Volunteers Needed for Wing Fest!

Wing Fest is coming up on Saturday, April 30th, from noon to 4 p.m. in downtown Glens Falls, and we need your help! Support this great Glens Falls Collaborative event by volunteering and helping to make it a success! It’s sure to be a fun, exciting day. Also… wings! Yum!

There are many volunteer opportunities from ticket sellers to clean up. Below are some details regarding positions and event details.

Thank you for supporting the Glens Falls Collaborative!


If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rene Clements at renec49@yahoo.com


Ticket Sellers– Either from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in four different locations around downtown. We will need 2 sellers at each location for each time slot. Ticket sellers will be responsible for selling tickets, handling money, distribution of maps, and receiving ballots for voting. More details will be explained later.


Ballot Counters– Working from 2:00 p.m. to no later than 3:30 p.m. to collect ballots from the four ticket locations and then returning to home base to count ballots. This is for the People’s Choice Award and we need 4 people.

Volunteers to pick up tickets from each vendor at the end of the eventBeginning at 3:00 p.m., collect tickets from vendor locations and bring to our home base. We need to be sure that the bag is properly labeled and the signed off form is done. More details will be explained later. Need 2-4 people.


Volunteers to distribute paper products to participating restaurants– This would be done as soon as restaurants are set up at the beginning of event. Start time would be around 11:15 a.m. and paper products will be housed at our home base if more are needed by restaurants. We will need 2-4 people.


Volunteers to periodically check garbage bins to patrol in case of overflowWe need 2-3 people throughout the event.


Volunteers to walk the streets and City Park at the end of the event to collect litterFrom about 3:00 p.m. -4:30 p.m. and we need 2-4 people.


What is this Home Base we keep referring to? Well, scroll down!


General information:

 1. Our home base this year will be Equitas Realty located at 21 Bay St., Glens Falls.

2. At the end of the event we will announce not only the People’s Choice Trophy Award, but also the Judges Best Wings trophy award. This will all take place in City Park at 4:00 p.m.

3. Once we receive your responses, we will compile a spreadsheet and get back to you. Please indicate if you are flexible with any of the duties and times. Please respond to a contact by April 19th so we can plan accordingly.

4. More info will follow once slots are filled. If you have a friend who would like to help out, please send them a link to this page!


Thank you again for supporting the Glens Falls Collaborative and our area!


Pet Fest

Our inaugural Pet Fest on Saturday, May 21, from noon to 4 p.m. in City Park in Downtown Glens Falls. Admission is free. Click here for info!


The event plans K-9 unit demonstrations with the Warren County Sheriff’s Department, an appearance from Hudson the Railroad Puppy, low-cost or no-cost microchipping for pets, tutorials on Pet First Aid and CPR, and much more.


“Glens Falls is such a pet-friendly city,” says Collaborative President Patti Gray Whann. “When Jenn Howse of 11th Hour Canine Rescue NY approached the Collaborative with the idea, we knew it would be a fun way to show that off.”


Sponsorships are sought for the event. Levels are as follows:

  • $300 Great Pyranees Business name on poster, newspaper ad & day-of sandwich board
  • $200 Golden Retriever Business name on newspaper ad & day-of sandwich board
  • $100 Corgi Business name on sandwich board displayed the day of the event


Apply online by March 20 in order to provide the designer with enough time to include your name.


Vendors for the event are also sought. The cost to participate is $50, but it is free for members of the Glens Falls Collaborative. All businesses and organizations are encouraged to table, especially those related to pets and animals. Register online here.

Hometown Holidays! Get all your info right here!

RSVP on Facebook here

Downtown Glens Falls will be buzzing with joy from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 4th as the community officially ushers in the holiday season with “Hometown Holidays,” from 5 to 8 p.m. Kids of all ages will discover holiday treats and festivities as they connect with friends and neighbors enjoying the warmth of this community event, which is organized jointly by The Glens Falls Collaborative, the Glens Falls Business Improvement District, and the City of Glens Falls. 

5:45 p.m. Tree Lighting

Gather at 5 p.m. in City Park along the Bay Street side of the library to enjoy holiday music provided by Mike DuBray from Regional Radio Group, who acts as Master of Ceremonies for the 5:45 p.m. tree lighting. The Glens Falls Community Theatre carolers will also perform.

