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Arts on view
by Beverly Harrison Miller 67, Alumni Association President
The best time to visit Saratoga is the fall, followed by the spring. So says the alumni board of directors, which should know, since were on campus at least three times a year, and most of us even more. What follows is our list of Saratoga favorites.
Where to stay? We pick Union Gables (the old Furness House), owned by Jody Witkop 01, and Longfellows, a few miles south, owned by Steve Sullivan 79. Board member Carol Strickland 72 loves sitting in a rocker on the Union Gables porch. The house used to be Skidmores, and since its Jodys inn now, it really still is.
Longfellows is also a favorite for dinner. So is Sperrys, a regular Skidmore hangout. Other favorites are Wheatfields, the Olde Bryan Inn, Brunos (near the track, for pizza), Springwater Bistro, One Caroline Street, Gaffneys (for homemade French fries), the Country Corner (for breakfast), andsurprise!Aikins Dining Hall on campus. (Yes, eating is a favorite Saratoga activity for the alumni board.)
After dinner, try the Parting Glass for darts, live music, and good fries. The T&L (known as the No Name to old-time Skiddies) is the favorite bar of Justin Model 91. Jeff Anderson 93 likes the patio at Gaffneys on a summers night. There might be impromptu jazz at One Caroline Street. And in the summer, groups play on Broadway itself.
Although the track is the big draw in August, Jo Leach Lewis 57 likes the ballet and orchestra performances at SPAC. Walking down Broadway, Tony Llano 97 reads the dates on the Victorian buildings and pokes around in the Lyrical Ballad bookstore. Neil Astmann 00 stops in at Saratoga Debut for a haircut. Everyone likes the Shoe Depot (the only spot where my husband will buy shoes). Mabou on Broadway sells funky furniture and home decorations. Read the Times and listen to Coltrane over coffee at Uncommon Grounds. The gift shop at Skidmores Tang Museum just may be the best museum shop youll ever go to. (Of course, the Tang itself may be the best museum youll ever go to.)
Rob Resnick 88 enjoys visiting faculty and friends on campus and in town. Sibyl Waterman Haley 71 likes to walk down North Broadway and look at the wonderful homes. Skidmores North Woods are an absolute treasure: take a walk there and look for salamanders. The campus itself teems with activity. Dale Conron Ahearn 75 says that any student event is worth attending; ditto for the summer schedule of concerts, readings, and dance (year-round, see www.skidmore.edu for the events calendar). Or take a moment to sit under the tree at the northwest corner of Haupt Pond.
For alums, every trip to Saratoga begins and ends on campus. (Well, it really begins with the drive down North Broadway, still a favorite of Kim West 79 and Jill Richardson 92.) Sit on Case Green and observe campus life from the center. Walk around our gorgeous campus. Never, ever miss the Tang. Load up on items from the Skidmore Shop (a favorite T-shirt reads Skidmore Football: Undefeated Since 1922). Check out the views from the top floor of Scribner Library as you sit in a soft chair and read (or doze).
And whats the number-one Saratoga favorite for the alumni board? Skidmore, of course.