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Spring 2017 Complimentary











81-97 Craft Artisanal Small Batch Traditional Local …whatever you call it, you should know these local food producers.


Meet the goats of Nettle Meadow Farm!









Architecturally Speaking

Saratoga Auto Auction


Entertaining Made Easy with Jodie Fitz


Good Advice by Meghan Lemery Fritz


Birdwatching with Nancy Castillo


The Mastroianni's… A Saratoga Family


Let it GO! with Jordana Turcotte


Preserving Saratoga


Post Time Memories with Dennis Hogan


Gardening with Peter Bowden


The Collectors' Quest


Our History


Local Artisans




Our restauraunt feature is... Salt and Char


Our Cover

Artist Catana Chetwynd from Cat Chalks and Catana Comics. Photo by John Seymour photography. See more about Cantana on page 65.




Owner/Publisher Chad Beatty

Chris Vallone Bushee Managing Editor

Happy Spring Saratoga! I can’t wait to introduce you to the local food artisans we chose for this issue …and the adorable farm animals! (page 46) We're talking goats AND cows here! Just the thought of being able to PRODUCE something from your own land is such an accomplishment to me these people have perfected their craft and in no easy manner - farming is hard! I first saw Allison Leigh's work hanging on the walls at Saratoga Tea & Honey and just fell in love with her delicate precision. When I discovered Maryann Schmidt's work at Creative Sparks - I was blown away - nothing DELICATE here! She has these massive canvases up on the walls and you are consumed by her art - it feels so REAL! I imagine most of you have seen Cat Chetwynd chalking on Broadway (and then you stopped and watched - who can pass that up?!) and I'm thinking (hoping!) that I'm introducing someone NEW to you in the waythe of Erik Johnsen, but with the debut of his Mad Science Handbook, he should be a household name any day now : ) I hope you enjoy meeting these artists as much as I've enjoyed showcasing their work (page 59-69).

I'd like to warn everybody… I think Terri may add addictive ingredients to her yogurt cake : )

Look who we ran into at Salt and Char… Dave & Margaret De Paulo from Bella Builders 12  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MARCH/APRIL 2017

General Manager Robin Mitchell

Managing Editor Chris Vallone Bushee

If you haven’t been to Broadway's newest restaurant, Salt & Char, I'd like to invite you to join us. If you have been… I'm sure you're fast becoming a regular! (page 16) You can tell warmer days are coming… our SAVE THE DATE section is filled with all kinds of great activities to get you out of any winter slump you may have been experiencing. I love doing mags like this one... When I can introduce you to some of the area's oldest, yet most vibrant residents (page 70), as well as a local bee keeper and a chalk artist, I feel like we're fulfilling the purpose of having a lifestyle publication, in addition to Saratoga TODAY newspaper. Simply Saratoga magazine brings you… the people, the places, the lifestyle. We hope you enjoy this issue and I must close with a THANK YOU to our readers …and advertisers! Without them, we wouldn’t be able to provide these beautiful publications - free of charge - to our thousands of readers. Please, mention us by name when visiting them. And keep those comments coming I LOVE hearing from you


Graphic Designer Kacie Cotter-Sacala

Advertising Designer Morgan Rook

Advertising Sales Jim Daley Cindy Durfey

Contributing Writers

Samantha Bosshart Peter Bowden Nancy Castillo Alice Corey Dave Delozier Jodie Fitz Carol Godette Megan Harrington Dennis G. Hogan Charlie Kuenzel Meghan Lemery Fritz Megin Potter Hal Raven Jordana Turcotte Maureen Werther

Photographers Blackburn Portrait Design Peter Bowden Nancy Castillo Alice Corey Photograpghy Bill Nack NYS Maple Greer Photography The George Bolster Collection Randall Perry Photography John Seymour Saratoga Lake Association Sharon Schindler Photography

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CONTRIBUTORS MEGAN HARRINGTON SAMANTHA BOSSHART Samantha Bosshart joined the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation in 2008. As Executive Director, she advocates for the preservation of the unique architecture and rich heritage of Saratoga Springs. Samantha previously worked at Historic Albany Foundation and Galveston Historical Foundation. Samantha completed her coursework for a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University and received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Indiana University.

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.

NANCY CASTILLO 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 call-in program. Nancy and her spouse enjoy watching birds at their feeders from their log home west of Saratoga.

ALICE COREY Alice Corey is a freelance writer and professional photographer located in Saratoga County, specializing in newborns, weddings, and commercial work. After a career as a critical care RN, Alice managed a territory for Pfizer pharmaceuticals for a decade. She is a self proclaimed wine snob, food enthusiast, and loves the Saratoga social scene. Alice resides in Ballston Spa with her husband Michael and her two young daughters. You can find more of her work @

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.

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:


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.

DENNIS G. HOGAN 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 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.

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

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.

JORDANA TURCOTTE Jordana Turcotte is a lifelong New Yorker and a Saratoga County resident since graduating from RPI. After staying at home for a bit with her children (now 10 and 8), she decided on the “rest of her life job” as Professional Organizer. Starting Simply You in 2008 fulfills a passion for organizing. When she isn’t organizing, you’ll find her volunteering at her kids’ school, being Mommy chauffeur or hanging out with her two rescue dogs.

MAUREEN WERTHER Maureen Werther is the owner of WriteForYou, a professional freelance writing service specializing in business writing, web and blog content, and creative non-fiction. Her articles, essays and white papers appear on the pages of businesses on the web and around the globe. She is also a regular contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and journals throughout the Capital Region. She is the author of a soon to be published book, “Them That Has, Gets,” the story of historical 1790’s estate in Schroon Lake and the colorful history of its owners. Currently, she is working on a memoir detailing her roller-coaster adventures as owner of Pie ala Moe, a gourmet pie and tart company she started in 2008, in the midst of the recession.


SALT & CHAR Written and Photographed by Alice Corey

The Smoking Gun

Mashed Potatoes


Raspberry “Cartwheel”

Brussels Sprouts

Modern American Steakhouse

uses traditional French techniques, locally farmed meats and produce, and community focused hospitality to deliver a true farm to table experience to Saratoga Springs. At the upscale Salt & Char restaurant, adjacent to the historic Adelphi Hotel, knowledge and meticulous technique at the bar and in the kitchen make this restaurant stand out. Adorned with black and white geometrical tile and black charred wooden paneling on the walls, the dining room offers a mix of rustic tactile leather elements and modern style. Silver light bulbs in a circular pattern welcome guests in the foyer. Captains (lead wait staff) don leather aprons that mimic the leather chair covers and placemats, bringing the steakhouse atmosphere to culmination. While the 3-season outdoor dining space, known as the-place-to-be-seen in Saratoga, is some of the most coveted summer real estate in town, the restaurant and management team’s sense of community is welcoming Saratoga residents far beyond the 6-week summer meet. Offering affordable weekday lunches, most under $20 and “date night” specials, Salt and Char maintains the establishment’s signature quality from the exceptional service to the unique culinary experience. Wednesday night is Burger Night which offers a burger, frittes and Bordeaux for $25 or burger, frittes and Saratoga Lager for $20. On Sundays, guests are invited to enjoy steak and frittes for just $20 and $5 martinis from 11 a.m on. A private dining room with room for ten, offers guests from near and far an intimate dining space for more private or special occasions. In addition, the second floor is home to an event space - perfect for events from showers to weddings. The bar is as much a draw at Salt & Char as the steak is. Each artisanal cocktail is hand crafted in old world fashion with modern day flair.

Dry Aged Porterhouse Steak

Offering a substantial array of brown spirits, an extensive wine list, and a mix of classic and original cocktails carefully selected by the Restaurant Manager, Courtney. Simply Saratoga’s Managing Editor, Chris Bushee and I sampled a Raspberry “Cartwheel” -a light and airy, frothy cocktail with MARCH/APRIL 2017 | SIMPLY SARATOGA  | 17

From left to right: Justin Feliciano, Chef Tournat Braden Reardon, Executive Chef Jon Colbert, Chef de Partie Nicholas Karoly, Chef de Cuisine

Pastry Chef, Michele Hunter

an unexpected earthiness. Prepared with Jameson’s, raspberries, raspberry and tarragon shrub*, Punt e Mes, and egg white for us by Bartender Ralph De Santis. We also were served “The Smoking Gun” prepared with Johnnie Walker Black, Contratto bitter, coffee liqueur, and flaming orange zest by bartender JackieRoy Coffey. We ended our time at the bar with a classic vodka martini that was the perfect complement to the “sneak peek” calamari appetizer (not even on the menu yet!). Lightly fried and full of flavor, I’m not sure if the sauce or the presentation was my favorite part!

Ceramic tile by Hudson Valley Mosaic Tile & Marble Corp, Albany, NY

The sparkling stainless steel kitchen behind the best porch on Broadway is home to a culinary family that is remarkable, not only in Saratoga, but in the entire capital region. Led by Executive Chef Braden Reardon, whose leadership philosophy is drawn from his worldwide travel says “you’re only as good as your weakest chef,” it is this that inspires him to elevate his team to be better. In Japan they ask “Ogenki desuka” which translates to “How is your energy?” and in Costa Rica they say “pura vida” which translates to “plenty of life” or “real living.” Braden greets his staff with these two thoughts each day upon arrival.... he truly cares about these people working side-by-side with him. It is this close-knit family atmosphere that allows them to dance around each other in a tight kitchen with impeccable precision and grace to produce a new take on steakhouse classics. *shrub: A shrub is a sweetened and flavored "drinking vinegar" from the colonial era, currently seeing a resurgence in popularity at craft cocktail bars.


Executive Chef, Braden Reardon

Chef Braden worked his way up through the trenches and his path diverged several times on his way to the management table. With a resume resembling the makings of a “made-forTV movie,” he began at the ground level as a dishwasher in Tampa, Fl. After a brief time as a runaway, Chef Braden became an emancipated minor and utilized his freedom to take Advanced Placement courses. When his early studies were complete, he took time to travel. After a time in Ocean City Maryland, his love for conservation led him to pursue a degree in Zoology and Marine Biology at the University of Florida. While in Florida he spent his spare time working at a local farm-to-table restaurant. From there he traveled to Japan and Costa Rica before landing on the West Coast in Seattle and Portland.

Ahi Tuna

Dry Aged Porterhouse French Onion Soup

He spent his time couch surfing and doing odd jobs in a nomadic search to find his path. He found himself at a fork in the road that would force him to choose between getting advanced degrees - and then, inevitably, spending long hours in a lab as a Marine Biologist - or getting back to his roots… his love for food. It was at that fork in the road that Chef Braden decided he could have more impact as a Chef. So he moved to San Francisco and worked as Chef de Cuisine at the acclaimed Restaurant and Pizzeria Picco. From the West Coast he traveled to Alaska and worked as a deckhand: fishing Salmon, King and Ophelia crab for four years. His love for conservation and the ocean inspired this part of his life. Then as love often does, it led him to NYC where he worked at the Odeon and later, the acclaimed Cafe Cluny. In NYC he learned how to use expert cooking techniques to enhance an often inferior product. High volume and


inferior products pushed the limits of his techniques and challenged him to become a better chef. He then went on to become the Executive Sous Chef of Blue Water Grill, Executive Chef at BLT Steak where his role expanded to Corporate Chef for their parent company, ESquared Hospitality. Most recently, Chef Braden was the Executive Chef of NY Steak Manhattan, the steakhouse of the New York Yankees as well as overseeing culinary operations at NYY Steak’s Yankee Stadium outpost.

Steven Bouchard, Captain

Loic Ngyuen, Captain


Although it was his tumultuous childhood that forced him into the kitchen as a young child to cook for his family, his Irish Grandmother, a dairy and vegetable farmer in Pennsylvania was his true inspiration for pursuing a career utilizing sustainable ingredients to produce a culinary experience worth remembering. It is these roots that inspired him to navigate his fast-paced career from LA and NYC to a more community-based establishment where he could forge relationships with local farmers and butchers here in Saratoga Springs. “We are very grateful to be a part of a community that appreciates quality,” Chef Braden says. Chef Braden and the Adelphi Management team are truly interested in sustainability and conservation which led them to purchase property at 41 Washington Street which will house the commissary that will stock all three restaurants in the Adelphi complex. The three separate restaurants will each have a different purpose. The Conservatory will be focused on fine dining, the second will host a relaxed but delectable bar menu including sushi and wood fired pizza, and Salt & Char will maintain the Modern American steakhouse menu, a wide barrel of brunch offerings and an approachable welcoming atmosphere. Speaking of the Salt & Char menu, it boasts traditional steakhouse classics with a modern French flair. We started our meal with the French onion soup – a staple on a steakhouse menu - this version was truly unique. Prepared with sherry in a gruyere puff pastry, served with a side of bone marrow, it was a sight to behold. Chef recommends poking a hole in the top of the gruyere puff pastry and spooning the bone marrow into the French onion soup for extra flavor.

We then moved on to the Ahi Tuna tartar, seasoned to perfection and served with avocado, Asian pears, ponzu and cassava chips. The freshness and flavor of the tuna was augmented by the crisp and savory cassava chips. Warm bread was served in a wooden trough with real cream butter in a simple but perfect fashion. The house bread is fresh baked by Tribeca Oven. Then the piece de resistance… the 34-ounce, dry aged porterhouse, served on a wooden cutting board. This prime cut of beef is dry aged for an average of 28-35 days and meant to serve 2 people. Cooked in an oven at 1,700 degrees and tested by temperature, the porterhouse was meltin-your-mouth tender. The flavor heightened by a brown butter and roasted garlic marinade applied directly upon plating. While this steak - possibly the best steak either of has ever eaten was perfection alone, the restaurant offers several sauces as an accompaniment. We tried three - the sauce béarnaise, lime chimichurri, and sauce au poivre. Chris’s favorite was the classic béarnaise while I equally enjoyed the freshness of the lime chimichurri and the flavor of the au poivre. Traditionally prepared Brussels sprouts were tender and crisp and served in their own dish on the side, as were the creamiest mashed potatoes in just the right portion.

Bartender Ralph DeSantis. Grapefruit Granitée & Hazelnut Crème Brûlée

As our experience neared the end we were treated to Hazelnut Crème Brûlée with grapefruit granitée and the warm Chocolate Cake with espresso cream, dark chocolate crunch, and double iced milk. Both exceptional and memorable. As a compliment to each table, an assortment of four mini-dessert offerings are served making the ending to our evening a little sweeter. Chocolate cake, raspberry bar, key lime pie and a pistachio meringue adorn the small plate prepared by pastry chef Michelle. I also hear she bakes pretzel rolls fresh daily! I am totally going back!!

The Smoking Gun Charred wood by Valente Lumber, Averill Park. Charred wood installed by BCI Construction Co., Albany.

I can hardly wait until the other two restaurants open within the Adelphi campus this summer. We hear that every room in the Adelphi hotel will have an original piece that has been maintained, as ownership wishes to preserve many of the historical elements that make the Adelphi Hotel near and dear to the Saratoga Community. In true Michelin rating fashion, we would rate Salt & Char with three stars… “exceptional cuisine, worth a special trip”

Bartender Jackie Roy Coffey.

