Board discusses upcoming First Weekend

PLATTSBURGH — Building on the growing success of their inaugural summer of “First Weekends,” the First Weekends board met this week to plan their upcoming Nov. 1 - 2 events.

A new event being added for November, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, is an Art Supply Swap which will take place at the ROTA gallery on Margaret Street. People with extra, usable art supplies are encouraged to stop by ROTA and see what items might be available for trade. School art departments are also encouraged to participate. The art supply swap would be trade only, with no selling allowed.

Demonstrations and performers slated for Nov. 2 include the Clinton County ARC; the Autism Alliance, Clinton County STOP Domestic Violence; the Plattsburgh fire department; ADKYP (Adirondack Young Professionals); the SUNY JCAP (Japanese Cultural Association); Centerstage; Champlain Valley Irish Dancers and Haus of Starrs. CrossFit will also be giving a free open fitness class outside, and will give away a one month membership to one of the participants.

Several local musicians are tentatively scheduled for Friday, Nov. 1. First Weekends is pursuing city approval for a pair of fire pits for Trinity Park, for people to warm up by while listening to the musicians.

Fundraising is progressing well for the upcoming year. The fundraising committee unveiled new suggested fundraising levels for businesses, which are based on the number of employees a business has. Businesses with one to five employees will be asked to sponsor at $100, six to 15 employees, or any size non-profit, at $250, 16 to 25 employees at $350, and 26 or more employees at $500. Sponsorship inquiries can be sent to firstweekendsplattsburgh@gmail.com or mailed to 162 Margaret St, Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Support for the scarecrow contest is high especially at SUNY, where 20 organizations have signed up to make scarecrows. Several local businesses and organizations are also making scarecrows. People are encouraged to take pictures with the scarecrows, which can be found at businesses and locations around town, and submit them to the First Weekends’ Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram accounts (fwplattsburgh). The person whose photo garners the most likes will win their pick of the scarecrows. The remaining scarecrows will be adopted out for a suggested donation of $10.

November’s First Weekend will kick off Friday at 5 and run through 8 p.m., with Saturday’s events running from 1 to 5 p.m.

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