Winter months sizzle at Meadows Racetrack and Casino
By Stacy Wolford
Published: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
The holidays are over, the Pittsburgh Steelers are out of the playoffs and the NHL hockey season is dwindling away.
For those looking for a way to beat the winter blahs, the Meadows Racetrack and Casino is just heating up for the season.
While its known as a premiere casino in the region, the North Strabane Township facility is also home to lounges, restaurants, horse racing and a bowling alley.
“We classify ourselves as an all-inclusive entertainment facility,” Meadows spokesman Tom Meinert says.
Meinert says folks don't have to come to gamble to enjoy a day or night of fun at the Meadows.
It's two lounges are Silks Lounge, and Pacers, an intimate Las Vegas-style lounge.
During the summer, the facility also has an outdoor concert series.
“We have live entertainment every weekend,” Meinert says.
The shows are all free-admission, another bonus for those looking for a night of fun while trying to pinch pennies after the holidays.
The following is the entertainment schedule for January:
All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless noted otherwise
Friday: Dallas Marks (country)
Saturday: Walt Sanders and the Cadillac Band, 9 p.m. (Elvis tribute show)
Jan. 11: Walk of Shame (pop/rock)
Jan. 12: House of Soul (dance/soul)
Jan. 18: Smokin Section (rock)
Jan. 19: Idol Kings (Journey/John Mellencamp tribute band)
Jan. 25: “The Voice” contestant Yolanda & Co.
Jan. 26: Chris Higbee (country)
All shows begin at 9 p.m.
Friday: Shari Richards and Rick Purcell (variety duo)
Saturday: D.J. Michael Joseph (variety)
Jan. 11: Eugene & Coleman (variety duo)
Jan. 12: D.J. AJ Fresh (video mix DJ)
Jan. 18 and 19: Twice as Nice (dance/funk trio)
Jan. 25: Short Brothers (classic rock duo)
Jan. 26: D.J. AJ Fresh (video Mix DJ)
For those looking for a family-friendly activity, the Meadows Lanes bowling alley inside the facility has 24 lanes.
But, this isn't your father's bowling alley: Think Las Vegas, family-style, with brilliantly lit screens that keep track of scores by way of various themes (including an animated holiday motif); LCD screens that feature sporting events, music videos or other diversions.
A VIP room with four lanes is available for private and company parties. There's also food service and a full-service bar in the main and VIP rooms.
While there is an emphasis on entertaining families, the Meadows caters to hardcore bowlers, too. There are 21 leagues from the area that call Meadows Lanes their home.
The cost for public bowling weekdays before 6 p.m. is $3.60 per game and $3.75 per game after 6 p.m. Games are $3.95 on weekends.
Bowling, gambling and dancing in the lounges can work up an appetite. The Meadows has three main restaurants: Bistecca Steakhouse and Wine Bar, the Terrace Cafe and Delvin's Trackside. The food court features five restaurants that are ideal for quick snacks or beverages.
And, of course, there's the casino.
The Meadows features more than 80 table games and 3,300 slot machines. The Meadows offers a high-limit slots area and an exclusive high-limit table games room featuring “exceptional service in a relaxing, upscale setting,” Meinert says.
At 210 Racetrack Road, the Meadows is owned and operated by Cannery Casino Resorts, LLC.
Details: 877-824-5050 or www.meadowsgaming.com.
Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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