Pete  Bardunias

Pete Bardunias, President/CEO of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County.

We in this region are so lucky to have many new and interesting things to sample, such as adventures, exotic and tasty cuisine, and great events to keep one busy chasing the next  experience.

Have you ever wanted to learn how glass is blown into various objects?  Now is your chance, because the Gregory Tomb Glassblowing Studio (at the Gideon Putnam Hotel,, (530) 318-9413) is offering glassblowing classes with hands-on instruction through Labor Day.  Gregory is eager to share his craft with the Saratoga area community.  “I am an adventure facilitator,” he says.  “I’ve been trained in many disciplines of risk management and group dynamics, that I feel very comfortable taking just about anyone through my glassblowing experiences”.

Gregory hopes to teach people some aspects of glassblowing in an enjoyable setting.  “I want them to have a good time, stay safe and make something beautiful. Depending on their interests we will cover some of the history of glassblowing in America, specifically Saratoga. They will explore the glassblowing process and learn how glass color can be added to clear glass. And they will learn about the techniques I use in my personal work,” says Gregory.  Flexible scheduling of appointments will help people work around busy schedules during his time in Saratoga Springs.

For interesting cuisine, try Oh Corn! Arepas and More (1505 Route 9, Halfmoon, (518) 579-0858).  An arepa is a type of cornbread from Venezuela, which makes a tasty, healthy, gluten-free pocket to insert your favorite meat filling.  Owners Jose Theoktisto and Belkis Castro, who came to the USA in 2008, offer this delicious menu with a smile and an entrepreneur’s zest to succeed, and the restaurant is well worth a visit for your next lunch date!

Have you tried tubing or kayaking on the Battenkill River?  Big Big on the Battenkill (, (518) 479-9042) will get you out on a hot summer’s day in Arlington, VT to enjoy the refreshing water and experience a new challenge.  The business is also connected to Malta-based South Shore Marina and Nostalgia Ale House & Wine Bar.

On August 3, the Waterford Dragon Boat Festival will be presented by the Town of Waterford.  This competition of teams of paddlers provides exciting action and helps raise money for cancer research and awareness.  “We are excited to bring the Dragon Boats back to Waterford for the second year in a row,” says Town Supervisor Jack Lawler.  “Our town hosts great waterfront events, and we hope people will join us at the Hurst Harbor Center to experience the action.”

Is your appetite for adventure whetted yet?  Visit for more information.

- Pete Bardunias, President/CEO, the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County

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