownership, employees, and most importantly, our customers. Thanks for gettin' to The Point! -Maura Pulver Millar

FIVE POINTS 6 and last in the series...


Five Points as it was in 1935 with the original roofline. At least one former customer claims the store got its name from the 5 dormers that caused snow and ice to converge and create a mess on the sidewalk below. View from Park Place, looking at the rear of building. This building, once known as the Saint James Hotel, advertised in 1874 “well furnished sleeping rooms with gas and water closets."



Biffer’s, Evans’, Nugent’s, and Rowland’s – all cherished Saratoga Springs neighborhood stores of the 60’s - have vanished. The only remains of their existence are the fond memories of former patrons. Other mainstays of that era have repurposed themselves. Morris’ Market has transitioned to Spring St. Deli, Pepper’s Market is now Moby Rick’s fish market; and Davis’ will soon be Auggie’s Family Style Italian to Go, a take out restaurant. Of the 33 stores of the 1960s, only Five Points Grocery has survived. Steeped in history, this store embodies all that attracts one to a “mom and pop” business. Warren Dart, who grew up in the Five Points neighborhood, has been a faithful customer since 1962. Although he now lives in Wilton, he still drives to the store for his Sunday paper and occasional lottery ticket. He feels Five Points has survived because of neighborhood loyalty and the terrific owners the store has had over the years. The store’s list of owners/operators are a venerable “Who’s Who” of well-known Saratoga families- Louis Rocco, Charles Hotaling, Joseph and Jenny Maglione, Rod and Mary Sutton, Charles Dixon, Vincent de Lalla, Dick and Mary Pugliese, Kim and Joe Helenek, Jim and Kerry Morris and currently Maura Pulver. Each “Keeper of the Flame” has evolved with the times and did what was necessary to keep the business successful. One thing has never changed. It’s the warm, welcoming feeling you get the second you walk in the door. Maura Pulver even included in her store’s mission statement “the importance of maintaining the location as the traditional neighborhood go-to place.” “We have been an integral part of families,” Maura Pulver proudly shares. “We’ve gone to funerals, shared births and have kept an eye out for some of our saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com

Photos by MarkBolles.com elderly customers.” Longtime patrons still fondly recall former owners and speak very highly of them. Pulver was glad when she got to meet Kim Helenek after hearing many beloved stories about her from former patrons. The location doesn’t hurt either. Located at the five-way intersection of Park Place, Lincoln Avenue, Clark Street and Jefferson Street, the store is not only at the heart of a stable residential neighborhood but is also a direct route to the Clubhouse entrance of the Saratoga Racecourse. “Some track people have been coming here longer than I’ve been alive,” commented current owner Maura Pulver. The six week track business accounted for about a third of this year’s sales, but as owners like Dick Pugliese reported in a 1990’s Poor Richard’s Saratoga Journal article- “August accounted for half of his business.” The store has shifted its focus and often appearance with each new owner. Originally the Hotel Saint James, the 2 1/2 story building had five dormers. It has been home for many apartment dwellers and various commercial enterprises- a shoe repair shop, a Laundromat, and dog salon. Windows were paneled over and the top story removed during the 60s. Current building owners Jim and Kerry Morris reinstalled the windows on the Park Place side of the building and plan to replace the painted panels with new windows on the Lincoln Avenue side of the building. “The people who have owned Five Points have always had their finger on the pulse of the neighborhood,” observed building owner Kerry Morris.

In 1922, during prohibition, owner Louis Rocco was arrested for having beer brewing on the property. Once those laws were changed, owners have found beer to be one of the store’s biggest sellers. During the 1990s owner Dick Pugliese capitalized on the popularity of videos and video games and offered rentals as part of the store’s services. After New York State launched lottery tickets in May 1978, Five Points became a popular “lucky location.” In 1988-89, Five Points was a notable state lottery agent with $249,312 in lottery sales. Candy has always attracted the children of the neighborhood. Former neighbor Constance Woodley Buchholzs writes, “I always went there for bread and milk for my mother, but the most important thing was penny candy for me.” The enticing candy display lured a 17 year old to break a window and steal candy bars in 1972. A Saratogian article reports that when the teen was caught, the only thing he had stolen was candy. A candy display of over 43 various bars and 40 flavors of gum and lifesavers still welcomes customers at the front door. Although Five Points today is a basic-needs grocery store with specialty items, Maura has shifted her focus to breakfast and lunch sandwiches as well as weekly Tuesday night “Take 5” dinners to go. In keeping with the times, Five Points offers free wifi, café seating, its own coffee brand and soon a “Grab N Go” case. Maura believes, “I’m where I’m supposed to be.” Neighbors couldn’t agree more and are thankful this 100 year (plus!) store continues to thrive. SS


Stars for our

TROOPS A Special Thank You

written, photographed, and designed by Madison Feldhaus


his year if you attended the Altamont Fair, the Navy Band performance at SPAC, or the “Honor Our Vets” Car Show in Albany it is likely that you saw packets of small white stars being passed around.

These stars are remarkable donations from Stars for our Troops, a non-for profit organization that rallies to thank veterans. The stars are cut out from damaged or retired american flags, and pouched with a card reminding the recipient that the country thanks them for their service. This past August Susan Wells, the organization’s vibrant leader, made her second appearance at the Saratoga Race Track’s day to honor veterans. Armed with a baskets of stars, thank you cards to be colored, and a laugh that would bring a smile to anyone's face she and her volunteers set out to give away a physical thank you to members of all branches of the military whether they are retired or currently serving.

If you are wondering where the stars come from, the answer is all over the country. On the Sunday of Memorial day weekend in 2013 an article featured on Reuters, an international news agency, picked up a lot of attention. The star maker's website went to from 2,600 over 11,000 hits, and soon Susan had requests for stars to mail to soldiers, veterans, and people wanted star maker kits. That Friday Susan received a call from Gettysburg Flag in East Greenbush, where Susan processes the flags. “Susan you better get over here, the post office just called and said they are sending a truck.”

As of August, Stars for our troops had distributed over 64,000 embroidered stars in 2016 alone. To keep up with the amount of flags being sent in Susan holds “star parties” during which volunteers can cut and package the stars. It is a beautiful alternative to disposing of damaging flags, and one that is appreciated by those who receive a star. Susan says “it's about meeting people, everybody feels as though I am someone that will sit and listen to their story and give them the support that they need… I have learned to listen...If I don’t know how to help them, it opens my eyes to another area that needs help … if it’s happening to him, it’s happening to others.”


Bill Ryan, a Patriot Guard Rider who volunteers with the Stars for Our Troops notes that he finds it “very interesting why everybody takes a star.” Some take them for a family members, friends, or themselves. There is a unique story behind each person who walks away with the the stars, as they “are all different, and that’s the way the stars are.” SS

To request stars or starmaker kits and to learn how to volunteer visit www.StarsForOurTroops.org.


A Salute to a Life Well Lived By Maureen Werther Photos Provided


20 year-old Army Air Corps Navigator Robert Munn’s B-17 bomber was shot down just north of Berlin, it was a beautiful sunny day – September 12, 1944, to be exact. Bob and three other officers on his plane were only 20 years old as they and the rest of their crew parachuted from the damaged aircraft that was swiftly plummeting toward the battle-torn ground below. Bob’s crew had been part of the raid over Leipzig, Germany and it was his fourth mission. Little did he know that it would be his final mission of the war. Shortly after jumping from 21,000 feet and landing safely on the ground, he was taken prisoner by an elderly German on horseback who had a pistol pointed directly at Bob. He remained in a German POW camp for the next eight months before being liberated by Russian allies on May 8, 1945. During the course of the next 72 years, Bob would recall that he felt lucky at the time to have been captured by the Germans instead of the Japanese, whose treatment of prisoners of war was considerably harsher than the treatment Bob and his fellow soldiers received at the hands of their German captors.

1943, just prior to going to the war.

Many years later, in various news articles written about Bob, he talked about his experiences during those eight months. He and other soldiers were housed in small quarters with about ten to eleven men per room. Once a week, they would receive a ration box from the Red Cross, which included one can of Spam per man, several packs of cigarettes, soap, dried milk and cheese. Occasionally, the German soldiers would give them cabbages and potatoes, and there was a small stove in the room that burned coal bricks which they used for cooking as well as for warmth. Bob recalled that they would take turns concocting different recipes, using their meager ingredients to come up with simple yet palatable meals. Years later, he and his wife Patricia would recall using some of those recipes in the early years of their marriage, when they had very little money and were just starting to raise their family.

Our Greatest Generation Of the 16 million men who served their country during World War II, there are only about 620,000 who are still living. Robert Munn, who passed away on Friday, September 30, 2016 just 18 days after the 72nd anniversary of his capture and interment, represents one more lost member of that august group whom we have come to know as our greatest generation.

