The celebration of the Lake Champlain Bridge truly was a grand celebration with events, food, vendors and live performances on both sides of the lake in New York and Vermont. There was a wonderful parade and a fireworks display that lit up the sky over the bridge.
It has been amazing to see a group of people come together, not only to plan and implement such an amazing celebration, but to work together to ensure the prosperous future of this area.
The celebration was not only for the community but area visitors as well. The chamber was the information center on the New York side and it gave us a great opportunity to showcase the Ticonderoga area and all it has to offer with its amazing scenic beauty, rich history, many recreational opportunities and events throughout the year.
It has been a difficult time for area businesses in dealing with the bridge closure over the past two years.
The bridge really was and is a lifeline within the Lake Champlain corridor. Although we certainly went through trying times with the closure, it truly has brought the communities surrounding the bridge closer together.
I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the of leaders, volunteers, emergency services and police personnel, the business community, vendors and all those who made this celebration and make so many events possible. Thank you for your continued dedication to the Ticonderoga area.
Events are a perfect opportunity not only to draw visitors to the region, but to showcase the amazing area that we all live in. There are so many great events planned for 2012 within the Ticonderoga area, thanks to the hard work and dedication of area organizations, volunteers and committees.
I would also like to thank the local and regional media for their dedication in covering, promoting and showcasing events. The media truly is a key component to ensuring the success of events within the area.
For information on area events contact the chamber office or check out the calendar of events at www.ticondergany.com. We urge those planning events to use this calendar as a tool and to submit your event information to the chamber on a regular basis.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is a private not-for-profit organization that serves, markets and promotes the Ticonderoga area including, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Hague, Moriah and Putnam. The TACC plans and hosts free community events, events that draw area visitors, assists area organizations with their events and projects, provides small business support and resources and business referrals, answers many community and visitor questions and requests via phone, email, and mail, sends visitor area information upon request, keeps an online calendar of events, as well as an array of benefits for its members.
Matthew Courtright is executive director of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.