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Wisner Market kicked off its 2017 season Thursday in downtown Elmira.
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Elmira-area residents will have the ability to have a good time hotter climate quickly with a collection of particular downtown occasions.

Elmira Downtown Improvement is releasing particulars of its lineup of spring and summer season particular occasions, together with Alive After 5, the Elmira Road Portray Pageant and Wisner Market.

The Alive After 5 live performance collection, returning for its fourth yr, will kick issues off with its first live performance of the season Could three at Teall’s Tavern on South Primary Road.

“Each considered one of our occasions has been a crowd-pleasing occasion, however particularly Alive After 5,” mentioned Elmira Downtown Improvement Government Director Jennifer Herrick-McGonigal.

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Elmira Downtown Improvement will kick off the fourth season of its in style Alive After 5 program in early Could. (Picture: Jeff Murray / Workers Picture)

“I did not understand how the neighborhood would settle for it,” she mentioned. “We had 600 to 800 folks (per live performance) final yr. We’re kicking it off at Teall’s Tavern to assist them have a good time their one-year anniversary.”

Alive After 5 will supply 10 Friday live shows from Could by way of September, Herrick-McGonigal mentioned.

For about 36 years, Elmira has ready for the summer season season with an annual downtown cleanup. This yr’s cleanup will happen Could 11, as volunteers descend on downtown to scrub up round Wisner Park and surrounding neighborhoods.

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The cleanup shall be a prelude to Wisner Market, which is able to open Could 30 and can happen each Thursday by way of Sept. 26.

Wisner Market will tackle varied themes this yr, together with Woodstock at Wisner on Aug. 15, designed to tie into the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music pageant, which shall be celebrated in a pageant from Aug. 16 to 18 at Watkins Glen Worldwide. 

“Will probably be a day of peace, love and music,” Herrick-McGonigal mentioned. “We’re planning a day that is 1969-inspired — with music, meals and beverage. It is a approach for Chemung County to become involved within the nice music occasion taking place in Schuyler County.”

The opposite main occasion of the summer season would be the Elmira Road Portray Pageant, July 19 by way of 21.

Artists decorate West Water and Main streets in downtown

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Artists decorate West Water and Main streets in downtown

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Artists decorate West Water and Main streets in downtown

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Artists decorate West Water and Main streets in downtown

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Artists decorate West Water and Main streets in downtown

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Artists decorate West Water and Main streets in downtown

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Artists decorate West Water and Main streets in downtown

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An artist decorates West Water and Main streets in

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Artists decorate West Water and Main streets in downtown

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Artists decorate West Water and Main streets in downtown

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Artists decorate West Water and Main streets in downtown

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Artists decorate West Water and Main streets in downtown

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Artists decorate West Water and Main streets in downtown

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Artists decorate West Water and Main streets in downtown

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Artists decorate West Water and Main streets in downtown

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Artists decorate West Water and Main streets in downtown

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Courtney Byfield, of Elmira, creates commissioned graffiti

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Dan Kniffin, of Elmira, works on his chalk artwork

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A number of proficient chalk artists will flip Water and North Primary streets into short-term canvases for his or her creations in the course of the weekend. 

Organizers moved the dates of the occasion this yr to keep away from battle with the 4th of July weekend and the Finger Lakes Wine Pageant.

It isn’t a particular occasion, however Elmira Downtown Improvement can be persevering with its “Undertake a Planter” program this summer season.

The company is on the lookout for sponsors to assist present planter materials and upkeep for every of the 58 planters unfold all through the downtown district.

“Lots of people lose sight of what this group does different than simply particular occasions,” Herrick-McGonigal mentioned. “We had been awarded a Primary Road grant. We do our greatest to get cash wanted for particular occasions. Between April and September, we can have 40 occasions. It actually occurs due to our sponsors.”

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For extra data

To be taught extra about Elmira Downtown Improvement, and the particular occasions and initiatives lined up for this spring and summer season, name 607-734-0341 or go to elmiradowntown.com. 

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