Join Us for our Range Social at Saratoga National June 12th

What's a "Range Social", you ask? It's a chance to join us on the golf range at Saratoga National Golf Club for an evening of drinks, golf & friends. Quench your thirst at the Tito's Vodka & Lemonade Bar, snack on food from Prime and get tips from Pro Anders Mattson. A portion of proceeds to benefit Mental Health Services at Saratoga Hospital. Not a golfer? Not a problem, clubs will be provided or you can bring your own. This social is for every level of player from beginner on up. And now you can buy tickets right here on The Saratoga Social by clicking here, BUT this social is LIMITED to the first 25 people, so buy those tickets asap and we'll see you on the range!

June 12th, 2015 5-6:30pm, Saratoga National Golf Club



WEEKEND It List

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Newest obsession: Hipanema Bracelets (exclusively at Saratoga Trunk), absolutely perfect vibe for spring and summer

Druthers is now open to the public at McGregor Links! We recommend the calamari, the tabbouleh salad and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc *golf clap*

Did you get your tickets yet for the Black and White Affair: Gatsby Style yet? Reserve yours before they sell out, then plan your outfit here and here (and find out what Jay and Daisy would do in Saratoga Springs)

Speaking of tickets, we are giving some away, click here for details on how to enter

It's rosé weather out there folks

Monday is the Crawfish Festival at Hattie's! Jasper is flying in craw daddies from New Orleans once again, Garland Nelson and The Soul Session Ensemble will be playing in the Alley Courtyard and they will have a ton of specials. CANNOT. WAIT.

Pack up all that weekend stuff in this adorable Lilly tote, spied recently at the Pink Paddock on Broadway.

Oh and that suit? The cutest. Find it here.


Giveaway Alert: Sign Up Now to Enter {Trask Art Show Tickets}

The 4th Annual TRASK Art Show & Sale is coming up on Thursday, June 11th from 6:30—9:30pm at the Canfield Casino in Congress Park, an evening that brings local artists and art lovers together to celebrate the spirit of Saratoga Springs.

The one-night-only juried art show and sale benefits restoration projects, such as the Spirit of Life and the Spencer Trask Memorial, and ongoing efforts to preserve Saratoga Springs. The event includes sampling hors d’oeuvres, sipping wine and beer from the open bar, and bidding on artworks in diverse artistic mediums. Live music will round out a fantastic night of mingling with more than 70 local artists.

Tickets for the event can be found here, but we have TWO free tickets to give away to one of our newsletter subscribers ONLY, so if you aren't already a subscriber scroll up there to the top and submit your email address for our weekly email blast, and you will be automatically entered to win ALL of our giveaways!

Get Those Cantina Cocktails for a Cause Tickets NOW

The Official Cantina Kids Fun Run Kick Off Party is happening at Cantina on Wednesday, May 27th from 6-9pm but here's the kicker, the party is limited to just 100 guests and they are almost sold out!

This party isn't just the perfect excuse you need for a mid-week marg at your favorite local Mexican joint, the funds raised at this event will go to benefit Pediatric Emergency Services at Saratoga Hospital. With an Open Bar, Complimentary Appetizers and Music by DJ Trumaster tickets are just $100 and pre-registration is required. Click here to nab the last few remaining tickets, and we'll see you there!

What Would Daisy Do?

This time it's Daisy's turn to visit the Spa City...

Coming up on Saturday, May 30th, join supporters of The Wesley Community at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club for A Black and White Affair – Gatsby Style presented by The Adirondack Trust Company. The evening will feature delicious food from Chef John Ireland at Saratoga Golf and Polo Club, décor from Fine Affairs, music from Funk Evolution, classic cars from The Saratoga Automobile Museum, a sundae bar featuring ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s of Saratoga, and photos against vintage backdrops provided by TapSnap. All of this vintage glamour will be put on to raise funds for The Wesley Community’s Springs building renovation. 

All of this Gatsby talk has us wondering what the Great Gatsby characters would do if they were Saratogians, and today we ponder, What Would Daisy Do?

SHOP: Find her lingering at Silverwood Home and Gallery, adding item after item from the Monogram Bar, pausing to wonder what it would look like with a G instead of a B... She would also pop into Violet's for that gorgeous white drop waist BCBGeneration dress and some new Jack Rogers.

TRACK: She'll be in the paddock with Tom and his newest horse, afterward she can be found at the Reading Room, looking over Tom's shoulder to see if Gatsby has arrived, listening to Tom blather on about his polo ponies and whether it was going to rain that Sunday for the match.

