CHRIS FASOLINO, Contributing Writer
ROUSES POINT — Village-wide garage sales, vendors in the park, a train station tour and a raffle will promote downtown Rouses Point on Saturday.
Among the organizers on the Downtown Revitalization Subcommittee is Tammy DiBernardo, an owner of the Rouses Point Beer Emporium. She said that, in the past, the Village Wide Sales event has always been held in conjunction with the Fourth of July celebration, but this year the date was changed.
“We want to bring more people to our town on a different weekend,” she explained, noting that the community’s Independence Day events already draw people on the Saturday and Sunday they are held.
As of Wednesday, more than 30 locations for garage sales were dotting the map that will be available for shoppers, Village Clerk Carol Hanfield said.
The map will be distributed at places including Stewart’s Shop and Best Friends diner, at opposite ends of Lake Street, she said, to catch visitors coming into the village.
And it will be posted on the village website.
In addition to the garage sales, 12 vendors are set to sell their wares, including jewelry and arts and crafts, in Rouse Park.
“I literally emailed 300 people,” DiBernardo said, describing her search for vendors.
“Right now, I’m working to get a couple of farmers — so it’s still in progress.”
By Saturday, she expects, “strawberries will be out. (And) it will be a good time to sell fresh fruit.”
She hopes the recent trend of cloudy and rainy weather in the North Country will have passed when the day comes around.
“If the sun comes out, I’ll be very happy.”
The Village of Rouses Point will open the D&H Station from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. so people can see the restoration going on there.
Grant money is being used to restore the building, which will become a museum focused on the village’s railroad history.
And the annual St. Patrick’s Church Rummage Sale takes place Saturday and Sunday in the church basement.
The raffle features a special ticket that is available at downtown businesses.
Those wishing to enter pick up the ticket and then visit nine participating businesses in downtown Rouses Point, getting the ticket signed at each one. The businesses are all in walking distance of each other.
Then, they can leave the ticket at the last business for entry in the raffle.
A new bed-and-breakfast provides an “extra,” as those visiting it can get an additional entry.
B&B au Bord du Lac (B&B by the Lake) won’t open until midsummer, but owners Anne Bill Carey invite people to step up on the porch and enjoy the view as they collect their extra chance in the raffle.
Originally the John Meyers home, the brick mansion at 250 Lake Street, is undergoing renovation and redecorating for its new use.
The participating businesses have all contributed items for the prize package. Items include cheese and a gift certificate for a six-pack from the Beer Emporium, a gift certificate from Sandy’s Deli and a pincushion craft project from Fibre Junction.
“The pincushion is made of hand-dyed wool, and everything is in the kit, so it makes it easy to make it,” shop owner Carole Meier said.
She is pleased that the special event supports local businesses, including her quilt shop, which specializes in reproduction prints from the Civil War era.
“Rouses Point is historic, so that fits in.”
And Meier hopes for good results on Saturday and beyond.
“I hope people will become aware of what’s available in Rouses Point,” she said.
“We have a lot of people who sail and anchor their boats at the marinas. It will be nice to have them know what’s here.”
FOURTH OF JULY
The village’s annual Fourth of July Celebration is set for Friday, June 28, Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30.
That Friday’s events begin at 4 p.m. with carnival rides, food booths, games, horse rides and vendors and the libations tent (all of which continue each day) and live music at the Rouses Point Civic Center.
The next day includes the 5-K Summer Sizzle Run, Kid’s Day with a bike decorating contest, games and entertainment, and live music.
The final day of the celebration showcases the Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show at the Civic Center parking lot, the Rouses Point Fire Department Chicken BBQ and, among other activities, the parade at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks.
The deadline for parade entries is June 28, with entry forms available at the Village Office or at: rousespointny.com, where the whole schedule of events is listed as well. For forms, go to “Community Events” then scroll down to the Fourth of July Celebration. Send the completed form to the Village Office, P.O. Box 185, Rouses Point NY 12979, drop it off at the office, 139 Lake St., or email it to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— News Editor Suzanne Moore contributed to this report.