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From The Editor In the interest of FULL DISCLOSURE - I have to mention right up front - I'm writing this letter while on vacation. Yes, I'm sitting on the deck of our beach house (I wish I could say, purchased, and not rented!!) and the sound of the ocean and kids playing on the beach, has me so relaxed. We've been very busy at Saratoga TODAY... In addition to the weekly paper, and three issues of Simply Saratoga Magazine (Winter, Spring and now H&G) we've also published five niche magazines YES FIVE - since the beginning of the year. 1. Saratoga BRIDE, 2. Saratoga Home & Lifestyle, 3. Welcome Home, 4. SaratogaMama, 5. Healthy Saratoga Sorry - I have to list them - more visual impact that way! So, three issues of Simply Saratoga PLUS five niche magazines means we've put out EIGHT magazines in the last FOUR MONTHS! Does that help explain the need for a beach house : ) I just LOVE putting together the H&G issue, we have such amazing talent here in Saratoga... Nationally Recognized Interior Designer Jenna Burger shows us approachable design tips from some of the local commercial & residential work she has recently completed, starting on page 87. Architecturally Speaking just finished its first year in existence and wow… Tom Stock has outdone himself with his photos of Witt Construction's SkyFall! Tell me if you agree – page 66.

While researching another story awhile back, I walked into the office of Architect Charlie Hoffman, and I was blown away. Trust me, NOT because it was this awesome futuristic mecca of modern day design, but because it WASN’T. I just stood there taking it all in… the exposed stone walls, the hand illustrated renderings of Charlie’s projects, the memorabilia of a life’s work. I have always wanted to do a feature on ARTISTS’ STUDIOS, and this was all the incentive I needed… see page 98 to check it out for yourself. I met local artist (and semi-retired architect) Vic Cinquino at the Saratoga Home & Lifestyle show back in March, and just loved his artwork. I think you’ll agree… it’s a refreshing change of pace! See our Artist Spotlight: on page 24. This issue debuts a much overdue section: Simply…Saratoga Society! With the help of the blogging bar’s Carrie Rowlands Johnson and Alice Corey, you will be up-to-date on the latest galas and fund raising events from throughout the region. Speaking of Alice & Carrie... while meeting with them at 2 West Bar and Grille, it occurred to me... Tim & Colleen Holmes DID IT AGAIN! Now the proud owners of FOUR successful restaurants - each with its own personality - they just amaze me!! Read all about them and their two newest places starting on page 15. I have to close with a THANK YOU to North Country ENT & Med Spa who motivated me to update my headshot (and gave me a day OUT OF THE OFFICE!!)… In case you missed reading all about my SPA DAY... check it out in the most recent issue of Healthy Saratoga.


I hope you enjoy this H&G issue and please mention us by name when visiting our advertisers, they are the reason we can continue to offer these magazines - free of charge - to our Chris Vallone Bushee 20+ thousands readers each issue! Managing Editor


CONTRIBUTORS TIM BLODGETT Tim Blodgett and his wife, Rose own Saratoga Tackle & Archery, he can be reached at (518) 584-3952. His store is now located on Route 29, just before Schuylerville. Visit or find Saratoga Tackle on Facebook.

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 callin program. Nancy and her spouse enjoy watching birds at their feeders from their log home west of Saratoga.

ALICE COREY Alice is the owner of Alice Corey Photography, a professional photography business, as well as the blogging bar, which provides digital marketing for local businesses. Alice has worked as a Registered Professional Nurse in critical care and managed a sales territory in NY with Pfizer Inc. for 11 years. She resides in Ballston Spa with her husband Michael and their 2 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.

ASHLEY DINGEMAN My name is Ashley Dingeman and I can’t deny it – I’m in love with food. As a Saratoga Springs native, it has always been a dream of mine to have the opportunity to do the two things I do best: eat & write.

JODIE FITZ Jodie Fitz is a wife, working mother of three and the creator of the Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club. She will be releasing 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:

ARTHUR GONICK Arthur was beyond delighted to offer a fresh take on Dottie Pepper in this issue. “Dottie spent her entire professional sports career striving to be below par. But I hope you enjoy getting to know a person who has always been WAY ABOVE par".


MEGAN HARRINGTON 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.

ELI KING Eli King is a freelance writer covering local business, real estate and technology. She is also an interactive marketing consultant specializing in Search Engine Optimization and web design. In her spare time, she is a lifestyle and humor blogger, and has had her work featured on Inman News, and 40:20 Vision - a resource offering advice and mentorships for women in business.

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

YVONNE MCEACHRON Yvonne McEachron is the founder/blogger of layered. design, llc., a styling company offering services in interior decorating, wardrobe styling, and wedding planning. Follow @layeredny |

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

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

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.

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.




H&G 2016

S A R AT O G A Saratog



Complim tion entary



May/Jun e 2016

Home & Garden Section

Starting on pg. 65





Cover kit c Interior D hen by esi Jenna Bu gner rger

Eating Out in Saratoga


Advice from Meghan Lemery Fritz


Architecturally Speaking


Artist Spotlight – Vic Cinquino


Entertaining Made Easy with Jodie Fitz


The Balet-Haights… A Saratoga Family


Peter Bowden


All Outdoors – by Tim Blodgett


Saratoga Springs History Museum


Pictures of Old Saratoga


The Original "Mom & Pops"


Barbara Garro


Post Time Memories with Dennis Hogan


Dottie Pepper

45 Simply... Saratoga Society 50-62 The Fashion Pages


Architecturally Speaking

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78 Birdwatching with Nancy Castillo 80

Clothing Clean-out with Jordana Turcotte


Meet the Cook


Cover Story: Approachable Design by Jenna Burger


Flower arranging 101 with Samantha Nass


Where We Create


Chalk Paint


Aging in Place


Summer Camp Guide


Save The Date

45-62 HOME & GARDEN 65-115 FASHION


in Saratoga I'm Ashley Dingeman and

I can’t deny it – I’m in love with food. As owner of, I’d like to invite you, the readers of Simply Saratoga magazine, to join me in savoring everything delicious in Saratoga!


2 West

# West Side Eats

In recent years, the trend towards farm to table dining has grown from a lesser known concept to a mainstream and widely recognized path towards restaurants serving customers food that is grown with integrity, and furthermore, served with integrity as well. As the newest addition to the WOW Groups restaurant repertoire, 2 West has been getting a lot of attention, and for good reason. Ever since opening in late January, 2 West has been serving food with purpose and poise, not only adding another great option to the Saratoga restaurant scene, but offering something unique and meaningful to diners and foodies alike. Bringing in Chef Jason Audette, the kitchen is run with confidence and a fresh sense of creativity, focusing on

sourcing from local farmers and dealing with whole animals, not just ordering specific cuts and parts of animals. The inspiration for this type of operation came from Chef Audette’s experience in New York City, being introduced to working with whole animals at his most recent job, prior to moving back to the Saratoga area. Utilizing Arcadian Farms in Sloansville, NY, Audette and 2 West is sourcing all proteins as full animals from these guys. As Audette put it himself, “someone spent a lot of time raising that animal and growing that produce and to me that’s the bigger picture. The animal shouldn’t die for no reason, produce shouldn’t be picked for no reason. We need to give it as much respect as the farmers do, otherwise we’re not doing our part,” he continued.


The philosophy of Arcadian Pastures is a good one, too. They believe that by giving the animals they raise the best possible life, stress-free and without the use of any hormones, sub-therapeutic levels of antibiotics or exposing them to pesticides, the nutritional value of the meat and eggs they produce is of the highest possible quality. As consumers are shifting into a realm where they really care about the way animals are treated, where the food on their plates is coming from, and the story behind the farmers producing them, it’s a breath of fresh air to see 2 West thoughtfully working towards offering all of those items. With all that in mind, I couldn’t resist ordering the same protein as my appetizer and then entrée, to support this methodology. For starters, the Lamb Tartare ($11) was a must. Served on a narrow wooden board, the simplicity of the presentation was no joke in comparison to the complexity of flavors this appetizer held. With an egg yolk waiting to be poked, atop the tiny pieces of lamb, my eyes grew in excitement as I watched that creamy yellow protein drip into the carefully seasoned lamb.

In addition to the tartare, the Crostini ($3) is a must when dining at 2 West. While it changes regularly, on this particular evening the half slice of grilled Rockhill Bread was topped with Maplebrook Farm ricotta and a drizzle of Saratoga honey, finished off with some freshly ground black pepper. For the tiny price tag, this crostini packs a ton of flavor, and a very generous portion of ricotta which is a win for anyone who appreciates the light yet creamy texture of high quality ricotta. For my entrée, I continued on my lamb journey with the lamb ragu. Honestly, what first caught my eye about this dish was the gnocchi, as my first and only job in a kitchen was prepping gnocchi during a busy summer season at one of 2 West’s sister restaurants, Wheatfields. The Lamb Ragu ($17) was a thoughtfully prepared dish with sheep milk ricotta gnocchi, braised lamb and topped with shaved pecorino. Going from one lamb to the next, it was incredible how drastically different the braised lamb was, and paired with the soft sheep milk ricotta gnocchi, I was pretty floored by the overall experience. Finishing off the meal was easy with the “Chipwich” ($7), a pair of house made chocolate chip cookies in sandwich form with vanilla bean ice cream stuffed between them. Taking me back to my youth, this ice cream sandwich was soft and delicate, with a rich butter-forward cookie to take me into that dessert nirvana that I love so much. As 2 West continues to create its own path in the Saratoga restaurant scene, I’m convinced that with the drive of Chef Audette in combination with the support of restaurant owners Tim and Colleen Holmes, this restaurant will be a popular stop for anyone who enjoys good food with a purpose.



# East Side Eats When someone asks me about lunch in Saratoga, my immediate reaction is to think through downtown restaurants that offer a lunch menu. The issue with that thought process is that it leaves out BWP, and that’s a problem.

BWP, or Beer, Wine and Pizza is the second restaurant concept for Tim and Colleen Holmes, who before opening this, were already running two very successful Wheatfield’s, one in downtown Saratoga and the other in The Crossings in Clifton Park. As you might have guessed, BWP focuses on three things specifically – beer, wine and pizza. While those might be in the name, it’s important to note some other menu items that are worth mentioning, like the jumbo wings ($12.95). These jumbo wings are, well… jumbo. So we’ve got some big wings, fried really nicely to create a super crispy skin without drying out the chicken inside, and just enough coating of sauce (we ordered them medium). I was delighted with the outcome to say the least. The great natural lighting during lunch hours made the atmosphere airy, yet cozy and relaxed. From our seats facing the front of the restaurant, my boyfriend appreciated his multiple views 18  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MAY/JUNE 2016

of the Yankee game while we dined. As long as your seat is facing the front of the restaurant, you’ll have a view of a TV, as there are as many as 8 TV’s scattered across the front wall. As for pizza, we ordered the cheeseburger pizza ($16.95), which starts with hand tossed dough and then is covered with cheddar cheese, crumbled burger, LTO and BWP burger sauce (aka ketchup and mayo mixed together). If beer is your thing, you might be happy to find familiar craft beer names including Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, Ballast Point and Dog Fish Head, which are always rotating. They also offer weekly deals, including Happy Hour from 3-6, Monday-Friday featuring ½ off all bar beverages and burger and a beer Tuesday when you can have a burger and beer pairing for $12.

With an eclectic menu that can please pretty much anyone’s taste buds, you don’t have to love beer, wine and pizza to love BWP. BWP is open seven days a week, MondayWednesday from 3-10pm, Thursday from 11:30am-10pm, Friday & Saturday from 11:30am-12am and Sunday from 11:30am-11pm. The restaurant is located at 70 Weibel Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY.



with Tim and Colleen Holmes at their newest venture... 2 West Bar & Grille

WOW Restaurants


If anyone knows my story, it all started when I took a job in college working as a prep cook in the Wheatfields kitchen during a busy summer. Tim and Colleen Holmes, the owners of WOW Restaurants Inc., including Wheatfields (Saratoga and Clifton Park), Beer, Wine and Pizza (BWP), and 2 West, offered me a position after I showed an interest in quitting school and going to culinary school.

The summer I spent at Wheatfields is one I’ll never forget, as it taught me that rolling their famous gnocchi over and over and over again is hard work, but I also learned that being a chef is an incredible challenging career path. It was after that summer that I chose to stay in school, graduate with a communications degree, and start writing about food and restaurants. Enough about me though, let’s talk about these incredibly driven and talented restaurant owners who have been engrained in the Saratoga Springs community for 17 years. I took some time to sit down and chat with Tim and Colleen Holmes to get the scoop about what inspired them to enter into the restaurant industry, how they developed the four restaurants they currently own and operate, and a little about what the future holds for them.


Ashley (A): What inspired you to get into the restaurant business? Was this a dream either of you had growing up, or did you just stumble into it? Colleen (C): I have always been passionate about food and started catering at I got the bug early on. Transitioning from working for a large restaurant company to owning our own was challenging, but a natural fit.

Tim (T): My grandparents owned a Clam House in Northern Maine that my father worked in through high school. He always wanted to open his own restaurant but never risked leaving his corporate job to open his own. I guess it skipped a generation. I attended Paul Smith's College for Hotel Restaurant Management and after graduation always knew I wanted to open a restaurant.

A: What was the inspiration behind your first restaurant, Wheatfields, and what's the story of how/when you opened? C/T: The inspiration was to create a landmark establishment in Downtown Saratoga Springs. We moved to the Northeast in 2000, started our consulting company, and began researching restaurants that were in the market. We looked at dozens of opportunities, and after much due diligence, purchased Wheatfields in early 2004. We really liked that the restaurant had been handcrafting pasta since 1988 and believed in the core of the concept. Perfecting recipes started in 2004, remodeling and expanding began in January of 2006.

A: What have you learned about the restaurant industry since opening the very first restaurant? C/T: It is an incredibly dynamic industry! The restaurant industry is always evolving and changing, you must be able to evolve daily with the changes.

A: Are there any more restaurants in the works at this point? Or do you foresee the potential for opening a 5th down the road? C/T: Nothing on the drawing board at the moment, but very focused on making sure the locations we have are operating at a high level - but Tim's goal is to have 100 restaurants - 96 more to go!

Stay Tuned!

A: Why did you choose Clifton Park for your second location? C/T: After the remodeling and re-conception of the Broadway Wheatfields in 2006, the market took notice of the concept ..and the potential; we had been approached by several interested parties to open a second location. Clifton Park was lacking independent restaurants and we believed our concept was the right fit for the market’s needs. We had a great opportunity to partner with Eric King of Equinox Companies to place the location at the Crossing Plaza and this year we are celebrating 7 years of business. A: You seem to have a neighborhood feel. Is this intentional, what you were going for? C/T: Absolutely intentional! We love to hang out, to relax with friends & family over’s simply who we are. A: How do you determine the menu and decor for each individual restaurant? C/T: In regards to the decor, for some the space and concept is the determining factor. For example, Wheatfields Saratoga and 2 West are distinctly unique properties. An urban building on Broadway from the 1800's and a brand new mixeduse commercial loft space on West Avenue. Menus are driven by the food trends and market needs, with Colleen and I and our passionate culinary teams.







Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College, PA. Email


he fact is, when we ignore and neglect our storage spaces we create a pattern of avoidance in our lives. This avoidance, over time can cause us to feel stressed out, short tempered and often overwhelmed. One of the best ways to do a self-check is to open up your closets, look around your basement, attic and your garage. If you feel overwhelmed at the thought of decluttering these areas that is a good indicator you have some clearing out to do physically and emotionally as well. Often times when we allow clutter to build up in our living space we may do the same with our feelings and emotions. Instead of addressing uncomfortable feelings or getting to the root of a conflict with a family member, friend or colleague, you may find yourself consistently avoiding things and this causes emotional clutter to build up within you, putting you at risk for depression and anxiety. Don’t allow yourself to go through each day avoiding your emotions and racking up clutter emotionally and physically, take the time you need and have a strategy in place to begin to sort through the junk that is creating avoidance and dysfunction in your life. If you want to make room for change in your life on any level you have to create the space for new things. We can’t bring in the new when our life is crammed with old clutter. If you are struggling to make a decision about a career change, relationship, or even a decision to get healthy and begin to exercise you have to create room for new healthy things in your life by letting go of the old. One of the best ways you can make room for abundance and health in every area of your life is to begin the process of getting rid of the old to make room for the new. Take the time to go through storage areas and throw away or donate anything that does not serve you in

How we keep our physical space says a great deal about how we handle and process our emotions. Just the simple act of taking some time to organize our space every day can lead to more energy, greater productivity throughout the day, clearer direct communication and more opportunities for success. any way. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn it or used it in a year, toss it. When you go through this process pay attention to how you feel. Are you anxious, sad or angry? What does this process bring up for you emotionally? Sometimes keeping our spaces full of clutter helps us avoid painful emotions or memories of the past. Allow yourself to explore what comes up during this process and give yourself permission to accept and embrace whatever reaction you are having. If you have tons of things from your childhood and past you may have fear of letting go of the old. The idea of making room for new things in your life may paralyze you with fear causing you to cling to the old things you see as safe and comforting, Years ago I helped a friend going through a very difficult divorce clear out her home to get ready to put it on the market. She had rented a dumpster to get rid of things and when I offered to help her I was shocked to find that her very large basement was full of clutter and items from her past. As I encouraged her to throw things out she was becoming more and more uncomfortable and eventually had to leave the area and let me sort through things without asking her for help. Later when we had gotten through that stressful time she shared that her parents divorce and inability to get along and coparent always made her feel anxious and uncomfortable. Keeping things from her childhood became a source of comfort during a very difficult time. This behavior stayed with her into her adult life and when she was facing her own divorce she once again found it difficult to let go of the old. She realized in the process of clearing out her home that it was time to change this pattern of avoidance and that to create the life she deserved she had to make room for new blessings.

