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While “frightful” weather may be on the way, there is a “delightful” reason to be out and about on the evening of December 5 while staying in our downtown Saratoga Springs Hotel. That date marks the 27th annual Victorian Streetwalk in downtown Saratoga Springs– a truly unique event being put on by the Downtown Business Association and a fun way to celebrate the holiday season in Saratoga Springs.
With the theme of a “Christmas as it used to be” street party, many will don Victorian costumes for the festivities. Everyone is encouraged to attend, so not to worry if you cannot remember where your great-grandfather’s top hat is stored.
Nearly half a mile of Broadway will be closed to traffic for highlights that include: A tree lighting ceremony in front of Putnam Market. Santa & Mrs. Claus in their cottage with live reindeer. Music, caroling, and entertainment scattered along Broadway. A special postal cancellation at the Post Office. Open houses in stores. And plenty more fun!
Also coinciding will be the Saratoga Festival of Trees located at the Saratoga Springs City Center. This exciting event and craft fair puts the spirit of Christmas into attendees’ hearts with hundreds of beautifully twinkling trees, wreaths, centerpieces, and other holiday items on display for admiration or purchase. More information is available at www.SaratogaFestivalOfTrees.com.
In the spirit of giving and alleviating car congestion, CDTA busses will provide free trolley rides to Broadway from the Empire State College parking lot at 111 West Ave, the Oklahoma Track (off Exit 14 of I-87), and the Weibel Ave Skating Rink between 4:30 and 10:30pm.
But no need to bother with that if staying at our lovely Saratoga Springs Hotel since all of the action is merely a step off the front porch.
Before the holiday season gets hectic, we hope you can join us to celebrate this charming tradition on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and is a fun festive way to celebrate the holiday season in Saratoga Springs. Please visit www.SaratogaDowntown.com for more details.
Whether or not you joined–or are planning to join–us at our Saratoga Springs hotel this summer for what has been a fabulous season of racing, you can already begin planning your next visit. Cap off summer in style by attending the Saratoga Wine and Food Festival and Concours d’Elegance: a three-day event that is quickly becoming known as the most original and exciting Wine and Food Festival north of New York City.
With events taking place Friday, September 6th through Sunday, September 8th, nearly 6,000 attendees from Montreal to Northern New Jersey will visit Saratoga Spa State Park (a 2,400 acre park preserve) to experience over 200 premiere wine and food exhibitors, collectors’ Italian-luxury vehicles, and one-of-a-kind seminars.
It all starts on Friday morning with an Adirondack Road Tour to the historic Lake George Club for a gourmet lunch that includes library-quality wines, imported fine foods, as well as tours on wooden, and Italian Comitti speed, boats. That evening features SPAC’s Live on Stage Gala: a benefit for SPAC’s Children’s Education programs, and their single largest fundraiser of the year! There will be gourmet food and wine stations (with a menu inspired by the jet-setting gourmands of Europe, Asia, and North America), a sushi bar, Heaven Hill Distillery’s Whiskey Station, and the celebrated ‘Confectionary Room’. There will also be live music and a distinctive silent auction.
Save some energy for Saturday, though, because the festival is just kicking into high gear. The Grand Tasting (beginning at noon) offers epicureans a divine day of world-class wines, culinary demonstrations, a live auction, and a luxury car invitational. The live auction will include fabulous prizes that range from a collectable bottle of wine; to a private cooking class; to a p catered dinner for 25 on SPAC’s grounds (which includes an open bar and a phenomenal display of fireworks!). These and many more donated items are as fabulous as the great assortment of automobiles (Shelby Cobra, Alfa Romeo, Porsche, Lancia, Maserati, Ferrari, Laborghini, Fiat-Abarth, and more) that will be present for judging by Pebble beach marquee auto specialists in hopes of winning first in show to receive a Formula-1Tag Heuer Edition Watch.
For true connoisseurs, there will be an additional tent only available to the first 200 ticket buyers. Access to this luxurious, comfortable, and intimate space offers festival-goers exclusive tastings of top tier food, wine and spirits; in addition to personal interactions with product experts like Master Wine Connoisseur, Kevin Zraly, who will be offering tastings from his own private wine cellar.
Kevin, writer of the largest-selling wine book in the world, will also be teaching a seminar that centers around Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon (the six major varietals). Only one-hour in length, this fast paced lesson is sure to make wine experts out of even the most novice of wine drinkers.
