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…)

Musical Instrument Supplies, Rentals and Repair in Saratoga Springs

Find information about music supplies, sheet music and buying, renting, and repairing musical instruments in the Saratoga Springs area.

Both of my kids play instruments in the school band, and of course instruments frequently need maintenance. Child #1 plays the flute and Child #2 plays the Tenor Sax.

Of course, I start every search online, so I went to Google. In Saratoga Springs there are two places that come up in Google, Saratoga Guitar and Music Center and Cole’s Woodwind Shop, I have visited both.

Saratoga Guitar has two Saratoga locations, 75 Weibel Ave and 480 Broadway LL10. Don’t let the name fool you, Saratoga Guitar does much more than guitars. I have purchased last minute supplies when they still had the West Ave location for the Sax, including reeds and 2 mouthpieces so far.

Saratoga Guitar is THE place to go for instrument rentals it used to be at the 60 West Ave location. I was there the other day while a young lady was excitedly receiving her clarinet. They provide area schools with band and orchestra rentals.

When you need supplies for your instruments from reeds to neck straps, mouthpieces to cleaning supplies, Saratoga Guitar is the place to go. The saxophone things we need are always in stock, which is awesome because buying a mouthpiece on the way to the band concert can be stressful!
Saratoga Guitar sells the band books of sheet music the kids need for school. They also have a large stock of sheet music to play for fun! If they DON’T have the sheet music you need, they can ORDER it for you.

Child #1 needed some maintenance on her flute as well as a good cleaning. The people at Saratoga Guitar recommended calling Bill at Cole’s Woodwind Shop right on Phila Street and it is the perfect place. Bill repaired and cleaned the flute in just a few days and at an affordable price. They were able to give me an estimate up front so I knew exactly what would be done and how much it would cost.

Check out the photo page of Cole’s Woodwind web site to see all sorts of famous musicians who love Bill’s work. SPAC hosts so many types of musical performances and Bill looks like the go to guy for instrument repair. There are pictures with musicians from the New York Philharmonic to the Dave Matthews Band. Bill Cole has a fascinating story and has repaired instruments from the Saratoga Springs High School band and the famous band Chicago.

Thanks to Saratoga Guitar and Music Center and Cole’s Woodwind Shop, my kids have all the supplies they need to have fun playing their instruments. Repair and maintenance right here in Saratoga is convenient and easy.

Have you experienced the customer service at these locations? Tell us about it in the comments below. Where do you go for instrument needs in the area? Is there anywhere else?

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