“We want people to REALLY feel special, to feel valued. To do this we aim to offer hospitality on every level. It starts with sourcing the best ingredients, utilizing the best cooking techniques, the best presentation, and focusing on the experience for our guests” -Alex Miller, General Manager of Salt & Char.

Kudos to every member of the Salt & Char team for their level of knowledge, hospitality, and skill!




1931 Ford Model A Woodie

1957 Chrysler 300C “Letter Car” 1 of 3 remaining built for NASCAR.

Save the Date:

1957 Ford Thunderbird E Series


2003 Maserati Spyder Convertible


organization’s operating costs and to continue improving the museum’s activities.

Because it’s 2017, cars from the 60s, 70s, and 80s are now considered collector cars. Mass produced at what many think of as, the end of the golden age for the automobile, they are vehicles that made history with their creative design, enhanced performance, and increased availability. These are the muscle cars that turned anyone into a racecar driver and everyone into a fascinated spectator.

With an expected 150-250 vehicles to be auctioned off, Whiteside, who was formally with the renowned RM Sotheby’s Auction House, has recently travelled to Florida, Arizona and throughout the Northeast to inspect consigned vehicles for the show.

It used to be getting your hands on one of these cars fresh off the auction block was much like trying to get a good glass of sweet tea, it meant travelling south. Large classic car auctions put on by Mecum, Barrett-Jackson, and Auctions America put thousands of cars up for sale, attracting top name celebrities and enthusiastic collectors.

Featured will be a range of cars to be sold both on reserve and with no reserve; including an award-winning 1931 Ford A Woodie, a 1957 Ford Thunderbird E Series, a rare NASCAR 1957 Chrysler 300C letter car, a 1964 Porsche 356 Model B, and a 2003 Maserati Spyder Convertible, among others. Wooden boats will also be for sale.

For the first time, the excitement of a collector car auction will be here in Saratoga. “There’s a phenomenal amount of classic cars out there that people can afford,” said Jeff Whiteside, Auction Director at the Saratoga Auto Museum. They will be using the auction’s proceeds to help supplement donor contributions for the non-profit

“These are the kind of cars that when you see them driving down the street, you turn around to look,” said Whiteside.

“Our goal is to have a wide variety of cars that a lot of people are going to be interested in,” said Whiteside. The Saratoga Auto Auction is scheduled for September 22nd and 23rd at SPAC. A selection of food will be available and highend manufacturers representing Ferrari, Alpha Romeo, Tesla and others will be set up.

An event like this lets the lines between buyers, sellers, spectators, and advertisers merge, creating an intense anticipation within the community. “This could become one of the biggest events in Saratoga,” said Whiteside. Urging consignors to sign up early, Whiteside said pre-show displays are beginning the last weekend in March at the Saratoga Auto Museum and will continue until the auction. An exhibit detailing the history of the auto auction will be highlighted by a rotating display of the actual cars for sale, giving visitors a unique extended up-close look at what will be available. A full-color catalog is forthcoming, as well. “I think cars are like art – they’re just so beautiful,” said Whiteside. Art that can be driven, being sold in a spectacular setting, filled with passionate people. “It’s going to be phenomenal,” said Whiteside.


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THE ART OF LISTENING MEGHAN LEMERY FRITZ LCSW-R Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College, PA. for more information: Email

MOST OF THE TIME when we are having a conversation with someone else, we are focused less on what they are saying, and more on how we will respond. We can be distracted thinking about our grocery list or silently judging the person for what they are saying. This lack of connection can lead to shallow relationships and feeling disconnected to ourselves and others. It may be very rare that we actually take the time to stop, listen and really be present with another person. This will result in feeling distracted and disconnected to yourself and others. One of the things I love about the word LISTEN is it also spells SILENT. When we are truly listening - we are silent - taking in what someone else is really saying. This silence creates a space for us to truly connect and share an authentic moment with another person. When you truly slow down and focus on listening to someone else you will be able to feel more empathy and compassion for others. You can also have this experience simply by listening to your feelings on a deeper level instead of minimizing or dismissing them. When you dismiss your feelings continually you will feel an undercurrent of anxiety in your everyday life. Practicing the art of listening gives you the chance to develop your ability to feel empathy for others instead of judging them. For 24  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MARCH/APRIL 2017

One of the biggest benefits of therapy and working with a therapist isn’t necessarily what the therapist says, but rather, sometimes the real healing comes from feeling heard and being validated. Another person is fully present, tuned in and engaged in hearing you express your thoughts and feelings. This simple act can make you feel lighter, less isolated and more positive in general.

example, next time a family member begins to express their anger about something instead of feeling defensive, backing away or avoiding them, be present with their feelings and truly listen to what they are saying. You will find that while the person is expressing their anger about something they are really communicating pain. Instead of feeling threatened or attacked by the anger you begin to develop a more compassionate stance toward them and are able to connect and diffuse a potential argument. One way to connect on a deeper level to the teenagers in your life is to take a step back and really listen when they are expressing frustration and anger. Listening allows the silence to give you a deeper insight and wisdom that is not available to you if you immediately go into lecture mode. Simply letting your emotional teenager express their anger and feelings will help develop a better bond and trust between you. They will be willing to share more of their feelings with you if they feel you are truly invested in listening to what they have to say before you judge or discipline. Have you ever been around someone and every time you try to share something about your life they turn it around and begin talking about themselves? Or they immediately compare it to a situation in their life, or they give you advice on what

you should do to fix the situation? This will leave you feeling more frustrated after speaking with them instead of relieved. Evaluate the friend circle in your life and if you are the one doing all the listening take a step back from these shallow friendships and begin to search for some new, deeper connections. Developing the ability to listen on a deep level is a spiritual practice that you can apply daily. It will bring a deeper peace into your everyday life and leave you feeling more connected to yourself and others. Begin to be aware of how you interact with others. Are you really listening or just thinking about what you will say next? Start practicing the silence that listening can bring and you will find your relationships deepen. You will feel greater peace, more compassion, empathy and less anxiety in your everyday life. You will also find that you become less tolerant of people around you who interrupt or make every conversation about themselves. Don’t settle for the shallow in your life, make small changes daily that will develop your spiritual life and create more peace in everyday living. Listen and let the silence this creates enhance your life in every way!




Saratoga Families...



We knew immediately that this was home. -Jamie

Shortly after the Mastroianni family moved to Saratoga Springs, they hit the ground running - literally! Jamie, Anthony, and their son, Joseph, own iRun LOCAL, the one and only running store in downtown Saratoga. We can’t wait to introduce you to this fit and friendly family!

went to work on building the framework of iRun LOCAL.” The couple opened the store in 2014 and three years in, they have built a vibrant business. From Happy Hour runs to family-friendly Scavenger runs, the store is not just a place to buy gear – it’s become a hub for local runners to socialize, learn, and train.

Jamie and Anthony spent the years after college exploring different areas of the country. From coastal California to Philadelphia to Baltimore to upstate New York, the couple was always eager to take on new adventures. In 2011, Anthony was offered a great job opportunity in upstate New York and the newlyweds decided to make the move. Jamie says, “Neither of us had been north of NYC so the opportunity was exciting and scary all at the same time.” The couple explored neighborhoods in Albany and Syracuse, but none of the communities felt quite right. After an unsuccessful househunting visit upstate, a gentleman at their hotel suggested they take a look at Saratoga Springs. The Mastroiannis heeded his advice and Jamie says, “We knew immediately that this was home.”

In addition to their business, the past few months have been busy for another very important reason – the Mastroiannis are the proud parents of 1-year-old Joseph. Jamie says, “This became one of the most blessed years of our lives when we welcomed our son into our family in February 2016.” Time for running is more limited these days, but Jamie says that when spring arrives, they’ll be ready to go with the jogging stroller.

Jamie and Anthony have been runners since their early days as a couple and shortly after moving to the Spa City, they decided to train for their first marathon. During countless loops around Skidmore and through SPAC, the idea for a local running store was born. Jamie explains, “Anyone who is out and about in Saratoga will quickly see that this is a very active community with tons of runners. So much of Saratoga’s commerce is supported by small, local businesses and we were surprised that we had to drive to Wilton to get our running basics. We began a business plan and worked with the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce (specifically their SCORE mentors) and

Beyond running and managing their small business, the Mastroianni family is also passionate about participating in the local community. They attend Life.Church each week and volunteer for a number of organizations including: serving meals to the hungry through the City Mission of Schenectady, serving as secretary for the Saratoga Stryders running club (Jamie), and serving on the Board of Trustees at Katrina Trask Nursery School and Grants to You Saratoga (Anthony). Jamie says, “We have also partnered with the Franklin Community Center and try to find creative ways to introduce our runners to their amazing services such as their emergency food pantry by making them a stop on our Scavenger Run so people can donate.” Whether they’re exploring the world through travel or volunteering down the street, the Mastroiannis bring enthusiasm to everything they do and Saratoga is lucky to have them. SS MARCH/APRIL 2017 | SIMPLY SARATOGA  | 27




102 Lincoln Avenue • Inn at Five Points



SARATOGA Springs is known for its quaint bed and breakfasts located throughout the city drawing the attention of hundreds of visitors each year. James and Eilis Petrosino became enamored with this area because of its architecture, history, concerts, race course, and beautiful seasons. The couple traveled from Hyde Park, NY to Saratoga Springs every chance they could prior to purchasing what they affectionately call the “doll house” on the east side. They fell in love with the Stick style house and could envision perfectly marrying their love of event planning and the culinary arts there. In September of 2015, they purchased 102 Lincoln Avenue, formerly the Westchester House, from Robert and Stephanie Melvin who had operated a bed and breakfast there for nearly 30 years. The Petrosinos, wanting to open a bed and breakfast and make it their own, did an extensive remodel and opened the Inn at Five Points in 2016. “We consider it a living being and adopted it as a family member, lovingly caring for it,” said Eilis. They took great care in maintaining many of the original details throughout the house including original moldings, dumb waiter, and window and door hardware.


Interior of Inn at Five Points.

Eilis doing some interior work. The property at 102 Lincoln Avenue, formerly known as South Street, was originally part of the land owned by John Clarke, who was the first to bottle Saratoga’s famed spring waters. After a series of different owners the property was purchased in 1885 by George W. King, a physician who lived with his wife in the adjacent town of Wilton. He and his wife had one son, Almeron, who was a carpenter by trade and had worked on the construction of many of the large buildings in Saratoga, including the Windsor Hotel on Broadway which was also in the Stick style. Since Almeron worked in construction, he most likely built the house. He clearly was a skilled craftsman as evidenced by the beautiful carpentry details throughout the exterior and interior of the house. Built in 1886, the Inn at Five Points features exterior wooden wall cladding interrupted by patterns of horizontal, vertical, and diagonal boards raised from the wall surface for emphasis; varied patterns of wood siding and shingles; a square tower; and steeply pitched roof with exposed rafter tails, all of which are typical of the Stick style that was popular between 1860 and 1890. The interior features skilled carpentry details such as the handsome paneled wainscoting and


Eilis & James Petrosino

doors as well as the lovely staircase with beautiful turned wood balusters and carved wood newel post. Almeron and his family were the first residents of the house. Upon graduating from medical school in 1897, Almeron and Ella’s only child, Dr. Earl H. King, opened his office at the home and practiced medicine there until 1899. In 1899, Lavinia Edwards purchased the property. Lavinia and her husband Gustavus, a traveling salesman, lived in the home with their son Edward. Edward had a variety of jobs; he was a bookkeeper, an employee of the Eastern Estate Tea Co., and a salesman. Gustavus passed away in 1915 and Lavinia and Edward continued to reside in the home until 1923 when they sold the house to Isaac Spieser of New York City and Bertha Blond of the Bronx. Isaac and Bertha converted the home into the Edwards House, a boarding house that they operated. The property was listed as vacant multiple times between 1925 and 1936 until Isaac, Bertha and others were forced to sell the property at public auction because of mortgage foreclosure. Moses and Anna Charak purchased the property in 1936. After the passing of her husband in 1946, Anna remained in the house until she sold it in 1984. After a brief speculative ownership, the Melvins purchased the property in 1986 and opened the Westchester House.

The Inn at Five Points has had a strong social media presence allowing people to follow their renovations, guest experiences, and their beloved Bernese Mountain Dog Beverly enjoying her new adventure. People had their first opportunity to see the beautiful details of the Inn at Five Points while work was still taking place during the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation’s first spring Historic Homes Tour that took place last May. You can have the rare opportunity to see the interiors of several homes throughout Saratoga Springs again during this year’s Historic Homes Tour which will take place on Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance are $30 for SSPF members and $40 for non-members. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit or call (518) 587-5030.

Founded in 1977, the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation is a private, not-for-profit organization that promotes preservation and enhancement of the architectural, cultural and landscaped heritage of Saratoga Springs. To learn more or to become a member, please visit SS MARCH/APRIL 2017 | SIMPLY SARATOGA  | 31

Author Bill Nack with actress Diane Lane on the set of the film Secretariat. © Bill Nack

Post Time Memories

with Dennis G. Hogan

Big Horse Journal Close your eyes and imagine a checkerboard of white and royal blue blocks – now what else do you see? I’ll wager it’s the image of the great Secretariat and the iconic colors of Virginia’s Meadow Stable. Certainly, he’ll be remembered as one of the greatest Thoroughbreds of the twentieth century, and his two-tone silks may be the most recognizable of all time – though it’s the authoritative account: Big Red of Meadow Stable, Secretariat, the Making of a Champion, that we visit today. Not to be outdone by horse or connections - it is one of the most notable Thoroughbred tales ever put to paper. Yet the story doesn't begin with Secretariat; it begins with his Derby-winning stablemate Riva Ridge. Chicago native William Nack grew up around race horses. As a young man he walked ‘hots’ at Arlington Park; it didn’t bring much fanfare but it was a life he loved. Early on he told his dad he wanted to follow the outfit from Chicago to New York. ‘Why don’t you just join the circus and get it over with?!’ His father exclaimed. Nack’s mentor at Arlington, groom Paul Parker, also cautioned the youngster on the rigors of the lifestyle. Parker was emphatic in his plea that Bill get an education and have something to fall back on. In time, sense took hold and Bill earned a degree in journalism. After a stint in the service and a tour in Vietnam, Nack moved east and became a beat writer for Long Island, NY’s daily periodical Newsday. He covered local government affairs and environmental issues until one day - when the job he had, merged with the life he loved.

At an annual Christmas party the young scribe stood upon a table and reeled off the names of every Kentucky Derby winner since its inception in 1875. So moved was his editor, Nack was promptly reassigned to covering sports, notably horse racing. “One of my first assignments was the 1972 Kentucky Derby,” recalls the 76-year-old Nack. “And while I was at Churchill Downs, who do I run into but my old friend Paul Parker. He was a trainer by this time and was campaigning a horse named Kentuckian.

in 25 years - and Bill Nack covered it all. “My original desire was to write magazine stories, thinking someone would be interested in a story about bringing a horse up to the Triple Crown. Then the following spring Mike McGrady, a columnist and a good friend, said to me, ‘Hey, tell me about that Secretariat you’re writing about.’ ‘He’s really looking good,’ I said. ‘He’s won the Bayshore, and the Gotham, and he’s looking terrific.’

