The Bullhouse Restaurant in downtown Chestertown was packed April 16 with local people enjoying music, hors d’oeuvres and socializing at a wine-tasting party sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance.
Officials of the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance said this week their wine-tasting fundraiser held April 16 at The Bullhouse restaurant was a substantial success — not only due to the amiable socializing, but also because the event netted $1,489 for the organization.
About 60 people filled The Bullhouse, enjoying the music of singer-songwriter Rich Ortiz in addition to savoring hors d’oeuvres while greeting friends, neighbors and fellow entrepreneurs.
Special appreciation was expressed at the group’s April 19 meeting for Wayne Thomas of North Creek, who donated his 50-50 winnings of $205 at the wine-tasting party back to the Alliance. Thanks were also expressed to all attending and those who donated items for the raffles, including Art in Chester Gallery for a donated painting; to Sharon and Greg Taylor of Fern Lodge for their offering of several bottles of fine wine; to MacMillan Construction for a gift basket; and Green Mansions for golf games.
Special thanks were accorded to Bill Brannigan from Adirondack Moonshine for organizing the event and to Lonnie at The Bullhouse for the use of her restaurant.
The event’s proceeds will be used to help with advertising, signage, music for events, and perhaps firework displays.
Also, it was noted that Brandon Himoff will be giving a presentation to the Adirondack Park Agency and gathered area upstate officials at the agency’s Local Government Day conference April 24 and 25 at the Crowne Plaza in Lake Placid — at the agency’s request. Himoff will be explaining the goals and various achievements of the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance in boosting northern Warren County’s economy.
Upcoming events sponsored or promoted by the Business Alliance include:
• Car Hop & Cruise, 6:30 p.m.- 10 p.m. Friday May 3 at Panther Mountain Inn featuring classic car show and cruise through downtown;
• “Ride for a Cure” ATV poker run, Saturday May 4 at Tin TeePee Campground, Brant Lake;
• Chester Library Wine Tasting fundraiser, 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday May 5 at the Friends Lake Inn;
• Joint Social Mixer of the North Warren and Gore Mountain chambers of commerce, 5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m. Wednesday May 15 at Railroads on Parade in downtown Pottersville;
• Barney Barnhart Memorial Children’s Fishing Derby, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday May 18 at the Brant Lake Mill Pond.
It was also noted that the Business Alliance will be holding a benefit golf tournament June 14 at Green Mansions; and that Chestertown Summerfest will be held July 16 with Linda Muench of the Alliance to be among those organizing it.
It was also announced that Chestertown Farmer’s Market is gearing up for the season with about 25 vendors committing at this point. Musical entertainment is booked for 16 out of the 17 Wednesdays the market will be operating through the summer. Signed up to perform so far is Stephen Smith of Nashville fame, as well as favorite local vocalist Lindsey Meade.
Help is need for weekly set-up and tear-down each week at the market, and anyone interested in volunteering 30 to 45 minutes or more should contact Mary Jane Dower at 494-3666 or Cindy Mead at 494-3016. The opening day for the market is June 19.
Also discussed at the meeting was establishing a “Street Night” event on the front lawn of the Chester Municipal Center — perhaps in August.
Alliance members expressed enthusiasm about such an event, which would undoubtedly draw hundreds of people into town for an enjoyable evening.
The next meeting of the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance is set for 9 a.m. Friday May 3 at the Panther Mountain Inn, Chestertown.