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Tri-Lakes Alliance's wine social packs the house

Himoff to talk about Alliance's success at APA conference

The Bullhouse Restaurant in downtown Chestertown was packed April 16 with local people enjoying music, hors d’oeuvres and socializing at a wine-tasting party sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance.

The Bullhouse Restaurant in downtown Chestertown was packed April 16 with local people enjoying music, hors d’oeuvres and socializing at a wine-tasting party sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance. Brandon Himoff

— Officials of the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance said this week their wine-tasting fundraiser held April 16 at The Bullhouse restaurant was a substantial success — not only due to the amiable socializing, but also because the event netted $1,489 for the organization.

About 60 people filled The Bullhouse, enjoying the music of singer-songwriter Rich Ortiz in addition to savoring hors d’oeuvres while greeting friends, neighbors and fellow entrepreneurs.

Special appreciation was expressed at the group’s April 19 meeting for Wayne Thomas of North Creek, who donated his 50-50 winnings of $205 at the wine-tasting party back to the Alliance. Thanks were also expressed to all attending and those who donated items for the raffles, including Art in Chester Gallery for a donated painting; to Sharon and Greg Taylor of Fern Lodge for their offering of several bottles of fine wine; to MacMillan Construction for a gift basket; and Green Mansions for golf games.

Special thanks were accorded to Bill Brannigan from Adirondack Moonshine for organizing the event and to Lonnie at The Bullhouse for the use of her restaurant.

The event’s proceeds will be used to help with advertising, signage, music for events, and perhaps firework displays.

Also, it was noted that Brandon Himoff will be giving a presentation to the Adirondack Park Agency and gathered area upstate officials at the agency’s Local Government Day conference April 24 and 25 at the Crowne Plaza in Lake Placid — at the agency’s request. Himoff will be explaining the goals and various achievements of the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance in boosting northern Warren County’s economy.

Upcoming events sponsored or promoted by the Business Alliance include:

• Car Hop & Cruise, 6:30 p.m.- 10 p.m. Friday May 3 at Panther Mountain Inn featuring classic car show and cruise through downtown;

• “Ride for a Cure” ATV poker run, Saturday May 4 at Tin TeePee Campground, Brant Lake;

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