If the thought of de-cluttering your space feels overwhelming, start small. A goal of 15 minutes a day can help you create a habit of daily organization and it can help build momentum for you to tackle the bigger, messier areas. For instance, instead of starting with a garage full of junk, start by clearing out a desk drawer. Start with the smallest areas one drawer at a time. This will help you become more comfortable and confident with the process and eventually you will be ready to tackle the tougher areas. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! If you find yourself being flooded with uncomfortable feelings and emotions. Talk to a close friend or a therapist to sort through the feelings and free yourself of the emotional clutter! If you find it is difficult to let go of out clothing and things you don’t use ask a trusted friend for help in the process. This can help you stick to the task at hand and help you feel supported throughout the process. Once you get started you will be amazed at how good it feels to let go of the old, get organized and make room for new blessings in your life. The process of clearing things out physically will also help you clear out the emotional clutter that weighs you down. You will find that you aren’t as comfortable stuffing your feelings and avoiding conflict with others. You will become more direct and clear in your communication which will build your confidence and self-esteem. If you feel like you are in a rut emotionally and life feels heavy with emotional burdens, begin the process of slowly letting go of the old. The process of de-cluttering and creating space opens you up for abundance in every area of your life! Remember, the simple act of 15 minutes a day with one drawer at a time is all you need to start the process. Be patient with yourself, get the help you need and get ready for positive change and opportunity to enter into the new space! SS MAY/JUNE 2016 | SIMPLY SARATOGA  | 23

Artist Spotlight: Vic Cinquino



Victor Cinquino may draw straight lines, but his path to becoming the artist he is today was anything but one. Trained as an architect, Cinquino has taken a modern approach to designing buildings, including single and multi-use homes and community spaces, whenever given the chance. In this rural region seeped in traditionalism however, pursuing modern work can be risky. “Modern architecture is really common in larger metropolitan areas, and it is a growing trend, especially in the last ten years or so, but real estate agents have to be bold to run a modern house listing, they’re just not a marketable as traditional homes,” said Cinquino. Many of the buildings that he did design work for, such as at 517 Broadway (the offices of Roohan Realty) and additions to the Children’s Museum on Caroline Street, demonstrate the more traditional style that is so characteristic of this region. Modernism still called to him, however. In response, Cinquino developed a series of modern house renderings, the interiors of which required depictions of decorative artwork.


“I became enamored with the artwork itself and quite enamored with the computer for a lot of reasons,” he said. Exploring what the computer could do, he had an original goal to use this technology to appear painterly. This expanded to representational abstract nature-inspired work and bold images of complex line patterns. Printing the designs on paper, canvas, dry mounting and fusion printing on metal, he was exploring material as well as image-making. At a high-point in his artistic career, he operated the Cinqui Studio and gallery space on Phila Street. Despite his best efforts, he had to close after two and a half years. Discouraged, he took a hiatus, but recently was reinvigorated to again rejoin the public art world and exhibit at the Saratoga Rotary’s Home and Lifestyle show.



“I’m committed to focus on cubist-oriented modern art, to use the computer and to stop trying to be a traditional painter,” he said.

The geometric pieces that he’s created are an outcropping of his subconscious mind and the subliminal influences of his emotions, he said. “I’ve always had this overarching feeling of liking straight lines and sensual curves… that has been informed by my experiences as an architect,” said Cinquino. Some of his work, which often starts out as compositions burned into his brain, will be completed in a day, others will take several weeks to create, refine and alter.


“With art, there’s always the danger of knowing when to stop,” he said. The input of others has been helping him to develop his work even further. “You never really know how people are going to react to it. With modern abstract art, people just really love it or totally dismiss it. It’s something they just have to feel and see,” he said. Other times, they just want something to match their upholstery, but Cinquino endures. “I really enjoy the sense of parts and pieces coming together. The precision is fantastic – I really enjoy it,” he said. To see more go to or



Photo by Amy Rockwell




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The Balet-Haight family owns an idyllic flower farm just a few miles outside Saratoga Springs. Through their presence at the farmers’ market and their Malta-based greenhouse, Suzanne, David, and their two children keep area residents supplied with the most beautiful flowers. The business is known as Balet’s Flowers and Design because as Suzanne explains, “The farm has always been known by our last name – it’s our family heritage.”



uzanne has deep ties to the area – she grew up in Malta and was born and raised on the family farm. And Suzanne says, “Since 1978 my family has manned a booth at the Saratoga Springs farmers’ market. While my mom sold vegetables, my brother and I would sell lemonade and cookies.” And now that she’s heading up the family’s flower business, many of those former customers are reappearing. She says, “It’s very cool to have [current] customers say things like, ‘I remember when you were 8 years old and I bought lemonade from you.’ ” While her early farm training mostly focused on vegetables, Suzanne says she helped transition the family to the flower-focused business. “I fell in love with the flower portion,” she says. “Heading out to the fields at 5am to pick dew-covered corn just wasn’t as appealing as picking a beautiful bouquet of flowers!” Suzanne went on to earn her Horticulture degree from SUNY Cobleskill/ Cornell and eventually returned to the area to work. In 2000, Suzanne met her husband, David, at the most natural of places – the Saratoga Springs farmers’ market. “We met at the market while he was buying hanging flower baskets for his mom,” Suzanne explains. And the attraction must have been there from the start because she jokes, “I’m not sure if he really needed THAT many flower baskets!” The two went on their first date in September 2000 and married a few years later. While Suzanne focuses on the family business, David works to protect farmland as the New York Director of American Farmland Trust. As Suzanne explains, “It’s an organization that helps farmers keep farming and lets them know about available grants and programs.” When it comes to loving the land, it’s a family affair for the Balet-Haight crew. Even the kids like to get involved; 12-year-old Andrew is planning to set aside some time this summer for farm work to earn a bit of pocket money and 9-year-old Julia likes to help plant in the greenhouse. When they’re not learning the ropes of the flower business, the two kids keep their parents busy with a wide array of activities including basketball, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, STEM programs at school, and 4H. In addition to the market, Balet’s sells to brides (either wholesale or full service, depending on need) as well as wholesale to a number of Saratoga Springs florists. Suzanne is also an accomplished potter and incorporates some of her pieces into the full service wedding arrangements she creates. Despite a busy schedule, the Balet-Haight family still finds time to donate to various community organizations and gardens and they belong to the Malta Ridge Methodist Church. Their generous nature runs in the family – their daughter Julia recently shaved her head to raise money for St. Baldrick’s, a childhood cancer charity. As small business owners and active community members, the Balet-Haights truly embody the spirit of Saratoga. For more information on their flower farm, say hello at the farmers’ market or visit: SS




You know that nervous, fluttery feeling you get when you’re pretty sure you got away with something? Pretty sure is NOT… 100% iron clad - for sure - proof positive - surety. There’s that “It wasn’t me; it was someone else. Ya can’t prove nuthin’ so let me go! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!” feeling that hangs like a storm cloud above you and the dread that said cloud could break open and dump on you at any moment. If that describes how you feel about our passage into spring, you’re not alone. Most of us live with a little bit of a guilty conscience about how our lives play out, but you don’t have to feel guilty about not experiencing the full brunt of winter last. Nothing is as fickle as the weather… so turn your face to the sun and enjoy the warmth as it soaks into your skin.


pril 1st marked the statewide opening day of trout season in New York and is considered by many to be the unofficial opening of the fishing season. The early ice out and unseasonably warm weather has been a gift to anglers who usually have to slog through snow and ice just to approach their favorite trout stream which is often at near flood stage. This year they will enjoy an easy stroll down the stream bank and worry more about bugs than drowning. Early reports are encouraging and will improve rapidly as the water warms. The water is still cold despite the warm weather, making the trout a little sluggish and less likely to venture too far into the fast current. Concentrate on drifting your bait through the calm spots behind rocks and logs or in lazy back currents often found on the downstream side of bends. Generally, most people have more success using worms and salted minnows early in the season but you can fill your limit using lures and nymph pattern flies. The same careful presentation applies when using artificials… you have to put the lure where the fish are. This is where copious quantities of patience, laser like focus and precision casting can set you apart from story tellers and armchair experts. Repeated casts at a likely spot are often what it takes to coax a reluctant trout out of its lethargy and into your creel. New York State has a strong stocking program to help insure the success of its many fishing enthusiasts. Trout are bred and reared in the many hatcheries throughout the state until they reach a size that will give them the best chance


of survival when released in the wild. Many of the stocked trout are kept at the hatchery until they reach trophy size for the enjoyment of the anglers. This is the core of the “put and take” ideology that keeps the many trout waters in the state full of fish and rewards the efforts of the many thousands of fishermen who try their luck. If you’re interested in finding out if your favorite stream will be stocked, you can go to the Department of Environmental Conservation website and see the quantity and quality of trout they plan to stock. The mild weather has allowed the stocking to be done on time and in some cases much ahead of schedule… so get out and enjoy the fishing! Boaters are also enjoying the expedited exit of winter and are spending bonus time on the water this year. While most of the gamefish seasons are closed while they spawn, there’s still plenty of action to enjoy. Northern pike, pickerel and walleye seasons are closed until the first Saturday in May. That means you are not supposed to fish for them intentionally. Bass season is in its “catch and release, artificial only” phase, meaning you can fish for them as long as you use lures and immediately release the fish you catch. You never know what will strike your lure, and because they eat the same things, you can expect to catch pike, pickerel and walleye by accident. This is perfectly OK as long as you minimize your contact with them and set them free. Releasing them without taking them out of the water is best for their survival because they can be fatally injured very easily if they are allowed to flop in the boat or are held up for pictures. Please, be satisfied with the battle and the memory of the catch. If you’re more interested in a fish fry at the end of the day, “panfish” are what you want to catch. Sunfish, bluegills, crappie and perch all fall into that category. Q: Why are they called panfish? A: Because they fit in a frying pan. While these fish don’t occupy the same rung on the status ladder as gamefish, they are the essence of what fishing is all about. Panfish are the first kind of fish most of us ever fished for and caught. More beginners have been “hooked” on fishing by these feisty fish than by any other. They are abundant, easy to catch, fight impressively and

are best when battered, fried and dipped in a little tartar sauce. Makes my mouth water just thinking of it! Crappie are the star of the show in early spring. Great schools of them swim into weedy shallows and are easily enticed with small minnows and small plastic jigs and can achieve an impressive size. Most keepers will weigh about a pound but I have seen them top 3 pounds. They are a handsome fish with silvery gold flanks flecked with an abundance of black spots, large flowing fins and a great gulping mouth (the better to eat minnows with my dear!) and are addicting to catch. Bluegills and perch are also going to be found in the same places as crappie and are less picky eaters. A simple hook and bobber rig baited with a small piece of worm are all you need to catch a mess of them. Bluegills as big as your hand (bigger if you have small hands) are what you want when fishing for dinner. Pound for pound, they are some of the scrappiest fighters swimming and will make you wish they grew bigger and glad they don’t at the same time! A lot of “trophy fishermen” look smugly down their noses at the humble bluegill feeling that they have graduated to a higher level of expertise with fishing tackle. Must be that the simple satisfaction of making a cast and watching a bobber bobble has been lost on them, crying shame that is. Perch will also make you smile. They are aggressive, voracious little beasts and will often hit lures half their size. The bigger ones tend to hang out in a little deeper water than the bluegills, but if you can locate a school of “Jack Perch,” 13 inches and up, you hit the jackpot. Worms, minnows, jigs, it doesn’t matter, perch eat them all! Personally, I’d rather have the bluegill and the perch because I think they taste better and so does my wife. This is the time of year that’s full of promise. Buds are swelling, grass is starting to green, our birdfeeders are attracting seasonal visitors and best of all, it’s getting warmer! Put winter behind you and look ahead to the summer fun that you will soon enjoy. Let those feeling of guilt about not suffering your fair share of winter, blow away on the warm breezes. Besides, you had no control over winter anyway. Spring is here, no doubt about it. Go forth and enjoy! SS


Left to right: Jamie Parillo (Museum Director) Agnes Hamberger (Archivist) John Conner(Curator of Bolster Collection) Charlie Kuenzel (History Museum Board Member)



ocated on three floors of the Canfield Casino is a true gem of the city, the Saratoga Springs History Museum. The story that the museum tells is the story of our great city from its earliest beginnings to the modern development and transformations of today. The preservation and demonstration of that story is the sole purpose of the Saratoga Springs History Museum. The formation of the Saratoga Springs Historical Society occurred on October 16, 1883. After using different locations the museum finally settled on its present location in 1912. The Saratoga Springs History Museum does not follow the pattern of many modern museums


with new buildings that strive to produce a setting for the artifacts in their collection. Instead the Saratoga Springs History Museum is located in one of the most historical settings in the city, the Canfield Casino. The building is very much a part of the story of our city. The Canfield Casino was built in 1870 by John Morrissey at a cost of $190,000 as a gaming house and was known in those days as the “Club House”. Since gambling was illegal the name Club House helped to add a feeling of legitimacy to a totally illegal operation. Since Morrissey was smart enough to ban locals from gambling in his house there was never a story of a local family suffering from the hardships of money lost at the gaming tables. The fact that the Club House helped to provide a needed activity for the very wealthy helped infuse money into the city every year of its operation, and for that reason locals left it alone. Morrissey died in 1878 and the operation was continued by his minor business partners Charles Reed and Albert Spencer. In 1894 Spencer and Reed sold the building and its operations to Richard Canfield for $250,000. Canfield brought respectability to the address as well as many of the richest players of the day. Canfield’s Casino operated until finally an anti-gambling movement forced the sale of the building and additional park property to

the City of Saratoga Springs for $150,000 in 1911. The City of Saratoga Springs continues to own and operate the Canfield Casino today. Soon after the sale of the building to the city the site began to house the Saratoga Springs Historical Society. Eventually the society and its large collection became known in 2004 as the Saratoga Springs History Museum. Today the History Museum has over 16,000 artifacts in its collection with research archives and is the proud owner of the famous Bolster Collection of historic photos. The George S. Bolster Collection is composed of 360,000 images and negatives of the City of Saratoga Springs from 1855-1989. Three quarters of the collection is from the life work of photographer George Bolster from the 1930’s to the 1980’s. George operated a well-known photographic store at 1 Phila Street until his death in 1989. Every picture had a story and George knew those stories. My wife and I have many fond memories of visiting 1 Phila Street, and seeing George Bolster using Q-tips to hand color famous black and white photos of Saratoga Springs with the ever present apple and bottle of Vichy next to his work area. The Bolster Collection has been catalogued and is managed by Curator John Conners. If you have ever enjoyed pictures of old Saratoga in offices, restaurants or businesses in the city they probably are from this collection. John Conners, himself a photographer, has for years taken real pride in organizing and making these images accessible to the public. If you have an interest in these great images contact John at the History Museum to arrange an appointment to view this great collection. Appointments are available Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 10:00AM -3:00PM. Once an image is found it can be reproduced in many different sizes to match your needs. Executive Director Jamie Parillo has guided the museum for 16 years with the help of a 13 person Board of Directors and the current Board President John Pecora. The Saratoga Springs History Museum is a non-profit entity that offers yearly memberships and operates dynamic programs throughout the year with a great gift shop on the first floor of the museum. Jamie Parillo is in the process of setting up a new exhibit with the guidance of Exhibition Curator Michael Levinson on the topic of World War 1. Due to open in late spring, this exhibit will highlight the story of Saratoga Springs going to war as well as the repercussions of that terrible conflict on the people of our city. In the fall ghost tours are offered in the museum as a result of a 2010 investigation done by the show “Ghost Hunters”. The third floor of the museum offers the most activity and sightings and happenings are recorded on a regular basis. Just walking into the Canfield Casino and the Saratoga Springs History Museum allows guests to view many very special collections including the furnishings. When the building was constructed the woodwork, furniture, wall and ceiling stencils, fireplace mantels, rugs, lighting and more were designed and built by the famous designers, Herter Brothers of N.Y. City. In the later part of the 1800’s the Herter Brothers were the premier interior designers in the United States for design and fabrication of very upscale buildings and homes. When the Canfield Casino was being built, the Herter Brothers were also decorating such prominent locations as the Red Room of the White House as well as having done recent design work for Cornelius Vanderbilt, J.P. Morgan, Jay Gould

and Major James Goodwin. Michael Levinson as Exhibition Curator has worked tirelessly to uncover the story of the Herter Brothers involvement and bring back the art work, original paint colors and stenciling in the High Stakes Room as well many other rooms and hallways. The Canfield Casino is the only surviving commercial interior designed by Herter except for rooms in the 7th Regiment Armory on Park Avenue in NYC. The knowledge of the connection of Herter design makes the Canfield Casino a very special location and shows the importance of this structure in Saratoga Springs as well as in American history. The archives of the Saratoga History Museum are a little known asset that can supply researchers with an additional location for materials on Saratoga Springs history. If you are involved researching topics related to Saratoga Springs please include this site as part of your information sites. Archivist Agnes Hamberger is the person to contact to make an appointment to use these great archives. The museum archives contain items such as 19th century guide books, hotel registers, books, postcards, primary source files and personal scrapbooks. As you think about the Saratoga Springs History Museum you begin to realize that this museum is a true jewel in the city of Saratoga Springs. Consider a visit soon to the museum to learn more about our great city. While at the museum enjoy the Bolster Collection photos, Herter furnishings, museum displays or consider use of the archives when you research in the future. After that visit you will probably want to join the museum as a member or volunteer you time to help “tell the story of Saratoga Springs”. For more information visit: or call 584-6920. SS



MONUMENT SQUARE Viewed looking north on Broadway with the entrance to Congress Park on the right. This photo was taken before the movement of the Monument to the 77th NY Regiment was moved to it's current location in Congress Park.

GRAND UNION COURTYARD This courtyard provided an area to sit or stroll behind the hotel. Weather permitting, dances were held here and Edison displayed in public his new invention, the incandescent light bulb here for only the second time.


ED FORD'S GARAGE Located on the south side of Church Street between Woodlawn Avenue and Railroad Place. Today this is the site of a Stewart's Shop.

Completed and opened to the public on September 18, 1893 at a cost to local taxpayers of $80,000. Convention Hall was the grand site for many conventions, sporting events and theatrical performances. Today it is the site of the Park Place Condominiums on Broadway.

CONVENTION HALL INTERIOR With a seating capacity of 5,000 people, Convention Hall burned in November of 1965. Insurance money from the fire was invested to provide some of the funds needed to built the present day Saratoga City Center. 34  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MAY/JUNE 2016

The Original

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


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


Ask almost anyone

who grew up in a small town and their face lights up with that ”first kiss glaze” as they recall fond remembrances of their corner store. There existed a simplicity, warmth and sense of belonging that made customers allegiant to their particular neighborhood establishment. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to return to them as they were in their heyday? Growing up as a baby boomer, I was fascinated by my neighborhood grocery store. Recently I was walking by the little used one-car garage that had housed my favorite neighborhood store. I found myself imagining the thriving neighborhood store that had once existed there and lamenting its demise. This gathering place represented a way of life in our country and in particular, Saratoga Springs in 1960. At this time, there were 33 neighborhood stores within the city limits. Many were a room in the parlor of a family home, with the family living in the back, but a few were standalone structures. Throughout the city one didn’t have to walk more than a few blocks in any direction to be able to buy bread, milk, canned goods or fortunately for mepenny candy. Broadway clearly divided the city into an east side and west side. Natives will admit that they rarely traded at stores on “the other side of town”. Some pockets of town were more concentrated with “Mom and Pop” stores than others. John Conners’ paper route on the Westside in “Dublin” stretched from 1 Oak St to West Avenue and all the streets in between. He recalls 11 neighborhood grocery stores in the “Dublin” area and reports that with the exception of two, every family lived in the back of the store. Many of these shop owners supported as many as ten children from their business.

