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Weather superb for July First Weekend

Anna Manion, 5 and Isaac Devine, 3, play with childsize antique cars during First Weekend celebrations on City Hall Place on July 6. Champlain Valley Transportation Museum provided the cars.

Anna Manion, 5 and Isaac Devine, 3, play with childsize antique cars during First Weekend celebrations on City Hall Place on July 6. Champlain Valley Transportation Museum provided the cars. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Clear skies and warm weather invited locals and visitors to downtown Plattsburgh for First Weekend July 5 and 6.

This was the second volunteer-driven First Weekend for Plattsburgh. The two-day festivity was brought to Plattsburgh by members of Vision 2 Action Group, the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts (NCCCA), ROTA Gallery, the Adirondack Young Professionals (ADKYP), Downtown Business Visitors Association, area businesses, the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum (CVTM), and the Imaginarium Children’s Museum.

Music filled the streets July 5 with artists performing such as Convergence, Jay Lesage, Giovanini Bucci, Bruce Lawson, James Van Etten, Herb Carter Jr. Haley Wright-McGivney and Ben Bright. Emily Owens with the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts said more than 100 people gathered around former American Idol contestant and local musician Bright who played outside the Strand Theater.

Music was played from one end of Margaret Street to the other, said Colin Read, owner of the Champlain Wine Company and part of the Downtown Business Visitors Association. Read said his business was busier than ever with Style and Substance offering a free advice night and a wine tasting.

“It was the busiest Friday night we’ve had,” Read said. “The first weekends are getting bigger and better each time and we hope to have the biggest in September.”

On Saturday, City Hall Place was closed down from 2 to 5 p.m. giving visitors a chance to walk freely while listening to 12-year-old singer and guitar player Wright-McGivney who played a range of music and welcomed guests to the family day at the Court Street entrance. Musician Derrick Hackett also welcomed visitors with music playing outside Urban Soles shoe store on Durkee Street.

Tim McCormick, a member of the Adirondack Young Professionals and an accountant at the firm of McCormick and Deon said there were belly dancer performances and more throughout the afternoon.

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