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Top 10 Things To Do in Saratoga Columbus Day Weekend & Beyond

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Top 10 Things To Do in Saratoga Columbus Day Weekend (& Beyond) 2011

Saratoga Columbus Day Weekend Events: Farm Festivals, Live Music, Fundraisers and Goin’ Green

Activities, festivals, live music and food are happening all over the area this October. Drive through the county on a self-guided Farm Tour, check out the many events going on during MoHu Fest, get some pointers on how to go green, have your fortune read and learn how to cook some mean pasta. Also, very important, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and early detection with screening is the best cure. Here’s our Top 10 list of the Best, Not To Be Missed Things To Do in Saratoga Columbus Day Weekend and beyond! (which if you’re wondering, that’s through the following week).

1. Saratoga County Farm Tour

The Corn Maze at Schuyler FarmsHarvest season is upon us and what better way to explore the season and the foliage, than with a nice fall drive. This Saturday, October 8th, several regional farms in Saratoga County will be participating in the Saratoga County Farm Tour, a drive it yourself tour. This is a fun opportunity to check out local agriculture and get a sense of how farming really works. Participating farms include Hanehan’s Pumpkins, Schuyler Farms, Mill Creek Farm, General Bailey Homestead Farm, Joy of the Journey Farm, Lladybug Llamas and Willow Marsh Farm. Click here for the full scoop on the Saratoga County Farm Tour.

2. MoHu Fest

MoHu Fest is a nine day festival of music, dance, film and art in the Capital Region running from October 8 through the 16th. Taking place at venues throughout Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties, you can find yourself immersed in a wide variety of cool, arts-related events. Approximately 150 local arts and cultural organizations are involved to show off the diversity and vitality of the Albany-area arts scene. Selected venues include The Egg in Albany, Proctors in Schenectady, and The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy. Legendary singer/songwriters Stephen Stills and Richard Thompson are among the scheduled performers. Click here for more information on MoHu Fest.

3. Alash Ensemble at Caffè Lena

The Alash Ensemble is a quartet of master throat singers from Tuva, a tiny republic in the geographical center of Asia, in Southern Siberia. World renowned, the ensemble has toured extensively throughout the US since 2006, in addition to conducting cultural exchange workshops at schools and colleges. They have collaborated with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Béla Fleck and Flecktones, and the classical Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Student Producers Program. This unique group will be making a special appearance at Caffè Lena on Sunday, October 9th at 7pm. Tickets are $18 advance / $20 door. Visit www.caffelena.org for more info.

4. North Woods Presentation and Tour

On October 8,, Skidmore Associate Professor Robert Jones will give a fascinating and informative presentation and tour of the North Woods Trail portion of the Skidmore Campus. The presentation will begin at 1pm in Bolton Hall 280. Parts of this 20 mile trail system date back more than a century with the tour starting at 1:30pm. The lecture is free and open to the public. Call 518-580-5865 for more information.

5. Go Green Workshop

Go GreenEver wanted to expand your knowledge, be a green superhero and help save the earth? Well, now’s your chance as The Saratoga Springs Public Library will be hosting a Go Green Workshop on October 11th to educate the public on how to live more earth friendly. Come and learn how to recycle just about everything, support local goods and services, fight global warming and cut down on your energy consumption at home…all worthy endeavors that can help save the earth. Contact Kathy Handy at 518-584-7860 ext 257 to reserve your spot today.

6. Fashion Nite Out

Duo Restaurant will host a fabulous night of fashion, food and fun on October 13th, with Fashion Nite Out, where all the hottest local boutiques will be selling their fall fashions at special prices. You can feel like a fasionista with free makeovers, updo’s and photography. Also enter for a chance to win a shopping spree and makeup giveaways. Contact Eliza Derocker at 464-303-2977 or Elizadero@yahoo.com for more information.

7. Pasta Cooking Class with Mamma Theresa

Buon Appetito! Take the afternoon off and learn how to make homemade ravioli the authentic way with Forno Bistro’s very own Mamma Theresa. Mamma’s known for her stories about the old country and here’s a great chance to hear them with a glass of wine and your made-from-scratch pasta creations. The class is $45 per person and starts at 11am. For more info, call 518-581-2401.

