Last December, we celebrated the start of a new era for Saratoga Springs’ last operating farm, a 166-acre property that had been in the Pitney family since its purchase by Jonathan Pitney in 1862.
Tonight we celebrate again, and thank all who are helping to achieve the Pitney family’s vision of a major center for sustainable farming, education in agriculture, and training of farmers in advanced, small-scale techniques.
The tireless efforts of our volunteers and the generosity of our donors are making possible the rapid development of Pitney Meadows Community Farm into a home for community gardens, year-round produce, and agricultural education. By participating in tonight’s event, you are helping to further Pitney Meadows’ educational mission through support of the high tunnel in which we are seated for this remarkable dinner, establishment of a Children’s Garden and Greenhouse, and the development of a network of trails.
Together, we are ensuring the Pitney family’s agricultural legacy will endure forever. Thank you!
President and Board Chair, Pitney Meadows Community Farm
Vice President, Pitney Meadows Community Farm
Chair, Fire Feast on the Farm
Board Member, Pitney Meadows Community Farm
Vice Chair, Fire Feast on the Farm
We acknowledge with special thanks the contributions of Barbara Glaser, whose long commitment to open-space preservation and support of the Community Gardens and High Tunnel have helped to make possible the rapid development of Pitney Meadows Community Farm.
Mary Anne Ross
Patricia McBride Friesen
Monica Raveret Richter*
Rocco & Karen Verrigni
Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs
Matt Weekes, Chef, Henry Street Taproom
Charred Summer Beans
Kevin London, Chef, Farmhouse Food
Kevin London, Chef, Farmhouse Food
Green Gazpacho with Poblano, Tomatillo, and Herbs
Rory Moran, Chef, Comfort Kitchen
Corn & crab hush puppies with cilantro Serrano aioli
Dan Spitz, Chef, FatnHappy LLC
Romanesco with Feta and Dukkah
Nick Ruscitto, Chef, Peck’s Arcade
Moroccan Spiced Plank Salmon with Tubi 60 Agrodolce
David Britton, Chef, Dakine Cuisine / Pies on Wheels
Beef Liver Mousse, Sumac Cracker and Fermented Rhubarb Mostarda
Michael Lapi, Chef, SUNY Cobleskill / Chefs Collaborative
Cultured Dandelion Butter, Radish, Fermented Garlic Mustard Powder and Honey
Josh Coletto, Chef, Heirloom Fire / Chefs Collaborative
Spanakopita with Spinach Grown on Pitney Farm
Kim Klopstock / Lily & the Rose Catering
Eamon Rockey, Bartender
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Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard
Energetic, joyous, fresh, fun…Heard’s sound aims to waken up your ears, enliven your heart, and even get you up and dancing! Original world music with jazz roots, influences from West Africa, Brazil, places in between and points beyond…and they recently hit #15 on the JazzWeek WorldJazz charts with their new release, Karibu!
Cradle Switch is a five-piece acoustic Americana group, based in Cambridge, NY. Tunes include originals and a range of songs drawing from bluegrass, country, folk, and a little blues. Singer-songwriters Ferrilyn Sourdiffe and Dave Lawlor swap out guitars for banjo and mandolin, while Kate Ritter brings it on the fiddle, along with some angelic vocal harmonies to add to Ferrilyn and Dave’s robust vocals. David Cuite adds some bounce on the upright bass as well as lead and harmony vocals, David Norman throws in some percussion (and has been known to wear his special washboard tie to gigs).
The North & South Dakotas
Created in the winter of 2011 by founding members Zack Hay, Mark Retajczyk and Colin Hunt, The North & South Dakotas set out crafting a sound that paid homage to the spirit of old time American music, mountain folk and singer-songwriter traditions. With the addition of drummer Mike Graves and utility-man Nayt Patenaude, the band continued honing in on a sound containing elements of bluegrass, country, folk, honky-tonk, and rock and roll. The mixture of each members’ different musical background has culminated in a unique, harmony-rich, genre sweeping sound, determined to break up the monotony of the modern airwaves.
