It’s a Party on YOUR Porch!

Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation Presents Virtual Porch Party This Saturday

Rich Ortiz will return to play for you… Virtually.
Photo by The Harris Co.

Editor’s Note: Now THIS is a Community Spread concept I can get behind!

(Sorry to be flip, but I’ve been stuck inside for too long…)

But my admiration – both for the organization, and for any not-for-profit that creatively pivots on short notice – leads me to urge you to participate in this Saturday’s event… The details are below, and among those details note well that a ticket to this event will guarantee you a spot at the rescheduled (TBA) Porch Party that will occur after this ‘Germ warfare’ ceases. So make an investment in your future good times by supporting SSPF on Saturday – AG

SARATOGA SPRINGS – 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.  The event always kicks-off with a Porch Party. 

However, since the Foundation cannot gather people together because of social distancing guidelines, it invites you to join their Virtual Porch Party.  The event will feature live music by popular local musician Rich Ortiz on Saturday, May 9th from 5:30-7:30PM.  People are encouraged to gather on your porch or in the comfort of your own home, order food out to support your favorite local restaurant or make your own, and share photos to win giveaways and contest prizes.  There many ways to participate. 

– While it is not required, the Foundation asks that you donate or buy a Porch Party ticket so you have your spot reserved for when it does reschedule the party at 748 North Broadway.  By making a donation or buying a ticket you are providing critical support of the Foundation’s mission to preserve the places that matter to the community. 

– 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 great local restaurants and stores that were purchased by the Board of Directors of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation as their way to support locally-owned businesses that over the years have given so much to the Foundation.

– Get into the spirit leading up to the event and have some fun by creatively decorating your porch.  The Foundation wants to see your best Saratoga-themed porch decorations and decorations that reflect this moment in history.  The decorations can reflect health, history, horses, a favorite place in Saratoga – Canfield Casino, Caffe Lena, Congress Park, SPAC, UPH, Yaddo, or others – or they can reflect what you will remember most about this moment in history – wearing a mask, worrying about toilet paper, creating rainbows, doing puzzles, or zoom meetings.  If you participate, you have the opportunity to win great porch packages from TOGA HERITAGE and Impressions of Saratoga.  The Porch Decorating Contests are open to everyone, near and far.   The person who participates from the farthest distance will win a prize.

Preserve your moment in history with a “Porch-trait” by Brian V Photography.  This local professional photographer will take a family photo of you on your 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 8 or Saturday, May 9 in Saratoga Springs.  Reservations must be secured by Thursday, May 7th at 5PM.

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  and follow the event on Facebook. 

The Foundation looks forward to “seeing” you all at the Virtual Porch Party on Saturday!

The Foundation thanks the Historic Homes Tour Honorary Co-Chairs, Charles and Candace Wait, and the many Honorary Committee members. The Foundation is grateful for the generous support of Ionic Level Sponsors – The Adirondack Trust Company, Bonacio Construction, Inc., Julie & Co. Realty, New York Racing Association, and Saratoga Builders Association; Doric Level Sponsors – Brand 21, DeCrescente Distributing Company, Miller Printing, and Saratoga Today; and Tuscan Level Sponsors – Allerdice Ace Hardware, The Alpine Sport Shop, Burns Management, Cudney’s Cleaners, DeGraff, Foy & Kunz Attorneys at Law, Discover Saratoga, Hilltop Construction, Life & Love Events, Roohan Realty, Sensory Six, Springer Holdings LLC, Stewart’s Shops, Sterling Manor Financial LLC, Teakwood Builders, Witt Construction, and Zieker Eye Ophthalmology.  The Foundation is particularly grateful for the support received for this event thus far, as it allows it to continue to fulfill their mission during these uncertain times. 

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