We noticed these last few years folks gather early so we have Mike as the warm-up act before Santa and Mayor Diamond light the tree,” says Ms. Gray Whann. Once the tree is lit, Santa will greet the crowd before heading off to Glens Falls National Bank where he will eagerly hear the Christmas wishes of local children. 

At the tree lighting, the Glens Falls Collaborative will provide maps showing the locations of the following holiday attractions. Maps are also available at the Glens Falls Gift Back in the Community Room of Crandall Public Library and in downtown shops.

Entertainment for All Ages

  • Strolling carolers from the Glens Falls Community Theatre
  • Glens Falls Gift Back, an Alternative Gift Fair helping 11 local not-for-profits is in the Community Room of Crandall Public Library. Enjoy music as well.
  • The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who and other costumed characters will greet children and adults. Sponsored by Glens Falls National Bank
  • Adirondack Ballet Theater dancers perform excerpts from The Nutcracker at TD Bank at 237 Glen Street. Also at TD Bank, enjoy hot cocoa and eggnog by Stewart’s Shops and take in a display of decorations from holidays past, provided by Glenwood Manor. This is the location of the Hometown Holidays Headquarters, with maps and information about the Glens Falls Collaborative.
  • Bolton Dance Academy dancers perform under the new lights between Davidson Brothers and JMZ’s building in the Exchange Street alley
  • Everyone’s Favorite Snowman hosted by Samantha’s Café in their new location at 193 Glen Street 
  • Dancers perform at LARAC at 7 Lapham Place

Trolley Route

The Trolley will provide transportation to multiple venues featuring entertainment and activities for both children and adults. Saxophone Santa will be performing Christmas melodies onboard the trolley, which is decorated for the holidays. Take in the sights as you ride the trolley around the decorated City. Sponsored by Greater Glens Falls Transit.

  • Holiday organ music at First Presbyterian Church with free admission
  • World Awareness Children’s Museum open with free admission
  • Chapman Historical Museum open with free admission

Additional Children’s Activities

  • Meet Mrs. Claus, have cookies and check out Santa’s Reindeer at NBT Bank, 86 Glen Street
  • Sit on Santa’s lap and tell him your wishes, enjoy holiday music and register for prizes at Hometown Holidays sponsor Glens Falls National Bank, 250 Glen Street
  • Face Painting by Happy Face FX and meet The Grinch at Hometown Holidays sponsor Charles Wood Theater, 207 Glen Street
  • Holiday Themed Karate Demonstrations by Glens Falls Karate Academy, 28 Ridge Street
  • Holiday Model Trains at Upstate Model Railroaders, 190 Glen Street (This is their last open house, so don’t miss out!)

Activities for Adults

  • 1942 Radio Show with Gary Ferris playing the tunes and commercials from Christmas 1942 at Spot Coffee, 221 Glen Street. Also at Spot Coffee: Artist Rod Bentley
  • Open House at Sip and Canvas, 21 Bay Street
  • The Chronicle Open House with photo ops with Puppet Mark, 15 Ridge Street
  • NorthCountryARTS at Rare eARTh Gallery’s “Come Together Event”: Hear about people’s passion, see art and have mulled wine and cider, 164 Glen Street

Experience the sights, lights and tastes of the season

  • Downtown will be decorated for the holidays
  • Many Downtown shops will be open and full of unique holiday gift ideas
  • Adirondack Thunder will be playing a home game at the Civic Center at 7 p.m.
  • Downtown’s amazing collection of restaurants will be open for business

This event is possible because of the generosity of those who call Glens Falls home,” says Hometown Holidays chairperson Patti Gray Whann. “This year we have included new events for our Baby Boomers who have moved downtown, and we are partnering with the North Country Festival of Trees and Glens Falls Gift Back. We have been overjoyed by the support and participation of people, businesses and organizations from across this community who have donated their time, sponsored activities and are all as excited as children at the thought of their downtown coming alive with holiday spirit.”

She adds, “We are also thrilled that the City has again added some more new decorations sponsored by the BID this year. As the community and this event grows, so will the tree and the lights and wreaths adorning the Gazebo and City streets.”

