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*Valid at WBU-Saratoga Springs only. You can get a half-price wreath with each $50 purchase. Not valid with other discounts, coupons, or offers or on previous purchases. Valid now thru 12/24/2013 while wreath supplies last.
Dark-eyed Juncos - The "Snowbird"
Dark-eyed Juncos are often called "Snowbirds," possibly due to the fact that many people believe their return from their northern breeding grounds foretells the return of cold and snowy weather.
Another possible source of the nickname may be the white belly plumage and slate-colored back of the junco which has been described as "leaden skies above, snow below."
Juncos spend the entire winter in flocks averaging in size from six to thirty or more birds.
For all your support we'd like to add, "Thanks for Shopping Indie!": Our booksellers have selected some of their favorite titles and if you purchase one you'll receive a $5.00 Northshire Gift Card. Look for the books with the Thanks for Shopping Indie bookmark.
Every month the Northshire Bookstore puts a Spotlight on a local non-profit in various ways.
Please join us as we honor the charitable, compassionate, and educational work of our neighbors throughout the region.
Give the Gift of Reading to Hundreds of Area Children. Please donate to our Book Angel Program!
We have hundreds of great books in stock in our Manchester store and not enough room to display them all. Please ask a book seller if there is one you are looking for or browse the section for one you did not know you wanted!
All of us here at the Northshire Bookstores wish you a very happy holiday season.
We have much to be grateful for this year with the birth of our Saratoga Springs store and the continued success of our Manchester store. We are looking forward to welcoming many friends on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and throughout the holiday season. Please remember that how you spend your money has a big impact on the vitality of your community. Keeping your shopping local and independent is the best way to reinvest in your community as your dollar will circulate many times and have lasting impact. This is an important time of year for us and most small businesses - we thank you for your support.
Please consider joining us in making sure area children receive at least one book as a gift. Our Book Angel program identifies children who would not otherwise receive a book (with the help of local schools) and makes it easy for customers to buy books or donate money for us to choose books for these youngsters. We give out well over 500 titles in the Manchester area each year and are looking forward to expanding the program to Saratoga. Even if you can't make it into the store, you can donate on-line. Thank you for supporting this wonderful program.
Our event with Doris Kearns Goodwin on December 6 is sold out, but there are still some tickets available to see Ann Patchett on December 11th. Both events are being held in Saratoga. Don't miss this special opportunity to see and hear this world class author.
Northshire Bookstore has the best in books, as well as a huge array of unique gifts, AND in each of our stores an entire floor devoted to kids. We are truly a one-stop shopping destination.
Esteemed art critic and biographer Deborah Solomon presents her her spirited and authoritative biography, American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell. Many of our friends and neighbors recall Mr. Rockwell vividly and, in some instances, even posed for him; don't miss this very special final event of 2013!
This event is scheduled in Manchester. It is free and open to the public.
New Books for Decmmber
A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition, by Lee Mendelson, Hardcover, $19.99 No holiday season would be complete without watching Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang give a forgotten tree a little love, recite the Christmas story, and sing "Silent Night." A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition is a delightful and fitting salute to the holiday special that never fails to deepen your love of Christmas, touch your heart, and give you hope. Read more...
Big New Yorker Book of Cats, by Anthony Lane, Hardcover, $40.00 Look what The New Yorker dragged in! It's the purr-fect gathering of talent celebrating our feline companions. This bountiful collection, beautifully illustrated in full color, features articles, fiction, humor, poems, cartoons, cover art, drafts, and drawings from the magazine's archives. Read more...
Puddin', by Clio Goodman, Hardcover, $25.00 The classic American treat finally gets its due: foolproof pudding recipes, from irresistible standards to inventive modern twists, by the chef and owner of New York City's popular pudding destination. Read more...
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells,by Sebastian Faulks, Hardcover, $25.99 This clever tribute to brings a smile to those of us who have read and re-read the many Wodehouse novels and have always wished there were more. The voice and the tone are just right and at times the reader forgets it is not the original. If anything, Faulks humanizes Bertie Wooster and smartens him up while propelling this character to a final act of closure. Delightful! ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank Read more...
