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Friday, May 30, 2014

Saratoga Race Course Season Passes Now Available at Stewart's Shops (and other local news)

A quick wrap up of this week/end's local activities news and travel-related news:

Saratoga Race Course Season Passes at Stewart's-
The track season at Saratoga, the nation's oldest sporting venue of any kind in the country, will start on July 18. It's always a fun time in the area with the track's races, tours and breakfasts, and non-track things like visits to Yaddo, doughboys and crepes in downtown Saratoga, swimming at Victoria Pool, people watching on Gaffney's patio, and trips to Saratoga Lake.
You may notice I focus a bit more on the non-track things. I'm not much of a gambler. But if you are - or you enjoy the overall vibe at the track - you can now get NYRA's Saratoga season passes at area Stewart's Shops.
Here's a bit more about that as reported by our sister paper The Saratogian. The grandstand passes are $30 and the clubhouse passes are $50.
Regular admission to the track is increasing to $5 for the grandstand and $8 for the clubhouse - up from last year's fees of $3 and $5, respectively.
Or, if you want to go the old fashioned route, you can also obtain a season pass through this online form.

Rensselaer Train Station Temporarily Closed -
The CDTA announced this week that the train station's parking garage would be temporarily closed this weekend (Fri-Sun) to allow for maintenance.

Freihofer's Run Security Measures -

The 36th annual Freihofer's Run for Women, which attracts more than 4,000 women running throughout Albany, is slated for Saturday (May 31) at 9:45 a.m. on Madison Avenue near the State Museum. There's last chance registration available today for $40. Along with the run, there are bands and other activities.

If you're running or spectating, the Albany Police have instituted these rules:
  • Backpacks/coolers/duffle bags will not be permitted at the race venue.
  • Anything brought onsite, including runners’ items for FRW bag-check, must be transported in a clear plastic bag for easy inspection.
  • No animals, dogs or domestic pets (with the exception of service dogs) will be allowed on-site due to the presence of police dog patrols.
  • Photo identification is required.
  • All 5K participants should be on site by 8:45 a.m.

Cheese Traveler Friday Night Cookouts -

The Cheese Traveler, located at 540 Delaware Ave. in Albany, will hold its first of many Friday Night Cookouts tonight. The food, described here on their site, is priced between $4 and $10.

Delmar Farmers Market Opens-

The first day of the Delmar Farmers Market is Saturday (May 31) at 9 a.m. The market features more than 60 local vendors with produce and crafts. This is the market's 6th season.

NYS Thruway Farmers Markets -

The "Tailgate Farmer's Markets" will be at the travel plazas throughout NYS this summer at the locations below.

Grey Mouse Farm
Plattekill Travel Plaza
Thursday - Sunday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Malden Travel Plaza
Thursday - Saturday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ulster Travel Plaza
Saturday - Sunday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Beaver Meadow Farm:
Guilderland Travel Plaza
Friday through Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Country Pride Cheese House:
Malden Travel Plaza
Friday and Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Thorne’s Family Farm
Port Byron Travel Plaza
Daily: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Junius Ponds Travel Plaza
Thursday – Monday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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