‘What are you doing here?’ He asked.

‘When was the last time a horse won the Triple Crown?’ He asked.

‘I’m a turf writer.’ I answered.

‘1948. I don’t think he’ll win it but he’s got a chance.’

‘Alright!’ Said Paul, ever thankful that I had taken his advice about going to college.

’Ya’ got a lotta’ stuff?’ Mike asked.

“A horse by the name of Riva Ridge won the Derby, then lost the Preakness, but was favored to win the Belmont Stakes. I was at Belmont Park each morning hanging around his stall as part of my coverage when one day Riva’s exercise rider, a guy by the name of Jimmy Gaffney, came up to me and said, ‘I want to show you something.’ “We went down the shed row and looked into this stall and there was this gorgeous-looking chestnut. ‘Who’s that?’ I asked. ‘He looks like a show horse.’ ‘This horse is going to make everybody forget Riva Ridge.’ Said Gaffney. ‘They call him Secretariat. And he can run!’ “Two weeks later he started. He got creamed and finished fourth, but in his next start he galloped. He took off like a roman candle and I held on.” And hold on he did, as Secretariat won 16 of his remaining 19 races and breathed new life into a racing world that hadn’t seen a Triple Crown winner


‘Between this year and last, I’ve got enough to write a book.’ “He looked at me and said, ‘That’s your book!’ “Mike introduced me to a publisher who agreed that if the horse won the Triple Crown, he’d publish my book. It was released in ’75 and has been in and out of print ever since. “What I find interesting is that there must be some sort of design to the universe. First, I’m reunited with the man who made me a turf writer, and out of fifteen hundred horses stabled in seventy barns throughout Belmont Park, I happened to be hanging around the one where Secretariat was, and it was all thanks to Riva Ridge.” Bill Nack will travel back to Saratoga this coming August to participate in Equestricon, an international celebration of horse racing, where he’ll host a presentation on all things Secretariat. Until then, pick up a copy of his book Big Red of Meadow Stable, and hold on tight, for this roman candle of a horse is still firing today. SS






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aratoga Springs’ slogan has always been “Health, History and Horses” with water providing the health component. In the early days of our great city, the mineral springs were all privately owned and those owners built covers over the springs, maintained the property and paid the taxes. In 1811 Gideon Putnam set forth a set of three rules for the use of the mineral springs in Saratoga Springs and the third of those rules was that the water would always be free at the spring. Since free water became the tradition, it was difficult to make a profit on a mineral spring unless you bottled the waters or offered mineral baths. Drinking and bottling mineral water was always a bigger operation than mineral baths, but baths still added to the charm of the city as a health resort. The story of mineral baths is the story of two separate eras, the early years and then the development of the Spa State Park in the 20th century. The early era of mineral bath history started with the first mineral bath


at the Old Red Spring in 1784 and was called Bryan’s Bath House. This was the operation of Alexander Bryan who was operating an inn on the site of today’s Olde Bryan Inn. The Old Red Spring was discovered in the 1770s by Samuel Norton and became known as a cure for skin and eye ailments. The other early bath house was not very elaborate. In fact, its name, The Barrel Spring says it all. The operation was based on a barrel that had been fixed in the ground around the spot where the mineral water bubbled from the earth. For a modest fee the guest would disrobe and jump in the barrel and then was removed after a set time. The Barrel Spring was in the High Rock area and was later re-named the Seltzer because of its close resemblance in taste to the famous Seltzer Spring in Germany. The Old Red and The Barrel were examples of early baths that were very crude cold water baths with no extra charm. Even though the early baths were crude, people still came to take the baths as a daily health practice. In 1876 the Old Red Bath House

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when bought by Dr. Strong in the mid 1800s. Dr. Strong’s was a highvolume bath house that pumped mineral water at such a high volume that it began to adversely affect the flow of the nearby Hathorn #1 Spring. It was in 1907 that Henry Hathorn brought a law suit against Dr. Strong’s Sanatorium for excessive use of a resource that directly impacted another resource (spring) nearby. Hathorn won the lawsuit and the result was for the first time in America, it was proven that the over-use of one spring could adversely affect another spring. This lawsuit also helped to provide momentum for the passage of the AntiPumping Act of 1908 that found the overuse of some mineral springs by large carbonic companies were aversively affecting the flow rate and supply of all the mineral springs in Saratoga Springs.

register showed visitors signing in from as far away as London, Paris, Havana, Brazil, and Mexico. It was not only people from great distances that came; we also had visitors from Albany, Troy, Cohoes, Glens Falls, Cambridge, Brooklyn, Richmond, Texas, and Providence, Rhode Island. In 1809 Gideon Putnam tubed the Hamilton Spring which was situated on the south side of Spring Street near Putnam Place. Gideon built a bath house on that location and was the first to provide what he called the “kur” to guests at his hotel. Taking the cure began to be an event that visitors flocked to in large numbers and in time, baths evolved into more comfortable experiences and began to add hot water as well as massage, and other therapies. Small bath houses became large and some were developed to be total health spas. One of the larger facilities was Dr. Strong’s Sanatorium that was located on the east side of Circular Street between Spring and Phila Streets. It was founded in 1835 as the Remedial Institute and was renamed

The Anti-Pumping Act of 1908 was the legislation that started the process of shutting down the carbonic companies and to cap many of the nearly 200 mineral springs in the city down to the more reasonable 17 active springs of today. The carbonic companies carried out a very wasteful practice of pumping large quantities of mineral water daily and allowing it to sit in large silos so the carbon dioxide gas could separate from the water. The separated carbon dioxide gas was then bottled and shipped to large cities to supply soda fountains with the carbonated water for the popular soda fountain drinks of the day. The legislation not only shut down the carbonic companies and therefore protected the remaining mineral springs, but led to the formation of the Saratoga State Reservation which eventually became the Spa State Park. The confiscation of land owned by the carbonic companies and their buildings led to the first bath house in the park, the Lincoln Baths. By 1935 the State Park would have four bath houses. Lincoln, Washington and Roosevelt 1 and 2. In 1946 the four bath houses of the State Park hit a record high number of visitors, providing 198,306 treatments that year. In the 1985-86 period the number of baths and treatments dropped to 21,765, a huge change from the number in 1946. As the number of treatments dropped so did the number of facilities needed and the Washington baths were closed and became the National Museum of Dance in 1987. Today only the Roosevelt 1 Bath House is still in operation and provides a great spa experience. Saratoga Springs has always had the reputation as a great health resort using the mineral waters for both drinking and bathing. Now nearly 200 years later the mineral baths are still a part of our healthy landscape and continue to relax and rejuvenate both locals and visitors to our great city.




CONGRESS SPRING C. 1877 The Congress Spring has had many different covers but none as beautiful as this one built around 1876. The Congress Spring was so well known in the nation that the park was known for most of the 1800's as Congress Spring Park. 36  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MARCH/APRIL 2017

NEW YORK STATE FAIR • 1847 The first state fair in the nation was held in Syracuse in 1841. Between the years 1842-1889 it was held in 11 different NYS locations with Saratoga Springs as the host in 1847,1853, and 1866. To locate the fair grounds it's important to know that after the Civil War East Congress Street was renamed Union Avenue.

UPSET BEATS MAN O' WAR Man O' War was one of the greatest thoroughbred race horses of all times and won 20 of 21 races in his career. His only defeat was to Upset in the 1919 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga.



states Nelson Avenue resident Bill Finlay. With 22 vacant downtown storefronts in 1973, the odds of ever achieving an award winning Main Street were slim. But Saratoga Springs, being a gambling town, doubled down on multiple fronts and eventually beat the odds.

Downtown Saratoga Springs faced many challenges. In fact Ken Jones’ loan application for local AM station WKAJ was turned down by Glens Falls National Bank. At the time, the bank felt “Saratoga was a dying city.” Newman Wait of the Adirondack Trust instead financed the operation. The 1973 opening of Saratoga Pyramid Mall, advertised as the “1 Fun Place to be” generated a lot of excitement at the time. The 50 store complex opened October 18, 1973 with a ribbon cutting from Miss New York State and gave away a free trip to the Bahamas. Erlanger’s Fashions, once a staple on Broadway relocated to the complex. David Carr, owner of Starbuck’s Department store on Broadway was hopeful the mall would bring more people to Saratoga to shop. First they would go to the mall and then come downtown. His wish did not come true. “The negative impact was fairly drastic,” recalls David Carr Jr. “Fear is the greatest catalyst in the world,” believes Charles Wait, CEO and chairman of the board of The Adirondack Trust Company. Wait was referencing the October 1973 opening of Pyramid Mall as being the catalyst that got mom and pop merchants to band together and fight against the competition. The Saratoga Downtown Merchant Association joined the Adirondack Trust Company and the Chamber of Commerce to create the 1974 “Plan of Action.” Led by Bob Bristol of Saratoga Associates, the plan had three stages. First was to rally public opinion to put money into downtown and build a political

climate for infrastructure improvement. Skidmore students created a 6 by 18 foot scale model of downtown. Local residents were invited to a vacant downtown Broadway storefront to manipulate the model and create an ideal downtown. Nothing can be accomplished without funding. Three sources raised 1.2 million dollars: the creation of a special assessment district; a one percent increase in sales tax; and $400,000 in Federal Community Development funds. Two public parking lots were developed, and the Saratoga Preservation Foundation, led by Julie Stokes was established. Building facades were restored, street trees planted and benches were installed.

“Mom and Pops” are the heart of small communities. Clearly our local “Mom and Pop” bank was integral to downtown’s revitalization. The Adirondack Trust Company bought and leveled a row of dilapidated brick buildings along Church Street and hired Bob Bristol of Saratoga Associates to design an addition to the back of the original marble structure. The three arched brick addition came at a time when several downtown banks such as Mechanics Exchange had moved to Pyramid Mall. The Adirondack Trust’s 1974 decision to invest in downtown gave merchants hope. Another overlooked factor in Saratoga’s success was Urban Renewal. “Even though it’s often criticized, Urban Renewal did a lot for Saratoga Springs. Pre- 1974, Lee Roohan headed Urban Renewal. The money we got from the federal government helped clear out run down, dilapidated wooden buildings and created open space lots for Saratoga Springs future development,” reflects Charles Wait. In addition, approximately 2.7 million dollars of Urban Renewal money was spent in widening several

streets, including the section of Broadway from Lake Avenue running north to the arterial. Another major factor in our success was the establishment of an anchor at the north end of Broadway. The parcel of land once occupied by the Brooklyn Hotel was closely examined and debated about. The Zoning Board considered several options- a large supermarket, a sports arena, and a convention center to replace our former Convention Hall, destroyed by fire in 1965. The goal was to attract people to our downtown to spend money at locally owned “mom and pops.” Twenty- five years later, many Broadway business owners appreciate the choice of a City/Convention Center. All of these efforts would have fallen short of today’s award winning downtown if we did not have something worth saving. Although numerous factors came together in a “perfect storm” to save downtown it was the hardworking, innovative “mom and pop” retail owners such as Norman Fox, founder of N.Foxthe oldest surviving store on Broadway, David Carr (Starbucks Department store), Edward Lenz (Menges & Curtis), Harry Covkin (Covkin’s Little Folks Shop), Alfred Gardner (Globe Supply), E. W. Heckman (Saratoga Men’s Shop), Jerry Albert (Glickman’s), Jack Berkowitz (Mr. Jack’s), Nate Berkowitz (Berkowitz Jeweler’s), Bernie Serotta (Farmers Hardware), Ray Watkins (Raymond’s Bootery) and Mark Strauss (Mabou) who gambled their livelihood in the 1970s. One could speculate that they are the heroes of Saratoga Springs downtown. Their hard work laid the groundwork for the many independent stores that thrive here today. In 2016, over 90 ribbon cuttings of independently owned businesses occurred in Saratoga Springs. SS

Panoramic representation of Broadway circa 1976 by Skidmore student Patti Croop.

West Side Broadway Panza's (395 Broadway) is the site of Starbuck's coffee shop today.


Friendly's (295 Broadway) was torn down and replaced with NBT Bank and H&R Block

466-460 Broadway (Montco-Moby's Tavern) now home to Mrs. London's, BurgerFi, and Saratoga Gelato. 360-348 Broadway(Roxy cleaners, D'Andrea's, Wells Pharmacy) now home to James & Sons Tobacconists, Pink Paddock, Granite Palace, and Saratoga Tea & Honey Company.

- Does anybody remember the vacant lot where the Eddie Bauer building is now?!

(454-438 Broadway and 436-430 Broadway) National Auto is now home to Downstreet MarketPlace, followed by Silverado. Wheatfield's Restaurant is in the former McGirr's, and Caroline and Main replaces Rowe Shoes. Lifestyles of Saratoga and Cantina now occupy the other side of Caroline Street.

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Shopping at Glickman’s Men’s and Boy’s Shop was a sensory experience. The moment you entered through one of the two wooden and glass doors, fluorescent lights hummed overhead, the smell of mothballs greeted you. As you gazed at the boxed crew neck wool sweaters and browsed the denim-stocked aisles, the sound of the creaky wooden floors alerted the Glickmans and Alberts that it was time to warmly greet their next customer.

paper price tags were hand written. In the middle of the store, a pair of 72”(waist) by 38”(length) Levi jeans hung as a reminder that every customer could find Levi, Lee or Wrangler jeans to fit them. In the 1930s and 40s wool outerwear was a big seller and in order to prevent moths, the couple used mothballs. Years after the owners stopped using mothballs, the distinctive scent lingered. This truly was a family operation. Henry Glickman worked there until he was in his early 80s and Pauline into her mid 70s. In 1958 their son-in-law Jerry Albert joined the staff. When daughter Charlotte Albert became more involved in the business, she and Jerry were involved in ordering all the merchandise. In the 1970s and 80s the Albert’s daughters Robyn, Sharon and Alicia helped out during summers and the holiday rush season. Sharon’s artistic talents were put to use making cardboard signs with an item’s price and description. All the girls inventoried stock stored in the basement.

