saratoga http://wamc.org en The Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival June 20-22 http://wamc.org/post/saratoga-balloon-and-craft-festival-june-20-22 <p><a href="http://www.balloonandcraft.com/"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival</a> is taking place next Friday through Sunday – June 20th-22nd at The Saratoga Fairgrounds.</p><p>125 artists and artisans will display and sell their original works, there will be live entertainment and music and ongoing craft demonstrations, there will be activities for kids – oh, and 20 hot air balloons will launch.</p><p>Christian Dutcher is the balloon component organizer or The Saratoga Ballon and Craft festival and he joins us now.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 92257 at http://wamc.org The Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival June 20-22 "Roscoe" A New Opera Based On The Work Of William Kennedy http://wamc.org/post/roscoe-new-opera-based-work-william-kennedy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Act one of award-winning opera composer Evan Mack's new work <em>Roscoe</em> will be part of <a href="http://www.operasaratoga.org">Opera Saratoga's</a> 2014 summer festival. The opera is based on the novel of the same name by Pulitzer Prize winning author, <a href="http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/wjkennedybio.html#.U4dPUHJdWSo">William Kennedy</a>.</p><p>The 80 minute concert performance will give Saratoga audiences a first look at this brand new piece at The Arthur Zankel Music Center at <a href="http://www.skidmore.edu">Skidmore College</a> on June 8th at 2pm.</p><p>Composer Evan Mack joins us along with Opera Saratoga's General Director, Curtis Tucker.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 91529 at http://wamc.org "Roscoe" A New Opera Based On The Work Of William Kennedy Ex-teen Idol's NY DWI Case Near Resolution http://wamc.org/post/ex-teen-idols-ny-dwi-case-near-resolution <p></p><p>A lawyer says a New&nbsp;York drunken-driving charge against 1970s teen heartthrob David Cassidy has been reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor and returned to a town court for resolution.</p><p>Cassidy was pulled over in August in the town of Schodack and charged with driving while intoxicated. He was in upstate New&nbsp;York for a horse racing meet in Saratoga Springs.</p><p>The charge was a felony because Cassidy has a 2011 driving-under-the-influence conviction in his home state of Florida.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 85130 at http://wamc.org Ex-teen Idol's NY DWI Case Near Resolution Arts Venues: Limit Casino Entertainment http://wamc.org/post/arts-venues-limit-casino-entertainment <p></p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:58:24 +0000 Dave Lucas 76085 at http://wamc.org Arts Venues: Limit Casino Entertainment Despite Slower Start, Many Confident Saratoga Tourism Will Improve http://wamc.org/post/despite-slower-start-many-confident-saratoga-tourism-will-improve <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recent reports show that the 2013 racing season at the Saratoga Race Course was facing lower levels of attendance over last year in&nbsp;the several days after its July </span>19<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;opening.</span></p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 18:40:18 +0000 Lucas Willard 71058 at http://wamc.org Despite Slower Start, Many Confident Saratoga Tourism Will Improve Saratoga to Cuomo: Build Casino Here http://wamc.org/post/saratoga-cuomo-build-casino-here <P><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">Saratoga City and County leaders showed up in Albany Wednesday to make a case for building a casino in the Spa city.</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">When he revealed his budget plan last month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed permitting three casinos upstate and allowing the new Gaming Commission to recommend some specific locations.</SPAN><BR><BR>Some legislative leaders met with Cuomo last week about the casino plan. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 17:37:26 +0000 Dave Lucas 57365 at http://wamc.org Saratoga to Cuomo: Build Casino Here Saratoga, NY-based operator buys Colo. Casino http://wamc.org/post/saratoga-ny-based-operator-buys-colo-casino <p></p><p>SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based raceway and slots company has purchased a casino in Colorado for $28 million.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Saratoga Harness Racing, Inc., which owns the Saratoga Casino and Raceway in upstate New York, announced Tuesday that it completed the deal to buy Fitzgeralds Casino Black Hawk in Black Hawk, Colo.</p><p>The new casino will be called "Saratoga Casino-Blackhawk."</p><p>The casino, open since 1995, was renovated in 2008 and has about 600 slot machines and 11 table games plus restaurants, bars and a banquet facility.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:55:21 +0000 Dave Lucas 56781 at http://wamc.org Saratoga, NY-based operator buys Colo. Casino Gun Show Will Go On In Spa City Despite Post-Sandy Hook Opposition http://wamc.org/post/gun-show-will-go-spa-city-despite-post-sandy-hook-opposition <p></p><p></p><p>With gun control in the National spotlight, scores of protesters are expected to greet gun enthusiasts when they arrive at an upstate New York venue that's hosting a firearms show this weekend. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:13:38 +0000 Dave Lucas 55568 at http://wamc.org Gun Show Will Go On In Spa City Despite Post-Sandy Hook Opposition Gun Show Will Go On In N.Y. Town Despite Post-Sandy Hook Opposition http://wamc.org/post/gun-show-will-go-ny-town-despite-post-sandy-hook-opposition "City Center officials announced Wednesday that this weekend's Saratoga Arms Fair will go on as scheduled, despite pleas from opponents who want the event canceled," <a href="http://saratogian.com/articles/2013/01/09/news/doc50ed8b33b2dbb728204368.txt?viewmode=fullstory" target="_blank">the local <em>Saratogian</em> reports</a>.<p>As<a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/08/168876149/new-york-town-up-in-arms-as-gun-show-approaches" target="_blank"><em> All Things Considered</em> reported Tuesday</a>, the gun show has been held in the city's public exhibition space several times a year since 1984. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 17:45:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 55386 at http://wamc.org Gun Show Will Go On In N.Y. Town Despite Post-Sandy Hook Opposition Vox Pop : Gambling : 7/18/12 http://wamc.org/post/vox-pop-gambling-71812 <p>With less than 48 hours until the first race of the 2012 season at Saratoga Race Course &ndash; today we&rsquo;re talking gambling.</p><p>While the Saratoga season is just beginning, already reports indicate Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to unveil the members of the New York Racing Association&rsquo;s new board, whose installation was precipitated earlier this year after the naming of new president Ellen McClain without input from state officials, following the firing of former president and CEO Charles Hayward, an alleged party to a scandal that cost the betting public over $8 million.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 19:00:00 +0000 43425 at http://wamc.org