On October 2 we met at Inlet Town Hall, stuffed 300 goody bags for Adirondack Kids Day (in record time) and then headed over to Screamen Eagle where a very productive meeting was held. I took attendance on one piece of paper, and on the same I wrote down that Lynn, Reggie made motions to accept the minutes from the last meeting, Treasurers Report has not changed from last month, and Holly, Lynn made motions to adjorn the meeting at 7:41.
In attendance were board members: Adele Burnett, Dave Scranton, Reggie Chambers, Amanda Miller (in the building); and others: Leo & Linda Fadel, Paul Chambers, Charile & Marsha Herr, Holly Koppe, Connie Perry, Julie Meeks, Tommy Hugh, Andi Smith, Lynn Durkin. Helping stuff bags, but not at the meeting were: Jo Marsala, Mitch Lee, Sue & Phil Huber.
All the rest of the notes I took during that meeting I wrote on the agenda, which I seem to have misplaced. So, below is what I remember from the meeting:
We talked about the One Square Mile of Hope money and the need to connect with Jane Slack and determine exactly how much money there is. This money should be given to Kiwanis to then be distributed as OSM desires.
Lynn Durkin has continued the conversations with the kite association and there is interest in a couple of them attending Frozen Fire & Lights with a few kites to possibly fly on Fourth Lake near The Woods Inn. The kite association suggested we purchase kite kits for the children, and that we find volunteers to assemble the kites prior to the event, then let the children decorate them, then someone from the association will help them fly them. Lynn stated that funds would be needed to purchase the kite kits and possibly to put up the members of the kite association. There has been some interest among the members and the businesses to help with this. Anyone wanting to help organize this, or might want to contribute towards it, please contact Lynn or Adele.
Holly Koppe is working on what she hopes to be Inlet's first annual snowshoe race. She has spoken with people who race, and it has been suggested to hold the race on Saturday, February 2. This would be the day before a race held at Oak Mountain in Speculator. Possibly locations for the race discussed were Inlet Golf Course, Fern Park and Fourth Lake. She will reach out to the golf course as first choice. It is hoped that wherever the race takes place, there will be a place to get warm and maybe get food. Registrants will pay an entry fee, which will give them a t-shirt and cover costs like bib numbers, and anything left will benefit something local, possibly the Inlet Youth Commission. Anyone interested in helping with this, please contact Holly or Adele.
Last year, we held a Trunk-or-Treat at Fern Park, prior to the Inlet Youth Commission's Halloween Parade and Party. Our friends Jane and Walter set up an awesome display with animated decorations and a few other people decorated their trunks and they all handed out treats to the children who attended. It was well attended for a first time, and everyone thought at that time that we should do it again. Unfortunately, this year we would have to do it without Jane and Walter, as they have moved away. So, my question to everyone is - is there enough interest to do this again? Please contact Adele ASAP if you think so.
Adirondack Christmas on Main Street will be November 23-25. Adele is working on this event and is collecting items for the Basket Raffle. The schedule, list of open businesses, and list of who contributed towards the basket will be posted on www.inletchristmasonmainstreet.com
Because Paul & Reggie will be heading south this winter, it was decided to hold the Holiday Open House on Thursday, November 29. This will be the night that we hope the shops downtown will open their doors, maybe offer a treat, and locals will stroll and shop. We will also invite homebased businesses to set up a table at Screamen Eagle for more browsing and shopping. I will send a separate email out with details about this.
I know we talked about Fern Park, and the fact that the committe will next meet on Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. in Inlet Town Hall. And I know that either during this meeting or the last Fern Park meeting the opening of the mountain bike trails at McCauley Mountain was discussed. We should all look at these trails and see what we can learn from them for Fern Park. Their grand opening of the trails is Saturday, October 13 with all kids of stuff going on from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Also, Cycle Adirondacks raised $1,875 towards the water fountain installed at Fern. It is hoped that money from this might be used towards an indoor water bottle filling station. We also talked about collecting information from surrounding town's parks, by visiting some of them, and speaking with or surveying the employees who run them.
Dave stated that he would be puttign together a slate of officers for the next meeting, that will be voted on during the December meeting. If anyone is interested in running for (or stepping into) a position on the board, please let him know.
If anyone remembers something important from the meeting that I missed, please let me know and I will share.
Event dates to put on your calendar:
October 16 - Fern Park Meeting
October 26 - Inlet Youth Commission Parade & Party (and possibly Trunk-or-Treat)
November 20 - Fern Park Meeting
November 23-25 - Adirondack Christmas on Main Street
There has been some interest in starting a snowshoe race in Inlet. And there is also a good momentum going with the possibility of a winter kite festival. Anyone interested in either of these ideas is welcome to join Holly Koppe at Screamen Eagle on Tuesday, September 25 after 5:30 p.m.
The next Fern Park Meeting will be Tuesday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the Inlet Town Hall. During this meeting we will be looking at the survey results so far, and discussing collecting ideas from other area parks through surveying those in charge of them, and visiting a few.