2012 Chowder Festival - Saratoga Springs, NY (5B2)

Join the Northeast Pilots Group for a new winter fly-in experience.  While the city is best known for its summer attraction, the historic Saratoga Racetrack, it also has a lot to offer during the winter months.  Fly into 5B2 and join us as we sample Saratoga Springs' best chowder at only $1 per cup during the 2012 Chowder Festival!  Over 67 local businesses will be serving their very own chowder recipe.  Vote for the best chowder in town and enjoy beautiful downtown Saratoga Springs.

 

Plan on arriving at the Saratoga County Airport (5B2) by 11am.  Park at the tiedowns near the old "Richmor Aviation" buiding, which is currently the maintenance hangar.  It is located near the rotating beacon.  There are no parking or landing fees if you just come for the day.  Before you fly home, be sure to taxi over to North American Flight Services and patronize the FBO's self-service pump to save money on fuel.  Reference this map for exact parking location.  Local NEPG members Joel Glickman and Phylise Banner will offer a shuttle service from the airport to downtown Saratoga, but we will only be able to shuttle a limited number of participants from the airport (about 12 people).  Beyond that, you are certainly welcome, but you will have to arrange for your own ground transportation from the airport.  For those who get to take advantage of our free shuttle service, you should arrive promptly at 10am.  If you arrive later and cannot find anyone at the airport, just dial up a cab and they will take you downtown.  When you wish to leave the Chowder Festival and head back to the airport, contact Saratoga Express Taxi at (518)[masked] or CapitalLand Taxi at (518) 583-3131.  Your best bet is to get a group of 6 together to save a few bucks.  The fare is $12 for the trip plus $2 extra per extra person, so it would be $22 for 6 people.

Please give me a call N7292J on[masked] as you get closer to Saratoga.

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  • Ron M.

    Lots of fun! Joel, thanks again for your warm hospitality and for going above and beyond the call of duty for giving us a ride back to the airport. Much appreciated!

    February 5, 2012

  • Pat R.

    I sampled 10 chowders and they were very good but the one at Seven Seas was the best by far.

    February 5, 2012

  • Melissa

    WHAT FUN!!! I had five different chowders and they were all good to awesome!!! Even Daisy got to sample two of the four offered doggie chowders. She gave them five stars too!

    February 4, 2012

  • Joel G.

    We had a blast today! The chowder was fantastic. The president of the Convention and Tourism board came to the airport to greet us with free shirts!

    February 4, 2012

  • Joel G.

    Ron, call me[masked] if I can help with a ride to the airport.

    February 4, 2012

  • Ron M.

    Heading over there now

    February 4, 2012

  • Joel G.

    Ron, if you are still nearby, come back to Lena's. I have t-shirts for you.

    February 4, 2012

  • Joel G.

    Ok folks. Cafe Lena's is closed for a private function. Meet at the front door of Lena's still at 1pm and we'll get in the line for Chowder at neighboring Hattie's.

    February 4, 2012

  • Joel G.

    I will check with Cafe Lena's. I am here now. Red fleece.

    February 4, 2012

  • Ron M.

    Was just at cafe Lena. They said they're having a private preview for a show today

    February 4, 2012

  • Joel G.

    Everyone meet near the Ben and Jerry's now, then upstairs at Cafe Lena at 1pm.

    February 4, 2012

  • Joel G.

    Everyone meet near the Ben

    February 4, 2012

  • Joel G.

    One more detail. The parking spots have loops for ropes, but no ropes. They were all sliced off by the plows. Being your own if you feel you need them. Winds are not predicted to exceed 10 knots tomorrow, so you should be fine without ropes also. No snow on the ground at 5B2.

    February 4, 2012

  • Joel G.

    Again, just to clarify, the new arrival time to 5B2 is 11am. Tune into[masked] to chat before you get to Saratoga. Albany approach's frequency in the area is 132.82. We all meetup upstairs at Cafe Lena's on Phila St at 1pm. Bring your smartphone loaded with the meetup app to checkin and comment on your favorite chowder so we know which venues as are a must!! We will be met at the airport by a welcoming committee, the President of the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Board, as well as a reporter!

    February 3, 2012

  • Phylise B.

    It's great to have you all coming to visit my town for Chowderfest! You won't be disappointed! It's a great event.

    The best chowder from last year was at the Seven Horse Pub on Phila street. Places NOT to miss: Hatties, 28 Tables and Maestros. Oh, and there's always dessert chowder at Ben & Jerry's and Plum Dandy!

    All chowder is $1, so bring those singles if you don't want to wait on line for change. And the lines may seem long, but they all move very quickly.

    See you soon!

    February 3, 2012

  • Joel G.

    The Saratoga Convention and Tourism Board is very excited about our group flying in for this event. The president of their organization will be meeting us at the airport to welcome us to Saratoga! Please park near the maintenance hangar among the group of transient parking spots identified on this map: http://is.gd/u7rtyI Also, note the new meetup time of 11am. Once we are all in town, let's plan on reconnecting upstairs at Cafe Lena's located at 47 Phila St. at 1pm. There may be seating avail

    February 3, 2012

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