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.