A vendor at a 2012 session of the Chestertown Farmers’ Market describes his condiments and herbs to a shopper — who holds a bouquet of fresh cut flowers she purchased at the popular venue, which opens Wednesday June 18 for the 2013 season. The Triu-Lakes Business Alliance, sponsors of the market, have been lining up their events and schedules this week for the summer season. The Chestertown Farmers' Market has been lauded as an overwhelming success that's boosted commerce in northern Warren County, as well as strengthening social ties in town. The market features a wide range of produce, gourmet foods and handcrafted goods. The Alliance has meanwhile developed a series of themed events that have been remarkably popular and have helped enhance community spirit in the region. Courtesy photo
The Tri-Lakes Business Alliance has been busy lining up their events for spring and summer, finalizing some of the dates at their April 5 meeting.
The posting on recently printed placemats of the Alliance’s Wine Tasting event as occurring on April 23 is an error. Instead, a beer tasting get-together is to occur at the Panther Mountain Inn sometime in April. When the date is selected, Alliance members will be notified and it will be published in the Adirondack Journal.
This year’s Car Hop events sponsored by the Alliance will take place on the second Friday of each month, beginning May 9 and run through September.
An ATV Poker Run to benefit the Helper’s Fund will be held May 10 so as not to interfere with high school graduations and the annual local fishing tournament.
Scheduled to begin June 18, the Chestertown Farmers’ Market now has over 20 vendors signed up. The market sessions are to be held every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until mid-September.
At the April 5 meeting, it was noted that the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance has submitted five entries to the Adirondack Park Agency’s “Best Community Events contest — These local events, enjoying substantial success, are: Brant Lake Winter Carnival, Rum-Runners’ Weekend, the Warren County Bicentennial Celebration & Parade in Pottersville, the Krazy Downhill Derby, and Horicon Day.
It was noted that Bob Olson would be attending the awards presentation, occurring on Local Government Day April 10 at the Crowne Plaza in Lake Placid. Alliance members said they had high hopes for an award, considering the events’ creativity, remarkable success, and how they engaged local citizens and enhanced community bonds. It was also noted that the North Warren Chamber of Commerce is now selling raffle tickets for a Hornbeck Canoe.
Alliance members discussed staging events at the Carol Theater, as an initial step in reviving the historic venue. It was suggested that a public meeting be held to gauge opinions regarding revitalizing the theater. A discussion was held on how much money the Alliance might contribute to this project.
It was noted that a piano is needed for future community stage shows at the Carol Theater, and if any area resident has one they are willing to donate, they may contact Al Tolomeo at email@example.com — and if transportation is needed, an Alliance member will pick it up.
It was also observed that Helena Robbins will represent the Business Alliance on the Shared Decision-Making Committee at North Warren Central School.
Bids have been received for new signs at the entrances to Chester and Horicon, and the bids will be presented to the leaders of both towns at their April board meetings. It is hoped these signs will be erected by the beginning of the summer season.
The dramatic price hikes recently for electricity have raised concerns among area business owners and residents alike — and Barb Dunham has volunteered to gather letters expressing complaints to be delivered to our state legislators. The letters may be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
A suggestion was made to launch a Brant Lake Boat Parade event this summer on July 4. Raymond’s Cottages currently hosts such a parade every year, but Alliance members have said it would be fun to expand this event. Laura Shultz has offered her island house for the judges’ stand, and a committee will be exploring the idea.
News from local businesses includes the fact that The Bullhouse Restaurant in Chestertown is now selling liquor as well as their signature wines and ales; and Pottersville’s Railroads on Parade model train museum will be opening for the summer on Memorial Day weekend. Also, it was noted that Green Mansions restaurant is hosting a comedy show on April 11, and tickets are $15 for the show or $30 dinner and show.
It was also mentioned that Garnet Signs has suggested that a digital sign be installed in front of the North Warren Chamber headquarters on state Rte. 8 to advertise local events. A committee will be discussing the feasibility of this with the Chester and Horicon town boards, the Chestertown Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce to arrange funding for the sign.
The next meeting of the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance is to be held at 9 a.m. Friday April 18 at the Panther Mountain Inn in Chestertown. All are welcome.