Cullen Rose makes his award-winning moose call during the 2012 Great Adirondack Moose Festival with emcee Ed Kanze by his side at the Indian Lake Theater. The festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29. For more information, visit www.indian-lake.com.
There has been a noticeable “buzz” and sense of pride in and around Indian Lake these days. The season, as it wraps up, seemed to be successful for many of our businesses.
We have attracted the attention of Governor Cuomo and New York State Congressman Bill Owens. Even the North Country Regional Economic Development Council has taken notice of our county by awarding several grants ($300,000-plus in state funding) to our nonprofits including the Indian Lake Theater, Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, and Adirondack Museum.
New businesses sprouted and continue to grow and flourish. Blue Mountain Design, located at Blue Mountain Lake, is under new ownership (year two) and is promoting the work of many Adirondack artists. We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Adirondack Pickle Lady in her new location next to the bank. Elmer Gates and a group of volunteers, together with Clarkson University, are in the process of recruiting entrepreneurs to live in the community by offering them a place to stay — the Adirondack Homestead in Blue Mountain Lake.
Have you seen the new playground in Blue Mountain Lake at the tennis courts? It’s a must see if you have kids, or if you want to pretend you’re a kid again. Who made that happen? The Blue Mountain Lake Association.
The town of Indian Lake has applied for a $200,000 Main Street grant. If awarded, the intent is to rehabilitate 8 to 10 properties in town. Our town and its employees play a huge role in helping our volunteer groups enact their missions. Without their help, barrels wouldn’t be placed in the right locations for the Garden Club; our signs and banners wouldn’t get hung for the Antique Show and Great Adirondack Moose Festival; and the tree for the Country Christmas Tour wouldn’t be secured and decorated. Our town employees help make our town shine. Thanks to one and all.
Have you seen the map created by the Indian Lake Community Development Corporation? Maps are displayed at Pine’s Country Store, Byron Park and Blue Mountain Lake beach. I have heard from reliable sources the map is driving business to our local establishments. A big thank you goes out to this group of volunteers who created the map and the advertisers who took out ads to pay for printing. Maps are available at display locations and at the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce.
And, don’t our planters around town look great? Thanks to the Indian Lake Garden Club we have barrels of flowers that surpass other town’s plantings. We appreciate the volunteers who water, nurture and protect our flowers throughout the season.
The Fish & Game Club and Blue Mountain Lake Association provide a wealth of support to the Great Adirondack Moose Festival by offering to guide hikes and an old fashioned turkey shoot. They are helping to provide a purely Adirondack experience for our many visitors.
The County Christmas Tour is gearing up to offer our visitors another exceptional opportunity to purchase hand-made, exquisite Adirondack crafts over Thanksgiving weekend. We are grateful for the North Country Crafters and Country Christmas Tour organizers for their encouragement and promotion dedicated to promoting our local artisans and their work.
The Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce continues to make great strides by providing tourism support, marketing and business development assistance to the area. More volunteers are welcome – we are currently seeking four individuals to serve as volunteer board members. If interested, please contact the chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our biggest thanks are to our local citizens who volunteer for the Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corp. Thank you for being on call to protect and save all of us. These volunteers put in countless hours of their time to attend classes and trainings to be our lifesavers. Training classes are currently underway.
In closing, I’d like to say I am thrilled, as many others are as well, with the positive changes happening around us. I hope this positive cycle continues and I wholeheartedly thank the numerous volunteers from all the organizations who are helping to make these changes happen. Thank you for lending your time, talents and treasures to help our community. You deserve a big round of applause. Please keep up the great work. Let’s all be sure to let our visitors know Indian Lake is a great place to visit, but even better place to live! And please remember, shop local.