Meeting Minutes: September 20, 2013
Rum Runners Weekend: An unbelievable success! The Vaudeville theatre performance was sold out and some were let in for ‘standing room only’. Plans to expand the performance are in the works for future years. Babe Ruth Battle of the Bats had 68 participants and over 100 spectators, next year we plan on having a school class or scout troop sell Hot Dogs, etc. The ‘Car Chase’ had over 20 classic cars participate and next year we’ll have the group drive through town and extend the route a bit so more people can see it. Restaurants reported some of the best nights they’d had all year, and people of all ages were out enjoying the events throughout the entire weekend. The community involvement and participation was fantastic, and someone on Face Book even posted “this makes me want to move to a town like this”…. What better compliment can we receive? The Rum Runner weekend will be a yearly event, with the same 1920’s theme, around the same time in September next year so pack those costumes away for future use. Over 200 photos have been posted on the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance Face Book page so check it out!
The Carol Theatre: As we re-opened the Chestertown Theatre for this past weekend, many realized what a classic and historical building this is, and the Alliance mentioned starting a fund to Save the Carol Theatre and possibly applying for federal or state grant monies to help accomplish this goal. Anyone interested in pursuing this, please let us know as it’s a landmark building in the heart of town and its restoration/renovation would be a benefit to us all.
Town Wide Garage Sale is planned for the weekend of October 5th and 6th to correspond with Warrensburg’s Largest Garage Sale. Space is available at various spots throughout town (bank parking lots, etc) and a map will be handed out with private locations off the main routes, although the more people who set up in town, the better. More than 100,000 people attend the Warrensburg event every year, and there is no reason we can’t bring some of them 9 miles north to avoid the crowds and shop, eat, and spend the night in our towns. To reserve a space or get put on the map, please contact the NW Chamber of Commerce at #494-2722 as soon as possible.
Wine Tasting Benefit: A Wine Tasting to benefit the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance will be held Wednesday, October 6th at the Bull House Restaurant in Chestertown. Please mark your calendars and try to attend this fun and worthwhile event.
Woman’s Small Business Expo to be held on Oct. 19th @ 4 pm Green Mansions. Each vendor will have a space set with product & at least 1 giveaway. The vendors will be local people who own an independent business, Crafters, Picture Perfect Photography, Fantastic Fashion Jewelry, Avon, Pampered chef, Toys, Adirondack Lamps and more… Currently 22 vendors have signed up, and there will also be a 50/50 raffle to benefit the TBA. Call Nikki Monroe Rising @ 494-2178 for more information or to reserve a space.
A Taste of the Tri-Lakes will be held toward the end of November to correspond with the Rotary’s Memory Lighting of the Town Christmas Tree at the main intersection in Chestertown. Local restaurants will be offering samples of their establishments and we’re looking forward to another great town wide event to bring residents together.
Toys for Tots ATV Poker Run to be held Saturday September 21st with poker stops at the Tin Tee Pee, the Crossroads, Country Haven, the Bull House, Hemlock Ledge, Panther Mt. Inn, Main Street Ice Cream Parlor, and Green Mansions. Entrance fee is $20 and includes a BBQ at Tin Tee Pee at 5pm. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.
Committee gave an update on the new entrance signs for Chestertown and Pottersville and designs were approved and ready to be presented to the Town Board.
Fall Leaf Peeper Weekend: It was suggested the Alliance organize a Leaf Peeper Weekend(name to be decided upon) for next fall. Businesses with local attractions (Stone Bridge & Caves, Rail Roads on Parade, Green Mansions, etc.) as well as local restaurants would benefit from this, and a Committee was formed to follow up and organize for next year (Committee members: Lonnie Shenefield, Dee & Greg Beckler, Clark & Barb Dunham, Lynda Lewis and Ron & Martha Walker).
A presentation was made by Lynda Lewis Carlstrom for AFLAC, a reasonably priced supplemental health insurance program open to individuals and businesses. For more information, call Linda at #494-7707 or #941-586-5191
Next meeting is Friday, October 4th at 9am @ the Panther Mountain Inn.