Hot air balloons, fireworks, art receptions, concerts and family fun are all featured this weekend in Northern Warren County.
Although 2012’s Fourth of July is now history, there are still more Independence Day events — and related mid-July festivities in the region — to occur this weekend.
Festivals, fireworks and family fun will be featured throughout the area Friday through Monday through July 9.
Over this weekend — July 6 through 8, Queensbury and Glens Falls will be hosting the SunKiss Balloon Fest, with most of its events set for the Warren County airport. The Friday evening kickoff of the festival is centered in Crandall Park, Glens Falls.
Memorial dedication, Summerfest slated
Saturday July 7 brings a once-in-a-lifetime event to Chestertown with the dedication of the long-awaited Chester Veterans Memorial. The ceremony is to be held at 5 p.m. on the lawn of Chester Municipal Center. A barbecue and live country music follows at Summerfest, behind the municipal center. This community celebration, from noon to 10 p.m. or so, incudes hometown carnival activities including games, music, and music by the acclaimed Steven L. Smith Band from 6 to 9 p.m. Fireworks follow at 9:30 p.m. Saturday also features the Strawberry Festival and Bazaar from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. at Community Methodist Church on Church St.
When in town, stop into the Arts in Chestertown Gallery on Main Street at 1 p.m. and hear edgy author, sculptor, singer and novelist Jessica Kane read from one of her off-the-wall works of non-fiction.
No one has the acute perception of everyday life that Kane does. appearing with her is Carol Gregson, known as the “Pottersville Complainer.” She mixes humor with that prevalent North Country despair that comes with the hardships of growing up and living off the land.
Also on the art scene Saturday — at 4 to 6 p.m. — is the artists reception and opening of the “Way Up State” exhibit at the Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery at 1 Amherst St. Lake George. Intriguing works by 14 of northern New York’s top emerging new artists will be on display — a variety of media is included.
Down in Lake Luzerne, the Adirondack Folk School Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school at 51 Main St. Artisans of traditional Adirondack skills will be on hand, demonstrating blacksmithing, open-fire cooking, spinning, tin-smithing, fly fishing, woodcarving. Storytelling, food & music are also featured.
Also on Saturday, North Creek will be holding its Independence Day celebration and fireworks. Family fun begins at 1 p.m. in Ski Bowl park off Rte. 28. The fest features Games of chance, live entertainment, food. and fireworks at dusk.
Then on both Saturday July 7 and Sunday, July 8, Bolton is hosting its annual Arts & Crafts Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rogers Park. The event showcases regional artisans and crafters, with their high-quality creations.
The folks in Thurman like to stretch the weekend out for another day. In their hamlet of Athol, there’s an outdoor concert at 7 p.m. Monday July 9 featuring the Celtic music of the Grafton Street Trio in the park behind the Thurman Town Hall. The band includes gifted musicians playing mandolin, guitar, uilleann bagpipes & fiddle. Bring a blanket or chair.