A regular monthly meeting of the Inlet Area Business Association was held on Tuesday, November 6 at Screamen Eagle. In attendance were board members: Jane Slack, Amanda Miller, Reggie Chambers, Danicia Nerschool, Adele Burnett; and others: Paul Chambers, Stephen Cole, Kim Egenhofer, Connie Perry, Carolina Gabler, Andi Smith, Lynn Durkin, Holly Koeppe, Sue Huber, Toni Rudd, Greg Rudd, Beth Kellogg, Darrin Harr, Cherie Landl, Howard Brainard, Ted Christodaro, Tera Arey, Matt Miller, and special appearance by Georgia Levi.
Jane Slack called the meeting to order and advised the group that a check in the amount of $7,327.50 had been written from IABA to Kiwanis for the One Square Mile of Hope tax money that we had received back. This money will be used for some local and cancer related - to be determined soon by a small OSM committee.
Amanda Miller reported that other than the check to Kiwanis, nothing has changed since last meeting.
Danicia Nerschook reported that there are 48 members who paid dues for 2018, and 3 have alredy paid for 2019. She thanked those who have paid, and those who come to the meetings and reminded everyone that now is the time to pay dues for 2019!
Adele Burnett noted that a slate of officers will be voted on during the December meeting. She noted that none of the current officers stated they would not be willing/able to continue serving. The floor was opened for nominations. Lynn Durkin stated that she would be interested in the Vice Chair or the At-Large position. A slate will be put together and presented prior to the December 4th meeting.
Darrin Harr talked to the group about his website ilsnow.com and encouraged the group to take a look and consider advertising on his site. Darrin rides his snowmobile as much as he can and gives accurate/honest trail reports on his website. He is also a meterologist and can offer pretty accurate forecasts for this area. He gets thousands of hits per day in season, and also has a strong social media presence with almost 6,000 followers on Facebook.
Lynn Durkin stated that the next Fern Park Meeting will be Tuesday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Inlet Town Hall. She said attendance has been low during recent meetings, and the committee is hoping to somehow retitalize the efforts of planning for the future of Fern Park. There has been discussions about visiting other town parks in surrounding communities, but no progress with this yet. She stated that Mitch Lee has reached out to several people in charge of parks around us, but has only heard back from two. The group talked about what is currently avaialble at Fern Park, and how can people find out what is there. They also talked about the survey that the committee is collecting information from. The survey has been online since Memorial Day and information will continue to be collected through the winter and into spring. If you have not done so already, please consider filling it out and sharing the link. www.surveymonkey.com/r/fernpark **Since this meeting I have added the link to the top of every relevant page on InletNY.com. I also made sure that Fern Park comes up on more of the activity pages.
Reggie Chambers talked about Adirondack Kids Day and how well this event went. She stated that people had arrived before 9:00 a.m. waiting for the event to start at 10:00. 300 goody bags were given away before noon. And 80 children (the max) were signed up to fish by 10:30. The group talked about what a good event this is for the community, and how thankful we are that Kiwanis is a sponsor. The event is planning to add some activities the Friday night before the event for those who already are here and to encourage others to stay the night.
Adele is working on Adirondack Christmas on Main Street and has posted a list of businesses that will be open for the THanksgiving Weekend, who will have specials and activities at their place of business, and who has contributed to the Basket Raffle. All of this can be found at InletChristmasonMainStreet.com If you want to contribute something towards the raffle, let her know ASAP!
The Holiday Open House will be on Thursday, November 29. Downtown shops will be open and offering treats while you shop from 4:00-7:00 p.m. And from 5:00-8:00 p.m. many home-based businesses will be set up in Screamen Eagle. Reggie is working with both local newspapers to place ads for this event, and any shop that will be open that evening and wants to be included ($20) can contact her 315-357-3046. A list of who is participating can be found on the Facebook event. If you have a home-based business and want to set up a table at Screamen Eagle contact Adele 315-357-5501.
Saturday, December 8 the New York Shootout will again be held on Chip & Cindy Sauer's Track behind The Ole Barn. New this year, starting at 10:00 a.m. spectators will be able to watch the weighing of the OEM sleds before they begin racing at 11:00. There will be 3 food trucks for spectators, and Chip's food truck will again be set up pit side. Kettle corn, hot sauce, and other vendors. WBRV Radio will be set up with a live remote and each manufacturer will be represented. Check it out at NewYorkShootout.com. If you want to be a sponsor contact Adele 315-357-5501 or Cindy 315-357-5598.
Inlet's Cookie Swap will be Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 p.m. in the Senior Room of Inlet Town Hall. Bring 3 dozen cookies you baked and take home 3 dozen assorted. Refreshments will be served.
Barnstormers Poker Run will be held January 25-26. More information can be found on their website. InletBarnstormersSnowmobileClub.com.
Holly Koeppe spoke about the snowshoe race she has been working on. The date for this will be Saturday, February 2. Tera Arey reported that unfortunately the golf club will not be available for this event. Explaining that the water will be drained before then, and not able to be turned back on. It was suggested to inquire about using the IVES building as a warming station. Georgia Levi explained the process of using this building, which will be looked into. Jane Slack stated that she would ask Kiwanis about sponsoring the event, to help with insurance. Anyone interested in helping with this event, please contact Adele or Holly.
Frozen Fire & Lights is February 23. Paul Chambers is collecting donations for the fireworks. You can contact him 315-357-3046 or drop off at Inlet Information Office. Suggestions for the 2019 Royal Couple are welcome. The committee that determines this consists of the current royal couple, the town clerk, the supervisor and the tourism director. There are certain activities that the roayl couple must be able to attend on that day - coronation, cardboard sled races, etc. You can contact any of these with your suggestions. Adele noted how last year lots of time and effort was put into the track for the 120cc races, and becasue of the weather that day, no one showed up to race, even though the track was in great shape. Wondering if there is a way to confirm riders before putting the time into the track this year. Adele is hoping a group or organization might be interested in selling hot cocoa and donuts at Fern Park during the Cardboard Sled Races. Lynn Durkin talked about her success with the American Kitefliers Association (AKA). A few members have committed to joining us during this event to help children fly some kites. The kites come as kits that will need to be assembled. They recommend we assemble them prior to the event, let the children decorate them before flying them. The plan is to do the decorating in the pavilion at The Woods Inn, then fly them on Fourth Lake (weather and conditions permitting.) The number of kite kits to be purchased and time of decorating has yet to be determined. The AKA members may need places to stay while they are here, and maybe a meal. It was also suggested that the IABA join the AKA. Once a member, their insurance will cover their activity at our event. Regular membership is $40/year. All present were in favor of this.
The next regular meeting of the IABA will be on Tuesday, December 4. Plans are to hold this meeting at The Little Fox. Once confirmed, an email will be sent to all.