SPAC Winter Ball Round-Up

In case you missed our recap of the sold out SPAC Winter Ball last week, here is the link, and today we can add their truly amazing total! The SPAC Junior Committee raised about $35,000 on Saturday, with the funds going to help underwrite the classical programming and educational activities of SPAC's summer season!

We'd also like to give a shout out to Kate Jarosh (pictured above, left) and  Arthur Palmer, the "Best Actress" and "Best Actor" recipients from the Winter Ball. Kate, we loved your Breakfast at Tiffany's look, it was flawless. They also have a People's Choice contest going on, check out the photos on the event page here (or post your own there and use hashtags ‪#‎spacjrc‬ ‪#‎winterball‬ and either ‪#‎bestactress‬ or #bestactor) and stay tuned for the People's Choice winner to be selected this Friday!

 

The Art of the Handwritten Note

Now this is something we can get behind, the handwritten thank you note. We love how Northshire Bookstore is gently nudging people to revive the art of the handwritten note with their Gratitude Thursday coming up tomorrow (March 5th) from 5:30 PM to 7pm. Join them for drop-in thank-you note writing. Bring your own stationery or just your address book: they have a lovely selection of note cards for sale. There is no excuse now to put off those thank you notes any longer. Take a few minutes at the end of your day for a cup of tea and some cookies, and the quiet companionship of other letter writers. Nothing says "thank you" like a hand-written card. So very true.

While you're there pick up our newest favorite book of all time, The Girl on the Train. We DEVOURED this book in nearly one sitting this past weekend. Two thumbs up.


Northshire Bookstore is located at 424 Broadway in Saratoga Springs


Pilates for a Purpose at Reform {March}

Check out March's Pilates for a Purpose Schedule at Reform Pilates {18 Division Street, Suite 203 in Saratoga Springs}:
 
Saturday March 7th @ 11am: Universal Preservation Hall
Saturday March 14th @ 11am: Saratoga Bridges

“Pilates for a Purpose” is part of Reform Pilates Community Outreach Program and includes a 50 Minute Pilates Mat Class suitable for all levels. There is no fee for the class, and donations will be accepted for a different non-profit organization each week**. 100% of the donations will be given to the non-profit for that week.

If you represent a local Non-Profit Organization and would like more information on this fundraising opportunity, please email the studio at info@reformyourbody.com.

** Donations must be made in the form of cash or check made out to the non-profit.
No credit cards accepted for this class.

 

Order a Drink from Joanne at Mingle Tonight 3/2

Head to Mingle on the Avenue in Saratoga Springs tonight where our very own Mayor Joanne Yepsen will be the Guest Bartender at 6pm as part of their 12 week campaign dedicated to helping the Saratoga community. Tonight is part of a series of Attitude of Gratitude Mondays during which Mingle will offer 15% of breakfast, lunch and dinner proceeds to a different local community organization every week for 12 weeks and tonight's recipient will be Code Blue Saratoga.

"This evening we are pleased to announce the guest appearance of Mayor Yepsen as our very special Guest Bartender in support of a charitable organization that is very near and dear to her heart," says Jose Filomeno, Managing Partner of Mingle on the Avenue Saratoga Springs.  Today’s donation recipient, Code Blue Saratoga, is an emergency shelter serving homeless people in the city of Saratoga Springs who might otherwise remain unsheltered during periods of extreme winter weather.  It is a collaborative effort between the City of Saratoga, faith based groups and nonprofits serving the homeless population and committed residents of the City of Saratoga Springs
 
A well-rounded list of local organizations to receive donations in the weeks ahead include the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Wellspring, Saratoga Central Catholic School, Saratoga Arts, The Saratoga Hospital Foundation, Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington County, Shelters of Saratoga, Saratoga Senior Center, The Community Hospice, and the Franklin Community Center.  Go to their website here for more information.
 
Mingle is located at 30 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs next to the Pavilion Grand Hotel.

Our Instagram Favorites this Week

Clockwise from top left:

Girl Crush alert: @indrerock we love you and want to be your best friend (and borrow all of your clothes). The sweetest insta around, @elleventy please make us some cookies this weekend. @shannonrosedesign posts some gorgeous Saratoga photos, some of which you might not even recognize at first glance. It's a beautiful way to fall back in love with our city (especially while it's covered in all this snow). 100% pure, unadulterated style and glamour, @thelsd.