(October 1947): This store at 78 Beekman St. was one of many stores in Dublin. Emanuel Barrier opened this grocery store beginning in 1942. Later Joseph Scuderi, creator of the wellknown “Scudder” sandwich, owned it. People all over town made their way to Beekman St. for the half-loaf of Cottone’s Bakery bread filled with cheese, salami, capacola, ham, lettuce and mayo. Based on Manning’s Saratoga Springs City Directories the number of neighborhood stores peaked in 1911 when 53 grocers dotted the city. The directory index lists another 26 stores under the category of “Markets- Meat, Fish, Poultry and Vegetables.” It is hard to establish the difference of the criteria of the listings as many of the so-called grocers also had a butcher. Nonetheless to have almost 80 small stores service a year-round population of just under 13,000 speaks volumes about our culture. Many of these stores continued on for decades, passing ownership to another family member or selling to other local entrepreneurs. By 1969 the number of these “Mom and Pop” stores within city limits still numbered 25. Saratoga Spring’s population of 17,000 supported these same establishments until 1978, when the number of neighborhood shops listed in the city directory sharply declined to a mere 13. Nationwide several things contributed to the demise of these stores- the May 1978 launch of the NYS Lotto; the widespread

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improvement of credit cards and their magnetic strips in 1979; FDA labeling regulations making it hard to produce and sell your own canned goods; the increased mobility of our population; and large grocery chains increasing their hours of operation. Locally we can’t deny the success of a convenience store chain we now know as Stewart’s Shops. (Today these stores have excelled in filling the void left behind from the closing of many “Mom and Pop” stores.) And for at least a few local neighborhood stores, Nelson Rockfeller’s establishment of the OTB hurt a few of our local grocers who “ran book” on the side to keep their store afloat. What was the final nail in the coffin of many of our “Mom and Pop” stores is up for debate and speculation. Many of the stories associated with the stores reflect what was happening in our society. Overall, hard work, extended family members tirelessly working together, and the pursuit of the American Dream prevail.


Today, in an effort to build community, we’ve lost our sense of neighborhood,” recently stated Dave Patterson, well-known Saratoga Springs history buff.

This was not the case in the West Side of Saratoga Springs. During the 1880s many Italian immigrant railroad workers settled in Saratoga Springs. They settled in what became know as “Dublin” because of its price and proximity to the railroad tracks. A longing for the homeland and similar customs built a daily reliance on one another. This and the pursuit of the American Dream tied the “city within a city” together. Neighborhood stores were central to daily life.

Christine Arpey’s store on the corner of Elm and Oak Street was known for the fresh grown vegetables garden to the right of the store.

Arpey's 3 in the series...


193 Elm Street

“To my grandmother, everyone was either Italian or American,” observed Rev. Neil Draves-Arpaia.

(Neil who kept the Italian family name Arpaia was referring to his grandmother Crestina Arpaia, who Americanized her name to Christine Arpey.)

Like many early 20th century Italian immigrants, Crestina Cappello arrived with only $2 in her pocket, but was not afraid to work incredibly hard. She surmounted the odds against her to open a store that many would consider… before its time.

Manning’s Saratoga Springs City Directory for 1940 lists 13 stores in the section often called “Dublin.” Referred to as the “tree named streets”- Ash, Birch, Elm, Oak and Walnut- this area was bordered by West Circular Street; Birch Street; Grand Avenue and Franklin Street.

Arpey’s store was a favorite place for neighborhood children to buy packets of confetti during the annual St. Michael’s Festival. Mamie Doty, standing, helps out at the stand set up for the yearly festival. Christine Arpey is seated near the store entrance. 36  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MAY/JUNE 2016

“To call it a ‘Mom and Pop’ doesn’t fit. Hers was on the order of a Roma Foods, a true Italian import store,” explained Neil. It was a full service store that sold everything from homemade tomato sauce to fresh produce from her gardens. Her natural artistic talents flourished in her stunning displays of homegrown vegetables. Christine also used farm fresh milk for ricotta cheese, until the FDA said it had to be homogenized. Handmade ravioli was a process that overtook all surface areas of the store. Italian Christmas cookies were a popular seasonal staple.

The D& H railroad tracks divided Saratoga Springs into an eastside and westside. This photo facing West Circular Street illustrates that division. The railroad office still stands today, but we know the tracks shown as “Railroad Run.” A large wave of Irish immigrants settled west of the railroad tracks in the 1840s, coining this area “Dublin.” As they prospered and moved out, the next wave of immigrants, the Italians, replaced them.

Her family helped make her famous sausage. The petite Italian woman wrestled with huge pork butts that she cut into little pieces and mixed with fennel. Grandson Neil says, “I got to stick my hands in and mix it all up in a galvanized pan. My uncle stuffed the mixture in skins and we hung it up.” It is impossible to separate her immigrant story from that of the store she ran on Elm Street. Christine was born in 1880 outside of Naples, Italy and her mother died when she was six. Her aunt and uncle in America arranged a marriage for her at the age of 16. She arrived in New York City ready to meet and marry a stranger. This new husband moved her to many northern cities as he worked on the railroad. Often she was pregnant with several children in tow. By the time the family settled in Saratoga, she had given birth 14 times, losing four of her children. Her husband didn’t give her the help she felt she needed, so she took matters in her own hands by bootlegging in order to raise money to start her own legitimate business. Prohibition was in full force and Christine used this to her advantage. In the basement of her Hyde Street home, she brewed beer, made wine, and used orange peels to make whiskey extract. Most transactions were done from a window on the dark side of the house. Workers from the nearby mill would knock on the window for their bootleg spirits. Grandson Neil reported, “My grandmother was occasionally threatened, but she didn’t back down. She was going to do what she had to do to survive. For her, it wasn’t

Vincent Sarro of S&M’s market on 112 Congress St. was one of many respected butchers in the area later known as “Little Italy.”

about making money, as much as it was about feeding her 10 children.” Her daughter Rose remembers that a few of the policemen knew her predicament. “If they got a complaint they would phone her and say, ‘Mrs. Arpey, we got a call that you have alcohol at your house. We’ll be over in 3 hours.’” This gave Christine enough time to hide all her evidence. All the while, Christine had it in her mind that she wanted a little store of her own, so she planted a large garden, and added selling her vegetables door to door to her resources. Between these two ventures, she had enough “seed” money to open up her neighborhood store at 193 Elm St. in the early 1930’s. As Christine’s success grew, she never forgot what it felt like to struggle. Often she would carry customers for up to 2 weeks. “The more successful she became, the more sensitive to others needs she became,” states Neil. Like most stores of the time, customers often ran tabs. Christine had a sense of her customers’ circumstances and would help those in need. Her tremendous sense of integrity came before her greed for business. One afternoon, three women entered her store gossiping about another customer. They

were asked to leave. Christine said that she was not going to have it spread around that gossiping about customers had taken place in her store. To her it was more important that her business had a good reputation. As Christine grew older, her son Joe would help out, taking over the store after her death. Towards the end of her life when she had difficulty with mobility, she would sit by the door of the store with a cigar box, trusting customers to wait on themselves and pay as they exited. As her mobility faded, that of the Italian community around her was improving, as cars took customers out of the West Side to larger supermarket chains. Christine died in 1965 at the age of 85… She was an orphan from Italy, who exemplified the American Dream. Not only was she the first Saratoga Springs woman to be cited by the business ratings reporting agency, Dun and Bradstreet, but she left a legacy her children and grandchildren are still proud of. Author’s note: Information for this story was obtained by interviews with Christine Arpey’s daughter Rose and a September 2013 interview with Father Neil Draves -Arpaia before his April, 2014 death. SS MAY/JUNE 2016 | SIMPLY SARATOGA  | 37

Barbara Garro


As a young girl growing up in Maple Shade, New Jersey, Barbara Garro loved horses, writing, and had a natural entrepreneurial spirit that pulled her towards both business and the arts. Little did she know that these two interests would set her on a journey spanning 250 miles and nine careers, landing her in Saratoga Springs where she would become a pillar of the city's arts community.

H After nearly three decades helping the city’s creative community flourish, Garro continues to inspire through her art, her involvement, and her distinctive style." 38  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MAY/JUNE 2016

ugged by neighboring houses and a city sidewalk, her historic home on Regent Street doubles as a large-scale art exhibit. Now an artist and entrepreneur, Garro’s circa 1840 home is adorned with displays of her finest works: vibrant paintings, glassencased memorabilia, whimsical sculptures, and thousands of pages of poetry arranged neatly in stacks. Hidden from sight are the less decorative, but equally intriguing items documenting her unique achievements: videotapes of her longrunning 1990’s children's TV show, “Mother Goose & Gander,” and a wall plastered with degrees and certifications including a Master of Arts degree, CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter) designation and even a certification in ventriloquism. Garro's love for writing began around age eight, but like so many artists, she often set aside her creative pursuits in favor of more traditional jobs that provided greater financial security. After entering the workforce as a secretary,

she later took a job in insurance and risk management. There she thrived learning from the company’s President, until new management threatened to demote her back to secretary status. A career-minded Garro confronted the new President, telling him, “You want me to be a Risk Manager? That works. You want me to be a secretary? Go hire one.” The meeting ended with Garro ready to move on, and that evening she and her then-boyfriend had a conversation that would change her plans once again. “He said, okay you’ve got the whole rest of your life ahead of you, what do you want to do?” recalls Garro. “I said, I want to be a writer, and he told me, then go be a writer. The next day I went out to every major newspaper in Philadelphia and ended up getting assignments at every one.” As she continued her freelance work, writing for publications like The Courier Post, Garro continued pursuing business with the same take charge attitude. At Comcast she created a job for herself by boldly approaching upper-level management with her ideas and impressing them with her knowledge. At the time they weren't even hiring. After discovering Saratoga Springs unexpectedly, Garro made her home here in 1989 because she was attracted to its charm, location and art scene. Knowing no one, she began volunteering and joined organizations like Saratoga Arts. She had her first art show at Saratoga Hospital as part of their Art in Public Places program. Combining business with pleasure, she has made her living here as a writer, artist, poet, and professional creative coach through her company, Electric Envisions. “Right now I’m focusing on poetry, painting, and my next book,” says Garro, who is also a longtime volunteer at Caffe Lena, one of her favorite spots in town. “Saratoga is a very arts-focused and community-focused city. It’s one of the most beautiful cities in the country. It’s just charming.” Her advice for aspiring and seasoned artists alike is: “Join Saratoga Arts. They have always been so supportive of me and they still are. They’re very community oriented.” After nearly three decades helping the city’s creative community flourish, Garro continues to inspire through her art, her involvement, and her distinctive style. Her books are available on, and you can learn more about her coaching services at SS For more information on Saratoga Arts including events, exhibitions and summer camp programs, visit

left to right: Remington, Evening Attire, Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue Manager Erin Pfister, and Tacticianor (‘Tac’)

Post Time Memories with Dennis G. Hogan

‘A Touch of Grey’ What are your retirement plans? Might they include fishing in the Keys, finishing that long-abandoned project, or a string of well-earned naps in the backyard hammock? Well, one retiree I recently met has something entirely different to recommend. “His favorite thing is rolling in the mud.” Said Erin Pfister, with a laugh, as we stood by the paddock of one of the most beloved racehorses of the last quarter-century, the one and only Evening Attire. Erin has cared for him since he arrived at Dutchess County’s Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue, in 2008. “He also loves to play with the other two: Remington and ‘Tac.’ It’s not a very interesting life, but he seems to be happy. It’s been great to watch him settle in. When he first came he was a little on edge and now he’s more relaxed.” And though he simply trots and plays, it’s a well-deserved repast for the 18-yearold gelding who spent eight of those years chasing some of the world’s most elite Thoroughbreds. He’s one of the few horses in memory to have raced until the age of 10, and in doing so, he’s made a lasting mark in the lexicon of Thoroughbred racing, and in the hearts and minds of racing fans.

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Evening Attire is the son of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and 2015 racing Hall of Fame inductee Black Tie Affair. He was owned by Joseph and Mary Grant, and trained by Pat Kelly. His long career began in 2000, and his lanky stature and striking grey coat were an immediate hit with those in the stands. Maybe his popularity was due to his quirky running style: he’d simply walk out of the gate and spot the field as many lengths as they could muster; meanwhile, he’d lope along, seemingly unaware of his task. Once they hit the top of stretch the real race began; there he’d flash a devastating closing kick and reel his opponents in one-by-one. A chorus of cheers would rise to a crescendo; its giddy cacophony sustained long after his arrival in the winner’s circle. Evening Attire raced 69 times and compiled a record of 15-16-9; his total winnings a tad shy of three-million dollars. And his most successful days were at Saratoga racecourse, where he posted 5 wins and 5 third-place finishes from twelve starts. He was a true ‘horse for the course.’ Though more than wins or purses, Evening Attire gathered fans - and they still turn out to see him; if only to watch him play with his pals or roll in the mud.

“He knows when visitors are here,” said Erin. “He can spot them a mile away, and they all come with treats. He loves ‘Stud Muffins.’ They’re molasses-flavored cakes and he thinks they’re the best thing that ever happened. “One fan makes him treats out of molasses and apple sauce and she covers them with colored sprinkles depending on what holiday is close by. She just made a batch with Easter-colored sprinkles - he just loves those sprinkles.” EA’s happy to spend his retirement days at Akindale, the former home of racing patriarch John Hettinger, though plans may be in the works to bring him back to Saratoga for a visit this summer. “Nothing’s set in stone as of yet,” said Akindale’s Marketing Director Chris Andrews, “but NYRA has asked us and we’re considering it.” “He really seems so content and happy,” added Erin. “He never gets cranky. Every day with him is just a gift.” Sounds like life on the farm is suiting the old champ well. No matter what your retirement plans are, may they be as well deserved. And may we all be as lucky and loved as the great Evening Attire. SS


No Matter Where You Roam In Life, You Come From Only One Place. AND THIS IS…

Dottie’s Hometown

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Fame. An interesting dynamic. By any objective standard, she is one of the most famous people to ever come from Saratoga Springs. In fact, that’s probably a big understatement.

Consider: - Multiple-major tournament winner during a stellar LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) career, at a time when the sport was charging into ascendancy into the world’s consciousness, followed by,

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- A second, even-more noticed tenure as a resident golf analyst, currently seen by millions of eyeballs globally – on networks with well-earned, heritage catch-phrases like “World Wide Leader in Sports” and “The Home of The Masters.” Either one of these mega-chapters of Dottie Pepper’s life have been worthy subjects of articles, with datelines originating from everywhere. But this is a story that could only originate here. It is a story of how fame meets doing the right thing. Of giving back. And this is where Dottie Pepper is inextricably tied to Saratoga Springs, and wouldn’t want it any other way. Because this is not just her hometown - this is the place she calls home. Saratoga Springs does not have a finer outbound ambassador - or one more prolific. Her itinerary for this year (as of January) had already included entries for the Caribbean, Canada and South Korea; 14 States (some with multiple entries) including golf ’s mecca and green jacket dispensary: Augusta, Georgia – site of The Masters. But wherever Dottie travels – Bogey is with her. “Bogey Tees Off,” and subsequent volumes, were co-authored by Dottie Pepper and Scott Fuller and illustrated by Kenneth Templeton. “Bogey” offers a unique way for kids and families to be introduced to the game of golf while promoting life lessons and values that are applicable on and off the golf course – including the importance of being truthful and tackling head-on the subject of bullying. The series began in 2012, and has been hailed by parents and educators for the fun and creative way they convey serious messages. “Bogey came to me as a character in 2011,” Dottie said, “on the first tee in Hampton Roads, VA." The proceeds from the sales of


these volumes benefit various foundations, including the LPGA and NYS Golf Association Foundation, and is “an opportunity to do something different,” making a personal stamp on the concept of “give back days” that are at the heart of sport of golf ’s organizational structure. And when people view her vitae at book signings and promotional events from Northshire Bookstore to North Dakota, and beyond - when they read her bio online, the first line they see is “Dottie was born in Saratoga Springs, NY.” We met at what has become a hallowed ground: High Rock Park, at the juxtaposition of the 9/11 Memorial sculpture “Tempered by Memory” and the everlasting hope and life-affirming force contained at the historic, newly reclaimed High Rock Spring. It is here that we see how fame and excellence translate into leadership for the benefit of Dottie’s hometown.


She is a prominent member of a small group of citizens, along with the Mayor’s office, who determined about four years ago that the city needed to have a formal, respectful and proper commemoration of the tragedy’s anniversary, and as a result, gives the city its finest hour. I was very proud to be chosen to be part of this group – because, among other things, I got a rare view of Dottie’s leadership and commitment in action, as she helped to pull together a diverse group of community organizations from the Elks to Sunnyside Gardens, from First Responders to the High School’s Choraliers.

It is a story of how fame meets doing the right thing.


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This leadership goes beyond writing a check to sponsor a bench at the site, though she did that too. It’s making the time to literally get her hands dirty, joining volunteers who make sure that the site is cleaned up, for summer visitors in May, and around Labor Day before the annual event. “Everyone is welcome,” Dottie reminds us, “these are family events. But be sure to bring gardening gloves for everyone - you’ll need them, I assure you.”

Her roots go deep. Dorothy Nolan Elementary; Saratoga Springs High Class of ’83. “My mom worked at Woolworths, and was a volunteer for the fire department at the former Firehouse Restaurant (now Forno Bistro and Arthur Murray Dance), which actually was a fire house, at the North end of Broadway.” George Pulver and her dad, Don, a prominent professional baseball player, mentored her in golf. “To say things were different is an understatement: Broadway was in shambles back then, there were neighborhoods you really didn’t want to be,” Dottie recalled. We were sitting in Stewart’s next to that old firehouse, because we both like their coffee. “I have to say that 99 percent of the changes I see are positive. Saratoga Springs is truly the envy of many.” After golf, Dottie Pepper could have decided to live anywhere. She chose to return home. Whether you see her next at the Farmers’ Market or on ESPN/CBS, know that in all the important ways, she never really goes very far away. SS For more information, visit






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THE WESLEY FOUNDATION GALA: 70’S STYLE Saturday, May 21, 2016 6-10pm @ Saratoga Golf and Polo Club Supports The Wesley Community’s Springs building renovation.


Thursday, June 2, 2016 7-10pm @ Saratoga Polo field Cost: $125/person $150/after May 30


ancy shoes, delectable appetizers and refreshing drinks swirling around Longfellows Restaurant become the backdrop as a dollhouse fit for a princess takes center stage for about five minutes. Pretty ladies dressed in everything from business casual to cocktail and distinguished looking men in business suits and fancy ties take turns visiting the marvelous, miniature house, gradually and continually upping their bid— each person wishing the wish of their own young daughter, granddaughter, niece or family friend— to display such a fabulous and precious toy in her own bedroom.

