Big Truck Day Ticket Giveaway!

24 Jul

btdThe Children’s Museum at Saratoga’s Big Truck Day is coming up on Saturday, August 2nd at Maple Avenue Middle School and your little one won’t want to miss it! From 10am-2pm the parking lot is filled with all kinds of trucks, buses, fire engines and more, and the kids get the chance to get in and explore (and yes, even honk the horns, a favorite pastime)! This year highlights include a Hook and Ladder Fire Truck, Monster truck provided by Nemer Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Saratoga, “Go Kids” activities, FREE snow cones, Mr. Twisty’s balloons, tattoos and so much more.

Proceeds from the event help support the museum’s on going educational programs, and this is our biggest family style fundraiser of the year. Please come out and support the museum, and have a great time doing it! Here on Mamatoga I am giving away THREE Family Ticket Packs for Big Truck Day, with 2 adult and 2 child admissions each. To enter, simply comment below and three winners will be chosen at random on Thursday, July 31st at 5pm and notified via email. Tickets will be available to be picked up the day of the event.

Keep in mind too, there IS a rain date for this event in the case of inclement weather, that rain date would be Saturday, August 9th, same time, same place.

Tickets are available for pre-sale right now too, simply click here for more information and to place your order online.

Kids Concert in the Park Thursday, July 24th

23 Jul
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This Thursday, Jul 24th head to Congress Park for a great family and kid friendly concert with Peter, Paul, and George from 10-11am. Peter, Paul, and George will present community dancing and an eclectic variety of music, and songs from different cultures will be performed, participatory dancing is encouraged! For all ages. The Rain/Heat Location will be in the H. Dutcher Community Room. Free and open to the public.

Join Me at the 3rd Annual Saratoga’s Finest Fillies Thursday Night!

22 Jul

JHFHI am so thrilled to be part of this amazing event on Thursday to help raise funds for such a great organization, Jake’s Help from Heaven. The foundation, started by local parents Heather and Brian Straughter, is dedicated to supporting individuals with multiple medical challenges. Their goal is to assist children and their families affected by debilitating illnesses including neurological impairments, mitochondrial and genetic disorders, and pediatric orthopedic problems, and they do a truly incredible job to raise funds and help individuals in need, their work is nothing short of life changing. Read more about their story and their foundation here.

This Thursday they are holding their 3rd Annual Saratoga’s Finest Fillies event at Vapor Night Club and everyone is welcome to come learn more about the organization while also having a great night out in Saratoga. If you’ve NEVER been to a fundraising event before, come to this one, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a fun, low-key event (everyone comes in cocktail wear, nothing too dressy or formal) and the format of the event is definitely unique. You can place bets on any of the “Fillies” (myself and my “trainer” Robin Dalton included) for only $10 a bet. Choose one or choose them all (or JUST CHOOSE JENNY AND ROBIN TO WIN), the funds raised go directly to Jake’s Help from Heaven.

The fun starts at 7pm at Vapor Nightclub this Thursday, and the “Post Positions” are picked promptly at 7:15. Bets close at 8pm and the game begins. A game of Plinko helps choose the winner, and if the filly YOU bet on wins the Plinko game you also have the chance to win some amazing prizes. There is also an overall winner for who raises the most funds, so please consider placing a little ten buck bet on me and Robin. If you can’t make it to the event, don’t sweat it. You don’t have to be at the event to bet, and tickets can be bought (and bets can be placed online) right here. But I urge you to make a night out of it with us and learn more about Jake’s Help from Heaven. Once you get to know more about what they do you will be hooked on helping them with their mission, I promise. Sam the Bugler will be there on Thursday, you can come have a drink, get something to eat from the buffets and bet on your fillies! If you must know about the other horses in the race, here is the complete lineup…

