Saratoga Snippets

Saratoga Snippets
Fun in Saratoga
Dan De Federicis

October 19 2012

And here we go with this week’s Saratoga Snippets:

* The more things change the more they remain the same – especially in Saratoga Springs.  Cops busted an illegal poker game on Van Dam Street.  That kind of activity has been going on in the Spa City since the early 1800s.  Of course, throughout most of that history local officials looked the other way – probably because they were part of the operation to one level or another.  It wasn’t until the early 1950s that the State Police stepped in and started cracking down.  Anyway I got a kick out of reading about it – “Gambling? In Saratoga?  Egad!”

* The months after track season into winter always seem to see a few Spa City Restaurants close their doors for good.  Mark Sabinas Restaurant as the first Saratoga restaurant closing for the 2012-2013 off season.  I went by the Union Avenue building across from the racetrack at 7:30 on Thursday night and it was a dark as a cave there.  The phone is disconnected and the web site is down.

* I wonder how PJ’s Barbecue is doing in its first autumn.  I love PJ’s, but part of the reason I love it is because it’s the summer place to be.  I intend to go there a few times over the winter, but it will feel very different.  I can’t bring myself to call it Bar-B-QSA – it will always be PJ’s to me.

* Did you catch this editorial in the Times Union assailing the Saratoga Springs school board’s handling of a parents’ group’s effort to get kids outside during winter school days?  The editorial made sense, and I liked the fact it flagged the board’s previous mishandling of the effort on some students’ part to bike to school.

* Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen will hold a forum in the Library at 7:30pm this Tuesday October 23rd.   He wants to know what’s on your mind.  If I get the time to show up, I will ask him if he’s finally given up on his foolish effort to make last call in Saratoga bars earlier than the current 4am time.  That issue seems quiet lately – let’s hope that’s a sign that it’s likely dead.

* I saw a Saratoga Hybrid cab the other day – namely a Toyota Prius.  I’d like to see American made hybrids carting our folks around, but I’m still glad to see some hybrids of any make out there.  I’m not saying if I’m for it or not but I wonder if the city can mandate hybrid cabs?

* Saratoga Springs’ proximity to Albany is a good thing for many reasons.  I stopped at two new Albany locations of national businesses this week – let’s call them places named after Joe – namely Trader Joe’s and Joe’s Crab Shack.  I’ve been to Trader Joe’s locations in other cities, and having one right on Wolf Road accessible from my daily commute is an appreciated convenience to me.  I really like the healthy and often organic food offerings there.  Joe’s Crab Shack on the other hand was an interesting experience – the young staff members were energetic and full of personality, and they combined with the loud atmosphere to make a rather intense experience.   I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy it – the food was very good – but just be ready for a busy experience.

* With that being said about Trader Joe’s, I wonder if Shop Rite has any plans to build new stores up this way.  They sure made a splash down in the Albany area.

Around and about:

* Saratoga 150 is preparing for the Spa City’s sesquicentennial next year and the effort now has a Facebook page, Twitter account, and YouTube page, in addition to its web site.

* For you dog lovers - Sloppy Kisses will be having its 7th annual Howl-O-Ween Costume Parade/Contest/Yappy Hour this Sunday with check in starting at 11am.  They are expecting more than 75 dogs parading down Broadway.

* The Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau is promoting lodging discounts for Saratoga County  Restaurant Week from November 30-December 6.  Also, the Saratoga Convention Bureau 28th Annual Thanksgiving & Hometown Ambassador Reception will be held on November 13th.

* Here’s a new twist on gambling promotion – Saratoga Casino is giving away free Halloween candy for liking them on Facebook.

* SPAC is promoting The Nutcracker Tea, sponsored by the Emma Willard School, which will be held on November 18 at the Hall of Springs.  Tickets are on sale now.

* DZ Restaurants and Maestro’s lead Saratoga eateries in online promotions, at least by my unofficial rankings.  Here’s one from DZ Restaurants promoting its upcoming “Corks, Cuisines, and Colors” wine and food tasting event, as well as its usual Tuesday takeout special.

* October 20 will be the Farmers' Market is the second last outdoor Saturday market for 2012 before it moves indoors for the winter.  Read this week's newsletter to find out about trying a new apple variety, guessing the weight of a pumpkin, new recipes, and more.

* G. Willikers is offering a 20% off coupon.  The information is below.  Pick some great savings!

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OK folks, that’s it for now.  Have a great weekend.

    Michael Timoney on October 24 2012

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    • Jonathan Greene on October 24 2012

      Hi Michael. We apologize for any problems that you've had technology wise with our site. We certainly want this to be as pleasant an experience for you and others as possible. The vast majority of people shouldn't be experiencing the pop-up every single time. As with every other site out there, cookies are embedded in your browser to inform us if you've visited the page before. If you've visited the page before, you shouldn't get the pop-up --- except for those who have blocked cookies. Dan writes for us every Friday, so if you wish to only read his posts, you can choose to come back only on Fridays. I hope we can win you over in time.

    Michael Timoney on October 24 2012

    Dan really miss your blog being on its own, this website is bad and poorly managed. It took like a month for them to approve my account so that I could comment

    • Dale Willman on October 24 2012

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