The dollhouse is one piece from an entire collection of gift packages, experiences, weekend getaways and products featured in the silent auction at The Brighter Days Gala at Longfellows held in April. The event raised more than 67-thousand dollars for the Shelters of Saratoga, an organization which provides a continuum of homeless care to those longing not only for a sweet dollhouse such as this, but for their own bedroom and house in which to display it.

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Dressed in my black bebe party dress, Seychelles shoes from Violet’s and Stella’s on Broadway and grasping a pen and paper in my hands, I join photographer Alice Corey. She is wearing a black Ann Taylor dress from their store on Broadway and a snazzy Canon 5D Mark III camera around her neck. We are here to gather fun photos and facts from Saratoga’s fashion and social scene for this brand new column, Simply Saratoga Society, debuting this month here in Simply Saratoga Magazine. Alice and I are focusing on the fabulous and fun flurry that is the society scene here in Saratoga, in an attempt to draw attention to some very important causes and help organizations raise much-needed money for their charities.


Friday, June 3rd, 7-10pm @ the Knights of Columbus Hall 19 Pine Rd., Saratoga $75 per person / $100 per couple $800 per table of 8 (518) 796-4581 to reserve your table Call Bob Reed at (518) 583-2999 for more information and sponsorship opportunities.




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The moment we walk in, we spot one of the evening’s honorees, Michele Riggi, in a stunning ensemble. She is bubbling with enthusiasm as she gushes over her Christian Louboutin heels and a flirty striped suit by Sail to Sable from The Pink Paddock. Mrs. Riggi admitted she fell in love with the suit the very moment she laid eyes on it. “I always (try to) buy local. (I like that) the Pink Paddock delivers… Kim (Burton) was wearing it at the Dance Museum… and she walked in with this and I’m like, ‘I love it! I wanna rock that! Send it to me!’ She got it to me in two days, I steamed it and I’m wearing it… I wanted to wear a suit tonight. I felt it was appropriate.” We interrupted Shelters of Saratoga Code Blue program director Cheryl Ann Murphy-Parant and Mayor Joanne Yepsen as they were deep in conversation with another of the night’s honorees, Patty Riggi. The ladies were dressed business casual and more than willing to share a few tidbits about why they chose these outfits from their closet. Cheryl Ann Murphy-Parant says, “It’s from Dress Barn. It’s really comfortable and I’m all about comfort and it looks nice too. It even has pockets!”

Friday, June 24, 2016 7-11pm Under the tent @ Saratoga National Golf Club Cost: Young professionals: $100, General Ticket: $150, Honorary Committee: $250


Saturday, June 25, 2016 5-10pm @ Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom

SARATOGA BRIDGES ANNUAL GALA: THE WHITE PARTY Saturday, July 16, 2016 6-10pm @ Saratoga Polo Cost: Reservations by 7/1: $175 / $125 (Under 35). Price increases by $25 after 7/1


New this Year: Hosted by Tom Durkin, July 20, 2016 Vapor at Saratoga Casino 7:00-9:00, $50/person


Saratoga Mayor Joanne Yepsen says she felt most comfortable in her go-to boots. She contemplated taking them off for a peek at the label. “Something other than a suit and tie. I dress up every day and I figured this worked. Corduroys, top, pearls and boots. I almost wore cowboy boots but I dressed up with pearls and these boots. I got them in Kentucky!” Brianne Lichtenberger was gracious enough to help Alice and me with our photo, so we turned the camera on her and her adorable self. “It’s Diane Von Furstenberg! It’s not a wrap because I’m not good with a wrap. It’s very traditional. Black is my go-to but white is my summer go-to. This is leaning toward neutral.” Lichtenberger works for Fingerpaint, one of the sponsors of tonight’s event. Alice and I would adore showing off pieces from the Saratoga fashion scene. If you’re a boutique owner around Saratoga and would like to dress us, put us in your shoes, have us wear your accessories or carry your bag, we’ll mention your generosity and plug your shop in the next issue of Simply Saratoga Society. Send your request to me, Carrie Rowlands Johnson, at Now the good stuff. That gorgeous dollhouse raised $1,000 to benefit the Shelters of Saratoga and went home with Michele Riggi, who told us she and Ron planned to surprise their granddaughter with the generous gift. Simply... Saratoga Society is a partnership between the blogging bar, our boutique entrepreneurial start-up venture which provides professional blogs, photos and social media management to small and medium-sized businesses, and Simply Saratoga Magazine. In order to help us help you raise money, we would love to attend and feature your fabulous charity events. Continue sending your information to Chris Vallone Bushee at Simply Saratoga Magazine and add us to your contact list! Send a separate invite, contact and follow-up information to



hroughout the year, and especially during the winter and summer months, you will find just about every corner of Saratoga Springs buzzing with galas and fundraising events. We’d adore showing up at your event and providing a recap in each and every issue of Simply Saratoga, so please keep us in the loop!

Here are just a few of the grand events we here in Saratoga have grown to love and look forward to and look back on with fond memories. Music, dancing, eating and gambling filled the Saratoga Springs City Center for The 19th Annual Bartender’s Ball. Every year, the hospitality community organizes this grand event as a way to give back to the Saratoga Community. This year, nearly 27-thousand dollars was raised to benefit Wellspring, whose mission is to support survivors and engage the community to end relationship and sexual abuse. Money raised will be used to help improve access to Wellspring’s services to all residents of Saratoga County. The area’s own popular band, The Audiostars, delighted a crowd of about 740, some of whom also tried their luck at the gambling tables, provided by The Lion’s Club. More dancing at Saratoga National to celebrate the Children’s Museum’s 26th birthday! Tribute band ABBA elicited a spirited crowd of more than 170 at The Children’s Museum’s 6th Annual Birthday Bash. Live and silent auctions raised more than $30,000 to support the museum's educational programs and mission. Spotted in the crowd were founding members Alice & Randy Martin and Mary Lou & Donald Hall as well as our own Simply Saratoga Managing Editor Chris Vallone Bushee and SaratogaMama co-owner and Editor Colleen Pierre (with their handsome

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Saturday, July 23, 2016 8-11pm @ SPAC Theme: Golden Anniversary Gala

husbands!) Many sponsors showed their continued support through bidding wars over live auction items such as Mixology at Henry Street Taproom and The Ultimate Track Experience. Executive director Michelle Smith says, “The result of this wonderful evening of fun and excitement has energized the Museum's Board of Directors and staff to implement more creative ways to meet the needs of the families we serve in Saratoga and the Greater Capital Region. The strong outpouring of community support has brought strength and confidence as we move forward on the planned expansion of our building this summer.” Additions include a new STEM room, program room and vestibule to meet the increasing demands for more space, as well as revamping and changing current exhibits. Also, the museum is now participating in a National program called “Museums for ALL, which offers a reduced admission rate for those in need. To be a part of this very exciting time for the museum and especially the community and to support the ongoing efforts of the Museum please call Michelle Smith , Executive Director at 584-5540. Disco fever was stayin’ alive at Union Preservation Hall’s Disco Night. The event raised $2,000 dollars to benefit the UPH and successfully created a city-wide buzz about this gorgeous venue. There were no tickets left when the doors to SPAC’s Winter Ball opened. This themed party of the century: A Black & Gold Masked Ball sold out, raising more than $50,000! More than 530 SPAC supporters donned their finest gowns and accessorized with themed masks as they danced the night away. The ball was presented by the SPAC Junior Committee, 60 young professionals from across the Capital Region that help SPAC with fundraising. Money raised at the ball will support SPAC’s classical programming through the 2016 summer season. Fundraising is such an important part of Saratoga’s social scene. If your organization is organizing a gala, please contact me here at Simply… Saratoga Society with information at We hope to see you on the dance floor!


August 2, 2016 3pm @ AIM Lawn Cost: $100 Croquet Team & Garden Party for Two; $40 Garden Party only

FASHIONABLE FILLIES LUNCHEON, BENEFITTING THE JOCKEY CLUB SAFETY NET FOUNDATION Thursday, August 4, 2016 12-3pm @ Saratoga National Jake’s Help from Heaven 306-5665



Thursday, September 1, 2016 6-11pm @ Hall of Springs


Friday, November 11, 2016 6:30-10:30pm @ Saratoga National Golf Club Cost: $95


Wednesday, November 23, 2016 6-10pm




Designers Marjolianes Touch: Chestertown, NY Hand felted, artisan garments. Eenvoud: New York, NY | Sustainable, minimalist womans daily wear. Khymanyo Studio: Saratoga Springs, NY | For the impeccably dressed woman. Gamakache Black: Queens, NY | Custom Evening and special occation wear. Toshiki Fukushima and Maryszka Osaki: Lake Grove, NY Shearling and lambskin garments. Frittelli & Lockwood: Saratoga Springs, NY Hand loomed goods for men and women. The Last Gentleman Co: Schenectady, NY Mens Custom Shoes. Vilma Mare's Baltic Style: Copake, NY | Structured garments of wool and viscose. Snider: New York, NY | A womens contemporary fashion brand.

Aldrich is intent on building a major, multi-faceted fashion weekend in Saratoga and see's this event becoming a significant fashion happening on the North East Calendar

Electric City Couture SHATTER'S Downtown Saratoga Social Scene! SARATOGA SPRINGS- The weekend of April 15th-17th blew up with what is becoming the hottest social scene on the Saratoga calendar, the Electric City Couture runway fashion event to benefit Universal Preservation Hall. This year saw an expansion to 8 designers and 3 major events over the course of 3 days. Friday night was the POP UP! Shop Sneak Preview VIP cocktail event that included major sponsors and saratoga social luminaries. The event was hosted by UPH's Teddy Foster and event Honorary Chair Julie Bonacio. Saturday Evenings SHATTERED show, presented by Heidi West and the Lifestyles team, was a technical tour de force with national VJ V. Owen Bush of Glowing Pictures projecting video into the historic space while the Satuday night line up hit the runway including Claudia Crisan, Marjolaine's Touch, Eenvoud, Khymanyo Studio and crowd favorite closer Gamakache Black which literally closed the night with actor Jay Brandon shattering before the room exploded into a tapestry of sound and glass! The event was followed up by an afterparty hosted at The Diamond Grill at the Embassy Suites run by regional party phenomenon DJ Trumastr. Sundays Repose show, presented by Karen McGowan and the Capital Interiorscapes team, saw an entire set change that morphed the beatiful Gothic Victorian hall into an English style conservatory that was the back drop for the diversified fashions of Toshiski and Maryszka, Frittelli and Lockwood featuring work by The Last Gentleman Co, Vilma Mare's Baltic Style, Marjolaine's Touch and finally this years crowd favorite Stacy Snider. Electric City Couture Show producer Corey Aldrich is intent on building a major, multifaceted fashion weekend in Saratoga and see's this event becoming a significant fashion happening on the North East Calendar. We can't wait to see what he has in store for the next episode! For more Info SS

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FASHION... in Downtown Saratoga Springs WRITTEN BY YVONNE

MCEACHRON of layered. design





here does one for go for shoes in Saratoga?” - Is a question I first asked myself when moving to the area. Not only does Violet’s offer everyday casual wear as well as cocktail and day dresses, their shoe game is on point. Violet’s is approaching its tenth year in business and owner, Laura Farrar-Pileckas feels as though they have found their niche in the retail landscape of downtown Saratoga Springs. They know who their customer is and caters to their lifestyle. They carry lines that appeal to different age groups. A college student can shop the store with her mother and both will leave with a new look in hand. Violet’s has positioned itself as a one-stop shop where you can purchase a complete outfit, including undergarments and footwear. Some of the lines they carry are Maggy London, French Connection, Susana Monaco, and Yumi Kim. As for shoes, you can always find high quality and comfortable lines such as Seychelles, Louise et Cie and Vince Camuto. When it comes to footwear Violet’s stays true to their brand by mirroring their clothing sector. They offer casual Frye slip-ons to pair with a tee and denim as well as strappy floral heels to rock with a cocktail dress.


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Sweater: John + Jenn Distressed denim: 7 for All Mankind

Get Her Look: Dress: Yumi Kim Sandals: Sam Edelman

We carry brands and styles that appeal to both mother and daughter, we love it when they spend time in our shop and both leave with a new look in hand. Saratoga is a “buy now, wear now” city. Customers want to purchase an item and wear it the next day. That being said the team at Violet’s needs to be on top of their customer’s needs as well as what is currently trending. Spring trends you can currently find at Violet’s are bold florals, feminine silhouettes, deconstructed denim, lightweight fabrics, and a new take on the gladiator sandal. We used to all struggle with the gladiator, “will they stay up or will it unravel in less than five minutes?” This season we are seeing gladiator sandals that offer better construction with the use of zippers as well as availability in different heights. Yumi Kim is Violet’s current designer crush. The line offers bold floral dresses that are feminine and lightweight. Their pieces are available in a long maxi as well as cocktail length. It’s a versatile piece that can be thrown on with a pair of chucks or stilettos.

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ith Pam Worth at the helm of this colorful and warm boutique customers walk in to find themselves greeted with a huge smile along with unique pieces you can’t find anywhere else in Saratoga. Pam has been dressing women for over thirty years and her experience and innate sense of style has made Spoken boutique a staple in the downtown retail sector. Spoken has a strong local customer base as well seasonal clientele from NYC and Florida who frequent the store throughout the Summer. Spoken boutique services women in their forties through sixties who are looking for timeless pieces that offer an unique sense of style without sacrificing comfort. Pam’s mission is for her customer to feel comfortable in their own skin, know what a quality garment feels like and find timeless pieces that can be worn season after season. When buying for each season, Pam focuses more on her knowledge of her customer and less on the season’s trends. She follows trends loosely while staying true to their signature soft dressing and layering pieces. Dylan, Angel Rocks, Mystree, and Nally & Millie are a few of the lines available at Spoken.


Get Her Look: Jacket: Yest White jeans: AG denim

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Lace swing top: Surrealist Lace layering tank: Surrealist White leggings: Lysee

We follow trends loosely while staying true to our core customer and their unique sense of style. After a dull and dreary Upstate Winter we are all ready for Spring. We want bright colors and bold prints. If you tend to gravitate towards neutral pieces, look to accessories for a pop of color, whether it be a scarf or handbag. Spoken is currently carrying Z+L, a new handbag line featuring colorful tassels and embroidered beading. Their collection exudes a carefree, eclectic vibe that I just adore. This season at Spoken you can find your basic layering pieces as well as some trending items. This Spring is all about playing with texture. We are seeing a mixture of different fabrics and textures paired together to create a harmonious look. A top seller right now is their burnout tee from Dylan, which can be worn with denim and sneakers for a casual Saturday or layered on top of a fitted tank dress for a slightly more formal look. Lace is also in abundance this season. Lace tops paired with a structured pant can take you from day to night.

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ifestyles is a Saratoga staple with Heidi West and her team bringing women’s fashion to the forefront of downtown Saratoga for over twenty five years. Lifestyles boasts a curated collection of trends and styles the industry has to offer not only in clothing but accessories, jewelry, and body products.

Lifestyles carries over two hundred lines with some of their staple brands being Eileen Fisher, Silver denim, Habitat, and Chalet. They have a conscious consumer who is looking for high quality pieces that are fair trade while still being affordable. Michael Stars is one of their domestically produced lines. Lifestyles is unique in the fact they can offer these lines at reasonable price points making them available to a larger demographic. They strive for a good balance of quality and price. The shopping experience at Lifestyles is a very personal one, with an educated and friendly sales team who pride themselves on their customer service and ability to fit women of all body types. They work one-on-one to ensure the customer is satisfied with their overall experience.


Get Her Look: Linen Jacket: CP Shades Tank: Mystree

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We pride ourselves on our customer service and ability to fit women of all body types. We look to offer an enjoyable and relaxing shopping experience.

Duster vest: Eileen Fisher Cuffs: Joy Susan Accessories Sandals: Eileen Fisher

This season at Lifestyles the focus is on silhouette and color. At market Heidi and Lyndsey were drawn to lightweight fabrics, long garments, and neutral color palettes. The duster vest is huge this Spring. It’s a simple layering piece that can work over a pair of cropped pants or a long t-shirt dress. When it comes to prints, the almighty stripe is always a fashion must-have for Spring. As for color palettes we are seeing a lot of neutral tones from white and blush to camel and nude. With silhouettes it’s all about a long cut. Tunics, kimonos, and sheer layering pieces are all trending. I cannot discuss Lifestyles without touching on their scarf collection. One may refer to them as scarf connoisseurs. They have an extensive collection ranging from colorful silks, bold graphics, and simple stripes. The go-to scarf this season is the neck scarf. The handkerchief style scarf can be tied around your neck, wrist, or even your ankle. It’s a chic and easy accessory that can either take the place of jewelry or be styled right beside it.

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s This month Lucia is a celebrating a milestone, a decade of bringing fashion along with killer accessories to downtown Saratoga Springs. Lucy Moran is the founder and owner of Lucia. Lucia is located in The Marketplace and features an array of designers from Knot Sisters, to Chaser, and Blank denim. These lines are just a few that resonate with the boho chic vibe and feminine edge that Lucia’s clientele is drawn to. Lucia’s customer base spans from women in their late teens to their early forties and offers an equal mix of on trend styles with everyday basics. They are known for their graphic tees, large selection of denim and their accessories. Lucia is passionate about showcasing emerging jewelry designers. I am currently crushing on LA-based designer, Vanessa Mooney’s handmade pieces. Lucy is the sole buyer for her store and feels as though this handson approach allows her to hone in on her customer base and find consistency throughout the seasons. Through this process she has built a highly recognizable and successful brand over her ten years in business.


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Dress: For Love & Lemons Jewelry: Satya earrings

Get Her Look:

This month Lucia is celebrating a milestone... a decade of bringing fashion along with on trend accessories to downtown Saratoga Springs.

Dress: RDStyle Denim: Blank NYC Collar necklace: Amano Studio Pendant necklace: Minxmade Arrowhead necklace: AVMax Mandala necklace: Satya Bag: Urban Expressions

During Lucia’s buying trip the team spotted a variety of key pieces that are on trend for the Spring season. The maxi dress is always a do. It’s a lightweight, flowy dress that can be worn alone or easily layered under a leather moto jacket or oversized cardigan. This season is all about the top. Yes, technically we need bottoms too, but the top is having a moment. Some of the key silhouettes for tops this season are off the shoulder, lace up fronts, deep v’s, and crop tops. All of these tops are versatile as they can be paired with denim, a maxi skirt, shorts, or cropped trousers. Some prints you can currently spot at Lucia are Indian prints such as repeating elephants and muted geometric patterns. To spice up your look, pair a graphic tee with your printed pant. The key to pull off this look in a more subtle way is to work within the same color palette. This prevents the two pieces from competing with one another and looking like you got dressed in the dark.

