February 26, 2014

Downtown Plattsburgh group developing website


PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh Downtown Association is developing its own website.

Association President Colin Read said they have secured a domain name:

While the effort is still in its infancy, it already links to an events calendar.

“It is focused on downtown events that we think will attract people to downtown,” Read said.

Other links connect to a history of Plattsburgh from Wikipedia, Google maps of the City of Plattsburgh and its downtown and a future listing of downtown businesses. 

The site has an early version of the upcoming Downtown Association map. At Monday’s meeting, association members agreed to go ahead with a print run of 10,000 copies of the caricature-style map of downtown businesses and attractions.


Also at the session, Michael Kribs of the First Weekends Marketing Committee said they hope to have a small maple-themed event in April.

They would like to follow that with a re-launch of the First Weekends series in May, possibly with the pairing of an agricultural theme and Cinco de Mayo.

Kribs said they are also working on a seasonal pin campaign, possibly with four designs to match the seasons. One possibility is to invite people to submit design ideas through the First Weekends Facebook page.

Steve Brodi of Bridge Street Auction Service said they should consider a children’s design contest. The winning pin could be used for a First Weekends event focused on kids’ activities. 

“If you bring the kids (downtown), you bring the parents,” he said.


The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts continues to promote its Oscar Eve party at the Strand Theatre, scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 1.

Tickets are $20 and include light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, Academy Award trivia, film clips, raffles and prizes.

Attendees will make a choice for Best Movie, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Entries with all five picks correct will go into a drawing to win two tickets to every 2014 event at the theater.

Proceeds will benefit programming and events at the Cultural Center for the Arts.


Kim Manion of Maui North said she is part of a group that is exploring the possibility of staging a criterium-style bicycle race in Plattsburgh.

It would involve multiple laps on a short course over public roads that would be closed for the event.

They would like to hold it downtown, where it could help attract viewers to visit local businesses before and after the race.

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The Plattsburgh Downtown Association's next meeting is tentatively scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, March 24, at Loreman's, 40 Brinkerhoff St.