Chamber President Pete Bardunias column

Chamber President and CEO Pete Bardunias

During the next few weeks the trees, mountains and countryside of our region will be at their peak colors, so starting with this Columbus Day weekend it’s a perfect time to get out and enjoy the sights and the scenery.

Plus, there are some great events coming up. Are you an automobile enthusiast?  How about heading over to the 17th annual “The Way We Were” Car Show in Ballston Spa this Sunday, October 13 from 9 to 4PM.  The show features cars, music, food vendors and a kid’s zone, and if the weather holds there will be over 500 cars there!  The CSSC is proud to be a perennial top sponsor, and will have its official parade car present at the show, Tom Koval’s (of Koval Electric) 1967 Ford Galaxie XL convertible.

On October 20, the Schuylerville Small Business Association and the Schuylerville Area Chamber of Commerce will present their 4th annual Fall Festival.  Unique businesses, restaurants, artisans, farmers markets, a kids’ creativity zone, bike parade and a small business scavenger hunt will be part of the festivities, in one of Saratoga County’s most inviting villages.  Enjoy the event, and take a stroll on the newly-completed Empire State Trail into Hudson Crossing Park, visit the Saratoga Monument or nearby farms just a short distance away, or savor an evening dinner on the shores of the Hudson River at Clark’s Steakhouse. 

There are some big happenings on the CSSC calendar too.  On October 24, the Women in Business Annual Fall Luncheon will be taking place at the Hilton Garden Inn, Clifton Park from 11:15-1PM.  The speaker will be Teddy Foster, Campaign Director for Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga, sharing how the persistence of herself and other dedicated volunteers are transforming this historic 150 year old church into a year-round performing arts jewel for all of Saratoga County and beyond.

On November 6 from 5:30-7:30PM, Executive ACCESS will visit Kitware’s new corporate headquarters in Clifton Park, sponsored by NBT Bank and SUNY Schenectady.  This insider’s tour will provide a rare opportunity for attendees to see and learn about their cutting edge research and work in the area of computer vision, data and analytics, high performance computing and visualization, medical computing and software process.  Kitware’s computer brains can even identify “fake news”! 

Finally, on November 7 is the Chamber Angels’ Annual Appeal for the Children, at the Hilton Garden Inn Clifton Park from 5:30-8PM.  Contributions to the Angels provide holiday cheer for hundreds of area youngsters.  Don’t leave them in the cold!  For more information on this and the above events please visit .

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

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