After a long day of wining and dining (and possibly even winning at the auction), the celebration continues with a competition-style burger bash featuring chefs from regional hot-spots. Aside from scrumptious sliders paired with wine and Stella Artois; there will be a whiskey bar, a milk shake bar, a French fries bar, live music, dancing, fire pits, and lounge environments.
With just enough time to rest, there is one more event on Sunday to finish this wonderful weekend in Saratoga. Saratoga National Golf Course plays host to a Southern-Style ‘comfort’ brunch that will include the Best in Show Auto Awards. Then wave farewell as over 20 Shelby Cobra’s depart for an East Coast tour throughout New England.
When it comes to great wine, food, cars, auctions, and celebrating; Saratoga is consistently known for catering to all of these. But if you only have one weekend to experience the finest of all, make it September 6th through 8th for the Saratoga Wine & Food Festival and Concours d’elegance.
For a full list of events and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.spac.org.
For a list of availability for the weekend, please visit Saratoga Arms. We’d love to see you.
And they’re off!! The 150th season of racing is officially under way and the celebration in Saratoga Springs is heating up. Coming up on August 2nd will be a Saratoga 150 event not to miss…the Floral Fete Promenade and Congress Park Ice Cream Social.
Reminiscent of a tradition from the late 1800′s, it was local philanthropist Marylou Whitney, who thought to bring it back. Leading the Saratoga 150 promenade will be Mrs. Whitney herself, accompanied by her husband, John Hendrickson, in a carriage decorated in pink roses. Followed by horse-draw carriages, vintage automobiles, floats and bicycles, wagons, baby carriages, and non-motorized contraptions on wheels; everything will be beautifully decorated with flowers.
Registration is open to adults and children wanting to participate in the categories of adult bicycles, baby carriages, and wagons or contraptions on wheels. Participants will get to be creative by decorating their entries with flowers. Efforts will be rewarded with cash prizes being distributed in all categories, along with a “most creative entry overall” award for $1,000. The start of the promenade begins directly in from of our historic Saratoga Springs hotel.
For those not planning to be in the promenade, you can still participate by being present on Broadway between Walton Street and Congress Park to watch and cheer for the beautiful floral designs rarely seen on the streets of Saratoga. The parade begins at 7:30pm and at 8pm the Ice Cream Social commences in Congress Park.
At Congress Park, there will be a crowd singing of “Happy Birthday” to celebrate 150 years of Saratoga racing. There will be plenty to see, hear and do with Skip Parson’s Riverboat Jazz Band, strolling entertainers, Victorian-clad Saratogians, life size cutouts for picture taking, and special tokens to ride the carousel. Oh, and of course, ice cream!
Be sure to mark your calendar for August 2, 2013, because a celebration this good may not come again for another 150 years.
Saratoga Arms’ evening front desk manager, Jeff Apple, is an avid hiker. On his days off, he is usually on top of a mountain…far, far away from cell phone coverage. Jeff has offered to share 4 blog posts of great hikes in and around our Saratoga Springs, NY hotel. Written in a four part series, Jeff will discuss the hikes, beginning with the easiest and ending with the most challenging. The first installment was Geyser Creek Trail, which is 2 miles from Saratoga Arms. His 2nd post featured a beautiful hike in the Lake George Area at Sleeping Beauty. His 3rd installment is a favorite of our guests, Hadley Mountain. For the fourth and final installment, enter Jeff and Buck Mountain…
Buck Mountain is a quintessential Adirondack hike. It is located on the eastern shore of Lake George and provides some of the best views up and down the lake. The trailhead begins just south of Pilot Knob on County Route 32, just south of Pilot Knob Road, on the scenic eastern shore drive. It is a popular trailhead, which sometimes fills on busy weekend afternoons.
Buck is a fairly difficult 6.6 mile roundtrip hike. It has an ascent of 2,000 feet and a total elevation change of 4,000 feet, making for a rather grueling climb. The views at the summit, however, are well worth the effort, with expansive lines of site down the lake to the village and north past the Narrows, a cluster of state-run camping and picnicking islands at a point where the lake reaches its narrowest point, just one mile.
The trail is a popular one and well traveled, following a wide, hard-packed old jeep trail for much of the early sections of the hike. The trail follows a stream bed for a distance, crossing it several times. The early walk through the wooded section of the trail is easy and flat. Most of the trail here is in shade, and views don’t begin to open up until close to the summit. 1.2 miles into the hike, the trail begins its climb and becomes rock-strewn. Make sure to follow the yellow trail markers.
