Toys for Toga: How to Donate and Other Things You Need to Know

The 8th Annual Toys for Toga

The holidays is a time to enjoy family and friends and get caught up in the fun of shopping for the perfect gifts. We need to remember that some families struggle with work and finances. This Christmas will be very different as Covid has changed so many things about our lives. The community of Saratoga is such a loving and giving community and Toys for Toga is exactly that idea.

Donate: October 30 – December 4 at Local Businesses around Saratoga

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Saratoga Holiday Events Schedule 2020: Status of Annual Christmas Celebrations

Upcoming Holidays in Saratoga Springs 2020 – what is still going on

The Holiday season is a fun time in Saratoga Springs. From the lights to the festivals there seems to be something to do the whole season long. 2020 has been an extremely trying time for everyone and the folks working on the holiday festivals and activities are trying to figure out a way to still celebrate as a community, but be safe at the same time. Not an easy thing to do. below is a list of the Saratoga Springs Holiday celebrations, festivals, and activities. Some are still taking place, but in a different way, some are TBD and we are waiting for more information and even one is already cancelled.

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Electronics Recycling Day at SPAC

Recycle E-Waste and Electronics

Get rid of the old electronics you have sitting around and even help a local Saratoga Non-Profit Organization. There is a recycling day on October 24th, here in Saratoga!

October 24th
9am – 12:00 noon
SPAC Parking lot

Sponsored by Sustainable Saratoga, which is an amazing group doing wonderful things right here in Saratoga Springs and the surrounding area.

So the recycling event with be $5 to enter the recycling areas at SPAC . Think of it as you are giving a $5 donation and getting in for free. All the funds they raise will be put toward their local projects and advocacy, so we don’t mind donating to them. (more…)

Buffalo Bills Bar: Saratoga Springs Official Bills Backers Places to Watch the Game

I think we are all excited that some sort of normal has returned with NFL football season under way. With Covid-19 still affecting everyday life, the NFL games look a bit different this year. Just because many of the stadiums will be empty of fans does not mean we won’t be enjoying the games and cheering on our teams. (more…)

Get Rid of Old, Dusty, Crusty, E-Waste

Finding a place to recycle unwanted electronics, e-waste, in Saratoga County is really difficult! Luckily, I did all the searching and calling for you!! After moving, twice in less than a year, I have really started to appreciate the idea of having less stuff. Why did we move a bunch of old electronics stuff? Old CD disc changers, VCR’s, old speakers, broken Ryobi drill batteries and chargers, an old fashioned tv? (more…)

Best Place to Return Cans and Bottles in Saratoga Springs

Redeemable bottles and cans help landfills just store garbage.

Redeemable bottles and cans help landfills just store garbage.

It is important to return cans and bottles because it is a great way to keep them out of the landfills. And it helps that we can make a little money too. If you are like us, you wait to return your bottles until you have 12 garbage bags full taking up all the space in the garage.

So where do can you take all those bags bottles to return in the Saratoga Area?

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Saratoga Springs Utility Providers

monopoly utilities

photo: Everyday Saratoga

There are so many things to do and remember when moving to a new home. Whether you are moving across the city, across the state or across the country, some things need to be done before you can relax and enjoy living in your new area. One of the most important items on the list is to set up all the utilities. Utilities are the necessary services for every home that are provided by towns, cities and companies.

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A Day Visit to Fort Ticonderoga

If you are looking for something to do in the Saratoga Springs area the historic Fort Ticonderoga is only about and hour and half from Saratoga Springs. The Fort has been renovated based on pictures to resemble the Fort built in the late 1750’s by the French.

Living Museum actors explain cooking in this oven made from a pile of dirt at Fort Ticonderoga.

Living Museum actors explain cooking in this oven made from a pile of dirt at Fort Ticonderoga.

The living museum is a wonderful asset as knowledgeable and skilled men and women speak to you about the Fort and the way of life. The actors portray their roles so knowledgeably while they talk about their trade, their lifestyle and answer questions. You really are immersed into the culture.

We chose a special weekend for our visit, “THE ENEMY ATTACKED US AT DAYBREAK” BROWN’S RAID WEEKEND LIVING HISTORY EVENT. A full day of activities, lectures, displays, music, and cannon fire made for a fun and educational experience. They have different programs through their season so be sure to check out the calendar to see what would be fun for you and your family.

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Fife and Drum at Fort Ticonderoga

There are buildings where actors are performing day to day activities of the time period. You can wander through the museums full of artifacts and information. There is a wonderful hands area in the Mars Education Center where kids of all ages can try their skills.
There are snacks and drinks at the Museum Store inside the Log House Welcome Center, as well as the Fort Cafe, a sit down restaurant. The store has tons of awesome memorabilia including maps, books, puzzles, action figures, t-shirts and of course play guns and more.

Fort Ticonderoga firing cannon at mountain top enemy.

Fort Ticonderoga firing cannon at mountain top enemy.

There are public bathrooms in both the Museum Store and the Mars Education Center. There is an elevator in the Mars Education Center. There are stairs to get up to the second level of the fort. The upper level is where the actors shot the cannon and where much of the museum artifacts are housed. I did not see an elevator for the main building.

The Fort is open from early May to late October. Be sure to look at the videos they have on their web site, they are fantastic! People have worked very hard to share our history and did a professional job with educational videos.

Plan your visit to Fort Ticonderoga to go back to the Revolutionary War. Learn more about our history, the weapons used, and the lifestyle these men and women had. Listen to exciting accounts of what happened so long ago.

Have you been to Fort Ticonderoga? Did you go for a special event? Share your stories and thoughts about Fort Ticonderoga in the comments.

Thanks for reading.  I hope it helps!  :o)