The original canvas awning protecting the window displays advertised the shop as a “Headquarters for Work Clothes.” Clearly the intended customer demographic of the 1930s was indoor and outdoor workmen. But the customer base grew to cross all socioeconomic levels- Skidmore students, ballerinas, jockeys, philanthropist C. V. Whitney, visiting A challenge of a “mom and pop” artists from Yaddo and entertainers operation is the long hours with little such as Jack Klugman all found time off. Alicia was surprised to learn merchandise to fit their needs. that other dads only had to work 5 days Glickman's Men's & Boy's Shop, Inc ads. Photo: Sharon Schindler Photography Glickman’s was very proud to have a week, not 6 like her dad. During the as their customers Saratoga’s finest – policeman and fireman. As a matter holiday season they were open 7 days a week and during the year stayed of fact, one of the fireman, Wayne Lis, was not only a customer but a valued open late one night. Rarely did Mr. and Mrs. Albert take a vacation. employee. Attorney David Wilder believes it was like having a Sears store downtown. He enjoyed being able to get “serviceable clothes of good quality They did have a few employees to help man the long hours. One of them was Paul Tomeck who got his first real job there the summer of 1971. He reflects, -though not necessarily fashionable.” “There were items for everyone, sweaters and turtle necks for the ladies, Henry and Pauline Glickman opened the shop at 461 Broadway in 1929, during dress shirts and pants, work clothes for construction guys, shoes, pea coats, the depression. Due to the economy, times were tough for them into the 1930s. jean jackets and blue jeans for all. It was a great first job in many ways. The Like most successful “mom and pop” operations, hard work got them through. Glickmans and Mr. Albert were wonderful people.” Norine Wagner added, Their continued success was due to their abundance of inventory, fair pricing, “I remember how well Glickman’s was organized. The salespeople were so outstanding customer service and the store’s uniqueness. All signs and even the


friendly and always helped me find just what I was looking for! It didn’t matter that I was only a teenager, they always treated me with respect and kindness. I still have some of the jeans I purchased there! I loved Glickman’s and miss shopping there!”

Glickman's rear view. Sharon Schindler Photography 2017

Although the store began as a men’s shop, Charlotte expanded the inventory to include women’s items such as the ever popular Northern Isles sweaters and skirts. “The rainbow collection of cotton turtlenecks was a big hit” said daughter Robyn. “I would take a suitcase full of them back to my friends at college.” Girls such as Kathy Wilson Cleary were regulars. “There was always a stack of cotton turtlenecks on the wooden countertop, arranged in color order. I wanted one of each, and bought many! The owners were so friendly,” she recalls. During the early 1970s Weezie Foye recounts her frequent trips to the store. “I'd walk up the hill from the newspaper after I got paid, go into Adirondack Trust to cash my check, and head right into Glickman's for something new!”

Interior shot of Glickman's.

461-463 Broadway was the site of Glickman’s. Today we know this ‘mom and pop” retail space as G. Williker’s.

Jerry and Charlotte Albert 1988

As Weezie Foye recalls, “First and foremost was the smile on Mr. Albert’s face, the twinkle in his eyes! I got such a kick out of his playful teasing. The allure of the fantastic selection of turtlenecks and painters pants drew me in initially - it was (Mr. Albert) who made the Glickman’s experience forever unforgettable for me!” 42  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MARCH/APRIL 2017

Cashier area of Glickman’s showing how well extensive merchandise was organized.

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Many customers relished the high quality service they received. The owners made you feel special from the moment you entered their store. Bill Petit credits the store; “One day I decided to change my look and went in and blew my entire paycheck on “the look” that Mr. Glickman recommend. It was a Friday night so I decided to try out the new me at Nashville North. Not sure if it was my new look or my new 4wd truck, but I caught the girl of my dreams that night!” Sadly for its many loyal customers, the Albert’s decided to begin a new phase of their life and closed Glickman’s in February 1989. This noteworthy change to Broadway elicited an editorial in the Saratogian newspaper. With the store closing the editor stated, “homespun, meat-and-potatoes retail stores are almost only a memory.” The event truly marked the end of an era for Saratoga Springs downtown. But how lucky are we to have had such a treasure as part of our memory. AUTHOR’S NOTE- Many thanks to Charlotte Albert, Robyn Albert Kimmelman, Sharon Albert Schindler and Alicia Albert for the information they provided for this story.


This 1935 photo shows founders Henry and Pauline Glickman with daughters Charlotte and Rosalind outside of their Glickman's Broadway store. sharonschindlerphotography2017



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Willow Marsh Farms is a hub of artisanal activity Located just a few minutes from the village of Ballston Spa on Hop City Road, Chuck and Darlene Curtiss’ 230-acre dairy farm is rapidly becoming a destination for shoppers looking for the best-tasting traditional Greek yogurt around. Willow Marsh Farm has been in the Curtiss family for more than 100 years, and Chuck is a fifth-generation farmer. Farmers are some of the most hard-working, down to earth, yet humble people you could ever meet, and Chuck and Darlene are no exception. So, don’t think that they’re being boastful when they describe the quality and taste of their yogurt, milk and other dairy products. They’re just telling you the truth. Their raw milk is like drinking ice cream. Willow Marsh Farm is one of only 45 farmers in the entire state who are certified to produce and sell raw milk. Also known as organic milk, raw milk is unpasteurized, unhomogenized and contains no additional 48  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MARCH/APRIL 2017

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additives. Unlike pasteurized milk, raw milk is never heated any higher than the body temperature of the cow, which is typically between 101 and 105 degrees. Raw milk is pure and contains many beneficial enzymes that aid in digestion. And the yogurt! With no thickeners and nothing artificial added – just fresh local fruits and natural flavorings – Willow Marsh Farm’s Greek yogurt has become a staple at local restaurants and markets, including Iron Roost in Ballston Spa, Predel’s Ranch in Rexford, Lakeside Farms, Vischer’s Ferry General Store, and many other locations. Recently, Curtiss began work on the construction of a yogurt processing facility on the farm. The goal is to produce all their yogurt and cheese right on the premises. Currently, Curtiss’s yogurts are produced at R&G Cheese in Troy. “We are currently only producing about 10 percent of where we expect to be within the next year,” said Curtiss. He expects to ramp up production dramatically, once his new facility is completed. By having everything in one place, it reduces the costs of production and transportation, making logistics much more reasonable and environmentally sustainable. When completed, the facility will serve as a creamery and yogurt production facility, with cheese production being added further down the road. “We are building separate rooms for our own onsite testing lab, as well as separate, climate-controlled rooms for cheeseaging, yogurt incubation and cold storage,” said Curtiss. His goal is to have the production facility up and running sometime in 2017. Of course, you don’t have to go out to breakfast to enjoy Willow Marsh Farm’s yogurt in a parfait. You can just stop into the Willow Marsh Farm Store and stock up on the freshest Greek yogurt anywhere. keep going...

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Just like its name, Pink Rose Heavenly Baked Goods is a taste of heaven. While you’re there, it’s almost impossible to pass up the cookies, jumbo gourmet muffins, cakes and breads made with love by Terri Breen, owner of Pink Rose Heavenly Baked Goods. Terri is a lifelong baker who only recently decided to go into business for herself. In December 2015, her home-based commercial kitchen was certified through NYS Agriculture and Markets and she began baking up a storm. Terri’s marketing strategy consists mainly of walking into shops, restaurants, even small businesses with a basketful of bounty for people to sample. And, it sure seems to be working.


Within the span of one year, Pink Rose Heavenly Baked Goods has become a favorite at the Schenectady Farmers’ Market, the Artisan Fair at the Barn by the Bridge, and of course, at Willow Marsh Farm. “Chuck and Darlene put my products in their store right away,” she said. “And they can’t keep it on the shelf!” Every ingredient Terri uses is all natural and only the highest quality. “When I bake, I bake as if it’s for me and my own family,” she says. One bite of her oatmeal raisin cookie or her raspberry bundt cake is all it will take to become a believer. One of the cool things about local producers is the way the products are sourced among each other. Terri has developed a signature yogurt cake, using Willow Marsh Farm Greek yogurt, heavy cream from Battenkill Creamery and locally sourced eggs. The cake has become something of an overnight sensation, and Terri says, “If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it the right way!” When I asked her the significance of her business name, “Pink Rose,” she told me she got the inspiration from her mother. “When we were kids, Mom would tell us that, each time we did something nice on earth, Mother Mary would put a pink rose in a basket for us. If we do good things while we’re here, there will be a basket full of pink roses waiting for us in heaven.” In the meantime, Terri is creating a heaven on earth with her baked wonders. keep going...


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Nettle Meadow Farm and Artisan Cheese, Thurman NY

traveling back and forth between upstate NY and California to continue her law practice as a way of earning money while they got the farm up to speed.

Working together to help each other grow their businesses is a hallmark of the local producers I spoke with on my travels from farm to farm.

With only 36 goats, no employees and some very cold winters, the two women learned a lot in a hurry, making more than their share of mistakes along the way.

Sheila Flanagan and Lorraine Lambiase, owners of Nettle Meadow Farm and Artisan Cheese are another example of the symbiotic relationship between farmers. And just like all the other artisans I’ve met and chatted with, the ladies of Nettle Meadow have a unique story about the path that led them to become artisanal producers of fine cheeses. Before they turned it into a business, Sheila and Lorraine made cheese as a hobby in between careers as an attorney and a legal secretary in sunny California. They’d long dreamed of quitting their day jobs and making cheese full-time. But, they couldn’t afford the price of property in California. “When we saw the place for sale in Thurman, we decided to go for it,” said Sheila. She is originally from Stamford and Lorraine hails from Hoboken, NJ. They both have family in CT and NJ, so they took the plunge. That was in 2005, and the first few years were tough, with Sheila

But it has paid off. Today, Nettle Meadow Farm has over 300 goats, more than 100 sheep and two gold medals from the World Cheese Championship in Wisconsin. They produce a staggering 125,000 pounds of cheese per year, all of which is hand-made, hand-poured, and every wheel is hand-packed right out of the vat. In addition to a bustling business at their own farm store just a few minutes’ drive from Warrensburg, they also distribute their sheep, goat and mixed milk cheeses in 49 states. They are also a regular at the Sunday Farmers’ Market in Saratoga Springs, and their products are carried in Putnam Market, Saratoga Apple and Four Seasons. What’s the connection to other farms? On any given day, you’re likely to find a Nettle Meadow Farm truck dropping off cheeses for Willow Marsh Farm store or filling up its tank with fresh cow’s milk from Chuck and Darlene’s herd, which they use in creating their award-winning mixed-milk cheeses. keep going...



King Brothers Dairy Farm delivers on freshness For five generations, the King family has been producing award-winning milk on their dairy farm in Bacon Hill, just outside of Saratoga Springs. That’s 120 years of doing the same thing. No wonder they are thought of in the dairy industry as being among the best producers of milk and breeders of Holsteins in the country. In 2010, they revived the old-fashioned practice of delivering fresh milk, beef and other products directly to people’s homes. While there are plenty of us who still remember our mothers asking us to take the milk in from the milk box on the porch, the vast majority of people under age 50 have probably never been asked to do that particular chore for their moms. Home delivery was only one part of the strategic change in the King Brothers Dairy business model. In the spring of 2016, they also built their own milk-processing plant right on their farm, and they added a retail store component as well. “Now we do it all here,” says Jeff King. The family grows the corn and hay used to feed the cattle, which are bred and raised on the land they’ve owned for over 100 years. The compost and topsoil produced on the farm is sold to local businesses throughout the surrounding region. “Our customers know that we have complete control over the quality of our products and they trust our healthy farming practices and the high animal standards we adhere to on the farm.” Jeff King calls their chocolate milk their “flagship product.” “People really rave about it,” Jeff says, and he attributes the chocolate milk’s popularity to its unique flavor profile. In addition to milk, the King family produces and sells a small amount of beef from cattle raised right on the farm. Their retail store and delivery service also allows them to sell a growing number of other locally grown and produced items, including Willow Marsh’s Greek yogurt, pies from Smith’s Orchards, Gatherer’s Granola, Saratoga Peanut Butter, to name a few. This year, they are building a new store, which they hope to have completed by summer 2017, just in time to introduce their newest dairy product – home-made ice cream!


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A land flowing with milk…..and honey too! Bertha’s Bees is the creation of Marquis Snyder, chef and beekeeper. A member of the team at DZ Restaurants, Snyder decided to branch out into bee-keeping, and he currently keeps 11 hives at Curtiss’ Willow Marsh Farm. Also in charge of keeping three hives located at DZ’s farm in Galway, Snyder has become something of an expert in developing honey products infused with a wide range of unique and eclectic flavors. Snyder is also an expert on the “secret life of bees,” and he has great respect for the buzzing creatures who are so important to the environment. Did you know, for instance, that bees must be able to take “cleansing flights” so they can do their “business” outside of the hive? It is also very important not to take too much honey from the hive before the snow flies. Bees survive throughout the winter on the honey remaining in the hive. They also cluster together for warmth, with the queen safely ensconced in the middle of the colony, as they use their wings to generate heat and energy. Aside from the queen, they’re a pretty egalitarian group, rotating from the inner circle of warmth to the chillier outer fringes, so they all have a chance to warm up. Snyder’s experiments with flavoring honey has resulted in some true winners, like herb, habanero, and serrano peppers for those looking to heat things up. For honey lovers with a sweet tooth, he has developed a honey infused with peeled citrus. Bertha’s Bees are exclusively found at Willow Marsh Farms. But, don’t rush over there today. In 2016, Snyder produced more than 200 pounds of honey and sold out every single jar by last December. Now, there’s nothing to be done but wait for those first hints of spring, when the hives come alive again with the production of honey for this year’s batch.

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Owner Seth celebrating with his daughter Margaux - rocking her BVC onesie, of course!

Battenkill Valley Creamery’s ice cream brings business from all over. “We never thought we would do as much business as we do out here in the middle of nowhere,” says Seth McEachron, another fifth-generation dairy farmer located in Salem, NY. His great, great grandfather first started farming the area in the 1890’s and since that time, the family has expanded. They now own and operate a creamery and two dairy farms. Photo courtesy of Union Square Events.

Like King Brothers Dairy, Battenkill also offers a delivery service, which they began in 2010 as a service to their loyal customers. “We are constantly getting new customers all the time,” says Seth. And, while the delivery represents only a small portion of Battenkill’s total business, they have been able to help other local businesses by including artisanal products on their routes. With an assortment, such as maple syrup from Mapleland Farms, Pucker’s Pickles proudly produced in Salem – try saying that five times fast – and ricotta and mozzarella cheese from nearby Maplebrook Farm Cheese in VT, the Battenkill delivery service helps increase sales volumes for small producers for whom it would otherwise be cost prohibitive to deliver. And they give their own customers a value-added service at the same time.

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Seth and his sidekick, Maddy mowing the fields for the cows to graze on....

So, it’s a win-win for everyone. While Battenkill Valley Creamery is larger than some of the other dairy farms – they send six tractor-trailer loads of milk and ice cream to the Greater New York and New Jersey area every week – they keep the quality of their products at a premium by adhering to the highest standards of dairy-farming. For this reason, they continue to be a popular supplier to consumers throughout the Capital region and beyond. So, next time you need to run out to the convenience store for a loaf of bread, some milk or maybe some cheese and crackers, take a few extra minutes, enjoy the scenery and stop in at your local farm store. SS



C u t P ap e r Perfection

Artist Allison Leigh clark Written By Megin Potter, Photos Provided

I try to make it something that people want to come up and see...”


ntricate repeating patterns seduce the eye, holding its gaze, while the brain settles in for closer inspection. Symmetry, we find, is satisfying.

