ANNUAL SUMMERNIGHT COMES TO DOWNTOWN SCHENECTADY

NATE HOPPER SPECIAL TO THE TIMES UNION
Section: Capital Region,  Page: D3

Date: Thursday, July 8, 2010

There will be music and fireworks at the fifth annual Schenectady County SummerNight on Friday in downtown Schenectady.


The event will go from 5 to 10 p.m. and feature three stages of local live music. There will also be carnival games for children, a hypnotist, a puppet show, a chess grandmaster taking on multiple challengers at once and fireworks to close the night with a bang.


"What I like best about it is that it's a multi-age event. There's entertainment for kids through the elderly," said Susan Savage, chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature. "When you stand on State Street you really get to see the great diversity of our county."


Musical acts for the event include: Electric City Horns, Filming Ohio, The Bill Dexter Quartet, Tommy V and the Works, and, for the fifth year in a row, bluesman Ernie Williams and his band.


One of the three stages will be located inside Proctor's Theater, another on Jay Street and the main platform at the intersection of State and Clinton streets. The Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band will also march down State Street toward the main stage.


Savage said her favorite spectacle to see is the sand sculpture. Last year, it depicted scenes from Schenectady's history to commemorate the county's bicentennial.


"It's a pretty neat thing to see a huge sand sculpture in the middle of State Street," Savage said.


The event will be held rain or shine.