@peabodystoga We love seeing where your glasses go, even if we are a little jealous of the beach photo. @thewannabefoodie Sure, we like her food pics, but OMG that dog! We love. @verytroubledchild Because we have a love for Wes Anderson's style that will never be quashed (also, Scalamandre print). @saratogasperrys Instagram account is just like the restaurant itself: classic, thoughtful, with just the right amount of fun.

WEEKEND It List 2/27

Clockwise from top left...

Have you been counting down the days till Sperry's opens up again? Well wait no longer, they are open for business again today AND they are giving you a $20 gift certificate toward your next visit if you dine with them tonight or tomorrow...

White and gold or black and blue? We don't care, we are just interested to see what everyone is wearing to Saturday night's SPAC Winter Ball.

Speaking of the SPAC Winter Ball, it's sold out and there are no walk in tickets available. Missed out this year? Stay tuned for the next best thing, our recap, photos AND the Best Dressed (guy and girl) here on The Saratoga Social.

Skipping the Winter Ball and looking for a more low key night? Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs is holding a launch party for best-selling author Bruce Piasecki's latest book Missing Persons: A Life of Unexpected Influences on Saturday night at 7pm. Pop into Cantina next door afterward for a nightcap for a complete Saturday.

It's too early to wear spring clothes but we are SO OVER our winter wardrobes. These little star crawler earrings from Lola Boutique are helping us get through the late winter style doldrums.

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad is the spring-semester black box production to be staged by the Skidmore Theater Department. Performances are Friday, Feb. 27, through Wednesday, March 4. All shows are in the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater at 8 p.m., except for the Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. In this splendid contemporary twist on The Odyssey, Atwood has chosen to give a voice to Penelope, wife of Odysseus, and to her 12 maids, with a production as wildly entertaining as it is unsettling. Seating is very limited, so reservations are essential. Contact the Skidmore Theater Box Office at (518) 580-5439

How many new burger places do we have here in Saratoga?! A lot, apparently...

102.7 WEQX is presenting Fences at Vapor at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday starting at 8pm. The 102.7 EQX Concert Series continues with Seattle based singer-songwriter Fences, no cover charge (yes that is the graphic we came up with and we are sticking to it).





A Brand New Car.. for $25?!

You might have spotted this shiny new car around town, but did you know it could be yours for a mere $25?

That's right.. New Country Motor Car Group has donated this 2015 Toyota Corolla LE to be raffled out at the Jake's Help From Heaven 5th Annual Family Fun Day. That means you have from now until APRIL 26TH to buy a ticket ($25) & get a chance to win this new car. To buy your ticket online, head right over here! 

 

 

 

(Wishful thinking) Spring Style

Because eventually it HAS to actually be spring, right?

clockwise from top left...

Some say (okay it's us, we say it) that you can wear your Barbour year round and you of course CAN, but Spring is especially Barbour-y weather where you can throw it on with a lighter top and be ready for any sort of "in like a lion" weather. Find yours at Yoicks.

Pair a classic Barbour with some classic sunglasses, the old standby Raybans in tortoise green look perfect with anything, any time.

We used to be staunchly anti-hat (except at the track, of course) but recently have fully embraced the idea of hats year round as well as the idea of being able to hide post-Pilates hair as stylishly as possible. Find this fedora here.

JEANS (loving J Brand and anything high waisted, find some to try on and love at Violet's)

This scarf is sort of everything, the ski motif says yes it's still chilly but the green says yes at some point you will be able to go outside for longer than fourteen seconds soon.

There's really nothing better than Frye boots and these are just gorgeous. Find them locally at Violet's.

While we might be primarily preppy and maybe a tad traditional in our styling for the most part, we love a little bold accessory, and this ear cuff is the perfect bit of flash. On our wish list? This pavé-encrusted tusk earring. LOVE.

Finally, a little simple low pony tied with a basic navy grosgrain ribbon is always the sweetest. No bows here, just tie it once and let the ends loose. Out like a lamb, indeed.

& the award for Best dressed goes to..

