The Kids For Utica will not be able to provide food during this year's "Arts in the Park" at Arrowhead Park on July 20-21. They have been offering lunch items like burgers, hot dogs, sausage sandwiches, wraps, etc. for many years, but because of an unavoidable circumstance will be unable to join us this year.
If there is a local not-for-profit willing and able to sell food during the event, please contact me as soon as possible. If there are no local not-for-profits able to do this, then we would welcome a local business to set up in the park and sell food during that Saturday & Sunday in July. If no local business and no local not-for-profit, we will then invite a close-by food truck to the event.
Having food available during this event encourages visitors to stay in town longer, and helps the vendors who are not able to get away from their booths for more than 15 minutes at a time. These vendors stay for the weekend, spending money at local accommodations, restaurants and shops.
Any local not-for-profit or local business able to sell food in Arrowhead Park ( the event is open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on July 20 and 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on July 21) please contact Adele as soon as possible email@example.com.
Just a reminder that tonight will be a regular meeting of the Inlet Area Business Association. Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Fourth Lake Wine & Spirits.
Hope to see you there!
Thunder in the ADK will be May 31-June 1. There is a committee working on promoting this.
If you are planning to do anythign to welcome bikers to your place of business that weekend, please let me know as soon as possible so I can share with the committee.
Hi fellow IABA members.
It’s Karl and Jill Marsh - we are the ones opening The Caboose in town. We are also prepping the house behind the Caboose as rental property. Our rental listing is LIVE! Can you please share this on your personal and business pages? Our business pages aren’t live yet but please ‘friend’ Jill and I will make sure we ‘connect’ with you/or your biz pages to ensure cross-promotion!
Find our listing here: Behind the Caboose
The Inlet Common School will hold a public hearing and vote at the Inlet Town Hall on Thursday, March 28 starting at 6:00 p.m.
A vote will take place immediately following the public hearing. The vote will be to decide one of the following:
- Operate a Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5 Program and tuition grades 6th through 12th to Town of Webb Union Free School District. or
- Become a Non-Operating District and tuition all eligible Inlet Common School District students to the Town of Webb Union Free School District beginning in the September 2019-2020 school year.
Anyone who lives in the Town of Inlet, and has been living in the Town of Inlet 30 days prior to the vote can vote as long as they are not registered to vote in any other school district. The Inlet Common School District does not have a voter registration process. You do not need to be a registered voter (general election) and you do not need to own property in the Town of Inlet to vote. Absentee ballots can be obtained through the district clerk after 6:00 p.m. 315-357-3005.
A regular monthly meeting of the Inlet Area Business Association took place on March 5 at Screamen Eagle. In attendance were board members: Lynn Durkin, Jane Slack, Connie Perry, Danicia Nerschool, Adele Burnett; and otheres: Cherie Landl, Howard Brainard, Charlie Frey, Susan Lockyer, Tera Arey, Jill Marsh, Amanda Miller, Carrie Stallard, Stephen Cole, Holly Koeppe, Andi Smith, Kim Egenhofer, Ted Christodaro.
Lynn Durkin called the meeting to order. Jane Slack gave a treasurers report stating a balance of $11,492.86 in the IABA's account and that $1,140 has been collected in 2019 for dues. On a motion made by Danicia Nerschook, seconded by Holly Koeppe the treasurers report was accepted with all in favor.
Danicia Nerschook reported new members since the last meeting, which included Big Moose Inn and Deerwoods Lodge.
Connie Perry stated that Aimee VanWie is out of town, but she plans to attend our next meeting to continue duscussions about the CTS Van and how we can help.
Adele Burnett & Ted Christodaro have started a committee to work on pole banners for the town and hope to be able to meet soone to work on the ideas shared so far. Holly Koppe, Danicia Nerschook, Kim Egenhofer and Stephen Cole expressed interest. An email will go out to all when a date is set for the first meeting. It was suggested to look at banners in the Town of Newcomb for more ideas.
Frozen Fire & Lights & Kites was a great success! Thank you to all who helped. The group discussed this at length. Lynn spoke about how successful bringing Gary & Maggie Engval to Inlet was, and thanked all who made their stay enjoyable. A press release is being prepared by Adele to thank all who were involved and hope to be able to send out soon. 25 cardboard sleds raced, 61 kites were handed out, and about 600 hot dogs were given away. The fireworks were amazing! Kites plan to return next year, Kathy Queen plans to run the food at the bonfire again, Charlie Frey is looking into adding dueling pianos and any other ideas for 2020 are welcome!
