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The Annual Victorian Streetwalk Transforms to Season Long Event for 2020

SARATOGA SPRINGS — In an effort to preserve the holiday tradition of the Victorian Streetwalk, the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association has reimagined a downtown holiday celebration for 2020. 

The Saratoga Springs DBA, who has presented the traditional Victorian Streetwalk for the past 33 years, in collaboration with Discover Saratoga, is bringing an enhanced holiday look to Broadway and the downtown area for a month-long celebration called Victorian Streetscapes. “The DBA is excited to collaborate with our partners to add the festive element for all to enjoy during this holiday season,” said Deann Devitt, President of the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association. “It has been a challenging year for our local businesses, but the outpouring of support from the community has been remarkable. This extra holiday cheer is a thank you for that support and serves as a reminder that Downtown Saratoga Springs, is, in fact, a destination worth visiting! The official ‘kickoff’ to the season will take place virtually on Thursday, December 3 at 6pm on Facebook Live, when Mayor Meg Kelly ‘lights up the tree,’ signifying the start of the 2020 Victorian Streetscapes season in downtown Saratoga Springs!” 

“With all of the uncertainty around us, our goal was to turn downtown Saratoga Springs into a festive respite to shop and dine safely,” said Darryl Leggieri, President of Discover Saratoga. “We hope that this will give one more reason for folks to come downtown throughout the season to take in the holiday atmosphere and of course, shop local!” 

The new holiday Streetscapes theme includes a professionally lit 19 ft. White Spruce that sits in front of Putnam Market at the center of the City. The tree, donated by The Charlton School, comes from what originally started as the Christmas Tree Project. The current Charlton School Grounds Supervisor, Robert Thorpe, started the project on the school’s Burnt Hills campus 30 years ago. “I feel very grateful that our program could support the community that has supported us for so many years,” said Alex Capo, Executive Director of The Charlton School. In addition to “the Big Tree,” sixty 6-ft. trees, decorated with 

warm white lights, stand in front of storefronts throughout the downtown Saratoga area brightly lighting up the streets for the holiday season. The 6-ft. trees were donated by Elms Farm. 

While Santa won’t be in his cottage this year, his traditional downtown home will once again sit on Broadway next to the 19-ft. Spruce. Local children are invited to bring their letters to Santa and deposit them in Santa’s mailbox on the front of the cottage. As an alternative to in-person visits with Santa, the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association and Stewart’s Shops are bringing Santa to the children of Saratoga Springs! On six dates prior to Christmas, children are invited to catch a glimpse of Santa as he travels through Saratoga neighborhoods atop a Tower Ladder fire truck, provided by King Enterprises. Santa Is Coming To Town is sponsored by Stewart’s Shops. Dates, as well as neighborhoods that Santa will visit, will be available on saratogaspringsdowntown.com. 

The 2020 Victorian Streetscapes is generously supported by the Saratoga Springs Special Assessment District, Stewart’s Shops and the Adirondack Trust Company. A long list of event supporters includes Discover Saratoga, The Charlton School, Saratoga Land Management Corp, Allerdice Ace Hardware, Anthony Fiorino, Dehn’s Flowers and Gifts, Elms’s Family Farm, City of Saratoga Springs, King Enterprises, Rotary Club of Saratoga Springs, Best Dressed Windows in Town, Union Hall Supply Company and Network Saratoga LLC. Without their partnership this event truly would not be possible. 

Please visit www.saratogaspringsdowntown.com for a full schedule of Santa’s neighborhood visits. This magical holiday scene was created for the whole family to enjoy in downtown Saratoga Springs, where you can SHOP LOCAL and support Saratoga’s independently-owned small business community! For more information call 518-587-8635. 

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November 25 – December 3, 2020

Wednesday, November 25

Virtual Christopher Dailey Turkey Trot
Location of your choice | Wednesday – Sunday

The Christopher Dailey Foundation's annual Turkey Trot, which traditionally takes place on Thanksgiving morning, has gone virtual for 2020. You can do the race from anywhere! Whether you're still looking for our memorial t-shirts to add to your collection, or want to support the cause without needing the shirt, we welcome you to gather your family and friends for a 5K whenever, and wherever works for you around Thanksgiving. T-shirts are limited to the first 1,000 entrants. Learn more and register here: zippyreg.com/online_reg/index.php?e=1462

Thursday, November 26
HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Friday, November 27

Rudolph's Movie Experience & Pyrotechnics Show
Ellms Family Farm, 468 Charlton Rd., Ballston Spa

Enjoy Rudolph Trivia and Rudolph's Movie Experience (an 11-minute re-telling of the Rudolph holiday classic) followed by laser, special effects, and pyrotechnics show! For dates, times and tickets visit ellmsfamilyfarms.com. 