August 2005 at the Plattsburgh International Airport. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com

Like so many others of that generation, Bob Munn went on to become so much more than a former soldier and prisoner of war. And also like so many of his fellow soldiers, he took on his new roles as husband, father, provider and member of his community with pride, grace and humility. HOLIDAY 2016 | SIMPLY SARATOGA  | 43

Family reunion photo from Summer 2015: Front row, from left: Matt, Mom, Dad, Maureen Back row, from left: Richard, Adam, Becky, Dan, Patrick, Chris, Tom, Robert Jr., and Lisa

After his Liberty Ship docked at New York Harbor, coincidentally on his 21st birthday, Bob went on to marry a young woman whom he had known since high school, Patricia Foley. Together, they raised 11 children. Bob attended college on the GI Bill and re-enlisted in the military in 1949. Together with his wife Pat and their growing young family, they lived in California, Hawaii and Texas, going wherever Bob was stationed. By the time the Munn’s youngest son, Dan was even born, Bob had retired from the military and settled with Pat and the children in Cliff Haven, located on the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain near Plattsburgh in 1962. Bob’s last assignment in the military had been in Plattsburgh and, having been born and raised in nearby Saranac, he and Pat wanted to settle in upstate New York. Pat became the librarian at the nearby university now known as SUNY Plattsburgh, where she worked until her retirement. “I don’t know how they did it,” says Dan Munn, “but somehow they managed to raise 11 kids and put us all through Catholic school.” Dan owns a local real estate business in Saratoga Springs, and the stories he shares about his father and his family are only thinly overshadowed by sadness at his father’s passing. Dan recalls that his father’s next career after retiring from the military was selling cars. When he retired from business in 1982, at age 57, Dan was only in the 7th grade. “My father then went on to live until age 92. He lived as a retired


person longer than most people work during their entire careers!” Throughout all of those years, Bob, his wife Pat and their children were all devout Catholics. Bob was also an accomplished tenor and he sang at St. John’s Catholic Church in Plattsburgh for 50 years. Bob loved music and he was often called upon to sing at events for various religious and military organizations throughout the region. In 2005, he was asked to perform as part of a commemoration of the 64th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor that was held in Plattsburgh. Perhaps his most memorable performance came ten years ago when, at the age of 81, Bob sang the Ave Maria at the National Cathedral located in Washington D.C. as part of the Church’s program for seminarians. But, that was not the last time Bob would perform in public for a large audience. Just three years ago, he sang at the 10th annual POW/MIA Remembrance Day at the Memorial Chapel in Plattsburgh, NY, which honored all veterans of wars, POWs, and those still missing in action. “My father lived 91 ½ very good years, but he began to lose his memory about six months ago.” On September 10, 2016, just two days shy of the 72nd anniversary of his parachuting and capture, Robert Munn suffered a stroke from which he did not recover. His wife Pat and his children made the decision to remove Bob from life support, and they took him to the family homestead on Lake Champlain.


2012, St John's Church in Plattsburgh During the final days of his long and well-lived life, Bob’s family played all of the music Bob loved so much. Those eight days were filled with Irish ballads, favorite church hymns, and the beautiful tenor voice of Mario Lanza, a favorite of Bob’s. As the family realized that Bob’s time was growing shorter, they played an Irish song that was one of his favorites. “Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling From glen to glen, and down the mountain side The summer's gone, and all the flowers are dying 'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide. But come ye back when summer's in the meadow Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow 'Tis I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so.” Robert Munn passed away peacefully at his beloved Lake Champlain home on September 30, 1916, surrounded by his family. He left behind Patricia, his wife of 70 years, along with his 11 children, 36 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. At his funeral in Plattsburgh, they played the recording of Bob’s performance of Ave Maria given at the National Cathedral just ten years earlier. Well done, Robert Munn. Well done. SS



©Saudi Burton

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Post Time Memories

with Dennis G. Hogan

Along in Time

Saudi Sophia Burton didn’t grow up around horses; she grew up watching them. “I liked the westerns: Gunsmoke, The Rifleman, Bonanza. They made me want to ride and be around horses. I took a few riding lessons in Manhattan, but it was too expensive and I had to find another way.” At the time she was just a teenager trying to make her way upon the gritty streets of Brooklyn, though with a dream in her heart and a token in her pocket she made it to the racetrack. “I should have been at school; instead I was at Aqueduct,” said Saudi. “I met Allen Jerkens coming back from the paddock and I asked him for a job. He told me to finish school then come back and see him. So that’s what I did. I was 19 at the time and I’ve been at the racetrack ever since. “Allen taught me to walk horses, and groom horses, and ride them around the shed row. One day he said, ‘It’s time for you to learn to gallop.’ I had an experienced rider on the outside of me and one on the inside of me, both telling me what to do. I was nervous but not afraid; a whole bunch of things were coming at me at once. I had to be like a sponge and absorb everything.


PHOTOS: Saudi Burton atop With Strawberries (left) Saudi Burton and Allen Jerkens (right)

“’Just pay attention and be aware,’ said Allen. Soon, I was good enough to go to the track on my own, and I was getting on some nice horses: Kelly Kip, Classy Mirage, Devil His Due, With Strawberries - one of my favorites, and Dance Caller, who was definitely my favorite.” Burton spent 28 years in the saddle exercising Thoroughbreds for the Jerkens' barn, and her recollections of the man who gave her that opportunity tell another story about the beloved Hall of Fame trainer they called ‘the Chief.’ “He was a great horseman but more than anything he was a good man. He would help anyone - especially someone who was down on their luck or needed a hand. That’s just who he was. He was like a father to me - oh, he would yell and scream sometimes but that didn’t mean anything. He just wanted me to learn and absorb and that’s what I did.” The world bid farewell to H. Allen Jerkens in 2015, and Ms. Burton has since retired from morning gallops. And though she’s come quite the way from her Brooklyn beginnings saddled in front of the T.V., she stills dreams. And nothing would make her happier than to train a few horses of her own. “I love horses; they are in my blood. And after 28 years with Allen, it’s time to go to the next step. My work will speak for itself;

I just need the opportunity. Allen Jerkens told me I was ready, and that confidence has really helped me keep this hope alive.” Burton’s had her training license for several years now, and she advises that proper training requires a knowledge and understanding of every horse in the barn, a bit of luck and a good deal of patience. “I remember galloping Lady Affirmed for Harbor View Farms. She was a big gangly horse, and a teary-eyed Mrs. Wolfson said to me, ‘Saudi, Allen doesn’t like her.’ 'She just needs more time,' I assured her. 'She’s too slow. Make her a brood mare.' Said Allen. And I said, 'Boss, please, just give her some time, she’ll come around.' "Well, if looks could kill - I’d be dead, but he agreed. So I took extra time with her in the mornings and before you knew it she started winning. Allen’s son Jimmy asked me, ‘How’d you know?’ And I said, ‘She was showing me. You just have to be patient.'” It appears Saudi Sophia Burton has been a trainer all along. She certainly has the will and the experience, and she learned the craft from one of the best teachers racing has ever known. All she needs now is a few horses, a little luck, and somewhat ironically, just a bit more patience. SS




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Wedding Barn Not Just Another




Co-Owner of Saratoga Horse and Carriage Alan Finney is getting married today, and driving his children who are in the wedding party to the ceremony spot. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com


Kimberly and Alan giving Lakota, some well-deserved attention.


Lakota standing next to his brother Othello in the herd.

As the soft yet coarse hair bristles under my fingertips,

I look into the oversized, almond-shaped brown eyes and the contents of my heart pools into mush. “How’s my boyfriend today? You’re such a good boy,” the voice next to me coos, reaching for another, yet equally soft and coarse muzzle. The air around us is crisp, filled with the beautiful sounds of nothingness only a perfectly rural setting offers. The sky is the softest shade of blue, it and the bright green grass below us brightened by autumn’s pure sunshine. I look out over the scene… the red of the barns, framed



Overlooking the back pond

by the most marvelous oranges and yellows, shades perfected by nature as the once-green leaves drain of their color, preparing to migrate to the ground as the thousands of trees on the mountainsides surrounding us prepare for their winter’s sleep. Imagining anything other than this scene is impossible at this very moment, yet it is a common, every day picture for the woman beside me and the lovely animals she cares for. “He’s a testament to true love and forgiveness. There is nothing love, patience and consistency will not cure. He forgave all of us. I’d trust him with an infant now.” Kimberly Finney is referring to the horse her fingers are gently caressing, Lakota, once beaten so badly his skull was cracked, his spirit broken and his one eye blinded; now the most marvelous creature and namesake of the farm that is his finally, forever home. “We named him after the Lakota Sioux tribe. His name means allies, a friend and protector.” Lakota is one of nine horses living on The Lakota Farm, he and five other rescues. The remaining three are earners, their part in Saratoga Horse and Carriage Company, together with The Wedding Barn, now helping Kimberly and her husband Alan afford this labor of love. For as long as she can remember, horses have been woven into the threads of Kimberly’s life. As a thirteenyear old, she drove a team of her father’s horses in the



fair. As an adult, she spent summers as a Wrangler on a dude ranch in Colorado. Her sweetheart and nowhusband, however, had no experience with them until he met and fell in love with Kimberly. “When I talked about rescues, Alan said ‘Horses - over my dead body.’ I asked him to feed them one day and that was it. He had never been around horses and now he absolutely loves them!” As their rescue mission grew into the six horses they house today, the pair quickly realized they’d need more funds to supplement their charity. Hoping to help pay the accumulating bills, Kimberly and Alan mentally started crafting the business of their dreams. In 2009 they purchased Saratoga Horse and Carriage Company and moved the thriving now-30-year old business from its’ home in Stillwater to the farm in Hoosic Falls where they were living at the time. Two years after they bought Saratoga Horse and Carriage, a bride and groom requested their services at a historic wedding barn in the Hudson Region. As Kimberly steered the horse-drawn carriage onto the property, she drove straight through the gates of serendipity. Their dreams shifted into focus and the couple realized their next step. They would incorporate their loves of horses with Kimberly’s twenty-year career in the hospitality industry. “I thought, this is what we are supposed to be doing…. hospitality is what I do.” To accommodate their added venture, the couple knew they’d need to make another move. “We wanted a better place to hold sleigh rides, carriage rides and entertain guests. The farm where we were

Historic 1789 farm house, newly restored by Alan Finney of Talat Design

Hill top pastoral views over looking the back of the farm where once the Buffalo roamed.



Alan adding the last piece of trim to Kimberly's office porch.

living didn’t have the right setup. The Wedding barn was going to sustain the farm to a point where we can do more philanthropic things.” So they spent the next five years honing their plan, touring hundreds of farms surrounding Saratoga, from the Catskills to the Adirondacks, searching for the perfect place to house their menagerie of dreams. Searching, searching, until they pulled into one of the oldest farms in Washington County— originally part of a massive thousand-acre property built in 1772 and rich in history, it had fallen into a sad state of disrepair with walls collapsing and floors buckling. It was unkempt, filthy, dilapidated— but to Kimberly, a vision! “I pulled in and the place was already finished in my mind. The grass was this tall…” Kimberly holds her hand chest-high to demonstrate. The farm was perfect, just a short drive to Saratoga— they were sold! “Saratoga is the Hamptons of Upstate New York. It’s where people want to be. It’s a destination. People come from all over the continental US instead of flying overseas. I sell Saratoga as (part of) a package. Whether they love history, dining, rock climbing, there’s something for everyone.” Kimberly leads me around their 36-acre dream-cometrue, now home to both Saratoga Horse and Carriage



What is now the front lawn of the Wedding Barn, a concrete feed trough was removed and load after load of fill was brought in to make the beautiful lawn.

