It's that time of the week when almost everybody says TGIF. It's the first weekend in December and that has special meaning for Plattsburgh residents like Leigh Mundy, who loves spending time in the city.
"Just about all of my social life is downtown Plattsburgh. We eat here, we play here and we love that there's more events that First Weekends have been involved with," Mundy said.
First Weekends is a community group that wants to revitalize the city's downtown. To achieve that goal, the group plans to hold special events on the first weekend of every month. "We're trying to make it so there's something going on in Plattsburgh where people don't have to stay inside. They can go out, they can walk around downtown, they can shop local, they can really enjoy all that Plattsburgh has to offer," said Tim McCormick, the group's president.
The first First Weekend was held back in June of this year. It included local street performers, live music and art galleries. For December the event is a Christmas Tree lighting designed to draw folks to the downtown area.
"There are a lot of specialty shops down here that people don't know about and First Weekends bring people down and that's good for everyone," said Sue Coonrod with Plattsburgh Yarn and Gifts.
The tree is set to be lit Friday evening by none other than Santa Claus. It's the first tree lighting ceremony in downtown Plattsburgh in two years.
"First Weekends is going to be providing hot chocolate free of charge and I'm just going to add some Christmas cookies and some sweets to attract people downtown," Coonrod said.
In addition to the tree lighting there will also be an art opening where folks may be able to get some holiday shopping done. "There's a lot of art but we make it very sellable art, so it's a good gift time and it's a good time for the artists to sell their work," said Leigh Mundy with the North Country Cultural Center of the Arts.
Plattsburgh First Weekends -- a chance to revitalize the downtown, bring together the community, and have some fun.