If you are looking for a last minute weekend outing, consider the 15th annual Frost Faire, held tomorrow, Saturday, January 23rd from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the Saratoga Battlefield. The day features free indoor and outdoor activities that promise to be a lot of fun.
Here are the day’s events as listed on their website:
At the Visitor Center:
–18th Century handwriting demonstrations
–Decorative tin piercing
–Exhibit by Stillwater Town Historian`s Office
–Musket firings by the 13th Albany County Militia Regiment
–2nd Continental Artillery Regiment cannon firings
11:30 AM and 2:00 PM: Native American Storytelling with Jim Bruchac
1:00 PM: Guided Snowshoe Hike –BYO snowshoes; meet at the Visitor Center
Tour Road Stop #1:
–Snow Tubing the “Big Hill” — snow tubes required
–Horse-drawn carriage rides between the parking area and Stop 1
–Giant Soldier Puzzle & Ice Bowling
–Warming Tent with cocoa and cookies
Winter Nature Hike & Scavenger Hunt –meet at the Warming Tent
You can call the information desk at: 518-664-9821 ext. 224, if you have any questions regarding this event.
If you cannot make the Frost Faire, there are many other events and seasons to enjoy this national treasure. Here are just a few opportunities to look into:
In February the park kicks off black history month with History in a Bucket: Tales of a Hudson River Slave and a Cabin Fever Escape series offers the “Armchair Tours of America`s National Parks” .
In March, the park kicks of women’s history month with the 18th Century Tea and Fashion Show .
When the weather gets a little warmer, enjoy National History Walks, Guided Bicycle Tours, Children`s Programs, Ranger Guided Evening Strolls, and Tuesday Lunchtime Music Series just to name a few programs.
If you want to explore the grounds on your own, whether by car, sled, snowshoe, foot, ski or bike, you can do a self-guided tour of the Battlefield by picking up a park map and brochure at the visitor center when you pay your entrance fee. The Visitor Center has a a few displays as well as a restroom and gift shop. It is open 9am to 5pm daily, 7 days per week (except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.)
The park includes two additional sites that are only open during the summer season:
Schuyler House is the restored home of General Philip Schuyler, 7 miles north of the Battlefield.
Saratoga Monument is a 155-foot obelisk commemorating the American victory in the Battles of Saratoga, 7.5 miles north of the Battlefield.
Whichever event or season you make it the Saratoga Battlefield, you will be overwhelmed by this piece of history we have right in our own backyard!
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