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First Weekend plans continue through winter

Volunteers Colin Read, Carrie Ann Rollier, Leigh Simonette and Shawna Armstrong enjoy a laugh during a “First Weekend” planning meeting in Plattsburgh.

Volunteers Colin Read, Carrie Ann Rollier, Leigh Simonette and Shawna Armstrong enjoy a laugh during a “First Weekend” planning meeting in Plattsburgh.

— Plattsburgh’s “First Weekend” committee met this week to discuss upcoming First Weekends celebrations in November and December.

The committee, in a tight vote, agreed to pursue asking the City of Plattsburgh to close the downtown portion of Brinkerhoff Avenue on Fridays, and continue to close City Hall Place on Saturdays. Their hope is to make First Weekend’s footprint wider, and benefit more business with increased foot traffic.

They also decided to extend Friday hours from 5 to 8 p.m., while keeping Saturday hours at 1 - 5 p.m.

Realizing that a First Weekend in October and November will be substantially different from one in the summer, committee members are making a concerted effort to find locations where people can stop in and warm up, as well as pursuing activities that can be done in the cold. Several churches in the vicinity of First Weekends’ activities have expressed an interest in opening their doors for that purpose.

Ideas discussed for October and November First Weekends included a snowman building/ice sculpture contest, snow coloring, a Day of the Dead Dance Party, harvest olympics, a pet costume contest, and many more activities. A full list of performers and demonstrations was also discussed. On Dec. 6 there will also be a free jazz concert at SUNY Plattsburgh at 7:30 p.m.

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