Country Christmas lights in Indian Lake.
One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is when a family will be at the table and they go around and each will say something they are grateful for. So much so, I think I will take a moment here and list the many splendid things in my life.
First, I can’t mention it enough, I am very grateful for the News Enterprise for giving us space. Andy Flynn and the crew have been very accommodating and helpful. In fact this is a week late, but Andy said that would be OK and he would get it in.
There is very little media in the Indian Lake/Blue Mountain Lake/Sabael area and we can always count on the News Enterprise to put us in the best light.
Did I just mention light? Check out the lights in the Town of Indian Lake. All part of the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce 7th Annual Indian Lake “Let There Be Lights” Holiday Lighting and Decorating Contest. Regardless how cold it may be out, holiday lights can always warm the cockles of your heart.
And, though there is no snow in Indian Lake as I write this, there is on Gore Mountain. They have been making snow for some time getting the mountain ready for the holidays. The Friday after Thanksgiving is often White Friday at Gore.
The Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce has a packaging committee and one of the most receptive businesses to putting together packages to entice visitors is the Gore Mountain Ski Center.
Gore tries to work with the community in many ways. I have been in contact with Michael J. Pratt, General Manager at Gore, for Indian Lake Central School. He has offered to come in and talk to students about career opportunities at the Olympic Regional Development Authority.
I would like to thank all the individuals in town who are working to keep the town solvent — from forming non-profits to writing grants to attending the various meetings. The writing is on the wall for Hamilton County and it isn’t good. Fortunately we have lots of people with erasers and magic markers trying to re-write the predicted future.
Many of these folks are Chamber Board Members. At a recent planning meeting a couple members got to talking about the various other boards they are part of and it seems at least one of them was involved with every organization in the area — from the Fish and Game Club to the Library Board.
While these folks are doing a lot of civic work and spend hours upon hours at meetings, a lot of it is probably very productive in that they are able to make various connections from one board to another. For example: if you are on the Library Board and the Theater Board and the Fish and Game Club wants to have a fish fry on a certain date, you know it might not work because the other two are planning on Book and Theater Night. Or you know who should be contacted at different organizations to get an event on a calendar. And hopefully that person will send the event to the Chamber so we get it on our calendar.
The only down side is all the work those folks have to do adds up. I know one gentleman has to block certain days off, at his wife’s instance, so she can see him at dinner once in a while.
Indian Lake, like a lot of Adirondack Towns, has always had a lot of get up and go. The only problem is a lot of the get up and goers, have gone. So it turns out less and less people are doing more and more. This is where I make the plea for volunteers. If there is anything you have to offer, especially time, please call the chamber (648-5112) and give your name. There is a need for all kinds of volunteers; from running the Winter Wonderland Craft Show to handing out brochures. We will make an effort to not overload you with duties, only what you would like to do.
I am grateful that not only have people been showing up at our bus tours, but also a couple of them have been interested in helping out. Like a lot of Chamber Events, the extra result is the networking. At the last one we had a member suggest that business could work together to order supplies, hopefully at a discount because the supplies would be bought in volume. Bright ideas like this can light the way for all of us.
A good example of this is the owners of Cedar River Golf Club & Motel. The Goldblatts have participated as hosts and as part of the touring fun. Now they are helping with packaging. This is great because how many communities the size of Indian Lake can boast about their golf course. The same can be said of Lenny Baglieri, owner of the Blue Mountain Rest; he has hosted, toured and now is leading our packaging committee, along with being the newest board member. His ideas are so fresh that we haven’t even turned off the oven yet. I am not sure what that means, but he has some good ideas.
Everyone has to be thankful for new ideas. If you always do, what you always do, you always will get, what you always got. Unless we venture out and try new ideas, and accept they will fail from time to time, new adventures will not happen.
As the holidays approach we have lots to be thankful for in the Town of Indian Lake.