Originally a milking cow parlor, now the Cocktail Parlor of the Wedding Barn.


Concrete being poured creating the new floor of the Cocktail Parlor.


A before photo of the upstairs, now a beautiful dining area.

What the Cocktail Parlor looks like today

Beautifully redone circa -1800 Wedding Barn

and The Wedding Barn at Lakota Farm. But even a year and a half after buying the property, she’s still stunned with how much they’ve accomplished together. “Here were the concrete feed troughs and calf pens. We brought in sixty-two dump trucks of fill,” Kimberly points to the area just outside the main Wedding Barn, now a level surface decorated in stone, holding a fire pit and collection of Adirondack chairs. Installing commercial septic, traveling to New York State hearings in Syracuse, power washing floors and ripping the walls to the studs— Kimberly painted the picture as her sweetheart Alan Finney, a Master Carpenter by trade and owner of a successful home renovation business based in Cambridge called Talat Designs, swung the hammer, installed the electric and poured concrete and (together with a huge crew) steadily sculpted her dream into their reality. “We filled twenty dumpsters with garbage and debris.” “There was mold under the walls.” And as the pair painstakingly restored the farm, Kimberly courted brides and their families, bravely showcasing saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com


The finished product of Lakota's Wedding Barn


Handcrafted sign by Ryan Warner


Kimberly's wedding boots

her vision against the harsh backdrop of reality— ultimately signing contracts and collecting checks in a filthy barn on a still-run-down farm, humbled by their faith in her. “It was all mud. Many came back every few months and saw the progress. We thought it would scare them…. part of what they were purchasing was me… I am a girl who loves to throw weddings and have parties, but I’m not JUST a girl who loves to throw weddings and have parties. I’m a venue with more than twenty years in the hospitality industry, so you’re getting me with the package.” Saratoga is part of that package. The “me” she is referring to is an ex-military stand-out with twenty years’ experience in the hospitality industry, her tenures including such resorts as The Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego; Water’s Edge Resort in Connecticut; Mohegan Sun Casino; The Sagamore in Lake George, New York; Elemis Spa, what she calls the world’s largest spa corporation; and her own business, Nirvana Day Spa right here in Hoosic Falls, NY. Today, The Wedding Barn at Lakota Farm is a testament to Kimberly’s experience and intention and Alan’s Master Carpentry skills, traveling the Northeast hunting for unique pieces to add to the puzzle that existed as a finished whole in Kimberly’s brain. “I walk into a space that’s completely dilapidated and I see it finished.” She located the collection of Italian, forged iron stools and the oversized mahogany bar in the cocktail lounge on Craig’s list— the bar once a twenty-year old, cracked slab floating up the Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. “I’d been looking for that but didn’t know that’s what I was looking for.” The 75-year old, six-foot tall and six-foot wide crystal chandelier now hanging in the ballroom barn once graced saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com


JD (the horse) Alan with his daughters Amanda and Lynzee

Colorful Dining room set for a fall wedding

Kimberly and Alan's first dance in their Wedding Barn Dress by Something Bleu Bridal Beautiful Sweetheart table, Flowers by Blooms Weddings and Events



the very ground Kimberly stood on as a child. “Who puts a chandelier in a 150-year old barn? I do! I have a picture of me standing under that as a little girl. It came from a banquet facility where I grew up. I went to an estate auction and wasn’t sure I’d get it, but I did!”

Alan and Kimberly enjoyed a celebration of their love, by renewing their vows with all of their family and friends and commencing with Kimberly’s arrival on her very own horse, Kayla.

Just about every element accompanied by its own story, each weaved together in Kimberly’s fantasy and materialized in The Wedding Barn as it stands today.

Nine weddings and one grand owner’s reception on the books and The Wedding Barn at Lakota Farm is taking a well-deserved and much-needed break, shutting its oversized wooden doors for the season.

The logo and beautifully handcrafted sign that hangs behind the bar, were both a creation by local wood artist Ryan Warner. Kimberly and Alan were at a loss in creating a logo for their brand, a week after Ryan met with them, this was all his vision. “It was everything we were dreaming of.”

But while the Wedding Barn rests, Kimberly and Alan most certainly will not, continuing to book brides for 2017 and

“We gutted the house and the farm, rebuilt the house and the farm, moved from the old farm into the new one and sold nine weddings in 2016.”

The vintage, mismatched china and glasses one of Kimberly’s most prized collections.“Everywhere we go I ask, ‘Honey, can we stop here for old China’?” This summer, nine brides realized their own dreams-come-true at The Wedding Barn, their faith in Kimberly generously rewarded. Parents, at first more skeptical than their daughters, gushed when they beheld the finished product with their own eyes, admitting they hadn’t believed such transformation was possible. “They were blown away… completely blown away! Every bride or her parents or someone made me cry… The dads have come up to me, ‘I thought my kids were nuts! She could’ve had The Sagamore and she brought me here.’ The first bride was delivered in a horse and carriage and I started bawling. Seeing her come down with one of our babies and realizing, we did this!” Brides and grooms traveling from as far away as Oregon to host the day of their dreams near Saratoga, yet Kimberly herself had to simply step through her front door. With torn-down beams and sawdust on the floor, the couple made their love official in an intimate party for two. Their desire to be the very first to say “I do” at The Wedding Barn a romantic nod from Alan. “He said to me, ‘Honey, what are we doing this weekend? Want to get married Saturday?’ He didn’t want someone else to be the first.” On a 70 degree day last December, in an intimate party for two they were wed. At the end of the summer, construction giving way to splendor, saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com


Horse bell- a vintage dinner bell - a gift from Kimberly's mother in law Carol


Bride and Groom’s dinner setting …so luxurious!


Vibrant colors... vintage china, goblets and lace. Flowers by Blooms Weddings and Events.

beyond, participating in bridal shows and attentively refining their masterpiece— finishing detail work and installing upgrades around the farm, one being the addition of a man-cave for the grooms and groomsmen. “It’s a great solution for the guys— they can be loud, smoke cigars… it’ll be really cute when I’m done.” Our tour of the farm complete, we are now sitting in a cozy office in the freshly but not-entirely-completely remodeled homestead, which Kimberly says has yet to be unpacked, that being another of her tasks for the winter. Running Saratoga Horse and Carriage yet another, that venture now enjoying the time and money afforded by newly acquired partners, Chester Blass and Melissa Gardella, assuring its renewed legacy will continue. “We couldn’t keep up with the volume. Even before we bought the barn, we were turning business away.” Chet and his amazing Percheron draft horses have been working with Kimberly for over 5 years now. Saratoga’s 150th Floral Fete Parade one of the highlights, Mary Lou Whitney and Susan Lucci garnering graceful rides in Kimberly’s own carriage. And while 2017 looms on the horizon, Kimberly continues to check off and add to her list of aspirations. “Down the road, our goal is to turn this (homestead) into an overnight space for the bride and groom and guests and we would love to build a one-level ranch for us that overlooks the land and horses.” A perch from which the couple can joyfully oversee the empire they’ve so carefully and lovingly crafted together— a haven for horses, a dreamland for brides, a home for their family— just next door to our own beloved Saratoga Springs. SS






Connection By Megin Potter Photos by Lisa Miller of Studio Di Luce


When there’s a deep connection, the body knows it. It pierces through to the heart, silences the mind, and brings goosebumps to the skin. Photographer Lisa Miller has been more attuned to capturing these moments of connection in her pictures since a serendipitous encounter with a mare giving birth. “I was really, really moved by that moment of connection between a mare and her foal. It just stopped me in my tracks. I connected, to the two of them connecting,” said Miller. It’s significant. The remarkable revelations that this creature would bring about are akin to her name; Supreme Discovery. Since photographing this magnificent mother, Miller has gone on to photograph more than 50 foalings in the past seven years. She has gathered her images of this bond found at birth into a collection called The Foal Project, to help fund equine assisted therapies.





Recognizing and participating in moments of eternal connection can be a powerful therapeutic tool. The treatments use animal interaction to promote healing in veterans, as well as adults and children with a wide range of physical and mental conditions.

“It’s amazing! It’s mind-blowing for me. I love being a part of that and documenting that. It’s so…it’s wow…it’s such a gift!” said Miller enthusiastically.

Finding that her energy is calming around horses, Dr. Jerry Bilinski of Waldorf Farm in North Chatham gave her the freedom to shoot there, but advised her to be prepared for unpredictable and even disappointing outcomes. What she found however, was that she was gaining life-altering experiences for herself and her patrons.

Being present for so many spiritual connections has transcended into every area of Miller’s life.

“You can tell the ones that get it. Something surfaces in them, always,” she said. It’s demonstrative. Among the items for sale; including $5 notecards, a coffee table book, necklaces with the images infused on mother of pearl pendants, and the prominent 40 in. x 60 in. aluminum prints, are pictures of the therapy horses engaging with humans in a palpable way. They are portraits of a horse as its stance softens, its ears come forward, and it nuzzles a child into a state of relaxed enjoyment. They share the story of how intuition can guide one toward a state of being present and grounded. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com

It’s revolutionary.

“You can’t believe how my work has changed. In my photojournalistic style I am so much more aware than I’ve ever been - whether I’m shooting a wedding, fashion, anything. It’s just really changed the way I operate,” she said. Tapping in to the universal connection all creatures have with one another can be done anywhere and at any time, she’s discovered. In every aspect of our lives, whether it’s waiting in line at the market or grabbing take-out, the opportunity is there. “I try not to ever let a moment go by where I don’t make a connection with somebody,” said Miller. SS For more information about The Foal Project go to www.TheFoalProject.org or visit Studio di Luce at 480B Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 HOLIDAY 2016 | SIMPLY SARATOGA  | 67

STAKING Her Cla im



By Megin Potter Photos by Miriam romais

On ONE WOMAN’S small plot of land, exists in a BIG WAY.


