The last time there was a party-type atmosphere at the Crown Point State Historic Site, hundreds of people had gathered to watch the Lake Champlain Bridge arch lifting on Aug. 26, as seen above. The Lake Champlain Bridge Community now plans a party at the historic site Oct. 16 to celebrate the second anniversary of the old bridge’s closure. The new bridge is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
The Lake Champlain Bridge Community hopes to reclaim some of the thunder it lost when it had to scrub plans to celebrate the opening of the new Lake Champlain Bridge in October. The bridge opening will be slightly delayed and the group decided to defer celebration until May 2012.
Instead, the Community will recognize the two-year anniversary of the original Lake Champlain Bridge’s closure on Sunday, Oct. 16. The event will include music, a fundraising barbeque and raffles.
The event will take place at the Crown Point State Historic Site, Crown Point, N.Y. from noon to 4 p.m.
“Of course we’re disappointed to not be holding the grand re-opening celebration this weekend as originally planned, but we still wanted a reason to celebrate this fall,” said Karen Hennessy, co-chairwoman of the Lake Champlain Bridge Community.
“With some sadness we’ll recognize the two-year anniversary of the old bridge’s closure, but we’re celebrating all the accomplishments that have been made over the last24 months and look forward to the imminent opening of the replacement bridge. We’re especially grateful to Joe Bodette, Crown Point Barbeque Company’s owner, for his generosity and involvement.”
All activities will take place in the Pavilion at Crown Point State Historic Site. In addition, the Lois McClure will be moored at the Crown Point Reservation Pier on both Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16. Elsewhere in Addison on Oct. 15 will be activities to celebrate the town’s 250th birthday.
Members of the Lake Champlain Bridge Community include area residents, representatives from local business, historical sites, local governments, and chambers of commerce. The Community can be found on the Web at www.champlainbridgecommunity.org.