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The Adirondack Balloon Festival kicks off Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in Crandall Park. There will be a musical performance by Big Fez and The Surfmatics. Opening ceremonies are set for 5 p.m. and there will be a flight of up to 20 balloons beginning at 5:15 p.m., weather permitting.

Don’t forget to check out the block party from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in downtown Glens Falls, which will feature live music, balloon baskets on display, a car show and children’s activities.

For a complete schedule, visit

Veterans block party

Speaking of block parties, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2475 will hold one on Sept. 29 to honor veterans and their extended families.

The event will take place at noon on portions of Cooper and Lawrence streets. It will be assisted by neighboring businesses, including the Lawrence Street Tavern, Miller Mechanical, The Shirt Factory, The Post-Star, as well as residents of Cooper Street.

There will be representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Warren County Veterans Service office and veterans advocacy groups, according to a news release.

The city will have a firetruck and police car on site with safety information for children of all ages.

The U.S. Army will provide basketball and rock-climbing simulations, and the National Guard will have military vehicles on display in The Post-Star parking lot.

There will be food vendors, an animal petting area and horse riding available.

Outback steakhouse will host a cornhole tournament with prizes, and Home Depot will have some building opportunities for children. There will also be a beer garden hosted by Common Roots, Paradox brewery and the Glens Falls Distillery. Guitarist and singer Brian Kelly, saxophonist Sean Pettis and Sean Kelly will perform in front of Miller Mechanical.

Parking will be available in the former Price Chopper parking lot on Cooper Street.

Street closure fees

Continuing on the block party theme, the Lake George Village Board has decided on its final fees for street closures. The fee will be $2,000 per day to close Canada Street from Memorial Day to Sept. 15 and $1,500 in the off-season. To close other streets, the fee is $500 per day.

This rate does not include any additional fees incurred by Public Works employees for overtime. Each event is subject to Village Board approval.

Village officials were prompted to increase the fees because of the expenses incurred by it by closing Canada Street during the Americade block party. They were also concerned about lost parking meter revenue.

Booming village

Speaking of parking meter fees, village parking meter revenue is up $15,000 over this same time during the last year.

Mayor Robert Blais attributed the increase to all the activity in the village.

This past weekend, the village had the Hemmings Concours d’Elegance car show, the King George Fishing Derby, the Lake George Jazz Weekend and the Lake George In-Water Boat Show.

“It was a monumental weekend with all the events that were going on,” he said.

Blais said he received complaints about how residents were inconvenienced by all the activity, but that comes with living in the village, which depends on tourism.

“That’s the business were in,” he said.

Blais said the village tries to mitigate the impacts. He did receive three complaints about the American Independence Music Festival and will sit down with the organizer, Dave Ehmann, to determine how to fix that problem, whether that means moving the stage or turning down the volume. The event made money and Ehmann wants to do a bluegrass and country music festival.

Parkour course

There will be an event Friday in Lake George’s Shepard Park to raise money to build a parkour course.

The fundraisier will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and feature live music from PJ Duo, grilled burgers, games, door prizes, souvenir T-shirts and a 50-50 raffle, according to a news release.

Lake George students organized by Devin Belonga are trying to build a parkour courses, which features a variety of obstacles. Costs to build these courses run from about $25,000 to $100,000.

The event is free to the public.

Cemetery tour

The 18th annual Cemetery Tour will take place on Saturday at the Glens Falls Cemetery on Bay Street.

The event is sponsored by the Chapman Historical Museum and Glens Falls Community Theatre. Actors will bring to life the stories of Harry Elkes, Mabel DeLong Chapman, John Calvin Weightman, Effie Garrow, Frederick Avery Johnson, Sarah Pearsall Viele and Charles Cameron, according to a news release.

There will be six walking tours at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. Two golf cart tours will take place at 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Each tour will last about 90 minutes.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children 12 to 18 and free for those under 12. For reservations, call the Chapman Historical Museum at 518-793-2826 or visit 348 Glen St. Payment must be made at the time of reservation.

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Michael Goot covers politics, business, the city of Glens Falls and the town and village of Lake George. Reach him at 518-742-3320 or and follow his blog at


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Reporter for The Post-Star, covering the city of Glens Falls, town and village of Lake George and northern Warren County communities.

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