Thursday, March 10, 2016

Plattsburgh Irish Festival This Weekend

unnamedThe City of Plattsburgh has been trying out new events every other month as well as growing its ongoing activities, according to City of Plattsburgh Events and Promotional Coordinator Sandra Geddes.  Organizing an event around St. Patrick’s Day came naturally, she said.

“We hold an event every other month and we wanted to plan this activity near St Patrick’s Day” says Geddes. “We want people to come, wear lots of green and enjoy all the games, food an music and kids and adults.”

This year’s Plattsburgh Irish Festival takes place on March 12 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Durkee Street Parking Lot. There is no admission for the event though food from Tammy’s Lunch Box food truck, beverages from ADK Hard Cider Tavern and Smooth Moves, as well as event merchandise will be available for purchase.

“We have an Irish Village for the kids with eight to ten different games,” says Geddes. “Clinton County ARC is hosting a scavenger hunt for kids where they can search for different clues from various downtown businesses.”

In addition to the children’s Irish Village, the festival will include free admission to the Clinton County Historical Museum (10 am – 3 pm) to view the Irish Heritage Exhibit. At 11 am, the 5K Shamrock Shuffle begins at Durkee Street, crosses Bridge Street, on to the US Oval and back. Throughout the day the Champlain Valley Irish Dancers and the Plattsburgh Pipes and Drum Corp will perform.

“The whole event is free,” says Geddes. “It’s exciting that we have the Glengarry Bhoys preforming in addition to the local band All Without the Bass. People can find any changes to the schedule on our Facebook event page.”

The next event of the Discover Plattsburgh series will focus on volunteer recruitment, with over 15 nonprofits signed-up to offer volunteer service opportunities on April 11th. Enjoy!

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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