SARATOGA SPRINGS — Join the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation for the first ever Autumn Strolls & Programs this fall. Following the tremendous success of the Summer Sunday Strolls and virtual programming, the Foundation is thrilled to present autumn programs.
Tour various neighborhoods in Saratoga Springs while remaining safe and socially distanced. On Sept. 20 10:30 a.m. Executive Director Samantha Bosshart will kick-off this series of tours with The Good Life:North Broadway. Learn about the architecture of the grand homes on this prominent street that were built by some of Saratoga Springs’ most notable figures such as Senator Brackett, William B. Gage, Frank Hathorn, and Lucy Skidmore Scribner. The tour meets at the northwest corner of North Broadway and Van Dam Street in front of Witt Construction.
Other tour topics this season highlight the Canfield Casino and Congress Park, Franklin Square, and the historic West Side. All Sunday morning tours last approximately 90 minutes and require walking and standing on varied terrain. Due to current restrictions in New York State, the Autumn Strolls will be limited to twenty guests, which currently is less than the maximum of 50 that is currently allowed, and tickets must be purchased in advance until otherwise noted. Everyone will be required to wear a mask and social distancing will be encouraged when possible. The cost per tour is $15 for SSPF members and $20 for non-members. Members who have received complimentary Stroll passes will have those honored for their value of $10 and will be required to pay the difference of $5.
In addition to the Autumn Strolls & Programs, the Foundation is offering a bike tour of the Saratoga Spa State Park on Sunday, Sept. 29 which has already sold out and two virtual presentations in October. “Hidden Histories” with Carol Godette will take place on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. Carol will unearth the history of several properties throughout Saratoga Springs including her own home, the site of Ben & Jerry’s, former Convention Hall, and 395 Broadway, today Fingerpaint Marketing. On Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. Nancy Brown will present “Women’s Suffrage in Saratoga Springs.” Learn about the pivotal role Saratoga Springs played in the women’s suffrage movement and the history of women’s rights conventions. Both virtual programs will be free and streamed through Zoom and Facebook Live. Mark your calendar for the upcoming Twilight Cemetery Tour “Madness, Murder, Untimely Deaths, and Strange Coincidences,” on Friday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. for a rare opportunity to explore Greenridge Cemetery at dusk with tour leader Gloria May.