Black Fly Challenge is still looking for sponsors. Jane Slack reported that BFC recently wrote a check for $10,000 towards the Adirondack Emergency Communications Tower project. The tower project continues to move forward and is close to their goal.
Adele shared information about advertising on Greg Klein's Visitor Map. You can view the map and find out more at www.gregkleinart.com.
Mitch Lee will be attending the Adirondack Sports Summer Expo in Saratoga Springs on March 16 & 17. Anyone wishing to send flyers, etc. with him to hand out can drop them off at the Inlet Information Office up until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16.
Big Moose Inn has requested to host the IABA's Spring Social, and has asked to consider the date of Thursday, May 9. All present agree that would be acceptable. Adele will contact Mark Mayer and confirm this and more information will be posted. Adele also stated that in addition to May, her request for meeting locations filled up the calendar with April 2 @ Fourth Lake Wine & Spirits, June 4 @ Inlet Town Hall for BFC Bag Stuffing then on to Screamen Eagle, no meetings in July & August, September 3 @ ADK Little Cabins, October 1 @ Inlet Town Hall for Kids Day Bag Stuffing then on to Screamen Eagle, November 5 @ The Bay Cafe & Market, December will be the Open House Social (date TBD), and Charlie added January 7 @ The Woods Inn.
Snofest is March 8 & 9. The Vintage Races scheduled for Inlet have been moved to Saratoga.
"Let's Get Crocked!" is March 8 @ noon at Inlet Town Hall. Bring a crockpot full of soup and $10 for the local food pantry, or just bring your appetite to help us determine People's Choice.
Old Forge's St. Patty's Day Parade is March 15 and starts at 5:00 p.m. Hope to see you there!
Adult Egg Hunt is April 27. Adele stated she would welcome contributions for prizes (whach can be anything you want to give - candy, t-shirts, gift certificates, drink chips, mugs, hats, etc.) starting today. She will be out of the office most of April, and so would rather have items pile up now than to have to bang on doors 4 days before the event. Reminder - anything too big to fit in an egg will be asigned a number that you will bring to Screamen Eagle to collect your prize, where we will also take part in a covered dish dinner. Thank you in advance!
May 1 is Community Pride Day. Deadline to be listed on the shirts is March 22. Voting for the design that goes on the front of the shirts ends March 15. Find out more about Community Pride Day here.
Fire & Spice @ Seventh Lake House will be May 5.
The "Otter" Paddlesports Event takes place at Frisky Otter Tours on May 17-19.
The Great Adirondack Garage Sale is May 24-16. If you are having a sale, or just want to find out where all the sales will be, go to www.greatadirondackgaragesale.com.
Thnunder in the ADK takes place on May 31-June 1. Most of the action takes place in Old Forge, but if you plan to have anything special going on that weekend, let Adele know and she will make sure you are included.
Adele spoke about the upcoming Inlet School public hearing and vote. The public hearing will take place at Inlet Town Hall on Thursday, March 28 starting at 6:00 p.m. The group discussed this at length.
Jane spoke about HASCA's work with starting a home aide program that would benefit this area. This would be somethign that could help people of all ages and many situations, including simple companion care. She will have more information at the next meeting.
The One Square Mile of Hope committee will be meeting Wednesday, March 6 to continue discussions on where they plan to distribute the remaining funds.
Next regular meeting of the IABA will be at Fourth Lake Wine & Spirits on April 2 at 6:30 p.m. Hope to see you there!
I am collecting prizes for the fourth annual Adult Egg Hunt that will take place at Fern Park on Saturday, April 27, 2019. The hunt begins at 5:00 p.m. Some of the eggs hidden around the park will have prizes inside them, the rest will have a number in them that can be taken to Screamen Eagle immediately following the hunt for redemption. Stick around after claiming your prizes for a covered dish supper.
Donations for the hunt can be dropped off at the Inlet Information Office. Or give the office a call 315-357-5501 and someone will come pick them up.
