Lasso some partners and head north on Friday evening for the Double H Ranch Gala at The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom. The fun kicks off at 5 PM with a silent auction and cocktails, followed by dinner, an incredible live auction and a special performance by The Manhattan Transfer. A highlight of the evening will definitely be the Chuckwagon Challenge, a unique amateur culinary competition. Gala guests will vote on the $15,000 grand prize winner. Visit www.doublehranch.org for reservations, including a special package for children, ages 5-12.
Wake up to the sweet sounds of the 35th Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saturday and Sunday. This year’s featured performers include Chris Botti, Diana Krall, Trombone Shorty and Esperanza Spaulding. Performances begin at Noon, so pack a picnic or make plans to enjoy the onsite southern style barbecue. And don’t forget to check out the fine arts and crafts fair!
Need an intermission from all that jazz? Saturday evening’s 10th Annual Opera Saratoga Ball may be the answer. This year’s celebration will start at 7 PM at the Saratoga Hilton. Chaired by Ted and Carol Newlin, the black-tie optional event boasts musical interludes, fine dining and dancing, along with silent and live auctions benefitting Opera Saratoga. Tickets start at $150 per person. For more information, visit www.operasaratoga.org.
Rest up on Monday and Tuesday, Saratoga, because it’s an all day, All-American Celebration on Wednesday. Start the 4th of July running at the Firecracker4 Road Race. Then the All-American Parade, complete with patriotic pooches, marches down Broadway at 10:15 AM, followed by the annual BBQ & Dessert Fest. For just $1 per sample, freedom-loving foodies can taste yummy barbecue and sweets from more than 15 downtown spots and vote for their favorites. Afterward, stroll over to Family Day in Congress Park for face-painting, historic games, live music, the Classic Car Show and, of course, fabulous fireworks at dark. Attendance is free. For a full schedule of events during Saratoga’s All-American Celebration, visit www.saratogajuly4th.com.
Finally, wind down the holiday week with a relaxing Secret Garden Tour on Sunday, July 8. Once again, Soroptomist International of Saratoga County will showcase hidden urban oases and lush suburban spaces in and around Saratoga Springs. The tour also includes art exhibits and gardening demonstrations. Visit www.soroptomistsaratoga.org for details and to purchase tickets.
Great events, great causes… there’s so much to do and so many to see. Check back next week for the highlights, socially speaking!