 

We've been chatting all afternoon with our stylish panel to see who they thought dazzled at last night's Oscars. Overall, the feeling was it wasn't a home run as far as the red carpet looks were concerned (with a few exceptions):

Hang tight for more ..  including misses ..

BEST DRESSED PICKS from NATALIE & REBECCA:

ROSAMUND PIKE

ROSAMUND PIKE

REESE WITHERSPOON

REESE WITHERSPOON

EMMA STONE

EMMA STONE

 
SCARLETT JOHANSSON

SCARLETT JOHANSSON

BEST DRESSED from ALLISON:

jennifer hudson

jennifer hudson

georgina chapman with husband harvey weinstein 

georgina chapman with husband harvey weinstein 

JENNA DEWAN-TATUM

JENNA DEWAN-TATUM

Our Instagram Favorites This Week

Clockwise l-r: @derekblasberg because he gives the most stylish behind the scenes peeks and we are pretty sure he knows everyone, everywhere. @foodintheair because it helps us decide what we want for lunch and GIVE ME THAT BAGEL IMMEDIATELY. @terryleahyjr because, well we aren't sure yet. But he makes us laugh. Laugh WITH you Terry, not at you, we swear. @societysocial because she is just the cutest and we want to live in her instagram.

Clockwise l-r: @airbnb because we need a break from ALL OF THE SNOW. @fussylittleblog because Daniel if we include you in this will you please post more? We need more Fussy Little Blog pics on insta, really. @micaelaeenglish because we have a major want to be her/want to be her best friends with her thing going on right now. @violetssaratoga because they have your weekend outfit covered.

 

 

WEEKEND It List 2/20

The DZ Farm is having a Snowshoe Dinner on Sunday, Feb 22nd from 3-6:30pm. Cost is $65 All Inclusive / $120 for couples. Begin with a meet and greet around a blazing bonfire sipping Mulled Cider and Hot Chocolate before heading out on a 1.5 hour snowshoe tour of the picturesque trails that wind throughout The DZ Farm property. Upon your return gather in the kitchen with wines and cheeses as Chianti Il Ristorante's Chef Fabrizio Bazzani prepares a family-style dinner to fill your plates and your hearts. Call 518-583-1142 to make reservations. (ps this sounds amazing)

Did you see the 50 Shades of Grey movie?! Yeah us neither.

Speaking of movies, the Oscars are coming up SOON! We've seen approximately 0 of the nominated movies. We should probably get on that.

Homemade Samoa Cheesecake inspired by the famous Girl Scout cookies is the new dessert at 62 Beekman (OMG OMG OMG)

It's Beer Week! Grab a designated driver and go to the Beer Summit, click here for more info.

This was our favorite part of the SNL 40th Anniversary special...

A Butter Brulee whole milk soak in a hydrotherapy tub that envelopes your skin in a cocoon of warmth, hydrating your dry winter skin and then a long spicy, warm cinnamon Relaxation Massage with antioxidant rich olive fruit and grape seed oils that will bring a glistening glow to your winter days. YES NOW PLEASE SIGN US UP WE ARE LIKE THE SAHARA.

We got a sneak peek at the renovations going on at McGregor Links Country Club and we are literally counting down the days till the grand reopening, it is going to look amazing.

Finally, plan ahead to Get "Gala Ready!" in this Reform Pilates Workshop so you can look your best in your dress! If your Gala dress shows off your bare arms or neckline and hugs your curves, this 45 minute workshop is perfect. Even better, the workout will be followed by a Stella & Dot Trunk Show & Champagne! Call them at 518-871-1315 for more info and to register, cost is $15/Person, and is free For Reform Members.

 

The Saratoga Regional YMCA's Annual Campaign Party March 13th

On Friday, March 13th the Saratoga Regional YMCA is holding their Annual Campaign party at Saratoga National as the celebratory wrap up of their 2015 scholarship campaign, Mission 416. The number 416 represents the Saratoga Regional YMCA’s goal for their 2015 Annual Scholarship Campaign, to raise enough money (close to $235,000) to provide 416 scholarships to youth, teens, adults, seniors, and families in our community, through programs and membership. Scholarships are available for people who require it, whether in direct aid or reduced program fees. No one is turned away from the YMCA for lack of ability to pay.

