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September 5, 2013

Free Lucid concert headlines next First Weekend

PLATTSBURGH — September’s First Weekend — this Friday and Saturday — features a free concert by local band Lucid, among other offerings.

At a recent meeting of the Plattsburgh Downtown Association, Tim McCormick of McCormick and Deon said the city has agreed to close off City Hall Place from 2 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday as First Weekend events take place, including the Lucid concert in Trinity Park from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

There will be no Art Walk this time, he said, but downtown visitors can expect live music, family activities, art receptions, street performers, demonstrations and other attractions. 

There is no First Weekends event scheduled for October, but plans are under way to hold them in November and December.

Plans for a Christmas tree lighting are being explored for the December event.

FRONT AND BACK

Meanwhile, the Downtown Association continues to explore creation of a map of downtown attractions and businesses.

At a recent meeting, Susan Coonrod of Plattsburgh Yarn and Gifts provided two samples she had obtained: one a hand-drawn caricature-type map and the other a more formal depiction of city streets.

Champlain Wine Company co-owner Colin Read, president of the Downtown Association, said it makes sense to focus on what attracts visitors to downtown, such as restaurants, retailers and historical sites, on the front of the maps. The back could then contain a listing of anyone else who wants to be included, perhaps by category.

WALKING MAP

There needs to be some limit on how many destinations are marked on the front of the map, he said, and association members should be in charge of making those decisions.

The members agreed that they should charge not more than $100 for a listing. If some entity underwrites the cost of the maps, the association could use the money for additional activities.

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