The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY)
‘Real Housewives of New York’ star welcomed back to Spa City
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> Sunday October 6 was named “Dorinda Day” in the Spa City.
Dorinda Medley, one of the stars of “The Real Housewives of New York,” has made the cover of the latest edition of Saratoga Living Magazine. The Berkshires native has fond memories of time spent in Saratoga as a child, and to celebrate her cover story, the magazine threw her a party at Prime at Saratoga National’s Sunday brunch.
Medley, dressed in a dark blue and black ensemble, was happy to see everyone, all smiles and banter as she signed a poster-sized copy of her Saratoga Living cover. She took time to speak to people and answer questions before the first half of the party, a VIP meet and greet, got started.
“I’m so happy to be back,” Medley said enthusiastically as she talked about her experience working with Saratoga Living. “We had such a great time doing this piece. We did this with a lot of love and laughter.”
Medley, accompanied by her sister Melinda Handlowich and mother Diane Cinkala, was happy to be back in Saratoga. She and Handlowich recalled fond memories. Growing up in the Berkshires, the family would make day trips to Saratoga to sight-see and explore.
“We believed that if we drank the water in Saratoga we’d live forever,” Medley said with a smile.
She described her most vivid memory of Saratoga as going to the racetrack. Frequent stops at Stewart’s for ice cream was also a favorite activity as a child. Her favorite ice cream treat? The make-your-own-sundae station, with a small amount of ice cream and a huge amount of toppings.
“We used to love to go to the concerts at SPAC,” Handlowich added. “It’s such a great place I love it!”
Now, as a highly successful adult, Medley says that Saratoga is still a city she loves, with lots to offer.
“I love anything upstate,” she commented. “A lot of the girls on the show are from upstate. I think women from upstate are strong and independent. And Saratoga is alive and bustling and very welcoming.”
Medley loves everything about Saratoga, from its shops
and restaurants to the energy of the city.
“The shops on Broadway are the best for finding great day dresses,” she commented. “Every woman needs a good, everyday dress to wear, and you can find them in Saratoga.”
Medley hopes that her visit back to the city will inspire others to learn more about it, whether they are natives or looking to visit for the first time.
“Saratoga is very layered,” she said. “It has great food, a great main street, culture, the spas - it’s not just about the racetrack.”
After the VIP meet and greet, a general-admission brunch was held where the mayor’s office presented Medley with a proclamation of “Dorinda Day.”
As people lined up to have their pictures taken with Medley, her mother and sister watched with smiles.
“Dorinda was always pushing the limits, all her life,” said Cinkala. “We always knew that she was going to be something special.”