May 13 – Sheep to Shawl Community Day | 1pm-4pm
The long-running interactive “Sheep to Shawl” program at Brookside Museum returns to the Saratoga County History Center. Sheep, lambs, farmers, herders, and shearers, including the famous Fred the Shearer, and the Rock Day Spinning Guild will assemble on Brookside Museum’s front lawn to demonstrate every facet of sheep raising, shearing, and spinning to produce the wool clothing that was so ubiquitous in early America. Sheep to Shawl is a hands-on, family-friendly event. Young and the young-at-heart will have fun petting the sheep, meeting farmers, and participating in demonstrations. A terrific opportunity to enjoy the spring weather, learn about Saratoga County’s agricultural past, and enjoy some quality family time. We are grateful to Stewarts’ Shops Holiday Match program for their generous support of this educational opportunity.
May 19 – Fridays in the Herb Garden – Pungent Perfection: Garlic and Rosemary | 2pm-3pm
Kathleen Royka and Marilyn Stephenson will talk about Pungent Perfection: Garlic and Rosemary. This program will take place outside, in the beautiful gardens of Brookside Museum, weather permitting. As ever, questions and discussions about any aspect of gardening, historic or otherwise, will be welcome. Programs are free, and open, though registration and donations are appreciated.
May 19 – (Members Only) Opening of New Exhibit – “Saratoga County: Our Home!” | 5pm-8pm
May 20 – Opening of New Exhibit – “Saratoga County: Our Home!” | 1pm-5pm
This brand new exhibit takes guests on an immersive, artifact-rich journey spanning four centuries of Saratoga life, business, and nature. The exhibit fills three large rooms in the historic Brookside Museum, itself a cherished relic of local history from the early years of Saratoga resort life. From the First Nations who lived here before European settlement to the new tech-centered economy, “Saratoga County: Our Home!” offers guests a rich time-travel experience that will instill awe and respect for the county’s evolution.
May 24 – A Call to Duty: Saratoga County Veterans in WW2 | 7pm-8:30pm
Former Albany-based Associated Press reporter Christopher Carola tells the stories of the many Saratoga County residents who served in the military during the Second World War. Using local archives, wartime articles from The Saratogian and his own interviews with WWII veterans, Carola talks about the experiences of dozens of men and women who answered their nation’s call to duty. This talk is in-person and is free, though donations are always appreciated.