24th Annual Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park
Washington Park, Albany

The 2020 edition of the Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights is an all-new, drive-through spectacular with more than 125 displays and scenes in Albany’s Washington Park. Hours are Sundays through Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. For additional information, visit albanycapitalholidaylights.com. 

Saturday, November 28

Small Business Saturday
Local Small Businesses | All Day

Help your community thrive by shopping local and supporting your local small businesses. Enjoy special discounts at many of the participating shops. 

20th Annual Artisan Market Returns
Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa 

The beloved “Artisan Market” at Brookside Museum will be returning in 2020, running from “Small Business Saturday” November 28 through December 24.  The market will feature only handcrafted products created by local artisans.  Everything from natural soaps and lotions to unique ornaments and jewelry to scrumptious syrups and eatables – quite simply the best our community has to offer.  The 2020 hours are as follows: Thursdays, Noon – 4 p.m., Fridays, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m.  – 4 p.m. Any inquiries about the market should be directed to Beth Silvestri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Additional information can be found at brooksidemuseum.org    

1st annual ITAM Holiday Vendor Event
Come enjoy many local vendors on November 28 from 12 – 5 p.m. at ITAM, 247 Grand Ave., Saratoga Springs. There will also be a toy drive being donated to Give a Child a Christmas as well as a raffle. Vendors include: Color Street, Sweet Bee’z, Paparazzi, Scentsy, David Sader Photography, doTerra, Cozy Candie, Thirty-One, Avon, Girl Scouts, In Touch Massage, Your CBD Store, Butterfly Kiss Lashes. 

Ham Drive-thru Dinner
South glens Falls United Methodist Church, 15 Maplewood Parkway, South Glens Falls | 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Ham dinner with scalloped potatoes, vegetable, navy bean soup and carrot cake for dessert. Adults $12. Pre-orders are recommended, and delivery is available. Call 518-793-1152.

Sunday, November 29

Beginning the ADVENTure
Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, 175 Fifth Ave., Saratoga Springs | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a one-of-a-kind outdoor celebration featuring the Christmas Sleigh for toy donation to Franklin Community Center, our Advent and Christmas at home kits, Sunday school materials, a bake sale, free hot chocolate, and Christmas lights.

Monday, November 30

Art for Mental Health
Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stop by the Children's Room or Info Desk to pick up a Doodle Kit that includes a journal, art supplies, and mental health booklist for teens and tweens (while supplies last). Make sure to watch the corresponding Teen Book Chat on Facebook or YouTube. For more events at the library, visit sspl.org. 

Tuesday, December 1

Pulled Pork Dinner Fundraiser
St. Clement’s School, 231 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs | 4 p.m.
We will be hosting a Dizzy Chicken BBQ Dinner Drive-Through until food runs out. The cost of the meal will be $15, which will include pulled pork, baked potato, coleslaw, brioche roll, butter, cookie, and bottled water. No presales just drive up to the door between the school and the rectory to purchase your dinners. Cash only, please. Rain, snow, or shine.

Monthly Meeting
Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Rd, Saratoga Springs | 6:30 p.m.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court McLaughlin #422 members will gather at 6 p.m. for social time and the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. December’s meeting focuses on Toys for TOGA. Members will be bringing toys to be donated to the Toys for TOGA program. New members are always welcome to attend a meeting and join the court in their activities and camaraderie. We follow all Covid-19 protocol. Please join us.

Wednesday, December 2

Roast Beef Dinner
Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs | 4:30 – 6 p.m. 
For curbside pick up only. Call Monday or Tuesday between 10 a.m. – Noon to place an order, 518-584-2585. Menu: roast beef, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll, gravy. Dinner for 2 is $25 (cash only). 

2020 Saratoga Festival of Trees
Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs | 5 – 7 p.m.
Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties invites the local community to unwrap the magic of the holiday season at their 25th annual fundraiser - The Festival of Trees - on Wednesday, December 2 through Sunday, December 6. With COVID-19 precautions in place, the Festival will showcase beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and other holiday and gift items for purchase. Festival proceeds will benefit the programs of Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. New this year, the community will also be able to view and purchase trees online. Tickets are $8 per person, $5 for seniors, $3 for ages 10-18, and free for anyone 10 and under when accompanied by an adult. Times as follow: Thursday, Dec.3, 4 – 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, 2-6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, Noon – 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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November 25 - December 3, 2020

Takeout Roast Beef Dinner Fundraiser
Knights of Columbus #246 will be hosting a Fundraiser Takeout Roast Beef Dinner on Friday, December 4, from 5-7:30.  Meals will include 8 oz. each of tender Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, a Vegetable, Salad, and Rolls for $15 each.  Because of the planning involved, orders must be called in ahead of time.  At our last event, we ended up running out of food, and individuals who waited to call at the last minute were unfortunately not able to be accommodated.  Call-in hours will be on Wednesday, December 2, Thursday, December 3 and on Friday, the day of the event, between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m. or until we run out.  To place your order or for questions, please call 518-584-8547.  Thank you once again for your continued support of this and all of our events, which help us to continue our work in the community.

Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting
The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association is making every effort to keep the holiday spirit alive even if COVID-19 restrictions to large gatherings require a different approach to the celebrations.  On Friday, December 4 at 6-6:30 pm, Santa will light the village Christmas tree from the bucket of a fire truck in Wiswall Park. The tree lighting will be live streamed on the BSBPA Facebook Page. For those who may choose to come to the park, NYS COVID-19 social distancing and mask requirements will be followed. Following the tree lighting, residents should be sure to peek out their front windows or stand at the end of their driveways as Santa will parade through neighborhoods in the village, along with the Ballston Spa Police and Fire Departments and Community Emergency Corps’ ambulance collecting Toys for Tots. The approximate route and times will be posted closer to the parade date on the BSBPA Facebook Page. 

Take a Walk in the Park—with History
Join Ballston Town Historian Rick Reynolds for a historic tour of Anchor Diamond Park, corner of Route 50 and Middleline Rd., Ballston Lake.  Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m.  The walk will be about 2 miles. Wear clothing for the weather.  Register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with name and number in group.  Free and open to all ages. Masks and social distancing required.

Indoor Classes
Have you Heard? The Town of Malta Parks and Recreation has started indoor classes.  For the latest programs and events go to our website maltaparksrec.com

Friends Bookshop
Now open for 15-minute appointments, which can be made by calling 518-584-7860 ext: 333. The schedule is as follows: Monday - Thursday 12-5 p.m., Closed Fridays, Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed Sunday. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Volunteers Needed
Do you have a morning to spare? Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council (EOC), a nonprofit based in Ballston Spa, is looking for volunteers to help with its food programs on weekday mornings. Urgent needs include: 
• Pick-up assistants to ride-along and help retrieve donated food from local stores. Runs start in Ballston Spa and last from 8 - 11 a.m. Shifts are available Monday - Thursday. 
• Delivery drivers to bring food pantry packages to clients in Saratoga County. Shifts are available Tuesday through Friday mornings and routes begin in Ballston Spa. 
• Crew members to help prepare meals at the Soup Kitchen. Shifts are available Wednesday through Saturday mornings. 

Be part of neighbors helping neighbors. Apply online at saratogaeoc.org/volunteer, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 518-288-3206.

Southern Saratoga Art Society
Artists and members of the Southern Saratoga Art Society are exhibiting during the months of November and December at the Clifton Park Senior Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Court, in Clifton Park.  13 artists will present "A Fall Festival of Art," an eclectic mix of artwork.  Please try to visit, late afternoon is best at this venue, and support the arts in southern Saratoga County.  For more information about SSAS visit:  southernsaratogaartist.com. 

SARATOGA SPRINGS —Get creative this week by taking part in the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery’s Make-a-Turkey-Out-of-a-Potato Festival.

The annual tradition is happening online for the first time this year.  Participants of all ages can watch a video and download instructions from The Tang Museum Education Team on four ways to make these unique holiday decorations using materials from home (such as construction paper, buttons, pipe cleaners, toothpicks, popsicle sticks—and even fruits and vegetables).

Once you make your holiday creations, share them by sending pictures to Sunny Ra, The Museum’s Laurie M. Tisch Educator for K-12 and Community Programs, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post them on your own social media accounts by including the hashtag #TangTeachingMuseum. 

Entries received by November 29 may also be shared on the Tang’s social media pages. For more information, go to tang.skidmore.edu.

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SUNY Empire State Holds Food Drive

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Food insecurity has increased considerably since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and food banks are struggling to keep up with demand.

Food items collected at the SUNY Empire State College campus in Saratoga Springs last week were donated to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. 

Compared to previous years, the Food Bank has provided 121 percent more food to children through its school backpack program and has distributed 38.4 million pounds of food to partner agencies – a 39% increase – since March. 

The Food Bank has responded to the needs of the Saratoga Springs community since 1982, with a mission of alleviating hunger and preventing food waste.

Concurrent food drives were also held at the SUNY Empire State College Rochester campus to support the Brighton Food Cupboard and Beyond the Sanctuary, and at the Selden campus on behalf of Long Island Cares, to supply the Harry Chapin Food Bank. 