When Jenna Woginrich announced her desire to become a farmer, others reacted as if she had been sentenced to go to prison, lost a million dollars in Las Vegas, or planned to jump off a bridge. “It’s okay to live a life others don’t understand,” declares Woginrich. It is a liberating and empowering declaration for anyone moving through a time of resistance in their own lives.

Writing Her Own Story From a traditional corporate career, Woginrich journeyed to become a rural homesteader and falconer who sells pork, lamb, poultry and wool, teaches fiddle and dulcimer, and hosts in-home workshops, while still doing freelance graphic design and writing work. The published author of five books; including One Woman Farm and Made From Scratch: Discovering The Pleasures Of A Handmade Life, Woginrich chronicles her adventures, her challenges, and her triumphs in an easy-to-relate-to way that is rich with humorous, yet profound, observations that expertly intertwine agriculture with art. “There’s a lot of things I wanted to be; a fiddler, equestrian, farmer. But what I definitely am is a writer. I’ve not gone a day without writing since I was 17 years old.”





Calling her writing both impulsive and compulsive, it is a description that can carry over to much in her life. A decade ago she was a girl who didn’t know chickens came in different colors, but became intrigued with farming when a coworker introduced her to it as a hobby. “The wealthiest I’ve ever felt in my life was when I was able to pick fresh eggs out of the coop in my PJ’s. That was the original hit from the drug, and I’ve been addicted ever since.”





“Done with Walmart and Wonderbread” “We’re lucky to live in a time with all the advantages of technology and the choice of soil, dirt and seed,” said Woginrich. Her life now is in every way a juxtaposition between the old and new ways of doing things. It was a transition that required the blinders that only excitement and passion could provide. She got rid of her smartphone, spent seasons without water, and endured threats of foreclosure on the farmstead, to pursue what she said is her own private paradise perched on a rural hillside in Cambridge, N.Y. With her workhorse Merlin and border collies Gibson and Friday, she corrals dairy goats, a herd of Scottish blackface sheep, a pen of pigs, a pair of farm cats, a flock of laying hens, turkeys, geese, a Red Tail hawk, a garden and a beehive on a six-acre parcel that is bursting with life and activity. “I just got to the point where I was more unhappy putting it off, than I was trying to make it work. It’s a lesson in constant resourcefulness, and I haven’t been bored a day that I’ve been doing it,” she said. SS Woginrich’s everyday experiences with grime and grit, as well as information about her books and agricultural products can be found at www.ColdAntlerFarm.blogspot.com





Having somewhere to go

is HOME. Having someone to love is FAMILY. Having both is a BLESSSING. We hope you enjoy our Holiday features…

76 Readers' Favorite Recipes 80 The Editor suggests... BUY LOCAL : ) 88 Holiday Gift Guide 93 Fashion, Fashion... & More Fashion! 120 Company is Coming… Pamper Them! 134 Flowers & Accessories Make a Beautiful Table! saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com



Submitted by...Chrissy McIntire • 32 caramel squares, unwrapped • ½ cup heavy cream • ¾ cup butter, melted • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed • 1 cup flour • 1 cup rolled oats • 1 teaspoon baking soda • 6 ounce semisweet chocolate chips 1. Combine caramels and cream in a small sauce pan over low heat. Stir until completely smooth; set aside. 2. In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda. 3. Pat half of the oatmeal mixture into a bottom of an 8 x 8 baking pan. 4. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. 5. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over crust. 6. Pour caramel mixture over chocolate chips. 7. Crumble remaining oatmeal over caramel. 8. Return to oven and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, until edges are lightly brown. 9. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting. 10. Store and serve at room temperature.

Monkey Bread Coffee Cake Submitted by… Janet S.

• 4 cans of biscuit mix

• 1 cup of brown sugar • ¾ cup of white sugar • 2 sticks of butter • 1 ½ Tsp. cinnamon • Optional - crushed nuts 1. Melt 1 cup of brown sugar in ½ lb butter (2 sticks), pour a small amount in the bottom of your Bundt pan (enough to coat) then to the rest of the mixture 2. Add 1 ½ Tsp. cinnamon 3. Add ¾ cup sugar 4. Break up 4 cans of Biscuit mix into small “chunks” and place in the Bundt pan. 5. If adding crushed nuts to the melted butter mixture, do so now and pour over the chunks of biscuits. 6. Bake at 325 for 45 minutes 7. Soon after taking them out of the oven, flip onto a serving tray and then let them cool till the sugar hardens. 8. …serve warm or cool! 76  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | HOLIDAY 2016


Sugared Pecans • 1 Cup Sugar

Submitted by… Jean W.

• ½ Cup Water • ½ lb Pecans • 1 Tsp Vanilla • ½ Tsp Cinnamon 1. Cook sugar and water 5 minutes in a large skillet, add pecans 2. Cook until syrup begins to look white and sugared. 3. Add vanilla and cinnamon 4. Stir rapidly as pecans begin to stick together 5. Just as they begin to get a thick coat of sugar, dump onto cookie sheet and separate while warm.

“ Y u mmies” (AKA: Thu mbprints) Submitted by… Georgie Pelkowski • 3 C. Flour • 1 C. Sugar • 3 sticks of unsalted butter, cut into pats • 2 egg yolks • 2 tsp Vanilla • Any flavor Jam • Chopped nuts for garnish 1. Mix everything except the egg yolks and vanilla. 2. Add the yolks and vanilla 3. Form into little balls, place onto parchment paper, imprint with a thumbprint. 4. Fill with jam, top with nuts if using 5. Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes or till lightly browned. 6. Cool on rack

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Raisin Oatmeal Cookies by...Maggie Blackmore, submitted by her granddaughter • 1 cup brown sugar • ½ cup white sugar • ½ cup softened butter • 3 cups quick oats • 1 cup flour • 1 cup raisins (soaked) • 1 egg • ¼ cup water (saved from plumping the raisins) • ½ tsp. baking soda • 1 tsp baking powder • 1 tsp salt • 1 tsp vanilla 1. Simmer the raisins in water till plump (save ¼ cup of the liquid) 2. Mix all ingredients

Party Potatoes

3. Chill dough before dropping by the spoonful onto a greased cookie sheet 4. Bake at 350 for 8-15 minutes till desired doneness.

Submitted by Cindy Durfey

• 8-10 med red potatoes, peeled • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened • 1 pint sour cream • ¼ cup butter • ¼ cup chopped chives • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg • Salt and pepper to taste • Paprika to garnish

• Grated parmesan cheese to garnish 1. Boil potatoes until tender. 2. Combine cream cheese with sour cream and set aside. 3. Mash potatoes. 4. Add butter to potatoes and continue beating until well blended. 5. Beat potatoes and cream cheese mixture together. 6. Add chives, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly. 7. Pour into a greased 2 quart casserole. Sprinkle with paprika and grated cheese. 8. Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.



Peach Melba Submitted by Jeannette Jordan • Mound a scoop of vanilla or peach ice cream in the center of a canned peach half. Cover with the following sauce: • Melba Sauce • 1 (10 oz.) package of raspberries and juice (defrosted) • 1 tsp. sugar • 1 tsp. cornstarch • 1/4-1/2 cup currant jelly (Optional)

Pork Tenderloin with Radicchio, Fennel & Dried Cherries

1. Mix and cook over heat until clear. The addition of currant jelly gives a sparkle to its color. 2. The jelly should be added while sauce is hot, before straining.

Submitted by Lisa Vitiello Serves 6 • 1 pork tenderloin • 1 head of radicchio • 1 large fennel bulb or 2 small • 1/2 cup dried cherries • 1/3 cup olive oil • 1 1/2 cup dry white wine or broth • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic • 1 teaspoon dried oregano • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt • freshly ground black pepper to taste • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees 2. Preheat a pan on the stove that can also go directly into the oven 3. As the pan is heating season the pork, first rinse & dry with paper towel then massage it with about 1/2 of the olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt & pepper 4. Place into heated pan to sear on all sides 5. Slice the radicchio & fennel (remove inner rib) place into a bowl with the dried cherries & add the rest of the olive oil & toss like a salad (add a little more salt & pepper too) 6. Once the tenderloin is seared on all sides surround it with the “salad”, pour the wine/broth & place into a 400 degree oven for about 30-40 minutes (rotate & stir up the vegetables after 20 min) 7. Check for doneness when meat thermometer reads 140 degrees for medium rare 8. Remove from oven & sprinkle the 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds around the outside, as a garnish, let rest at least 5 minutes before slicing & serving.



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Editor's Picks 2016 Adirondack Gourmet Salad Dressing

With fresh REAL ingredients such as wild mountain berries and fresh-fired maple syrup and those awesome labels – what’s not to love?!…and as nice as it would be to drive up to Speculator to snag a few bottles (where it’s produced) it’s available locally, right here at Healthy Living Market!

Farmer T’s Pickles

Tabor tells me you can’t find fresher pickles, and you gotta trust those farmers! With six pickle flavors (three without any added sugar!) and jams… this is a local product you have to try. Available at Four Seasons, The Primal, Willow Marsh Farm Store and King’s Dairy.

Bon Bon Brazil NY

When you meet Tais Masala Finale and taste one of her Brigadeiros [bree - guh - day - rohs] you just fall in love… that simple! I mean, it’s milk, sugar, butter and chocolate… does it get any better than that?! Find her at your local farmers’ market or www. bonbonbrazilny.com

TC Woodworking

I’ll admit it… I have a thing for cutting boards and these are the best! Check them out at the Spa City Farmers’ Market or search Facebook @WoodworkingTC

Saratoga Spicery

Small batch, hand crafted and beautifully displayed spices and seasonings. Hand crafted in Saratoga Springs…available at two of my favorite shops downtown, Saratoga Olive Oil and Moby Rick’s Seafood (Tell David I said hi when you stop by!) 80  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | HOLIDAY 2016


North Star Sculptures

Check out that bear – isn’t that adorable? …and Sara does that herself, with a chainsaw – HOW COOL IS THAT?! If the Adk Bear is not your thing… she does plenty of other cool stuff too. www.NorthStarSculptures.com

Transcendent Essentials

If you have a dog, you have to try Alexandrea’s BUG BALM… an all-natural product that repels fleas, mosquitos & tics …and is great smelling! Did I mention they’re only $10 a bottle?! Check out her product line on Facebook @transcendentessentials

Frozen Moments in and around Saratoga

Gail and I bonded – many years ago – over photos and luckily we both STILL get to indulge in our love of capturing the moment through photography.