DINE: Find Daisy with her legs tucked demurely under her on a picnic blanket while watching the NYC Ballet at SPAC while Jay gazes up at her, proffering more rosé and macarons from TC Paris Bakery, missing the entire performance. Lunchtime she would be at Mrs. London's, pushing lettuce leaves around in her delicate salad, paying more attention to her glass of white wine and ignoring her companion, who is not Jay, complaining about how she would rather be sitting at the back patio of the Adelphi, wishing it was open, drinking a champagne cocktail.

DRINK: Spot her at the Hattie's patio late night, in the corner remarking to Gatsby that her mojito is absolutely the most divine thing she's ever had. She could be found at Druthers with a nice strong vodka soda in her hand after an intense tennis lesson at McGregor Links with Miss Gwen.

PARTY: Find her at the SPAC Ballet Gala, wearing a gorgeous one of a kind Daniel Mozzes gown from Saratoga Trunk, walking alone to watch the performance far away from the party, an empty glass in her hand. She would most certainly be a lady who lunches, and would be spotted at the Flower and Fruit Luncheon, absentmindedly twirling a string of pearls around her finger, nonplussed that she forgot to wear a hat.

And of course, Daisy and Jay would be spotted avoiding the photographer at The Saratoga Golf and Polo Club at the Black and White Affair on May 30th.

A lot of fun for a great cause, to reserve your tickets before they sell out, click here.


PHOTOS: The Spring Luncheon for the Flower and Fruit Mission of Saratoga Hospital

We had so much fun seeing all of the lovely Saratoga ladies (and a few handsome Saratoga gentlemen) at today's Spring Luncheon for the Flower and Fruit Mission of Saratoga Hospital at the Hall of Springs. Stay tuned for the full recap, but for now check out our photo gallery from the talented Megan Mumford. {click here to view the full gallery}


Gatsby Style for the Guys {for the Black and White Affair}

Coming up on Saturday, May 30th, the Black and White Affair - Gatsby Style  presented by The Adirondack Trust Company will feature delicious food from Chef John Ireland at Saratoga Golf and Polo Club, décor from Fine Affairs, music from Funk Evolution, classic cars from The Saratoga Automobile Museum, a sundae bar featuring ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s of Saratoga, and photos against vintage backdrops provided by TapSnap. All of this vintage glamour will be put on to raise funds for The Wesley Community’s Springs building renovation and they want you to be part of it all.

We realize it's possible women might get more into a party theme than men, but that doesn't mean you need to be a party pooper and not dress up at all. Today we've got some Gatsby-esque accessories that you can easily add to any outfit for the Black and White Affair - Gatsby Style.

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BOATER: Spotted frequently on John Hendrickson and Charles Wait during the Saratoga 150 Celebration a couple years back, this look has gentleman written all over it. Go over to Yoicks on Beekman Street and just try one on, then tell us it doesn't make you feel like a million bucks.

BOWTIE: Sure these have become more popular in recent years, but they are also a throwback to a gentler time when men dressed up and said things like "old Sport". You can find bow ties locally at Silverwood Home and Gallery and the Pink Paddock (and once again, Yoicks. Let's just assume you can find pretty much all of these things at Yoicks, if you haven't been yet, you'll see what I mean when you visit).

VINTAGE TENNIS RACQUET: If you are truly pressed for time, just pick up an old tennis racquet and put a jaunty look on your face. Instant Gatsby.

A WALKING STICK: Admittedly this isn't an easy look to pull off nowadays, but a powerful one nonetheless. If nothing else you can use it for balance after one too many G&Ts.

POCKET SQUARE: Another classic men's look that sadly seems to be slipping away, put in a pocket square and you look immediately pulled together. Even while drunkenly balancing on a walking stick.

FLASK: It doesn't need to be monogrammed, but why wouldn't you? This one is from Smathers and Branson, (please also note they have a Caddyshack flask, seriously).

CUFFLINKS: Yet another goodie you can find at Yoicks, Silverwood also usually has a great selection on hand (pun intended). The ones pictured here are from Tiffany.

TENNIS SWEATER: Now some people might think this look is outdated and we must disagree. If you buy a tennis sweater to wear to this party please just continue wearing it. It is not a costume, and you will look amazing in it. If we see you wearing one we will surely compliment your sartorial selection.

ROUND FRAME SUNGLASSES: These are unisex so we will steal them from you.

