Canadian law enforcement officers destroy barrels of liquor in a 1925 raid against bootleggers in Elk Lake, Ontario.
Seeking to establish events that will boost the economy of northern Warren County, members of the newly-formed Tri-Lakes Business Alliance have proposed several new events.
At the recent meeting of the group, which seeks to enhance the business climate in the region, Alliance members talked of launching a wine tasting fest, snocross races and a rum-runners weekend.
They noted that their sibling organization, the North Creek Business Alliance, has held wine-tasting events as fundraisers to provide a shuttle bus from Chestertown to Gore Mountain, suggesting that the Tri-Lakes group sponsor similar fundraisers to provide the shuttle service from the Riverside Train Station to the hamlets of Chestertown, Pottersville and Brant Lake.
Barb Dunham volunteered to hold a wine tasting event in conjunction with a tour of the new Railroads on Parade attraction.
Bill Branagan of Adirondack Moonshine and others who own restaurants and taverns also volunteered to assist.
Ron Walker said he was exploring the feasibility of snocross races being held later this winter at Green Mansions Resort. Snocross is a name for snowmobile races on a course constructed with banks, turns and jumps.
A meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, 9 at Green Mansions and those who’d like to help with the sled event are urged to attend.
Also, a suggestion was made at the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance meeting to ask officials of the Northern Warren Trailblazers to see if ATVs could utilize their snowmobile trails during the spring, summer and fall months. This is done in other communities with extensive trail systems, and could provide a boost to the economy during these less busy months, Alliance members said.
Butler noted he is working on developing a rumrunner and moonshine weekend, tentatively set for Aug. 23 through 25, 2013. Pam Morin, who so successfully developed Chestertown’s annual Halloween Pug Party & Parade fest, has been planning the bootlegger-themed weekend for years.
The event is to be held during the bicentennial year of Warren County, and a parade through Pottersville is scheduled for Aug. 24, 2013 — and the rumrunner participants will likely be driving their antique autos in the procession. The weekend might include a mock race of the motorcars, with their drivers and passengers garbed in clothes of the 1920s. Morin said this week that Chestertown was reputed to be a popular stop-off for bootleggers who were transporting liquor between New York City and Montreal, and that the Remington Building downtown may have been a secretive gambling joint.
Morin, who serves as Events Coordinator for the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor, is guest speaker at the Alliance’s February meeting.
A Farmers Market was suggested for the summer months with fresh produce and homemade goods and crafts including bakery items, jewelry, and quilts.
Don Butler of Panther Mountain Inn reported the presentations he and others made recently to Chester officials regarding the extension of snowmobile trails into the town center — and exploring the feasibility of a small-scale downtown municipal sewer system. The idea latter was well received, and Butler as well as various town officials scheduled a meeting with state Dept. of Environmental Conservation officials for Jan. 26 to obtain more information.
Butler also aired a request with the town about opening up village streets or sidewalks to snowmobiles. It was decided that those supporting the change need to present the concept to the board earlier next year to strategize how to accomplish it, while addressing public safety and quality of life concerns.
It was noted at the meeting that the upcoming Brant Lake Ice Fishing Tournament has been rescheduled for February 4 because of unsafe lake conditions.
New ideas raised at the meeting include improved signage directing people into downtown Chestertown. Linda Muench volunteered to head this committee pursuing this objective.
Glens Falls Economic & Community Development Director Edward Bartholomew will be guest speaker at the next meeting of the Alliance, set for 9 a.m. Friday Jan. 27 at the Panther Mountain Inn.
He’s likely to talk about the work of the Adirondack Gateway Council, a consortium of municipalities in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties that's developing a regional plan for housing, transportation, broadband, sustainable living and economic development — bankrolled with a $750,000 federal grant.
Details on Alliance meetings can be found at www.wix.com/cmead3/Tri-Lakes-Business-Alliance.
Adirondack Journal Editor Thom Randall contributed to this report.