06/24-06/26 Weekend Insider Roundup

Here it is folks: the first installment of a (potentially) regular weekly "Weekend Insider Roundup" column that seeks to answer the question, "What are we going to do this weekend?" From film screenings to drink specials, there's always something going on around Saratoga and I'm here to hopefully help you make the most of the amazing town we live in. 

Please feel free to email me or leave comments with any feedback, suggestions for next week or upcoming events you might want to see featured. It's still a work in progress, but I'm really excited about the possibility of this insider roundup becoming a weekly staple on the blog, on our website and eventually in print.

Enjoy the weekend!



Free ice cream alert.
  • Walker’s Farm and Battenkill Valley Creamery pass out free ice cream to celebrate dairy month. Free ice cream cones and the chance to pet baby calves? Enough said. Walker’s Farm. 5565 State Route 4, Fort Ann. 12 to 3 p.m. (800-480-5223 www.walkerstore.cc). FREE.
The Saratoga Film Forum presents a special four-day ‘Tour De Film: Four films on two wheels’ event to celebrate the upcoming kickoff of the 98th annual Tour de France bicycle race on Saturday, July 2.
  • Serotta Custom Bicycles Factory TourGet behind the scenes and see how top-quality racing bikes are made on this unique guided tour. 41 Geyser Road, Saratoga Springs. Friday, June 24. 11 a.m. (584-8100 ext. 213 www.serotta.com). Call for reservations. FREE.
  • Catch a Saratoga Film Forum screening of the 2009 documentary film The Cyclocross MeetingCyclocross is an innovative and challenging sport that requires athletes to complete a series of laps on different terrain (steep hills, grass, pavement, etc.). A cyclocross race course is designed with a series of obstacles that require racers to quickly dismount and carry their lightweight bicycles around barriers during a competition. See what it’s all about and hear from expert guest speakers including John Onderdonk, co-promoter of Saratoga Spa Cyclocross Race; Chuck Quackenbush, co-founder of NYCross.com and Eric Schillinger, director of the NYCross.com cyclocross team. 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Friday, June 24. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7:30 screening. (584-FILM www.saratogafilmforum.org). $8-$10 discounts for members.
Drink, dance and jam on the deck at Good Times.
  • The Good Times Lakeview Restaurant’s first annual Deck Jam! Come out for Good Times’ first annual Deck Jam benefit to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research. The three-hour event will feature live music by local rock n’ roll group Harmony Rocks along with free beer (yes, FREE beer), food and exciting door prizes. Rumor has it Vince Gallagher of YNN news will make a special guest appearance. The Good Times Lakeview Restaurant. 175 Lake View Road, Ballston Lake. Friday, June 24. 6 to 9 p.m. (399-9976www.goodtimesrestaurant.com). $25 donation.
Get Shaken, not stirred, at Tiznow’s spy-themed party.
  • 007 Secret Agent Rendezvous Party. Dress to impress at Tiznow’s secret agent party. Channel your inner James Bond and come ready to dance the night away with Saratoga SAVOY. Tiznow Restaurant. 84 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs. Friday, June 24. 9:30 to late. (587-5132 www.tiznowrestaurant.com,www.saratogasavoy.com). FREE.


Saratoga Film Forum’s "Tour De Film: Four films on two wheels’’ event continues…
  • 8:00 a.m. Group bike ride sponsored by Serotta Bicycles. Inspired by a weekend of cycling culture? Get out there and give it a go on a group bike ride through Saratoga with expert guides from Serotta Bikes. Includes a BBQ lunch at Serotta’s to refuel after a morning spent working up a sweat on the road. Serotta Custom Bicycle Factory. 41 Geyser Road, Saratoga Springs. Saturday, June 25. Meet at 8 a.m for a 9 a.m. departure. (584-8100 ext. 213 www.serotta.com). Price information available on request. 
  • Watch the 2010 documentary Chasing Legends. Chasing Legends tells the history of the famous Tour de France bike race and examines the passion, dedication and journeys of its athletes. Find out what drives these tough men and women to bike over 2,000 miles across some of the world’s toughest terrain each year. Guest speakers include category 1 racer Beth Miller-Ruiz, category 1 racer and VP of Capital Bicycle Racing Club, Andy Ruiz and Ben Serotta of Serotta Bicycles. 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Saturday, June 25. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7:30 screening. (584-FILM www.saratogafilmforum.org). $8-$10 discounts for film forum members.
Head to Lake George for the 2011 Lobsterbake
  • Lake George Beer, Wine and Lobsterbake. Kick off summer right at the Boathouse Restaurant for this can’t miss event. Ticket prices are worth every penny and include access to an open bar, a variety of appetizers and a pound and a half of lobster, juicy steaks, a chocolate fountain and live music and entertainment throughout the night. The Boathouse Restaurant. 3210 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George. Saturday, June 25. 5 to 9 p.m. (800-853-1632 www.lakegeorge.com). $99 in advance, $129 at the door.
Taste wine for a cause
  • Wine tasting for Tricia’s Healing FundCome enjoy a deluxe wine tasting with a variety of appetizers and a silent auction to benefit Tricia’s Healing Fund. Tricia Stampfli was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, Satage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer, in March 2011 — All proceeds will go toward Tricia’s medical treatment and recovery. Saratoga Winery. 462 Route 29, Saratoga Springs. Saturday, June 25. 7 to 10 p.m. (584-9463 www.thesaratogawinery.com). $25— $50 discounts for couples and for advance purchase.
Spice things up at a traditional Argentine tango party
  • Saratoga SAVOY Milonga party. On the fourth Saturday of every month, Saratoga SAVOY hosts a Milonga or traditional Argentine tango party. All experience levels are invited to enjoy an exotic night of Argentine tango, salsa and Latin dance. Tickets include a selection of appetizers including fine cheeses, veggies and pastries to keep you grooving and spinning all night long. Saratoga SAVOY Center of Dance. 7 Wells Street, Saratoga Springs. Saturday, June 25. 8 to 11 p.m. (587-5132 www.saratogasavoy.com). $10.


Unwind with a glass of vino at Wheatfield’s Restaurant.
  • Wheatfield’s weekly Sunday “Winedown.” Relax and unwind for a lazy Sunday on the Wheatfield’s patio. Sip on a selection of three wines hand picked by the bartender and enjoy a plate of hors d’oeuvres included in the price. A great chance to pick your server’s brain and become the wine connoisseur you’ve always wanted to be. Wheatfields Restaurant and Bar. 440 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Wheatfield’s Bistro and Wine Bar. Crossing Boulevard, Clifton Park. Sunday, June 26. 2 to 6 p.m. (587-0534 www.wheatfields.com). $7— $10.


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