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inds Sample Sale may be the new kid on the block in Saratoga but founder/owner, Isaac Rodriguez has been in the industry for years. He has taken Finds to Los Angeles, New York City, and New Jersey. Recently he decided to settle down and make his footprint in Upstate, NY. Finds offers designer and contemporary brands at fifty to eighty percent off retail pricing. Finds clientele ranges from the twenty-something college student to the sophisticated working mom. They offer a wide range of designer brands such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Walter Baker, and Alice + Olivia. Aside from their womenswear lines and accessories they offer a collection of menswear featuring Ermenegildo Zegna tailored shirts and Michael Kors ties. What sets Finds Sample Sale apart from other retailers is its influx of new inventory. They offer a fresh selection of new products each week. Isaac purchases overstock items direct from designers at a discounted rate, which in turn he can sell to the consumer at a reduced price.


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Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg

Fifty to eighty percent off retail, with new arrivals weekly.

With new merchandise continuously coming through Finds’ doors, Isaac’s goal is to stay current and showcase season-appropriate items. Their mission is to offer sample sale pricing in a manner that feels more like a boutique and less like a warehouse. Some of the trends Isaac is seeing for Spring incorporates dress silhouettes and playing with color. The wrap dress, which is a wardrobe staple, is making its appearance this season. As for color, bright solids and prints have been popping up everywhere. We are still seeing the athleisure trend going strong. Finds is currently offering a collection of activewear to meet this demand. One line they carry is Vie activewear, which is priced at fifty percent off retail.

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FASHION... in Downtown Saratoga Springs


A Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store



ink Paddock opened in 2005 in a 500 square foot space! Knowing that Lilly Pulitzer would be a hit in Saratoga, the cautious business owner wanted to start small. Little did she know they would be bursting at the seams with Lilly’s gorgeous one of a kind prints within a few years. Five years later she moved the business to 358 Broadway and expanded her floor space by 300%. But even that couldn’t keep up with the demand…she need more room!!! Kimberly Burton owner of the Pink Paddock was also a full time teacher. After managing the store for 8 years while teaching, she realized that her business was expanding but her time was not…a change was needed. Within the first 6 months of her retirement from teaching, the opportunity to open a second location in the highly desired open air mall Stuyvesant plaza arose, and she and jumped at it. Knowing a large number of her customers were south of the Twin Bridges, she wanted to reward her loyal customers by bringing the brand to them. To her surprise, the loyal fan base shops both locations, finding a unique shopping experience at both stores.


Lilly Pulitzer employees a team of artists whose job it is to travel to resort locations around the world to become inspired to paint their one of a kind prints. Do you know why a Lilly Pulitzer print is so special? They are all original works of art!! Lilly Pulitzer employs a team of artists whose job it is to travel to resort locations around the world to become inspired and paint their one of a kind prints. The print design team has certainly outdone themselves this season! Loyalists of the brand search for the hidden name “Lilly” which is brushed into every print. After all, an artist must sign their work! The Lilly Pulitzer brand is at an all-time high in popularity and the owner of the locally owned business is busy planning fun, engaging events for the summer to delight old and new fans of the brand! They look forward to seeing you in the shop where the trained sales staff will be happy to assist anyone in finding the perfect “Lilly” to wear to any summer event in Saratoga! Look for them all season at Saratoga Polo where they are proud sponsors for the summer 2016 polo season!



Get Their Look:

Hats: Milliners Jill Henning, Karen Sewell and Christine A. Moore Dresses: THEIA and Etoile du Monde Jewelry: GAS Bijoux





BE CONFIDENT in 'Your Skin' and 'Your Style' Mary Martin & Co. "Real Results-Just Beautiful Skin" Natalie Sillery "Where Your Style is Our Pleasure


Where your style is our pleasure.

SARATOGA TRUNK and DANIEL MOZZES DESIGN present "LEASE the LOOK" Natalie of Saratoga Trunk and Daniel Mozzes announced recently at Daniel's Spring Runway Show their newest collaboration. "LEASE the LOOK' invites anyone to 'rent' any of Daniel Mozzes designs- cocktail dresses a la 'Sarah Jessica Parker' , Sex In The City Styling, beautiful, unique gowns, fall ensembles reminiscent of 40's and 50's daytime glamour and so much more. Daniel is shown here with Christianne Smith, modeling the finale gown of the evening. Visit us at Saratoga Trunk and select your 'leased look' for less by Daniel Mozzes Design. For more information call 'The Trunk'!





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cturally SPEAKING

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



SkyFall Light, Art & the 100 Mile View A modernist home overlooking Saratoga’s horse country inhabits the landscape to take in the view

It all started with that view.

Partners Stephen and Rick Cutting-Miller went out scouting for a place to build their dream home together. After they married, Rick, the Tourism Consultant and art aficionado, was to move from his condo in DUMBO Brooklyn to join Stephen, the Wealth Management Consultant, who already had a place in Saratoga Springs. But the couple wanted to start anew, with an idea of an open plan gathering place to share with friends and family. Their search led to the horse country hills in the Town of Saratoga, where Tom Roohan had several lots up for sale. And there it was – the open hillside fell away to the northwest yielding an immense sky and broad horizon looking out to the Adirondack Plateau. One look is all it took for the men to say “this is the place.” The perfect place for their great room and art collection.

An Open Space to Complement the Perfect Place So they had the place, and a rough outline of a great room that would be the centerpiece of their new home. But unlike some of the other homes in the area, the pair did not want an ostentatious “look at me” house with a captivating view. The men were enchanted by the agricultural core of the Town, and wanted to build something that fit into, not upon, the land, as if it had been there for some time, like the nearby farms and barns. Stephen and Rick started with an idea for the main room of the house – it was to have an open kitchen that flowed naturally to a dining space and then living room, all sharing the common window wall that would take in the expansive western view. Before taking on the project, the two men scoured over dozens of architects and home design sources. They found some designs by Hutker Architects of Martha’s Vineyard, to be to their liking. The pair was particularly enamored by the use of steel and iron that projected a clean, minimalist strength to the designs. They envisioned a large room with a high gabled ceiling with iron trusses spanning overhead and wood floors underfoot, giving it a sort of postindustrial workshop feel.


To perfect their vision, Stephen brought together an A-Team of local talent to bring it to fruition. For the design, he sought out the talents of Mike Tuck, partner at the architectural firm Balzer-Tuck, located in downtown Saratoga. Witt Construction would do the build, interior designer and close friend Leah Margolis would apply her magic to the living spaces and John Warner of Done Right Pools and Spas, provided an elegant water feature to complete the exterior scape. Before the project even began, the Team surveyed the property and the surrounding community to “get a feel” for what would fit into this perfect place. Mike Tuck describes some of the details that were considered in the design process: “Our team set about to define Rick and Stephen’s goals in relation to the exceptional views and their desired connection with the sloping land. They determined that a traditional two-story structure would have limited their ability for direct access to the exterior and would have resulted in the appearance of a home too large for the site. Stephen and Rick were very interested in an elegant, if understated presence on the country road. The appearance of a single story home that sits two-hundred fifty feet from the road responded to that goal. The discussion of a single

story home set within a rolling field led to the idea of creating a storyline where it could appear as though it was developed from a series of smaller outbuildings, connected over time. This in turn informed the exterior material and color palate that are intended to reference the region’s vernacular agricultural buildings. The siting of the home was in response to a number of conditions: the main living space was to open up to the panoramic west view; there was to be a large, exterior gathering space with a direct connection to this main living space; a pool and outdoor shower were to be positioned to accommodate early morning laps; and there was to be a more private, remote outdoor area for smaller gatherings. We walked the property together and used aerial photography and solar charts to arrive at the final siting of the home. With its position understood, we then were able to respond to these qualities which ultimately resulted in the lower level guest suite. Through careful manipulation of grade, high ceilings and introducing large areas of glass, we were able to create a welcoming lower level living space as opposed to the standard finished basement experience.” The result of all the careful planning along with the inspiration provided by “that view,” is simply amazing.


A Fitting Design for the Landscape The home is an assemblage of 3 distinct buildings connected together as if they were added on through a timeline of decades, much like some of the farm buildings nearby. Earthwork was done on the site so that the buildings are set within the hillside, not upon it. The stone-faced garage in the forefront was designed to mimic an old stone barn; weathered board acquired from a mushroom farm in Cambridge, Washington County finished out the interior. The Garage connects to the main house with a corridor; a north facing glass wall welcomes your arrival; a small Powder Room to the left is conveniently placed to accommodate guests. Interior Designer Margolis likens it to a “jewelry box” concept – featuring a full wall mirror at the vanity, which expands the feel of the intimate private space; a vertical wave and bead design on the wallpaper mimics hanging necklaces. The “Den” is the next space in the flow. This is the informal hang out space, with comfy sofa, chairs, and wide screen TV. A floor to ceiling fireplace bisects the majestic western view, bathing the space in late afternoon light. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail and unwind after a long day. A descending staircase to the right leads to the lower 70  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MAY/JUNE 2016

level guest room and home theater. The cable tie baluster and open tread stair design allows for an unimpeded view through the huge north window wall that is the staircase. This part of the house takes full advantage of the fallaway nature of the hill, exposing a clear view out to Mount McGregor off on the horizon. To the left of the Den, a connecting corridor leads to the kitchen and great room – the expansive living space that Stephen and Rick envisioned at the outset of this journey. A floating wall separates the connecting corridor and main entrance from the great room, in effect, “hiding” the great room from view. Here, Rick has displayed paintings and sculptures acquired on his many travels creating an art gallery feel to the space. The up close and personal display of the artwork forces one to stop along the way, taking it all in. Come around the floating wall which doubles as a buffet on the other side and there it is – the wide open great room with the even greater view out through the triple French door window wall that is the west face of the house. Kitchen, Dining Room and Living Room all flow together as one big space; the wooden floor and high vaulted ceiling with iron-rod collar tie struts give the space an almost mid-century warehouse feel. A unique floor-to-ceiling fireplace dominates the living room area; clad in cold rolled steel, it lends a post-industrial flair to the space.


The kitchen on the opposite side features open shelving and a broad slab dining/social bar where guests can engage, but not interfere, with the cook. Hidden behind the kitchen wall is the working galley where the main storage cabinets and prep area are located, creating a more private work area outside of the main great room. From the Great Room, a short glass-walled connector leads to the master suite, which in effect separates the bedroom quarters from the rest of the house. Another floating wall separates the bed from the dressing area. The adjacent large walk-in closet has ample space to accommodate both men’s apparel. A full length mirrored door accesses a stacked washer and dryer – brilliant! To the other side of the closet is the master bath, with a wonderful south side view. Morning light bathes the glass walled shower stall, providing the perfect “wake up call.” The shower stall and toilet room share a unique feature, which is the rolling doors; again, taking cues from the classic barn doors from the nearby farms. As with the other spaces in the home, the west wall in the bedroom is all glass – and in this case, overlooks the inground fiberglass swimming pool set into a table-like pad


that is the lawn. A side door in the bedroom leads to the outdoor shower, which like everything else in this home, is positioned to take in the view. The outdoor living space just outside the Great Room French doors features a hardscape deck with built-in grill, and a raw steel open pergola above, again lending to the post modern feel. An open staircase leads to a more intimate hangout area that connects to the guest room and outdoor fireplace. It’s another setting for sharing good times and making memories.

Let’s call it SkyFall As awesome as the interior space is, the main attraction remains the view. Knowing this, Stephen and Rick have done everything possible to make their home capture the essence of the view in all directions. The rolling hill descends to the pastures below. From here, you can see for miles. The sunsets are breathtaking. And after dark, the star-filled sky is a wonder to behold. From this, came the name – SKYFALL. And it just so happens, their home has an Oscar winning theme song, sung by none other than the great Adele! SS




Chicken Parmesan Burgers • 1 lb. ground chicken

• ¾ teaspoon sea salt

• ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated

• ¾ teaspoon garlic powder

• 1 tablespoon Italian spice*

• Fresh Mozzarella

• 1 teaspoon onion powder

• Sauce

1. Add the Parmesan cheese, Italian spice, onion powder, sea salt & garlic powder to the uncooked ground chicken. Mix the spices into the ground chicken until they are evenly distributed with a spoon, spatula (or clean hands). 2. Create burger patties. Note: one pound makes approximately four burgers. 3. Grill the burgers until fully cooked. (165 degrees if testing with a meat thermometer) 4. Top the burgers with your marinara sauce and a fresh slice of mozzarella. Melt the mozzarella on top before serving on your favorite roll, 100 calorie round or traditional Flatout Bread Fold-it.

Note: Try the Light House fresh freeze-dried spices often found in the produce aisle at your local grocery store.

Grilled Veggie Medley SIDE DISH YUM

• 1 small eggplant

• 1 zucchini squash

• 1 clove of garlic, large

• 1 red bell pepper

• 1 asparagus bunch

• 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder

• 1 orange bell pepper

• 1 Vidalia onion

• ¾ teaspoons sea salt

• 1 yellow squash

• ½ cup olive oil

• ½ teaspoon coarse blackpepper

1. Using a garlic press, add the garlic to the oil. Stir it together and set the mixture aside.

4. Wash the zucchini and yellow squashes. Remove and discard the ends. Slice them and cut the slices in half.

2. Remove and discard the ends of the eggplant. Slice the eggplant and cut the slices in half. Soak the eggplant pieces in salt water while you are preparing the remainder of the vegetables.

5. Wash the asparagus. Remove the bottom ends and set aside.

3. Wash the bell peppers, remove the seeds and slice them into long strips.

6. Remove the skin of the onion. Slice it in half and then continue to cut slices. Separate the pieces. 7. Drain the water from the eggplant and pat the pieces dry. 8. Toss all of the vegetables together in a large bowl. Add the onion powder, salt and pepper to the oil and whisk the ingredients together. Toss the vegetables with the oil mixture until they are evenly coated. Grill the vegetables over medium heat in a vegetable grill pan for approximately 25 minutes turning them periodically throughout the cooking process.

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

Choco-licious Strawberry Dip • ½ cup semi-sweet mini chocolate morsels

• 4 oz. lite frozen whipped topping, thawed • fresh strawberries 1. Wash and hull the strawberries. Set aside.


2. Thaw the whipped topping completely. 3. Melt the chocolate in a glass dish for one minute.

Note: The chocolate will not look fully melted until you stir it together and melt it the rest of the way.

4. Let the chocolate set for a minute so that it’s not scalding hot when added into the whipped topping. 5. Fold the melted chocolate and whipped topping together. 6. Serve chilled as a dip with fresh strawberries.


Gardening WITH


When you have a Lifetime Nursery Guarantee like we do at Hewitt's, you get to see a lot of dead shrubs and trees. We always like to look them over to see what went wrong. Over the years a pattern has become apparent. 90% of the dead shrubs and trees we see returned, failed because they were planted too deeply. You can still see the dirt on the stem way above the crown of the plant. When the crown of the plant is below the soil and the bark at the base of the tree is covered with dirt, it will eventually die. It might take a year, or three, but that plant will likely be returned to us for replacement. Let’s go through the process and I’ll show you the correct way to plant. Here I'm planting a Red Dogwood tree, but the same planting method is used for any woody shrub or tree. Make the planting hole a little bit wider than the root ball. Dig the hole only as deep as the root ball or the pot that contains the roots. Next, place the plant into the hole and check the planting depth by laying a stick across the

hole. As you can see, I've dug too deep so I need to fill it in a bit. You avoid suffocating the tree NOT by burying the trunk or stem under the soil. The spot on the tree trunk where the soil is in the pot or ball needs to be visible after planting. I'll add compost or peat moss to the original soil to build up the bottom of the planting hole to insure that the stem isn't buried too deeply. I'll also add Bio-Tone to the bottom of the planting hole. Bio-Tone provides high quality organic nutrients for the tree. Perhaps more important, Bio-Tone also provides beneficial soil microbes and several strains of Mycorrizal fungi. This combination of ingredients insures that the tree (or anything you plant) will be able to establish a strong root system as quickly as possible. Bio-Tone should be added to the bottom of the planting hole near the roots. For an average sized tree or shrub, you’ll want to add about a cup of Bio-Tone. If the soil is extra sandy, add compost or peat moss to help improve the soil’s ability to retain moisture. Next, I place the tree into the hole and check again to make sure I'm at the proper planting depth. The spot where the trunk of the tree meets the soil of its ball or pot should exactly match the level of the soil around your planting hole. In other words, the plant’s stem or trunk should NOT be sunk below the level of the surrounding area. Once you’ve made sure that the crown of the plant (the dividing line on the plant between what is above the ground and what is below) is at the proper level, fill in the rest of the planting hole. You can add more compost or peat moss and bone meal around the sides of the root ball but make sure that the top 1/4 of the hole is filled with the original soil with no peat moss added. When added to the surface, peat moss will dry out, and in a wick-like manner, will draw moisture from below the plant, drying it out.


This is the point where inexperienced gardeners make another mistake. When you dig a hole, then fill it with a large root ball, there’s going to be soil left over. What do we do with it? Many will opt to pile it up around the trunk or stem. I guess it looks cozy, like tucking the plant in or something. DON’T DO IT! It will have the same negative effect as planting too deeply. If the stem or trunk above ground is covered with soil, it hinders the plant’s ability to pass moisture and nutrients from the root system to the branches and leaves above. It is like slowly strangling the plant. Instead, use the extra soil to build a dishshaped dike or berm out away from the stem of the plant. The dark soil where the stem met the soil in the pot should still be just visible near the trunk of the tree. I haven't planted too deeply as long as I can see the original soil that the tree came in. The dish shape will collect water and direct it down to the root system below. Water heavily after planting to remove any air pockets from the soil. The importance of maintaining proper planting depth extends to 99% of planting situations. From maple trees to marigolds and even your houseplants, the same rule applies. You should also take care when applying bark and other mulches not to pile them up against the stems and trunks of plants. I’m always (sadly) amazed when I see trees with bark mulch piled in a volcano shaped mound around the trunks of trees. Remember: roots are roots and stems are stems. Bury the roots but let the stems be free to breathe.




Ruby-throated Hummingbird female

Rose-breasted Grosbeak male ©Nancy Castillo

©Nancy Castillo


Rose-breasted Grosbeak female

with Nancy Castillo

©Nancy Castillo

Hummingbirds - Jewels of Nature The waiting is over - hummingbirds are back in the area! Ruby-throated Hummingbird males with their namesake iridescent red throat (gorget) were the first to arrive. Since they will return to the same breeding territory, you may have seen them coming back to the empty space where your hummingbird feeder was hung last year. Time to get that feeder filled and out for the birds!

