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June 6, 2014

First Weekends to celebrate first anniversary

Downtown Community and Visitor Center opens tonight; activities, music take place Saturday

PLATTSBURGH — The First Weekends event in the City of Plattsburgh for June marks the one-year anniversary of the effort that aims to bring more traffic and culture downtown.

While activities Saturday, June 7, will take place from 1 to 5 p.m., with music to follow, a special birthday celebration for First Weekends will add to the fun at 6:30 p.m.

But first, tonight will bring the official opening of Plattsburgh’s Downtown Community and Visitor Center, dubbed “30 City.”

A collaborative effort of the Plattsburgh Downtown Association, Plattsburgh Renewal Project and First Weekends Inc., the center is located at 30 City Hall Place, the former Mountain Riders location, across from Trinity Park.

The public (all ages) is invited to drop in from 7:30 to 9 p.m., when artwork of two newly graduated SUNY Plattsburgh students will be on exhibit. 

Jocelyn Jabaut of Plattsburgh’s works include abstracted landscape paintings using oil paint on panel. 

Northville native Leah Junquera also received a Bachelors of Fine Arts; her concentration is painting and sculpture.

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Also from 5 to 8 tonight, the First Weekends Guest Bartender Series will continue, this time at Dana’s Bar & Grill’s 14 Margaret St. location.

Stephens and Leigh Carmack Mundy will be guest bartenders, along with Kristin Moore and Debbie Pettit, First Weekends said in a press release.

The tips given to guest bartenders will help provide First Weekends activities, as do the sale of buttons that give discounts at participating downtown businesses.

The buttons cost $10 each.

Beginning in July, the Guest Bartender fundraiser will take place on the Wednesday before each month’s First Weekends, organization President Tim McCormick said in a press release.

“This will allow us to go back to providing more entertainment throughout downtown on Friday nights.”

First Weekends will again put art walks on the schedule, with works on exhibit at participating locations downtown, along with musicians at various spots, McCormick said.

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