On July 16, the Saratoga County Fair opened with amusements, rides and games. That same evening, The Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany opened its new exhibit, The Irish in Horse Racing: John Morrissey. The exhibit traces Irish American John Morrissey, the architect of the first thoroughbred race meet at Saratoga in 1863.
On Friday, July 19 they’re off for world-class thoroughbred racing’s opening day at Saratoga Race Course. The track also hosts the first of its Family Fun Days. And, as sure as the horses will leave the starting gate, the parties get underway with the annual gala at the Saratoga Automobile Museum with special guest artist Frank Stella and former race car driver Sam Posey.
From July 19-21, throughout downtown Saratoga Springs, the Hats Off to Saratoga Festival gets underway with music everywhere and a party atmosphere not to be missed to welcome the opening day at the race course.
There’s action at the Saratoga Polo fields on July 19, The Alex and Ani Cup Women’s Week at Saratoga Polo, featuring the Veuve Cliquot Women’s Challenge. At nearby Skidmore College, The Tang Museum continues its Up Beat on the Roof series with a performance by Stellar Young, an Indie rock band.
The 15th Annual Solomon Northup Day: A Celebration of Freedom takes place on July 20 at Filene Hall at Skidmore College while The White Party Gala gets underway at Fasig-Tipton to benefit Saratoga Bridges. There is also a Traditional Evening Campfire at the Saratoga National Historic Park Grounds and the Old Friends at Cabin Creek have their 4th Annual Kickoff Cocktail Party at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club. Or, take time for Jazz in July in Congress Park.
On Sunday, July 21, enjoy a Summer Sunday Stroll with the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation or the Saratoga Cakewalk at the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitors Center with old-fashioned Sunday amusements. At the track, they’re off for the 99th running of The Sanford Stakes, sponsored by the Friends of Sanford Stud Farm.
Area Museums have a wealth of offerings to salute the Sesquicentennial celebration in Saratoga:
- The People Behind the Track: The Founding of Saratoga Race Course Exhibit, Saratoga Springs History Museum.
- Someday is Now: The Art of Conta Kent opened July 8 in the Tang Museum at Skidmore College.
- At the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, The Alfred Z. Solomon Saratoga Sesquicentennial Exhibit in the McBean Gallery.
- Tails and Terpsichore at the National Museum of Dance.
- BMW: The Ultimate Driving Machine at the Saratoga Automobile Museum.
- Here Comes the Bride at the Brookside Museum.
- Empire for Union: A Civil War Exhibit at the New York State Military Museum.
- Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George at The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls.
- En Pointe! At the National Museum of Dance.
National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs
Some Day Is Now: The Art of Corita Kent
Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College Tails and Terpsichord National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs
The Ultimate Driving Machine
Saratoga Automobile Museum, 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs
Empire for Union: A Civil War Exhibit
The New York State Military Museum, Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs
Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keefe and Lake George
The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. For more information call (518) 792-7161.
Here Comes the Bride
Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa. For more information call (518) 885- 4000.
Upbeat on the Roof
Tang Museum at Skidmore College, 7 p.m. For more information visit www.tang.skidmore.edu.
Alfred Z. Solomon Sequicentitennial Exhibit
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Opens June 25, for more information call (518) 584-0400.
Guided Evening Bike Tours
For more information call (518) 664-9821.
Summer Opera Festival
Spa Little Theater. For more information visit www.OperaSaratoga.org or call (518) 584-6018.
Summer Sunday Strolls
For more information call Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation (518) 587-5030.
Irish and Horse Racing Exhibit
Irish Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany. For more information call (518) 427-1916.
The Founding of Saratoga Race Course Exhibit
Saratoga Springs History Museum, For more information call (518) 584-6920.