Thursday, 16 May 2024 13:36

May 17 - 23, 2024

Friday, May 17

Historic Cornell Fire Tower

Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, 80 Scout Rd., Parking Lot #3, Wilton | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Climb the stairs to the top of the Fire Tower for the aerial view of Camp Saratoga and explore the historic reproduction of a fire ranger cabin. For safety reasons, the tower will be closed in inclement weather. No registration required. Also open on May 19. 

Photography Show 

Clifton Park Senior Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Blvd., Clifton Park | Artists and members of Southern Saratoga Art Society are exhibiting throughout the area through May. The photographers showing are Peggy Becker, Denise Kornak, Rebecca Jenkins, Mary Mochrie, Anup Sood and Brian Skanes. For information call 518-383-1343. Also visit Mechanicville Library, Clifton Park Town Hall, and Bella Lucia to see various artwork of many other members of SSAS. For further information about SSAS, visit our website: southernsaratogaartist.com

Saturday, May 18

Fly-In Breakfast at ESAM

Empire State Aerosciences Museum 250 Rudy Chase Drive, Glenville 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, potatoes, juice, coffee, tea, fruit and more. Open to the public. At 10 a.m., Major General Denise M. Donnell, Assistant Adjutant General and Commander, New York Air National Guard, Latham, will speak about the variety of aircraft she has flown and balancing a military career with family life, including the challenges of deployment. She will also touch on career opportunities for the younger generation. Donnell is presently the primary advisor on all Air Guard matters to the Adjutant General. Fly-In if you would like. Pilots: Tower Frequency 121.3; Ground 121.9. Land at Schenectady County Airport and taxi to Richmor Aviation North. Tell them you are going to ESAM. 

The Art of Photography: From Adirondacks to Brookside

Brookside Museum, 21 Fairground Ave., Ballston Spa, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Join Dave Waite & Kathleen Royka and come learn the skill of capturing the photo you see in your mind’s eye. Whatever camera you use, cell phone or SLR, this program is for you. Refreshments will be served.

Armed Forces Day Parade

Begins at Town Hall, Malta 10 a.m. A special salute to the military and you are invited. From Town Hall the parade will travel South through the roundabout and then travel North on Route 9. It will end at the Malta Community Center, One Bayberry Drive. Route 9 will be closed from 10 - 11 a.m. along the designated parade route.

Annual Plant Fair

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs, Parking Lot, 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tomatoes, Vegetables, and Herbs and a wide variety of local Perennials.

Also on Sunday, May 19 from noon - 2 p.m. For questions: 518-587-0403 

Where are we?

Saratoga National Historical Park, Visitor Center, 648 Route 32, Stillwater | 10:30 a.m. This 60-minute, hands-on session provides participants with a basic-level understanding of compass use, map reading, and the essentials of orienteering. No GPS here, we’re doing this “old school!” Space is limited, so email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot.

Stayin’ alive!

Saratoga National Historical Park, Visitor Center, 648 Route 32, Stillwater | 12:30 p.m. This 60-minute, hands-on program exploring some of the basics of wilderness survival, including: getting water, starting a fire, basic shelter, safety, signaling, personal gear, and why food is the least of your concerns! Space is limited, so email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot.

Genealogy and Local History

Town of Saratoga Town Hall, 12 Spring St., Schuylerville | 1 p.m. Join Heritage Hunters and Joseph W. Zarzynski, a maritime archaeologist from Wilton and a former Social Studies teacher in the Saratoga Springs School District, who will be the speaker. He will tell the story of the 44 ft. long British warship that had been burned and then sank into Lake George during a 1757 French raid upon Fort William Henry. In 1903 it was raised and unceremoniously cut up for souvenirs. Zarzynski will examine its history, with photographs and the story of surviving and repurposed artifacts. The public is welcome. For information call 518-885-9309. Selected books will be available by check or cash.

Fiber Arts Meet-Up

Ballston Spa Public Library, 21 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa | 1 p.m. Calling all knitters, weavers, crocheters, and embroiderers. Crafters of all skill levels are invited to attend monthly. This free group is a good chance to meet people with similar interests for ideas, brainstorming, help or just fellowship! Light refreshments will be served. Open to the public. For further information please call 518-885-5022. 

Sunday, May 19

The 20th Annual Team Billy Ride and Walk for Research 

Farmers’ Market at High Rock Park, Saratoga Springs | 8:30 a.m. To raise funds for the Billy Grey Research Chair. Three rides of 50, 25 and 10 miles will begin at 8:30 a.m., with a three-mile walk through the historic district starting at 9 a.m. The rides follow some of the most beautiful sections of Saratoga County, with the 50-mile bike ride through the Saratoga National Historic Park. This local event and ongoing donations have made possible over $2,900,000 in research grants for brain tumor research. All donations are tax deductible and made payable to the National Brain Tumor Society. To register for the Ride for Research, to donate funds or volunteer, please go to www.teambilly.org Phone: Cherie Grey 518-587-7211, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Composting Workshop

Hudson Crossing Park, County Rd 42, Schuylerville | 10 a.m. Composting is an amazing, natural process that almost anyone can do at home. It’s also one of the best ways you can help fight climate change. Come to our composting workshop, bring the family, and enjoy the gardens at the park. For information about Sustainable Saratoga visit https://sustainablesaratoga.org

Spring Gala for Home Made Theater

The Mansion of Saratoga, 801 NY-29, Rock City Falls | 11:30 a.m. Our garden brunch gala will feature a full brunch menu of American and French favorites prepared by Chef Rick Bieber. Your ticket includes coffee or tea, juice, iced tea, lemonade, and one free cocktail. Other beverages will be available at a cash bar. There will be performances from the upcoming production of The Secret Garden as well as raffles, silent auction items and other activities. Honorary Committee: $200, Garden Guest: $125. 

