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Week of January 23 – January 29, 2015

Canfield Casino Swells with Mardi Gras Revelers!

Photos by Deborah Neary

Alexis Mokles, Carole Moreau, Brett and Rebecca Beers

Heather and Scott Joralemon

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A bigtime gathering of nearly 600 people, more than ready to shake off winter’s chill and party, party, party gathered at the historic Canfield Casino on Saturday, Jan. 17 for the 14th Annual Hattie’s Mardi Gras! As always, this is an event with a heart. While attendees ate Hattie’s delicious cuisine, danced to the sounds of Garland Nelson and Soul Session and generally just had a blast meeting, greeting and mingling – they came out first and foremost to support Jake’s Help From Heaven – the 2015 beneficiary. Look for some big-time final money raised totals for this great cause when it is announced next week!

Cynthia Dean, Wendy Walker, Melisa Zeiker, Brittany Hayes

Mike and Susana Hoffman, Brian and Heather Straughter, Beth Alexander

Fred and Carol Margulies

Antalek

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Chef Jasper Alexander

Kim and Chad Beatty

plans an early escape to college and independence. Though she thinks of Sam, she deeply misses her closest friend Bella, but makes no attempt to reconnect; embarrassed by the destructive wake of her parents as they left the only place Suzie called home. Years later, a chance meeting with Sam’s older brother will reunite her with both Sam and Bella—and force her to confront her past and her friends.

Along the way, issues of coping with adult responsibilities, aging parents, career choices and their consequences – both triumphs and tragedies, are recounted in rich detail from the alternating perspectives of individuals you grow to root for, even if you don’t always endorse their actions. “The most important thing that people have told me is that the characters and what they are experiencing are relatable.” Ms. Antalek said, “Ultimately, that’s what makes for an interesting read.”