Growing up in the Capital Region in the 1980s, it was fun to travel up the Northway and spend the day at The Great Escape Amusement Park (formerly Storytown). We couldn't wait to get there and travel through Ghost Town and become a deputy with Marshal Wild Windy Bill McKay. But one of the highlights of the day was the death-defying high dive act.
It looks as if we are going to finally have a summer like we are used to in the Capital Region. With that comes a lot of opportunities. There are two iconic places in the Capital Region that are hiring a ton of positions for the summer of 2022.
The Great Escape is such a fun place to visit but they have been having a tough time getting people to work. They even had to reduce their hours because of a lack of employees. They are now closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Now they are offering higher wages and bonus incentives in hopes of attracting more workers.
One of the coolest and most successful fundraisers in the Capital Region is getting a new location to adhere to COVID protocols. Last year, the South High Marathon Dance was one of the last events held before everything shut down. The students were able to raise over $800,000. They weren't sure if they would be able to hold this amazing event again, but they have a plan in place with help from the Great Escape.
I am getting a severe case of cabin fever and I know I'm not alone. But we got some good news about amusement parks and summer camps reopening soon in New York state. Finally, we heard from Governor Cuomo who is slowly allowing more things to open.
Social distancing restrictions have led to the announcement that Six Flags Great Escape will delay its opening for the season. The theme park has also been assisting the community in many ways during the pandemic.