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Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association changes its summer plans

Organization hopes to hold free concerts, movie screenings in August
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BALLSTON SPA — The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association to adjust its summer activities for residents and businesses.

The association’s annual Concert in the Park series, held Thursday nights at the Lions Music Park, part of Iron Spring Park on Front Street, has been canceled for June and July with plans to hold the event on Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27.

The free outdoor Movies in the Park, a part of the village’s First Friday’s celebrations throughout the summer, have also been eliminated for June and July. Association members are eyeing both Aug. 7 and Sept. 4 for free showings.

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“We may get 50 to 100 people at the concerts, which is why we are keeping our fingers crossed for August,” Ellen Mattola, executive director of the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association said in a phone interview. “They’re smaller events so we still might be able to socially distance. That’s our hope if we get to Phase 4 by that point.”

The association will offer its first-ever virtual First Fridays on June 5 and July 3. Businesses have the opportunity to self-promote on the association’s Facebook page, @BSBPA.

In a small sign that things are slowly returning to normal, one summertime event will return beginning June 13. The Ballston Spa Farmers’ Market will be open for business Thursdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wiswall Park through the end of September. 

“We have less vendors than in the past, but that’s a good thing in this case,” Mattola said. “To properly space people out, we should have nine vendors, mainly produce vendors at both markets.

“Because of the size of the park, that works well for us, we can space them.”

Most of the BSBPA’s almost 190 business and 40 not-for-profit members have adjusted during COVID-19.

“The restaurants for the most part that have made that transition [to] take-out and delivery, have been doing well,” Mattola said. “They would be doing well if they were able to open completely, but I definitely think they’ve held their own. A credit to their ingenuity and to the community for supporting them.

“The salons are all opening, and my personal experience is that when you go there, they are going to be slammed for business.”

Reach Stan Hudy at [email protected] or @StanHudy on Twitter.

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