Ruby-throated Hummingbird male

©Nancy Castillo

Getting Started If you haven't fed hummingbirds before, you will find that they are easy to attract with the addition of a hummingbird feeder filled with a sugarand-water solution that mimics the nectar found in flowers. Your initial hummingbird feeder should be a simple one: a two-piece, bowl-shaped feeder is best - easy to fill, easy to clean, and no drips! Hanging a hummingbird feeder is easy. You can hang it in a tree, on a shepherd's crook, or on a window using a suction cup hook. We like to hang our hummingbird feeders fairly close - hummingbirds are small and lightning fast and you want to have the best opportunity to see them. Offering a hummingbird feeder does come with a responsibility though: you must commit to keep it clean. Nectar starts to age the minute you hang it outside. Heat and sun breaks nectar down and it will become cloudy and/or develop mold if not changed regularly. Not only is this bad for the birds, it's bad for you because you just won't see hummingbirds using your feeders like they would when offered a clean feeder filled with fresh nectar. Fortunately, it's not hard to maintain a hummingbird feeder. First off, get a feeder that is easy to clean. If a feeder is hard to clean, we just tend to put off cleaning it!

More Fun Facts about Grosbeaks • The red breast patch is often triangular, but may also be a different shape, from a half-round to a necktie shape.

• Grosbeaks eat a wide variety of food including seeds, crawling and flying insects, berries, fruit, tree buds, suet, and more.

• Because of the unique shape of that rosy patch, you can watch for individual birds as they visit your birdfeeders.

• Rose-breasted Grosbeaks migrate in late summer and early fall, and have been found wintering in the rich habitat of shade-grown coffee farms. You can help protect grosbeaks by choosing a shade-grown coffee that has been certified Birdfriendly® by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.

• The name “grosbeak” comes from the French word grosbec, meaning “large beak".


Make your own nectar by dissolving 1/4 cup table sugar into 1 cup of hot tap water (you can find the nectar recipe on our website at Do not add red coloring or buy nectar with red dye in it. Hummingbird feeders typically have a flower-like color and that’s all the color you need to attract hummingbirds to it.

Listen for their call as well, a metallicsounding "chink". Grosbeaks are easy to attract to your birdfeeders. They relish a seed blend containing black oil sunflower, safflower seed, and striped sunflower. They will feed from hopper-type feeders and tray

feeders but are a little less comfortable on tube-shaped feeders because of the smaller perch. They may also eat suet and are common visitors at your birdbath. Grosbeaks will stay on your feeders for long periods if undisturbed, opening seeds with that huge beak and providing you with great views of this beautiful bird. SS

Then, at least every 4-5 days (more often if you’d like), bring the feeder in, clean it with hot water and refill it with fresh nectar. Follow this routine throughout the summer and you'll be rewarded with many visits by these beautiful jewels of nature.

Watch for Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks A number of our yard birds don't spend the entire year with us, but winter to the south and return to our area in spring to breed. May is the month to look for one of the most striking of those birds, the Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Male grosbeaks are medium-sized black and white birds with a large red patch on their chest. Their bill is very large which is great for opening seeds. The female is not nearly as flashy as the male, as we find often in female birds; it draws less attention to them on the nest. Female grosbeaks have brown and cream streaks down their backs that give them the look of an overgrown sparrow, but with the large grosbeak bill. Only the male grosbeak sings, and his song has been described as sounding like a robin with singing lessons, a sing-song-y melody of rising and falling passages.


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How many of you need a closet overhaul? You look at the sea of clothes yet wonder what to wear today. Most of you probably screamed a resounding, “Yes!”


The change of seasons is a great time to touch all your clothing once and decide what stays and what goes. Why store that ratty sweater for 6 months only to take it out and just stuff it in the back or decide then, to let it go? Your closet is your daily personal assistant, supporting you with how you feel, how you look and getting you set up to embark on your day. Clothing is a big issue for lots of people. We all have those pieces we spent too much on, that we never wore but want to, that you wore once but hated or unfortunately the ones that you LOVE but no longer fit into.


To make good decisions, you need to go through your entire wardrobe. A daunting task but worth it. Allow some time for this project – try things on, enlist a trusted friend to tell you how things look. I like to look at all seasons at once, but that doesn’t mean everything needs to be kept in one closet in the end. After decisions are made, winter can be boxed up easily and then you just place summer clothing in. Each item needs a decision – keep, toss, repair, sell or donate. Get started by pulling out like items in batches – do all of your pants, then all of your shirts, then all of your sweaters and so on. Sub categories help too; black pants, capris, jeans, and so on. It is much easier to part with unworn, damaged, out of style or non-fitting items when you see all the same type in one pile. I bet you didn’t realize you had 6 black sweaters! For those usable items leaving your clutches, please pick a donation or consignment shop to bring them to within a week of the project.


Really let the clothing-clutter go… and help others.

Your clothing IN your closet should fit NOW, you should be comfortable in them, you should love them and get compliments on them. If it doesn’t fit these categories, it shouldn’t be in there. You only wear about 20% of your clothing. That is so little, so make what you have be the best of the best. Really, if you are not happy when you wear it; let it go.

And those “get back into” pieces of clothing – do not store those items in your closet with what you are wearing now. Put them in a drawer or tote to have available if that achievement comes, but having them staring at you every day only screams at you that they don’t fit! Embrace where you are and have your closet full of wearable clothing that celebrate NOW.


LET’S SET IT UP. After going through every single item – shoes included, let’s set up your closet. Zone out your closet. By this, I mean figure out what groupings make sense to you and set it up that way. I prefer light to dark in each grouping (pants, shirts, dresses). You could also hang all work items together and then casual together or create outfits. This is a personal preference but make a choice and then stick to it. Folding is an art. Pick one way and stick to it. Rolling is sometimes easier for folding challenged people. If you have enough hanging space, you may choose to avoid this altogether and that is fine. Aesthetically, there are a tons of ways to improve what you have. A simple way to streamline the look and functionality of the closet is to invest in all new hangers as well as a few key baskets or bins that all match. To have the space better serve you, bins lined up on the upper shelf or any shelf for that matter can create pseudo drawers. It is much easier to manage a drawer than a wide shelf with no support. If space allows and is needed, adding a 4-5 drawer dresser really helps or an open shelving rack with large bins to create drawers. Think the end of the closet that just has a wall and you have a row of rods on either side. The hanging space on either side of the dresser can house infrequently used gowns or coats. Do you have doors that get in the way? Take them off! I do this often because it is easier to have access to the full width of the space. Add a long curtain rod and a shower curtain or set of curtains and you have closure with ease. Lastly, don’t forget about the wow factor – wall paper the inside of the closet or paint it a bright fun color. A great looking closet will prompt you to keep it looking great.

AND ALL THE EXTRAS HELD WITHIN. Shoes and accessories are also contents that are typically stored in your clothing closet. Customize solutions for each category and give them a home. Invest in a specific organizer made especially for that item to keep them together, keep them in good condition and allow you to find what you are looking for when you want it. Think purse rack, shoe carousel, scarf hanger, tie holder, jewelry tray – all of these are great additions. Yearly-touching of each item and re-establishing your zones is a good task. Throughout the year you will find things you want to let go of… have a donate bag/bin tucked in or close to the closet for these items. Tackling your clothing will really help you kick off each day in the right mood as well as make you look your best! SS




Meet the Cook Who Uses

that Kitchen



with Richard Ferguson When love and food are intimately connected, the kitchen becomes the heart of the home.


Some people still sound like newlyweds, no matter how long they’ve been together. “What I like best about my kitchen is that my bride, Mary Ferguson, designed it. Every inch of it has her fingerprint on it,” said Richard Ferguson. He and Mary have been married for 24 years.

“My wife and I are friends and we genuinely care for each other,” he explained. She designed their Malta home, but he is the one who does most of the cooking in it. “I like to eat. Eating is a spectacularly wonderful thing – a flurry of sensual desires,” he said. Richard and Mary have combined their passions to create a relationship that is much like their kitchen; a blending together of independent pieces to create a cohesive whole.


The refrigerator and dishwasher for example, are both covered with wood panels that unify these appliances with the surrounding cabinetry. Richard said he is fearless in the kitchen, and has cooked everything from soufflé to a brisket that turned out brilliantly. He’s had some spectacular failures over the years, as well, but when that happens he just laughs because at least he tried, he said. Dual ovens allow Richard to cook with ease for the groups of the - up to 20 people - that often congregate in their kitchen. “I like that there’s plenty of room. We have this big huge house, but everyone gathers there,” he said. Mary has collected many beautiful antiques that are on display, always with an eye for design and color. The couple has a classic sense of style. Richard comes from a banking family, he said, and is now the Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary & Community Development Officer at Saratoga National Bank & Trust Company. This traditional foundation is reflected in their home, which was purchased in 2006, and has been decorated in a formal colonial style, modeled after the homes that Richard and Mary were both raised in. “There was a singular mission here, we wanted a new home that looked old, out in the country, and that’s what we got. Mary just knocked it out of the park,” said Richard. One of the couple’s favorite activities is simply to sit at their custom window seat or at their kitchen table, drinking coffee and watching the deer play outside on their 10-acre property. “It’s so tranquil, it’s really a very nice place,” said Richard.


"We wanted a new home that looked old, out in the country, and that’s what we got. Mary just knocked it out of the park."




Happy Place


If something isn’t working, it may be time for a move. Finding a solution to your design challenge could be as simple as rearranging the furniture. How a space is put together can determine everything from how easy it is to move around in, to clean, and even how it makes you feel. Jenna Burger

Recently, interior designer Jenna Burger shared some of the simple (but brilliant!) ways that she rearranged both residential and commercial spaces so that form follows function.

Visit Jenna's blog to get more id eas for your home at jennaburger.c om


THE SARATOGA PAINT AND SIP STUDIO GETS STRUCTURED Congestion and flow were big concerns at the Saratoga Paint and Sip Studio before Jenna Burger’s redesign, said owner Catherine Hover. The in-studio bar was also used for customer check-in and cash-out. This overlapping of purpose resulted in people not knowing where to go or what to do when they came in, explained Burger, which is why she separated these elements, rearranged tables, and created division between the spaces without building walls. A one-of-a-kind three-dimensional white plastic branch art piece, for example, serves as a unique divider. Underutilized cabinetry was taken away, leaving room for the freshly-painted white center built-in to function as an easy focal point against the contrasting turquoise wall. Additional built-ins were created to stash supplies, as varied as artist smocks to printer painter, making chores like organization and clean-up faster. Unique elements such as the wine bottle chandelier were moved to make more sense in the space, while artistic wall art such as the painted chalkboard were left in place but were emphasized by what changed around them. “These things reflect the style and purpose of the space. They show the whimsical and fun aspects of the studio, making it functional and pretty,” explained Burger. As a testament to how Burger’s changes have resulted in a much more user-friendly experience at the Saratoga Paint and Sip Studio is the fact that she was asked to redesign their Latham location, as well.

white plastic branch art piece, serves as a unique divider.


A FRIENDLY APPROACH TO THE HENRY STREET TAPROOM “Welcome!” is what the Henry Street Taproom’s rearranged space now says. By building a new banquette and table in the same wood and style as their existing pieces, designer Jenna Burger was able to create a natural entryway that leads you into the room. “I used a lot of the core design and just brought it to up to the next level, which is a lot of what I do as a designer,” she said. Another trick that she used, to add a comforting height and symmetry to the space, was to rearrange the way pictures were hung on the wall. By using an odd number of pictures in a variation of complimentary sizes and spreading them out to fill the entire wall, she makes the space seem larger. A set of mirrors that were previously hung horizontally, she flipped around and hung vertically, which also adds to the illusion of height. The addition of burlap curtains separates the back room from the main floor, as well.

A set of mirrors that were previously hung horizontally, she flipped around and hung vertically, which also adds to the illusion of height.






Her family dreaded using their bathroom, said Rachel “Scotty” Harris. The brash color, inadequate pedestal sink, and irritating claw-foot tub were just some of the challenges that interior designer Jenna Burger needed to address in this dual-purpose laundry / bathroom. The hardest thing to work around however, turned out to be the pair of awkwardly-placed windows and the base heating element, said Burger. Her solution was to customize a double vanity by cutting off its legs and mounting it to the wall. This allowed for the heat to escape from behind it, but also for it to be at the perfect height to visually join together the two windows while optimizing the surface and storage areas. Because she didn’t want to obstruct the windows at all, she also created curtain panels and hung them above the windows to create height. Instead of using the 4-inch backsplash that came with the vanity, Burger opted instead to create one using the calmly-colored glass tiles that she also chose for the shower wall. An alcove was built to provide separation in the space for a new tub, which created more intimacy but also another area for built-in storage. Reorganizing the laundry area and adding baskets facilitated organization further, while color selection choices and a jute rug helped camouflage the existing tiled floor to create a serene sanctuary. 90  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MAY/JUNE 2016



Jenna wanted to lose the brash color, inadequate pedestal sink, and irritating claw-foot tub in this dual-purpose laundry / bathroom

A HOME IS TRANSFORMED FROM A MAZE TO AMAZING It was the two windows in Jennifer Armstrong’s kitchen that were creating the layout problems in her kitchen. Instead of shying away from this challenging element, designer Jenna Burger embraced it, making it a focal point of the redesigned room. By placing glass tile all the way to the ceiling behind the large hood that is mounted above the top-of-the-line commercial-grade oven, the emphasis in this cook’s kitchen is given back to the chef. Curtain panels are placed above the windows to add height and symmetry without sacrificing natural light. Less often used appliances - like the microwave - are hidden underneath the countertop in the center island to allow for a large flat work surface. Additional lighting sets off a thick, old, wooden beam that adds character and cohesiveness to the kitchen and the rest of the house. “In an older home, you really have a meshing of the old with the new,” said Burger. To seamlessly blend together older elements, such as an antique pine cupboard from Armstrong’s childhood home, into their new space, Burger rearranged the existing furniture and aided the transformation by using complimentary paint colors and fabric reupholstering that added new textures and patterns.


Less often used appliances - like the microwave - are hidden underneath the countertop in the center island to allow for a large flat work surface



APPROACHING ARRANGEMENT AT HOME A look into designer Jenna Burger’s own home demonstrates the power of placement in good design. By moving the stove and refrigerator, she was not only able to create symmetrical cabinets on either side of the stove, but also made enough room to add in a full pantry for storage. A stroke of genius, no rewiring was needed to accommodate these moves. By creating a roll-out coffee station and an organizational command center in a drawer, functionality is optimized all around. “Everything truly has a place to call home. Everybody in the house thrives on that... You’ll never hear: ‘Where does this or that go?’” said Burger.







1. A Place for Everything, Makes It Easier to Get Everything in Its Place


Create Symmetry in Asymmetrical Spaces by Placing Like Items Together

3. Mask Unused Space (with curtain panels, mirrors, etc.) to Create Illusions of Height


A Bold Statement Piece Attracts Attention and Downplays Everything Around It




The three foot height difference in her living room is downplayed by the placement of tall items on a bold black focal wall. A traditional hutch was also transformed with bright pink paint and creates that one dominant statement element that eases the transition from the old to the new. SS



Flower arranging





Samantha Nass walks us through building ...the perfect romantic bouquet



Pastel hues are quintessentially romantic - I used: Lavender Roses, light purple Freesia, blue Delphiniums, Citrus blossom, white Peonies and Jasmine vine – a great pair of shears, and a sharp knife!



Gently remove the guard petals on the Roses. They are purposefully left on the bud to give flowers added protection as they travel. Removing them will help the rose open beautifully!



Cut longer stems to the desired length. Always cut at 45 degree angles and remember if you cut a stem too short, there is no going back. Instead, be conservative when it comes to trimming—you can always make a second cut if necessary!



Remove any excess leaves with a sharp knife.



If using a clear vase, be aware of what the stems looks like. Crisscrossing them will create visual interest. Ensure there is no foliage beneath the water line – it will prolong the life of the arrangement and it will look better! 96  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MAY/JUNE 2016



General rule - the height/width of an arrangement should be at least 1.5 times the containers greatest dimension.

...the perfect structured bouquet

Sam's Tips - Your flower arrangement should be in proportion with the space where you will display it, as well as with the container or vase that hold the blooms. - To create a beautiful arrangement, start with the very best flowers available within your budget. Look for ones with fresh, healthy leaves. Before buying, check the stems for browning or damage. Don't buy flowers that are already fully open or feel hollow. - Non-tropical flowers do best at 40° - 45°F. Once the flowers have been arranged, prolong their life by keeping them in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. - Change the water as soon as it starts to look cloudy.



Use a material like floral foam to position leaves and flower heads in a structured way.





The fresh cut will help the stems absorb water better.

Use the natural shape to your advantage – here we cut the one stem into two



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where we create.

Hidden in



Plain Sight Living in Long Island at the time, Charles Hoffman said he was unaware about anything going on in upstate New York until circumstances led him to pull off the Northway at Exit 14 during a road trip… “When I saw Saratoga, the architect in me was really juiced and that planted the seed”.


In 1995, Hoffman moved into his studio in the basement of the historic Carlsbad Hotel Building at the corner of Clinton and Division Streets in Saratoga Springs, also known as Franklin Square. The basement’s stone walls and exposed pipes inspire Charlie on a regular basis. “There’s stone in everything,” he said, pointing to some of the many plans pinned up within the room. He has designed numerous residential properties, as well as public spaces including the Boca Bistro, the Seven Horse Pub & Restaurant and the Lake George Festival stage. You look around the studio at his many works of art and realize Charlie is an integral part of what Saratoga Springs architecture is today. Humble, to say the least, he still designs with pencil and paper, faster and more efficiently than any young student on a C.A.D. program! His work is of a dying breed, his office a pure reflection of his years sculpting his craft. Much like a parent would mark the growing height of a child, Hoffman’s studio shows remnants of height measurements on the columns from past projects. His main conference table is a sentimental piece he built with his dad which once graced his own family’s dining area. Made with a repurposed wooden base, the top was assembled from blocks of wood, similar to a parquet flooring pattern. The studio was never intended to be an office, “I like to call it a studio. No need to be as formal as an office” chuckles Hoffman. His long standing casualness is what makes his approach to design …and life, so amazing. “Don’t let the 1960’s long hair and sandals fool you into thinking he’s anything but spectacular at his craft. He often says he’s 60 going on 15.

