Friday, 07 February 2014 11:47

Annual Home Show By Saratoga Rotary Raises Funds for Community - Wine Tasting, Cooking Demonstrations, Day for Kids Among Features This Year

By Deborah Miles Czech | Home & Garden
The Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show, an annual community event organized by the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club, will take place February 28 to March 2 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The show will feature approximately 120 exhibitors throughout the first floor of the Saratoga Springs City Center with a wide range of home improvement, outdoor living and landscaping, family recreation and lifestyle products and services, as well as great prizes. The Rotary Club expects to raise close to $100,000 from the event, with proceeds being distributed to community organizations, youth scholarships and international humanitarian projects. Since the original show was held in 1973 at the Saratoga Armory, the show has made the significant financial gifts of the Rotary Club possible. “The continued support the Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show has received from our exhibitors, sponsors and attendees enables our club to be a generous contributor to a wide variety of local community projects and activities,” said this year’s Club President Maria Heise. Several local businesses have stepped forward to sponsor the show, helping the Rotary Club to further its charitable activities and donations. The Adirondack Trust Company is the show’s major sponsor. Other sponsors include Allerdice Ace Building Supply (door prizes), Champion Window (grand prize), Granite & Marble Works (supporting sponsor), The Saratogian (advertising sponsor), Saratoga Today (magazine sponsor) and BuyLocalDeals.com (digital media sponsor). Special Show Features Friday: Wine Tasting From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, the Saratoga Winery will be offering complimentary tastings of several of its hand-crafted varieties including Chardonnay, Saratoga White, Cabernet Franc and Steeplechase. In addition, wine by the glass will be available for purchase, as well as wine by the bottle to take as a souvenir. Saturday: CookingDemonstrations Show attendees can learn some of the secrets of making simple, straight-forward Italian food during a cooking demonstration by Executive Chef James Frese of Pasta Pane Rustic Italian Bistro in Clifton Park. (Pasta Pane is part of the DZ Restaurants family, which includes Boca Bistro, Chianti Ristorante, and Forno Bistro.) Demonstrations will be held at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday: Kids Day On Sunday, children under age 17 will be admitted to the show for free. For special entertainment, JoJo’s Face Painting and Balloon Gal Jenny will engage kids with their special creations between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Also, the Saratoga Springs Police Department’s child safety and fingerprinting table will be present on Sunday (and throughout the entire weekend). Show Hours, Admission, and Discounts The Home Show hours at the City Center will be Friday, February 28 from 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, March 1 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $1 for kids 5-12, under 5 free. Anyone with a Buy Local rewards card will receive $2 off admission. A discount coupon for $1 off adult admission is available on the website. More information at: www.RotaryHomeShow.com.
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