Friday, August 24
“History, Legends, Lore and More” Guided Walking Tour
Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center,
297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
10:30 a.m. – Noon.
This 90-minute historical walking tour celebrates Saratoga’s Victorian era. Join us as we stroll through Congress Park, hear the stories of our most colorful characters, beloved monuments and treasured artwork. This tour is an educational event with something for first-time visitors and Saratoga natives alike. Cost is $8, children under 12 are free. For more information, contact the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center at 518-587-3241.
20th Annual Travers Wine Tasting
Saratoga City Center,
522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
6 – 10 p.m.
More than 100 varieties of fine wines, craft beer, and liquors, as well as gourmet food for your enjoyment, and a variety of auctions, raffles and other exciting attractions. This exclusive, high profile benefit is a unique part of the ever-popular Travers Festival activities. General Admission is $140/person, limited to guests age 21 and older, identification required. Call the Development Office at 518-465-3322 for more information. Proceeds from this year’s event go directly toward improving the lives of the elderly in the Greater Capital Region.
The Friends of the Canfield Casino Gala
Congress Park, Saratoga Springs
7 – 11 p.m.
All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Canfield Casino and the Saratoga Springs History Museum to further restoration of the casino and educational programming. Come enjoy gourmet food, dancing and live entertainment, open bar, games of chance, live music provided by Georgie Wonders Orchestra. Tickets are $75 per person. Register online: www.saratogahistory.org.
Saturday, August 25
Saratoga Abundant Life Church,
Rt. 50 and Hutchins Rd., Saratoga Springs
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Children’s Giveaway: Back to School. Clothing sizes newborn – teen and everything in between. Bikes, sporting gear, books, toys, food and free haircuts. Shop, eat and be blessed.
The Children’s Museum,
69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs
This program is best suited for children ages 2 and up. During this program we will discover famous artists while exposing young budding artists to new art processes and techniques. This week: Frida Kahlo: self-portraits.
Second Annual Car Show
Saratoga Wilton Elks #161,
1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
There will be breakfast, lunch, music 50/50 raffle, and top 25 trophies. Proceeds benefit Veteran, youth and drug awareness programs. Rain date is August 26. Registration is from 9 – Noon. Cost is $10. Contact Al Sommer 518-885-9846.
The Rise and Fall of James Dean Fish
1000 Mt. McGregor Rd., Wilton
Amy Halsted, the great-great granddaughter of Fish, will tell her ancestor’s story, involving a gifted young actress, a mysterious trunk, U.S. Grant, and whole lot of scandal. For additional information, visit www.grantcottage.org.
Traver’s Day Hat and Tea Viewing Party
Healing Springs Recovery Community Center,
125 High Rock Ave., Saratoga Springs
2 – 4 p.m.
Come join us for an afternoon viewing of the Midsummer Derby. Make a hat from 2 – 4 p.m. and have a tea-tail and appetizers at 4 p.m. Around 6 p.m. will be the viewing of the race. Celebrate in a supportive, alcohol-free setting. For more information call 518-306-3048.
223 West Ave., Saratoga Springs
Pitney Meadows Community Gardens will host 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.
Tang Family Saturdays
Tang Museum, Skidmore Campus,
815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs
We will look at Daniel Gonzalez’s Artes es Vida in the exhibition Give A Damn, and talk about the artwork, how it is made, and the Mexican folk art tradition of Papel Picado, or cut paper. Then we will make our own Papel Picado creations. Suitable for children ages 5 and up with their adult companions. Programs include a brief tour of a current Tang exhibition. Free and open to the public. Reservations are strongly suggested. For reservations and information, call 518-580-8080.
Sunday, August 26
Help-A-Dog BBQ, Pet Adoptions and Fundraiser
Rt. 9, Ballston Spa
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Capital District Jeep Wrangler – CDJW.org – have teamed up with the Animal Protective Foundation (APF) in Scotia to host an incredibly fun, free, family pet adoption and fundraising event to help the animals of the APF and our local communities. The event features a hot dog BBQ for a $6 per person donation to the APF. Your donation includes a premium grilled hot dog, chips and a beverage. There will be adoptable animals, over 30 vendors, on-site pet micro-chipping clinic for only $15 per pet, valuable raffles, children’s activities, and a Jeep show and shine will round out the day. Free admittance and plenty of free parking. For full details visit www.helpadogbbq.com or find us on Facebook: CDJW Help A Dog BBQ 2018.
Grant’s Next Chapter
1000 Mt. McGregor Rd., Wilton
Historian Chris Mackowski explains why Vicksburg literally closed the book on one phase of Grant’s career and set the stage for a whole new chapter. For more information, visit www.grantcottage.org.
Music at the Museum
Former Wiltonville Church,
Corner of Corinth Mountain Rd., Mt. McGregor and Parkhurst Rd.
1 – 4 p.m.
In honor of the Bicentennial of the Town of Wilton, The Wilton Heritage Society will welcome Rural Felicity to their annual program. Rural Felicity is a group of historical reenactor musicians who perform 18th century music. Their music is performed in an informal style with humor and audience interaction and participation. An ice cream social will be held during intermission between sets. This event is free and open to the public. Stop by and be transported back in time to a bygone era.
Community Coalition for Family Wellness Fundraiser
820 Rt 9, Queensbury
4 – 10 p.m.
Monday, August 27
Southern Saratoga Art Society
Clifton Park Senior Community Center,
6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park
A demonstration of alcohol ink by artist Rita Helie will be featured. The free flow of the alcohol ink colors can result in many surprises. The public is invited to attend. For more information about SSAS visit: southernsaratogaartist.com
Tuesday, August 28
Medication Take Back Event
27-41 Gansevoort Rd., in S. Glens Falls
5 – 8 p.m. Dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medication in your home. No needles, radioactive materials or hematological supplies can be accepted. Free drug lock boxes are available. Sponsored by Carrie Woerner, Hannaford, Saratoga County Sheriff Community Coalition and the Prevention Council. Free and anonymous. For more information visit www.ccfw.weebly.com.
“All Are Welcome Here” Walk & Vigil
Three locations in Saratoga Springs (see below)
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Come together regardless of race, religion or political leanings to show gratitude, support and acceptance as we welcome all to our community. The walk is peaceful and silent, starting from 3 locations in Saratoga Springs: City Center and Temple Sinai on North Broadway; Beekman St. and Oak; Union Ave. and East at the race track entrance. Join the walk anywhere along the route. Walkers will gather at the Spirit of Life Monument in Congress Park at 6:40 for a short program. Please bring your own electric light/candle if possible. Signs should be positive, non-political, focusing on support and gratitude to immigrants. Information can be found on Saratoga Immigration Coalition Facebook page or call 518-951-0702.
Wednesday, August 29
199th Annual Schaghticoke Fair
The 3rd oldest Fair in New York State takes great pride in being a Family Fair with hands-on participation at its exhibits. Tasting, seeing, hearing and literally feeling agriculture in action is one of the best experiences we can offer. The fair will continue through September 3.
Thursday, August 30
Summer Reading Party
424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Come play games, have snacks and celebrate reading. Costumes are encouraged - come dressed as a book character to be entered in our costume contest. For more information and events visit www.northshire.com.