Last year's prizes included gift certificates, bottles of alcohol, cash, chocolate, coffee mugs, hoodies, t-shirts, soaps, beer chips, and much more!
It's a fun time! Hope to see you there!
Just a reminder that tonight at Screamen Eagle will be a regular meeting of the Inlet Area Business Association that starts at 6:30 p.m.
Hope to see you there!
Kids will be decorating 60 kites tomorrow at The Woods Inn and then taking them out onto the ice to fly them. They will be decorating them with stickers and markers, and will get to keep the kite afterwards.
If you have a sticker for your business, and want to see it flying on a kite, you can drop some off at the Inlet Town Hall today up until 8:00 p.m. or tomorrow up until 1:00 p.m.
Mitch will be attending the annual Adirondack Sports Summer Expo at the Saratoga Springs City Center on March 16 & 17. He will have an Inlet booth set up along with 150 other exhibitors all covering running, hiking, bicycling, paddling, triathlon, health, fitness, green living and travel in upstate New York.
The expo is made possible by the Adirondack Sports & Fitness Magazine and is in its 14th year. They are expecting attendance to reach 8,000.
If you have anything - brochures, coupons, flyers, menus, pens, etc. - that you would like Mitch to hand out at this event, please drop it off at the Inlet Information Office by 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15.
Find out more about the expo here: Adirondack Sports Summer Expo
Attached are the meeting minutes from the 2/5 meeting.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Regular IABA meetings are usually held the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, March 5. Is there a venue that would like to have us?
Tuesday, April 2 is penciled in at Fourth Lake WIne & Spirits.
Tuesday, May 7 needs a location. May is usually a Spring Social, and the date for this meeting can be flexible.
Tuesday, June 4 will start at Inlet Town Hall with Bag Stuffing for Black Fly Challenge and then will move to Screamen Eagle.
There are no meetings in July or August.
Tuesday, September 3 needs a location.
Tuesday, October 1 will start at Inlet Town Hall with Bag Stuffing for Adirondack Kids Day and then will move to Screamen Eagle.
Tuesday, November 5 needs a location.
Tuesday, December 3 - This might be a good day for the Holiday Open House / Meeting / Social??
Let me know if you would like the IABA to come to your place during one of the open dates above.
Pole Banners - I have received a lot of positive feedback about the pole banners, and a lot of great ideas. I even had someone working in marketing in NYC offer to help with a design. I also want to let you all know that I have found a connection through Black Fly Challenge with someone who is going to help Inlet with some branding. So .. I am hoping a few of you may like to form a little committee to continue talking banners, which might also help with branding our little town???
Vacation Planners - The CAA's 2019 vacation planners are here. Please come get some to hand out at your place of business. They include all attractions, accommodations and events in Inlet, Webb, and Long Lake/Raquette Lake, and make a great handout for your customers.
Community Pride Day is Wednesday, May 1. The deadline to be on this year's shirts will be March 22. This is early!! I will not be in the office the first 3 weeks of April, and one week is not enough time to wrap up a design and have shirts printed, sort them and make sure they get where they need to go before May 1st. And besides, April is not a good time to reach anyone anyways. :) Sponsorship forms will be going out soon. Also, 8 designs were submitted to be considered for the front of this year's shirts. They were all done by ninth grade students, 6 from Town of Webb and 2 from Wells. We will be chosing a few finalists and posting them on Inlet's Facebook page for public voting from February 15 - March 15. If you stop by the office before Feb. 15th, you can help us narrow down the finalists.
The time for the Wine Tasting has been changed, and we have added Pancake Breakfast and Rummage Sale at the Inlet Community Church. The breakfast and rummage sale are fundraisers for the church's Mexico Mission Trip to build an orphange.
Attached is an updated flyer for you to print, hang and share.
The Town is looking into purchasing new banners for the poles downtown Inlet. The blue banners that the Inlet Highway puts up and takes down for us were purchased in 2002 for Inlet's Centennial. They have held up very well, and still look great. However, the stiching is getting tired, and a few have needed to be handsewn (by Mitch) to keep them on the poles.
Downtown Decorations can make pole banners for us that have attachments that can list a business or individual's name to help with the cost of the banners. Attached is an example of these banners. The Onondaga Historical Society used the banners as a fundraiser, and sold each banner (with the business attachement) for $300 each.
