Celebrate B'ville changes focus

Baldwinsville's end of the summer celebration, aptly named Celebrate Baldwinsville, has been cancelled -- at least for the foreseeable future.

After several years of poor weather that contributed to poor participation numbers, the Celebrate Baldwinsville committee decided to take a break.

"You work so hard for the caliber of event that we do then the weather ruins it," said Celebrate Baldwinsville committee member Mace Markham. "But the weather's the weather, and with the same members for the past 10 years, with a couple of minor changes, the committee just got tired."

Celebrate Baldwinsville began as a village birthday celebration with a winter festival. The committee received permission to shut down Route 48 between Genesee and Elizabeth streets for the one day event and continued the winter tradition for a couple of years before moving the event to the fall.

The goal of Celebrate Baldwinsville was to put on an event at no cost to the public that showcased the village and provided a venue for community organizations to raise money.

"Celebrate Baldwinsville never got away from trying to get not for profits and booster clubs at our event," Markham said. "They were always our first choice before pursuing professional food service."

Markham noted a comment made by the Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce regarding Celebrate Baldwinsville and wanted to set the record straight.

"I feel the chamber was wrong to suggest we lost our focus towards not-for-profits and booster clubs. They really should have checked with the committee before they put things in their article that were not factual."

Markham said the Celebrate Baldwinsville Committee remains a viable organization, continuing to focus on smaller events including the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and the Special Olympics in Syracuse. The committee will also continue funding the $1,000 Celebrate Baldwinsville scholarship, which is awarded to a graduating Baker student at the annual Moving Up Day ceremony held in May.

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