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September First Weekend to be Summer Finale celebration

Ada Ross drive a pink mini car “Chloe’s Coupe” from the Champlain Valley Transportation museum during Plattsburgh’s first weekend celebration on July 6.

Ada Ross drive a pink mini car “Chloe’s Coupe” from the Champlain Valley Transportation museum during Plattsburgh’s first weekend celebration on July 6. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— All former events have been leading up to the First Weekend Summer Finale. The two-day finale will be an explosive mix of returning and rookie First Weekend performers, demonstrations from area businesses and performance groups, family fun activities and much more.

The festivities will begin with numerous musical performances scattered through downtown Plattsburgh between City Hall Place and Margaret Street on Friday, Sept. 6. The downtown streetfest will continue into Saturday, Sept. 7 with City Hall Place closed to traffic from 2 to 7:30 p.m.

First Weekend has been organized by an all volunteer group made up of members of the Vision 2 Action Group; the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts (NCCCA); ROTA Gallery; the Adirondack Young Professionals (ADKYP); Downtown Business Visitors Association (DBVA) as well as The Champlain Valley Transportation Museum (CVTM) and area emergency response personnel, who all come together to help.

Tim McCormick, one of the event organizers, said this time First Weekend will be bigger and better than ever before.

First Weekends in Plattsburgh kicked off in June with an alliance between downtown businesses, arts organizations and the volunteer efforts of community groups and musicians.

On Friday, Sept. 6, a multitude of performances will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in downtown Plattsburgh. Bruce Lawson will perform on Upper Bridge Street; Giovanini Bucci will perform in front of Cheechako Taco at 87 Margaret Street; Haley McGivney will perform in front of ROTA Gallery at 50 Margaret Street and James VanEtten will perform in front of the Koffee Kat, 104 Margaret Street.

Instead of hosting an art walk, the NCCCA will host a duel art show opening with the annual 9x9 Art Show fundraiser where local artists anonymously submit their work to be sold for $19.99 with all proceeds donated to the art center, and a photography show by Ron Nolland entitled “Come see, Come Saw.”

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