Village of Ballston Spa
Village of Ballston Spa
Village Office
(518) 885~5711

In some respects given its rich history, the whole Village of Ballston Spa is a museum. That does not mean it faces the past - just the opposite. You need only stroll downtown along Front and Milton Streets to see that ours is a vibrant and optimistic, forward-looking community. But we do have two museums, and these are important. Brookside Museum, current home to the Saratoga County historical society, is housed in the original building that Benajah Douglas built in 1792, which then became the Aldridge House, which today is the Brookside. The National Bottle Museum on the other hand, may be housed in "newer" quarters, but its mission is to preserve the history of our nation’s first major industry, bottle making. Its exhibits often change as the museum takes advantage of its access to collections all over the United States. That makes it worth visiting - repeatedly.

Brookside Museum

The Brookside Museum, home of the Saratoga County Historical Society
Where:
6 Charlton Street
When:
Tue - Fri : 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tel:
518-885-4000

VISION

The Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside Museum inspires community memory and tells the story of Saratoga County. SCHS is vital to the growth of our community because it unifies and strengthens communal bonds, fosters exploration and discovery about shared heritage, exercises imaginations, and provides inspiration for societal growth. SCHS promotes a deeper understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of Saratoga County’s past for an audience of diverse backgrounds and levels of interest through interactive education programs, innovative exhibits, ambitious web programming, personal experiences, and enduring relationships.

MISSION

The Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside Museum leads Saratoga County in the preservation of local history and in educating our community’s broader audience, making the rich history and community memory both relevant and accessible.

COMMITMENT

We are committed to conducting ourselves in all that we do according to the highest professional and ethical standards. We strive to create educational opportunities for visitors while accommodating a wide range of experiences and learning styles. We are dedicated to managing our finances and resources prudently and to valuing and developing our staff and volunteers.

National Bottle Museum

The National Bottle Museum
Where:
76 Milton Avenue
Tel:
518-885-7589

The National Bottle Museum’s mission is to preserve the history of our nation’s first major industry, bottle making. Well-planned museum exhibits allow visitors to view a myriad of beautiful and colorful glass bottles, and Museum docents are available to provide guided tours of the exhibits. The Museum is an international resource for information about bottle-making, and includes a research library, as well as free information on identifying, collecting and preserving antique bottles. Exhibits frequently change as the Museum takes advantage of its access to collections all over the United States and borrowed objects from members’ collections. The Museum also sponsors an antique bottle show and sale every June, which draws visitors and antique dealers from across the United States and Canada.

The Museum Glassworks offers classes in lampworking, a process of working with glass rods and tubing to create smaller objects from hot glass. A full-sized glass furnace has recently been installed so that students and visitors are now able to experience for themselves techniques employed by glassblowers of the past, and still employed by the glass artists of today.

Anyone interested in becoming a Museum member may contact the Museum for rates and additional information. Members regularly receive a newsletter, well-researched articles on antique and collectible bottles and their history, and a calendar of upcoming bottle shows in the US, Canada, and England.

 

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Upcoming Events

11 Dec 2017;
07:30PM -
Village Board Meeting
27 Dec 2017;
07:00PM -
Village Zoning Board to Meet
08 Jan 2018;
07:30PM -
Village Board Meeting

Calendar at a Glance 2017

2017 Main & Ongoing

  • Movies in the Park: TBA
    Wiswall Park
  • 2017 Village Pool Lessons Registration Weekend:
  • Saturday June 17, 9 a.m. - 12 noon
  • Sunday   June 18, 9 a.m. - 12 noon
  • Swim Lessons Session:
  • 6 weeks, every other weekday rotation June 26th - August 4th.
  • Farmers Market: June 14 - Sept. 30, 2017
    Wiswall Park, Thursdays 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. – noon.
  • Concerts in the Park:
    Wiswall Park, Thursday evenings 6-8 p.m.

April

        * Easter Egg Hunt, April 2, 2017, Milton Community Center, 1 - 4 p.m.

May

        * GottaGetGon Folk Festival, May 26-29, 2017 Saratoga County Fairgrounds.

June

  • Village Wide Garage Sale & Antiques Festival, June 10 - 11, 2017.
  • 3rd Annual Balloon & Craft Festival: June 16 - 18, 2017, Saratoga County Fairgrounds, 12 noon - 9 p.m.
  • Family Fun Day at Saratoga County Fairgrounds, June 25, 2017, 3:00 - 9:30 p.m.
  • National Bottle Museum Show & Sale, June 4, 2017, Saratoga County Fairgrounds.

 July

  • Saratoga County Fair, July 18 - 23, 2017.

 August

  • Ballston Spa Int'l Short Film Festival, Iron Spring Park, August 4 - 5, 2017.
  • Adirondack Circuit AKC Dog Show, Saratoga County Fairgrounds, August 9-13, 2017.
  • World's Largest Yard Sale, Saratoga County Fairgrounds, August 5, 2017.
  • Swimming Under the Stars, Village Municipal Pool, August 5, 2017, 8 p.m. - midnight.

 September

  • Irish 2000 Festival, Saratoga County Fairgrounds, September 15 & 17, 2017.
  • Antique Truck & Tractor Show, Saratoga County Fairgrounds, September 23 - 24, 2017.

 October

  • Goat Brothers Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet, Saratoga County Fairgrounds, October 7, 2017.
  • The Way We Were Car Show, Front St., October 15, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Falling Leaves Festival, Kelley Park, October 21, 2017, 3:00 - 7:30 p.m.

 November

  • Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Union Fire Company, Thanksgiving Day November 23, 2017.

 December

  • Victorian Christmas Parade & Family Festivities, December 2017.
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Emergency

Immediate Assistance: 911

Fire
911
Police
(518) 885-5033
Ambulance
(518) 885-1478
Animal Control
(518) 885-5033

Key Contacts

Village Office
(518) 885~5711
Central School
(518) 884~7195
Public Library
(518) 885~5022
Community Center
(518) 885~3261
Village Court
(518) 885~6393

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