Press-Republican

September 13, 2013

Fireworks close today's Battle of Plattsburgh events

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Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — The Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration really heats up today with many events, including fireworks after dark.

Organizers are encouraging those who come to the City of Plattsburgh for the event, especially Saturday’s parade, to park their cars in the available parking lots.

Parking on side streets make access difficult for parade participants, Battle Committee Chair Christopher “Kit” Booth said in a press release.

The public is invited to use the following facilities: the lot next to Clinton County Government Center, the county lot just north of Cornelia Street on Oak Street, the large grassy area on Cumberland Avenue across from Wilcox Dock and the municipal lot near the railroad station on Bridge Street. They offer room for hundreds of cars.

“We hope that people will use these lots and avoid parking on the side streets, especially Lorraine and Durand, on Saturday before the parade,” parade Co-Chair Vicki Giroux said in the release. 

“The access for floats and larger vehicles is difficult on these narrow streets at best, and with cars parked on both sides of the street, it’s almost impossible for emergency vehicles to get through.”

Access on these streets is needed for the parade setup starting early Saturday morning until about 2 in the afternoon.

$10 BUTTON

Admission to concerts and other Battle of Plattsburgh events comes with purchase of a $10 button for ages 18 and older; kids get in free. Buy buttons at sites around the area.

Here’s a look at highlights (all events are in Plattsburgh unless otherwise noted):

TODAY

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Alice T. Miner Collection, guided tours at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., Chazy.

11 a.m.: Crab Island Memorial, Crab Island, by American Legion Post 1619.

Noon to midnight: W2W ham radio on the air, Trinity Park.

1 to 5 p.m.: Macdonough Monument, self-guided tours, City Hall Place.

4 to 7 p.m.: Cannonball Run, preregistration, Trinity Park. Or preregister at www.cannonballrun.yola.com or call 563-6186.

4 to 11 p.m.: Israel Green Tavern, vintage dining and entertainment, 18 Trinity Place.

4:30 to 6 p.m.: Roy Hurd concert, Israel Green Tavern, 18 Trinity Place.

5 to 6 p.m.: Eliza Mooers Historic District Walking Tour, Melissa Bistor-Cross, starts at Macdonough Monument.

6 to 8:30 p.m.: Charlie Stone and Split Rock concert, 18 Trinity Place.

7:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Spirit of Johnny Cash concert, City Hall steps.

9 to 11 p.m.: Alice Knight and Speedy Arnold concert, 18 Trinity Place.

9:30 to 10 p.m.: Rocket’s Red Glare fireworks display, behind Macdonough Monument.

SATURDAY’s Highlights

8:10 to 9 a.m.: Cannonball Run, registration then 9 p.m. start for 5K and 10K Fun Run, 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. U.S. Oval.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Farmer and Crafters Market, Durkee Street pavilion.

10 to 11 a.m.: 1814 Battle Re-enactment, behind Beekmantown Town Hall, Spellman Road.

10 to 10:30 a.m.: Saratoga replica, demonstration, Champlain Monument, Cumberland Avenue.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Boy Scout BOP Stamp Cancellation, Trinity Park.

10 a.m. to noon: Kids Station, Transportation Museum, 12 Museum Way; and various fife-and-drum and pipe-and-drum units musical performances, Trinity Park and downtown area.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Historic First Presbyterian Church, self-guided tours, 34 Brinkerhoff St.

11 to 11:45 a.m.: The Connecticut Peddler (Stan Ransom) concert, Israel Green Tavern, 18 Trinity Place.

11 a.m. to  12:30 p.m.: Battle of Plattsburgh Challenge Cup, bateau race, Champlain Monument, Cumberland Avenue.

Noon to 8 p.m.: W2W ham radio on the air, Trinity Park.

Noon to 1:45 p.m.: Tom 24 (Tom Ventiquattro II) concert, Israel Green Tavern, 18 Trinity Place.

12:15 to 1 p.m.: Kids Muster, immediately followed by Kids Parade, Trinity Park.

1 to 4 p.m.: Parade starts at Elks Lodge on Cumberland Avenue. Immediately following: Beat Retreat by massed bands, City Hall, then Roducky Derby, Macdonough Monument and then the Rotary Bed Race, City Hall Place.

4 to 5 p.m.: Music by the Rogues, Israel Green Tavern, 18 Trinity Place.

5 to 6 p.m.: Eliza Mooers Historic District Walking Tour, Melissa Bistor-Cross, starts at Macdonough Monument.

5 to 7:30 p.m.: Green Beans concert, Israel Green Tavern, 18 Trinity Place.

7:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Band of Cobourg, Ont., concert, Strand Theater, 25 Brinkerhoff St.

8 to 11 p.m.: Too Tall String Band concert, Israel Green Tavern, 18 Trinity Place; and Macomb Ball, English country dancing Ied by dance masters Wendy Gilchrist and Bruce Kokernot, with live period music, Elks Lodge.

SUNDAY

8 to 10 a.m.: 19th Century Anglican Church Services, Trinity Episcopal Church, 18 Trinity Place.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Children’s Old-Time Village Fair, with storytelling, horseback rides, arts and crafts, dolls and teddy bears, old-time country store, Macdonough Monument grounds, City Hall Place.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Pipe-and-drum units, musical performances, downtown.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Boy Scout Booth Cachet, Trinity Park; Boy Scout Historic Trail, Trinity Park; and live Plucky Rooster display, Macdonough Monument.

11 to 11:30 a.m.: Live Plucky Rooster awards, Macdonough Monument; and Saratoga replica demonstration, Champlain Monument.

11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Soup Cookoff sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness: Champlain Valley, Trinity Park.

12:15 to 1 p.m.: Kids Muster, immediately followed by Kids Parade, Trinity Park.

1 to 2 p.m.: 1814 Battle Re-enactment, behind Champlain Monument.

1 to 3 p.m.: Macdonough Monument self-guided tours.