Lake Placid was filled with state legislators, regional and local officials and their families Sunday. They had accepted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's challenge to try winter sports activities available in the North Country in order to showcase upstate recreational tourism opportunities.
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival concludes this weekend with a parade through the village and fireworks above an ice palace. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the importance of annual event to the village and surrounding Adirondack communities.
Last week, the New York Racing Association’s Board of Trustees voted 10-1 to raise admission fees at Belmont and Saratoga. General admission would raise from $3 to $5, and a seat in the clubhouse go from $5 to $8.
NYRA Board member Rick Violette said he thought it was possible the increase could keep some racing fans away, but it’s necessary.
“It’s never the right time to raise prices, it’s never a time to ask for more money – but we are running a business, and sometimes you have to bite the bullet and raise prices.”
A switch will be thrown at 5 this evening to illuminate the largest holiday light display in the Northeast. Bright Nights in Forest Park in Springfield, Massachusetts is beginning its 19th year. It is just one of several events and activities that will be produced during the next month by Spirit of Springfield. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the non-profit organization’s president Judy Matt
Events across the Berkshires this weekend are garnering some national attention.
Charles Birnbaum is the president and founder of The Cultural Landscape Foundation. Created in 1998, the organization aims to teach people how to identify and appreciate landscape and landscape architecture.
As the Labor Day weekend approaches, businesses in the Southern Adirondacks are preparing for one last hurrah for the summer season, and a transition to lead the months ahead.
Labor Day weekend is traditionally seen as the end to the summer season. School starts and the large crowds disappear, but while many are hoping for a strong showing on one last long weekend under the sun, some are also looking ahead to the cooler months.
Recent reports show that the 2013 racing season at the Saratoga Race Course was facing lower levels of attendance over last year in the several days after its July 19th opening.
The Albany Times Union reported that on an opening day with temperatures above 90 degrees, track attendance was down 15 percent from the previous year’s opening day. The slump continued with the next day down 13 percent. On the first giveaway day, attendance was 7 percent below last year’s.