Close to the summit, the trail becomes less discernible. The trees thin out and there are many “herd paths”, or small unofficial trails made by hordes of hikers who weren’t sure where the actual trail was. Be careful to stay on trail near the summit and follow the “cairns”, which are piles of rocks built to mark the trail above treeline.
Buck Mountain has some of the best summit views in the Lake George area. From the rocky peak you can see the villages of Lake George and Bolton Landing, Prospect, Crane, and Sleeping Beauty Mountains, and even the high peaks on a clear day! You can normally even see the cruise boats of the Lake George Steamboat Company trolling the crystal waters! It’s a difficult hike, but the views are well worth the effort.
To reach the trailhead from Saratoga Arms, take 87 North to Exit 21. Take a right off the exit. Take left on Canada Street. Take right on Beach Road and a left on 9L. Trailhead on right just before you reach Pilot Knob. There is a large parking lot at the trailhead.
Saratoga Arms’ evening front desk manager, Jeff Apple, is an avid hiker. On his days off, he is usually on top of a mountain…far, far away from cell phone coverage. Jeff has offered to share 4 blog posts of great hikes in and around our Saratoga Springs, NY hotel. Written in a four part series, Jeff will discuss the hikes, beginning with the easiest and ending with the most challenging. The first installment was Geyser Creek Trail, which is 2 miles from Saratoga Arms. His 2nd post featured a beautiful hike in the Lake George Area at Sleeping Beauty. His 3rd installment is a favorite of our guests-Enter Jeff and Hadley Mountain…
Already this year has seen wildfires ravage the Western states in the throes of a years-long drought. In the Saratoga area this has not been a problem, and after one of the wettest Springs in recent memory, forest fires are not a pressing concern by any stretch of the imagination. It has, however, not always been so. Over a century ago, from 1903-1908, fires devastated the woods of New York, burning nearly 1 million acres in the Adirondacks alone. In response, over the next few decades the state constructed a network of towers on peaks, to be staffed by an observer to report fires to a ranger before it got out of hand. At its peak, the Adirondacks had 57 of these towers. Over the years, improved technology made the towers obsolete, the steel and wood degraded, and many towers were closed or even removed entirely; of the 57 towers, 23 remain open to the public, with only about 15 of these safe to climb.
One of these towers is on nearby Hadley Mountain, approximately a half hour drive from our boutique hotel. The fire tower on Hadley was first built in 1916 and made of wooden beams and a flat, open platform. The State soon realized that the wooden structures would not last, and replaced the tower in 1920 with a steel tower with interchangeable parts. The Hadley Mountain fire tower was operational for over 70 years, becoming in 1990 one of the last fire towers in the Adirondacks to close. Not keen on losing a part of the region’s cultural heritage, a movement began to save the towers, and in 1995, just five years after it closed, Hadley Mountain fire tower became the fourth tower in the Adirondacks to be restored and open to the public.
The hike of Hadley Mountain is moderate to moderately-difficult. It is only a 2.6 mile round-trip from the trailhead, which including rests should take no more than three hours. It does, however, have 1,508 feet of ascension, making it a fairly steep climb, and then 1,508 feet of knee-pounding descent. One thing you’ll notice on the hike is bare rock that begins early in the climb, rather than near the summit, and thin, loose soils. This is due to the top soil being weakened by decades of historic fires.
The trail climbs steadily for most of the hike. Just before reaching the summit, you will see the old fire observer’s cabin. It is now used by the summit steward, who is on the summit most summer days to answer a wide variety of hikers’ questions. The summit has amazing panoramic views, which include Great Sacandaga Lake, the Hudson River, and the distant mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack High Peaks. Climbing the fire tower affords a complete 360 degree view of the surrounding topography.
Directions to the trailhead: From Saratoga, take Route 9N going North. When you reach the village of Lake Luzerne, turn left at first light onto East River Drive. Then, turn left onto Bridge Street. Turn right on Stony Creek Road (County Route 1). After 3 miles, turn left onto Hadley Hill Road and follow for 4 miles. Turn right onto Tower Road. The parking area is on the left in 1.5 miles. If you are guest of our inn, pre-printed direction cards are available at the front desk.
