Traditionally, on the Saturday of Mother’s Day Weekend the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation hosts its Historic Homes Tour, their largest fundraiser of the year, as a way to celebrate the history and architecture of Saratoga Springs.
This year, due to social distancing guidelines, the Foundation will be hosting a Virtual Porch Party.
The event will feature live music by Rich Ortiz on Saturday, May 9th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. People are encouraged to gather on your porch or in the comfort of your own home, and share photos to win giveaways and contest prizes. There many ways to participate.
Participants can post a picture/video of you toasting preservation during the Virtual Porch Party on Saturday, May 9th to have the opportunity to win gift cards to local restaurants and stores.
The public can also participate in Porch Decorating Contests, decorations can reflect health, history, horses, a favorite place in Saratoga, or they can reflect what you will remember most about this moment in history. Those who participate will have the opportunity to win porch packages from TOGA HERITAGE and Impressions of Saratoga. The Porch Decorating Contests are open to everyone. The person who participates from the farthest distance will win a prize.
While it is not required, buying a Porch Party ticket is recommended, to reserve a spot for when the party is rescheduled at 748 North Broadway.
Participants can preserve their moment in history with a “Porch-trait” by Brian V Photography. This Saratoga area professional photographer will take a family photo of you on your Saratoga Springs porch to capture this moment and preserve it for the future. For a $50 donation you can reserve one of the limited times available on Friday, May 8th or Saturday, May 9th in Saratoga Springs. Reservations must be secured by Thursday, May 7th at 5 pm.
To donate, buy a ticket, participate in the porch decorating contest, reserve your “Porch-trait,” and to learn more about the various ways to be eligible for giveaways, visit the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation website.
Photo of Rich Ortiz courtesy The Harris Co.