A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has been performing for nearly 40 years, Tim has played with many of the area’s musicians, including the McCrells, Jim Gaudet, the Railroad Boys, and, currently, Big Medicine.
Pavilion Grand Hotel Package
Treat yourself to a one-night stay in a luxurious penthouse loft suite plus dinner for six guests at Fish at 30 Lake, a welcome platter upon arrival from the Blue Peacock Bistro, a Bronze Package from the Make Me Fabulous Salon, Bridal & Spa, and complimentary valet parking. A $1,200 value.
Saratoga Performing Arts Center Tickets
Four tickets to a classical performance in the 2018 season. A $200 value.
Yankees Versus Red Sox at Fenway
Root for the team of your choice at this August 20 matchup in Boston. Enjoy the game from two seats behind home plate. A $300 value.
Dinner for 10 at Historic Scotch Hill Farm
Enjoy a five-course dinner with wine pairings for 10 guests at the historic Scotch Hill Farm in Cambridge, N.Y. This is the former home of Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are. Joining the guests for dinner will be a long-time friend of Sendak, Arthur Yorick. A signed poster will be included. Estimated value: priceless!
Great Golfing at the Top of the World
Invite three friends to join you for a great outing at Lake George’s fabulous Top of the World Golf Resort. A $270 value.
The Best of Saratoga Springs
Sample the city’s best with this package of certificates from local restaurants, coffee houses and taverns. A $250 value.
The Adirondacks from the Air
If you’ve never seen the southern Adirondacks from a hot air balloon, here’s your opportunity to invite a friend to join you and Cowboy Ballooning for an unforgettable journey. A $200 value.
Fresh Flowers Delivered Monthly
Receive a beautiful fresh floral arrangement each month of 2018 from Gatherings Wildcrafted Botanicals.
Coffee and More from Uncommon Grounds
Show your love for this Saratoga Springs institution with a $50 gift card plus an Uncommon Grounds T-shirt and 16-ounce travel mug. A $75 value.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Katie Petronis, President
John Sconzo, Vice-President
Billie Taft-Sitler, Treasurer
Barbara Glaser, Secretary
Kim Feeney London
Alisa Dalton, Chair
Thomas R. Kershner
Suzanne Balet Haight
FIRE FEAST TEAM
John Sconzo, Chair
Sandy Arnold, Vice Chair
Paul Arnold: Buildings & Grounds
Robert Arnold: Web Site & Tech Support
Lisa Bates: Operations Support
Josh Coletto: Firemaster
Leslie DiCarlo: Operations Support
Brendan Dillon: Bar Organizer
Ian Flacke: Operations Support
Dan Forbush: Promotion
Pat Friesen: Honorary Committee & Silent Auction
Pattie Garrett: Photography & Facebook
Tom Garrett: Buildings & Grounds and Photography
Dan Graham: Design
Suzanne Balet Haight: Flowers & Landscaping
Trish Malone Kircher: Operations Support
Kim Klopstock: Bar Manager
Kate Porter: Poster Distribution
Michael Lapi: Meat Sourcing & Butchery
Kim Feeney London: Front of House Manager
Ryan McFadden: Beer Sourcing & Sponsorships
Amy Pollard: Photography
Lucas Sconzo: Music Organizer
Rocco Verrigni: Kitchen Volunteer Organizer & Silent Auction
Christopher Wallace: Sponsorships & Silent Auction
Adirondack Trust Company
Albany Distilling Co.
Blue Star Appliances
Four Seasons Natural Foods
Mack Brook Farm
North Country Color Works
Pura Vida Fisheries
Saratoga Olive Oil
Sound Solutions of Saratoga
Superior Merchandise Co.
Twenty-Two Second Street Wine Co.
Upstate Distilling Co.
Thanks Also To
Artisanal Brew Works
Clifton Park Rental Center
Echo Creek Farm
Flying Pigs Farm
Habitat for Humanity
Long Lesson Farm
Mariaville Mushroom Men
Owl Wood Farm
Pies on Wheels
Rock Hill Bakehouse
Smart Farm Innovations
Top of the World Golf Resort
Washington County Fairgrounds
Watkins Garden Center