Harmony Corners Famous Chicken Barbecue Drive Thru

Harmony Corners Firehouse, Route 67, Charlton 3 – 6 p.m. This will be Drive thru Takeout only. Serving ticket holders. Tickets are available at Smith’s Pie Shop, and Mail N More in Burnt Hills. Dinner includes 1/2 Chicken, baked potato, mixed vegetables, coleslaw, roll, bottle of water, and a slice of cake. All for $16.00.

Four Seasons Lodge Panel Discussion

Zoom Program | 7 p.m. Saratoga Jewish Community Arts and the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York present a panel discussion of the documentary Four Seasons Lodge. The 2008 film grew out of a series of articles by Andrew Jacobs, a reporter for The New York Times and a novice director who was imaginative enough to enlist the help of the outstanding cinematographer Albert Maysles. While the film is labeled a Holocaust documentary, it is not your typical Shoah story. Four Seasons Lodge is available free to stream on Amazon Prime Video and Kanopy (registration with library card required). It may also be rented on Amazon Video. Zoom Program, registration is required. For more information, visit www.saratogajewishculturalfestival.org or www.saratogasinai.org

Monday, May 20

Saratoga Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting

Saratoga Senior Center, 290 West Ave., Saratoga Springs| 2:30 p.m. This month’s speaker is Nancy Nealon, Senior Education and Outreach Manager, from the Parkinson’s Foundation who will speak on how the Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people living with PD by improving care and advancing research towards a cure. In addition, Nancy will share information and resources available from the foundation. She is excited to share a number of current critical initiatives with us. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience, and passion of our global Parkinson’s community. Please contact with questions: Leader Gordon Blyth, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 917-887-7980, Co-Leader Marie Thorne This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 518-810-8483.

Oil Painting and Composition Demonstration 

Clifton Park Senior Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Blvd., Clifton Park | 6:30 p.m. The Southern Saratoga Art Society will host a free Oil Painting and Composition demonstration by artist Lisa David. Lisa frequently revisits playful vintage subjects with a realistic approach and a strong use of color. The public is invited to attend. For more information, visit: southernsaratogaartist.com

Tuesday, May 21

New Support Group SPOHNC

Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church St., Cafeteria Conference Room, Saratoga Springs |5:30-6:30 p.m. A newly formed SPOHNC Head Neck Cancer support group meeting. Contact 518-886-5648 for questions. This group meets every 3rd Tuesday of each month. 

Sunset Yoga

Middle Grove Park, 428 Middle Grove Rd., Middle Grove | 7 – 8 p.m. Greenfield Rec has added some adult exercise classes for the first time. Sunset Yoga will take place for five weeks for $10. It will be led by Jilly Sansone, a certified yoga and mindfulness meditation teacher. The Town of Greenfield will also hold Barre-Ty Party on June 9 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at Pure Barre at 56 Marion Ave., Saratoga Springs. Registration links can be found at www.greenfieldny.org to reserve a spot. The cost is $15 for residents and $18 for non-residents. The fee includes the class, champagne, light bites, as well as discounts at the boutique and on future membership.

Town of Greenfield Historical Society Meeting

Community Center, 25 Wilton Greenfield Road, Greenfield Center | 7 p.m. 

Wednesday, May 22

Chicken Marsala Dinner Take Out

Saratoga – Wilton Elks Club, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs | 4:30 – 6 p.m. Take out only. Call Monday or Tuesday between 10 a.m. – Noon to place an order, 518-584-2585. Menu: chicken marsala with pasta, vegetable, salad, roll. Cost is $15 per dinner. Cash only.

Thursday, May 23

Shenendehowa K-12 Art Show

Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Rd., Clifton Park | Student artwork from Shenendehowa grades K-12 will be on display through May 29 at the Library. All are welcome to come and view these masterpieces throughout the library. 518-371-8622. www.cphlibrary.org

VBC Jamboree Fundraiser

Gurtler Brothers VFW Post 420, 190 Excelsior Ave., Saratoga Springs | 3 p.m. The Veterans Business Council of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to present the 2024 VBC Jamboree, a fundraiser to support the council’s mission of facilitating opportunities for military veterans in Saratoga County. The VBC Jamboree is the council’s traditional cornhole tournament expanded to be bigger and bolder than ever before. Festivities will begin with the start of the cornhole tournament, followed by live entertainment from Beatin’ the Odds. BBQ from Dizzy Chicken from 4 to 7 p.m.

John Morrissey Trifecta Tour

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, 191 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs | 6 p.m. The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is partnering with the Adelphi Hotel and the Saratoga Springs History Museum to present the John Morrissey Trifecta Tour. Focusing on Morrissey’s connections to three iconic Saratoga Springs institutions, the tour will celebrate the remarkable legacy of the fierce individual who established organized thoroughbred racing in the village during the summer of 1863. This event is likely to sell out and tickets must be purchased in advance. You may purchase your tickets at https://1049a.blackbaudhosting.com/1049a/John-Morriseys-Trifecta-Tour. For more information about the Museum, including special events and program offerings, please call 518-584-0400 or visit our website at www.racingmuseum.org.

A Veteran Speaks: Oscar Kemp of the 115th NY and the Grand Army

Saratoga Town Hall, 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville | 7 p.m. The Civil War is one of the most studied conflicts in American history, but much of the emphasis is on battles, leaders, and soldiers during the four years of war. What happened to the survivors? What were their stories and how did they transition back into civilian life? Join Civil War veteran Oscar Kemp (portrayed by descendant and Grant Cottage staff member Ben Kemp) as he recounts his war experiences with the 115th NY Infantry and then discusses the experience of veterans after the war and the Grand Army of the Republic. 

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