8. 3rd Annual Aspire Masquerade Ball Fundraiser

Party it up at the historic Adelphi Hotel in downtown Saratoga at the 3rd annual Aspire Masquerade Ball Fundraiser on October 15th. From 6pm-10pm there will be live music, and refreshments for a good cause. Aspire is a community group for teens and young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism and other social disorders. For details call 518-932-4356. Costumes are required.

9. Chic Underneath’s Tarot Party

Tarot CardKeeping in the spirit of Halloween, Chic Underneath will be hosting a Tarot Party on Friday, October 14th starting at 6pm. Never had a reading? There’s nothing to fear, especailly with a fun atmosphere surrounding you. In addition to the free Tarot Readings, there will be Champagne, Snacks, and Costumes. Halloween costumes are optional and the event is free. Visit www.facebook.com/chicunderneath for more information.

10. Hanson (with Charlie Mars) at Northern Lights

Feeling nostalgic for some 1990s culture? Remember Hanson and their all over the place hit song “MMMBop”? Just when you though they were one hit wonders, the group has been continually active ever since that l’il slice of bubblegum was released in 1997. In fact, Hanson has released 10 albums, has toured throughout the world and has done extensive charity work to stop poverty and AIDS in Africa. Now you’re in luck, ‘cuz Hanson is performing live, with opening act Charlie Mars at Northern Lights in Clifton Park on Wednesday October 12th at 8pm. Tickets are $25 in advance/ $28 on the day of the show and are available at The Club Box Office, Déjà Vu and all Ticketmaster locations. Visit www.northernlightslive.com for more details.

THIS JUST IN

Remember all the bad comedies from the 80s? Well, there was at least one bright spot…if you’re up for a laugh, you’ll want to catch the Saratoga Film Forum’s screening of Ghostbusters on Saturday October 8th at 7:30pm. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson star as a wacky quartet of oddball paranormal “scientists” who venture into the world of ghost hunting. Also starring the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in a memorable cameo. Visit www.saratogafilmforum.org for more info.

Saratoga Reads has narrowed down their 75 nominations for this year’s Book of Choice to just 5 finalists. Now’s your chance to vote for the winning book–you have until October 31st to cast your vote at www.SaratogaReads.org. The 5 finalists are: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Eagan and Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, The Invisible Gorilla by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons, and Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.

Fiat Feminae, Saratoga’s cool little lingerie shop, has moved from 489 Broadway to 454 Broadway (inside the Saratoga Marketplace).

Comic Depot in the Wilton Mall is looking for donations of gently used Halloween costumes for their Halloween Costume Drive. Drop off your old costumes through October 15 and treat some kids to a happy and fun Halloween!

Swedish Hill Winery, a prestigious Finger Lakes region winery out of Seneca County, NY (and NY’s only 3 time winner of the Governor’s Cup), has opened a location adjacent to the Adelphi Hotel at 379 Broadway, carrying approximately 20 of their wines in stock. And they come baring cool deals: for $5 you can purchase a souvenir glass and partake of five or six samples of their vintages (sounds yummy). The winery also has a location in Lake Placid.

Grant Cottage is holding its Family Fall Day on Sunday, Oct 9, from 3pm-6pm. You’ll get a chance to hear Sue McLane present Saratoga Trunk, a display and talk about the fashions of the time when the Grants visited Saratoga.

Thinking about heading to the Tang? Check out our recent review of Kiki Smith’s I Myself Have Seen It, currently on exhibit.

A look ahead: The Skidmore College Department of Theater will perform Pilgrims of the Night by Len Jenkin, author of Margo Veil, Dark Ride, Careless Love, My Uncle Sam, Limbo Tales, and Like I Say. A weird and at times funny play, Pilgrims of the Night revolves around a group of travelers in a rural area who miss the last ferry and spend the evening stranded in the ferry terminal overnight. The show runs from October 20th -October 25th at the Black Box Theater. Call 518-580-5430 for more information.

–This article was co-written by Tara Swahlan and Dave Bower.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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