Save the Date: American Girl Night at SPAC July 10th

americangirlnightDefinitely one of my favorite nights of the summer, American Girl Night at SPAC is one not to miss. Girls are encouraged to bring their dolls (American Girl Dolls or otherwise, girls bring all kinds) and experience an evening of music, ballet, American Girl crafts, pink lemonade, sugar cookies, free photobooths by Saratoga Photobooth Company and American Girl Doll giveaways. Bring a blanket and some chairs, a little picnic if you'd like and sit and enjoy the ballet with your special girl. It is really a magical evening for kids, and Levy STILL talks about last year's event. We went with my mom and had such a great time. Levy met up with a little group of friends and they all danced to the ballet on the grass, it was just heavenly. Click here to buy a lawn ticket for the July 10th NYCB performance, and all kids on the lawn are just $5 this night (you can buy the kids tickets at the box office that night). I guarantee you're going to love it, and make sure to stop in the Saratoga Photobooth to capture the memory! xoxo

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Saratoga County’s 18th Annual “Sundae on the Farm” THIS Sunday, June 16th

Screen Shot 2013-06-10 at 2.23.51 PMMore than fifty years ago there were 1,800 farms in Saratoga County. Today there are approximately 600 farms (one-third as many) in operation. Because fewer people are directly involved in farming, not many have the opportunity to experience agriculture first-hand and understand how the food we eat is produced.  For 18 years, the Saratoga County Agricultural Promotion Committee has provided a critical link between the farming community and the public.  Each year an open house is held at a different farm for area residents to visit a real working farm, learn about local agriculture, and realize the importance of a viable agricultural industry in Saratoga County. This year, Saratoga County’s 18th Annual “Sundae on the Farm” will be held on Sunday, June 16, at McMahon Thoroughbreds, home of Funny Cide the 2003 Kentucky Derby winner, located at 180 Fitch Road in the Town of Saratoga.

“Sundae on the Farm” is fun and educational for the whole family…a perfect way to spend Father’s Day together! Free events include: tours of the horse farm, Meet the Stallions, broodmares and foals, a blacksmith, children’s activities, farm animals to see, horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, agricultural exhibits, and demonstrations by area chefs using local farm products. Sundae on the Farm takes place from 12pm through 4pm, and showcases the breadth and significance of agriculture in Saratoga County and is enjoyed by approximately 3,500 visitors each year.

For the fifth time, a Spelling Bee and Stewart’s Ice Cream Eating Contest will be featured at the event.  Plenty of food is served at “Sundae on the Farm” including hotdogs, hamburgers, Stewart’s Ice Cream featuring hot fudge topping from Sundae’s Best Hot Fudge, maple syrup topping from Maple Valley Farm, and pie a la mode featuring homemade pies from Smith’s Orchard Bake Shop.

More fun can be found for all ages with the showcase of horses and a unique Farmer’s Market. Parking is plentiful and several trams (with farm-savvy hosts on board for questions and answers) will transport visitors between the parking area and the farm.

Saratoga County’s “Sundae on the Farm”, a successful educational effort to promote local agriculture, has become a model emulated by many other counties. The event is organized by the Saratoga County Agricultural Promotion Committee and sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County, American Farmland Trust, Saratoga County Farm Bureau, and the Town of Saratoga.  The public is invited to experience this year’s event in Saratoga and see what all the fun is about!

For more information call Cornell Cooperative Extension at 885-8995 or visit

my weekend in photos

WHOA. What a weekend. The pool opened on Friday at McGregor Links Country Club, I had a photo shoot at The Brook Tavern for Saratoga Tables magazine with Saratoga Food Fanatic (just incredible), we were back at McGregor for Levy's tea party birthday with Experience Events and Ashley Brown taking a few photos (our cupcakes from Healthy Living were AMAZING), then...the Saratoga 150 Family Night at SPAC! We just loved it, there were so many kids to run around and play with, Finn and Lev made about ten new friends. Blowing bubbles, rolling down the little hill on the SPAC lawn, capped off by one of the best fireworks shows I've seen in Saratoga. It was a magical night. (watch the grand finale in the video below) Sunday morning we took part once again in the amazing Cantina Kids Fun Run, one of our favorite kids' events in Saratoga. Levy and Finn were so excited to add another medal to their little collection and it was a great turnout. Post race were all a little beat from the crazy weekend so we stayed inside, played card games and relaxed while we watched the rain.