That’s what makes the office such an amazing place to work each day… Laughter, music and an occasional glass of wine keeps us all coming back on Monday.” says independent interior designer, Colleen Coleman, who shares the studio space with Hoffman. “He’s in a band, is noted for being at one of the coffee shops in town by 10am each day, and always has candy in his special wooden box for the grandkids when they come to visit!” His personality is so evident throughout his studio. Amplifiers and guitars rest in the rear room beyond the desks. Practice, before band practice, begins with tuning his guitar while those who share this basement space with him, hum along. The only challenge to Charlie’s perfect studio space is the lighting. The daylight coming in from the street-level, south-facing windows, would burn brightly as it shone down on

his drafting board. To offset this, Hoffman simply hung a single window blind to block it. Rudimentary, yes, but it speaks to the informality of the office. The track and recessed lighting on the ceiling often competed with the natural light. To get an accurate look at color samples, Hoffman states that he often goes outside to get a better read. In the corner, however, there is a lamp from the Museum of Modern Art; one of the rare indulgences in the otherwise down-to-earth space. In September, Hoffman will start scaling back his business, to pursue other interests. His studio will soon undergo some changes, as Coleman transitions it into more of her space than his. Hoffman’s personal spirit, inspiration, humor, and funky flare will always be in the space… “Just look around - this will always be Charlie’s studio!” SS MAY/JUNE 2016 | SIMPLY SARATOGA  | 99

where we create.



Being an artist is a risky business, but one artist has found that working in a safe, stimulating, studio space where creativity can unfold freely, helps to insulate against some of the inevitable vulnerabilities that come with such a profession.


“I feel tucked in and cozy here. I’m more reserved in the rest of the house, but here I can really be myself and just cover every surface,” said Crystal Sloane about her studio space. Little drawers, boxes, and tiny glass bottles filled with collections of miniature treasures perch everywhere in her Schuylerville studio. All sorts of things… from natural elements including nuts, shells and feathers, to delicate fabric flowers, sparkly sequins, and tiny bows are all intricately organized and ready to use. “Sometimes I’ll open a drawer and see something I haven’t seen in a while and that will spark a new series or an individual piece,” she said.


The more things change… Raised on a Saratoga farm, Crystal then had a cramped Boston studio before moving in 2011, to the three-story shingled Victorian home where she now lives and works. A large portion of the top floor is the dedicated studio space where she and her husband Ben, create, photograph and package vintage-inspired “creepy-cute” spun cotton ornaments that are sold wholesale and individually worldwide. Carried by retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman and ABC Carpet & Home in New York, Astier de Villatte in Paris, and Arts & Science Co. in Japan; the ornaments, much like the space in which they are created, are unique and charming. The studio has undergone some renovations. The old kitchenette and bathroom were demolished to make room for workbenches. The outdated flooring was ripped out to reveal the hardwood subfloors below. The whimsical rounded room was hand-painted and is naturally lit from a series of windows and an antique chandelier dangling from the 15-foot ceiling above.

A common thread… Mementos, including the paper banners that hung from the barn rafters during the couples’ wedding, are draped across the ceiling, as well. The story of how Ben proposed to Crystal in 2009 during her second appearance on the Martha Stewart Show is much like many things in her studio; worthy of evoking surprising delight. Crystal preserves the fleeting beauty of the moment by collecting and displaying taxidermy, bones and other natural specimens. They add to the vibrant environment; which is also enriched by their two cats, small dog Winnie, chirping birds and 2-year-old daughter, Olive. “Because the studio is in the house, I can integrate my whole life into my work in a good, positive way,” she said. She finds the visual clutter comforting and revels in the process of letting a mess build up there and then experiencing the feeling of change that comes after cleaning up and putting everything back in its place. “The nice thing about having a dedicated studio is being able to customize it; it’s almost a creation in and of itself,” she said. SS


Chalk Paint



I walk into to a store filled with every color in the rainbow… Red, orange, yellow, green - you get the idea - ROY G. BIV.


here are furniture pieces, textiles, throw pillows, lamps and painting supplies that line the walls of the small but homey shop. I am entering the store to attend a private instructional class on chalk paint. The idea of turning something old, dingy, and passé into something fresh, new, and trendy excites me. I have been silently following a Facebook group for months watching scores of creative types transform hand-me-downs from their parent’s or grandparent’s homes and attics into amazing masterpieces.


Chalk Paint There are four women signed up for the class at Victoria’s Corner in Ballston Spa. We all have our own reasons for being there… Shilpi form East Greenbush is having a baby and wants to transform some pieces for her soon to arrive bundle of joy. Susan from Saratoga is there to turn her Mother’s hand looped rugs into painted stepping stools for her grandchildren and Marge traveled all the way from Albany to attend the class. I am a children’s photographer and have purchased 3 high chairs that I want to turn into something fitting for a little prince or princess turning ONE to smash their very first taste of cake all over …something that will look magnificent in a photo, of course! We first learn about the amazing product that is Annie Sloan chalk paint. The first fact is that it is NOT for writing on with chalk. Rather it is named after its chalk-like finish that can be applied in several different ways to achieve different types of finishes. We learn that the possibilities (and colors!) are endless. Which is one of the reason that people who discover Annie Sloan Chalk paint are hooked and rarely use anything else after. The product itself comes in 32 standard colors inspired by 18th & 20th century decor’ and design. If the 32 are not enough you may decide to mix your own custom color. The product is environmentally friendly, organic, nontoxic, has no odor and is 0 VOC, which explains the fact that the only thing I can smell is the lemon scented candle that is burning in the background.



I am a childr en’s photographe r and have purchased 3 high chairs that I want t o turn into something fi tting for


a little prince or princ ess.

Victoria’s Corner is one of Vicky Ure’s three stores in the area, the other two are in Glens Falls and Albany. She actually fell so in love with the product after taking a class in Catskill that she decided to start selling it in March of 2014. Since, she has tripled her staff, transformed dozens of old drab pieces and taught several classes herself. Now, although I am a photographer I have had little experience with drawing or painting as art forms. So I am nervous. I am also a self-proclaimed perfectionist, which has its own set of unique limitations. What is great about chalk paint is that the pieces actually have more character and look better the less perfect they are. Aside from giving me a near panic attack I quickly find that I am comfortable painting on my 3 sample pieces of wood that are provided to me. We are creating 3 finishes in the class. The first is a rustic distressed finish, the second is a 2 color distressed finish, and the third is a smooth modern finish. We take turns looking over each other’s pieces to see if we are doing it “correctly” but that is the beauty of this product, it is so easy to use and as unique as each finish is, so are the pieces we create. One of the most exciting facts is that you rarely need to prep a piece before you paint it. Gone are


Chalk Paint the days of stripping and sanding for hours and hours. You can use it inside or outside on just about any surface you can think of, wood, metal, matte plastic and even terracotta. We are all having so much fun sipping tea and learning how to make each finish uniquely ours that the hours pass incredibly quickly. At the end we learn how to apply wax to our pieces to preserve their beauty. There is light and dark wax and each provides a totally different end to the same pant job. The final step is enhancing the details by adding French gilding wax. With names like Renaissance gold, Kings gold, Empire Gold and Silver it is understandable why the pieces appear so rich after we apply them. While some attendees of the class have pieces waiting for them at home the only question the rest of us have is… can we beat each other to the flea markets and garage sales to snag pieces we can transform into masterpieces by exploring our newly found world that is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! SS




Aging in Place Ready for whatever life may throw at you

The journey of life is like a book. It has many chapters, each lending a texture and shape to the story of our life. And a good read is a balance of joys and sorrows; somehow the hero or heroine gets through the challenges to make for a happy ending.

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What if we could anticipate the challenges of life before they happen, so that when they inevitably occur, we are ready to accept them without a major disruption of lifestyle? A trending theme in home design that considers the potential of life’s unforeseen changes is what is being called “Aging in Place.” Simply put, aging in place is


having a home that is adaptable to disruption, allowing the inhabitants to take on the changes in stride. A lifestyle disruption can be many things – a sudden injury, a decrease in mobility due to illness, the need of an onsite caregiver, or perhaps the ability to take in a relative that has been displaced or can no longer live alone. Designing a living space that is adaptive to these changes eases the burden and minimizes the stress that often comes with sudden change. “OMG” becomes “IGT” (I got this!) Liz Kormos of Kormos and Company provides real estate and healthcare consultation services to the commercial sector. In her work of helping businesses comply with ADA (American Disabilities Act) requirements, she sees the benefit of easing access to individuals with disabilities. “Why not apply these design elements to a private residence?” she asked herself. It just so happens that Kormos and her husband, Sander Bonvelle, wanted to downsize from their large home in New Scotland to something more manageable. This presented the perfect opportunity for the couple to design a home that would allow them stay in it for the rest of their lives.

It takes a village to age in place When considering their relocation, Kormos and Bonvelle determined that they wanted to live within a small village with a vibrant community and walkable streets. They determined that such a village would be ideal for growing old, where they could readily make friends and get around 110  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MAY/JUNE 2016


town without needing a car. Their place in New Scotland was nice, and had an amazing view looking out over the city of Albany, but it was too rural and disconnected. After extensive research, the couple found that Ballston Spa had more of the positive attributes they were looking for than anywhere else in the region. The active small business community, family friendly neighborhoods, easy access to transportation corridors… Ballston Spa was all aces. And, there was a vacant infill lot on the east side of the village that was for sale – perfect!

Intelligent design that easily adapts to change The Bonvelle/Kormos home in Ballston Spa was built with the intention of adaptability. Both husband and wife are healthy today, but what if something were to happen to either of them? The couple wanted this to be their home for the rest of their lives, and never have to have the house force them to move, like so many others have had to do when a life-changing disability occurs.


So what are the design elements that are geared towards “Aging in Place?” Top on the list is a barrier-free entrance. The Bonvelle/Kormos home’s entries are atgrade, meaning no step transition from the outside and garage. This allows easy in and out with a wheeled device, whether it be a walker or wheelchair. Once inside the home, wide halls and corridors make for easy movement between rooms. Light Switches are placed a little lower than standard height, electric outlets are placed a little higher – for easier access from a wheelchair, should the need arise. An open floor plan of the main living space allows for easy movement between kitchen, dining area and living room. This great room is the hub of the home, where family and guests can mingle and enjoy each other without walls that create exclusion. The main floor master suite adjacent to the great room contains the bedroom, bath and closet – all connected with wide passages. Toilet and shower share a common space behind large glass doors; the barrier free entrance allows easy access in and out with plenty of room to move once inside.


Expandable living space to accommodate other residents is also critical to the design. Bonvelle and Kormos both have home offices, which occupy the second floor. These rooms could easily become bedrooms by adding closets. An open area adjacent to the top of the stairs has been pre-plumbed with cold and hot water, making the conversion of the space into a kitchenette a breeze. This expandable/ convertible area could become an apartment, should the need arise. It could be for a caregiver, an elderly parent, or even son or daughter moving home to re-group. This space could even be used for taking in a boarder to help offset costs. Nobody can predict the future, but having a flexible living space for others, helps accommodate others when and if the need arises. Bonville and Kormos have also taken their design into the green and sustainable realm, which also provides security towards aging in place. 114  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MAY/JUNE 2016

The home is super-insulated, has a solar hot water system and a solar electric system; these elements reduce the operating costs of the home greatly. The lighting is completely automated, and can be fine tuned from a central panel or even a smart phone. Kormos proudly states that the total annual cost for heat, hot water and electric has averaged to be just five hundred dollars over the past three years. The senior years can be a time of great financial stress. Having a home that sips on energy is a big relief when the bills come in. Perhaps the best part of designing a home for aging-in-place is that it is comfortable and enjoyable at any phase of life. The spaciousness and ease of movement within the home, makes for a joyful living experience. And Kormos is quick to point out that adding the elements above does not increase the building cost all that much. A few more square feet are needed for bigger hallways and such, but the extra

Lowest Prices of the Season! cost is nominal, especially considering the added benefit. Today, Bonvelle and Kormos are healthy; tomorrow, who knows what fate may bring. But with their new home in Ballston Spa, they are confident that they can handle it – whatever it is.

They are looking forward to aging in place, all while aging with grace! SS

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Our Saratoga Summer Camp Guide highlights some excellent area options!


Gavin Park, Wilton, NY (518) 584-9455 WILTON RECREATION CAMP AT GAVIN PARK

Wilton Recreation offers a full-day Summer Camp Program for children entering 1st through 9th grade, which runs from 9a.m. to 3p.m., June 28th through August 12th. Our camp offers a fun-filled schedule of daily onsite activities, themed events, as well as exciting trips for those campers registered for off-site adventures. Daily onsite activities include arts and crafts, sports, playground fun, and other organized group games. This year’s scheduled field trips include: Fun Spot, Saratoga Country Fair, Magic Forest, and at least two swimming days per week at nearby pools and beaches and much more (trips are based on space and availability). Campers may also register for swim trips only, which means they will enjoy onsite fun for three days and join off-site campers twice per week. As per State Health Department regulations, the camp provides certified lifeguards that

travel with the groups. These lifeguards supervise the swimmers in conjunction with the State Park Lifeguards and facility usage lifeguards. All campers registered for swimming and water trips are swim tested. Campers are then partnered with, and swim near, a fellow camper who has the same swimming ability. Once waterside, camp staff members conduct buddy checks every 15 minutes (campers leave the water and report to their counselors). All staff members stand in and around water during swimming activities to assist with supervision. With available pre-camp and post-camp care, working parents can ensure their children are having fun in a safe environment before and after the camp’s regular hours. Space is limited. Parents who register their children for before camp care can drop off their registered campers as early as 8a.m. and for after camp care can pick them up as late as 5:30p.m. Busing is available for Wilton residents who register for regular camp hours. Camp registration is for Wilton Residents ONLY and begins on March 7th. Registration is open until camp capacity is reached, or May 27th, whichever comes first. There are no refunds for fees or deposits related to summer camp. Space is limited and registration must be done in person at Gavin Park, 10 Lewis Drive, Saratoga Springs NY. Camp registration forms are available at or can be picked up at the park office, weekdays 9a.m.-5p.m. Any questions, please call (518)-584-9455.


Skidmore College offers a variety of programs for children of all ages during the summer months (518) 580-5596 SPORTS CAMPS CAMP NORTHWOODS

Skidmore’s day camp for children entering grades 1-6, offers an exciting program of sports, cultural arts, nature study and relaxed play. Our goal is to provide a variety of fun activities that happily challenge the imagination, intellect, and body. The camp's home base is Falstaff's Pavilion on the Skidmore College campus, but campers frequent the Williamson Sports Center, Schick Art Gallery, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, and Zankel Music Center. The daily enrichment activities led by the experienced staff are supplemented by weekly field trips to recreational and historical sites, and visits by special guests. Children will also enjoy arts and crafts, ceramics, games, hiking, and daily swim time. One and two-week sessions are available from June 27-August 12.

Skidmore College also offers a wide array of Sports Camps from June through August for children of all ages. Choose from baseball, lacrosse, swimming, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball and field hockey. Children learn the concept of teamwork while acquiring the necessary skills for his or her sport of choice. Adults, novice or experienced, can participate in a rowing program offered throughout the spring, summer and fall at the Boat House located on beautiful Fish Creek. All other programs are held on the Skidmore Campus at the Sports and Recreation Center and/or the adjacent fields.

For more information, or to register: or call Camp Northwoods at 518-580-5596 or Skidmore Summer Sports Camps 518-580-8061.


When school is out the fun begins! WSWHE BOCES Summer camps offer youngsters an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of fun and educational classes.

F. Donald Myers Education Center 15 Henning Road & SUNY Adirondack Wilton Campus JULY 11- 15; JULY 18 - 22; JULY 25 - 29, 2016 Three weeks of summer camps at the F. Donald Myers Center include full or half day sessions:

• A World of Art will take participants on a journey of creative projects from around the globe. • Experiment with a variety of materials – whiteboard, cut paper, sand, 3D objects, clay and puppet characters – to become familiar with animation techniques and the process of stop motion animation in Animation Antics. • Campers can find their own personal style through guided drawing activities in Adventures in Drawing: Dream, Doodle & Draw. • Culinary Camp introduces the young chef to baking and international cuisine. • Combining the fun of summer camp and the enrichment of language immersion, campers of all ages will be exposed to Chinese Language and Culture. • Mad Science of the Capital District will introduce younger campers to Claws, Codes and Constellations or Chemicals, Cells & Crime!


at SUNY Wilton Adirondack will immerse the campers in all things STEM:

• Creative Filmmaking provides a hands-on learning experience on how to make Hollywood movies. • Discover the world of Forensic Science as campers explore some favorite experiments with Mr. Biss. • Campers will develop an understanding of what elements of technology and art come together to make a computer game successful in Computer Game Design. • Mad Science of the Capital District will bring fun and exciting science explorations to the younger campers while older campers can learn about about ecology in An Introduction to Ecology and Field Natural History.


Saratoga Springs School District, WSWHE BOCES and C-R Kids have united to offer a summer arts program like no other in the area.

• SRYA Sprouts Camps Ages 4 – 6 Going into Kindergarten. Through storytelling, theatre games, on-your-feet fun and more, these camps will inspire and create excitement in the math, science, nature, technology or history in before starting their kindergarten year. • SRYA Kids Camps Ages 6 – 12 Grades 1st – 5th. Experience the thrill of being part of a full-scaled, fully designed show under the guidance of highly skilled teaching artists. • SRYA Juniors Camps Ages 12 – 15 Grades 6th – 8th. Campers experience intensive training to understand the actor’s process from auditions, to the creation of believable and sustainable characters, to the final performance. • SRYA Teens Camps Ages 14 – 18 Grades 9th – 12th. A complete immersion in the world of theatre. Students take creative risks in each class and rehearsal, and to support one another through the artistic process. Students then flourish both individually and as a member of the artistic ensemble. Teens have access to audition seminars, improvisational workshops, and special master classes and will also travel to NYC to witness a Broadway show and have the opportunity to meet the show’s creative team and actors. Join in the fun! Register early to insure you don't miss out!

For more information:

Call the WSWHE BOCES Enrichment Resource Center at (518)581-3585 or Visit to register or for Theater Arts Camps 120  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MAY/JUNE 2016

459 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs NY 12866 • 518-583-0841 Come play with us this summer! Program Dates: July 5 to August 19, 2016. Program Hours: Half-day program - 9 AM to 12 PM Full-day program – 9 AM to 3 PM Before Care available starting at 8:30 AM Whether exploring the past or designing the future, the summer enrichment experience at Saratoga Independent School is sure to engage and excite children ages 3 to 8 years old. Our morning program themes change from week to week with topics for all interests. Campers will spend time with a variety of teachers, including physical education and art teachers, alongside themebased exploration. If a half day isn’t

quite enough, stick around for the afternoon. We are offering a less structured afternoon with water play, board games, and opportunities for personal expression. Our staff is fully committed to providing a nurturing, respectful, and exciting summer for your child. Make this a summer to remember at Saratoga Independent School!