Beth Alexandertrained by Chef Jasper Alexander

Johanna Friedmantrained by Alison Robbens

Kelly Hitetrained by Susan Halstead

Julie Johnsontrained by Brian Straughter

Elaine Sillerytrained by Trina Lucas

Christianne Smithtrained by Jacob Hopper

Heather Straughtertrained by Jim LaVigne

Jenny Wittetrained by Robin Dalton

Melissa Ziekertrained by Traci Jersen

Last year, Beth Alexander won the PLINKO game with Johanna Friedman and yours truly taking up the rest of the winner’s places! Christianne Smith was the winning filly with most money raised, in collaboration with her trainer Jacob Hopper. Guests were eligible for great raffle prizes just for attending and betting! Angela Beddoe won a 3 night stay at the Holiday Inn Resort in Pensacola Beach, FL. The Carlson family won an overnight at The Cooper Inn in Cooperstown, NY complete with breakfast and golf at Leatherstocking Golf Course. Robin Dalton won an overnight at her favorite staycation place – The Hampton Inn & Suites Saratoga Springs Downtown along with dinner for two at the Mexican Connection. Heather and Rocky Fresh won brunch for 4 at Hattie’s Restaurant and Kate and Andrew Jarosh won an amazing photo from Lisa Miller’s Foal Project. There is much to be won and much fun to be had, I hope to see some of you on Thursday, and place those bets! xoxo

WEEKEND Stuff to Do: July 19th & 20th

19 Jul

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Heading to the track for Opening Weekend? Click here for the Mamatoga Guide to doing the racetrack as a family. Looking for a place to splash around with the kids? There are a bunch of great kid friendly places around town, click here for the complete guide. Need a little downtime? Click here for a great list of classic family movies to curl up on the couch and watch together.

Take the kids to the Drive-In! Playing this weekend at the Malta Drive-In is Planes: Fire and Rescue, Earth to Echo, Dawn of Planet of the Apes and Tammy, click here for times and more information.

SATURDAY

  • Frances Day is today at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College from 12-7pm. Frances Day is a free celebration of the museum’s namesake, Frances Young Tang and the event includes music, art-making, gallery talks, snow cones and a photo booth so you can create your own keepsake. Everything is free and open to the public, with all the museum galleries open from noon to 7pm.
  • This summer in the Spa City, The Creative Place International (CPI), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing exciting cultural resources in Saratoga Springs in collaboration with the National Museum of Dance School of the Arts, will present PINOCCHIO, a new stage version of the beloved children’s tale-with music! The Creative Place International and the National Museum of Dance will present Pinocchio on July 19 and 20 at 1pm, July 22 at 11am and July 23 at 11am and 7pm. Performances will be held in the newly renovated Mr. and Mrs. Ronald A. Riggi Theater at the National Museum of Dance. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $7 for children under 12. Special rates for summer camp groups. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here or by calling 518-584-7780.
  • Join author Vicki Addesso Dodd and Illustrator Patrick Jankowski for a story time and art demonstration on Saturday, July 19th at 11am at Northshire Bookstore on Broadway in Saratoga. Inspired by the true story of a Moose finding its way onto the Saratoga Springs Race Track in June of 2009, “A Moose in my Stable” is a playful story about a Moose who wandered onto a farm and found it so inviting that he wanted to live there. He squeezed himself into the stable belonging to a Race Horse but he soon realized why a Moose doesn’t belong there…. he didn’t fit…. and he couldn’t get out! Luckily, his new friend the Race Horse was there to help.
  • Today is the 16th Annual Solomon Northup Day from 12:30 to 6pm at Filene Recital Hall, Skidmore College. Admission is free. Celebrate and commemorate Soloman Northup’s release from slavery in 1853. His memoir, Twelve Years a Slave, was made into a motion picture in 2013. Enjoy presentations, panel discussions, music, film clips, and much more! A youth program will be available from 2 – 3:45pm, featuring arts and crafts, poetry readings, storytelling, and singing.
  • Shakespeare in the Park is back at Congress Park on Saturday AND Sunday (Saturday 19 at 6pm and Sunday, July 20th at 3 pm). “Something wicked this way comes.” Pack a picnic, spread a blanket and join them for this free performance as they present one of the greatest tragedies ever written, Shakespeare’s MACBETH as it explores the dark side of ambition, greed, and guilt.