I do it while building these magazines, and she with her beautiful photographs of life in and around Saratoga - which can now be yours! Her calendars are available at Impressions. Buy them as gifts for others or just to have a place to jot your thoughts about the day – enjoy! Search Facebook, @Fozen.Moments.Toga






ome along...


As we visit the


bakeries in our areaJust in time for the Holidays!

FAVORITES MADE Gluten-Free By Megin Potter Photos Provided Gluten-free food is getting easier to love…and FIND! This specialty-niche regime is now going mainstream thanks to innovators including Saratoga Gluten-Free Goods Bakery. When MaryAnna O’Donnell was diagnosed with celiac disease 15 years ago, she had to change the types of foods she was eating. It was a hard transition. The quality of the gluten-free items available on the market just didn’t measure up to what her palate craved. While working at Sunnyside Gardens, she shared her problem with her friend and co-worker Jeanne Daley. Together they teamed up and started Saratoga Gluten-Free Goods eight years ago to redefine what eating gluten-free tasted like. Discovering Eating Gluten-Free Can Be Divine

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It used to be that going gluten-free meant saying goodbye to gooey chocolate-chip cookies, moist muffins, and sumptuous cakes. Today, finding gluten-free versions of our favorite foods has never been more convenient – or tastier! Saratoga Gluten-Free Goods bakes with organic, GMO-free, HOLIDAY 2016 | SIMPLY SARATOGA  | 83

Jeanne & Steve

locally grown ingredients, and is delivering fresh-from-the-oven to grocery stores including Healthy Living Market, restaurants such as Circus Café and Over the Moon Café, and in October, opened a retail storefront in Schuylerville. “Not everyone’s gluten-free who comes here – some just want a cupcake,” said Robert Averill, O’Donnell’s son, and the bakery’s third owner. He’s not gluten-free but still enjoys food that is. Conscientious because he does have an egg allergy, he understands customer’s concerns about product ingredients. They are relieved to know that no gluten and no peanut products are even allowed on the premises, he said.

Blissful Bites I indulge in a luscious chocolate cupcake with extra creamy buttercream frosting before diving in to his favorite; the pumpkin roll. Instantly, memories of this pleasurable fall classic rush back, uncompromised despite the flour blend, because of its luscious, smooth texture. “People are learning that gluten-free doesn’t mean dry,” said frontend manager Steve Belsito. His favorites are the fudgy doublechocolate cherry bites. “Amazing is selling it short,” he said. Saratoga Gluten-Free Goods Bakery plans to continue expanding and diversifying, offering different options daily. They also serve four varieties of Uncommon Grounds glorious coffees, flavored syrups 84  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | HOLIDAY 2016

made in-house, Ada’s Artisan Teas, and Saratoga Juice Bar juices. “There’s so much we want to offer. We have to see what’s needed because we’re like kids; we’re excited,” said Belsito.

Enticing Atmosphere Hearing appreciation more than anything else from people relieved to find gluten-free goodies locally; customers are also expressing their gratitude at seeing the building, which was the home of General Schuyler’s Pantry and has a history of being a common meeting spot, being revitalized. Designed as a quick-service bakery, there is seating available at a large solid-wood picnic table in the dining area. Adding more relaxed seating and providing free Wi-Fi is planned. Open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, they are closed Sundays and Mondays. The baby blue walls, high ceilings, and stainless steel fans bring light and air into the happy space where once again there are tempting treats beckoning from the counter – even if they are gluten-free. Orders for custom cakes and Thanksgiving favorites including stuffing, pumpkin rolls, and pies in apple, apple crumb, chocolate pecan, and pumpkin flavors can be placed by emailing orders@saratogaglutenfreegoods.com, jeannedaley@ saratogaglutenfreegoods.com, or by visiting Saratoga Gluten-Free Goods Bakery on 176 Broad Street in Schuylerville. SS


BREAKING BREAD with Berkshire Mountain Bakery By Megin Potter Photos Provided

Eating pizza with a fold-in-half, yet still crispy crust, my first reaction is mmm, mmm, mmmnnhh! There’s a nice distribution of toppings and the quality cheese has some stringiness but no danger of pulling away, leaving a naked crust. To be eating a pizza like this you’d probably guess I was standing at a city pizzeria, but I’m not, I’m at home, and it took less than 10 minutes.

Straightforward Sustenance It’s a unique artisan Take N’ Bake pizza from the Berkshire Mountain Bakery on Broadway in Saratoga. The bakery opened in September and is the only retail location in the area selling Richard Bourdon’s signature sourdoughs, which are shipped in daily from Massachusetts. Bourdon is a master baker who has cultivated the skill of naturally fermenting the dough to create breads that are nourishing, easily digestible, and have a rich flavor. Breads by Bourdon have been recognized by the Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate”, and Bon Appetite’s “Top 10 Best Bread Bakeries in America,” among others. He was also sought out by renowned food writer Michael Pollan for his book and documentary series “Cooked”.

Available Eats “I was always excited about the product and wanting to expand,” said Business Manager Jay Ollivierra. Bourdon is a family friend and Ollivierra, who studied finance at the University of Massachusetts, always loved his products; especially the Hawaiian BBQ pizza. Currently, in addition to selling three sizes of Take N’ Bake pizzas, they stock more than a dozen varieties of bread (including gluten-free options), pastries, and prepare fresh sandwiches. They’re planning to include locally-sourced ingredients, and a new rectangular 7” pizza


Jay Ollivierra

and side salad meal option in the next few months. Their coffee too, is not to be overlooked. In unassuming dispensers are hand-roasted fair-trade coffees from No. Six Depot Roasters in Massachusetts. “People take a sip of it and say, ‘Ah, this is good coffee’,” said Ollivierra.

Becoming Part of the Club Tucked in the back of The Washington building with an alley entrance and one from Northshire Bookstore, the Berkshire Mountain Bakery is much like finding a great book; it’s a real treasure. “Richard likes to go by word-of-mouth. He’s established a great reputation. He’s been doing bread the same way for a very long time,” explained Ollivierra. The simple, relaxing space has a modern design and a calm atmosphere. It optimizes seating and light from the wall of windows. Open Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., the hours and menu will likely be adjusted once they are better able to gage area interest, said Ollivierra. Already, they’ve had one surprise at their Saratoga store; the most popular pizza on the menu has been the Seasonal Delight, made with roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions and figs. “We’re happy to be in Saratoga. It’s a great city. We’re just excited to be here,” Ollivierra added. Bread orders can be made by calling 518-587-2191. For Thanksgiving requests, including those for ciabatta rolls, croissants, pastries, and large breads orders, please call by November 20th. SS




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eat, drink and be merry,


Here's how to stop…

IF YOU BINGE, DO YOU WONDER WHY YOU DO IT? Do you blame yourself? Maybe feel you have no control? The reason you eat large amounts of food secretly is not because you have no control, in fact, it is the opposite. If you think about it, you have to have to expend a lot of energy to get the food, essentially taking control of the situation. For example, you have to get the food, hide the food, then find the time and place when you can eat it. If you eat in hiding, you know you are binging. If you eat standing up, chances are you are binging. Binging has more to do with emotional stress, possibly anxiety or depression. Some bingers may be diagnosed as having BED, Binge-Eating Disorder. To recover from or to reduce your binges, you need a lot of patience and introspection. Before we go too deep into the psychological aspects of binging, you do get to blame some of the problem on hormones. Who binges? Most often it’s women. Around a woman’s monthly cycle, hormones take a dip which can be a set up for cravings. The most common binge foods include salt, sugar, chocolate or carbs. The menstrual binges usually pass in a few days but then we have to take a look at our anxiety levels. Managing how to reduce binges means learning behavioral eating techniques which will force you to look at your eating patterns. What does a binge do for us? Binging allows us to take a ‘mental vacation’ from things that may be bothering us. Instead of thinking about your bills, your boyfriend or the last fight with your boss, you become distracted with the thoughts of binging; you think of the food you will binge on. While you are binging, the negative or bothersome thoughts are replaced with actually eating, tasting, and swallowing the food. After a binge, it can last minutes, days or weeks, you become distracted from what may be bothering you with self-deprecation, guilt, and angry feelings that come with the aftermath of the binge. Binging takes your mind off of your troubles, but then you wake up to more trouble. Stop the binge cycle by first keeping track of your hunger. Eat only when you feel physically hungry. Eat moderate amounts of food and STOP. Pay attention to when you feel full and then wait for the next hunger pain, then eat again. Not sure if you are stressed or hungry? Wait twenty minutes and reassess your hunger. You may even think logically about it, did you just eat? How much or how often are you eating. Are you really ready to eat? If an apple or a salad makes you salivate, you are ready to eat. If you are an all-day grazer, stop. Stop snacking and eat only meals.


Once you keep track of your hunger you will have a good idea when you should eat. Keep things on a tight schedule. Do not allow yourself to eat unless you are hungry. For one month, cut down on sugar, salt and caffeine. Clear out your home of binge items and do not bring any binge food into the house. Once you begin, you will most likely binge a few times. Keep a log, if you binge, mark a B next to your food entry. Try to increase the time (hours) between the binges, or decrease the number of binges by one, each day. Good luck! SS






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We have what you’re looking for! Photos by Blackburn Portrait Design Shot on location at: The National Museum of Dance and The Saratoga Automobile Museum Produced by Christa Caimano




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cturally SPEAKING

Follow us as we explore some of Saratoga's unique spaces...




