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May 20, 2022

Welcome to your weekly newsletter of news, views and events in Saratoga Springs and beyond.

News from your Saratoga Springs Democratic Party:
 
Join DA candidate Michael Phillips this Sunday for music and magic. Michael Phillips, a proud Dem, is running for Saratoga County District Attorney on a platform of “Bring Integrity back to the DA’s Office”. You can meet him and find out more on Sunday, May 22, from 3:00 – 6:00 pm at the Fraternal Order of Eagles at 373 Crescent Street in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Tickets are $25 each/5 for $100/kids under 18 free so bring the whole family!  Food and entertainment are provided plus music by Tim Wechgelaer and Chris Carey, and magic by Magic Man Entertainment. Get tickets here.
 
Spend the afternoon with NY Attorney General Letitia “Tish” James on Tuesday, May 24. Join us for a visit and spring fundraiser on May 24th benefitting the Democratic Committee. We’re delighted to welcome the first woman of color to hold statewide office in New York and the first woman to be elected Attorney General. The event is from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Saratoga Casino Hotel, 342 Jefferson St. Click here to see the invite and purchase tickets.  Or click here to go directly to ActBlue and purchase tickets. 
 
COVID rates are climbing again. Masks are required indoors at Skidmore and the library, and recommended for other locations. Individual businesses and venues may require masks or proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test. Check with the venue before you go.
 
Friday, May 20, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday, May 21, noon – 5:00 pm. Final days: Senior Thesis Exhibition at the Tang. A tradition continues as 29 senior studio art majors display their work as a capstone to their studies at Skidmore College. The Skidmore Art Department provides courses in numerous studio art disciplines including ceramics, communication design, drawing and painting, digital media, fiber arts, metals, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Free and open to the public. The Tang Teaching Museum is on the campus of Skidmore College, 815 N Broadway.
 
Friday, May 20, 3:30 – 5:00 pm. SSPL at the Rainbow Club (Pitney Meadows). Join your Teen Librarian at Pitney Meadows Community Farm for the Rainbow Club. This is a group for LGBTQIA+ youth and allies age 13-25. The club meets every Friday at Pitney Meadows to garden, create art and talk about books! No registration required. Pitney Meadows Community Farm is at 223 West Ave.
 
Friday, May 20, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Dinner to go at Principessa Elena Society. Menu is Macaroni and sauce; Meatballs and Sausage with sauce; Salad; Italian Bread and Butter. Cost is $10 per dinner, cash and carry. For more information call (518) 584-4163. Principessa Elena Society is at 13 Oak St.
 
Friday, May 20, 6:00 pm. In person: Kim Reed at Northshire Books. The author, originally from this area, will join us to talk about her riveting memoir Workhorse: My Sublime and Absurd Years in New York City's Restaurant Scene. The book is a razor-sharp look at one woman’s nearly two decades in the New York City restaurant, including her time working with Joe Bastianich, and what happens when your job consumes your life. Copies of the book are available for purchase at Northshire Books, 424 Broadway.
 
Friday, May 20, at 7:30 pm; Sunday, May 22, at 2:00 and 7:00 pm. Home Made Theater presents The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. What begins as an investigation into the grisly death of a neighbor’s dog results in a remarkable coming-of-age journey for 15-year-old Christopher Boone. Adapted by Simon Stephens from the novel by Mark Haddon. Tickets are $30, available here for the Friday evening and Sunday matinee performances and here for the sensory friendly performance on Sunday evening which is designed to create a welcoming and comfortable arts experience for people with autism or other sensory processing challenges.  All performances are at Saratoga Arts, 329 Broadway.
 
Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm each day. Community wide garage sale in Geyser Crest. 50+ homes will participate, each with its own items for sale. Maps and lists of homes will be provided; just follow the yellow signs to your first stop.
 
