Abby Reeder and Brayden Belden play a game during the 2013 StreetFest in Ticonderoga. The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership is now planning the 2014 StreetFest and other events.
The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership is planning a number of events and projects this year designed to attract people to downtown Ticonderoga.
“The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership with its partner, the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, continues to strive to promote activities, events and visual projects throughout the entire length of Montcalm Street,” Bob Dedrick, TMSP board member, said.
Led by its design committee, the partnership is working to light LaChute Falls in Bicentennial Park this year.
“We hope that our newest endeavor, to light the Bicentennial Falls, will come to fruition in the spring,” Dedrick said.
The committee is also working with PRIDE to erect a services sign on Route 9N to attract people downtown. Other design committee projects for 2014 include streetscape improvements.
“I am proud to be a committee chairperson in an organization striving to preserve, promote, protect and enhance the historic Montcalm Street corridor,” Joyce Cooper, TMSP design committee chairwoman, said.
The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership will again host its two major events, the Best Fourth in the North celebration and StreetFest.
The 2014 Best Fourth in the North will be July 1-4 and will include live music and entertainment, amusement rides, games, food and vendors in Bicentennial Park as well as a parade and a fireworks display. The Best Fourth committee is chaired by Debbie Barber.
The celebration costs between $25-30,000 with the majority of the funds being raised by the committee. Fund-raising events such as the annual Ti High Alumni Basketball Tournament, Best Fourth in the North Night at area businesses and a coin drop are planned.
StreetFest will be held Saturday, July 26, with a variety of business specials, promotions and sidewalk sales as well as vendors, live music and entertainment, family activities, food and more. The StreetFest committee, chaired by Darlene Treadway and Leslie Midgley, is planning for the event. Businesses and vendors can get registration forms from the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce. All 2013 participants will be mailed a registration form for the event.
The 2014 StreetFest will be held in conjunction with the “Ticonderoga, The First 250 Years” celebration.
Chaired by John Bartlett, the group’s promotions committee has a varied agenda.
The annual WinterFest will not be held this year, but the panel is reviewing past events with hopes to returning WinterFest in 2015. A Community Clean Up Day is scheduled Saturday, May 17. The TMSP promotions committee will coordinate efforts.
The promotions committee is also planning the annual Street Art project with an auction slated Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Best Western Plus; HalloweenFest Friday, Oct. 31; a shopping effort to help stock the Ticonderoga Food Pantry; and the annual North Country Christmas Shopping & Dining Night in December.
The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership reorganized last year, contracting with the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce for services and creating an executive board composed by committee chairs with one additional board member. There is also a TMSP board of volunteers and downtown businesspeople.
TMSP leaders to expand participation in the organization in 2014. People interested in serving on committees should contact the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce office at 585-6619.
The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership is a not-for-profit organization established in 2007. Its mission is to create and enhance the economic, historic and social development of Ticonderoga’s traditional business district, employing the National Trust Main Street Center’s guidelines for organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring. Meetings are held monthly and volunteers are always welcome. Like the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership on Facebook to stay up to date on TMSP events, news and more. For more information on the TMSP visit www.timainstreet.org or contact the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce at 585-6619, go online at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop at the chamber office at 94 Montcalm St.