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Photo: David Sommerstein.
Photo: David Sommerstein.

Putting farmers on the map, literally

One more story from last weekend's Farm Aid in Saratoga Springs.

There was a huge tent at the concert showcasing farm-related not-for-profits called the Homegrown Village.

Essex County-based group Adirondack Harvest had a nifty and popular display. You wrote the name of your neighborhood farmer on neon-colored post-it note and stuck it on a big map of the Northeast.

The result was an impressive visual guide to the small farms of the region. Listen to an interview with Adirondack Harvest coordinator Laurie Davis.  Go to full article
The "Big Four" - John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, and Neil Young - with Pete Seeger, Saturday night in Saratoga Springs. Photo © Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve, Inc.
The "Big Four" - John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, and Neil Young - with Pete Seeger, Saturday night in Saratoga Springs. Photo © Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve, Inc.

Food, politics, and The Big Four at Farm Aid

For the first time in its 28 year history, Farm Aid came to Upstate New York on Saturday. The headliners were, as in every year, the "Big Four": Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews.

It's the longest running benefit concert in the country, started to help farmers devastated by drought and a credit crunch.

Today it's about much more than good music to help farmers stay in business. It's about buying local, sustaining rural communities, and considering the roles of "Big Agriculture" and "small family farms" in America.

Natasha Haverty and David Sommerstein tagged teamed our coverage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs.  Go to full article
Swinging to live music at the Flurry. Photo:  Todd Moe
Swinging to live music at the Flurry. Photo: Todd Moe

Dance Flurry swings through Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs is known for its mineral springs, race track and Revolutionary War battles, but it's also a popular gathering spot for those who love social dancing. Thousands gather for a "flurry" of dancing and music at the Saratoga City Center each Presidents' Day weekend. The annual Dance Flurry Festival is celebrating its 26th anniversary this weekend. You'll find dancers of all ages enjoying everything from African to Zydeco.

Originally, it was a one-day event near Albany back in 1987. Since then, the Flurry, as it's called, has evolved into a three-day winter gathering, drawing musicians, teachers, callers, volunteers, and of course, dancers from across the country. Todd Moe stopped by the event last February and found thousands enjoying wall-to-wall music and dance.  Go to full article

Preview: retailers browse at "Buyers Days" in Saratoga Springs

The Adirondack North Country Association is sponsoring its 26th annual "Buyers Days" at the Saratoga Springs City Center this week. The event starts at noon on Wednesday. Todd Moe talks with ANCA's Melissa Hart, who is coordinating the show, which brings together local artisans, food producers together and retail buyers in the region. Although not open to the public, Hart says the event is part of the "buy local" puzzle.  Go to full article
Swinging to live music at the Flurry.
Swinging to live music at the Flurry.

Dance Flurry swings through Saratoga

Saratoga Springs is known for its mineral springs, race track and Revolutionary War battles, but it's also a popular gathering spot for those who love social dancing. Thousands gathered for a "flurry" of dancing and music at the Saratoga City Center earlier this month. The annual Dance Flurry Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary over the Presidents' Day weekend. There were dancers of all ages enjoying everything from African to Zydeco.

Originally, it was a one-day event near Albany back in 1987. Since then, the Flurry, as it's called, has evolved into a three-day winter gathering, drawing musicians, teachers, callers, volunteers, and of course, dancers from across the country. As Todd Moe found out, families have grown up coming to the Flurry and for some it's an annual tradition.  Go to full article

New community gardens springing up

With the start of another growing season, new community gardens are starting up and others are expanding around the region. Todd Moe talks with Doreen Emery, a garden organizer in the Saratoga Springs area, about starting a new community garden in Greenfield for the first time this year.  Go to full article
Tim Wynne-Jones' "The Uninvited", and Eric Luper's "Bug Boy".
Tim Wynne-Jones' "The Uninvited", and Eric Luper's "Bug Boy".

Book review: "The Uninvited" and "Bug Boy"

Regional books include more than histories and trail guides. Canadian writer Tim Wynne-Jones sets his latest book, "The Uninvited", in rural Ontario, somewhere east of Ottawa. Eric Luper uses the Saratoga Springs race course as the center of his novel, "Bug Boy". Betsy Kepes reviews these new books for teen readers.  Go to full article
Rep. Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls) is urging state officials to fix horse-racing "crisis"
Rep. Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls) is urging state officials to fix horse-racing "crisis"

Rep. Murphy: Without loan from state, Saratoga horse racing season won't happen

Congressman Scott Murphy says there is a growing risk that this summer's thoroughbred racing season in Saratoga Springs could be canceled. The move would devastate the region's tourism economy.

Yesterday, the New York Racing Authority sent letters to its employees warning of possible lay-offs. State officials have failed to provide revenue to the thoroughbred industry from a proposed video-lottery terminal casino. The project has been stalled for nearly a decade.

The New York Racing Authority now says this summer's thoroughbred season, scheduled to begin in July, could be canceled if the legislature doesn't provide a bridge loan. Congressman Murphy from Glens Falls has been working to try to broker a settlement. He spoke yesterday with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

A keeper of Celtic tales

Everyone loves a good story, and Bairbre McCarthy has built a career of telling tales from her homeland. Originally from Country Clare, Ireland, McCarthy lives near Saratoga Springs and loves to share Celtic legends and folktales. McCarthy will host an evening of magical stories about ancient kings, heroes and leprechauns, Thursday night (7 pm) in the Canton Middle School Cafeteria. Todd Moe spoke with her this week during a series of storytelling workshops in Canton. McCarthy says she fell in love with stories as a child in Ireland.  Go to full article
Scott van Laer's breeding farm in the Adirondacks has been threatened by the state crisis (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Scott van Laer's breeding farm in the Adirondacks has been threatened by the state crisis (Photos: Brian Mann)

Bungling by industry and state leaders threatens Saratoga horse racing season

The budget crisis in Albany is threatening to derail yet another major upstate New York tourist draw.

Already this year, Governor David Paterson raised the possibility of cutting all funding for the Olympic Regional Development Authority in Lake Placid and shutting down state campgrounds.

Now the state's political gridlock could force horseracing officials to cancel or scale back this year's summer meet at the track in Saratoga Springs.

Even the sport's biggest fans say New York's thoroughbred industry is in serious trouble.

As Brian Mann reports, some of that pain is being felt here in the North Country.  Go to full article

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