NISKAYUNA -- Niska-Day, the town's annual late spring party, has been canceled for 2020.
Word that the parade and gathering would not be held had been circulating on social media, but the formal announcement came Monday afternoon.
"We will be back next year," said Michael Corcoran, Niska-Day's chairman, in a press statement. "Niska-Day is scheduled to take place on May 15, 2021. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are planning ahead appropriately.
"It is too soon to tell what the situation will look like next spring," Corcoran added, "but we are hopeful to have a day that the community can come together."
Niska-Day had been scheduled for this coming Saturday.
"When we put the word out on Facebook, we had people wondering why it was canceled so early," Corcoran said during a telephone interview late Monday afternoon.
Corcoran said the Niska-Day committee discussed a smaller event, or maybe holding the party during autumn.
"The problem with the fall is there is so much more activity with homecoming," Corcoran said. "It would still have to be held when it's nicer out, you can't have it too late into the fall.
"We felt there were too many obstacles to deal with in the fall and also there was just too much uncertainty," Corcoran said. "And the turn-around from the fall to the spring would have been a quicker turn-around than we're used to, so we just decided to cancel the event entirely."
This year, Niska-Day officials had planned to honor the Grand Boulevard and Stanford Heights fire companies, both celebrating 100 years of service to the town.
Corcoran said tents had not been rented. "Really, the loss in cost was minimal, if any," he said.
Niska-Day updates will continue.
"We will continue to update everyone on our website and Facebook pages," Corcoran said in the news release. "We know our community will come out on the other side of this pandemic stronger than before. We encourage everyone to look out for your neighbors, and to be kind to one another."
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