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Oktoberfest - Third Thursday, October 16th!
Be sure to come to Little Falls on October 16th for our second annual Oktoberfest celebration. Enjoy great, FUN events such as a live Polka band, an outdoor Craft Fair, free movies, great kids games, pumpkin bowling, and OF COURSE excellent BEER tastings! Be sure to check out these special events during Oktoberfest on this Third Thursday:
- Fritz's Polka Band! Enjoy the music of this widely renowned band from 5:30-7:30pm at the M&T Clock Tower Park. Bring a lawn chair!
- Open Mic Nite! On Third Thursdays the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts turns its gallery into a coffee house! Come on down from 7-9pm and share your musical talents, or just come and listen! Musicians can sign-up in advance or at the door, and each act runs 15 minutes. A sound system and piano are available.
- Free Movies! at Valley Cinema, starting at 6pm!
- Story Hour for Grown-Ups! Don't miss this really amazing literary event! This month's theme is Scary Stories; Bob Gassman will read a piece by T.C. Boyle. The fun starts at Gansevoort House Galleries at 5:30pm!
- Local Theater! Enjoy a scene from MacBeth, starting at 6:30pm at the Gansevoort House Galleries, brought to you by the Little Falls Theater Company!
- Great Beer and Adult Games! Come down to Happen Inn from 7-9pm, for "The Spice is Right", sponsored by Saranac! Have fun, drink beer, and score some cool Saranac SWAG!
- Pumpkin Bowling and FREE Kids Games Bring your children and grandchildren to the corner of Second Street and Main Street for some awesome and totally FREE kids games and other fun activities, from 3:30-6pm!
Sidewalk Art Comes to Little Falls!!
This summer, the children of Little Falls were treated to two instructional classes on creating vivid, 3-D sidewalk chalk art by the nationally renowned graphics artist, Eric Maruscak. The classes took place at the Little Falls Middle School on June 19th, and at Canal Place on July 17th, as part of the Third Thursday events in Little Falls. After the classes, the chidlren, as well as many adults, enjoyed watching Eric create his own special chalk art creations, first of Rocket Racoon and then of Captain America.
Eric is well-known to those who attend the Comic Cons around the nation for his wonderful sidewalk chalk masterpieces of various comic and video game characters! Because he lives in Binghamton, Eric graciously agreed to create some of his work for Little Falls on Third Thursdays this summer.
These events were part of the "Taking it to the Streets for Healthier, Happier Children" initiative, made possible by a generous grant from the Dale Memorial Trust, and sponsored by the Think Local Little Falls Committee, in cooperation with the Little Falls Family YMCA, the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, the City of Little Falls Tourism Committee, the DiamondDawgs, and Van Meter & Van Meter, LLC. This arts program is based on a growing body of scientific research showing that communities that offer arts, entertainment, and recreation are more likely to have healthier children. These studies draw a strong correlation between communities that have made an investment in the happiness of children and communities populated with healthy children. Further, this research suggests that broader participation in art-oriented recreational activities also contributes to the health of children.
For more information on arts activities and art instruction for children and adults, call the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts at 823-0808!
For more information on Eric Maruscak and his studio, Pepper Ink, visit his website!
Here are some photos of the sidewalk art events that happened recently in Little Falls:
Featured Little Falls Business - Always Treasured
After retiring from a 50 year career in the restaurant business, in June 2006 Siegfried Sprenger decided to open an antique store on Main Street in Little Falls. Woodworking was always his lifelong hobby, and his appreciation for quality work and craftsmanship got him interested in antiques and everyday items of the past.
Siegfried grew up in post-WW2 Germany, where any goods were hard to come by, nothing was thrown away, and everything was repaired. It gives him special satisfaction when he can transform a broken, hopeless piece of furniture into a beautiful object of art.
Always Treasured caters to all people, offering everything from inexpensive used furniture and articles to higher-end antiques and collectibles. If you are looking for a certain article, Siegfried will try to find it for you. He has a loyal local following, and out-of-town dealers stop by regularly. Siegfried also does repairs, refinishing and lamp rewiring.
Be sure to check back often, to see our current featured Little Falls business!
Flash Flood Update - Thank You Volunteers!
It has been a little over a week since the flash floods of late June and early July devastated the Mohawk Valley and damaged many of the businesses in Little Falls. Fortunately, all of the businesses in Little Falls are now re-opened and serving the local community. We would like to sincerely thank the many, many volunteers from the area who came out and helped to clean up the mud and debris. It was hot, dirty, smelly work, and we greatly appreciate your selflessness and community spirit! Itís people like you make Little Falls and the Mohawk Valley one of the best places to live in the country!
Here are some more photos of the clean-up provided by Elaine Cobb, who tirelessly helped in the clean-up herself:
Businesses in Little Falls Dig Out after Flash Flooding
As you are aware, flash floods swept throughout the Mohawk Valley on June 28, 2013. Many businesses in Little Falls suffered property damage from the water and mud, and several businesses suffered heavy damage.
We are happy to report that most of the local businesses in Little Falls are back in operation, and ready to serve you. The business community of Little Falls would like to thank the many volunteers in the community who came out on Friday to help us dig out of the muck. We cannot name everyone who helped, in part because there were so many of you and in some cases you did not tell us your names, so let us extend a representative thank you to members of Main Street First, many of whom spent the entire day shoveling mud and cleaning up shelves. The spirit of neighbor helping neighbor that so many people in Little Falls brought to life makes us proud to call ourselves members of this proud community!
A big thanks to Darryl Harrington for providing the photos!