Saratoga Arms’ evening front desk manager, Jeff Apple, is an avid hiker. On his days off, he is usually on top of a mountain…far, far away from cell phone coverage. Jeff has offered to share 4 blog posts of great hikes in and around Saratoga Springs, NY hotel. Written in a four part series, Jeff will discuss the hikes, beginning with the easiest and ending with the most challenging. The first installment was Geyser Creek Trail, which is 2 miles from Saratoga Arms. Now Jeff has written post #2–Enter Jeff and the Sleeping Beauty…
Just to the North of Saratoga lies a vast nature playground. The Adirondack Park, or the “’dacks” as the locals refer to it, is the largest state park in the United States. It is an astounding six million acres, a combination of private and public lands, and contains some of the best wilderness remaining on the East coast. When the Adirondack Park was created in 1894, the legislation that created it included the line, “The lands of the state, now owned or hereafter acquired, constituting the forest preserve as now fixed by law, shall be forever kept as wild forest lands”, earning the region the now timeless moniker “Forever Wild”. The Adirondacks were designed to be a model for humans coexisting side-by-side with wilderness, balancing the ambitions of private enterprise with the responsibility to protect our natural heritage.
On the east side of Lake George, far less developed than the western shore, is Sleeping Beauty Mountain. It is a moderate hike of about 7 miles and one of the best hikes in the southern Adirondacks, an old classic. Sleeping Beauty is located just outside the town of Lake George, technically in the town of Fort Ann. The trailhead is reached by driving down a very long dirt road called Buttermilk Falls Road until it dead-ends at a trailhead hub parking lot known as “Hogtown”.
The beginning of the hike follows an old, no longer maintained dirt road to “Dacy’s Clearing”. The road-walking is 1.7 miles each way, constituting nearly half the total mileage for the hike. From here, you begin a gradual ascent to the rocky summit with 360 degree panoramic views, from Lake George to the Green Mountains of Vermont. The summit affords a bird-eye view of the expansive greenery of the Lake George Wild Forest. I often hear the piercing screeches of hawks and peregrine falcons that nest in the cliffs here.
Returning from Sleeping Beauty via a “loop trail” brings you past two beautiful ponds, Fishcreek and Bumps. Fishcreek Pond has two lean-tos, essentially a three-walled cabin for backcountry camping in relative comfort, and provides an opportunity to cool off in what may seem like your own private lake.
The return trip takes you past secluded Bumps Pond and then back the same way you came. Be conscientious about where you walk: there are a few places around Lake George that harbor small populations of Timber Rattlesnakes, and this is one of them. Thankfully this little guy is just a harmless Garter Snake. Happy trails!
To access the trailhead from Saratoga Arms, take Northway (I-87) North to Exit 20. Turn left on Route 9. Turn right on Route 149 East. After 6 miles, turn left on Buttermilk Falls Road, which becomes Sly Pond Road and then becomes Shelving Rock Road. Park in the main DEC hikers lot on the right (9.5 miles from Route 149).
Saratoga Arms’ evening front desk manager, Jeff Apple, is an avid hiker. On his days off, he is usually on top of a mountain…far, far away from cell phone coverage. Jeff has offered to share 4 blog posts of great hikes in and around Saratoga Springs, NY. Written in a four part series, Jeff will discuss Saratoga hiking, beginning with the easiest and ending with the most challenging. Enter Jeff and the Geyser Creek Trail…
Saratoga may now be nationally recognized for its historic thoroughbred racecourse, but its history dates back to the Mohawk Indians, who credited the area’s naturally carbonated mineral springs with healing powers.
There are currently 17 public mineral springs in various locations around Saratoga Springs, NY. Moreover, the Saratoga Springs area has the only active spouting geysers East of the Mississippi River. You can experience a sampling of these springs on a short, easy walk on the Geyser Creek Trail in Saratoga Spa State Park, a National Historic Landmark, only a mile from the front door of our boutique Saratoga Springs hotel.
The mineral waters of Saratoga have long been claimed to cure an array of health maladies, including diabetes, hangovers, cancer, malaria, rheumatoid arthritis, indigestion, and more. Each spring has a slightly different taste affected by its varied mineral composition, and each spring is rumored to be better at quelling a different illness. It has become a tradition of many of our hotel guests to take a glass to sample each spring throughout the city. Even if you couldn’t afford the opulence of 19th century Saratoga, anyone could stop by and literally take a taste of the waters. In 1838, John Honeywood Steele wrote in his study of Saratoga spring water that “it is daily sought after and drank by all classes of people.” This spring on the Geyser Creek Trail is rich in iron, as evidenced by the rust that lines its stone basin.
