LAKE PLACID- The town's inaugural First Friday event, which made its debut Sept. 8, went well, organizers said. The October edition of First Friday will take place 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4.
"We really didn't know what to expect for our first night and, boy, were we pleasantly surprised," said Harriet Porter, head of Tour Lake Placid.
"We just knew we wanted to start this. The Caladium Arts & Crafts Cooperative really was instrumental in beginning this in September. Judy Nicewicz, Caladium Arts president, came to the meeting and told us they wanted to honor their Artist of the Month with a meet-and-greet reception monthly and be open in the evening for hometown residents to come shop. We all chimed in with lots of other ideas for this monthly event, and, well, you see where it took us. We were especially excited that a few of the downtown merchants took advantage of the activity and stayed open as well. And hopefully even more will for October."
Each of the five nonprofit art and cultural destinations in Lake Placid reported a "nice crowd" coming to visit, many for the first time.
Each location had something special going on - balloon animals, face painting, artist demonstrations, videos and refreshments.
Visitors were directed, with the help of a map, to each of the five locations with their entry form to be marked and entered to win a gift basket.
The basket contained items from the Caladium Arts & Crafts Cooperative members: a handcrafted bracelet, handpainted wine glasses, wine glass coasters, a handpainted votive, note cards, scrubbies and an array of Godiva chocolates donated by one of the members.
The Clown School & Museum donated a hand-crocheted scarf and mug.
The Train Museum/Depot donated a mug, train whistle and a CD of the Melvil Dewey Story; one of the Lake Placid Art League members donated a beautifully carved wood bowl.
Plus, a mural book and brochures from each organization rounded off the basket. There will be another basket drawing next month, too.
The winner of the basket was local reporter Rod Smith.
October's First Friday, Oct. 4, is already in the plans with the Caladium Arts & Crafts Cooperative hosting an arts and crafts show in their large classroom along with the Artist of the Month meet-and-greet reception.
Those interested in participating can call Judy Nicewicz, at 386-0123.
The Lake Placid Art League will be hosting a "Member & Community Photography Exhibition & Open House," while plans are still in the works for the other locations.
"We encourage the downtown merchants to be open as well," the news release states.
Those merchants who are going to be open can let Nicewicz know so they can be added to the map.