10/07-10/09 Weekend Insider Roundup

Welcome to your second October weekend! The forecast is finally clear skies and sunshine so get outside and celebrate fall's favorite month. My top pick is the do-it-yourself Saratoga Farms Tour, where you get to go to whichever farms you please, stay however long you want and sample delicious local products along the way (also a good time to pick out the perfect pumpkin in preparation for Halloween carving). Keep reading about other local events in the area this weekend ranging from a little TLC at the spa to an old-school car show in B.Spa.




Treat yourself to a spa treatment this Saturday 

  • Health & Wellness/ Spa Appreciation Day. Pamper yourself this weekend at Kaivalya Spa & Wellness Center for Spa Appreciation Day. They will be offering major discounts on spa services including a scrumptious sounding pomegranate and green tea massage at $35 for 30 minutes and $50 for 60 minutes; a huge steal on Swedish massages for just $45 an hour and various other discounts on body scrubs, facials and reflexology. Unwind without breaking the bank - go ahead, you deserve it. Kaivalya Spa & Wellness Center, 7 Wells Street Saratoga Springs. Saturday, Oct. 8. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (209-1150 www.kaivalya.us). FREE entry.

Go on a DIY farm tour
  • Saratoga County Farm Tour. If the words "farm tour" sound more like a nightmare than a fun weekend activity to you, think again. On this unique tour of Saratoga's farms, you can bring friends, family or go solo as you drive yourself around to whichever of the seven participating farms you so please. It's fall and that means many yummy winter vegetables are starting to come into season, the pumpkins are ripe for the picking and the apples are at their prime. Guests will have the chance to sample local products, visit the farm animals and watch various demos. Farms featured include: Hanehan's Pumpkins, Schuyler Farms, Mill Creek Farm, General Bailey Homestead Farm, Joy of the Journey Farm, Lladybug Llamas and Willow Marsh Farm. Around Saratoga County - Saratoga, Ballston and Greenfield. Saturday, Oct. 8. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (885-8995 www.saratogafarms.com). FREE.
If you haven't celebrate Oktoberfest... now is the time
  • OctoBEERfest at the Mill. Head down to the Mill on Round Lake for their version of Oktoberfest - OctoBEERfest. How much explanation is needed for this one? Great beer, great company and live music - enough said. Celebrate fall with a cold on this Saturday. The Mill on Round Lake, 2121 Route 9, Round Lake. Saturday, Oct. 8. 2 to 8 p.m. (899-LAKE www.myfavoritetaverns.com). FREE admission.
Deal 'em in and test your poker face at a poker tournament
  • Texas Hold 'Em Tournament. Think you've got what it takes to be the best of the best in Texas Hold 'Em this weekend? Proceeds go to charity so there's no excuse not to head to the American Legion in Clifton Park on Saturday. Come early for dinner. All donations go to benefit Hannah's Hope Fund. American Legion, Crescent Road, Clifton Park. Saturday, Oct. 8. 4 p.m. start. (371-4463 www.hannahshopefund.org). $100 Suggested donation.
Catch a hockey game
  • Phantoms Season Opener: Phantoms vs. Connecticut. Believe it or not, it's that time of year again - hockey season. Support the Adirondack Phantoms as they kick off their 2011-2012 season Saturday night. Watch the boys take on Connecticut at the Glens Falls Civic Center and support the regional AHL team in its third ever season. Dress warm and don't forget the hot chocolate! Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls. Saturday, Oct. 8. 7 to 9:30 p.m. (480-3356). $10 Kids tickets; $13.04, $16.25, $20.53, $22.67, $28.02. 

Head back in time at a nostalgic car show
  • 'The Way We Were' Car Show. Hosted once again by the B.Spa Business & Professional Association, 'The Way We Were' Car Show features hundreds of classic old-school cars with all proceeds benefiting Ballston Spa community events and project. If you've got an old beauty you want to enter, the first 400 entries receive event dash plaques and the first 200 will receive car show souvenirs. Trophies will be awarded to the top 5 cars in 13 divisions - some categories include: Mayor's choice, best engine, best paint job and oldest vehicle. Bring the family for a festive atmosphere in downtown Ballston Spa this Sunday. Wiswall Park, Front Street, Ballston Spa. Sunday, Oct. 9. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (885-2772). FREE to attend. $10 Registration day of show.
Say goodbye to Grant Cottage for the season
  • Family Fall Festival at Ulysses S. Grant Cottage. Usher out the season at Grant Cottage with a family-fun festival. There will be hands-on activities for both kids and adults and the chance to sample some cake on the porch. Admission is free with tours running at usual costs. Enjoy the foliage with some of the area's most breathtaking views for a Sunday full of wholesome fun. Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, Wilton. Sunday, Oct. 9. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (584-4353 www.grantcottage.org). FREE.


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