PLATTSBURGH — While the city does its part on land, the Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary Club will take care of the sailboat portion of the Mayor's Cup.Mary Ann Castine of MultiMedia Marketing and the Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary Club made a Powerpoint presentation to the Plattsburgh Downtown Association this week about those plans."We want to show people there's going to be events, to show them what's going on," she said.Castine said the highlight will be the 30th-annual Mayor's Cup Regatta on Saturday, July 7."It is the largest sailing race on Lake Champlain. Sailors come from all over."The Sunrise Rotary Club has been at the helm of the regatta for 15 years. The event attracts about 100 boats and between 400 and 500 sailors annually, and organizers hope for an even bigger turnout this year.In an effort to expand this year's waterfront activities, the Rotary Club commissioned a ferry to dock at the Plattsburgh Boat Basin on Friday and Saturday of that weekend.It will set sail for an on-board Splash Party dinner/dance on the evening of Friday, July 6. The ferry will also be used for two regatta observation cruises on Saturday, July 7, a chance for up to 500 people to experience the sailing action up close.Dr. Jake DeSnyder is organizing a Parade of Lights boat competition for Thursday, July 5, Castine said. Boats will start at Wilcox Dock and end in front of Lake Forest Senior Living Community, then travel to Plattsburgh Boat Basin for judging.A bike ride for children and families is planned for Saturday, July 7, in conjunction with the Lake Champlain Transportation Museum, Castine said. The law firm of Martin, Harding and Mazzotti will give free bike helmets to the first 500 participants, and a drawing for a new child's bike will be held.People who would like to sponsor an event or have an idea for another activity are asked to contact the Mayor's Office at 563-7701.The Sunrise Rotary Club plans to produce a calendar of all scheduled events.
The Downtown Association has scheduled its next cleanup day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 5, in conjunction with the City of Plattsburgh's citywide cleanup day.Plattsburgh State student Alison Guerin addressed the Downtown Association with an idea for a seasonal event that would involve the association and college students.The goal is to show students that downtown has more to offer than bars and to reverse the common perception that college students are rowdy, rude and loud.While Guerin would like to plan a larger event for the fall or next spring, Downtown Association member Tim Merrick suggested that for this year she try to arrange a small concert at Trinity Park after the cleanup day ends.
Downtown Association member Tom Lavin said plans are being prepared for the 2007 Summer Concert Series.Initial plans call for a seven-week run of Saturday concerts to start July 14 and continue through Sept. 1.Six of the concerts will feature two bands each, while the Aug. 4 event is planned as a family fun day, with a morning and evening performance of Seussical Jr. by Adirondack Regional Theater sandwiched around an afternoon of children's activities and entertainment.The Downtown Association plans to sell $20 Friend of the Summer Art Series buttons. Bearers will be entitled to discounts at participating merchants.Art Series sponsorships are available at levels from under $100 to $750, with varying degrees of benefits.