Help them celebrate at the party on March 13th where guests will relax in the Ballroom at Saratoga National, while listening to live music by The Garland Nelson Ensemble. From 6:30 to 10pm, attendees can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, and complimentary beer & wine, while participating in a silent auction and wine pull. All of the fun can be documented with a trip to the photo booth, provided by Smile Lounge Photo Booth New York! Click here for more information, and stay tuned for our own campaign spotlighting what the Saratoga Regional YMCA means to our community. Mission 146 #AreYouIn?

 

We are loving this line up!

Cinderella, world-renowned choreographer Karole Armitage & critically acclaimed author Brian Castner were all topics of conversation over coffee at Mrs. London’s the other day. What do they all have in common..? Enter Bates Childress, the charming new Director of Development for Opera Saratoga. We had the pleasure of meeting Bates this week & he shared some of the just released details about this season’s Opera Saratoga Summer Festival with us. It’s a line up that will make you look twice, for all the right reasons.  

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SUMMER 2015 SCHEDULE AND TO BUY TICKETS

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SUMMER 2015 SCHEDULE AND TO BUY TICKETS

If you aren’t familiar with Opera Saratoga, they actually first began as the Lake George Opera in 1962, playing to an audience of 230 people. Now they bring world-class opera to our entire region as Opera Saratoga and last year their performances reached nearly 25,000 people. This summer, with new artistic and general director Lawrence Edelson at the helm, Opera Saratoga is shaking things up a bit. For starters, if you don't know the name Karole Armitage  we can say with some certainly that you’ve seen her choreography. Her body of work is staggering & includes choreographing music videos for both Madonna & Michael Jackson {including 'Vogue'..yes, VOGUE}, two Broadway productions, Cirque de Soleil and several feature films. Well this summer Karole and her dance company, the New York-based Armitage Gone!, have accepted an invitation to come to Saratoga and create a special, site-specific production of Dido and Aeneas for Opera Saratoga.

CHOREOGRAPHER KAROLE ARMITAGE

CHOREOGRAPHER KAROLE ARMITAGE

The production will feature Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano as Dido and will be performed outside, under the stars at the National Museum of Dance. {Yes, tickets are on sale now, find them right here! }

The next production at this year's Summer Festival is a world debut, featuring an opera based on the critically acclaimed memoir written by Brian Castner, ‘The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life that Follows’. Composer Jeremy Howard Beck and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann have transformed this powerful story of a soldier’s return from Iraq and his struggle to re-integrate into life at home, from a book to a full-scale production.

Opera director David Schweizer makes his Opera Saratoga debut with The Long Walk, with celebrated American conductor Steven Osgood & Grammy Award winning Baritone Daniel Belcher returning to Saratoga in the role of Brian. The Long Walk will close the season, with Rossini’s classic Cinderella kicking off Opera Saratoga’s Summer Festival on July 2nd.

For more information about Opera Saratoga's 2015 Summer Festival, including performance dates and tickets, click right here. We can't wait to sit down this July to watch La Cenerentola & celebrate the beginning of another wonderful season with Opera Saratoga!

Support SPAC tonight at To Kill a Mockingbird

Love Classic Films? Join SPAC's Junior Committee at Bow Tie Cinemas (19 Railroad Place in Saratoga Springs) on February 18, 2015 (Wednesday) at 7pm for a screening of the film To Kill a Mockingbird. The admission price is a $5 cash donation which will go to support Vintage Hollywood: a Black & White Winter Ball to support Saratoga Performing Arts Center!

Speaking of the Winter Ball, now is your last chance to get your Winter Ball tickets and save! Prices for the SPAC Winter Ball go up at midnight tonight! Lock in your ticket to the party of the winter right NOW and save $5, click here to purchase tickets!



Vintage Hollywood - a Black & White Winter Ball
Hosted by SPAC's Junior Committee
February 28, 2015 (Saturday)
8 PM- Midnight
Hall of Springs turned Hollywood

Live Music by the New York Players

Glamorous Hollywood inspired food by Mazzone Hospitality
Open Bar - Beer, Wine and Soda
"Classic Hollywood" Costume Contest