Back in 2013, while she was already a massive star on Broadway, Idina Menzel played the role of Elsa in Walt Disney Animation Studios' animated fantasy film Frozen, and you heard her voice a million times in the hit song from the movie called "Let it Go!"

Just last week, the New York Racing Association announced that Tony Award-winning actress, singer/songwriter, producer, and author Idina Menzel will highlight the entertainment lineup for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival this weekend at the Saratoga Race Course.

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NYRA said she will perform the iconic theme song “New York, New York” just before the Post Parade for the 156th edition of Grade 1, $2 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 8th.

"Menzel is the first Tony Award-winning actress to earn a top-10 song on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen” franchise, which became one of the best-selling singles of 2014, won an Oscar and recently received Diamond status for achieving 10 million sales." -NYRA

 

  • Belmont Stakes Day will also include a guest appearance by Sergeant Major MaryKay Messenger, lead vocalist for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, who will sing “God Bless America” at 10:30 a.m. and the National Anthem later in the afternoon.
  • Both performances will be accompanied by a presentation of colors by the West Point Color Guard.
  • The day will also feature Upstate New York's Tom Nitti, a Country singer and former contestant on NBC’s “The Voice,” performing live from the Purdy’s Summer Music Stage at 11 a.m.
Tom Nitti, country singer from Upstate New York
Tom Nitti, country singer from Upstate New York
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Every Country Artist Performing In Upstate NY In 2024

It is going to be another big year of Country shows in 2024, and here is a complete list of artists already scheduled to perform in the year ahead in the Capital Region and all over Upstate New York. Dierks Bentley, Hardy, Brooks & Dunn, Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Lainey Wilson, Kane Brown, Tim McGraw, and so many others are already on this list! Don't miss your favorite Country stars - keep checking back here as we will be adding lots of shows in the weeks and months ahead.

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New York's 14 Best Lakes For Swimming

What makes a great swimming hole? Pristine waters, great beaches, mild temps, shallow waters, lifeguards, and more are many of the characteristics that are common in AZ Animals 14 best lakes for swimming in the state of New York. From just outside the city, to the Finger Lakes, to the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, these are your must-visit swimming holes for summer 2023!

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The Capital Region's Top 10 Fan Voted Ice Cream Stands For 2024

With warmer weather here in Upstate New York it's time to spend time outdoors eating all the ice cream we can fit in our bellies! With so many great spots in the Capital Region to enjoy a cold, sweet treat, where do you start? We put this one to vote to find the best local spots to enjoy that amazing mix of cream, sugar, and flavorings. If you love soft serve, hard ice cream, sundaes, or everything in between, these are the 10 ice cream shops & stands that Capital Region locals voted as the 10 best in the area for 2024.

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