LOOKING AHEAD – With a new week underway, here are five events and news items our team of reporters is tracking.
ST. PADDY’S DAY PUB FEST
Amsterdam will host its seventh annual St. Paddy’s Day Pub Fest on Saturday from 1 to 8 p.m. Visit eateries around the city for festive food, drink specials, live music, giveaways, contests and more. Around 20 local businesses will participate, serving up St. Patrick’s Day favorites and take-offs on classic fare. Free shuttle service will be available. For more information, visit City of Amsterdam Tourism Marketing & Recreation on Facebook.
— Ashley Onyon
ROTTERDAM ENERGY COMMITTEE TO MEET
The newly appointed Rotterdam Energy Advisory Committee will meet for the first time Thursday to begin work on an updated solar ordinance. Lawmakers approved the committee this past week after adopting a 12-month moratorium on the construction of solar arrays after residents raised concerns about the long-term impacts the energy-producing systems might have on the town. The committee will also be tasked with identifying opportunities to reduce energy consumption at town facilities.
The Energy Advisory Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Rotterdam Town Hall, 1100 Sunrise Blvd.
— Chad Arnold
TASK FORCE ON HOMELESSNESS SECOND MEETING THURSDAY
The Saratoga Springs Task Force on Homelessness will meet for the second time on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Saratoga Springs City Hall. The task force was established by Mayor Ron Kim to determine if a low-barrier shelter was needed in the community, where to put a shelter and who would operate it. The task force consists of various community members, some who work with the homeless, others who were unhoused or some who can provide knowledge in areas such as real estate. The task force is set to continue discussions on whether a low-barrier shelter is the right fit for the community.
— Shenandoah Briere
‘HAMILTON’ IS BACK
The ever-popular musical “Hamilton” returns to Proctors on Tuesday for a 13-day run. Through a mix of hip-hop, jazz and rhythm and blues, the show explores the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton.
The Tony and Grammy-winning production, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and based on Ron Chernow’s biography, last came to Schenectady in 2019. It opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, with shows continuing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 1:30 and 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices range from $49 to $229. For more information, visit proctors.org.
— Indiana Nash
NCAA TOURNAMENT IN ALBANY
For the first time since 2003, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will return to Albany, with four first-round games on Friday and two second-round games on Sunday at MVP Arena.
Albany was set to host opening weekend March Madness games in 2020, but the tournament was canceled that year as the sports world shut down during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The last time the tournament came to the Capital Region was in 2003, when Syracuse captured the East Regional championship en route to the national title.
The brackets for this year’s tournament were announced Sunday evening.
— Adam Shinder
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