The hike along the Geyser Creek Trail in Saratoga Spa State Park is a short walk of less than an hour. Along the pathway you will see numerous features, including two of Saratoga’s signature springs, Island Spouter and Orenda Spring. There are also numerous mineral deposits, such as this travertine terrace reminiscent of Yellowstone National Park’s Mammoth Hot Springs.
The trail follows picturesque Geyser Creek, which converges with the Kayaderosseras Creek approximately a mile away. The Kayaderosseras empties into Saratoga Lake, whose outlet is called Fish Creek. Fish Creek is a tributary of the Hudson River, joining at the town of Schuylerville. The Hudson flows south for hundreds of miles before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean, becoming the mighty river that most are familiar with at New York City.
If you are interested in stretching your legs, learning a little history and tasting the different waters that made Saratoga famous, the Geyser Creek Trail is a perfect spot to spend an hour or two.
As every American learns growing up: July 4, 1776 was the day that our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and marked the birth of this great nation. 237 years later, we continue to honor and celebrate “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” by proudly displaying our patriotism toward the red, white, and blue. Where better to do so, than Saratoga Springs, mere miles from where the Battles of Saratoga took place and marked the turning point of the Revolutionary War in favor of American Independence.
But enough about the past, let’s talk about the future…July 4th, 2013 is gearing up to be a very exciting day in Saratoga Springs!
- It starts off at 9:00am with a BANG (literally) as thousands of runners take part in a 4-mile Firecracker road race through the historic streets of Saratoga. Beginning and ending in front of the City Center on Broadway, live entertainment along the course, food, refreshments, and a large vendor courtyard. Even if you don’t plan to race, there is plenty to do, and plenty of runners to cheer for!
- Saratoga’s All-American Celebration officially opens with the All-American Parade marching down Broadway from Van Dam Street to Spring Street. Led by the Korean War Veterans Color Guard, the parade will feature participants from all over Saratoga County, including historical re-enactors, and dozens of adorable Patriotic Pooches that will be marching on all fours!
- Sixth-Annual All-American BBQ & Dessert Fest. You’ll be able to try some of the best BBQ and dessert from dozens of participating restaurants. Each tasting is only $1, and qualifies you to be a judge and vote for your favorites!
- Family Day in Congress Park with live re-enactors, historic kids games, face painting, carousel rides, live music, and (more) food.
- For car people, Congress Park Plaza will showcase up to 70 beautiful American and exotic cars. These perfectly restored pieces of American history will be on display to further take you back in time.
- Join Charlie Kuenzel, Dave Patterson, and Dr. Hollis Palmer on the 90-minute walking tour of the Congress Park area focusing on a day in Saratoga…as it was in 1863. You’ll hear stories of the great hotels, the world famous mineral springs, and the activities that entertained visitors to the city in the summer that marked the official opening of the Saratoga Race Course.
- 4:00pm to 6:00pm in the Saratoga Downtowner parking lot will put more delicious aromas in the air as local residents team up with celebrities to make their best BBQ in the Mom & Pop amateur BBQ Competition.
- Congress Park starting at 6:30pm. Spread out your blankets and enjoy music by one of the area’s favorite bands–The Audiostars–all while enjoying even MORE food, family, and all the rest of your friends partaking in the celebration!
- Live reading of the Declaration of Independence. Experience patriotic pride along with thousands of others in Congress Park at 9:15pm.
- What better way to wrap up the festivities, than a July 4th FIREWORKS display! Set to patriotic music, the sky above Saratoga Springs will be lit up with an incredible display of colors and crackles.
Thatʼs a lot to remember, so make it easy on yourself and simply mark July 4th on your calendar as a Saratoga Springs day. As long as youʼre on Broadway (which is incidentally walking distance from Saratoga Arms, youʼll never be far from one of the many awesome activities planned for the Saratoga 4th of July during what ABC News ranked as one of the Top Ten small-town celebrations in America.
For more details about any of the events listed, please visit Saratoga All-American Celebration Website.
As the saying goes: April showers, May brings flowers. And May sure has delivered. With the warmth from sunshine giving new life to trees, plants, and wildlife, there is no doubt that Saratoga’s Spring has sprung.