A Home for the Holidays Old World elements integrate to make for the perfect Christmas in the country

Form follows function. It is the axiom of good design. And when it comes to designing a home, the functional elements of space, flow and human comfort, when properly considered, can have innumerable forms that play out. That is the challenge of the designer – making the functional spaces comes together into a structure that evokes beauty, style, and will have the endurance to be appreciated by future generations. It’s why some home styles are considered “classic.” This is the inspiration that drives local builder David DePaulo. It’s why his home designs have a classic look and feel to them. So when it came time to design a home for his growing family, he knew that it would take the form of the French Country Cottage. With its steep roof lines and bold stone foundation, this style has a subdued elegance that has stood the test of time. And, it turns out for the DePaulo family, it is the perfect style to express the Christmas spirit! Usually a home is not designed for Christmas, but, a well designed home will embrace the Holiday season with grace, as if it was a natural extension of its personality (form follows function, remember?). At the Depaulo home, the influx of guests, the decorating, and of course, where to put the Christmas tree – all of it comes together with ease, as if it was meant to be.

Randall Perry Photography



Randall Perry Photography

Old World Design Makes for 21st Century Elegance

Randall Perry Photography

The steep roofline of the French Country Cottage style makes a dramatic statement from the outside, but even more so from the inside. The primary living spaces on the main floor all share tall vaulted ceilings straddled by exposed hand hewn beams. The beams were derived from an old mill in Cohoes, as was the hardwood flooring. The home is 21st century new, but these old wooden elements give the place a sense of timelessness. In the living room, a large dormer allows placement of a twenty foot tall Christmas tree. It’s as if it was meant to be right here. The tree has a crystal theme, with ornaments and figurines oriented around family interests and activities. The massive limestone fireplace soars up to the peak of the high ceiling, built of the same eight inch stone blocks that adorn the exterior. Here the stockings can be hung with care, and a wood fire warms the chill of the onset of winter. The kitchen acts as the central hub; its open floor plan allows for easy flow of traffic and family togetherness. The bar overlooking the working area is a favorite hangout for the kids and guests, where tidbits of the cooking progress can be shared. The big Holiday throw down is presented at the long table in the formal dining room. The high wooden paneling was also derived from the old Cohoes mill. Dave had to scrape the old paint off of each panel, revealing a beautiful aged patina that creates a warm feel to the gathering place. A broad picture window at the end of the table reveals the night sky of the Solstice.




At the other end of the house are the master’s quarters and office space. Dave’s office is a masterful expression of the prized Black Walnut tree – it’s deep, rich brown tones are carved into a beautiful coffered ceiling. The master bedroom is bright and airy even in the depths of winter, with its tall vaulted ceiling and dormer windows illuminating the space. The second floor - actually the attic in the one-anda-half story floorplan– is the sleeping quarters for the DePaulo children, as well as a private guest suite. The steep pitch of the roof makes for dramatic angled walls in these rooms. Dormers project outward to let in light and add interest to the space. The kids’ rooms are themed with furniture that matches the kids’ interests.

Randall Perry Photography

Randall Perry Photography





A Home for the Holidays SaratogaPhotographer.com The Depaulo home is a Christmas decorator’s dream. The high ceilings, natural woodwork and stone work accent the bold greens and reds of the season’s decorations. From the exterior, subtle string lights accentuate the dramatic steep roof and sturdy stone walls. The tall Christmas tree stands proudly within the large window gable, welcoming Saint Nick with open arms. Add in a blanket of newly fallen snow, and the home projects the timeless image of Christmases past. The DePaulo home may not have been designed for Christmas, but it is ready for Christmas, by design. SS

Randall Perry Photography





Company is coming...



Add these items to create the

Perfect Guest Room

for your Holiday guests… •

Folding luggage stand


Reading light

A desk with an iPhone charger, Wi-Fi password

A beverage bar and snacks

Empty drawers in the dresser

Extra hangers

Fresh Flowers


Robe & Slippers

Hand cream, toiletries, “extras”

Pillow Mist

A chair or bench

Comfy throws

A dish for jewelry or pocket change

A fan


A personal note about how happy you are to have them

…and the most opulent bedding you can afford!

Thank you to Raj at Antara Home for putting this together for us! PHOTOS BY BLACKBURN PORTRAIT DESIGN






By Jordana Turcotte 122  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | HOLIDAY 2016

LET’S GET DOWN TO THE BUSINESS OF YOUR BATHROOM. Talk about a room that’s constantly used! It’s a sea of products and pills; prescription meds, OTC meds, skin products, make up and more! Cluttered bathrooms cost you precious time each morning. Decluttering this space as a whole on a yearly basis is important for your overall health and sanity. This is by far the best room in the home to have tons of small bins, baskets, and caddies. If your drawers do not have dividers, pick up small bins to make sections. Open shelves are best with several bins to break up into groupings of items. Plastic is best so they can be easily washed and contain any leaks of products. The dollar store is great place to pick up these items. First, grab a few boxes and remove every single item except the towels. If you keep all your towels in the bathroom, grab a laundry basket (or 2) and now take those out. Go through the towels to purge out old, holey, least favorite towels and freshly fold all as you put them back in. Shoebox-sized containers are great for folded hand towels and washcloths. Guest towels can be kept in the spare room if space is limited and well if you want to keep them in guest-worthy condition. With linens set, now let’s get back to your items. Prescription and OTC drugs should be purged if they are expired. The drugs are not at their optimal effectiveness and in some cases can cause adverse reactions. How do you purge them? The DEA periodically hosts National Prescription Drug Take-Back events where collection sites are set up for safe disposal. You can ask your pharmacy as well; they saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com

sell envelopes to mail in old meds. Flushing is not recommended because the medications get into our water supply. For all medications (as well as some products), consider the moisture and temperature of the bathroom. If young children are in the home, consider locations that are unreachable. After meds, you are left with skincare, hair products, first aid items and cleaning goods. These products also have some standards of how long to use: Make-up; lipstick 1-2 years, blush 2-3 years, mascara 4 months, liquid eyeliners and eye shadows 3-6 months, eye pencils are good until they’re whittled down, foundation 6-12 months (if you dip your fingers in), compact powder 8 months; if there is a change in color or smell – definitely throw it out. Other items: moisturizer 1 year, self-tanner 2 years, sunscreen 1 year, anything you used during an infection/rash /etc., should be discarded if it can’t be sterilized Let go of anything that you didn’t like, that doesn’t look or smell right, is partially used and you won’t use again and of course anything expired. Any brand new, perfectly good items can be put in a donation bin to go to shelters. Generally, if you tried it and you didn’t like it or hated the smell or consistency – let it go right away. If you don’t, it will only take up valuable space and you’ll feel bad each time you look at it because you wasted money. So, now you are left with just what you want and use. For product duplicates, only keep 1 in the bathroom. Buying the “2 for 1” or bulk package is fine, but it crowds everything and sometimes you end up with 3 bottles of the same thing all partially used. Have one spot for overflow and shop there first when you run


out in the bathroom. This helps save space and money. Now, zone everything out. You can organize by type, by am or pm, or ailment. Just label each bin for easy maintenance and locating of what you need. This is where you place bins on shelves, under the sink and in the drawers. Each bin becomes the home for a specific item or set of item(s). A few examples; in the linen closet you can have a bin for first aid, a bin for OTC meds, a bin for hair gels and sprays, a bin for cleaners used in that bathroom (great for each bathroom to have a set.) In a drawer, a bin for eye make-up, a bin for brushes, a bin for powders, and so on. When items are clearly compartmentalized, you maintain those locations, use what you have and not purchase duplicates. The countertop should be clear. Maybe just one caddy of frequently used items and the soap and the toothbrush holder. Bathroom used by a lot of people? Get each person their own caddy for personal supplies such as shampoo, toothbrush, brush, makeup and such to store in their room. It will be a lot less stuff in the bathroom ongoing. Also, have them hang their towel in their room and bring in to shower. Most bathrooms I have done only take 1-3 hours. Avoid bringing in new products until you are done with the current ones. If you are grabbing something new because you no longer like what you are using, be sure to purge it! Check each category yearly, to make sure all is current, nothing has expired, bins are in good condition and loose items get back into their category. You’ll be surprised how much easier it will be to get ready in the morning and how nice it will be to find what you are looking for when you need it! SS


Northern Cardinal ©Nancy Castillo

Birdwatching with Nancy Castillo

White-breasted Nuthatch ©Nancy Castillo

American Tree Sparrow ©Nancy Castillo

HOW BIRDS PREPARE FOR WINTER Since late summer, birds have been preparing for the cold days and frigid nights of our long northeastern winter. They have been scouting food sources, identifying quality, reliable locations to return to throughout winter. Birds show a strong loyalty to birdfeeding stations that offer high quality foods with good shelter nearby. They will abandon feeders in exposed locations filled with poor quality food. Since birds are scrutinizing the quality of offerings at birdfeeders, here are some tips to help ensure that birds choose your feeders to return to all winter long: •Serve high quality birdfood that has no fillers. Filling your feeders with food they won't eat isn't doing the birds any favor and only costs you money. Check the labels - if you see milo, canary seed, red millet, flax, grass seed, or corn, don’t buy it no matter how good a "deal" you get. You get the best value for your money when the birdseed contains high quality, nutritional ingredients like sunflower seed, safflower seed, peanuts, white millet (but not too much), and tree nuts - these are all foods our local birds eat.


•Keep the seed, nuts, and suet you're offering fresh and dry. ·Use weather guards to keep seed and birds dry. ∙Shake feeders occasionally to keep seed loose. ∙Fill feeders only halfway if bird activity slows. chick-adee-dee!

∙Don't let the food get clumpy or moldy. If it does, disposeperof it chick’and clean the feeder thoroughly. o-ree! • Place your feeders where there is shelter nearby. •Going into winter, clean your feeders thoroughly with a weak bleach solution (1 part bleach to 9 parts water). Rinse well and dry completely in bright sunshine. •Try to clean your feeders once or twice during the winter. If you have multiple birdfeeders, clean them on a rotation basis and have a back-up feeder to fill the empty spot. •Don’t put bread out for the birds. Bread provides empty calories with little of the fat and protein needed by birds. It also fills them up, often at the expense of nutrient-rich foods.