• Holiday a day Week 1: July 5 - 8 • Kitchen Chemistry Week 2: July 11 - 15 • Dino Discovery Week 3: July 18 - 22 • Virtual Travel Week 4: July 25 - 29 • Ocean Life Week 5: August 1 - 5 • Simple Machines Week 6: August 8 - 12 • Performing Arts Week 7 – August 15 - 19

For more detailed descriptions of the weekly themes, please visit our website: summer-programs.


St. Clements School, 231 Lake Ave. & Skidmore College, North Broadway • 518-580-1782 For children who have a passion for performing arts, Saratoga Children’s Theatre summer camp is a dream come true. Saratoga Children’s Theatre offers performance camps for ages 4-18 years. At Saratoga Children’s Theatre we hire dedicated professionals that will enhance your child’s awareness for the arts while enjoying a great summer camp experience, while enhancing your child’s self esteem. More more information and to read staff bio’s please visit Before and After Care will be available for all camps


These stars-to-be will learn to explore their creativity through music, storytelling, movement, and arts. Both fun and educational, we have created our Rising Stars program to provide a warm and nurturing environment, giving campers the opportunity to gain a wonderful introduction to the theatrical arts. New this summer we will be offering half day and full day camps for the Rising Stars. RISING STARS will offer 7 sessions

July 4-8, 2016: FROZEN full day July 11-15, 2016: Summertime Fun half day July 18-22, 2016: Doc McStuffins full day July 25-29, 2016: Fun on the Farm half day August 1-5, 2016: Disney Magic full day August 8-12, 2016: Squirm August 15-19, 2016: Go Fish All rising stars camos are one week 9am-4pm full day, 9am-12noon half day.


Campers will learn all aspects of performance, and will have the opportunity to perform their show at the end of camp and they are open to the public. Campers will perform on stage at St. Clements Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. Camp hours are 9am-4pm; KIDS camps are 1 or 2 weeks. NEW this summer is 1 Play and 2 week camps July 4-15, 2016 (Musical): The Tale of Pocahontas and John Smith July 18-29, 2016 (Musical): Annie August 1-12, 2016 (Play): Pan August 15-19 2016 (Musical): Jedi


Campers will learn all aspects of performance, and will have the opportunity to perform in a show at the end of camp and they are open to the public. Campers will be educated in theater performance. NEW this summer is a 1-week Triple Threat camp and 3-2-1 Action camp for children who want to hone in on their acting skills. Campers will perform on stage at St. Clements Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. Camp hours are 9am-4pm. June 27-July 8, 2016: High School Musical Jr. July 11-15, 2016: Triple Threat July 18-29, 2016: Glee


Campers will learn all aspects of performance, and will have the opportunity to perform in 4 shows at the end of camp at Skidmore College JBK Theater. Campers will have Master classes with Theater Professionals during their camp experience. NEW this summer is a one-week Audition Prep camp. Camp hours are 9am-4pm Camp will be held at St. Clements School for the first 2 weeks, the third week of camp is at Skidmore College. July 4 to July 23, 2016: Grease Performances Location: Skidmore College’s JBK Theater


Registration Begins: February 29 City Residents March 21 Non City Residents at the Recreation Center

(518) 587-3550 ext. 2300 Camp Saradac, located at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center, is a NYSDOH licensed full day summer camp for children ages 5-15. Our camp offers exciting weekly field trips, creative recreational and educational programs, arts & crafts, weekly swimming, and themed weeks. Camp activities are designed to promote fun and fitness while providing opportunities for campers to grow. Last season’s favorites: the Saratoga County Fair, the Great Escape, Tri-City Valley Cats and of course our weekly visits to the Peerless Pool will all be a part of our 2016 field trip line-up. Check our website for a complete schedule of all of our field trips.

Saratoga Springs Recreation Center 15 Vanderbilt Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 587-3550 ext. 2300 Find us on Facebook at Saratoga Springs Recreation Dept.

The 2016 Summer Camp runs Monday through Friday from 8:45am to 4:45pm starting June 27th and continues through August 19th. Parents love the convenience of our before and after care program. Children who are registered may be dropped off at 7:30am and picked up as late as 6:00pm. Registration is on a first come, first served basis so please don’t wait. Camp registration f or m s a re av ai l a bl e at or can be picked up at the Recreation Center. If you have any questions, please contact us. See you this summer!!! MAY/JUNE 2016 | SIMPLY SARATOGA  | 123

The Saratoga Film Academy The Saratoga Film Academy’s summer camps provide a hands-on, project based learning experience in video and narrative film production for students 8-18 years old. This dynamic learning experience uses Hollywood insider knowledge on how to develop students’ technical skills to assist them in expressing their artistic voices. These limited enrollment, project based classes provide more individual attention and mentoring that caters to the individual’s needs and skill levels. Whether an individual is just beginning or on the verge of winning an oscar, students will find the classes challenging and intellectually rewarding. All classes are helmed by SFA’s founder, filmmaker, writer, and teacher Jon Dorflinger who has six years of Hollywood experience and is a NYS certified English Language Arts Teacher. Jon combined his passion for teaching and his passion for filmmaking and launched SFA in March of 2015. This will be SFA’s second summer and there are a variety of exciting classes. There is a return of the greatest hits from last year, like Stop-Motion Animation, YouTube Video

Production, and The Director’s Class. There are several new classes added to the slate. The Female Voice, an all-girls class that focuses on empowering young girls. Sketch Comedy is great for the improv acting enthusiasts. Creative Filmmaking, is the perfect introduction to the craft. Finally, Feature Film Screenwriting provides young writers a step-by-step approach to completing a first draft of a 90-100 page screenplay. SFA film students go through process of producing their projects like professionals by engaging in four phases of production; writing/development, pre-production, production, and post production. Producing film projects promotes life-long skills such as project management, strategic planning, communication, and creative problem solving. To learn more and register for summer camps visit


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Saturday, June 4, 2016 Maple Avenue Middle School 515 Maple Avenue Saratoga Springs NY 12866. Two performances: 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. More info on the next page

The Racing City Chorus...

60 Years of Harmony! The Racing City Chorus (RCC) was founded in 1956 by two prominent Saratogians, optometrist Dr. James Cogan and Adirondack Trust officer Paul Rouillard. Both were community leaders who were also enthusiastic followers of Barbershop-style singing. Returning one night from singing with another Barbershop chorus, they decided to start a chorus in Saratoga Springs. On October 15,1956, the Saratoga Chapter was chartered by the Barbershop Harmony Society. It was sponsored by the Schenectady Chapter. In 1966 the Saratoga Chapter was renamed the Racing City Chorus. With Paul Rouillard as the Chorus’ first President and Dr. James A. Cogan its first Director, the original members of the Racing City Chorus were: Tenors—Gus Tyler, Jim Ketchum, Angelo Tarantino, Burt Laux, Tom Clements, Mike McCarthy. Leads—Jim Tarantino, Bill Martin, Jim A. Cogan, Jim Hickey, Gail Perryman, Skip Ingmire, Fred Burns, Howard Foye. Baritones—Tom Levesque, Paul Rouillard, Pete Wait, Ron Platt, Don VanDerwerker, Jim F. Cogan. Basses—Dan Eddy, Ralph Stacey, Ted Grey, Gordon Lessele, Mario Izzo Mario Izzo, Ernie Belanger and Val Palmetto. Mr. Mario Izzo, a guest of honor at the Racing City Chorus Diamond Jubilee Show, is the last surviving original member of the Racing City Chorus.

The RCC regularly competes in, and has brought Championships from, the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Division, District and International competition levels. Its many Northeastern Division contest appearances, and its seven international competitions, have taken them to many states and provinces, such as Hartford, CT; Portland, ME; Worcester and Lowell, MA; Lake Placid and Poughkeepsie, NY; Providence, RI; Burlington, VT; New Orleans, LA, San Francisco, CA, and in our grand neighbor Canada, Montreal, Quebec and Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Chorus has also performed in northern Europe. The RCC entertains throughout the Capital Region. It is one of Saratoga Springs’ musical ambassadors during the summer Racing Season, offering Barbershop on Broadway (B.O.B), with Chorus members singing Barbershop favorites along that historic avenue while welcoming visitors from all over the world. The Chorus performs at over eighty venues each year, including schools, nursing homes, veterans’ homes, hospitals, the Saratoga Race Course, City Hall, and Congress Park, among others. The heart of the RCC is the heart of Barbership singing—the Barbershop quartets. Throughout the year RCC quartets give scheduled performances and perform with the Chorus. Currently the RCC has four quartets: Dented Fenders, The Elderly Brothers, Late Bloomers and Primrose Lane, the last of which will retire with its performance June 4.

The Racing City Chorus carries on the Barbershop Harmony Society’s mission to preserve and promote the original American art form of Barbershop style a cappella singing for future generations. It encourages men 15 years old and up to experience that Barbershop harmony "rocks" and to come sing with the Chorus. Because the Chorus believes the teaching of music in our schools is a necessary component in our youth’s education, RCC quartets present interactive programs of Barbershop singing to area high school music programs. The RCC also performs with student a capella college groups such as Skidmore College of Saratoga Springs and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy. To underscore its commitment to “Music Education in the Schools,” this year the Chorus is donating half the net proceeds of the Racing City Chorus Diamond Jubilee Show to the Music Department of the Saratoga Springs City School District. The Chorus has over 50 members from the Capital Region. Every Tuesday evening, it meets to practice and perform Barbershop singing from 7:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at the Living Waters Church, 4330 Rt. 50, Wilton NY 12866. All interested men are welcome to attend and to see if Barbershop singing strikes a chord with them. And everyone is encouraged to join in the Racing City Chorus’ goal to “Keep the Whole World Singing” for generations to come!



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Please join us June 4th for The Racing City Chorus Diamond Anniversary Show to help us celebrate 60 years of the Racing City Chorus singing Barbershop in Saratoga Springs! And you’ll help the Chorus show our love for our home town, because the Chorus will be donating 50% of the show's net proceeds to the Music Department of the Saratoga Springs City School District! We support music education for youth!

Saturday, June 4, 2016, the Maple Avenue Middle School 515 Maple Avenue Saratoga Springs NY 12866.

Two performances: 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. WHO’S PERFORMING: Barbershop Harmony Society favorite

Jim Cogan co-founder (front center) and Mario Izzo (2nd row, 4th person)

Mike Maino will Emcee: • The Racing City Chorus and its four Quartets – Contempt of Chord, Elderly Brothers, Late Bloomers, and Primrose Lane! • Vocal Spectrum, 2006 International Barbershop Harmony Society champions! ( • Saratoga Springs High School Choraliers led by Kathleen McCarty (7:00 pm show)! • South Glens Falls High School SGF Vocal Point led by Elizabeth Stambach-Fuller (2:00 pm show)!

THE AFTERGLOW: Join us at the Afterglow to sing with everyone and get “up close and personal" with Vocal Spectrum and Mike Maino. Great pizza and wings will be served. (Starts right after the Show at the Saratoga Springs Knight of Columbus hall.)

TICKETS AND COST: Reserved Seating is available, first come, first

serve! Buy Tickets online ( Or buy Tickets through the Chorus: call 518-504-SING, that’s 518-504-7464

Show Tickets: VIP Seating: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $23.00 Premium Seating: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19.00 General admission: . . . . . . . . . . . . . $17.00 Non Reserved General Admission: $15.00

Afterglow Ticket: Per person: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20.00 For more information, visit the Chorus’ website or call 518-504-SING (that’s 518-504-7464). 126  |  SIMPLY SARATOGA | MAY/JUNE 2016

The Gun Show A Range Of Perspectives On Firearms By Artists, Scholars and the Community

Saratoga Springs - In late 2015, when we first started thinking of doing a show about guns, friends expressed concerns about whether there might be protesters from “pro-gun” or “anti-gun” groups, or whether it was even safe to have this conversation due to the heated tones and the sense of danger and divide that is often perpetuated by the media, politicians, and lobbying groups. Rather than allowing our fear to dissuade us from doing The Gun Show we thought, “Fear is exactly why we should do it.” We talked to the dozen or so artists and groups, and found nothing but mutual respect and excitement to be included with each other. All expressed understanding of the perceptions that people have about guns, and wanted to participate in a show where the intention was to consider guns from a variety of perspectives. So, if you are reading this sign, we’ve accomplished the one thing we set out to do – to prove that we can all still gather in the same room with our neighbors, and be respectful of each others’ beliefs and opinions. This is how our community works. Thanks for coming. We are glad you’re here. Maureen Sager Belinda Colón Benj Gleeksman

Margaret Roleke designed the "Captain America Shot" - empty shell casings in fabric on wood.

Rabbi Linda Motzkin’s drawings and Hebrew scripture on parchment that she hand-made from deerskin provided by Adirondack hunters

A public art piece created by members of the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church will serve as a remembrance of 2015’s 355 mass shooting incidents across the country. Carving created by Michael Millspaugh.

Spring Street Gallery 110 Spring Street Saratoga Springs, New York (518) 587-6433 Open Weekdays 10-5 & Saturdays from noon – 2 THE GUN SHOW exhibit ends May 28th



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THURSDAY, MAY 19 UPH Celebrity Bartender Party

Saratoga National Golf Club, 458 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 5–9p.m.

Fundraiser for Universal Preservation Hall (UPH) that brings together celebrity bartenders for a night of “shaken and stirred” fun. Along with celebrity bartender teams from Fingerpaint, Global Foundries, Julie & Co., and Lifestyles, there will also be a Steepletini competition and live auction. The free admission to this event includes gourmet food by Mazzone Hospitality and music and dancing by DJ Trumastr. All proceeds go to support the development of UPH. For more information, visit

SATURDAY, MAY 21 Saratoga Brewfest

Saratoga Race Course, 267 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 2–5p.m.

America On Tap’s Saratoga Brewfest is back and it’s bigger and better – the three hour premium event will showcase over 200 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries. Attendees will receive and unlimited sampling of beers, in an atmosphere filled with live music, food and great vendors. Tickets are available at the door and by visiting

Wesley Foundation Gala

Saratoga Golf and Polo Club, 301 Church St, Saratoga Springs, 6–10p.m.

Celebrate 1970’s style to raise funds for The Wesley Community. The night will offer delicious food from Chef John Ireland, décor from Fine Affairs, music from The Refrigerators, classic cars, fondue stations, a sundae bar, 1970’s themed candy bar, complimentary champagne on arrival, a silent auction and photos against groovy backdrops. Cocktail party attire is suggested and stylish 70’s attire is also welcome. For reservations, visit wesley-foundation/special-events/gala.


SUNDAY, MAY 29 Saratoga Lion’s Memorial Day Duathlon

Saratoga Casino and Raceway, 342 Jefferson St., Saratoga Springs, 8a.m.–12 p.m.

The 12th Annual Saratoga Lions Club Memorial Weekend Duathlon is a 5k run, 30k bike, then another 5k run. This race can be done as an Individual or 2 or 3 person team. This year the race is USAT sanctioned and will have many celebrations and Honors for Memorial Day Weekend. All proceeds benefit sight and hearing conservation, fighting diabetes and supporting youth related programs. To register or for more information, visit


Cantina Kids Fun Run

Congress Park, Saratoga Springs 8–10:30a.m.

Held each year on the first Sunday in June, it’s the only run in Saratoga that’s designed especially for kids. Participants can choose the quarter-mile or one mile course, and all kids receive a medal, with the top three boys and girls receiving trophies. Before and after the race, families can enjoy face painting, healthy snacks and live music. The run benefits pediatric care at Saratoga Hospital’s Emergency Department. To register for the run or for more information, visit or

SATURDAY, JUNE 11 American Red Cross Gala

6th Annual Music and Mingle

Saratoga City Center 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6:30p.m.

This exciting fundraiser for the Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga features an open bar, gourmet foods by The Old Daley Inn, cigar tastings, live music by Grand Central Station, Tarot Card readings, a silent auction and more. This year’s event will also feature an elegant VIP cocktail hour sponsored by Moet and Hennessey for sponsors at the $1,000 level and above. For reservations and more information, visit


Saratoga Polo Field, 2 Bloomfield Rd., Greenfield Center, 7–10p.m.

SUNDAY, JUNE 5 Saratoga Springs Tour de Cure Saratoga Springs High School 1 Blue Streak Blvd. Saratoga Springs 6a.m.–4 p.m.

Over 2,500 cyclists and 350 volunteers come together to stop diabetes, with five scenic routes to choose from and participants at every skill level. This event provides crucial funding for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Foundation. This year is the 25 year anniversary of the Tour de Cure, celebrating over $250 million in fundraising from Tour de Cure riders since 1991. To register or for more information, visit

Attendees to this elegant event, themed “Fire and Ice,” will enjoy gourmet cuisine, an open bar, live music, live and silent auctions, all while supporting the life-saving mission of the American Red Cross. Master of Ceremonies Benita Zahn will honor Joan Regan Hayner, chief executive officer of CapitalCare Medical Group, and Ed Mitzen, founder of Fingerpaint. For tickets or more information, visit

Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival Saratoga County Fairgrounds 162 Prospect St, Ballston Spa 3p.m. until Sunday, June 19 at 4p.m.

Kick-off the summer with a weekend that includes over 20 hot air balloons, the best balloon glow in the country, over 100 artists and crafters displaying and selling original works, live entertainment and music, ongoing craft demonstrations and tons of kids activities, including face painting, arts and crafts and games, sponsored by Stewarts. For more information and a full schedule of activities, visit


Saratoga Hospital Foundation’s Golf Invitational

Saratoga National Golf Club, 458 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 7a.m.–9:30p.m.

This annual event combines a spectacular day of golf with the opportunity to benefit a very worthy cause: Saratoga Hospital’s RN Scholarship Program. As a result, the Invitational sells out every year, and sponsors typically include business and community leaders from the Capital Region and beyond. In 2015, the Golf Invitational raised a record-breaking $154,000. For more information, visit

FRIDAY, JUNE 24 American Cancer Society’s Red, White and Blue Party

Saratoga National Golf Club, 458 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 7–11p.m.

This one-of-a-kind evening will feature an all-American BBQ, dancing and an exciting auction. Attendees will have fun with lawn games, a wine toss and live entertainment. Nick Colaneri will be honored with the Hero of Hope award for his courageous battle against cancer and his commitment to the community. Guests are invited to wear their favorite red, white and/or blue “Saratoga summer” attire. For reservations and more information, visit community.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25 Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, 12p.m. until Sunday, June 26

A weekend of world class jazz talent on two stages that draws thousands from across the country. This year’s festival includes headliner, Smokey Robinson, Chaka Khan, Chick Corea Trilogy, Joey Alexander and many more. Founded in 1978, this festival is one of the world’s longest-running major jazz events. Since its inception, the festival has welcomed many jazz greats, including Miles Davis, B.B. King and Ray Charles. For tickets and more information, visit

Photo by Susan Blackburn


Photo by Susan Blackburn

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