Thursday, 06 June 2013 15:07

Special Features of SaratogaArtsFest 2013

By Staff Report | Entertainment
Beekman Street Art Fair. Photo courtesy of Phil Scalia Beekman Street Art Fair. Photo courtesy of Phil Scalia

Beekman Street Art Fair

This all-day event on Sunday, June 9, in the city’s Beekman Street Art District will include a juried art show along with displays and demonstrations by local and regional artists. There will be family-friendly performances under the big tent, featuring the Saratoga Children’s Theatre; a sale of fine art and craft works; and a variety of food vendors.


Arts Alfresco

Prior to the performance of Tiempo Libre on Thursday evening, June 6, at Skidmore College’s Arthur Zankel Music Center, ArtsFest patrons will have the opportunity to meet artists and representatives of area arts organizations while sampling foods creatively paired with wine and other beverages. Among the entertainers will be Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers, race track favorites known for their music of the 1920s and 30s.


Activities for families and young people:

The ArtsFest will once again offer an abundance of programs for children and families, including “Kids Do Art,” a Sunday afternoon of hands-on art activities; a juried art show and reception for student in grades K-12; and a short story contest for high school students. The Albany Symphony Orchestra will present its Tiny Tots program featuring Cowboy Dave, the roughest, toughest cowboy conductor of all time, leading children ages two through eight on an action-packed, interactive musical trail-ride.

In addition, a number of youth groups will perform, including the Saratoga Youth Symphony, Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra, and the Repertory Jazz Ensemble of the Empire State Youth Orchestras.


Equine Themes 

In a salute to the Saratoga Race Course and its storied history, the ArtsFest will offer a unique look at the world of horses. Home Made Theater will present Straight from the Horse’s Mouth, a cabaret performance of songs and stories in which eight thoroughbred “horses” will give sweet, funny, and endearing accounts of their lives. 

The Myers Dance Center/Northeast Ballet will present a dance performance exploring the training and similarities between dancers and thoroughbred horses. 

Northeast Ballet’s apprentice dancers will perform original choreography influenced by two months of training with foals at Rainbow Field Farm.


Festival Admission Packages

The ARTSPASS, the festival admission package for adults and seniors, provides access to most festival events as well as discounts and perks at area shops and eateries during the festival. The ARTSPASS also includes year-round benefits and discounts at area arts organizations, including galleries, theaters, and museums. 

The prices for the admission packages are adults and seniors $40, students (18 and older with student I.D.) $20, military $15, youth (17 and under) free.

Admission packages are available on-line at and at the SaratogaArtsFest Center and Gallery, located at 38 Van Dam Street (corner of Van Dam and Woodlawn Avenue). The center phone number is (518) 580-8010.

In addition, the adult ARTSPASS can be purchased at the Skidmore College Bookstore and three city locations—Impressions and Mimosa Gallery, both on Broadway, and at the National Museum of Racing on Union Avenue.

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