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Plattsburgh prepares for second First Weekend celebration

Dr. Colin Read displays posters for the upcoming First Weekend in Plattsburgh. First Weekend will be held June 5 and 6.

Dr. Colin Read displays posters for the upcoming First Weekend in Plattsburgh. First Weekend will be held June 5 and 6. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— The downtown area will be transformed into a lively show of community spirit and artistry for the second-First Weekend on July 5 and 6.

The First Weekend has been arranged by members of the Vision 2 Action Group, the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts (NCCCA), ROTA Gallery, the Adirondack Young Professionals (ADKYP) and area businesses. The Champlain Valley Transportation Museum (CVTM), and the Imaginarium Children’s Museum will all come together to help.

Margaret Street will be taken over Friday night with street performances and live music up and down the street while Saturday will be a family-oriented day of fun at City Hall Place between Bridge Street and Court Street.

“Friday will be for the adults and taking over Margaret Street and Saturday we’ll take over City Hall Place with something for the whole family,” said Tim McCormick, a member of the ADKYP and accountant at McCormick and Deon Tax and Accounting.

Art Walk and Chalk Art Side walks

To help “paint the town” the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts will be holding a chalk art competition for local individuals, teams and business groups to show their creativity on the streets of downtown.

“We want to bring art outside of the building and onto the street, a lot of people, families and groups of different levels of artistry can join in the fun and be a part of the weekend’s events,” said Shawna Armstrong, gallery & graphics specialist at the NCCCA.

Emily Owens, education coordinator at NCCCA, said those who register will have a designated spot of sidewalk in downtown with children participants kept on the entryway sidewalk at the NCCCA for safety.

Artists can begin their chalk art on July 5 or a rain date of July 6. Anyone interested in participating is asked to register by July 1 to secure a location to draw and submit a $5 entrance fee. Maps will be available at the art center illustrating where people can find the art and then will cast votes for their favorite pieces. Owens said the winners will be chosen based on their scores.

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