The SCENE IN PLATTSBURGH was a busy one this past week, when we stepped out to see what was happening around downtown Plattsburgh. A quick stop into the NORTH COUNTRY FOOD CO-OP was a great treat. CAMERON BOLL of TERRA FARM was on hand, along with PAT OSTRANDER of the CO-OP, to offer samples of organic nuts and dried fruits; our favorite being the curried cashews. Cameron was on a tasting tour from his home base in Valatie, New York. We always find that when we shop locally, we get excellent products and sweet conversation with a story to tell about the experience.
EREN DAUGHERTY, a regular with us, has the best knack for buying and selling on e-bay. She has a customer base for whom she produces great results! Eren has a unique, eclectic style and talent in home décor and fashion. Where you may have the vision, Eren has the savvy to bring a vision to life. She is the consummate artist; whether buying and selling clothing on-line, painting a mural, or creating and even wiring an unusual chandelier, Eren has the ability to create art that shouts, “WOW!” You may soon see Eren painting the barriers that keep the wine tasters safe at Champlain Wine Company. Stop by and ask her about her talents!
KIM LECLAIRE is a girl on fire! Not only does Kim fire dance, teach yoga and work full time…she is also the founder and owner of the CSA, QUARRY GARDENS. A beautiful piece of land in Chazy is lovingly tended by Kim along with the help of an intern, WWOOFer, and assorted volunteers. Kim grows organic garlic and vegetables for her community supported agriculture shareholders and to supply local restaurants. She holds art exhibits and yoga classes at the Quarry Gardens, as well. Visit her website at www.quarrygardens.com to see what makes this farm buzz.
FIRST NIGHT wine tasters, KATHY & KEVIN DOWNS and PATTI & RICH HOLCOMBE were enjoying their longtime friendship with a wine tasting and dinner close by.
We also found the FIRST WEEKEND Committee (an outcome of V2A, Vision to Action) meeting to discuss the success of June’s inaugural weekend, with exciting plans for the upcoming summer events. TIM McCORMICK, LEIGH & TIM SIMONETTI, SHAWNA ARMSTRONG, LOWELL WURSTER AND COLIN READ were telling us to expect bigger and better! Plan to come the weekend of July 5th! The Transportation Museum and Children’s Imaginarium are participating and will have many family centered activities. Live music can be heard at many venues with styles for all tastes, we may even have a show by The Cumberland Bay Barbershoppers! The Lumber Jills, Plattsburgh’s Premier Roller Derby Team, will be showing off their amazing skating skills.
The last piece needed to make First Weekends an exciting gathering space is an agreement from the City Council to close down City Hall Place and Trinity Park to traffic. Join this hard working committee at the City Council meeting on June 20th to voice your support!
The weather hasn’t dampened the spirits of some committees, friends and small business owners who stopped in to see us at FREE ADVICE NIGHT. In our optimism, we’d like to say that the forecast looks great for the rest of the summer!