Through the Evil Days, by Julia Spencer-Fleming, Hardcover, $25.99 As the days and hours tick by, Russ and Clare fight personal and professional battles they've never encountered. In the course of this one tumultuous week the lives of the Millers-Kill residents readers have come to love and cherish change forever. Readers have waited years for Through The Evil Days and Julia Spencer-Fleming delivers with the exquisite skill and craftsmanship that have made her such a success. Read more...
The Smithsonian's History of American in 101 Objects, by Richard Kurin, Hardcover, $50.00 The Smithsonian Institution is America's largest, most important, and most beloved repository for the objects that define our common heritage. Now Under Secretary for Art, History, and Culture Richard Kurin, aided by a team of top Smithsonian curators and scholars, has assembled a literary exhibition of 101 objects from across the Smithsonian's museums that together offer a marvelous new perspective on the history of the United States. Read more...
Hardcover, $24.95 This new holiday book features amazing paper engineering and pop-ups from the same paper engineer that developed the best-selling Snowflakes title. This unique pop-up interpretation of a beloved Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale is destined to be another classic to be enjoyed for years by the entire family.
Cinder: A Chicken Cinderella, by Jan Brett, Hardcover, $17.99 Jan Brett sets her Cinderella story in a snowy Russian winter where one magical night, Cinders, the most picked upon hen in the flock, becomes the most loved by Prince Cockerel when she arrives at his ball looking so beautiful that even her bossy sisters don't recognize her. Readers will find these dressed up chickens comical as they pour over the extravagant setting, including a "WOW"-inducing double gatefold of chicken couples whirling around the ballroom. A feast for the eyes sure to become a perennial favorite. Read more...
A young seamstress and a royal nursemaid find themselves at the center of an epic power struggle in this stunning young-adult debut.
On the eve of Princess Sophia's wedding, the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches: brocade and satin and jewels, feasts of sugar fruit and sweet spiced wine. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls.
Paperback, $12.95 The verses of this book were written in 1982 and first read at a Christmas Eve service at the church David was then pastoring in upstate New York.
This book is dedicated to the memory of his mother, Helen Hall, who first read to him the Biblical account of Christ's birth. Many thanks to David's four beautiful nieces, Josie, Debora, Emma, and Amy Hall for their illustrations.
David Hall lives in upstate New York and is now in his tenth year teaching the Bible at Grace Christian School in Bennington, Vermont.Read more...
ON ANY IN STORE PURCHASE IN DECEMBER. COUPON MUST BE PRESENT AT THE TIME OF THE DISCOUNT. DOES NOT APPLY TO THE PURCHASE OF GIFT CERTIFICATES. PLEASE SHARE THIS COUPON WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
These "snippets" posts are hard for me to write b/c they often take 2+ hours to create and edit. With a three-month old at home I'm lucky I have time to shower. Well I'll try writing this over a few days and see if I can fit it in here and there.
Margarita and I were out Greenwich way a while back and we stopped in to the Ice Cream Man for a sandwich. The staff there tells me to look for the new Saratoga South Broadway location to open in May or June of next year.
While heading out Rt 29, we noticed that the former Mango 29 Deli, near Schuylerville, is now "Joe's Deli".
CORRECTED: I haven't had a chance to go into the new TC Paris Sweet Mimi's Bakery in the former Beverly's location. That place sat empty for almost two years, so it's good to see it filled. TC Paris is on Henry Street where Inferno Pizza used to be - I would like to check that out to. Thank you Alexandra for alerting me to my error.
Speaking of closed Saratoga eateries, I miss the Saratoga Diner and Restaurant. All those empty restaurants on South Broadway and nobody wants to open a good diner.
Purdy's has been the big dog of Saratoga liquor stores, but now that they expanded into the neighboring former Hallmark store, it's even a bigger dog. Look out little dogs.
Friday, November 29th is the last day to receive your early registrant discount and save $5 for this year's First Night Saratoga 5k Run. So don't wait another day - register today at www.saratoga-arts.org/firstnight/5krun to be a part of a great Saratoga tradition!
