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Raising the bar

The Roaring ’20s sets the scene at the 17th annual Bartenders’ Ball, which this year will benefit the domestic violence shelter

Many who attend the Bartenders’ Ball dress in iconic flapper gear, but it is not required.

Many who attend the Bartenders’ Ball dress in iconic flapper gear, but it is not required.

Fronk said the Bartenders’ Ball sells out every year. Seven hundred people are expected this year.

“It’s the best night out of the season. When you walk in, the first thing that greets you is marvelous hors d’oeuvres and the giant shrimp that people talk about every year,” she said.

Fronk imagines a lot of people will be dressed as the iconic Roaring ’20s flappers, but it’s not required. And despite the theme, don’t expect music from the Great Gatsby era to be playing all night. A Capital District favorite, The Audiostars will rock the house with their classic high-energy tunes that know how to get a party started.

Blackjack tables with live dealers, a Money Wheel, Horse Wheel, Dice Games and a poker table will be ongoing throughout the evening.

“Gaming will be in a separate room put on by the Lion’s Club,” Fronk said.

Fronk said the event has grown each year.

“This is the third year we are doing the casino gambling and the third year for the craft beer bar,” she said. “We keep adding new elements.”

In keeping with the bartender idea, awards for Saratoga County’s most valuable bartender will also be presented during the evening. Fronk said this adds a fun element to the event.  

“It gets pretty competitive,” Fronk laughed. “Three winners will be announced that night.”

The public can vote for their favorite bartender through Wednesday, Feb. 5, via text. More information and up-to-date tallies can be found on the Bartender’s Ball Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Bartenders-Ball/260522877312862.

The Bartenders’ Ball will take place Saturday, Feb. 8, at Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. The event is semi-formal, open to the public and includes hors d’oeuvres, dinner buffet, chocolate fountain and dessert buffet, specialty martinis, local craft beers, live gambling and entertainment by Holly and Evan and the Audiostars. Tickets are $60 per person. Call 583-0280 for tickets and information. For more information about DVRC, visit DVRCsaratoga.org.

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