Saturday, May 21, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Healthy Kids Day at the Y. Saratoga Regional YMCA is encouraging families to take a moment to help kids be kids and set them up for a summer of success! Free and open to the public, including non-members. Activities include super hero fun run, bounce house, zip line, climbing wall, open family gym, trycicle give-a-way (while supplies last), pickleball, basketball, child ID tags, bike inspections and much more. The Saratoga Regional YMCA is at 260 West Ave.
 
Saturday, May 21, 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Campfire Chat at Wilton Wildlife. Each month, we hear from a naturalist on what animals are threatened and what we can do to help. Tonight’s animal: native frogs and toads. Stick around afterward for s’mores, hot cocoa and cookies.  Reservation required at least 1 day in advance. Please call the office at 518-450-0321 or email info@wiltonpreserve.org. Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park is at 60 Scout Rd in Wilton.

Sunday, May 21, 9:00 am. Saratoga ABC Rally. The ABC Rally is a non-competitive event open to all vehicles and features visits to Artists, Battlefields and Covered Bridges, combining history and experience for a day of pure driving enjoyment. Registration is limited and the fee is $100/automobile, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Saratoga Automobile Museum. The day starts at 9:00 am with a welcome breakfast and the rally will depart at 10:00 am. Register here or call Megan Haggerty at (518) 401-5185. Saratoga Auto Museum is at 110 Ave of the Pines in Spa State Park.
 
Sunday, May 21, noon – 2:00 pm. Sing in the Streets with Caffé Lena. A free neighborhood festival to celebrate 62 years of Caffé Lena! Your favorite artists will present an afternoon of music at 6 locations: Impressions on Broadway; the Library on Henry St; the Frog Garden next to the Library; Ben & Jerry’s on Phila St; and the Courtyard and Upstairs at Caffé Lena, 47 Phila St. Set schedule and artist information here.
 
Monday, May 23, 10:30-11:30 am.  Preschool Nature Hour at Wilton Wildlife. This season’s topic include turtles. The program includes a short hike and a nature craft, geared to ages 3-6.  Please call the office at (518) 450-0321 or email info@wiltonpreserve.org at least 1 day inadvance to register.  Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is at 60 Scout Road in Wilton.
 
Monday, May 23, 7:00 pm. Open Mic night at Caffé Lena.  Play your song on the Caffe’s famous stage! During the past three decades, Lena’s open mic has been recognized with “Best Of” awards from Metroland Magazine, The Alt Weekly, The Saratogian Reader’s Poll and Saratoga’s Fab Five. Just like at our weekend shows, all attention is focused on the stage. Sign up at 6:30 pm.  $3 donation. Caffé Lena is located at 47 Phila Street.  
 
Tuesday, May 24. Mental Health Awareness Day at the Saratoga Senior Center.  Open to the public; with guest speaker Courtney Barber.  Schedule of events:
  • 9-10am Continental Breakfast. Sponsored by The Albany Guardian Society
  • 10-11am “Emotional Freedom Technique” with Lynn Edgerly.
  • 11:30am “Stress and Anxiety Reducton: Tools & Tips” with Courtney Barber.
  • 12:30pm - 2:00pm: Reiki with Jennifer Mae.
The Senior Denter is located at 5 Williams Street.
 
Tuesday, May 24 10:30-11:00 am.  Folk Club for Kids Caffé Lena. Join Dan Berggren and Drank The Gold’s Oona Grady and James Gascoyne for a wonderful session of song and story. A perfect break in the morning to learn, play and sing along! Ages 18 months to 6 years old. In person or streaming live. Caffé Lena is located at 47 Phila Street. 
 
Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 pmAndy Statman and Jake Eddy at Caffé Lena.  Flatpicking extraordinaire Jake Eddy meets up with legendary mandolinist Andy Statman as they find the outer limits of acoustic music. Tickets are $35 general/32 member/17.50 students and kids, available here. Caffé Lena is located at 47 Phila Street. 
 