May also means the Saratoga Farmers Market returned to its outdoors home in High Rock Park. When it comes to capturing the true flavor of summer, this is the place to be. Featuring dozens of vendors, the twice-‐weekly market includes local products ranging from vegetables, to cheese, to meat, to crafts.
Because everything is fresh and local, no two days’ offerings are necessarily going to be the same. If a specific piece of produce isn’t for sale, it isn’t in season. Unlike regular supermarkets, these crops aren’t genetically modified, imported from thousands of miles away, or forcefully ripened. Instead, you’re getting food directly from the source; if you have a question about anything (even if it’s as silly as “why are those carrots purple?”), you can ask knowing that the answer is a reliable one, since whoever answers is very likely to have played a first-‐hand role in producing the food.
Also, if you live in the area and have a green thumb, you can pick up plants to grow in your own garden. Whether it is a pretty hanging basket of flowers or a tomato seedling, the only thing more local than produce from the Saratoga Farmer’s Market is produce growing at your own home. Incase you have no idea where to begin, there is usually a booth with ‘master’ gardeners from the Cornell Cooperative Extension who can provide soil tests, answer any questions, and let you know about the programs they offer.
And don’t worry about waiting until you’re home to feast, as some of the vendors are there to cook up delicious food on site: smoothies, burritos, ice cream, and more! Additionally, even though taste is the focused sense of the event, the organizers schedule a musical act to keep your ears occupied as you go around smelling and tasting the fresh fare.
The Saratoga Farmer’s Market runs Wednesdays 3pm-‐6pm and Saturdays 9am-‐1pm in High Rock Park. The market is within walking distance to Saratoga Arms. We have plenty of room to store your goodies. If driving, parking is available on the street along High Rock Avenue in front of the market, or in the city lot adjacent (no charge for either).
Happy Marketing! And seriously…Purple Carrots do exist.
Health. History. Horses. It is those three words that greet all who enter Saratoga Springs, and it is those three words (coincidentally and conveniently all starting with the letter “H”) that capture the spirit of this great town. Of course, special emphasis will be placed on the third “H” (Horses), since this summer marks the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of racing at the Saratoga Race Course.
To celebrate, there are numerous events planned from May through September. One in particular that is worth noting is the equestrian film festival slated for June 11-‐13. Presented by Skidmore College and The Saratoga Film Forum, this special presentation will be held at Skidmore’s Arthur Zankel Music Center. Typically used for musical performances, this beautifully designed and acoustically-‐tuned venue will be no less fitting for these screenings.
First, Tuesday, June 11 at 7:30 pm will have a screening of Seabiscuit. Set during the Great Depression, this film tells the true story of the horse that reached unexpected greatness in the racing world, and became a symbol of hope to many Americans. Nominated in 2003 for seven Academy awards (including Best Picture), Seabiscuit stars Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, and Elizabeth Banks.
Following on Wednesday, June 12 at 7:30 pm will be a screening of Secretariat. Chronicling the life of the first thoroughbred race horse to win The Triple Crown in 25 years (as of 1973), this film depicts the struggle that Secretariat’s owner (Penny Chenery) faced from the foreign and male-‐dominated world of horse racing in order to foster a champion. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Secretariat stars Diane Lane and John Malkovich.
Last but not least will be a screening of Saratoga on Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 pm. Originally released in 1937 when Seabiscuit was actually racing, this romantic comedy film stars Clark Gable (who went on to star in Gone with the Wind) as bookie Duke Bradley, who acquires the deed to a stud farm in lieu of the gambling debts of Frank Clayton. He soon meets Frank’s daughter Carol Clayton (Jean Harlow), and develops an eye for her despite her recent engagement to another man. Despite Harlow’s sudden death of kidney failure during the making of Saratoga, it went on to be MGM’s biggest moneymaker of 1937.
Both Seabiscuit and Saratoga had portions filmed in Saratoga Springs. Following the June 13 screening, there will be a talk by Saratoga Film Forum local historians and history teachers, Dave Patterson and Charlie Kuenzel, about the role of Saratoga and the track in classic American films.
Admission is FREE with a Saratoga 150 Lapel Medallion or a Saratoga ARTSFEST pass, otherwise general admission can be purchased for $5. For more information about this event and many others taking place throughout the summer please visit Saratoga 150.