SUNDAY

  • North Country Horses is having a free Family Fun Day on Sunday from 11am – 3pm with activities that include demonstrations, Drill Team, Barrel Racing, Jumping, and Pole Bending. Kids will be able to Paint the Pony, learn about grooming and of course Pony Rides will be available. There will be a learn to rope station and lots more, and there will be food available as well! For more information, visit their facebook page here. North Country Horses is located at 438 Clark Road in Gansevoort and you can contact them at (518) 441-5959 for more information. This event is free and open to the public, hope to see you there!
  • Check out the Artsy Afternoon on Sunday, July 20th at 2pm in honor of Saratoga’s Hats Off festival, join in as they read Brian Won’s “Hooray for Hat,” a book about friendship and the fun of wearing hats. Kids will then create hats of their own, using paper and feathers. Suitable for children age 4 and up, with adult helper.
  • Don’t forget, all month long in July is the Where’s Waldo? Scavenger Hunt! You’re invited to join in a month-long scavenger hunt for Waldo hosted by 250 indie bookstores across the nation. During July 2014, The Northshire Bookstore Saratoga Springs and 250 other participating bookstores nation-wide will champion the Shop Local message with a community-wide scavenger hunt activity in which everyone is welcome – kids, parents, and Waldo-lovers of all ages. Saratoga Springs Waldo-spotters will set off on a hunt to find the elusive character and his canine sidekick Woof, who will be hidden around fourteen downtown locations. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a Find Waldo passport at a participating business. Eagle-eyed Waldo spotters will be eligible for prizes culminating on July 31 with Where’s Waldo party and grand prize drawing at Northshire Bookstore.
  • Shakespeare in the Park is back at Congress Park on Saturday AND Sunday (Saturday 19 at 6pm and Sunday, July 20th at 3 pm). “Something wicked this way comes.” Pack a picnic, spread a blanket and join them for this free performance as they present one of the greatest tragedies ever written, Shakespeare’s MACBETH as it explores the dark side of ambition, greed, and guilt.

Participating businesses are:

  1. Northshire Bookstore - Waldo Sighting Central! 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  2. Around the Corner Cafe – around the corner at 420 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  3. Circus Cafe - 392 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  4. Comic Depot - 514 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  5. Common Thread Saratoga - 508 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  6. Impressions of Saratoga - 368 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  7. Kilwins of Saratoga Springs - 420 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  8. Paper Dolls of Saratoga - 438 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  9. Plum Dandy Cookies and Milk - 55 Railroad Place, Saratoga Springs
  10. Plum Dandy Yogurt - 419 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  11. Putnam Market - 431 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  12. Saratoga Olive Oil - 484 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  13. Saratoga Springs Public Library Children’s Room - 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs
  14. Sloppy Kisses - 425 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  15. The Candy Company of Saratoga Springs - 5 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs

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Family Fun at Frances Day: Tang Museum at Skidmore College 7/19

17 Jul

stufftodoFrances Day is taking place this Saturday at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College from 12-7pm. Frances Day is a free celebration of the museum’s namesake, Frances Young Tang and the event includes music, art-making, gallery talks, snow cones and a photo booth so you can create your own keepsake. Everything is free and open to the public, with all the museum galleries open from noon to 7pm.

Schedule of events

  • Noon – 1 pm: Opening performance by singer-songwriter MaryLeigh Roohan (outdoors, weather permitting, bring a lawn chair or blanket)
  • Noon – 5 pm: Scavenger Hunt for the young and young at heart
  • 1 to 4 pm: Drop-in art activity: Inspired by Kay Rosen’s huge painting Wanderful! painted directly on the wall in I was a double, art-makers age 5 and older will create whimsical graphic art using alphabet stamps and stencils
  • 2:30 to 3:30 pm: Improv songwriting, featuring singer-songwriter Michael Eck, Roger Noyes and M.R. Poulopoulos
  • 4:30 to 5:30 pm: Artist talks in the galleries
  • 5:30 to 7 pm: Public reception

Pinocchio: A New Stage Version with Music at the National Museum of Dance

15 Jul

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This summer in the Spa City, The Creative Place International (CPI), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing exciting cultural resources in Saratoga Springs in collaboration with the National Museum of Dance School of the Arts, will present PINOCCHIO, a new stage version of the beloved children’s tale-with music! The new PINOCCHIO is a play with music for family audiences adapted by Mary Jane Hansen from a script by Don Raffaello Lavagna, based on the story by Carlo Collodi, with music by Alberico Vitalini adapted by Will Severin.