This week I'm pulling together everything for the Summer Issue of Mamatoga Magazine, which will include the premiere issue of Saratoga Tables so I am going to have my nose to the grindstone, but I will still be thinking about what a great weekend we just had. Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate Lev's birthday with us...xoxo

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Saratoga 150's Family Night at the Spa: Saturday, June 1st

famnightatspaWith Saratoga 150 events well underway, the first Signature Event of the five-month-long celebration is scheduled for Saturday, June 1st on the grounds of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Gates open at 5:30pm for a myriad of fun and wholesome family entertainment and an old-fashioned picnic contest that awards $1,000 to the winner.

“We feel that it is appropriate to open our signature events with festivities for families – at SPAC, our community’s most famous entertainment venue,” said Saratoga 150 Committee Chairman Charles V. Wait. “The backbone of Saratoga historically has been the best in thoroughbred racing and strong family values engendering a spirit of pride and volunteerism, an appreciation of history and a love for the arts and entertainment. This special Saratoga set of diverse values is what prompted us to begin our five-month celebration in a family atmosphere, at the arts center,”  he said.

Plenty of old-fashioned and present-day entertainment will abound, from four different ethnic bands – Irish, Italian, Polish and Latin – to small stage entertainment by various children’s performing groups such as Irish step dancing, singing, orchestral sounds, and ballet.

Shows by Brad Zapp, a memory expert, juggler and circus-act teacher; storytellers; and a wildlife act will be performed throughout the evening. The storytellers will feature Irish folklore, stories about life on a farm, and authentic Mohawk tribe tales by a Native American. The Saratoga YMCA will offer tons of children’s games and activities on the lawn, as well as a bounce house. Picture-taking will be featured by the event’s sponsor, National Grid, and children will take home a photo showing them “up in the air” in a repair bucket. The Music Studio Kids will play instruments on the lawn in demonstration sessions entitled “Orff Chestra”.

Groups of entertainers will stroll the grounds, including clowns and stilt walkers, and strolling Saratogians will provide the flavor of the 1860’s, along with barber shoppers who will provide sounds of the era. Culminating this Memorial Day weekend evening celebration is an official heralding of the fireworks by Charles Wait, from the Saratatoga 150 starting gate, at 9:15 pm. The starting gate, that has been re-designed as a parade and display attraction, is being debuted to the public at this event, how cool is that?!

Picnic contest entrants may register at either of the two entrance gates -  Route 50 and the Hall of Springs gates and picnic entries must be signed in by 7:15 pm. A panel of décor, culinary and historical experts will judge, beginning at 7:30 pm. There are a limited number of picnic tables that may be used, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Besides food and beverages, picnic contest entrants are encouraged to bring personal picnic display surfaces, old-fashioned themed décor items, coolers and other fun picnic paraphernalia.

Awards will be announced at 8:45 pm, followed by the ceremonial cutting of a large birthday cake, created by Mazzone Hospitality. The crowd will be led in song by The Music Studio Kids with an enthusiastic rendition of “Happy Birthday Saratoga Racing”.  The four bands that are performing at the Gazebo and at the concessions area stage are: The Good Times Band, the Grafton Street Band, Mike Camacho Latin Jazz Quintet, and The Rymanowski Brothers Orchestra. The youth groups performing on the small stage are from the Northeast Ballet Company, headed by founder and artistic director Darlene Myers, the Boland School of Irish Dance, and The Music Studio Kids, led by founder and director Noel Liberty. The barbershop singers are members of the Racing City Chorus.    Victorian-clad Saratogians are members of the Victorian Social Club, and volunteer Saratoga 150 Ambassadors in 1860’s costumes are from Saratoga High School’s America Helping America Club.

Admission to Family Night at the Spa will be free for an adult and one child with a Saratoga 150 medallion (click here to purchase one, I’ve got mine already!). If you do not have a medallion yet the regular admission is $10 for an adult with one child. Additional children’s tickets are $5. Children’s tickets are for ages four through 12. Kids three and under are admitted free.

Ample parking is available at the Route 50 entrance and The Hall of Springs entrance offers drop-off access. No alcoholic beverages or pets will be allowed on the SPAC grounds. Coolers will be checked  to safeguard the no-alcohol rule. The resident concessionaire AraMark will offer a limited snack-food menu.

Don’t miss this once in a childhood classic family experience, I can’t wait!