May 7, 2014

Rain doesn't dampen First Weekend spirits

PLATTSBURGH — A little rain never hurt anyone, and it didn’t wash away community spirit at May’s First Weekends event.

City Hall Place in downtown Plattsburgh was banned to traffic for last Saturday’s festivities, making a playground for children as they enjoyed the child-friendly live music and a clown on stilts who made balloon animals.

“First Weekends is definitely picking up,” said Kelly Frederick, manager of the Imaginarium Children’s Museum, which provided some activities. 

“It’s great not only for local businesses but for the culture because it shows that a lot goes on here — more than what people thought.”

First Weekends Inc., the Plattsburgh Downtown Association and Plattsburgh Renewal Project collaborated on the effort, which brought activities to the Center City area on Friday night and Saturday. 

“We’ve had a variety of performers,” Downtown Association President Colin Read said. “There are normally four to five bands that perform.”


There was plenty to do, with several nonprofits and businesses setting up stations along the street, including the Advocacy and Resource Center with Sink or Float, the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute running the balloon stand, the Children’s Museum monitoring the arts-and-crafts table and Grow Buddies Organic Gardening Supplies with its gardening station.

Taking part, ARC staff member Michael Clausen said, gives the agency the opportunity to “get the word out about our services and give back to the community.”

At the Imaginarium’s arts-and-craft station, children played in a sandbox with toy dinosaurs. Frederick said it was a promotional display of the museum’s “Dinosaur Dig” exhibit.

“(First Weekends) is good for my 2-year-old because it’s not often that we go out during my free time,” local resident Theresa Christian said.


As it began to rain cats and dogs, tents were built up to cover each station. 

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