Hometown Tuesday Spotlight – Clinton
Summer has arrived and families are looking forward to getting away on vacation. Kicking back to relax. With today’s economy, many families can’t afford to take a trip. So why not take a vacation closer to home. Each Tuesday we’re putting the spotlight on a local community and today we’re heading to Clinton. Clinton may be a small town, with less than 2000 people, but it’s a big community with lots of offer.
A Farmers Market is held on the Village Green every Thursday from 10am until 4pm from May 31st through October 11th.
Concerts in the Park
Also during the summer, concerts are held in the Village Green with live entertainment each Tuesday night from 7-9.
The square features a number of quaint shops to browse. From apparel and art to restaurants and bars for lunch and dinner.
Kirkland Arts Center
The Kirkland Arts Center, on the Village Green is located in the original 1842 Methodist Church. Gallery exhibitions, a wide variety of arts, crafts and even fitness classes are held there.
Arts & Musical Festival – August 25th
The Clinton, Art and Music Festival is fun for the whole family. There is musical performances from over 50 musicians, dozens of artists from painters to glass blowers, book signings, face painting, balloons, a tallest pot throwing contest, pottery building for children and much more.
Hamilton College was founded as a boys’ school in 1793. The “College on the Hill,”is on top of College Hill, just outside of downtown Clinton. Famous alumni include Jonathan Gilbert (Willie Oleson on “Little House on the Prairie”), Bruce Cutler (John Gotti’s lawyer), Peter Falk, actor (attended, didn’t graduate) and James Sherman, Vice President of the United States.
Bristol-Myers Company may be a world wide, multi billion dollar company now, but in 1887 it began over the CVS drug store on West Park Row in Clinton. The company moved to Syracuse after three years. Both William Bristol and John Myers graduated from Hamilton College.
The Clinton Cider Mill on Elm Street is home to what some locals call the best apple cider in the area.
Clinton High School had a team that were 4-time NYS Division 2 champions. The Clinton Comets, legendary Eastern and NAHL team packed the Clinton Arena every Saturday night in the 50′s-70s. This is a picture of the high school team from 1949-1950.
The Clinton Arena was home to the Clinton Comets. Portions of the movie “Slap Shot” were filmed at the famed Clinton Arena.
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