DANNEMORA - Now that summer's here, thoughts of fun in the sun on Chazy Lake are what's on Angela Spahr's mind.
Spahr, who serves as activities coordinator for the Town of Dannemora Youth Commission, is preparing for the return of Chazy Lake Beach Days, the annual summer recreation program hosted by the youth commission at Chazy Lake Beach. The program brings activities to the beach weekly throughout the months of July and August, inviting kids to come out and have a good time.
"It gives the kids something to do over the summer and it's a great way to get them interacting with other kids," said Spahr. "We have kids who come up here only for the summer and it's especially a good way for them to make new friends."
Chazy Lake Beach Days will kick off Tuesday, July 12, and will continue Tuesdays for the next seven weeks. Each week, structured activities will be offered from 1-4 p.m., rain or shine, with themes such as "World of Color Day" and "Science Day," among others. The July 12 event will feature a "Minute to Win It" theme based on the popular NBC television show of the same name. Kids will be able to practice, then compete in "a variety of challenging activities" throughout the day. The program will continue July 19 with "Field Day Games" hosted by the Clinton County Youth Bureau. During that day's events, kids will be eligible to win prizes, said Spahr.
"That should be a really fun day," said Spahr. "We're hoping to have at least four teams of kids."
The following weeks will consist of:
• "Science Day," July 26. Kids will be able to conduct various experiments and other activities related to the world of science.
• "World of Color Day," Aug. 2. Tie-dying, painting, marbling and other colorful activities will be offered.
• "Beach Day," Aug. 9. Water games, swimming, sand castle-making, and other beach activities to be hosted.
• "Kids Choice Day," Aug. 16. Additional games, activities, crafts, and programs left over for kids to choose from.
• "End-of-the-Summer Beach Blast," Aug. 23. Fear Factor games and other activities.
"We're crossing our fingers for good weather," said Spahr, reiterating the program will still be held regardless of rainy weather.
The activities offered at Chazy Lake Beach Days are at no cost, said Spahr. The program is geared toward all children of the town of Dannemora, including the village of Dannemora, and the communities of Chazy Lake, Upper Chateaugay Lake, Standish and Lyon Mountain. However, all children will be allowed to participate regardless of where they reside.
"We draw kids from Saranac, Dannemora, all over," she said.
Children younger than 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while attending the program and participants must bring their own snacks and drinks. Participants are also encouraged to bring a swimsuit, towel, sunblock and shoes comfortable for running.
For more information about Chazy Lake Beach Days, contact the town office at 492-7541 or visit the town of Dannemora Web site at www.townofdannemora.org.