If you need some style inspiration for the ladies, click right here. To reserve your tickets before they sell out, click here. We'll be doing the Charlston in no time...


5 Questions with Tina Nigro

What is your favorite Saratoga restaurant and what is your favorite thing to order there? My favorite restaurant in Toga is Chianti. I love the Filet Gorgonzola with steamed spinach.

What is your favorite local Saratoga event? My favorite fundraiser is The Flower and Fruit Mission Luncheon held at the Hall of Springs to help raise funds for the maternity unit at Saratoga Hospital. It's a great time for a social gathering as well.

What is one thing you have always wanted to do in Saratoga but still have not done? Something I wish to pursue in Saratoga Springs after raising my family here in this wonderful town would be to continue my education and become a licensed real estate agent, focusing on commercial property.

Your perfect weekend would always include…? To make my weekend fulfilled it must include a boat ride on Lake George with family and friends.

If you were a cocktail what would you be? If I were to describe myself as a cocktail it would have to be a Grey Goose and lemonade with a slice of orange. Sweet and refreshing.

What Would Gatsby Do?

Coming up on Saturday, May 30th, join supporters of The Wesley Community at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club for A Black and White Affair – Gatsby Style presented by The Adirondack Trust Company. The evening will feature delicious food from Chef John Ireland at Saratoga Golf and Polo Club, décor from Fine Affairs, music from Funk Evolution, classic cars from The Saratoga Automobile Museum, a sundae bar featuring ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s of Saratoga, and photos against vintage backdrops provided by TapSnap. All of this vintage glamour will be put on to raise funds for The Wesley Community’s Springs building renovation. 

In anticipation of this Gatsby themed bash, we've been thinking that Jay Gatsby would actually really love Saratoga Springs, and that got us wondering, What Would Jay Gatsby Do (in Saratoga)?

SHOP: For sure, you would spot Jay at Yoicks on Beekman Street, possibly having a drink with owner Michael Finney and swapping stories about horses. We can picture him choosing a new flask and some cufflinks, flipping through the tie selection wondering which one Daisy would prefer, and respectfully begging Michael to sell him the vintage Lilly Pulitzer tennis racket cover to surprise Daisy with.

He would definitely stop in the Pink Paddock and order one of everything from the latest season in Daisy's size to be sent over to her directly.

DRINK: When he feels like brooding, find Jay Gatsby in a dark corner of 9 Maple, nursing a stiff drink. When he's feeling like a party Jay might be on the veranda at Saratoga National with twenty five of his closest friends.

Don't be surprised if you bump into Jay at Tin and Lint. Sometimes it's the only place that will do.

TRACK: A box for sure. Maybe up at Turf Terrace at one of those tiny tables for two with a chilled bottle of champagne, waiting for Daisy, who is late. He is so preoccupied with her lateness he doesn't even notice that his horse just won.

DINE: 15 Church is a Gatsby spot for sure, we can also see him ordering oysters at Sperry's, clinking ice cubes around his empty glass.

HANGOUTS: Picking up a picnic basket at Putnam Market for a lunchtime liaison with Daisy at SPAC, bidding on horses at the summer sales at Fasig Tipton, strolling with Daisy through the roses at Yaddo.

PARTIES: Find Jay at the Yaddo summer benefit, playing ping pong with the artists in residence back at the clubhouse by the pool. Of course the White Party, because he has about eleven white suits perfect for the occasion, and the Saratoga Hospital summer auction and benefit would let him show off his big spender status and also his giving nature. Hopefully Daisy will be there to see his generosity. Afterward he'll slink off to the Lodge and hope Daisy will follow him there.

The Palamountain benefit is a surefire Jay Gatsby spotting opportunity, he'll be watching the polo match solo, surreptitiously checking his phone every few minutes for a text.

The Saratoga Golf and Polo Club would be the perfect backdrop for Jay, which is why it's the perfect spot for the Black and White Affair on May 30th. To reserve your tickets before they sell out, click here.






Have you Heard of The Orchard Project?

If you haven't heard of the Orchard Project yet, get the scoop here so you'll know what everyone is talking about at the next cocktail party.

Alan Cumming, Theresa Rebeck, Bridget Everett, Marcus Gardley, Stew, Ping Chong, UK’s Gate Theatre, and more are set to participate in The Orchard Project’s first ever summer in Saratoga Springs. The Orchard Project is a laboratory program where theatre artists and companies come to innovate, develop, and refine new shows. Past productions developed at the Orchard Project have gone on to be performed around the globe for over 500,000 people and to win awards from TONYs to Obies to Oliviers.