Also attached is a design, drawn by Mitch, that is being made into a town flag, which could be used on the new banners.
I am looking for any thoughts, ideas, suggestions, etc.
Frozen Fire & Lights is only 3 weeks away, and we are getting things ready for a great event!
We are hoping to be able to annouce this year's Frozen Royals very soon!
Attached are flyers for you to print and hang.
If anyone has some extra time that day, we could use some help. Here's what I am looking for:
Noah’s Ark @ Inlet Town Hall 10:00-12:00
- 2-4 to help Youth Commission as needed
- 1-2 face painters
Cardboard Sled Race @ Fern Park - registration starts at 12:15, races start at 1:00
- 2 for registration (Margie & )
- 1 inspector during registration (Bruce)
- 3 judges
- 1 announcer at the top of the hill (this is usually Denny, but he has to work)
- 4 timers (2 with clocks @ 2 writing down times)
- 5 wranglers on the hillside to keep people safe
- 1 to communicate with the announcer and keep track of racers (this is usually me - but then I can't take pictures)
- 1 fire tender
Kites @ The Woods Inn starts at 2:30, all done by 4:00
- 2-4 for decorating
- 2-4 on the ice while kites are flying
Bonfire & Hot Dogs @ Arrowhead Park - bonfire is going by 5:00, setup will be done prior to that will need people to help with that and then need people to help serve and help keep the fire going and then help clean up.
I am also still looking for any non-profit who might be interested in doing snacks at Fern Park leading up to and during the Cardboard Sled Races. There will be Skishoe Demonstrations starting at 11:00. Hopefully the weather will be great!
Oh, and if you can stop by Legion Square at 10:00 a.m. to watch the coronation ceremonmy - it is much nicer to do things like this when there are people there to appreciated it :)
A few people have asked questions about my last email, so I thought I would try to explain a little better.
Jack & Jill parties sometimes have Chinese Auctions, where the bridal party seeks out prizes to be raffled off. Sometimes local businesses donate these prizes (usually because they know the bride and/or groom) or members of the bridal party pay for them. Guests attending the party pay to try and win the gifts, and the money collected from the raffles goes to the bride & groom. The bride thought it would be fun to have items from her hometown in the raffle. As I mentioned in the previous email, many of the guests will be in Inlet on October 5 for the wedding, and could cash in a gift certifacte they won at the Jack & Jill then. Or maybe they will plan a second trip to Inlet!
Obviously, the bride would welcome donations, but is expecting to pay for things, and discounts would be extremely appreciated.
How does this benefit you? You might aquire some new Canadain customers, eh?
Hope this helps explain a little better!
Registration for the 24th annual Black Fly Challenge ~ Adirondack Mountain Bike Race opens February 2. BFC 2019 will draw hundreds of spectators and up to 1,000 racers to Inlet and Indian Lake. This is a unique opportunity to market your business to an active, diverse audience with disposable income.
Among the many BFC sponsorship opportunities is the Web/Lodging Sponsor, perfect for lodging and web-based businesses. Web/Lodging Sponsors get their business name and website link on BlackFlyChallenge.com, on BikeReg.com and in registration confirmation emails that go to every racer.
At only $200.00, it's a great value - and now is the time to take advantage of this targeted advertising opportunity!
Please support BFC 2019 and help continue the tradition of
"The Adirondacks' Greatest Race"
Check out the sponsor & advertiser opportunities in the attached pdf
On October 5, 2019 there will be a wedding in Inlet. The couple lives in Canada, but the bride is from Inlet. Her father was from Raquette Lake/Inlet and worked as Highway Superintendent for the Town of Inlet for several years before moving to Canada. The bride's mother still lives and works in Inlet.
The couple is holding a Jack & Jill Party on June 1st in Canada. Many of the attendees of the Jack & Jill will be coming to Inlet in October for the wedding. Jack & Jill parties sometimes have prizes that are raffled off during the event - with the money going to the bride & groom. The bride has reached out to me to see if there might be any interest among any Inlet businesses to help her put together an "Inlet Weekend Package" or maybe donate a gift certificate the visitors will be able to use while here in Inlet or maybe an item that says Inlet on it, etc.
If anyone is interested, please let me know so I can help you and the bride connect.
Please find attached the meeting minutes from the January 8, 2019 meet.