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Tri-lakes Alliance plans new events & initiatives to boost upcounty commerce

Participants in the 2013 Brant Lake Winter Carnival try their hand at the sport of curling. In its debut year, the Winter Carnival featured outhouse races, snowshoe softball, broomball and flag hockey competition, snow-sculpting, Frisbee golf, an ice-fishing tournament, ice bowling and an expo of vintage snowmobiles. Remarkably popular in its debut year, plans are proceeding for the 2014 edition, set for Feb. 8. Organized by the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance, the event attracted more than 400 people.
Photo by Brandon Himoff

Participants in the 2013 Brant Lake Winter Carnival try their hand at the sport of curling. In its debut year, the Winter Carnival featured outhouse races, snowshoe softball, broomball and flag hockey competition, snow-sculpting, Frisbee golf, an ice-fishing tournament, ice bowling and an expo of vintage snowmobiles. Remarkably popular in its debut year, plans are proceeding for the 2014 edition, set for Feb. 8. Organized by the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance, the event attracted more than 400 people. Photo by Brandon Himoff

— Plans have been aired to launch new events in northern Warren County and to pursue new initiatives that draw more visitors into the rural hamlets to boost the prospects of local businesses.

The concepts and events under development were dicussed at a Dec. 13 meeting of the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance, which has experienced remarkable success to date in boosting the upcounty economy and spurring the social and cultural activity in Chestertown, Pottersville and Brant Lake.

Among the new ideas aired were to expand existing holiday celebrations held in Chestertown as well as promoting New Years Eve celebrations at restaurants and taverns in northern Warren County this next week.

Members of the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance have proposed to increase family-oriented activities at the combined Taste of the Tri-Lakes fest and the Chestertown Memory Tree Lighting ceremony, which was highly successful this year.

At a meeting of the Alliance held Dec. 13, it was suggested that the group organize a Christmas parade and townwide caroling — plus offer holiday-themed shows and movies in the Carol Theatre to accompany the existing popular activities.

Cindy Mead of the Alliance said the concepts discussed were promising.

“All ideas will be given thorough consideration,” she said.

The 2013 Taste of the Tri-Lakes, held Dec. 3 in conjunction with the Chestertown Rotary Club’s Memory Tree lighting event, was a great success, area entrepreneurs reported. The event’s sampling of fine specialty dishes provided by area restaurants netted $1,029 for the Alliance. Appreciation was expressed to all the restaurants who participated, the Scout troops, the Chestertown Rotary, Circle B Ranch for providing horse-drawn wagon rides, to Stone Bridge & Caves for providing s’mores and thanks also to the various musical groups who entertained.

The event had a robust turnout, with a crowd sharing memories of people important in their lives as well as caroling, while others sampled gourmet food. The local Rotary Club donated $300 to the Alliance to boost their extensive lineup of community events they have launched with remarkable success during the last 18 months or so.

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