PLATTSBURGH - Whether you're a seafaring soul or a landlubbing drylander, the Sunrise Rotary Club and City of Plattsburgh are aiming to cure what ails ye.
The annual Mayor's Cup Regatta and Festival returns next week, Thursday, July 8, through Sunday, July 11, with many events the community has come to look forward to, said public relations coordinator Gail Recore.
"I'm very excited about it," Recore said of planning the event. "It's come along really well this year."
Organizers are teaming up this year with the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts to create more events downtown this year, said Recore. Working with NCCCA executive director Susan R. Daul, Mayor's Cup organizers have been able to arrange for decorative downtown window displays, children's events and even a "See Food Sculpture Contest" which consists of works of art made from canned good that will be later donated to local food pantries.
"Sue Daul has really been instrumental in making a lot of new and unique things happen this year," said Recore. "There will especially be all kinds of stuff going on for kids which is going to be really fun and [the NCCCA] will be having one of their Jumpin' in July concerts during Mayor's Cup. We're really excited about that."
Returning this year to kick off Mayor's Cup will be the Boat Parade of Lights beginning at Wilcox Dock Thursday night. This year's parade will feature a "Christmas in July" theme.
"People get excited about decorating their boats and getting them out onto the waterfront so people can view them," said Recore. "It's just a fun competition and everyone really enjoys it."
The Mayor's Cup Regatta, one of the signature events for the extended weekend event, takes place Saturday morning and is also a highly-anticipated part of the festival.
"It's the most popular sailing race on the lake," said Recore.
This year's regatta will be made extra special, she said, with the unveiling of The Mayor John Ianelli Spirit Award. The award will be bestowed upon an individual who "represents, in their own way, a 'community does matter' spirit and attitude," in honor of the late John Ianelli, who passed away earlier this year. Ianelli, who served as city mayor during the 1970s and '80s, was founder of the Mayor's Cup race and known for his dedication to the community.
"We wanted to remember him in a special way because he was so instrumental in making the regatta happen," said Recore.
The recipient will be chosen each year by the current city mayor and official organizing the annual regatta, which, this year, are Donald M. Kasprzak and Dr. Kjell Dahlen, respectively.
"And, it can go to a sailor or a landlubber," Recore said with a laugh.
The award, which will be presented at an awards ceremony at the Naked Turtle Saturday night, will be in line with the theme of this year's Mayor's Cup Regatta and Festival, "Community Does Matter," which was also modeled after Ianelli, said Recore.
Whatever event attracts people to this year's Mayor's Cup, Recore said she is grateful on behalf of the Sunrise Rotary Club, for which the majority of events benefit.
"This is our largest fundraiser for Sunrise Rotary and it makes us be able to give back even more to the community in other ways," she said.
Recore also notes this year's event will also have limited edition Mayor's Cup T-shirts for sale, featuring the 2010 Mayor's Cup logo, designed by Katie Jennett-Caska. The shirts will be on sale for $18 each, with proceeds to benefit the Sunrise Rotary Club.
For more information about the 33rd annual Mayor's Cup Regatta and Festival, visit www.mayorscup.com or call 561-8790.