Another way birds prepare for winter is by hiding food. It's called "caching" and it's a valuable behavior birds (and other wildlife) use to gather food while it is plentiful and hide it so that it can be retrieved when food is harder to find. If you watch closely, you may observe this interesting behavior right in your own yard. Watch for birds that carry off a seed or nut and tuck it away in a small hole or the bark of a tree. Jays will cache nuts like acorns in natural holes or under leaf litter.

CACHING FUN FACTS •Titmice will select one seed, shell it if needed, then hide it within 130 feet of the feeder. •Nuthatches prefer to cache unshelled seeds and nuts because they’re easier to transport and hide. •The memory part of the chickadee brain increases in size in the autumn to help them remember where they cached their food. It then shrinks back in the spring!

DECORATE A TREE FOR THE BIRDS As you decorate for the holiday season, why not add a bit of edible decor for the birds in your yard as well? Decorating your birdfeeding station or the trees in your yard is a fun family activity, as is watching the birds feast on the treats put out just for them! Probably the easiest way to decorate your birdfeeding station or a nearby tree is with a birdfood character. Birds love the seeds and nuts that are tightly packed into a snowman or gingerbread people, owl or squirrel shape. And seeing birds perch on the characters is a “hoot” to watch! If it's a craft activity you're looking for, here are a couple recipes for making treats for the birds. PINE CONE FEEDER 1. Attach a natural string, raffia, or ribbon to the big end of a pine cone. 2. Pack Bark Butter® into the cone and slather over entire outside of cone. 3. Roll cone in a birdseed blend to coat, then hang. GRAPEFRUIT FEEDER 1. Poke 3 holes spaced around the edges of a hollowed out citrus half. 2. Run 3 pieces of twine through the holes, tying double or triple knots near the fruit end. 3. Spoon Bark Butter into fruit, then press birdseed blend onto top. 4. Knot the strings at the top, then hang. Hang your treats in a nearby tree so you and your family can enjoy the beautiful birds and creatures that come to enjoy a holiday treat.

A SCANDINAVIAN TRADITION The people of Scandinavia traditionally feed the birds on Christmas Day to ensure good luck in the coming year. Spread birdseed on your doorstep this Christmas morning for good luck throughout the New Year. SS




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ou may be aware of the Poinsettia’s interesting Central American heritage but there’s another tropical plant that has found its way into the American holiday scene…the Christmas cactus. Like the poinsettia, the Christmas cactus is a short day bloomer. This means that decreasing day length is the trigger for the flowering period to begin. The ancestors of our modern Christmas cacti are native to the forests and jungles of South America. Although a true cactus, the Christmas cactus seems to break all the rules of cactus culture. In its native environment the Christmas cactus (Zygocactus truncatus, or Schlumbergera bridgesii) and its relatives, the Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncatus, or Zygocactus truncatus) and Easter cactus (Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri) are all epiphytes. In other words, these are cacti that grow in trees! These forest or jungle cacti grow their roots into the bark of their host tree. Their only access to moisture and nutrients is from rain and droppings that fall from above. When we think of cacti, we automatically think of the desert and bright sunlight. These forest cacti always grow under a canopy of trees and

are never exposed to the full sun of the desert. The environment that these cacti have adapted to is that of the warm, humid jungle with sunlight filtered through the canopy of the forest. The adaptation of the Christmas cactus and its tropical cousins make it an excellent candidate for use as a houseplant. Its habit of flowering just before the winter solstice make it a natural for display during the holiday season. Like the Poinsettia, it takes very little effort to get your Christmas cactus to flower at the right time. Remember the shortening days of September and October are what trigger the flowering cycle. The only way to stop the flowering cycle is by exposing the plant to too much artificial light in the evening after the sun has gone down. During the flowering cycle, keep your Christmas cactus moist (but not soggy). After the blossoms have fallen off you should back off on the water for a couple of months. If it needs repotting, this is the time to do it. Christmas cacti won’t want a normal cactus soil (sandy) but will prefer to be in a soil containing sphagnum. This type of soil would normally be used for orchids, bromeliads or other epiphytic plants. As the days lengthen in early spring, you will want to start light feedings. When nighttime temperatures remain above 50 degrees, you could move your Christmas cactus out for the summer. Remember, this is a forest cactus and will not want to be placed in a very sunny location. Mine spends the summer hanging in an enclosed porch on the northwest side of the house. This location never gets any direct sun except late in the afternoon and even this is blocked by a large lilac planted on the west side of the porch. My Christmas cactus grows like a weed all summer long. During August, I stop feeding it and during September, I will start keeping it drier as well. This will prepare the plant to respond properly to the shortening days with the best possible display of beautiful salmon colored flowers. Since my porch is enclosed, I can leave it in natural light well into October. You will want to leave yours outside as long as possible to insure a response to the approaching solstice. This may involve bringing it in on cold nights and returning it outside the following day. If you must keep it indoors, make sure it is in a room that will be totally dark after the sun goes down. Like the poinsettia, incidental light from a reading lamp can be enough to keep the Christmas cactus from flowering. The Christmas cactus is very easy to grow. The one I have now started from a small 4" potted specimen a few years ago. Now it is in an 8" basket and as I write, is starting to flower with over a hundred buds yet to open. Very easy color. These forest cacti tend to be long lived. I remember one that grew in the window of a barber shop in Chatham, NY that was huge and had apparently been in the family for over a hundred years! A living heirloom.









Corn Salsa & Flatbread Leaf Dippers Corn Salsa:

• 1 avocado

• 1 lb. corn, frozen

• 2 tablespoons Vidalia onion, finely chopped

• 1 red pepper • 1 -14.5 oz. can black beans

• 2 – 4 tablespoons of Cilantro, freshly chopped

• 1 package of Good Seasoning dressing • 1/4 cup white vinegar • 2/3 cup canola oil • 2 tablespoons water

1. Mix the good seasoning package with the white vinegar, canola oil & water. Set aside. 2. Thaw the corn fully. Wash, remove the center and dice the red pepper. Removed the avocado from the outer layer & dice it. Stir the corn, black beans, red pepper, onion, avocado & cilantro together. Stir in a light layer of the good seasoning dressing; approximately ¼ cup. Serve the corn salsa with chips or serve with festive flatbread leaf dippers.

Festive Flatbread Dippers:

• Leaf cookie cutter

• Spinach flatbreads

• Sundried tomato flatbreads

• Whole grain flatbreads

1. Using the leaf cookie cutter, cut out the flatbreads in shapes. 2. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. 3. Coat your baking sheets with a light layer of canola oil or use non stick cooking spray. Lay the leaf shaped flatbreads on to the coated baking sheets. Baste with a very light layer of canola oil & top with a sprinkle of sea salt. 4. Bake for 7-10 minutes, until lightly toasted. Let cool & serve.

Baked Brie with Pears & Walnuts • 7 oz. light Brie

• ¼ cup brown sugar

• 1 pear

• ½ teaspoon cinnamon

• ½ cup finely chopped walnuts 1. Warm up the oven to 375 degrees. 2. Place the cheese in a glass-baking dish. 3. Wash & dry the pear. Dice it into small pieces. 4. Mix the pear together with the walnuts, brown sugar & cinnamon. Pour the mixture over the Brie. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes & serve with whole grain crackers = delish in a dish! 128  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | HOLIDAY 2015 2016


HI, I’M JODIE FITZ! I’m so excited to be sharing some of our family favorites with the readers of Simply Saratoga magazine! I have spent the last six years traveling in SIX (!) states cooking with kids & families… I can relate to the BUSY COOK : ) As my recipe collection continues to grow, I am starting to share some of the recipes that you will find at our house for meals… Enjoyed by both family… and friends! I am always experimenting & creating tasty bites, finding the simplest way to do it & love sharing great flavor and time saving finds along the way.

Apple Cheddar Quesadillas • 1 medium apple

• 2 flour tortillas (10 inch rounds)

• 1 cup sharp cheddar, shredded

• Butter

• 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1. Wash, core and slice the apple. Mix the sliced apples with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon until they are fully covered. 2. Mix 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon with the cheddar cheese. Spread the cheese on to one tortilla round. Add the sliced apples. Top with the other tortilla round. 3. Grill with a light coat of butter on each sides as if you are cooking a grilled cheese. Cut the Apple Cheddar Quesadilla into wedges with a pizza cutter and serve.

Optional: Serve with honey as a topping.

Fall Sangria • 8 oz. 100% apple cider

• 1 gala apple

• 2 oz. Gewürztraminer or Reisling wine

• Cinnamon

• 2 oz. caramel flavored vodka

• Sugar

1. Mix 2 teaspoons of sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Pour the sugar mixture onto a plate or bowl that the opening of your wine glass will fit into. Wet the rim of your glass and coat it with the cinnamon sugar. 2. Wash & cut the gala apple into diced pieces, place a hand full into a Ziploc lunch sized bag with a couple of shakes of cinnamon. Seal the bag & shake it around to coat the apples with cinnamon. Set them aside. 3. Stir or shake together the apple cider, wine & vodka together. Add the apples to the mix & serve.