SUNY Empire State College educates 16,000 students per year in-person, online, and through a blend of both, at more than 30 locations in New York and at eight international sites worldwide. 

Applications for Spring admission are being accepted until November 30. To learn more, visit www.esc.edu and follow the college on social media @SUNYEmpire.

WILTON — Building upon a decade of experience as the heart and soul of the Saratoga Five Points Market and Deli, Maura Pulver will launch her new business, Simply Food by Maura, on Saturday, Nov.  28. 

Featuring “Mad Breakfast Sammies,” and local favorites like “The Horseman,” and “The Blueberry Bomb,” Simply Food by Maura will serve breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., as well as provide carry-out “Take 5 Dinners” starting Dec. 1.

The venue includes ample parking and a backyard area and is located at 666 Route 9, Wilton. For more information, go to:  www.simplyfoodbymaura.com

CLIFTON PARK — Once Upon A Child has opened a new store at 400 Clifton Corporate Pkwy.

Part of a national recycling retail chain that specializes in merchandise for infants to pre-teens, the store buys and sells quality, gently used children’s apparel, shoes, books, baby equipment, and more.

The new Once Upon a Child is owned by a mother-daughter duo who are also the owners of the Plato’s Closet and Style Encore in Clifton Park. 

For questions regarding buying process or store hours, call 518-930-0000 or go to: onceuponachildcliftonpark.com. 

Once Upon A Child has more than 325 franchised stores in the United States and Canada.

MALTA — GlobalFoundries was awarded a $400 million funding increase under a contract modification to continue to provide the Department of Defense access to microelectronic products and trusted processes, according to GovCon Wire. 

The modification brings the cumulative face value of a previously awarded contract from $714.6M to $1.11 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

GlobalFoundries offers semiconductor products and services for mobility, internet of things, automotive, computing, wired connectivity and industrial applications.

Galway — Beginning Thanksgiving weekend, trail adventurers can explore 2.5 miles of Barkersville Trails in the Towns of Galway and Providence, the newest addition to Saratoga PLAN’s public trails. The trails’ terrain varies from relatively flat to hilly. 

“The Barkersville land has a special feeling about it. Once immersed in the land, one can feel it,” says property owner Dolores Arste. 

Arste and her husband, David Hickey, conserved their 168-acre property in 2019 with the help of Saratoga PLAN, a local land trust. Arste and Hickey entrusted Saratoga PLAN to ensure that the woodlands, wetlands, and streams are protected in perpetuity. A legally-enforceable conservation easement restricts development and uses on the land while it continues to be privately owned and managed by Arste and Hickey. 

As part of the conservation agreement, Arste and Hickey made the decision to allow public access on a portion of the land. PLAN has the right to maintain trails and invite the public to use them. “We hope that it brings joy to those who travel the trails,” Arste said. 

“We had a good time exploring the property over all the seasons for a year or more before deciding where to locate the trails,” says Maria Trabka, PLAN’s executive director. “The property lends itself to a variety of experiences. One unique feature of the Barkersville Trails is that we hope to be able to extend the trails eventually so that they can accommodate equestrian use. Dolores loved riding in these woods, and horseback riding will be a new venture for Saratoga PLAN trails.”

The aptly named Barkersville Trails were formerly grounds for sled-dog training. Arste and Hickey bred and trained Siberians on the land, their first home-bred litter producing several leaders. “Parrish was a super leader. She continued to race into her later years and loved to lead the puppy teams as she got older,” Arste explains. Arste was also a professional handler and breeder of Champion Schipperkes. She reflects, “Derby was a winner in three countries. He won Best of Breed at New York’s prestigious Westminster Kennel Club.” To commemorate their most beloved dogs, two trails in Barkersville have been dubbed Parrish Trail and Derby Path.

Due to the spike in recent Covid19 cases, Saratoga PLAN canceled the ribbon-cutting celebration that had been planned for Thanksgiving weekend. The trails will still be ready and open to the public and visitors are encouraged to explore them on their own. Saratoga PLAN asks that all visitors bring a mask and practice social distancing while enjoying the new trail network. Four-legged companions must be leashed, and, with hunting season in progress on adjacent properties, blaze orange outerwear is recommended for both two and four-legged trail adventurers. 

Barkersville Trails is located on Silcox Rd. off of Barkersville Rd. in Galway. For more details, visit www.saratogaplan.org/events/barkersville-trails-ribbon-cutting.

Saratoga PLAN needs to raise an additional $9,000 to cover the costs of conserving the land and constructing the trails. Donations can be made online at saratogaplan.org/donate, by calling 518-587-5554, or by mailing a check to Saratoga PLAN, 112 Spring St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Saratoga PLAN is a charitable 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent.

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