Friday, June 22
History, Legends, Lore and More Guided Walking Tour
Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center,
297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
10:30 a.m. – Noon
This 90-minute historical walking tour celebrates Saratoga’s Victorian era and the classic Victorian stroll. Join us as we stroll through Congress Park, take the waters and hear the stories of our most colorful characters, beloved monuments and treasured artwork. This tour is a family-friendly and educational event with something for first-time visitors and Saratoga natives alike. The cost is $8 per person, and children under 12 are free. Reservations are not required. For more information, contact the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center at 518-587-3241. Rain or shine.
5th Annual Saratoga Balloon and BBQ Festival
Saratoga County Fairgrounds,
162 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa
3 – 9 p.m.
This family-friendly event celebrates the best of the Capital Region with food, live entertainment, shopping, kid’s activities, and balloons. Highlights include: 30 hot air balloons with four liftoffs and one of the best balloon glows in the U.S., 75 marketplace exhibitors, five BBQ chefs, live entertainment and music, a beer and wine garden, activities in the Stewarts Kids Zone including face painting, a walkabout balloon, pony rides, a petting zoo, and a magic show. Saturday and Sunday balloon launch is 5:30 – 7 a.m. Marketplace is open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Adults $10; Child ages 3 - 15 $5, under 2 free. For more information and a full festival schedule visit www.balloonandbbq.com.
Saturday, June 23
Sunflower Saturdays at Pitney Meadows
223 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs
On Saturday mornings through August 4, Pitney Meadows Community Gardens will host an old-fashioned story time for children, followed by a hands-on, garden-related activity. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. with Faye Mihuta reading picture books on garden topics. Jess Clauser will then lead a garden activity at 10 a.m. Free admission.
312 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs
Garden Tours include sharing the history of the Trask family, the mansion and history of the Yaddo Gardens. Docent led Summer Drop-in Tours will be each Saturday and Sunday until September 2. Meet at the entrance to the garden, $10 per person, tours last about one hour. For more in-formation, contact Yaddo at 518-584-0746 or www.yaddo.org.
A Visit with General and Mrs. Grant
1000 Mt. McGregor Road, Gansevoort
Reenactors Steve Trimm and Melissa Trombley-Prosch will interpret the life of this special couple through anecdotes and stories in the setting of one of their last visits to Saratoga Springs in 1882. For more information visit, www.grantcottage.org.
School’s Out for Summer Bash
The Children’s Museum,
69 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs
Noon – 3 p.m.
Free with admission. You’re invited to an all things summer party to celebrate the end of a successful school year. Come launch paper airplanes, build catapults, and paint with your feet. For more information visit www.cmssny.org.
Bicentennial Golf Day
359 Northern Pines Road, Wilton
To celebrate Wilton’s Bicentennial, McGregor Links Country Club is offering a one-day golfing event. For only $18.18 all Wilton residents are welcome to enjoy a round of golf, cart included. We encourage you to call the pro shop early to register a tee time. 518-584-6270. Proof of Wilton residency required for all golfers.
Sunday, June 24
Kathryn H. Starbuck Legacy Luncheon
Saratoga Casino Hotel,
342 Jefferson Street, Saratoga Springs
Noon – 2 p.m.
Monday, June 25
Charity Golf Tournament
Ballston Spa Country Club,
1366 Amsterdam Road, Ballston Spa
Tee up to benefit Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation. Join us for the ID Life Charity Golf Tournament. Many different challenges and prizes to win. The cost is $400 per foursome, or $30 per person for dinner only. visit www.fighttobehealed.org for more information or register for the tournament at www.app.donorview.com/L4PN.
Museum Day at the Library
Saratoga Springs Public Library,
The Children’s Room
3 – 6 p.m.
Upstate and Capital Region museums will visit the Library and provide our patrons with a glimpse of what they do in each of their communities. There will be interactive and hands-on craft activities for children and information provided by each museum regarding their focus, theme, and events. No registration required. For more events at the library, visit www.sspl.org.
Clifton Park Senior Community Center,
6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park
SSAS member, Ritvik Sharma of Altamont will be the guest artist. He will be doing a demonstration of an Albany street scene with buildings, cars and figures using a loose impressionist style. Ritvik has exhibited in several solo and group shows throughout the Capital Region and won awards in both the Bethlehem Art Society and the Stockade Art Festival. To see his work visit: ritvikwatercolor.com This demonstration is open to the publlic. For more information, visit www.southernsaratogaartist.com
Tuesday, June 26
Shenendehowa United Methodist Church,
971 Route 146, Clifton Park
1 - 6 p.m.
The Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation will be holding a blood drive with homemade goodies at the finish. Every donor is appreciated and saves lives. The Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation supports pediatric cancer patients, including blood cancer patients. Your donations are critical for these children. Please sign up at www.redcrossblood.org (use sponsor code NICKSFIGHT) or call 1-800-RED CROSS for your appointment.
Wednesday, June 27
1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Soup, Kielbasa, sauerkraut, stuffed cabbage, Pierogi, potato pancakes, applesauce, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: $12 adults, $11. Seniors (62 years) and Military (active or retired) with ID Card, $8 Children 5-12. Children under 5 free, $12 All Take-outs. Cash bar available. Call 518-584-2585 for more information.
Acoustic Blues Open Mic and Jam
Café Lena, 33 Phila Street,
Sign up 7 p.m.
Opening Set begins at 7:30 p.m.
Acoustic Jam to follow. All levels of playing are welcome. Hosted by: NYS Blues Hall of Fame inductee Sonny Speed for SABS. Featured Artists: Dave Scheffel and Ray Giguere – Fellow SABSters who can always play some good Country Blues. Come on down to listen and play the Blues. Admission is $5. This is a monthly event on the 4th Wednesday of the month. One of Saratoga’s best musical values. For other events visit the website at caffelena.org or call 518-587-6433.
Thursday, June 28
Ballston Spa Concerts in the Park
39 Front Street, Ballston Spa
6 – 8 p.m.
This is a great family-friendly event. Bring your blanket and chairs to the park for a great evening of live music in the village! This week’s feature concert is Emily Teller, Acoustic Rock singer/songwriter.
Full Moon Hike
Moreau Lake State Park,
605 Old Saratoga Road, Gansevoort
7:30 – 9 p.m.
Our Park Naturalist will be leading this month’s Full Moon Hike. While walking around the lake, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and the moon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply.
Saturday, June 23
American Legion Adirondack Post 70
34 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs
10 a.m. | Monthly meeting