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A kickin' good time

Schenectady's SummerNight fills the street with entertainment

Schenectady brimmed with celebration Friday, July 9, as people filled State Street to partake in the food, fun and music of SummerNight, the county's annual summer celebration .

The fifth annual event took place from 5-10 p.m. Both the event and all parking in downtown Schenectady was free. As the sun started to set, more people joined in the fun.

When we first started this event, we didn't know if anyone would come, said Susan Savage, D-Niskayuna, chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature. "It was something that I wanted to start to build community spirit."

State Street also has come a long way in five years, said Savage, because now many businesses have moved in around Proctors to reinvigorate the downtown area.

During SummerNight, Jay Street businesses kept their doors open and some had booths out in front of their store. At the end of the street was an Ice Cream Truck, which didn't need to play any music to attract customers to cold treats on the hot day.

The number of activities and attractions crammed in and around State Street was almost overwhelming. Picking up an entertainment schedule helped sort out where and when everything was occurring.

A main attraction to some at the event was returning sand sculpture artist Matt Deibert from Atlantic City. This year he created a castle-themed sculpture, which was far from traditional. Bright and early at 9 a.m., Deibert started the sculpting process, and spectators were able to watch the mound of sand transformed dramatically over the day.

Music seemed to surround the event, whether inside Proctors or out on the street. There was a mix of big-name and local acts with a variety of music styles.

Headlining music acts were Electric City Horns, Filming Ohio, Tommy V and the Works, The Bill Dexter Quartet, Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band, and Ernie Williams returned for the fifth year with his band.

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