Inspired by the repetition intrinsically imbedded in nature, artist Allison Leigh Clark challenges herself to create complex designs in cut paper. “I try to make it something that people want to come up and see,” said Clark. It takes approximately eight hours for her to draw and then painstakingly cut out the designs by hand using an xacto knife fitted with a swivel blade. To make this paper lace, she has to have a steady hand and the self-control to go slow.


“Adding more detail makes it more exciting and nerve-wracking, but also more gratifying at the end,” she said. First introduced to the technique when she was a high school student in East Greenbush, Clark began selling her artwork in 2011 and started an Etsy shop in 2012. Petra Jancovicova, owner of Anchor No.5 Boutique in Troy helped her to refine her style into the sophisticated white cut-paper monogrammed letters and silhouettes she sells there today, she said. It was creating a large honeycomb design for the Saratoga Tea & Honey Company store however, that has been among her most challenging projects, she said. “It was so big and I wanted the entire thing to be as perfect as it could be,” she said. Cutting out fine details into the 90 lb. paper, she often adds images of flowers and foliage balanced within the larger piece. “Repetitive images are relaxing. It’s nice to do the same thing over and over again. It’s cool to make a section, repeat it, and see how it comes out as a whole,” she said. Working as a customer service representative at her family’s State Farm Insurance Agency, Clark said that art is a full-time hobby and a creative channel for her otherwise reserved character. “I am definitely quiet. Artwork is an outlet that gives me a voice,” she said. Equally skilled at adding text into her designs, she does custom orders for weddings and birth announcements that beautifully incorporate hand-cut names and dates. “People are usually very surprised that I do everything by hand. It’s the uniqueness that makes it appealing and interesting,” she said. SS

For more information search for her on Facebook @allisionleighstudio or visit her Etsy Shop at


The A r t i s t W i t h i n Artist Maryann Schmidt Written By Megin Potter, Photos by 62  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MARCH/APRIL 2017

I see art everywhere

I look. I like ordinary objects – to take it out of the context

and create something extraordinary.”

“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” –Chuck Close


hen you’re an artist, the art comes out into the world any way that it can.

Concerned that becoming an artist wasn’t a responsible career choice, instead Maryann Schmidt studied education and taught fifth grade in Schenectady. She left teaching to concentrate on raising her two children, but the artist within her kept peeking out. Over the years, she painted antique boxes as gifts, and a large mural on her son’s wall. “It was how I filled me,” she said of the art she made during that time. Then, Schmidt heard what one of her favorite artists, Chuck Close, had to say about working as an artist.


“It was a pivotal moment for me- when I went from being an amateur to taking art seriously,” she said. Now, in midlife, she spends seven days a week in her studio painting. “When I was working on my first canvas, it was about 20” x 30”, I remember thinking – How am I going to create something that fills this entire canvas and is really meaningful? But then, you just take the leap, and eventually it’s those challenges that become part of the fun,” said Schmidt. The endless possibility contained in a wall of blank prepared canvases is now one of her favorite moments in the process, she said. “I see art everywhere I look. I like ordinary objects – to take it out of the context and create something extraordinary.” Her large oil paintings of everyday items including flags, glass bottles, and books, are saturated with color and deep shadows giving them a hyper-realistic, almost photographic quality when viewed from a distance. When viewed up close, the paintings’ visual brushstrokes transform it into a dimensional and textural experience that often evokes strong emotions in the observer. “I get really excited to see how they feel about it and to see that spark or sparkle within them,” said Schmidt. Currently working on a series of ocean-inspired paintings, she hopes to induce the same feeling of calmness in others that this color palette stirs within her. “It has a sense of peacefulness. The ocean is what calms me. It lets you exhale all your troubles and refreshes you,” said Schmidt. Maryann Schmidt’s work is currently on display at the Southport Galleries in Conn., the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., and Creative Sparks on Phila Street in Saratoga. She was the official Poster Artist for Walt Disney World’s Epcot International Food & Wine Fest in 2011, her collectors include Peter Martins, NYC Ballet’s Master Chef, and she will be showing at juried fine art festivals throughout the year. SS

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Artist Catana Chetwynd

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e naturally prefer what is familiar to us. While on Thanksgiving break from her psychology studies at SUNY Plattsburg, Ballston Spa High School graduate Catana Chetwynd learned this concept, called the mere-exposure effect, and used it as the basis for the first of a series of cute comics she created for fun to give to her boyfriend, John Freed. “He said, ‘You’re going to post these right?’, but I was nervous,” she said. Instead, she gave John permission to post them on his Reddit account. The response to them however, was something neither expected. Within the first few days, Catana comics got 4 million views. By February, Catana comics had gone viral,


getting nearly 50,000 likes on Facebook and more than 124,000 people following the Instagram page. Part of the comic’s appeal is that the characters and their experiences feel so familiar. People can easily relate to the quirky relationship moments depicted. They share messages about finding humor in the simple things that happen after a couple has spent a year together and are becoming comfortable with each other. Whether they are sitting on the couch, or saying, “I understand” with just a hand gesture known as finger guns, Catana has tapped in to a certain form of kindness that, when we show it to one another, is easy to recognize. “It surprises me so much, how many people say, ‘We’re the exact same way.’ Other people have said, ‘You have such a great relationship, I don’t have what you have but your comics are so positive and a good representation of what I hope to have,’” she said. Before Catana comics, starting in the summer of 2013, there was Catana’s chalk art. In contrast to Catana’s comics, which feature everyday characters and events, her chalk art, drawn on the sidewalks of Saratoga, is founded in fantasy. “You can make the most amazing drawing of a tree, but people are more impressed with drawings of people,” she said about her chosen subject matter. In the summers since then, she’s been doing chalk art at festivals also, often accompanied by her 73-yearold grandmother in the blazing heat, until her recent passing. As a watercolor artist herself, she had been Catana’s biggest inspiration and supporter of her artistic endeavors, she said. Planning to do more chalk art this summer, she will also continue producing the comics that have garnered so much attention. “Now it’s completely feasible that I might be able to make a living making art – before, I thought it might just be a dream.” SS Find out more information about Cantana’s chalk art by going to In addition to following Cantana comics on Instagram and Facebook, you can see her archive, buy cards and prints by going to


B o ld ly G o i n g W h e r e H is Imagination T ak e s H i m Artist Erik Johnsen

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t is by tapping into the imagination, that you have the power to shape the future.

Innovative inventors including Archimedes, Benjamin Franklin, and Tesla, looked at the world in a different way, which allowed them to conceive of ideas that were completely new. These are the people that artist Erik Johnsen admires, because like them, it is his imagination that drives him. “I want to help other people realize their dreams. I can create virtually anything that has dimension,” he said. Self-taught to work with a variety of materials, his residential construction projects exist as a piece of a much larger collection of work that also includes sand, costume, and fantasy sculptures. “I find it nearly impossible to believe that people can go through life without the need to create because it is such an overwhelming part of my life,” he said. Johnsen gave the Soave Faire storefront its antique look, but also carved a series of detailed carousel horses on the sidewalk out front. He painted the mural inside Caputo’s Pizzeria. He’s created replicas of the Star Trek Starship Enterprise for Trekonderoga, and cosplay character masks with 3-ft. horns. “People ask me all the time, how do you do that?” he said. This year, he’s planning to not only tell them, but also is providing them with tools to start molding sculptures for themselves in a very hands-on way. Instructions on using common materials as artistic tools is the focus of his upcoming comic-book style instruction guide entitled the Mad Science Handbook. This hand-drawn, selfpublished book will be available in April. The Mad Science Handbook features tips, tricks, and construction experiments. Sold in conjunction with kits of items including foam, hardener, and basic safety equipment, he hopes it will be a key that helps more people to unlock their individuality. “The things I respect in life are the people that say that they want to do something and go out and do it.” Johnsen’s belief in the power of self-education stems from his own experience working through the challenge of changing schools a whopping 27 times by the time he was in 11th grade. “I’ve experienced the world in ways nobody else has, but I also know that people are the same no matter where you go,” he said, which is why he hopes that his book will reach a wide range of readers. Like many great teachers, Johnsen received a lasting lesson from a child early in his career. While sitting on a bench after sculpting a dragon out of several tons of sand on Anna Maria Island in Florida, he watched as a young boy walked along the beach stomping down sand castles. Johnsen saw the boy stop, look at his sculpture, and then decide to leave it intact and untouched before continuing on his way. “Now that, that was an honor,” said Johnsen. SS You can see Erik Johnsen’s Hell Hound and Star Wars Land Speeder at Saratoga Comic Con, May 6-7, 2017 at the Saratoga Springs City Center.


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Wisdom isn’t something that is created; it’s something that is discovered. In June, Bet Smith will be 101 years old, and she has discovered many of the secrets to life that so many of us are searching for. Born in 1916, Hilda Elizabeth (Bet) Sanders was 25 years old when she married Walter Snowdon Smith, III in October 1941. Snowdon joined the military, and in December, lost his leg in the bombing at Pearl Harbor. After World War II, he earned a law degree in Syracuse and went to work fitting amputees and advancing the science of prosthetics. Snowdon and Bet had a family that today includes four children, five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. In 1972, Snowdon and Bet moved to North Eastham, Cape Cod without any definitive plans as to what they would do once they were there. “He said, ‘We’ll dream up something’,” said Bet. They spent a year renovating and established The Wildfowlers, a wildfowl art and antiques gallery. “We loved the Cape, it was marvelous. We spent 13 years there and loved every minute doing it,” said Bet.


Many of Bet’s favorite memories were with her family on annual visits to their summer camp in Canada’s Prinyer’s Cove, as well. “I spent every summer of my life there. It was a wonderful way to grow up,” she said. Meeting with family and seeing the friends she’d made in the neighboring farms was a special experience that she shares with others today through her watercolor paintings. “I’ve done all kinds of crafts, sewing, and scrapbooking. I enjoy my hobbies; reading and painting. I’ve always had an artistic bent,” said Bet. She still does much of her own cooking and doesn’t have any specific dietary restrictions at Saratoga’s Prestwick Chase, a senior independent living community. “A place like Prestwick is awfully good for old people because being around people is easier this way,” she said. It also makes it easier for her to stay active. Each week, she attends two aerobics classes, a tai chi, and a yoga class. “I think exercise, as long as you keep doing it, is very important,” she said. She recently attended a discussion by a group of climbers known as the Adirondack 46ers. They, like the pioneers, have the spirit of perseverance that Bet truly admires. “The struggles that all pioneers had, the lifestyle, the incredible courage it took to pick up and go through that Indian country, it was just an incredible time,” said Bet. It’s through these adventurers that one can get a better perspective of life today.


“Everyone is so up in arms about the time now..."


“Everyone is so up in arms about the time now, but if you look back to when the constitution was written, the contention we lived through was unbelievable. There was never a worse time than something like that. We can look at that and see we’re strong enough to get through this too,” she said. SS 72  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MARCH/APRIL 2017

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Bill Heitsche


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Life is defined by ones actions. What makes William J. Heitsche, Jr.’s life so extraordinary is not only its length, he’s 101 years old, but also that he’s lived it dedicated to a value system embedded in honor. Born on August 7, 1916 in New Milford, Bergen, New Jersey, Heitsche entered the service in 1943. As a Staff Sergeant, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his role in equipping the troops at the Normandy Beaches during World War II. After his discharge in 1946, he married Eleanor Bessinger, and they had two children, Bob Heitsche, who died at the age of 34, and Kathryn McCullagh Pauszek who now lives in Gansevoort.


Heitsche worked for 18 years as a comptroller for Lowe Paper Company. Admiring the patriotism demonstrated by historical figures including Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, one of his most memorable moments was driving to Valley Forge, a park that commemorates the sacrifices and determination of the military forces to overcome adversity during the Revolutionary War. Because Eleanor suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease, the activities the couple could do together were limited, but they still were able to take road trips, he said. These included travelling through New Jersey’s National Parks, to New York’s Bear Mountain, and to the Amish Country before Eleanor died, at the age of 58, from rheumatic fever. After Eleanor’s death, Heitsche spent 20 years with Florence, a very private person, who he spent a lot of summer days with at a swim club the two joined together, he said. Heitsche has experienced many health problems over the years and moves around with the help of a walker. After a severe heart attack he had to undergo open heart surgery at the age of 80, had a pinched nerve in his spine, has arthritis in his shoulders, and wrists injured from falls. He’s not letting all that keep him from living an independent life at the Prestwick Chase senior community, however. “I still do a certain amount of exercises every day,” he said. Pushing aside his walker and holding onto the countertop, he demonstrates the series of leg lifts, kicks, and stretches that he does three times a day, as recommended by a physical therapist, he said. Heitsche has a very honest approach when it comes to his diet, as well.


“I eat just about anything. I’m hoping to die before I have to go to the dentist again,”


“I eat just about anything. I’m hoping to die before I have to go to the dentist again,” he said. With no particular plan to live as long as he has, he spends his time reading the historical fiction books that his daughter loads up onto his Kindle every week. Heitsche said what inspires him now, is simply continuing to wake up every morning. What he is known for, to his daughter and others, is being a man of integrity. “He’s just honest, almost to a fault,” said Kathryn.






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Written By Megin Potter Photos Provided On November 26, 1916, while the country was in the midst of World War I, Theresa “Teddy” Strang was born. Just two years later, both of her parents died of influenza. Adopted by the Strang family, she grew up on their small farm in Malta. “My father grew all kinds of fresh vegetables. Of course, I didn’t like vegetables, but I learned to,” she said. Teddy has fond memories of those days. “I had a very good education in Round Lake High. There were not many of us and the teachers were excellent,” she said. Early on, she found a hobby that she would always enjoy. “I always loved to read. Being in a rural area, you don’t have a lot to do, but we have a wonderful library here in Saratoga,” she said. Naturally inquisitive, it’s the non-fiction books that interest her the most. A friend ensures she gets the latest issue of the NY Times Book Review, as well, she said. Teddy spent time volunteering at the library after her retirement from the telephone company, where she worked for 35 years. Before work, Teddy regularly made time to get in a swim.


“I’ve been a member of the Y ever since I came to Saratoga. I’ve had many very good friends. A group of us used to go out to breakfast after we exercised and have coffee,” she said. “She swam for as long as I can remember. She kept very active,” said her grand-niece Katrina Isopo, who lives in Niskayuna, but visits Teddy each week. “She’s been an integral part of my life. She’s been an inspiration. She’s a hard worker, and always, a very caring person,” said Katrina. Until the age of 90, Teddy lived on her own. Neuropathic pain in her knees necessitated the use of a wheelchair however, so now she is one of the five residents at Wesley Health Care Center who are more than 100 years old. She feels fortunate to have the community and the healthy lifestyle habits she has been able to maintain because of it, she said. In addition to reading, she keeps her mind sharp with puzzles, computer activities, and exercise classes that teach her deep-breathing techniques.


“...I’m so thankful that I never learned to smoke. That, healthy eating, and friends – friends are so important.”


