With the unusually mild weather, the Handsome Husband and I were happy to join the good-natured crowds at Saratoga's First Night festivities. Varied entertainment, family-friendly activities, and reasonable admission prices makes this a popular local event.
We were able to see five acts before the fireworks at midnight and still managed to fit in a quick dinner at Hattie's.
The acts we saw were the Heavenly Echoes Gospel Chorus out of Albany; Mamalama (new age/world music); Captain Squeeze & The Zydeco Moshers , who got everyone up dancing - and I mean everyone; the venerable Ernie Williams , who must be well into his 80's but can still play a mean blues guitar and fill a venue with happy fans; and The Fighting 86s Irish Band. With some regret, we skipped a few of our favorites this year, like Sonny and Perley , but ya just can't do it all...
Folks like me who grew up horse-crazy, devouring books by C. W. Anderson, Marguerite Henry, and Walter Farley, already know that all thoroughbred racehorses have the same "birthday", January 1.
Thoroughbreds are raced by age. The Kentucky Derby, for example, is a race for three-year-olds. To keep the eligibility simple, all thoroughbreds are considered to be a year older on January 1, regardless of their actual date of birth.
Old Friends Farm in nearby Greenfield Center, NY, is a retirement facility for former racehorses. They opened their facility today for tours and a birthday party in honor of their thoroughbred residents, who are all officially a year older today. They even had birthday cake for their visitors.