The Orchard Project is a key program of The Exchange, a leading American institution committed to the creation of bold new work by the most innovative artists from the US and around the world. Committed to providing neccesary support to theater makers and other artists at the forefront of their form, the organization's pivotal role in promoting new voices is undisputed through its work at the Orchard Project, its summer accelerator, which has propelled over 120 ideas to production in eight years. They are committed to providing necessary support to theater makers and other artists at the forefront of their form, as well as on building diverse audiences and educating young members of the theater community.
 
Twenty-two artists and ensembles were selected from a competitive field of nearly 500 applicants to develop their big, new ideas at the Orchard Project. The Exchange also announced the launch of its first-ever Orchard Project Presents season, a series of public performances that will take place at Universal Preservation Hall — a recently restored 1871 church — as well as at venues around Saratoga Springs.

The Orchard Project Presents series will invite the public to experience world class new work as it is being developed. The series will feature events every week in June, including Sneak Peek Productions (early stage, cutting-edge workshops and productions), Cabarets and Concerts (special events with top musical talent), and an Open Studio Week (featuring innovative shadow puppeteers). Orchard Project Presents will begin the month with an immersive production of Church of the Passionate Cat by Austin’s Underbelly Theater and conclude with an intimate concert with TONY Award winning actor, singer, and writer Alan Cumming.
 
“We couldn’t be more excited to turn Saratoga into a creative springboard for pathbreaking new work that will go on to stages across the country and the world,” Ari Edelson, the founder and artistic director of the Orchard Project, said. “We can’t wait to see what the Orchard Project’s 100-plus writers, directors, actors, singers, dancers, and puppeteers create this summer.”
 
"We are thrilled to have The Orchard Project in residency at Universal Preservation Hall in 2015,” said Teddy Foster, the President of the Board of Directors of Universal Preservation Hall. “For five weeks this summer, our beautiful UPH will be the creative place for aspiring artists and theatre professionals to hone their craft and, in turn, delight the residents and visitors of Saratoga Springs with their fresh, cutting edge performances. The energy between the two organizations is amazing and we look forward to hosting The Orchard Project for years to come."
 
"We’re honored and incredibly excited to have Saratoga Springs named as the new home of the Orchard Project," Todd Shimkus, the President of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, said. "Our city has one of the most vibrant downtowns and we've become a global destination for tourists and talent so I'm sure the Orchard Project's artists will fall in love with their new home. Our focus on health, history, and horses have attracted people to our city for more than 150 years — and now we can say they are coming here to accelerate new play development as well."

We are so excited to check out The Orchard Project, click here for more info and to purchase tickets now.
 

Congrats to Complexions!

Congratulations to Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness for being named Capital Region Living Magazine’s 2015 “Best Of” in the categories of Best Day Spa! This is Complexions’ sixth consecutive win in Best Day Spa.

Capital Region Living Magazine’s annual survey recognizes people, places and local businesses in the Capital Region by public nomination in various categories. The winners of each category are determined by a popular vote. These “Best Of” awards are highly sought after for local businesses because their selection is made by customers they serve in the Capital Region.

“I’m humbled by the recognition and thank my team for their commitment to providing the highest quality service and unique products and services in a soothing, eco-friendly environment,” said Denise Dubois, owner of Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness. “I further thank our loyal customers and the public who is responsible for this honor. It is both heartwarming and encouraging.”

Visit Complexion's website here to book an appointment and see what makes them the best of the best!

Country Club Chic {Tennis Edition}

Now that the 80s are back (temperature wise, that is) our minds are on the pool, the golf course, and the tennis court, and with McGregor Links Country Club unveiling the new Wilton outpost of Saratoga Springs favorite Druthers soon, we are fully ready to hit the (country) club. In this perfectly preppy series we have all the style tips you need to achieve country club chic. First up, tennis.

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Brooks Brothers men's polo

the perfect napkins for post-tennis drinks

Classic women's Tretorns

Boast women's tennis skirt

Samantha Faye tennis necklace, available locally at Silverwood Home and Gallery

yes, visors can be chic, like this raffia one

a "fanny pack for your rack", the Boobypack tankini

monogrammed tennis racket holder

Crabberie tote (find more Crabberie totes locally at Silverwood Home and Gallery)

Boast men's court shorts

Boast men's belts (here and here)