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Random Acts of Poetry

Join us in celebrating Poetry Month! Throughout April, we're hosting three exciting events that promise to inspire and ignite your love for poetry!


Carry the magic of poetry with you throughout April with "Poetry in your Pocket"! In partnership with local businesses in Ballston Spa, we're bringing you a month-long event that invites you to discover and share the beauty of poetry. Look out for buckets at the checkout tables of participating businesses, filled with poems for you to take and keep with you. Let these poems accompany you on your daily adventures, inspiring and uplifting you whenever you need a moment of reflection. Join us in spreading the joy of poetry this Poetry Month!

Below is a list of all the participating local businesses! Thank you to ALL who participate!

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Poetry Writing Workshop

Join us for an inspiring poetry writing workshop led by acclaimed poet and Saratoga Springs Poet Laureate, Joseph Bruchac, PhD. This workshop is perfect for beginners and seasoned poets alike, offering a supportive environment to explore and develop your poetic voice.

🕒 Time: 12pm-3pm 

📍 Location: Ballston Spa Public Library 

💲 Cost: Free

Don't miss this chance to learn from a master poet and enhance your writing skills. Register now with the Ballston Spa Public Library to secure your spot!

**This event has been added to the #nystateofpoetry campaign by the Teachers & Writers Collaborative. Check out their website to see Joe's event, and many other local poetry events, featured! New York State of Poetry - Teachers and Writers Collaborative (


Poetry Open Mic Night

Join us for a captivating evening of poetry at The Real McCoy Beer Company's Open Mic Night! Hosted by Ballston Spa native, writer, poet, and teacher, MC Steven Guilfoyle, this event promises to be a celebration of creativity and community.

🕒 Time: 6:30 PM - Doors & Registration Open
                  7:00 PM - Open Mic (max 3 minutes per                                                  participant) 

📍 Location: The Real McCoy Beer Company 

💲 Cost: Free

Whether you're a seasoned poet or trying out your first poem, all are welcome to share their words in a supportive and welcoming atmosphere. Come to listen, come to share, and come to connect with fellow poetry enthusiasts!

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Performance Poetry Reading

Experience the power of spoken word at a captivating performance poetry reading featuring three renowned poets: Elaine Handley, Marilyn McCabe, and Joseph Bruchac, PhD. Join us for an evening of lyrical beauty and storytelling that will leave you inspired.

🕒 Time: 7pm 

📍 Location: Brookside Museum - Long Room 

💲 Cost: Free 

Don't miss this unique opportunity to witness these exceptional poets live! While this is a free event, space is limited - please reserve your spot today at Saratoga County Historical Society - Random Acts of Poetry - Poetry Performance Reading (

04.01.24 - 04.30.24

Poetry In Your Pocket: Participating Businesses

Brookside Nursey // Cuts by Connor-Village Barber // Mangino Buick GMC // Mia's Vibrant Style // National Bottle Museum // Play Hollow // Upstate Ink // BACC // Front Street Deli // NightWork Bread // Pizza Works // Russell's Deli // Speckled Pig // Whistling Kettle // Coffee Plant // Iron Roost // Rilassare // Waverly Antiques // Corina's Contemporary Jewelry // Glint Glassworks // Midtown Wine & Liquor // Sage Wine and Spirits // Ballston Spa Public Library // SCHC/Brookside Museum // BSBPA (Community Board) // Christ Church // Lifeworks // Mayor's Office // Medberry // Nourish Designs // Petal and Hive // Real McCoy // Sweetish Chef // TreeHuggers // Boho Chic Boutique // Daisy Dry Good // DbTrends // Front Street Home // O'Brien's // ReShop for the Good // Napa Auto Parts // Ribbon Cafe

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