Snowshoe competition is one of the events being planned for the Brant Lake Winter Carnival, a new event —scheduled for Saturday Feb. 9 — that is expected to feature a roster of activities for family fun.
With an aim of providing a full frosty day of family fun, the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance is planning a new event — the Brant Lake Winter Carnival — scheduled for Saturday Feb. 9.
The winter festival is to be held on the lake in front of Jimbo’s Club at Point O’ Pines Camp.
At a meeting of the Alliance held Dec. 14, group members suggested the festival include ice skating — perhaps with a “dance-off,” an ice fishing tournament, a snowshoe race, cross-country skiing, and a vintage snowmobile expo and rides.
Activities suggested for children include, snow castle construction, kite flying, plus bonfires with s’mores for children.
Games proposed for the day include broomball, snowshoe softball, frozen turkey bowling, a sled-pulling contest, and various other outdoor friendly-but-friendly competitions. Crafts could be offered indoors for children who might want to avoid cold weather, organizers said.
A lunch, perhaps a barbecue, is to be offered by Jimbo’s at a minimal charge. Plans also call for a noted jazz group to perform in the late afternoon for several hours.
Other festivals eyed for 2013
The Tri-Lake Business Alliance is also developing plans for a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Chestertown Saturday March 9 or Sunday March 10. Keith Wilkinson of Brant Lake Taxi was nominated to head up this fest.
Also, plans are progressing with the Loon Lake Park District for the organization’s proposed Adirondack Water Fest to be held a weekend in mid-July. As many as 1,000 to 1,500 people are likely to attend, Alliance members predicted.
Featuring environmental and community groups, with an emphasis on area waterways and water resources, the event is to be held in the town recreation field behind the Chester Municipal Center.
The expo is to feature vendors offering information on preserving area lakes’ water quality, outdoor recreation including fly-fishing presentations, environmental education, and children’s activities.
The family-oriented fun is to include a dunking booth, an Adirondack storyteller, and an musical group, perhaps the Zucchini Brothers.
Chestertown’s parking an issue
Also, it was reported that Chestertown’s newly enacted street parking ordinance, prohibiting parking within 40 feet of driveways and intersections, was rescinded at last week’s town board meeting. Business owners raised concerns at the meeting that the new parking prohibition would eliminate two-thirds of the available parking in town and discourage commerce.
It was noted that the town is now seeking a study of Main Street — including parking, pedestrian issues, safety and convenience, from the Adirondack-Glens Falls Transportation Council — and recommendations will be made to the town.
Upcounty food fest a success
Business Alliance officials also noted that the group’s recent Taste of the Tri-Lakes event was quite successful, with about 200 people attending and $1,330 raised to be divided between the Alliance and the Chestertown Rotary, which sponsored the tandem event of the Chestertown Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Thanks were expressed to Natural Stone Bridge & Caves proprietors for their donation of amethyst crystal that was auctioned off, and to North Warren girls basketball team players who helped children prepare s’mores, as well as to the restaurants who participated by preparing food that the attendees sampled.