Boo2You is coming up!

View more information on Boo2You here

Register as a Boo2You vendor on Candy Lane here

RSVP on Facebook here

The Glens Falls Collaborative announces its biggest Boo2You Halloween festival ever, set for 2-4 and 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. This event, in its 5th year, partners with Glens Falls’ new ECHL hockey team, the Adirondack Thunder. Children are encouraged to attend in costume to trick or treat and enjoy the festivities.

Activities planned along Glen Street from 2 to 4 p.m. include trick-or-treating at downtown storefronts and along “candy lane” with guest businesses and organizations, costumed characters meeting and greeting the children, Broadway-quality spooky dance performances by local dance schools, and a photo booth courtesy of the Post-Star. The Glens Falls Collaborative table will have a raffle for a free individual adult membership to the Glens Falls Family YMCA.

At 4 p.m., Adirondack Thunder’s mascot Gunnar leads a costume parade from Glen Street to the Civic Center Plaza. Also at 4 p.m., the Charles R. Wood Theater screens the popular 1993 film Hocus Pocus.

Festivities continue at Civic Center Plaza: Photo opportunities with Gunnar courtesy of the Adirondack Thunder and the Post-Star, pony rides, go-go ball and petting zoo courtesy of Word of Life Camp, food trucks and DJ music provided by Regional Radio Group.

At 6 p.m. the Civic Center opens for the Adirondack Thunder’s first regular season game in Glens Falls. The hockey team offers a specially priced package of four Opening Night tickets and a pair of “Thunder Sticks” for $56.

Glen Street will be closed from the Civil War monument to Centennial Circle from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Boo2You is presented by the Glens Falls Collaborative, sponsored by the Glens Falls BID and the City of Glens Falls, and supported by Glens Falls Printing, Glens Falls Art, LLC, the Glens Falls Family YMCA and the Charles R. Wood Theater. Media sponsors are the Post-Star, Mannix Marketing and Regional Radio Group.

How the arts can rebuild communities

Philip Morris of Proctors is coming to Glens Falls, and he’s a speaker not to miss!

Check out this upcoming event on October 27 and RSVP to LARAC if you plan to make it.

LARAC, The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council invites the community to join us on Tuesday, October 27th from 6:308pm at LARAC’s Lapham Gallery for a discussion on the ‘Revitalization of a Community through Arts and Culture’ led by Philip Morris, CEO of Proctors Theater in Schenectady.

This event is free and open to the public, and donations are appreciated.
Local nonprofit leaders, business owners, government officials, artists and arts supporters are encouraged to attend.

Philip Morris began his career in arts administration as a choral singer at Hamilton College. At 22 he became Arts Council Director of Jamestown, NY, where he discovered firsthand how art and community co-evolve. He launched his first capital campaign to save the local Reg Lenna Civic Center, a 1,200-seat theatre on the cusp of ruin. There in western NY, Philip discovered and fine-tuned his unique gift to the arts administration field – an abiding commitment to creativity, community and commerce.

In 2002, Philip became the CEO of Proctors. His challenge was to revitalize the Schenectady arts community within the dauntingly complex Capital Region. This was about more than just restoring and enlarging an old vaudeville house, although Philip certainly addressed that head on! His charge was to restore confidence to a downtown devastated by industrial history and political gridlock.

Through community entrepreneurship, Philip initiated a 40 million dollar capital campaign, expanding the historic stagehouse to accommodate the biggest Broadway touring productions and adding a state-of-the-art black box theatre and conference and education spaces. In a less traditional move, Philip pursued an in-house power plant that recycles waste heat, allowing Proctors and its downtown neighbors to drastically reduce both their bills and carbon footprint.

Pre-Registration is encouraged. Please call 518-798-1144 ext.2. For more information Contact Candice Frye, outreach@larac.org

Fit Fest announced!

The Glens Falls Collaborative plans a new “FitFest” event in City Park on Sunday, October 4, from noon to 4 p.m. with a “FitFest 5K” taking off at 11 a.m. The event is held with support from the Glens Falls Business Improvement District and City of Glens Falls. Admission is free. Click here for more info.

