SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) The 14th annual Schenectady County SummerNight kicked off after a two-year hiatus and the heat was on in the Capital Region. The heat was also on the minds of many. There were misting tents to keep cool.
Many event goers tell me water was the trick to staying hydrated and cool. While others took a different approach. Some prefer water. Others preferred adult beverages, while kids simply said, “It’s hot”.
After a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic, those in charge of keeping the peace at Schenectady SummerNight had other dangers on their mind … especially recent deadly mass shootings.
Schenectady Police Lieutenant Thomas Kelly says the most important thing about tonight is the safety involved and the people enjoying in the festivities.
“We have had a number of months of planning that we’ve done leading up to the tonight and we have a lot of partners that we work with. We know the climate of today, but you know it’s beautiful day out. People want to come out and enjoy the evening and we are here to make sure they’re safe”
While snipers were seen on surrounding rooftops, attention on the ground quickly turned to family friendly events.
Schenectady official Cathy Gatta tells me this year’s newest attraction will be the even bigger kid’s zone where there is a slide and a rock wall. She also says many area businesses are back and happy to be at the event.
“One of the biggest things we did this year was We expanded our kids though and it’s taking up two blocks it’s around city they’re familiar with his Schenectady Green Market and footprint, but it just gets it off with State Street and it’s still available for the rock climbing wall,” said Gatta
Schenectady local DJ ketchup took to the stage for an evening of fun excitement and a lot of Dance. Tonight, was a special event for ketchup dedicated tonight’s performance to someone very special to his heart
“Tonight, is dedicated to my mom. She is not here with us anymore, but I know she’s here with us now shining down listening to me and that’s most important to me. She always said nothing beats a failure but a try. So, I’m here trying so I’m not a failure,” said DJ Ketchup.