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Cruise Nights join a busy Thursday evening in North Creek

NORTH CREEK - Local car owners will show off their classic, antique and sports cars the evening of June 17 on Main Street in North Creek during their first ever Cruise Night. Cruise Night joins a Thursday night schedule overflowing with events in North Creek including the Depot Museum's Platform talks, Art Walks and the North Creek Farmers Market.

"I hope all that we have going on will mesh well with one another," said Depot Museum Director Michelle San Antonio. "The variation in events should increase the number of people that come into town on those evenings."

Organized by local car enthusiasts Scott Willoughby of Camp Garuda Art & Antiques and Lori Smith of Marsh's Restaurant in North Creek, Cruise Nights took shape last year and has finally come to fruition. Cars and drivers from all over the region as well as spectators are invited to visit North Creek for an evening of "cruising." Cruise Nights will run to the end of September, with a final cruise and car show Saturday, Oct. 2.

"I think the Cruise Nights will serve to tie the Thursday nights together," said Willoughby. "All the different events will attract people with varying interest into North Creek."

Willoughby plans to bring his 1995 Morgan and 1963 Mini to Main Street and join in the evening.

"I have been around old cars all of my life and appreciate the kind of following that they can generate," said Willoughby.

Local shops and restaurants will be running specials during Cruise Nights and live music will be featured at Trappers and Cafe Sarah. Attendants will also have the opportunity to vote on the most popular car of the evening and a trophy will be awarded each week at 8 p.m.

Cruise Nights will also serve to benefit local organizations and charities.

"We appreciate the opportunity to raise some money while getting people onto Main Street," Smith said.

Canned food goods will be collected to benefit the North Country Food Pantry and a 50/50 raffle will benefit local organizations.

"We are just starting out and hope to have a great weekly summer community event," said Willoughby. "During this first season, we need as much support as we can get."

For more information on this event, visit their Facebook page called Cruise Nights in North Creek, or e-mail cruisenightnorthcreek@gmail.com.

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