The 18th annual Saratoga Chowderfest on Saturday drew 40,000 visitors to downtown Saratoga Springs, city police reported Monday. “The Police Deapartment attributes the large number of attendees to the popularity of the event and the warm weather. Several officers were reassigned from routine patrol duties and additional officers were called in early for crowd control as the day progressed,” Saratoga Springs Police Chief Greg Veitch said, in a statement. No major incidents occurred during the event. According to the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau 130,000 bowls of chowder were served, and more than 1,700 people rode the free park & ride shuttles from the Wilton Mall and Saratoga Casino & Raceway. New CDTA bus routes: Residents of 133 apartments at Jefferson and Vanderbilt terraces facing a loss of public transportation under CDTA’s proposed preliminary can rest easy, for now. CDTA will maintain that service as well as increase service to downtown, and add routes to the section of Route 50 that leads to Wilton, Washington Street. Eliminated from existing service will be a large segment of Lake Avenue stretching from East Avenue to the Northway, Weibel Avenue, and a large part of Jefferson Street, reports the Times Union. The new routes will kick-off in the spring. For more information, visit CDTA here: https://www.cdta.org/
A winter ball fundraiser will be held Feb. 27 at the Hall of Springs. This year’s ball theme is “Party of the Century: A Black & Gold Masked Ball” inspired by Truman Capote’s masked Black & White Ball at the Plaza Hotel in 1966. Tickets are $100 in advance, $110 after Feb. 15, and will benefit classical programming in SPAC’s 2016 season, and are available at spac.org. Extended blurb: Marking its sixth year in 2016, the Winter Ball has quickly become known as a “can’t miss” event among the region’s young professionals. With nods to pop culture and icons, time periods, and popular television shows, past themes have included “Mad Men,” “Bond: Shaken not Stirred,” “A Russian Whiteout,” and last year’s theme, “Vintage Hollywood: A Black and White Winter Ball.” Previous Winter Ball events have sold out weeks in advance, and the February 27th event is expected to do so as well.
Skidmore College history Professor Jennifer Delton will present the college’s annual Edwin M. Moseley Faculty Research Lecture at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Skidmore’s Gannett Auditorium. The title of the lecture is “When We Were Liberal: Explaining the Twentieth Century.” Delton is the Douglas Family Chair in American Culture, History, and Literary and Interdisciplinary Studies at Skidmore. She has authored Making Minnesota Liberal: Civil Rights and the Transformation of the Democratic Party, Racial Integration and Corporate America, 1940–1990, and Rethinking the 1950s: How Anticommunism and the Cold War Made America Liberal, as well as numerous articles about race, politics, and business.