“I try to eat healthy. I think the food here is very good. I can always find something I like. I’m so thankful that I never learned to smoke. That, healthy eating, and friends – friends are so important,” she said. Another hobby, photographing flowers and landscapes, keeps her engaged while outdoors. “I have a friend in Saratoga who loves the outdoors, and any sunny day she comes and takes me down to the courtyard. I’m dying for Spring to get here,” she said. It’s a balance of anticipation and appreciation demonstrated by the fact that Teddy still puts on jewelry each day and writes to-do lists, said Katrina. “She always looks forward to tomorrow,” said Katrina. Teddy’s summer plans include seeing the ballet, listening to the orchestra, visiting the racetrack, and attending Shakespeare in the Park. SS 78  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MARCH/APRIL 2017



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Big House with the Big Heart and the Big View A country estate embraces family, landscape and historic views

UPPER HUDSON RIVER FARMLAND MAKES FOR THE PERFECT PERCH When Michael Dennis and wife Jean Ann went looking for a property on which to build their new home, they knew they wanted a place in the countryside, but not too far from their hometown of Saratoga Springs. Jean was out touring the hinterlands of Northumberland in northern Saratoga County, and came upon an open field with a “For Sale” sign. It had a majestic view to the south and east, overlooking the Hudson River and a backdrop of the Taconic Mountain range of Vermont in the distance. She imagined her dream home situated within the broad field, taking in the entire splendor. Jean raced home to tell her husband of the find, and upon his asking where

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it was, she couldn’t remember, having gotten lost upon her return. As luck would have it, the couple had a chance to return to the area again a few months later, and they happened upon the place that Jean had found. “Wow, look at this property,” exclaimed Michael. “That’s the place!” Jean rejoiced. After a brief conversation with the farmer who owned the land, the Dennis’ decided this was the place, and with check in hand, agreed to make the purchase. There was an additional 120 acre farm to the south of their newly acquired property which went all the way down to the river. The couple thought, wouldn’t it be great to have that too, as one big parcel? They found the landowner and offered to buy it. The Dennis’ explained that their intent was to keep it preserved as open space, so the landowner agreed to sell. Set within the middle of the northern parcel, the home has a commanding stance over the fields upon which it sits. The land rolls down to meet the Hudson River, to where the British Army once marched southward to quash an upstart bunch of patriots who were rebelling against the motherland. DUAL PERSONALITY The Dennis’ dream home was adapted from a Better Homes and Gardens design, with some modifications. With their large extended family, the couple wanted the home to express style and grandeur, but with a homey feel. The home has two entrances – the main one opens into a welcoming foyer that leads to the formal living room. Giant palladium windows shower the room with light, where the distant Mount Equinox is framed. This is the “wow” room that will impress the most prestigious guests.

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The adjacent entrance to the right is the family entrance. This leads straight into the kitchen, which is open and inviting. The only wall is to the right, where the sink and cabinets align. The incoming traffic is split by an island cooktop and work station; an exit out of the kitchen is MARCH/APRIL 2017 | SIMPLY SARATOGA  | 85

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between a high rise bench where family can sit and engage with the cooking scene. This is where the extended family gathers for the annual Christmas cooking extravaganza. Beyond the kitchen is a window wall that takes in the view of the bucolic fields below. An atrium door leads to an enclosed porch. A sunken hot tub is ready to soothe sore muscles after a long day. From here an exit door leads to the backyard. Enclosed by a picket fence, there is a sense of intimacy that tames an otherwise expansive open field beyond. To the right of the kitchen area is the family room; a broad fireplace framed by windows welcomes family and friends for the ultimate hangout spot. FUNCTION, FAMILY, AND FUN With 6,200 square feet of above ground living space, this home is big, but more important, it has a big heart. Even when the big extended family arrives, everyone has their own space, and the openness of the common areas embrace the whole gathering as if with a warm hug. The grand master suite is separated from the busy family side by the living room. An adjacent mini-suite on the same side is available for someone who wants to reside in the quiet side of the house. It has its own exit door that leads to a small garden area. Upstairs, three bedrooms accommodate the crowd. One is set up as a second master suite, with private bath, walk-in closet and its own spacious sitting area. The other two share the common “Jack n’ Jill” bathroom.

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To the left of the staircase, a catwalk traverses the living room below to what Jean Ann calls the “arts and crafts” room – or it could be a private office space. The basement has been made into a game room and mancave. There’s no boredom here – pick your pleasure… the tiled floor has colored hop-scotch and four square games built in; foosball and pool table are ready to engage the competitive spirit. And the separate lounge area with big comfy chairs, wide screen TV and loaded bookshelves are ready to receive the couch potatoes. A row of eyebrow windows at the south wall allow plenty of light in, making this basement bright and cheery.

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THE SUN, THE MOON AND THE STARS The home with a big heart also has a big sky. This place is a sky watcher's wonderland. Every room has a view of nature. Sunrises bathe the master suite, and sunsets create the perfect mood for winding down in the family room. Southern Adirondack mountain views are seen from the north side. Upstairs, a bright sitting area at the head of the stairs allows the sun to pour in; a French door provides exit onto a star gazing platform, providing a splendid observatory for the night sky. From here, the vastness of the universe is in full display. At the west side of the house, a pond complete with adjacent gazebo provides serenity and solitude for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle inside the house. Birds of all kinds come to visit here, providing endless awe and natural entertainment. READY FOR THE NEXT STORY All told, the Dennis home is where magic has happened. It’s been a place where memories have been made, and love has been shared. Sadly, Michael Dennis has passed away, and Jean Ann has realized that it’s time for this cherished home of hers to open its big heart to another family. She has put it up for sale, and it is her hope that her dream home can fulfill the dreams of a new family. The home is currently listed with Equitas Realty of Saratoga Springs. SS





HI, I’M JODIE FITZ! Whether you’re entertaining or just wanting something new for dinner, this chicken marinade is a HUGE hit! It’s versatile in cooking, deliciously served in a variety of ways and the process of prepping and marinating can be managed easily with my own ‘life hack’ below that will simplify your dinner time on busy days. More recipes?! Follow Jodie at and

Teriyaki Chicken • 2 ½ pounds chicken breast, boneless, skinless cut into thin strips • 10 oz. low sodium teriyaki marinade and sauce (I prefer Kikkoman brand) • 6 oz. pineapple juice • 1 large clove of garlic • ½ cup Vidalia onion, finely chopped • 1 tablespoon fresh ground ginger root • 1 teaspoon onion powder • ½ teaspoon garlic powder • ½ teaspoon white pepper

1. Mix the teriyaki, pineapple juice, Vidalia onion, fresh ginger, crushed fresh garlic, onion powder, garlic powder and white pepper together. 2. Pour the marinade over the chicken & seal the bag. Let it set for at least three hours before cooking.

3. Grill, broil or bake the chicken. Simplify for Busy Nights: When you come back from grocery shopping, simply prep ahead by placing the chicken into a gallon sized freezer bag with the marinade. Seal the top of the bag. Shake the bag to make sure all of the chicken is coated with the marinade. Place it in the freezer & freeze, let it thaw in the marinade and cook. Serve it up: Create a wrap using the traditional FlatOut® flatbreads with the chicken, mayo or Vidalia dressing, romaine and fresh tomatoes. Or, serve it on a salad. Or, serve it as a main dish with a side of rice and veggies. Baking it Up: Coat a baking sheet or 13 x 9 pan with a light layer of olive oil or canola oil. Place the marinated chicken in the pan. Baste the top of the chicken with a very light coat of the oil, simply so that the cover won’t stick. Cut a piece of parchment paper the length of the pan, place it on top of the chicken and bake the chicken for 30-40 minutes; the time will depend on the size of your chicken pieces. NOTE: This marinade is perfect for chicken thighs too!


Bluebird feeding mealworm to young ©WBU, Inc.

Bluebird eggs ©WBU, Inc.

BLUEBIRDS BY THE NUMBERS 1970 • year the Eastern Bluebird was named the New York state bird 1-1/2 • diameter in inches of the ideal opening to a bluebird nestbox

Birdwatching with Nancy Castillo

PREPARE YOUR YARD FOR SPRING Winter is losing its grip and milder weather is just around the corner. With the right additions, your yard can become even more attractive to our resident birds and to arriving migratory birds. Here's five steps you can take to get your yard ready for the birds this spring.

1) Start out clean!

Start the season with a little spring cleaning. Clean your birdfeeders, baffles, poles, weather guards, etc., with a 10 percent bleach solution (one part bleach to nine parts water). Do it on a sunny day and let them dry in the sun.

American Robins ©Nancy Castillo

Rake up the shells and other debris under your birdfeeding stations and bag it up for the trash. Now is a good time to switch to a no-mess blend of birdseed (with no shell waste) to make this part of your clean-up easier throughout the year. Check your nest boxes and clean them out if there is evidence of rodent or insect infestation or if the box is filled with sticks or other non-nest debris. Take time now to repair any weather damage to your feeders and birdhouses and replace those that are beyond repair.

2) Set up a new birdfeeding station

White-breasted Nuthatch with peanut ©Nancy Castillo

Adding a new birdfeeding station with additional feeders can help attract more birds to your yard. More birdfeeders, spread farther apart, can reduce overcrowding, lessen stress on the birds, and reduce the spread of disease. Adding a different style of birdfeeder or one that holds a different type of birdfood may help attract a greater variety of birds to your yard.

3) Add a birdbath

Birds need water to keep their feathers in tip-top shape for flight and for insulation on cool spring nights. Add a bird-friendly birdbath or water feature that is not too deep and has gently sloping sides. If your birdbath is too deep, add pieces of slate or a rock in the middle to give smaller birds a place to perch. Clean birdbaths with a stiff-bristled brush and a 10 percent bleach solution (like the one used to clean your feeders in #1). Rinse thoroughly and allow them to dry in the sun. Clean and refill your birdbaths with fresh water at least once a week. 90  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MARCH/APRIL 2017

70 • percent of the bluebird diet that is animal matter, mainly insects 1-3 • number of bluebird broods per season 45 • mph is the speed that bluebirds can fly 4-6 • the number of eggs typically laid 70 • percent of bluebirds that die before reaching their first birthday 10 • years old was the age of the oldest recorded Eastern Bluebird 50 • yards is the distance a bluebird can spot caterpillars and insects in tall grass. 12 • percent of their body weight is consumed by a bluebird each day. (This is equivalent to a two hundred pound human eating 24 pounds of food each day!)

4) Serve birdfoods that contain bugs, fruit, and/or calcium

In spring, a bird’s need for protein increases dramatically. Many insect- and fruit-eating birds like catbirds, mockingbirds, and orioles are returning to our area from their winter homes. Yet fruits and insects are not yet plentiful in nature. You can help by serving birdfoods that contain insects and/or fruits. Loaded with protein, live mealworms can help attract insect-eating birds like bluebirds, orioles, and wrens. Bluebirds are amongst the bird parents that will bring their offspring to mealworm feeders to feed them. Offering live mealworms can create a flurry of bird activity, and some of our resident birds like chickadees, Carolina Wrens, and titmice may also become regulars at mealworm feeders. If offering live mealworms is not your thing, you can offer suet or birdfood cylinders and cakes that contain dried insects. As we head into nesting season, look for birdfood that has added calcium. Calcium helps promote stronger eggs and healthier bones for mother birds and their babies.

5) Add peanuts to the menu

Loaded with protein and fat, peanuts help provide birds with the necessary energy to defend territories and raise healthy families. Peanuts out of the shell (unsalted, of course) are an absolute favorite of nuthatches and titmice. Peanuts in the shell will be eaten by jays and woodpeckers or cracked into by smaller birds like titmice. Have fun watching jays take a whole peanut in the shell, tip back their head to send it to the crop (a pouch in the throat), then take ANOTHER whole peanut before flying away to cache, or store them. Take these five easy steps this spring and you'll help our returning and resident birds make an easier transition to warmer weather. SS


LET IT GO Written by Jordana Turcotte


o, when you are done singing the song - let’s talk about really letting go of items. Most people are overwhelmed with just the thought of purging items. But, as the process gets going, it gets easier and easier. But what do you do with all of it? When starting any project or space, have a vision. Because the theme of this issue is all about the arts, let’s have the vision of a craft or hobby space. Where do you want it? What craft or crafts will you be doing there? What is the minimum space and pieces of furniture you need to be successful in doing your craft? For example, to paint, you probably need a table, drawers or shelves for supplies in sub bins or jars, an easel, chair, storage spot for completed pieces - in probably a space of 8’ x 8’ minimally. Once you decide on the space and furniture, you need to clear out what doesn’t belong. Identify what doesn’t support the vision and purpose of the space. Extra furniture, overflow items from other areas, outgrown/ unused items and probably some trash for good measure (well, maybe a lot!) Remember the vision… crafts and hobbies are intended to bring joy; a release from our daily pressures and an outlet for our creativity. Really clear out the unneeded in this space to allow success with your crafting.

This may entail some hard decisions such as letting go of the piece you wanted to paint. Or the three extra chairs just in case. It may be a lot of very usable items which will make the decision even harder. Letting the items go won’t be easy. Throw out anything that is true trash, in poor condition, missing parts, poor functioning. Because the second-hand stores are over full and being more selective, just dropping it off isn’t as easy. They are also more selective with condition. So if you find it unusable or poor in any regard, just trash it. Or recycle it if possible. Recycling is best. For the good condition items there are multiple ways of letting them go. If you are letting it go for free – Freecycle, Craigslist free section, Salvation Army, CAPTAIN, City Mission, clothing bins (note if going to scrap or outreach), Jezreel, any charity with a list of wants that your item fits into, or on a sunny day on a well-traveled road on the front lawn with a free sign! If you want to make some money there are lots of options too. Friends you know may want it, your own yard sale, hiring an estate sales business if it is a very large – high end purge, Craigslist listing, Ebay, Facebook garage sale sites, Letgo App, Decluttr site (for old CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, video games, tech),


Bookscouter site (old books from college), and CashInMyBag or Rebagg sites (to sell purses). The key is to get things listed in 1-3 spots and give yourself a timeline, say 3 weeks to sell the item. If it doesn’t sell in that timeframe, just donate it. It isn’t worth keeping as clutter again. Once you free up the space and set up the furniture you need (think reachable), cull the items for your craft. Crafting items tend to grow and grow – so much potential! Be realistic in this area. How much fabric do you need? The leftover yarn that you can’t use. Half-finished projects you won’t get back to. These decisions allow you to organize the remaining supplies in a visual, usable fashion and give you the freedom to work on the projects you plan to finish! For crafting items that are usable – some outlets are schools, preschools, church clubs, senior centers and after school programs. Or even another crafter. Maintaining the space will be easy if you have a dedicated space, handy storage bins and cubbies appropriate for the types of items for your craft(s). Control what comes and goes into the area to keep just what belongs in the space.

Have fun and be creative!


