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|Blue Moon Gallery
Description: Blue Moon Clay Studios is a source of fine contemporary ceramics, pottery and fine art sculpture. Our customers often come from major cities throughout the country.
Highlights: Fine Porcelain and Ceramic Sculpture
Contact: Branda McMahon and John Visser
Description: A complete line of framing services and original fine art. Founded in 1975 the gallery specializes in the work of local artists.
Highlights: Featuring local artists.
Contact: Vicky and David Bellows
Phone: (518) 587-9812
Description: Take a tour of the clay studios in the Albany-Saratoga Region. From Fort Edward to Albany, the upper Hudson Valley of the 19th century was active and well known for its pottery.
The resurgence of individual studio potters fosters new and diverse approaches to this regionally honored art form.
Come visit, experience, and enjoy the Albany-Saratoga Region’s art pioneers — the potters of the 21st century.
Phone: 518- 692-7742
|Saratoga Arts Council
Description: Founded in 1986 by and for artists and audiences, the Arts Council's mission is to cultivate, nourish and sustain the arts in all its forms, and to assure that the arts are accessible for all. Their web site lists special events and art displays.
|Saratoga Arts District
Description: Not a single gallery but a street of homes where local artists and craftpeople offer a wide selection of art and crafts on Beekman Street, a ten minute walk from the Six Sisters Bed and Breakfast.
|Saratoga County Arts Council - The Arts Center
Description: A not-for-profit arts service organization committed to the development and promotion of a lively and diversified year-round cultural environment. The Arts Council presents world-class gallery exhibits, art classes, workshops, selected films and performances at the Art Center.
Contact: Dolores Sarno
|Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery
Description: The innovative exhibitions and programs serve as cultural experiences and educational exchange between the Skidmore College campus and the community. The museum's director and curator work to address and deconstruct the conventional barriers within museums, displaying and combining all kinds of media and artifacts from different eras. MATT LIEBOWITZ, For The Saratogian October 12, 2001 We're pushing the boundaries of what a museum can be,'' says Charles Stainback, director of the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. The Tang, a geometrically striking building, opened 10 months ago, and has drawn nationally renowned exhibits which have not attracted as many local visitors as hoped. Perhaps because of the museum's unusual appearance, Stainback says, ''People have preconceived notions about what the Tang will be like.'' But he urges people to set aside any hesitation, stressing that ''Once inside, you see a beautiful, warm space.'' Admission to the Tang is free and open to the public, but even this, according to Stainback, seems to have kept visitors from exploring the museum. ''People think there's less of a value because we're free,'' he says, but continues by defending the reputation of the new museum. ''I'm not lowering the bar just because I'm in Saratoga Springs,'' he said. Stainback is no stranger to the artistic community. He spent 15 years working at the International Center of Photography in New York City, moving to Saratoga Springs to head up the Tang in October, 2000. He proudly considers his new venture, ''as important a museum as in any major city.'' The variety of exhibits at the Tang is something Stainback is truly proud of, citing in particular the Paradise Now exhibit, subtitled ''Picturing the Genetic Revolution,'' which opened Sept.15 and continues until Jan. 6, 2002. The Tang showcases many engaging and different kinds of work, often incorporating interactive as well as highly technological elements, in addition to world-class pieces of art. According to Stainback, the Tang is not merely a stopover for important exhibits from major cities. Rather, many exhibits are developed at the museum, then travel to other better-known hubs of the art world, such as Montreal and New York City. Unfortunately, some preconceptions about the museum have, in Stainback's opinion, kept the local community from exploring the Tang's rich resource of diverse exhibits and programs. He feels that the Saratoga community hasn't fully embraced the museum because they think it's primarily for Skidmore students, or that it is a museum that doesn't need the support of the community. ''If the community is not involved, then the Tang is a failure,'' he said. In addition to featuring world-class art exhibitions, the museum also is the site of musical performances, such as summer's on the roof-top concerts, and provides a platform for some renowned speakers and authors -- one this summer came from best-selling author Joyce Carol Oates. The cost of regular advertising is an expense Stainback feels he can creatively avoid. He feels that exposure and community involvement will provide very important advertising in itself. He''s proud of the word of mouth that has spread about the Tang, referring to children who come on field trips, (the Tang has a partnership set up with schools in Schuylerville). ''They get enthused about what they see and tell their parents,'' he said. Stainback believes this is a great starting point for increasing interest and bringing in the local community, who may not realize ''There's a good resource right down the block,'' he said. Understandably, the first year of the Tang was somewhat of a building experience, but Stainback is confident of the role his museum will play in the future of Saratoga Springs. ''We're still trying to break into the lives of everyone in Saratoga,'' Stainback said. Noting the obvious tourist draw of Saratoga Springs, Stainback remains hopeful and confident that over the next eight months, the Tang will become just as much a part of everyone's routing as going to the track in the summer. ©The Saratogian 2001
Contact: Charles Stainback, Barbara Schrade, Susi Kerr
|Aquarium of the Adirondacks
Region: Lake George
Description: The Aquarium of the Adirondacks will be a full scale public aquarium, and offer a truly unique and unparalleled journey of discovery from the high peaks of the Adirondacks, along the Hudson River, down the Atlantic coast to the coral reefs, and out to the depths of the oceans. Guests of all ages will learn how all life is connected and how to protect our natural resources. They’ll come face to face with Adirondack species, interact with stingrays and penguins, and cringe at the terrors of the deep!
|Cambridge Food Coop
Description: The Cambridge Food Co-op has been serving the Cambridge, New York community and surrounding towns with wholesome, affordable natural foods for over 30 years. 25 minutes east of Saratoga Springs.
|Champlain Canal Tour Boats
Description: Ride the tour boat SADIE through Champlain Canal Lock 5. The lock is one of the highest on the Champlain Canal System. Parking and Boat Tour are approximately 10 minutes north of Schuylerville, NY. Look at NYS canal system for more information about the state system.
