DANNEMORA - There's a lot of things going on this summer at Chazy Lake Beach, and Angela Spahr wants families to take advantage of them.
Spahr, who serves as activities coordinator for the Town of Dannemora Youth Commission, is excited about the return of Chazy Lake Beach Days, for one. The annual event brings weekly activities to the beach throughout July and August inviting kids to "just have fun."
"I've already had people coming to my door asking me when it was starting," Spahr said in an interview last week.
The recreation program started with a barbecue July 6, and will continue Tuesdays for the next seven weeks. Each week, structured activities will be offered from 1-4 p.m., with themes such as "Survival Games," "World of Color," and "Science Day," a particular favorite among kids.
"That one was a big hit," said Spahr.
This year, Spahr is adding a little something extra into the mix. Prior to the start of structured activities, she invites families to stop by the beach from 12-1 p.m. with a book and a picnic lunch.
"We're going to have a reading time where we'll encourage them to bring their own book," said Spahr. "But, we're also going to have books available, too."
Reading is just one way the youth commission is looking to boost interest in Chazy Lake Beach Days, said Spahr. Bins of activities and sporting equipment will also be made available for families to sign out during the program.
"We just want to get people to come to the beach and for them to have some other activities to do when they're there," said Spahr. "It's such a beautiful property. We just want it used more."
The activities offered at Chazy Lake Beach Days are at no cost, according to Spahr. The program is geared toward all children of the town of Dannemora, including the village of Dannemora, and the communities of Chazy Lake, Upper Chateaugay Lake, Standish and Lyon Mountain. However, all children will be allowed to participate regardless of where they reside.