LOOKING AHEAD – With a new week underway, here are five events and news items our team of reporters is tracking.
CHOCOLATE FEST IN BALLSTON SPA
The 8th annual Ballston Spa Chocolate Festival will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3. Local restaurants, bakeries and chefs will offer sample-size chocolate dishes in three categories: sweet, savory and a chocolate beverage. Those attending the festival will judge the choices. The festival is being held during the village’s First Fridays, which also include live music, artist demonstrations and other special promotions from businesses. More information can be found at ballston.org.
— Shenandoah Briere
LAKE GEORGE WINTER CARNIVAL KICKS OFF THIS WEEKEND
The annual Lake George Winter Carnival will return Saturday, Feb. 4, with a series of free activities that include a chili cook-off, parade and an assortment of other activities, including the beloved outhouse races. The festival has been an annual tradition in the village of Lake George for decades and typically attracts thousands from across the region. The event runs each weekend in February with a wide assortment of activities to do partake in and admittance is free. For more information, check visitlakegeorge.com.
— Chad Arnold
NEW YORK BIGFOOT SOCIETY PRESENTATION
Founder of the New York Bigfoot Society and the Tri-City NY Paranormal Society, Gary Robusto, will be holding a talk about cryptids and Bigfoot in New York on Friday, Feb. 3 at the Historic Grooms Tavern in Clifton Park. The event will start at 7 p.m. Robusto has been a paranormal researcher for 24 years and has been featured on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, National Geographic, Travel Channel, Destination America and on international television. The event is part of the First Friday events at the Historic Grooms Tavern. For more information, contact the Clifton Park’s Office of Parks and Recreation at (518)-371-6667.
— Natasha Vaughn-Holdridge
ROTTERDAM JUNCTION FULL MOON SNOW WALK
A Full Moon Snow Walk will take place on Friday, Feb. 3 at the Mabee Farm historic site in Rotterdam Junction. The Full Snow Moon of February marks the midpoint between winter solstice and spring equinox. Celebrate the Snow Moon with a short illuminated walk in the woods of the Woestyne. The event will run from 5:00 t0 6:30 p.m., with kids 12 and under receiving free and adult tickets for $10. For more information, visit schenectadyhistorical.org.
WINE AND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL IN SCHENECTADY
The Wine and Chocolate Festival returns to the Capital District on Saturday with a twist. It will be held inside the Van Gogh experience at Armory Studios NY in Schenectady. The festival will feature regional wine and chocolate vendors and attendees can sample their way through the festival while viewing the Van Gogh exhibit.
The event is broken into two sessions: an early session from 1-4 p.m., and a later session from 5-8 p.m. Advance tickets are $35 for general admission and $20 for designated drivers. For more information visit wineandchocolatefestivals.com/events/schenectady.
— Indiana Nash
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