Foster's cruises are local getaway:
Staff reports, The Saratogian November 06, 2001
Bob Foster's business gives boat tours on the Champlain Canal in Schuylerville. CLARK BELL/The Saratogian
Business Q & A: Bob Foster
Position: Founder/owner of Champlain Canal Tour Boats LLC, Lock 5, Schuylerville.
Are you a Schuylerville native? I lived most of my adult life in the Boston area. I discovered Schuylerville while bringing a boat up from Atlantic City to Vermont as a favor for a friend. That introduced me to the canal system and the Hudson River. I thought it was very unique, and I've planned ever since then to find a way of getting up here and starting a little business.
Is there something in your background that prepared you to be a tour boat captain? I was a civil engineer and went into marine construction. I started as a design draftsman, but worked my way up to a position where I was responsible for scheduling tugboats and barges. I felt an obligation to know more about boat operations, so I began training on the boats as an operator.
I eventually sat for my captain's license and got it.
Did you also boat for pleasure? Oh yeah, I've been a pleasure boater all my life. When I was a kid, my father had a little tugboat. I would go with him whenever he would let me.
How long have you been here? I came up in August 1997 and started this business with the small boat, the Sadie. I had begun negotiations with the New York Canal Corporation in October of the previous year to see if we could find a place up here that they would allow us to lease.
How did you get started? First I had to find a boat that fit the canal system. Bridge clearance is the main problem. The Sadie was built by a small company in Victor that had been in the fiberglass business and decided to try building boat hulls. They built the Sadie in response to a request by Disney that boat designs be submitted for consideration in a new tour boat project.
They didn't win the contract, so they advertised it for sale. I thought it would make a good starter boat for the purposes I had in mind.
What about the larger boat? We had the Sadie for three years and the business was coming together pretty well. We had known all along that we would need to have something that could handle a busload of people. We also wanted to offer food service, have restrooms onboard and give passengers room to wander around. The Caldwell Belle was the next logical step. I found the Caldwell Belle in West Monroe, Louisiana. It has a lot of eye-appeal because it's a genuine paddle wheeler and has a nice old-fashioned look to it.
What are the capacities of the two boats? The Sadie can hold 18 passengers; the Caldwell Belle can hold 60 passengers.
Are you open year-round? We open on Mother's Day and close down a week or two after Columbus Day.
Are the boats inspected? The boats are inspected by the Coast Guard once a year, and I have a certified captain's license that I recertify every five years.
©The Saratogian 2001
Byway through area gets national attention
JENNIFER MAPES, The Saratogian June 15, 2002
The Lakes to Locks Passage, which includes Route 4 from Waterford to Whitehall, has been named an All-American Road, one of only 33 in the country.
The 234-mile byway encompasses roads along the Champlain Canal, Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River in Quebec, running from Waterford to Canada.
Locally, its features include the Saratoga Monument, Saratoga National Historical Park, Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery and the General Schuyler House.
Lakes to Locks joins byways including Oregon's Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, California's Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway and Louisiana's Creole Nature Trail as newly-designated All-American Roads.
To become an All-American Road, the road must be archaeologically, culturally, historically, naturally, recreationally and scenically significant. The road must be a ''destination unto itself,'' according to the Federal Highway Administration.
Thirteen All-American Roads were announced Thursday by Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta. An additional 23 roads were named National Scenic Byways, a designation that had less stringent requirements than the All-American Roads.
''America's Byways are roads to the heart and soul of America,'' Mineta said in a statement to the press.
The National Scenic Byways Program was established by Congress in 1991 as a means to preserve byways and promote tourism and economic development.
While there's no official monetary award for winning the All-American Road designation, local member of the Lakes to Locks Passage steering committee Cindy Allen said the passage will become eligible for National Scenic Byways funding.
The passage will also be marketed nationally by the federal government. The National Scenic Byways Program Web site, www.byways.org, already features a detailed description of Lakes to Locks.
More importantly, Allen said the designation should bring in a new crop of tourists to local destinations along the road.
''They are going to see a sharp increase in the people who are requesting information,'' she said.
Shops and monuments won't be the only ones to benefit from the road's new status.
''I think the biggest impact is to make residents realize how important their resources are,'' Allen said
©The Saratogian 2002
Highlights: Watch the locks in full operation.
Contact: Captain Robert Foster
Description: This Great Cave is New York's second most visited natural attraction. 80 minute guided cavern tours feature elevator entrance, smooth brick walkways, well lighted environment and underground boat ride.
Contact: John Sagendorf, Kara Ulasewicz
|Lake Champlain Ferries
Region: Lake Placid
Description: For those guests traveling to the Six Sisters Bed and Breakfast in Saratoga Springs from the north and via an east-west route around the Lake Champlain region consider the Lake Champlain Ferries as part of your itinerary.
Phone: (802) 864-9804
Fax: (802) 864-6830