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Saratoga gears up for premiere New Year event

"The YMCA of Saratoga is delighted every year to be able to present a family-oriented program of top-notch arts and entertainment to the Saratoga community," commented Jim Letts, CEO of the YMCA of Saratoga. "It gives adults and children a chance to spend quality time together, experience the visual and performing arts in ways they may not normally share together, and it also gives the revelers a chance to see the inside of some of the city's most fabulous and famous buildings."

Several area museums, too, will open their doors as First Night venues, including the Childrens Museum, National Museum of Dance, and the NYS Military Museum.

Most performance venues will open at 6 p.m. and run continuous 40-minute sets until 11:40 p.m., giving revelers ample time to find a prime viewing spot near Lake Ave. for the dazzling Alonzo fireworks display at midnight, hosted by radio station Star 101.3 FM and sponsored each year by Saratoga County.

Admission buttons, which allow one into all events, are $12, children younger than 5 are free, and are on sale at the YMCA of Saratoga. Other sales venues include Wilton Mall, Seasons of Saratoga, Crafters Gallery, and the Saratoga Visitors Center, Price Chopper Supermarkets, select Saratoga Co. Stewart's Shops, Adirondack Trust Co., and Boscov's in both Colonie Center and Clifton Park Center.

In addition, buttons may be purchased online and picked up at the YMCA on Broadway in advance, or on the day and evening of the event.

This year, because Albany will no longer feature a First Night event, First Night Saratoga is expected to experience record crowds and may likely sell out. Though a few additional venues have been added, due to safety and crowd control issues a limited number of buttons will be sold, and purchasers are encouraged to buy early.

For First Night information, call the YMCA of Saratoga Development Office at 584-8262. For online button sales or a complete list of First Night Saratoga events, visit www.ymcasaratoga.org.

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