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Gardening WITH



I LOVE IT when the cold-loving pansies arrive at the garden center! The name 'Pansy' comes from the French word 'pensee' which means 'to think.' In the Victorian language of flowers, pansies indicate merriment and "thinking of you." Since their flowers look so much like little faces, it is easy to attribute little personalities to them. They do look merry, don't they? While there is little hope that you could get a marigold or geranium to survive the many frosts of April, pansies and violas not only survive these cold days of early spring, they actually thrive in the cold. Frost won't even damage the dainty blossoms of these little tough guys. After a long flower-less winter, pansies will be a welcome sight indeed! In the past, violas and pansies were considered biennials meaning that during the first year of growth from seeds, no flowers are produced. It is only during the second year that flowers would appear. Plant breeders have now developed pansies that will flower during the first year of growth from seed. They will also survive winter in sheltered locations so you can expect your pansies and violas to put on their show for a couple of years. If you let them go




to seed, you may get to enjoy them even longer, although they do cross pollinate so you may get flowers far different from the ones you originally planted. Pansies are bred from the smaller-flowered violas and tend to revert to the smaller viola flower from generation to generation. I love this kind of little surprise in the garden so some pansies usually follow me home from the garden center every spring. What better way to chase those winter blues away. A cousin of the pansies and violets is the wild violets you may find growing in your lawn. They can be violet in color but also white or even speckled. A friend gave us a couple of the speckled ones a decade or so ago and now they have spread throughout the lawn mixing with the blue and white ones that were already there...I feel a little bad when I have to mow them but it doesn't seem to hinder their gradual takeover of the lawn. Make sure to add some pansies to your early spring garden. They’ll keep you smiling for years to come. THANKS FOR THE READ.


White Lawn Violet

April 15 2017 Saratoga springs

BLUE NEEDS 8k Run event

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Quest WRITTEN BY MEGIN POTTER PHOTOS BY BLACKBURN PORTRAIT DESIGN Eyes narrowed, like a hawk peering through the landscape for its prey, the collectors search. They’ve mapped out the terrain, sorting among the familiar tables set up on lawns and in garages for that special item, the one that fits into their collection so perfectly it’s like the universe has bestowed upon them the gift of a piece of a much larger puzzle. Then they see it, and their hearts beat a little bit harder. 96 |

The worth of their collection is not as much about its monetary value, as it is about its emotional significance, said Barbara and John Clements. The many collections in their immaculate Saratoga home tell the story of their adventures and their travels. “I’ve been all over,” said Barbara. Gathering souvenirs from as far as Germany, it has been the weekend excursions that she and her husband John have taken locally which have resulted in many of the purchases now displayed in their home. John kept up a rigorous work schedule as a railroad supervisor for 37 years while Barbara worked for 35 years as a paralegal. When they retired, however, they found themselves with extra time and began filling it with garage sale and flea market excursions for entertainment. Often accompanied by Barbara’s brother and his wife, the two couples would map out the sale locations, grab some coffee and donuts, and make a day of it. “There are people out there that are very competitive,” said Barbara, but she and John adopted a more relaxed approach, and in the past 15 years have been able to cover their own garage walls with the beer signs they’ve collected. “I bought one, it led to two, and it keeps going, and going, and going,” said John. “We’re obsessed with it,” added Barbara, laughing. It has taken a bit of gumption and persistence, however. Before Stan’s Flea Market in Saratoga closed down, they circled the same seller three times before agreeing to a purchase. In another instance, even after being told a sign wasn’t for sale, Barbara convinced him to sell it right off the wall. Every sign has a story, but what’s unusual about this collection is that it is more about the experience of putting it together and the visual beauty of the pieces, as John no longer drinks beer and Barbara never did. “I never liked beer, I hate it in fact, but I like the Clydesdales,” Barbara said about the familiar mascots of the Budweiser brand. They have an extensive beer stein collection, as well, but it doesn’t end there. Every display case and cupboard opens up to reveal a different collection, carefully cleaned and intricately organized. There’s the “all things Adirondack” collection of cozy pieces and bear figurines. The Victorian living room houses their collection of Hummel porcelain figurines. A collection of souvenir spoons decorates the hallway. The dining room houses the King’s Ransom, a collection of Royal Albert’s Old Country Rose bone china, and the King’s Crown Ruby Thumbprint stem glassware. In the kitchen is the popular Pfaltzgraff Tea Rose dishware collection. “I don’t believe in collecting something and not using it. Collecting, you know, it’s just kinda fun,” said Barbara, smiling.



Lady of the Lake resting at her pier at the North end of the lake near Moon’s Lake House. This is the site of the current Lake Local Restaurant.

Saratoga Lake & HER LOST STEAMBOATS Photo of Saratoga and Schuylerville RR steam locomotive taking on water at the North end of the lake.

WRITTEN BY HAL RAVEN, PHOTOS PROVIDED In the 1880s Saratoga Lake became a popular attraction for visitors. Travel was greatly expanded and hotels were built along the lake. Creating these new travel experiences was the Railroad. The height of railroad fever occurred after the Fitchburg railroad completed its Hoosac Tunnel and expanded west to Mechanicville. This paved the way for the new railroad line to be built north to Saratoga Springs and Schuylerville. Conveniently a station stop was added at the North end of the Lake near the current 9P bridge. The old trestle timbers can still be seen to the east of the bridge near the Adirondack Cruise and Charter Company’s dock. On the other side of town, the Hudson Valley RR was constructing its new trolley lines. Eventually these would reach the Lake near the North end and terminate at Kaydeross Park. Now that the railroad arrived, Saratoga Lake needed a steamboat to handle its new visitors. In 1881 the Fitchburg Railroad built the hull of an iron steamer. It was brought up the Hudson River and transported by land from Schuylerville to the north end of the lake. Here the boat was completed, and the Lady of the Lake was christened. At a length of over 200 feet and 3 decks tall, she could easily carry up to 1,200 passengers. The ship’s new home would remain at the North end of the Lake near the Briggs House and Moon’s Lake House. The actual dock was located at the current location of Lake Local Restaurant. Timbers of the old pier can still be seen in the water around the docks. Very few photos of the Lady still exist and her history is not well recorded. It is said she was decommissioned after useful life near the great depression or shortly before. Hotels and attractions continued to grow on Saratoga Lake, the White Sulphur Springs Hotel, Kaydeross Park, Riley’s Lake House and many others popped up arounds the lake shores. In 1893 the S.S. Alice was built and exhibited at the Chicago’s World Fair. 98  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MARCH/APRIL 2017

Hotel Steamer Ermine in front of Snake Hill.

Mr. Thomas Luther owned the boat and named it after his wife Alice. At a length of 72’ feet she was considered to be the fastest steamer in the State of New York. The Alice operated regularly on an hourly schedule between the White Sulphur Springs Hotel and the dock at Kaydeross Park making direct connections with the Hudson Valley Railroad trolley line. The Alice was also very popular for Moonlight Cruises and Fireworks Cruises. Riding on the S.S. Alice was considered a high-class experience. The Alice was also another victim of the depression and the death of Mr. Luther in 1937. The White Sulphur Springs Hotel was sold in 1940 and fell into decline It was demolished in 1947 for construction of Route 9P on the eastside of the lake. Soon the automobile would become the king of travel and the steamboat would become a part of history. The S.S. Alice would be the last steamer to haul passengers on Saratoga Lake. Many other steamboats were constructed over the years for public and private use. Most of these boats would be built on the shore and launched in the spring. Other well known Saratoga Lake Steamboats included the Hotel Steamer Ermine, the James Breslin, the Katie and the Needle Gun. The boats were all constructed from native lumber and when they were no longer useful or fell into disrepair, they were simply burnt or sunk. Unfortunately very few photos of these boats exist. SS

Photo taken and adapted by Hal Raven.

BY MEGIN POTTER, PHOTOS PROVIDED There’s a gleaming treasure, full of unimaginable riches, right here for you to find. Rising from the depths of a long era of limited use, the shimmering waters of Saratoga Lake are now open to more people wanting to take in its regal beauty. “The lake is the hidden gem of Saratoga,” said Hal Raven, cruise operator and owner of Adirondack Cruise & Charter Co. Last year, 82 years after the last touring steam ship, the S.S. Alice stopped running, Raven began offering cruises aboard the Kaydeross, a 22’ pontoon boat that seats nine. Despite it being their first season in business, more than 800 people toured with Adirondack Cruise & Charter Co. around the lake and the adjoining Fish Creek. The company’s waiting list grew as many more wanted to have a seat aboard the lake’s only public touring vessel. “We make it so it’s not just a cruise, it’s an experience,” said Raven. To help keep up with the demand, a 50’ fantail launch boat is being added this year. Built by Paul Raasoch in 2003 to tour Rock River, a tributary of the Mississippi, the boat’s charming 1900’s replica design features a white hull, mahogany decking, polished brass hardware, and a fully-enclosed canopy with detachable side curtains to protect passengers from sun and wind. With the capacity to seat 30 passengers, it also has the added convenience of a restroom on board, as well as a small bar serving drinks. Its shallow draft means that it can operate in just 8” of water, and its low profile allows it to fit under Fish Creek’s bridges.



“When I saw this boat I said, ‘It’s perfect for Saratoga’”, said Raven. An experienced boater since childhood, Raven was a captain at Lake George Shoreline Cruises before starting Adirondack Cruise & Charter Co. He loves the history of steamboats on Saratoga Lake and has plans to one day convert the boat’s clean 4-stroke concealed motor to steam and therefore bring the golden age of steamboat touring back to Saratoga Lake. In addition, Raven also plans for the boat to serve as a living history local classroom for area students. An active board member of the Saratoga Lake Association, he feels that teaching students about invasive species and how to preserve the lake’s physical integrity will ensure that it is a valuable resource for years to come, he said. “We make it fun for the kids; for a lot of them, it’s their first time on a boat. We make sure that it’s a unique experience,” said Raven. Fantail cruises are scheduled to begin in June with Lake, Sunset, Moonlight, and Sunday Brunch Cruises happening throughout the summer. The fall season will also include a Foliage and a Ghost Ship Cruise. The Kaydeross will be running Fish Creek, Coffee, Sunset, Fireworks, and Fall Foliage cruises. Ticket prices range from $20$75 for an approximate 1 ½ hour cruise. Private charters for parties and corporate events are available. Shuttle service runs from Waterfront Park to Brown’s Beach midmorning to early afternoon in July & August for $15/roundtrip. For special event cruises, offers, and giveaways, follow Adirondack Cruise and Charter Co. on Facebook and on Instagram at Adkcruise. For more information, cruise schedules, and to buy tickets go to SS



Boating Guide brought to you by

Saratoga Lake Waterfront Park at Saratoga Lake

NY State Boat Launch

The park allows visitors access to waterfront picnicking, non-motorized boat launch and fishing. Again, access from I-87 and Saratoga Springs is via exit 14 onto Route 9P south toward Saratoga Springs. Turn right onto Crescent Ave. and the Waterfront Park is about 1/2 mile on the left. Parking is free.

From I-87 or Saratoga Springs, take exit 14 onto Route 9P south toward Saratoga Lake. After passing over the bridge over Fish Creek, turn left into the NYSDEC parking area and boat launch. The parking fee is $8, or $65 for a seasonal NYS Parks “Empire Passport”.

Brown’s Beach, Stillwater

113 NY-9P, Malta, NY 12020 (518) 584-9125

Brown’s Beach allows visitors public swimming beach access to Saratoga Lake. The beach will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and does have lifeguards on duty. Adjacent to the beach, Dock Brown’s offers a variety of lunch and dinner menu items with a beautiful patio view of the lake. Above Dock Brown’s is The Nest, a seven-room inn for visitors looking to enjoy the lakeside experience. Also located at Brown’s Beach is a marina, which offers local residents slips for their motorized watercraft. Brown’s Beach also offers a large party pavilion available for picnic or party rental and a general picnic area for family fun. For further information regarding Brown’s Beach, please contact the Town of Stillwater Clerk at (518) 664-6148, extension 2.

South Shore Marina

Point Breeze Marina 1459 NY-9P, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 587-3397

Fish Creek Marina 251 Co Rd 67, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 584-1901

Lake George Lake George Village Million Dollar Beach Boat Launch and Day Use Area, Beach Road in Lake George Village.

In-season: Limited to 25 launches per day; limited parking; day use fee applies.

New Boat Launch East of Million Dollar Beach. This hard surface launch is open year round.

Off-season: No launch restrictions; free. For 200 cars and trailers. Close to shops and in town activities.


Saratoga Lake Association

Bolton Landing Norowal Marina Located off 9N on Sagamore Road. (Car Top $12.00, Powerboat $24.00) Northwest Bay/Clay Meadows. Located four miles north of Bolton Landing. (No Fee, Car Top Boats Only) Cartop boat access to Northwest Bay and southern trailhead to the Tongue Mountain Range.

Hague Lake George Village


Lake George Battleground Campground: Campground with 68 sites is within walking distance to Million Dollar Beach and Lake George Village, and adjacent to Battlefield Park. There is a self-guided historical interpretive path with educational information at the Battlefield Park from the military activity during the French and Indian War period. Off the lake on Route 9, 1/4 mile south of Lake George Village. Hearthstone Point Campground: Two miles north of Lake George Village with over 250 tents and trailer sites. No boat launch facility, but campsite and a large beach for daily swimming and playing in the clean and clear water.

Hague Town Beach and Boat Launch Small parking area with a nice shallow water beach and playground for the kids. Located off Route 9N in Hague. Rogers Rock Campsites 330 sites located three miles north of Hague on Route 9N. (Day Use Fee of $6.00) Boat Launch, Beach, Small and Large Group Camping, Rock Climbing Gull Bay Boat Launch and Beach Large beach and hard surface boat launch. Parking is limited.

Ticonderoga Mossy Point Boat Launch Located two miles south of Ticonderoga on Black Point Road. (No Fee) Large parking lot for boat trailers and hard surface boat ramp.



There are 387 shoreline campsites located on 44 state

GLEN ISLAND GROUP In The Narrows east of Bolton Landing, in the central part of Lake George (518) 644-9696

LONG ISLAND GROUP on the south end of the lake (518) 656-9426

owned islands. 85 sites are located in the Narrow Island Group (Mother Bunch Group), 170 sites and 42 cruiser sites are in the Glen Island Group (The Narrows), and 90 sites are on Long Island. The 42 cruiser sites are for large boats with sleeping quarters. 25 sites in the Glen Island Group are located on the mainland but are accessible by boat only. Most sites are well forested and private. All sites have a dock for one boat, a fireplace, picnic table, and toilet facility. Cruiser sites also provide a charcoal burner and privy.


NARROW ISLAND GROUP in the Mother Bunch located in the northern part of the lake (518) 499-1288

THE WALTONIAN ISLAND GROUP Consists of 4 islands with a total of 10 sites. They are maintained by The Rogers Rock Campground (518) 585-6746. They are located in the northern basin near Hague.

