Pat Hamilton, director of the Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce
The 2012 special events calendar is shaping up for the Gore Mountain Region, with some new events being added to the annual standards.
One of the first major events of the year will be the 3rd Annual Adirondack Adventure Festival from May 4 to 6. That’s the same weekend as the White Water Derby. A meeting was set for Feb. 23 to plan the festival, which will include 20-mile and 50-mile road bike tours; a 15-mile mountain bike ride; free raft rides; guided hikes; live music; craft and food vendors; and exhibitors.
The Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the Adirondack Adventure Festival, but the region’s calendar of events is mostly filled by activities from a variety of groups.
“We work in conjunction with many other organizations to promote the region as a whole,” said Chamber Director Pat Hamilton.
And while North Creek is a ski town, the region features many activities in all seasons.
“We try to market ourselves as a four-season destination,” Hamilton said, adding that the events during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall are “critical” to the local economy. “We’re trying to put North Creek on the map ... and people who are not familiar with North Creek are pleasantly surprised because we do have a lot of things to offer.”
North Creek Business Alliance co-chair Mike Bowers introduced a couple of people at the group’s Feb. 16 meeting who are planning new events in 2012 for North Creek.
“We have some things that we’ve been doing every year ... but we’ve been asking everybody to create more events to help make us a destination,” Bowers said.
His daughter, Anna Bowers, is helping organize a Fashion Show down by the train station as a fundraiser for the Business Alliance, which helps market the town. It will also promote local businesses that sell clothing. The Fashion Show would be held in conjunction with a silent auction and include food and drink. A tentative date of Friday, June 15 was announced, but it was not finalized. Volunteers will be needed.
Anna also announced that she will be playing a larger role in organizing the North Creek Art Walks this year, running 5-7 p.m. every third Thursday May-September. Those inteersted in signing up should call her for an application at 251-0199 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sharalee Falzerano announced a new idea for North Creek during the Feb. 16 Business Alliance meeting. She owns/operates the Cedarwood Bed & Breakfast in North River, works part time at the Town of Johnsburg Library, and is now working on creating a North Creek History Tour. This 1-hour tour would start at the train station, continue up Main Street, and end at the Tannery Pond Community Center.
“My idea is to have it historic and accurate for one thing, entertaining number two, and I’d like my customers to feel like they’re really getting something,” Falzerano said.
The tour may stop at four businesses along the way.
“I want them to be historic in nature, as far as the buildings, so I have a story to tell,” Falzerano said. “I would like to have them produce or sell something local — whether it’s chocolate or beer or soap — so that my guests can have a little sampling of what’s being offered.”
Participants would then walk back to the train station on their own and have a chance to visit local shops along the way. Falzerano plans to hire tour guides who are “on stage” and entertaining.
Here is the tentative 2012 schedule of events for the Gore Mountain Region:
•May 4-6: 3rd Annual Adirondack Adventure Festival. This event will includefamily activities, bike tours, food, music, vendors and free river rafting rides. Learn more at www.adirondackadventurefestival.com.
•May 5-6: 55th Annual White Water Derby. Slalom, kayak and canoe races down the Hudson River. Learn more at www.whitewaterderby.com.
•May-September: Third Thursday Gallery Walk. Visitors can enjoy art exhibits and receptions in downtown North Creek from 5 to 7 p.m. every third Thursday from May to September.
•June 2: North Creek Brewfest. Downtonw at the Riverfront. Brews and food featuring local and regional brews.
•June 30: Tannery Pond Community Center 10th Anniverary Celebration.
•June-September: North Creek Farmers Market. This popular event will be held 3-6 p.m. every Thursday at the North Creek train station. Learn more at www.northcreekfarmersmarket.com.
•July-August: Depot Museum Platform Talks. These are held 3-4 p.m. every first and third Friday of the month in July and August.
•July/August: Music by the River. This concert series will be held Saturday evenings at Riverfront Park, Railroad Place. Times, dates and acts are still being planned.
•July 4th Celebration: This will be held at the Ski Bowl Park in North Creek and will include music, vendors and fireworks. Learn more at www.johnsburgny.com.
•Aug. 4: Waynestock. This is a concert fundraiser for the North Country Hardship Fund at the Ski Bowl Park.
•Aug. 17-19: Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival. This annual event will be held at the Ski Bowl Park in North Creek. Learn more at www.upperhudsonbluegrassfestival.com.
•Oct. 6-7: Harvest Festival. This event at North Creek and Gore Mountain Ski Center will include food, music and vendors. Learn more at www.goremountain.com.