Little Falls, NY – There is certainly no shortage of fun events to attend in picturesque Little Falls and the Third Thursday series is a shining example of this. Think Local, the City, Little Falls YMCA and the Little Falls Tourism Committee are pleased to present another enjoyable all-ages event that showcases this community’s affinity to promote building a “Local Living Economy” and provide family-friendly entertainment.

Coming off the heels of the June Third Thursday Art Walk on Main Street, the city is preparing to hold “A Midsummer Night’s Picnic” downtown. Think Local member, Jessica Kelly, explains, “We strive to anchor the Third Thursday events in different locations throughout the city. While the entire city is certainly part of the monthly celebration, we do like to focus on a specific area for each.” A Midsummer Night’s Picnic will transform historic Canal Place into a mystical land. According to Kelly, the Canal Place Development Corp and Canal Place merchants are the key sponsors for this month’s event.

Community members are encouraged to pack their own picnic and bring a picnic blanket. Food will also be available for purchase from local eateries. Guests may also peruse the Makers Faire in Sterzinar Park beginning at 4pm. This faire will provide guests with various free or low-cost crafts and activities. Lawn games return to the park as well.

New this year is the introduction of a Community Mandala! This unique activity will bring people together to create a beautiful piece of art for all to enjoy. And back by popular demand is the Guerilla Haiku Movement who provide folks an opportunity to turn sidewalks into art by creating poetry in chalk.

Of course, A Midsummer Night’s Picnic would not be complete without live outdoor music provided through the Little Falls Family YMCA. LegUP takes the Sterzinar Park stage bringing their “fun” musical stylings to life. This band hails from the Sauquoit Valley and likes to have their energy on stage spill out into the audience. For those that simply don’t want the fun to stop, they can continue to solar and star gaze with the Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society which runs from 5-10pm.

According to Think Local’s Facebook page, the goal for the monthly Third Thursday series is to inspire residents and businesses to rediscover the beauty and opportunity within Little Falls. Kelly shares, “There are many organizations and businesses involved with coordinating these events, but it’s the supportive nature of our residents that take it to the next level. It all works because the individuals in our community come out to enjoy and support what we’re doing.”

For more information on A Midsummer Night’s Picnic, visit www.shoplittlefallsny.com or like “Think Local Little Falls” on Facebook. Third Thursday is a Think Local event co-sponsored by the Little Falls Family YMCA and the City of Little Falls Tourism Committee. Support provided by Market NY through I LOVE NY/ New York State’s Division of Tourism as a part of the Regional Economic Development Council awards. Additional financial contributions have been made possible through a grant from the Dale Trust, and funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.