Press-Republican

September 5, 2013

Free Lucid concert headlines next First Weekend

DAN HEATH
Press-Republican

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.

Read said they would send out an email to gauge interest, but anyone else interested in a listing should contact him at readcl@gmail.com.

Association Secretary Mary Gillen of Paychex said the focus should be on downtown businesses, as it is intended to be a walking map. Joshua Kretser of pod studio suggested the listings on the back include local taxi companies.

The consensus was that the hand-drawn version was preferable. Association members said they would like to have both a flier-sized map for distribution to visitors and a placemat-sized map for restaurants.

Coonrod said she would get back to the two designers and ask for another sample.

NONPROFIT IN FUTURE

The members agreed to have the association become a member of the Lake City Local Development Corp. Read encouraged the business owners to also join that organization.

He said the association will need to create some form of nonprofit organization at some point in the future. That would include a membership fee.

Those at the meeting chose to return to the name Plattsburgh Downtown Association.

The next meeting is scheduled for 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Press-Republican, 170 Margaret St.

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com

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FIRST WEEKEND SCHEDULE

A listing of scheduled entertainers and locations is available on the First Weekends Facebook page.

Click on the photos link, scroll down to the September event listings and then click on the individual pictures.