SARANAC LAKE - Part of Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic Thursday for the Saranac Lake Block Party, which is now in its 10th year.
Organized by village resident Sandy Bandru and her event planning company Your Local Concierge, the block party runs from 1 to 7 p.m. and features food, live music, prize giveaways, raffles, sidewalk sales and plenty of fun for kids including games, face painting and a bouncy house.
"It's hard to believe its been 10 years, but it's nice to have reached that milestone," Bandru said this week. "I've done it mostly to try to inspire more communities in our area and bring people together, and that's why I've continued to do it. I'm one person being proactive to do something. Maybe it will motivate other people to do the same."
This year's block party will feature a pair of live performances in Berkeley Green. Barncats will entertain the crowd from 1 to 3 p.m., with Vinyl Arcade performing from 4 to 7 p.m. Bandru noted that there will also be live music at the Waterhole that night from the Blind Owl Band, and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta will perform at nearby St. Bernard's Church.
WSLP Radio will host a live broadcast on Main Street from 1 to 6 p.m., and will give away $1,600 in prizes, Bandru said.
Main Street from River Street to Broadway will be blocked off from 11:30 a.m. to approximately 8 p.m. Thursday. Village police said there will be no parking on that section of Main Street beginning at 4 a.m. that day.
The municipal parking lot on Dorsey Street will be open for parking, but it only will be accessible from the Dorsey Street entrance. The parking lot next to Sears will also be open for parking, but it will only be accessible from St. Bernard Street.
Village police advised motorists to be cautious as there will be increased pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the area during the event.
Bandru said the block party will take place rain or shine, although the current forecast looks good. The National Weather Service is calling for partly sunny skies on Thursday with highs in the mid 80s.