If you thought this year's July 19th track opening was early, you were right. But if they open on their usual opening Friday, the 2014 opening date will be an even earlier July 18th. Let's hope NYRA has since squashed any dumb ideas to open earlier.
I sure miss Andrew McGuire, the former Saratogian Sports reporter. Our hometown daily's thoroughbred horse racing coverage has plummeted since he left. AP Wire stories just don't do it for me.
Continuing on that subject, I wrote a long posting about how the Saratogian's Breeder's Cup coverage showed how some of their weekend sports deadlines were around 7pm. Trouble is, I was never able to finish it and it quickly became old news. Nonetheless I put a lot of work into it and again it pinpointed just how early the Saratogian's weekend publishing deadlines are, so I'll link it on a back page here if you care to read it in it's incomplete form.
Hate to pile on our hometown daily, but they got scooped on their own story about paywalls going up on their web site. Both Saratoga Wire and All Over Albany were days ahead of the Saratogian's announcement of it. There never seems to be a sense of pride, ownership, or timeliness of news items at the Saratogian - items they should own and/or be the best at. You'd think they'd at least want to be first to report important news items about their own publication.
I see Gaffney's new addition came out looking nice. I don't get downtown as often as I used to - and I get to downtown bars even less these days - so some of these snippets are reporting months' old news. Gaffneys will be holding a South American wine pairing on December 7th. Click here for more info.
Not too far away from Gaffneys, I see there is a new cigar shop on Putnam Street on the other side of Izumi Restaurant. Check out Adirondack cigar shoppe's web site for info.
Sometime when I wasn't looking, 13 Caroline became the Caroline Street Pub. Heck for all I know that's been the case for years.
Also when I wasn't looking, the Crown Grill became "The Crown Grill at the Circus Cafe". Back in April, when the Crown Grill first opened, owner Colin McLean told the Saratogian "The Crown Grill will be upscale-casual and will offer guests a separate and distinct dining experience from Circus Café,". I guess that "separate and distinct" part is out the window.
Also when I wasn't looking, someone plowed down the old house and motel cottages on Ballston Ave near those white condos abutting the Saratoga Spa Park. I wonder what the plans for that now open lot are.
What's going on with that building immediately adjacent to the Best Western on South Broadway? It's seems like it's been half built - or half rehabbed - for 3 years now. It looks terrible. Did somebody run out of money?
I don't want to put this last because I'd hate to end on a sad note. I just wanted to say I knew Kyle York a little and I thought he was a very interesting, nice, and intelligent guy. I was very sad to hear about his untimely death. RIP Kyle.
Finally, did you catch this opinion piece in the Times Union this past weekend about Las Vegas style casino gambling in Saratoga Springs? Interesting. I have mixed feelings on the issue, but I think it's important to point out that someone voting "NO" for a constitutional amendment for Vegas-style casinos in the state, might not necessarily vote "NO" to Vegas-style casinos in their municipality once the electorate of the state has already approved the amendment. In other words, some could have been against the amendment, but after it passed they might think that since it's going somewhere, it should go to Saratoga. Just a thought.
Hey everybody have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! I am a blessed person so I have a lot to be thankful for.
The All Over Albany blog has the story here how both The Saratogian and The Record will soon have paywalls on them - which means you'll have to pay to get articles. It is part of a national strategy by the papers' parent company Digitial First Media.
As I predicted a while back, the St. John Neumann residence, next to St. Clements Church on Lake Avenue, has been listed for sale for $1.5 million. John Hart of Remax has the listing, which you can read here. It's a beautiful building with a lot of beautiful large trees in a park like setting. Let's hope the city has some protections in place to protect those trees should a developer wish to remove them.
Steve Miller played at SPAC a number of times in the 80s and 90s, but he hasn't been seen in these parts for a long time. The legendary guitarist will bring his band to Saratoga Springs on June 14, 2014 in a double bill with Journey. I have friends that have seen Steve Miller's shows years ago and they said he's not that great in concert - and seeing the rocker turned 70 last month (!) that's not going to change. Nonetheless, he has a fantastic catalog of music (We'll forgive you Stevie for "Abracadabra") and I am looking forward to this show. Go to Steve Miller's web site for more info.
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