The fourth annual Streetfest in Ticonderoga attracted hundreds of people downtown. It was part of a busy summer in the community.
Ticonderoga has been a whirlwind of activity this summer.
Parades, concerts, plays, art exhibits, festivals, historical reenactments, fishing tournaments — you name it — it’s all happened in Ticonderoga.
“It’s been an amazing summer,” Ticonderoga Supervisor Deb Malaney said. “Between the local organizations, the fort, the chamber of commerce, the festival guild, the alliance and others I’ve never seen so much activity in the community. It’s been wonderful.”
Kicking off the summer was the annual “Best Fourth in the North” July 4th celebration. This year the four-day event was put on by a committee of volunteers in conjunction with the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership.
“The Fourth of July was an absolutely wonderful event,” Malaney said. “It took an entire year of timeless preparation by an all-volunteer force, but it was fabulous.”
The “Best Fourth in the North” included a carnival in Bicentennial Park, concerts, the Montcalm Mile foot race, a bed race and the traditional July4th parade. The activities drew hundreds of people to the community.
Also held were the fourth annual Streetfest July 28 and the 20th annual Ticonderoga Area Car Show Aug. 5. Both events were bigger than ever before.
Streetfest, sponsored by the the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, was a community celebration of arts and crafts, shopping, food, fun, entertainment and family activities designed to bring people to Ticonderoga’s Montcalm Street business district. It had nearly 60 participants and attracted hundreds of people.
Sponsored by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, the annual car show was a “SuperWheels Showdown” qualifier with 27 classes.
During the car show there was food, vendors, a 50/50 raffle, a car show raffle, music by Jerry’s Juke Box, the Kiwanis duck race, a piston toss, a muffler wrap and a hoola hop contest.
The day before the car show there was a Community Cruise and a Downtown Cruise In with music by Jerry’s Juke Box in front of the chamber office. Area businesses participated by offering discounts.
“The Ti Montcalm Street Partnership and the chamber have contributed so much to our community,” Malaney said. “Their events were a great success.”
The summer of 2012 has also featured a resurgence of the arts in Ticonderoga. Ticonderoga Arts, the Ticonderoga Festival Guild and the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance have all brought programming to the community.
Ti Arts hosted “Art in the Park, a Plein Air Fest” where local artists Joan Pulling and Stella Dwyer instructed participants during an oil painting and water color workshop. The group also operated its gallery in the Hancock House.
The Ticonderoga Festival Guild celebrated its 30th season with its Arts Trek program for children as well a Ti Talent Night, a Ticonderoga Community band performance and other events.
The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance joined with the festival guild to sponsor a performance by the Lake Placid Sinfonietta and a Shakespeare production. The alliance also worked with Fort Ticonderoga to bring the Adirondack Jazz Orchestra to town for a show.
Ti Arts and the alliance then joined to open a new art gallery on Montcalm Street in July.
“The cultural arts have been a great addition to the community this summer,” malaney said. “Arts and culture are a key component to any community; they make people feel good about themselves and their town.
“The fact that these groups collaborated is important,” she added. “It’s a great sign of good things to come.”
Fort Ticonderoga has done it part, too, Malaney noted. Besides hosting living history, educational and other events, Fort Ticonderoga has joined in community events. The fort’s fife & drum corps marched at Streetfest, a recreation of canon placement on Mt. Defiance was held downtown and the first-ever conference on Lake Champlain and Lake George was hosted by the fort.
“The fort has been very supportive of events in town,” Malaney said. “Fort Ticonderoga is an important part of our community.”
The supervisor also noted programs at the Heritage Museum and the Ticonderoga Historical Society’s Hancock House. She also expressed appreciation for the Ticonderoga Police Department, which has supported all the local events.
‘It’s been a wonderful summer,” Malaney said. “It’s always a good thing when your streets are filled, your stores are filled. There’s been a lot of action in town; it’s been a great summer.”