Saratoga Victorian Streetwalk 2010

Posted on December 5, 2010 at 4:13 pm
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Thursday marked the 24th annual Victorian Streetwalk downtown Saratoga Springs, NY. I was in town to support my friend Zoë Lobdell for her first photo show and decided to hit the main avenue a little later. It was packed. Broadway was blocked from 6 to 10 p.m. and thousands of people had gathered despite the frigid cold. If you are not familiar with this American tradition, imagine an old-fashioned street party in celebration of the holiday season. Add people in Victorian costumes caroling the streets, disgruntled reindeers, ice sculptures, musicians, singers, magicians, Santa, and you found yourself a nice way to spend a Thursday evening in town.

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Big thanks to this lovely anonymous couple in the header photo. I spotted them from a distance, and this shot would not have been possible without my favorite zoom. I like how it came out, it has a warm, cinematic feel to it. Funny enough, it took them less than 12 hours to find the photo online. Smallbany.

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I had taken pictures of the Victorian Stroll in Troy, NY back in 2006, with my old camera, but I was not expecting the same event to be so big in Saratoga Springs, especially on a week night. Most businesses stayed open until 10 p.m. and served free refreshments. I do not drive up north too often but I was not going to pass on a delicious treat at Mrs. London’s. I did not pass twice, to be more accurate.

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Almost 50 entertainment sites had been planned for this event, coordinated by Susan Farnsworth, of the Downtown Business Association. New this year were Maryleigh & the Fauves & Betsy and the ByeGons playing music, Alan Edstrom performing magic, Norma Colasessano on the accordion, a Holiday Jazz Ensemble, and Puddles the Clown. I was just here for Puddles the Clown, of course.

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Returning this year were Tequila Mockingbirds, Lyl Harper, “The Ice Man”, Karlinda Caldicot on harp. Also returning, The Abundant Life Church, The Whippersnappers, Tim Wechgelaer Victorian Fiddle, Rich Ortiz, Skidmore A Cappella singing groups, Father Christmas, Santa Sax (see below), John & Orion Kribs and more.

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A Victorian Streetwalk seems to be the perfect occasion to grow sideburns. I shall keep that in mind.

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Ice sculptures by “The Ice Man”, Charles Jones. Not to be confused with the other Iceman, who is actually crazy.

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They were singing a few minutes earlier, but that’s a lot harder to capture in a photo.

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These two horses were really popular with kids, and with French people with a fisheye lens for the night.

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This is Santa Sax. You really want to be careful pronouncing this performer’s name around kids.

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There were a couple reindeers on display, unfortunately not loose on the streets. I realize it looks a bit freaked out in this picture above, but I hear these crazy eyes are pretty common.

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La la la la laaaa la la la laaaaaa. In this photo above, try to spot who is not really singing :)

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A lovely storefront, that I completely botched with my fisheye lens. I had a 15mm that night, and a 70-200mm zoom, not much of a choice unfortunately. There is still time to look at these decorations this winter, on Broadway Av.

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I wanted to check the Victorian Stroll in Troy this Sunday, from 11am to 5pm, but I figured that was enough Victorian photos for this winter. To be honest I feel like this event looks more festive at night. Saratoga, I’ll see you next year. You could join.

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