Lots of Guests? Simply make a pitcher of the apple cider, wine & vodka together taking the measurements above & multiplying them by the number of guests you will be serving. Plan on prepping 1 whole apple for 3-4 glasses. You can soak them in the mixture or add them to the glasses as serving, it’s up to you. Follow the directions above for coating the glasses ahead of time & have your tray ready to fill & serve… You can always catch what’s going on in our lives at www.jodiefitz.com and www.facebook.com/jodiefitzcooks, or check out my new cook books coming soon! saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com


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with Carl Disonell When a man refuses to settle for less, he ends up with the best... Often Often away touring with the all-male revue Hunks The Show, when owner Carl Disonell gets home, he wants it to feel like he is. He first approached KBC Design Studio years before the renovation even begun. With so much time spent on the road, he wanted to take his crowded kitchen and really open it up. It was a project that increased in size after it was taken on and hard decisions had to be made. His standards were unyielding when it came to one of the biggest choices in any kitchen; installing cabinetry in a finish that he genuinely enjoyed. “I looked a lot, a ton, and nothing appealed to me. I wanted it to be low maintenance, unique, and have a lasting look. I wouldn’t have been happy with anything else,” he said. 132  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | HOLIDAY 2016

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Gorgeous custom black walnut cabinetry in the new Loring door style with a riverbed finish by Omega finally gave him precisely what he was looking for. "When I saw it I knew right away. It cost over double, but I just thought if you're going to spend the money, get what you like.” The tumbled backsplash tile set below the wood hood has a neutral color palette that complements the rest of the house. Removing the wall to the rarely used dining room -and four feet from the wall adjacent to the living room- permitted the additional space for a dual purpose island. The work center transitions into a rounded table with barstool seating for casual dining. “What they wound up doing was phenomenal!” It was the attention to details such as inserting doggie doors to accommodate his four Weiner dogs that gave Disonell added pleasure, he said. Working together with him, KBC Design Studio’s owner and designer Christina Cognetta-Feldman, was able to work these details into the design layout, while her assistant, Lead Designer Andrew Hazelton, provided helpful options including selections for the color palette. The end result is something that afforded him a real feeling of satisfaction and has people raving, said Disonell. "Everybody that comes through this front door is flabbergasted because they can't believe it's the same house. They say, 'I can't show this to my wife because then that's what she's going to want'" Disonell’s high-end tastes extend into other areas of his life as well. A recent backyard renovation grew to include a large lagoon pool, deck and top of the line privacy fence. Even when he’s away he had to have the more expensive Raptor touring van for his guys. "I just said, 'I want that'. It's the only thing out there that I liked and that was me,” he said. SS saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com


Time to Decorate the Table...

with Gretchen Schrade-Squires of The Posie Peddler Photos by Blackburn Portrait Design

I chose to do a rich color scheme in deep purples and burgundy, that would provide a suitable palette for the transition from Fall into the winter holiday season. I designed two matching compote containers that anchor the table and mixed in some smaller vessels and candles to create the table scape. Some of the flowers that were used are amnesia roses, tornado cremon mums, sedum, hydrangea, seeded eucalyptus, nigella pods and agonis. I accented the table with candles and some vintage silver pieces that will hold small blossoms. I love to add some fruits/vegetables to the table scape so I chose plums, grapes and peppers that are in the same color scheme. Have fun with it!










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Holiday Art Fair at the National Museum of Dance National Dance Museum, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come get inspired for the Holidays and Celebrate the Arts in Saratoga. Handmade jewelry, fine woven garments, hand crafted leather belts and sculpted buckles, sculpture, functional stoneware and raku pottery, handmade bow ties, quilts, mixed media paintings and much more will be available for sale. Admission is FREE and refreshments are served. For more information visit GordonFineArts.org or Call (518) 852-6478.

South Glens Falls Holiday Parade Rte. 9, South Glens Falls, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Annual South Glens Falls Holiday Parade will take place on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. There will be community groups, bands, floats, costumed characters, and of course, a very special guest, Santa Claus! For more information call (518) 761-1220. Nutcracker Tea at SPAC Hall of Springs, 108 Avenue of the Pines, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This performance of The Nutcracker performed by Northeast Ballet Company is a beloved holiday event for families. $75 for Adults, $35 for Kids (Under 12) For more information go to the SPAC website www.spac.org.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 10th Annual Lake George Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Shepard Park Beach, Lake George, 12:00 p.m. Hundreds of people take the plunge each year in Lake George and at different locations around the state to raise funds for the Special Olympics New York. These daring participants’ help by showing their support for the Special Olympics and raising money for the organization. For more information call (518) 388-0790 x 109. Family Saturdays at the Tang Tang Museum at Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs Tang offers children ages 5 and older a chance to express their creativity in the museum through its Family Saturday’s programs. These free programs use current exhibitions as a starting point to give children (and their adult companions) the opportunity to express their creativity in fun and inspiring ways. Each program includes a brief tour followed by a hands-on art activity, with all materials provided. Space is limited. Reservations can be made starting one week before the program by calling the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080. 4th Annual Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade Historic Downtown Greenwich, NY, 6:30 p.m. Join us for the 4th Annual Lighted Tractor Parade in Downtown Greenwich! Proceeds will support a GCS Scholarship in Agriculture and GGCC activities.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 15th Annual Christopher Dailey Turkey Trot Saratoga Springs City Hall, 8:30 a.m. Each year, on Thanksgiving morning, thousands of runners and walkers congregate in Saratoga Springs NY to race in the annual 5K Turkey Trot race, which benefits the Christopher Dailey Foundation. For more information call (518) 581-1328.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 41st Annual Craft Marketplace Saratoga Springs City Center 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Saratoga Center for the Family's 41st annual Holiday Craft Marketplace will host over 100 crafters offering unique creations including pottery, stained glass, quilts, dolls and much more. For more information call (518) 587-8008.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 The 30th Annual Victorian Street Walk, Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival Downtown Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Music, magic, gingerbread house displays, the Festival of Trees, choral groups, Victorian Costumes, Santa & Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, lots of venues with entertainment, all free and open to the public. For more information call (518) 587-8635. 2016 Saratoga Festival of Trees Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 4 p.m. For more information call (518) 587-5000. The festival runs from the 30th of November to the 4th of December. *For full coverage of the Festival of Trees, the Victorian Streetwalk, the Tree Lighting and Santa’s arrival, please pick up a copy of A SARATOGA CHRISTMAS!







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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 The 12th Annual Saratoga Restaurant Week Participating Restaurants in Saratoga Springs December 2 to December 8 3 course meals for just $10, $20, or $30 and lunch for $5 or $10. For more information visit DiscoverSaratoga.org/RestaurantWeek. To read about TOYS FOR TOGA donations, see page 19. Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting/First Friday Downtown Ballston Spa, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join us for one of the area's favorite hometown traditions. The Ballston Spa Holiday Parade steps off at 6:30 pm with the village Christmas Tree lighting to follow in Wiswall Park. Shops, restaurants and museums will be open for a holiday-themed First Friday. For more information visit www.ballston.org.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 Winter Dance Concert Dance Center Dance Theater, Skidmore College, 8 p.m. Skidmore Dance Department presents works choreographed by the faculty and guest artists. Students & Senior Citizens $5; Adults $10; Box Office opens 45 minutes prior to the performance. cash/check only. Arrive early for best seating. For more information call (518) 580-5392 or Visit: skidmore.edu/dance/.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1O Winter Dance Concert Dance Center Dance Theater, Skidmore College, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Skidmore Dance Department presents works choreographed by the faculty and guest artists. Students & Senior Citizens $5; Adults $10; Box Office opens 45 minutes prior to the performance. cash/check only. Arrive early for best seating. For more information call (518) 580-5392 or Visit: skid more.edu/dance/.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 A Saratoga Christmas with The McKrells Spa Little Theater, 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs, 7 to 9 p.m. Home Made Theater continues their tradition of hosting Christmas shows with Kevin McKrell and his merry musicians. Join Home Made Theater for an evening of Christmas favorites, Kevin’s trademark sound, and their popular rendition of A Visit from St. Nick (‘Twas the Night Before Christmas). For more information visit homemadetheater.org.


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 19th Annual First Night Saratoga 5K Skidmore College Athletic Complex, Saratoga Springs, 5:30 p.m. Start and finish on the beautiful Skidmore campus. The first ¾ mile is a gradual uphill on the perimeter road. The course exits the campus at Clinton Avenue and continues to Greenfield Avenue, continuing up North Broadway and back to campus. This is a moderately challenging course, including both hills and downgrades. For more information visit Saratoga-Arts.org/firstnight/5krun. First Night Saratoga- 20th Anniversary Downtown Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. First Night is a New Year's celebration of the arts and community. Saratoga's First Night is the largest New Year's event outside of New York City. Each year, thousands of revelers come to Saratoga Springs to experience a wide-ranging variety of arts and music. It is a true showcase of the diverse and immense talent in the Capital-Saratoga region. For more information visit saratoga-arts.org/firstnight.

MONDAY, JANUARY 23 21st Annual Frost Faire Saratoga National Historical Park, 648 Route 32, Stillwater 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Snow, or no snow…come enjoy the 21st Annual Frost Faire. If there’s snow, bring your snow tube or plastic sled for spectacular rides on the “Big Hill.” If there’s no snow, escape cabin fever with winter nature trek, contra-dancing, special exhibits, games, plus hot chocolate and cookies by the bonfire. The event is free.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Chowderfest Saratoga Springs, NY 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each year during the Saratoga Springs Winterfest, the popular event called Chowderfest brings thousands to downtown Saratoga. Come join local restaurants in Saratoga as they offer samples of their best chowder all afternoon long. Brought to you by The Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau.


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String Art Kit Crystal Growing Kit Extra Cozy Holiday Socks Watercolor Set Spirit Hoodie The Good Night Light


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Mermaid or Shark Tail Blanket Twilight Turtle (make your room into space!) Magnetic Dart Board Piggy Bank (a classic) Dr. Eureka Game

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Cuddle Buddy Science Experiment Set Buddha Board Knit Monster Hat






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14 10 Zen Art! Simply paint on the surface with water and your creation will come to life. Then, as the water slowly evaporates, your art will magically disappear leaving you with a clean slate, ready to create a whole new masterpiece. Find it at Crafter's Gallery.

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Thank You Gail Stein for this submission! saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com


Editor's Choice

Love overflows and Joy never ends In a Home that’s Blessed with Family and Friends. I just love this front door, this WELCOMING ENTRANCE TO Kimberly and Alan’s home. …and if I could fill 150 pages on the Thanksgiving Holiday - this would’ve been my cover! I just love this couple, and think of them as the “Chip & Joanna Gaines of Upstate NY” Read all about them… their home, their horses, their business and the life they are building together – starting on page 50


(Front door decor by Blooms Wedding & Events, photo by Rob Spring Photography) 146  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | HOLIDAY 2016




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