BEFORE YOU GO... Accessible Features:

2 wheelchair accessible campsites with tent platforms, level trail with a natural surface, picnic tables, dock and a privy. Located within the Glen Island Group on Black Mountain Shore Island. Sites #5 and #6

Directions: Lake George is accessible from Route I-87 (Adirondack Northway) using exits 20-25, and 28, then Routes 4, 9, 9N, 8, 22, 74 and 149. Once leaving the Adirondack Northway, caution should be observed as some roads contain steep grades. Please Note: Dogs are prohibited on any of the islands, docks and on vessels moored at docks.




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M APLE W EEK END M AR CH 18 - 19 , 25 - 26 10 A . M . - 4 P . M .

The maple farms in Saratoga County that are participating in Maple Weekend are:


(Open March 25-26 only) 84 Harris Road Corinth, NY 12822-2617 (518) 654-9752


50 Atkins Road Malta, NY 12020 (518) 288-8653

NIGHTIN GALE ’ S M APLE FAR M 4888 Jersey Hill Road Amsterdam, NY 12010 (518) 882-9334


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Evaporator in action, finishing hot, fresh syrup

Feeding the fire.


More maple makers than ever are open to show you how sweet the season can be. A record 165 maple producers across the state are participating in Maple Weekend this year, making it easier than ever to experience first-hand the delicious late-winter harvest season. “There’s more people getting back to their roots and making it,” said Maple Weekend Coordinator Angela Swan about the upsurge in participation. This is NY Maple Association’s 22nd year hosting the event, which is also breaking records with its early harvest. “We really got a head start this season with a bonus run that’s going to make it the longest and earliest ever,” said Swan. With nine warm, sunny days and cold nights, the weather made a big difference in sap production at her

sugar bush, Homestead Maple in Chazye, as well as many others in the region. Making more maple means it’s being used in much more than just syrup. Maple Weekend producers are exploring everything maple… with sodas, dips, and a range of recipes for visitors to sample and buy. New flavored syrups are a trend this year as well, available in flavors including vanilla, cinnamon, and bourbon barrel aged, among others. “It’s really delicious,” said Swan. Many houses are hosting pancake breakfasts and other family-friendly activities. In Salem, Wild Hill Maple offers make-your-own maple candy, said Upper Hudson Valley Coordinator Mary Jeanne Packer. Alan Epstein's Bluegrass Trio will be playing at her sugar bush, Mapleland Farms, and the multi-generational Dry Brook Sugarhouse is offering horse-drawn wagon rides. In Malta, learn from Eric and Paul Ruger, a father and son team where tradition was reversed and a student inspired his family to form Sugar Oak Farms, said Packer. keep going...


For those wanting to give their children a head-start learning about maple and why it is an important agricultural crop, a variety of educational resources are available online. Children can watch informative videos, print out free coloring pages and worksheets, as well as get recipes and experiment with making maple products at home.

To find a complete listing of the sugar houses and what they’re offering during Maple Weekend, go to or install the NYS Maple Weekend app.



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Springs. The Synagogue and its congregation moved from Broadway into its current Weibel Avenue location in 1991. Ehrenshaft began regularly attending services several times a week. Rabbi/Cantor Kenneth Blatt joined the congregation in 2010 and became the spiritual leader at the special moments in the members’ lives. The synagogue became a place to share occasions such as baby namings, birthdays, anniversaries, job promotions, and graduations. It also hosts a variety of educational programs, serves as a veteran’s post, and operates a Judaica gift shop. To provide a venue for social and cultural interaction between members and the community, Ehrenshaft became President of the Sisterhood in 2013.She served on Board of Directors before becoming Board President in 2014. Working to ensure the sanctuary is available for worship and happenings today, she is also striving to make it accessible for the next generation of active members.

Menorah Torah Cover

Congregation Shaara Tfille CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY WRITTEN BY MEGIN POTTER • PHOTOS PROVIDED As the daughter of Holocaust survivors, Judith Ehrenshaft understands what it means to be persecuted because of ones' beliefs. When she moved to Saratoga Springs from New York City in 2007, it was to live closer to her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, but here she has also found a warm and welcoming spiritual home within the Congregation Shaara Tfille. “It’s such a wonderful place, full of vibrancy and energy,” said Ehrenshaft. Congregation Shaara Tfille, originally chartered in 1912, is one of the oldest congregations in the Capital District, and is the only Conservative Synagogue located in Saratoga

Members of the Sisterhood Barbie Kahn, Pamela Polacsek, Rabbi Cantor Kenneth Blatt, Judith Solomon, Deborah Sabin, Susan Weissman and Judith Ehrenshaft

Recent improvements to the Congregation Shaara Tfille Jewish Community Center have included the purchase of additional cemetery plots to allow for both orthodox and interfaith burials, and updating the kosher kitchen to meet catering building code mandates. Plumbing, painting, and cleaning were completed, a new sink was installed and new dishware purchased. This year marks the 105th anniversary of the congregation and the 25th year in their current location, so it is the perfect occasion to celebrate, said Ehrenshaft. “We want to have a good time and say thanks to all those that have supported us through the years. It’s a milestone that should be celebrated.” The Congregation Shaara Tfille Jewish Community Center Silver Anniversary Gala is scheduled to be held at the synagogue on 84 Weibel Avenue in Saratoga Springs on May 7, 2017 at 5 p.m. This elegant evening event will include a cocktail hour, kosher dinner catered by As You Like It Events, desserts, entertainment and music by Scott Hemming of SEH Entertainment. The Sisterhood will be revealing a special art project at the gala. Black tie is optional. There are a total of 100 seats available and tickets cost $100 per person. Reservations are required by April 15, 2017. Contact Carole in the Community Center office at 518-584-2370. For more information go to



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FRIDAY, MARCH 17TH Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Be SAFE and call for your Free Cab Ride home, provided by Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP (800) Law-1010


Saratoga County Restaurant Week Participating Restaurants in Saratoga County. For More Information Call: 518-899-3000

SATURDAY, MARCH 18TH & SUNDAY, MARCH 19TH Adirondack Sports & Fitness Expo Saratoga Springs City Center 522 Broadway Saratoga Springs

Cost: $5 for adults and free for 18 and under. Join us for the 12th annual event - with 125 Exhibitors and 8,000 expected attendees.

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3rd Annual Blue Needs You 8K Run

Night At The Brewseum

High Rock Park, Saratoga Springs 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The event includes the 8K Competitive Run, 400 meter Kids Fun Run, and the Race Day Cheer Squad. For more information or to register, visit

FRIDAY, MARCH 31ST Arts Fest Friday Presents: Gotta Dance!

We’ll be using nearly every inch of the museum to present incredible dance performances. Plus a fashion show, and live music. Stay for the Film after the fest, in the Riggi Theater. This event is free and open to all! Special prizes for kids who come in dance costumes!

For more information, call 518-5870723 ext. 2607 or contact Julie at

SATURDAY, APRIL 1ST Home Made Theater's 32nd Annual Spring Benefit

SPA Little Theater, 7 p.m. 19 Roosevelt Dr, Saratoga Springs For More Information Call: 518-587-4427


The Capital Region Guitar Show

For more information or tickets, visit


SUNDAY, APRIL 23RD 6th Annual Autism Expo


Longfellows, 6 – 9 p.m 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs

Our 6th annual tasting event features beers and ciders from local and regional craft brewers, great wines and a variety of delicious foods from local restaurants. Tickets:

National Museum of Dance, 6 – 8 p.m.

see page 104 for more info!

Brighter Days: Shelters of Saratoga Gala

Canfield Casino, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Congress Park, Saratoga Springs

Saratoga City Center Friday 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

$7 admission, kids under 10, free with the folks! $2 off admission with the donation of at least 2 canned items for the local food pantry. For more info, call Matt at Saratoga Guitar 518- 581-1603

Saratoga City Center, 12 – 3 p.m. 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs


Warming Hut, 9:15 a.m. Saratoga State Park on Avenue of the Pines The 5th Annual Furry Fun Run is a 5k to benefit Peppertree Rescue, a non-profit that rescues dogs and finds them forever homes. For more information or to register, visit

American Cancer Society’s Gala of Hope

The Hall of Springs, 6 p.m. 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs For tickets or information, visit or call Michele Mack at 518-220-6932.

SUNDAY, APRIL 30TH 7th Annual Family Fun Day

Saratoga Strike Zone, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 32 Ballston Ave., Saratoga Springs

Hall of Springs, 6 – 11 p.m. 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs

For more information or to register, visit

An evening of delicious food, great music, and inspiring stories! Register online at:




Saratoga Bridal Expo

see page 93 for more info!

1st Annual Fishing Tournament

The Great Upstate Boat Show Adirondack Sports Complex, 11–5 326 Sherman Avenue, Queensbury

For More Information Call: 518-791-0070 108  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MARCH/APRIL 2017

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Saratoga Lake, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 1464 NY-9P, Saratoga Springs (at Salvi Aquatic Boat Rentals), $35/per adult. Registration deadline: April 22.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3RD 28th Annual May Day Spring Fling Canfield Casino, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council’s (EOC) dinner and auction fundraiser includes dinner, complementary drinks, and silent and live auctions. For more information visit, or contact 518-288-3206 or

SATURDAY, MAY 6TH & 7TH ChaseCon Expo

Saratoga City Center, 10 a.m. 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs On both May 6 and May 7, the City Center will be filled with pop culture and comic book events. There will be amazing talent in the form of celebrities and artists, as well as fun activities including panels, science fiction/fantasy, Cosplay and gaming contests. For more information, visit


108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, 7:30 a.m. This family-friendly outdoor race includes a 5K, 10K, kids 1K fun run and new this year, a half-marathon. Runners' energy will stay high with live music along the route by some of the region's best bands and a large, post-race family-day party follows. For more information or to register, visit




Double H Ranch co-founders, Charles R. Wood and Paul Newman.

Raccoon cabin reconstruction visual plan.

EVERY child should HAVE THE CHANCE TO PLAY. WRITTEN BY MEGIN POTTER • PHOTOS PROVIDED For some children with serious illnesses, however, finding a place where they can safely play is hard to do. That’s why, 25 years ago, Charles R. Wood and Paul Newman founded the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne. Since then, it has expanded to provide enriching, creative, and fun experiences year-round for children and their families free of charge. “It provides them with an opportunity for their kids to experience the joys of childhood that they deserve,” said Double H Ranch Director of Development Eileen Nash. With volunteers donating their time, valued at more than $2 million a year, the community has embraced the camp, its mission, and its drive to succeed, said Nash. “When they hear the stories of how much the kids love the camp and want to come back, people reach out to support us.” To commemorate the many years of happiness that Double H Ranch has been bringing to children and to further increase their offerings in the future, the camp has scheduled celebratory events throughout the year. Their anniversary kick-off began in January with the showing of the film Charles R. Wood, A Storied Life. Produced and originally aired by WMHT and Working Pictures, it tells the inspirational story of the camp’s co-founder.

In January, they also announced the launch of the Capital Campaign. To continue with their mission, they are raising funds to renovate and construct the camp cabins. Their $3.5 million dollar goal will pay for winterizing and enhancing the safety of the Beaver and Eagle cabins, as well as the demolition and reconstruction of the Raccoon cabin to provide year-round housing for campers, their families, camp counselors, and medical volunteers. On May 12th, the Golf Pro-Am and Chef’s Dinner at The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing gives supporters a chance to hit the course and then join the approximately 300 people that are expected to attend this annual event. June 24th is their Annual Gala, which typically attracts between 600 and 700 people each year. The Great Escape in Queensbury will be full of camp kids enjoying the rides, games, and snacks while their families and supporters mingle with cocktails, appetizers and bid on items in a silent auction. Confirmed auction items include; a Trunk Show Party with foods by Chef Jaime Ortiz of 677 Prime, jewelry showing by Northeastern, wine tasting, and more; a Mazzone Dine-Around group package with transportation to all major Mazzone restaurants; a week in a fabulous Anguilla villa donated by Liz and Chris O’Brien; a spectacular Bear Bench donated by Vince and Patty Riggi; a Custom Health and Happiness Golf Cart donated by Five Star; and a Lake Placid getaway package from Mirror Lake Inn. On September 15th-17th, a Camp-Wide Anniversary Celebration will offer an opportunity for camp alumni to reminisce and hear from some of the 36 marriages that were a result of couples that met each other there. The weekend also includes family activities, a carnival, and a special talent show presentation. For more information go to



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WRITTEN BY MEGIN POTTER • PHOTOS PROVIDED In his career as a performer, it was the electricity generated during his live concerts that Elvis Presley is said to have loved the most. This year, 40 years since his passing, his fans still get to feel the thrill of Elvis because of the energetic Elvis Tribute Artists (ETAs) that study his life and sing his music. “There’s nothing like it. The energy is amazing. Everyone there is a fan, and if they’re not, they’re learning,” said 17-year-old ETA Matthew Boyce. He’s been attending the Elvis Festival in Lake George since 2006 and started competing as an ETA in 2008. “I liked dressing up in the flashy studded suits, acting like a superhero, and singing stuff at the coffee table,” he said about what first attracted him to Elvis’ larger-than-life persona. Through the years, it was the story behind his music that he connected with. “My saving grace is that kind of music,” said Matthew. While the general public and those at school don’t always understand his passion, and sometimes even bully him because of it, the feeling of comradery and support that he’s experienced at the Elvis Festival has encouraged him to continue, he said. One year, a huge windstorm sent the tarp covering the stage he was performing on at the Painted Pony Rodeo grounds flying through the air. To this day, people refer to Matthew Boyce as ‘The Kid Who Blew the Roof Off,’ he said. In addition to his festival performances, Matthew has performed with his band, The Suspicious Mind, in New York, Vermont, Mass., Conn., and Canada. This year’s Elvis Festival in Lake George celebrates with concerts by ten years of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist winners. “Every single person that’s won the Ultimate is going to be there – they’ve been my inspiration for years,” said Matthew. Seeing these champions is rivaled only by meeting up with the tight-knit community of Elvis Presley supporters who want to keep his music alive. Matthew calls it the ETA Brotherhood. His own brother, 12-year-old Spencer Boyce, is also a member. He’s been competing since 2014, and agrees that it is a place where his interest and efforts are welcomed and appreciated. “The first time I walked out on stage, I tripped on the steps going up. But then the band starts playing and cheering for you, and I want to do it every year now,” said Spencer. Both Boyce brothers will be performing live in concerts at the Lake George Forum this year. The opening ceremony of the Elvis Festival starts at 7 p.m. with a free concert in Shepard Park followed by four days of events throughout the village including cruises aboard the Adirondac and the Minnie-HaHa, and a classic car parade with the ETAs starting at the Lake George High School at 9 a.m. on Saturday. For more information about ETA Matthew Boyce go to Tickets, schedules and more information about the Elvis Festival can be found by going to


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Simply SARATOGA - Spring 2017  

Our Spring Edition of Simply Saratoga has all your favorite departments from our History section, to recipes, local eats, and our artist spo...

Simply SARATOGA - Spring 2017  

Our Spring Edition of Simply Saratoga has all your favorite departments from our History section, to recipes, local eats, and our artist spo...