The event plans to showcase the health, fitness and wellness sector of the Glens Falls Collaborative, a group with more than 100 members. Planned are sample fitness classes, interactive demonstrations, healthy food for sale, fun contests, music, and member booths with giveaways, samples, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations and information about their organizations and services.

“We love organizing festivals,” says FitFest originator, committee member and Glens Falls Collaborative Board President Patti Gray Whann of Glens Falls Area Realty. “Our first annual WingFest [also conceived by Patti and executed by the Collaborative] was such a great success, and I really wanted to showcase the growing wellness sector of our membership with a fitness challenge.”

The FitFest 5K leaves City Park at 11 a.m. sharp and travels up Glen Street to Crandall Park, where participants will complete a routine on the new fitness equipment recently installed by the Crandall Park Beautification Committee. Runners will then take a different route back to City Park. Water and light refreshments are provided. This year’s race is a fun run, with no awards planned. Pre-register by September 12 for a T-shirt by contacting Committee Chair Chris Murphy at contactus@glensfallskarate.com or register online. The cost is $20 to participate, or $15 for ages 12 and younger.

Fitness-related businesses and organizations that wish to participate can have a booth for $50, sponsor the event, or join the Glens Falls Collaborative for a discounted half-year rate of $120 which earns them free vendor space at FitFest as well as upcoming well-attended Glens Falls Collaborative events Boo2You and Hometown Holidays.

Take A Bite Continues through Aug. 19!

The Glens Falls Collaborative continues its successful “Take A Bite” events every Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. through August 19. More than 60 restaurants and organizations set up tables outside throughout Downtown Glens Falls with small plates costing less than $5, giveaways, information and items for sale. Stroll, taste and enjoy live music! The new Exchange Street Bazaar features a live performance each week as well as local vendors selling their wares.

The event is sponsored and supported by the City of Glens Falls, the Glens Falls BID, the Take A Bite Committee, Adirondack Broadcasting, Advokate, the Post-Star, Trampoline Design, Liberty Graphics and PJN Photography.

Take A Bite

The Glens Falls Collaborative is excited to introduce the fifth sseason of the summer event, ‘Take a Bite’ starting Wednesday July 1st and running every Wednesday through August 19th, 2015, from 5-7pm.

Restaurants take to the sidewalks to offer affordably priced “small plate” menu items. Enjoy the beauty of Glens Falls, while experiencing the best of downtown restaurants and retailers, including live street performers!

Performances for July 1 include include local band Blue Train Trio and others. Face painting by Happy Face FX will be on Glen Street in front of Associates of Glens Falls.

​New this year!! Don’t miss the shopping bazaar along Exchange St, featuring some of the areas finest retailers.

For more details check out “Downtown Glens Falls” on Facebook. Share your Take a Bite experience on social media with #TAB15!

Snack and stroll at Take a Bite in downtown Glens Falls, each Wednesday this summer!

The event is sponsored and supported by the City of Glens Falls, the Glens Falls BID, the Take A Bite Committee, Adirondack Broadcasting, Advokate, The Post-Star, Trampoline Design, Liberty Graphics and PJN Photography.

Wing Fest Update

This will be the first annual Wing competition between Glens Falls restaurants and Queensbury restaurants.

There will be official judging and also a People’s Choice Award with a trophy for the best wings.

Queensbury restaurants will have locations provided by retail and other Glens Falls Collaborative businesses. Entertainment will be in Downtown Glens Falls sponsored by local businesses. This event is presented by the Glens Falls Collaborative.

If you are interested in participating or sponsoring a restaurant or music, contact Patti Gray Whann at (518) 232-1290 or email at patti@glensfallsarearealty.com

Tasting Tickets are $10.00 for 12 tickets.

Find more details on Facebook!

Glens Falls Cleanup Day

Glens Falls Clean Up Day will be Friday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers are needed to help clean up Glens Falls with the focus on the South Street to welcome the beginning of Farmers Market and Wing Fest on May 2. Volunteers, come join your community and meet in the Ridge Street parking lot courtyard behind Minky Mink to help clean up downtown!

Rakes, shovels, brooms, and more will be available as well as water bottles and refreshments.

For more information, please contact, Michael Kaidas at (518) 796-7100 or email mak45@roadrunner.com