Former Miami Heat Head Coach Pat Riley (center), standing next to player Shaquille O'Neal (with ball), at the White House ceremony following the team's 2006 NBA championship. That's former president George W. Bush at the podium. (Eric Draper)

28 NBA Basketball Stars With Ties to the Capital Region

Learn about the best-of-the-best ballers in town—and how to collect them, too.

As you’ve learned in our baseball and football lists, there…

The Saratoga Book Festival will be headquartered at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, but events will take place at multiple venues around the city.

First Annual Saratoga Book Festival Coming to the Spa City October 15-17

The city-wide event will be highlighted by keynote speakers Russell Banks and Joyce Carol Oates.

Saratoga Springs has long been a destination for celebrated authors,…

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Zac Brown Band had to cancel their annual SPAC show due to frontman Zac Brown (center with bird) testing positive for COVID. (Diego Pernía)

Zac Brown Band Frontman Tests Positive for COVID, Cancels SPAC Show

The band, which has been a late-season mainstay at the Saratoga venue, will be offering refunds for all tickets.

The Zac Brown Band (ZBB) was a late-season mainstay at…

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen's debut (at left) and final album.

George Frayne, Country Rock’s ‘Commander Cody,’ Dead at 77

Frayne, who lived in Saratoga for decades, fronted early country rock band Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen.

It’s time to dust off that old turntable, drop the…

Two pieces of artwork from last year's Beyond My Battle 'Art with Heart & Hope' pop-up fundraiser.

Saratoga’s Beyond My Battle to Host Third Annual ‘Art With Heart & Hope’ at UPH

The one-night-only art show, which combines artwork and storytelling, will take place on October 28.

Call it a virtual upgrade. Saratoga Springs nonprofit Beyond My…


Yaddo President Elaina Richardson. (Hannah Kuznia)

Pause, Renew, Retreat, Repeat: How Yaddo Survived Pandemic Lockdown—With Its Magic Intact

Yaddo President Elaina Richardson lifts the veil on the 95-year-old Saratoga artists’ retreat, which still remains closed to the public.

If you’re one of the lucky souls who has gotten past the barriers at Yaddo’s front gate—and haven’t been deterred by the “no trespassing” signs along the road leading up to the…

Saratoga's McGregor Links golf course, seen here in 1922, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

100 Words About the 100th Anniversary of McGregor Links

The historic country club celebrated its centennial season this past summer.

A century ago, Senator Edgar T. Brackett, founder of the Adirondack Trust Company, was approached about building a golf course to accommodate the tourists that were flocking to Saratoga’s grand hotels. He went…

Saratoga artist Zack Lobdell with one of his abstractionist masterpieces. (Zack Lobdell)

The Abstractionist: Zack Lobdell Is Not Your Father’s Saratoga Artist

Lobdell has been enjoying a period of unmitigated creativity at his Gansevoort studio.

If you’re looking for paintings of thundering Thoroughbreds or statues spitting and spatting, Saratoga artist Zack Lobdell is not your guy—even though a younger Lobdell had other ideas. “Originally, I was a…

Sarasota, which is located on Florida's Gulf Coast, is home to many popular beaches. (Jim Mullhaupt)

The Other Saratoga: 5 Things to Know About Sarasota, Florida

The next in our series on other Saratogas, or, in this case, cities that sound like Saratoga.

As amusing as it may be when people mistake “Saratoga” for “Sarasota,” the two cities do share a number of similarities—and some major differences. 1. Like Saratoga, Sarasota has a robust arts…

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