Wednesday, May 24, 12:00 – 1:00 pm and 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Karner Blue Butterfly Walk. The endangered Karner Blue Butterfly has two broods every year, late May and early July. On a guided walk through the meadows learn about the Saratoga Sandplains ecosystem within which this animal thrives. Please call the office at (518) 450-0321 or email info@wiltonpreserve.org at least 1 day in advance and indicate which session you would like to attend. Starts at the  DEC Old Gick Farm Trailhead at 4402 New York 50.
 
Wednesday, May 24, 3:00 – 6:00 pm.  Saratoga Springs Public Library Visits the Farmers' Market.  Visit the Saratoga Farmers' Market at High Rock Park and make a craft with a Children's Librarian. No registration necessary.
 
Wednesday, May 24, 4:30 – 6:00 pm. Roast Portk Dinner for Curbside Pick Up at Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge. Dinner for 2 Roast pork, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll and gravy.  Dinner for two is $30; cash only please. Call (518) 584-2585 between 10 am and noon on Monday or Tuesday to order for curbside pickup on Wednesday. Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161 is at 1 Elks Lane, off Maple Ave and opposite the Triangle Diner.
 
Wednesday, May 24, 6:00 pm.  Lâle Davidson in person at Northshire.  Lâle Davidson will join us to celebrate the publication of her novel Against the Grain which combines gorgeous poetry and romance with heart-stopping action, as the daughter of a rich CEO joins forces with a logger’s son to stop a huge lumber company from destroying an ancient redwood forest. The trees themselves become surprisingly powerful characters in this rich, multilayered novel. Copies of Against the Grain will be available for purchase. Northsire Bookstore is at 424 Broadway

Thursday, May 26, 2:00 – 3:00 pm  Asian American history month at the library (last session).  This week’s program: Asian American Identity and Representation. Please read "After 50 years of 'Asian American,' advocates say the term is 'more essential than ever'" by Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil and watch Jon M. Chu's TED Talk "The pride and power of representation in film".  Via Zoom.  Register here.
 
Thursday, May 26, 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Attracting backyard birds at Pitney Meadows.  We all enjoy the birds in our own backyards! Join us for a slide-illustrated program, in which we cover the basics of attracting birds with food, water, and shelter. We cover types of feeders and feed, plantings and cover for birds, and common questions such as deterring squirrels and hawks.This is a virtual event with a requested donation of $10  Register here.
 
Thursday, May 26, 6:00 – 8:30 pm.  In Bloom fundraiser at Longfellows. Join fellow neighbors for a cocktail reception as we celebrate our first event as LifeWorks Community Action and highlight our collective impact in the community. Hors d'oevures, beer, wine & cash bar. Dress Code is Spring cocktail attire or business casual. To purchase tickets ($100) or learn more about LifeWorks Community Action (formerly Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council) call (518) 288-3206. Longfellows Hotel, Restaurant & Conference Center is located at 500 Union Avenue.
 
Local news and happenings:
 
Majority of “parents rights” candidates lose in Capital Region school elections. Tuesday’s school board races, which featured many candidates pushing back against diversity and sexuality issues in education, caused a huge swell in turnout according to the Times-Union. In the end, only 6 out of 25 candidates backed by the movement were elected. Among them were Dean Kolligan in Saratoga Springs, an incumbent who was backed by the teachers’ union. However, the top two local vote-getters were John Brueggemann, an educator who had been incorrectly charged by the opposition with calling them “bastards” and Natalya Lakhtakia, also an educator, who was targeted with vicious racial and personal attacks.
 
Saratoga Springs business offers free formula and diaper exchange. In the face of a nationwide infant formula shortage, Allo Saratoga will be offering the service from 2:00 – 4:00 pm each Sunday starting May 22 at 22 Lawrence St in Saratoga Springs. Parents are invited to come and take or donate what they need. Supervisor Tara N. Gaston has invited locals to contact her if they have unopened, unexpired formula they would like to donate and she will pick it up and bring it to the center. Allo Saratoga is a play space and support center for kids and families owned by Christine Hernandez. Hernandez also hopes to make Allo Saratoga an official donation site for safely pasteurized human milk sometime this summer once regulatory approval is obtained, according to the Daily Gazette.
 


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