Saratoga Shorts - Arts Fest Friday fest today; Yaddo gets grant; Opera Saratoga public meeting on Saturday

Reminder: Arts Fest Fridays presents “Holidays at Home Made Theater,” a free, multi-genre arts and performance event at the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Spa State Park. The event – a co-presentation of Saratoga Arts Fest and Spring Street Gallery - takes place 5 -7:30 p.m. Friday, and this month features a1940’s themed staging inspired by the classic film “Miracle on 34th Street.” For a schedule lineup GO HERE Yaddo announced Wednesday that it had received a $250,000 gift from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation to underwrite the cost of a new live-work studio for a visual artist. The studio is one of five currently under construction on the 400-acre estate, a National Historic Landmark that welcomes over 200 artists working in a variety of disciplines each year. The visual arts studio will be named in Frankenthaler’s honor. Helen Frankenthaler’s association with Yaddo extended over many years, and included serving on the community’s Board of Trustees from 1973 to 1978. The new cabins sit atop a ridge overlooking Yaddo’s recently restored ponds, away from the noise of the interstate highway and tucked into the surrounding woods, each with an extraordinary vista. The visual arts studio is approximately 1,000 square feet, with a cathedral ceiling. The first guest is scheduled to be in residence in April 2016.

Saratoga Town Historian Sean Kelleher will present a talk on the Dutch in Old Saratoga at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. The discussion will be part of the Festival of Trees and Craft Fair at Saratoga Town Hall, which takes place 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and is located at the intersection of Routes 29 and 4, and adjacent o the Schuylerville Central School District grounds. Admission to events is free.

Opera Saratoga hosts the company’s annual meeting and Town Hall discussion 10 a.m. Saturday in the Dee Sarno Theatre at the Saratoga Arts building, 320 Broadway. The event is free and open to the public, and will include discussions by board president Rosemarie Rosen and artistic and general director Lawrence Edelson. Opera Saratoga - formerly known as Lake George Opera – is making the meeting open to the public to provide the opportunity to share news about the company’s future plans, and to encourage the public to actively participate in its future.