Saratogian Mary Jane Hansen is an accomplished playwright, most recently the author of SARATOGA CHIPS, presented last August at The Arts Center. Her husband, Will Severin, was music director for SARATOGA CHIPS and is a noted composer of works for television and the stage. Capturing the lively spirit of the classic Carlo Collodi story with authentic Italian flair and music, this new Pinocchio is perfect for families and child audiences.

The Creative Place International and the National Museum of Dance will present Pinocchio on July 19 and 20 at 1pm, July 22 at 11am and July 23 at 11am and 7pm. Performances will be held in the newly renovated Mr. and Mrs. Ronald A. Riggi Theater at the National Museum of Dance.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $7 for children under 12. Special rates for summer camp groups. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here or by calling 518-584-7780.

Northshire’s Got You Covered This Week {kids stuff}

14 Jul

wwsaratogaLooking for activities to beat the dreaded summer boredom? Look no further than Northshire Bookstore this week, they’ve got a great line up with programs for kiddos all week! Here are the details…

  • French Story Time is on Tuesday, July 15th at 10:30am. Join them once a week in July for a foreign language story time with teachers from the Capital Region Language Center! This week celebrate Bastille Day with Madame Vicki during French story time. Appropriate for children up to age 10.

 Future Dates for Foreign Language Story Time:
7/22 at 10:30: French with Madame Vicki
Note new date: 7/30 at 10:30: Chinese with Mr. Wu

  • Art With Books is on Tuesday, July 15th at 2pm. A book’s life is never over! Show your book love by creating pinwheel garlands using recycled pages to hang in your home. Children over 8 are welcome with adult supervision.
  • On Friday, July 18th join them for Story Time at 10:30am, this time with a free healthy snack from Healthy Living Market! Friday mornings through July, join their Children’s Booksellers for Storytime on their Children’s Floor!

  • Join author Vicki Addesso Dodd and Illustrator Patrick Jankowski for a story time and art demonstration on Saturday, July 19th at 11am. Inspired by the true story of a Moose finding its way onto the Saratoga Springs Race Track in June of 2009, “A Moose in my Stable” is a playful story about a Moose who wandered onto a farm and found it so inviting that he wanted to live there. He squeezed himself into the stable belonging to a Race Horse but he soon realized why a Moose doesn’t belong there…. he didn’t fit…. and he couldn’t get out! Luckily, his new friend the Race Horse was there to help.
  • Check out the Artsy Afternoon on Sunday, July 20th at 2pm in honor of Saratoga’s Hats Off festival, join in as they read Brian Won’s “Hooray for Hat,” a book about friendship and the fun of wearing hats. Kids will then create hats of their own, using paper and feathers. Suitable for children age 4 and up, with adult helper.
  • Don’t forget, all month long in July is the Where’s Waldo? Scavenger Hunt! You’re invited to join in a month-long scavenger hunt for Waldo hosted by 250 indie bookstores across the nation. During July 2014, The Northshire Bookstore Saratoga Springs and 250 other participating bookstores nation-wide will champion the Shop Local message with a community-wide scavenger hunt activity in which everyone is welcome – kids, parents, and Waldo-lovers of all ages. Saratoga Springs Waldo-spotters will set off on a hunt to find the elusive character and his canine sidekick Woof, who will be hidden around fourteen downtown locations. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a Find Waldo passport at a participating business. Eagle-eyed Waldo spotters will be eligible for prizes culminating on July 31 with Where’s Waldo party and grand prize drawing at Northshire Bookstore.

Participating businesses are:

  1. Northshire Bookstore - Waldo Sighting Central! 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  2. Around the Corner Cafe – around the corner at 420 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  3. Circus Cafe - 392 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  4. Comic Depot - 514 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  5. Common Thread Saratoga - 508 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  6. Impressions of Saratoga - 368 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  7. Kilwins of Saratoga Springs - 420 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  8. Paper Dolls of Saratoga - 438 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  9. Plum Dandy Cookies and Milk - 55 Railroad Place, Saratoga Springs
  10. Plum Dandy Yogurt - 419 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  11. Putnam Market - 431 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  12. Saratoga Olive Oil - 484 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  13. Saratoga Springs Public Library Children’s Room - 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs
  14. Sloppy Kisses - 425 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
  15. The Candy Company of Saratoga Springs - 5 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs
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