Ada Ross drive a pink mini car “Chloe’s Coupe” from the Champlain Valley Transportation museum during Plattsburgh’s first weekend celebration on July 6.
All former events have been leading up to the First Weekend Summer Finale. The two-day finale will be an explosive mix of returning and rookie First Weekend performers, demonstrations from area businesses and performance groups, family fun activities and much more.
The festivities will begin with numerous musical performances scattered through downtown Plattsburgh between City Hall Place and Margaret Street on Friday, Sept. 6. The downtown streetfest will continue into Saturday, Sept. 7 with City Hall Place closed to traffic from 2 to 7:30 p.m.
First Weekend has been organized by an all volunteer group made up of members of the Vision 2 Action Group; the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts (NCCCA); ROTA Gallery; the Adirondack Young Professionals (ADKYP); Downtown Business Visitors Association (DBVA) as well as The Champlain Valley Transportation Museum (CVTM) and area emergency response personnel, who all come together to help.
Tim McCormick, one of the event organizers, said this time First Weekend will be bigger and better than ever before.
First Weekends in Plattsburgh kicked off in June with an alliance between downtown businesses, arts organizations and the volunteer efforts of community groups and musicians.
On Friday, Sept. 6, a multitude of performances will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in downtown Plattsburgh. Bruce Lawson will perform on Upper Bridge Street; Giovanini Bucci will perform in front of Cheechako Taco at 87 Margaret Street; Haley McGivney will perform in front of ROTA Gallery at 50 Margaret Street and James VanEtten will perform in front of the Koffee Kat, 104 Margaret Street.
Instead of hosting an art walk, the NCCCA will host a duel art show opening with the annual 9x9 Art Show fundraiser where local artists anonymously submit their work to be sold for $19.99 with all proceeds donated to the art center, and a photography show by Ron Nolland entitled “Come see, Come Saw.”
On Saturday, Sept. 7, City Hall Place will be closed off to traffic from 2 to 7 p.m. and performers will come out in waves beginning at 2, 3, and 5 p.m. From 2 to 3 p.m. Jay Lesage will perform on Upper Bridge Street, and Josh Meyer, also known as Dirty Diapers, will perform at City Hall Place.
From 3 to 5 p.m. Haley McGivney will perform at City Hall Place, and Stan Ransom AKA The Connecticut Peddler will perform on Upper Bridge Street.
The final blowout performance with Lucid will be held at City Hall Place with a live and in the street concert beginning at 5 p.m. The musical performance will go on rain or shine. In case of rain an alternate location will be posted on the First Weekend Facebook page and on poster boards set up during the First Weekend festivities.
Alongside the musical performances, First Weekend will come alive with family and kid activities with the Champlain Valley Transportation museum providing antique vehicles for children to drive around City Hall place and other kid fun activities near Trinity Park. The community will come out to show its true colors with area groups of entertainers and businesses performing demonstrations of their crafts.
Fred Villari’s Plattsburgh Studio will give a karate demonstration on Friday from 5:30 to 6 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 7, demonstrations include Center Stage Dance Studio at the band shell in McDonough Park on Saturday at 2 p.m. Belly dancers from the Leisa and The Masouda Arnold Dance Ensemble will perform at 3:30 p.m. Haus of Starrs will perform from their “Wizard of Oz” showcased performance.
Lastly, North Country Squares will do a demonstration of their lively square dancing at 4:30 p.m.
Throughout the day Rollier said there will be a variety of other acts coming down to entertain and meet the locals.
As in previous First Weekends, the Plattsburgh Fire Department will bring down their emergency vehicles to let locals see and meet their emergency response teams.
Future First Weekends
The First Weekend group of volunteers said future events are still being worked out and could possibly include First Weekends in fall, winter and spring as well as the summer First weekends.
“We’re all looking forward to next year,” volunteer Carrie Ann Rollier said.
For more information about First Weekend or to find out how to become involved visit the First Weekend Facebook page.
“We’re always looking for new performers and new local talents for any upcoming First Weekends,” Rollier said.