Tri-Lakes business group proposes new events

Canadian law enforcement officers destroy barrels of liquor in a 1925 raid against bootleggers in Elk Lake, Ontario.

Canadian law enforcement officers destroy barrels of liquor in a 1925 raid against bootleggers in Elk Lake, Ontario.

— Seeking to establish events that will boost the economy of northern Warren County, members of the newly-formed Tri-Lakes Business Alliance have proposed several new events.

At the recent meeting of the group, which seeks to enhance the business climate in the region, Alliance members talked of launching a wine tasting fest, snocross races and a rum-runners weekend.

They noted that their sibling organization, the North Creek Business Alliance, has held wine-tasting events as fundraisers to provide a shuttle bus from Chestertown to Gore Mountain, suggesting that the Tri-Lakes group sponsor similar fundraisers to provide the shuttle service from the Riverside Train Station to the hamlets of Chestertown, Pottersville and Brant Lake.

Barb Dunham volunteered to hold a wine tasting event in conjunction with a tour of the new Railroads on Parade attraction.

Bill Branagan of Adirondack Moonshine and others who own restaurants and taverns also volunteered to assist.

Ron Walker said he was exploring the feasibility of snocross races being held later this winter at Green Mansions Resort. Snocross is a name for snowmobile races on a course constructed with banks, turns and jumps.

A meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, 9 at Green Mansions and those who’d like to help with the sled event are urged to attend.

Also, a suggestion was made at the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance meeting to ask officials of the Northern Warren Trailblazers to see if ATVs could utilize their snowmobile trails during the spring, summer and fall months. This is done in other communities with extensive trail systems, and could provide a boost to the economy during these less busy months, Alliance members said.

Butler noted he is working on developing a rumrunner and moonshine weekend, tentatively set for Aug. 23 through 25, 2013. Pam Morin, who so successfully developed Chestertown’s annual Halloween Pug Party & Parade fest, has been planning the bootlegger-themed weekend for years.

Adirondack Journal Editor Thom Randall contributed to this report.

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