To the editor:
Once again our small communities have come together even in these particularly difficult economic times in a really big way to make the Joy to the Children’s 24th benefit a great success. This year the ticket sales, donations and auction proceeds which support children’s programming at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts provided for 300 programs reaching more than 30,000 local children throughout the year.
Well-rounded children make the best future citizens, which is why we donate the cost of this event. Exposure to the arts in conjunction with all the other opportunities kids have in our area supports that objective. Ultimately, children are the future of our community.
I wish to also thank the many individuals and businesses that donated so freely their time, service, efforts and products. A special “Thank You” to the benefit chairs; Sharon Wood and Erin Perkins and all those who helped them; and the extraordinary efforts of the staff and management of the Center for the Arts.
I would also like to thank the staff of the Mirror Lake Inn for their fine efforts and my wife Lisa for creating this idea 24 years ago.
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Congratulations to the Village Stroll organizers!
Judging from the activity on Main Street, the Village Stroll appears to have been hugely successful for the community. It certainly was successful for The Mirror Lake Inn.
This type of event is exactly what should be replicated throughout the year under the leadership of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Business Association. These events have a significant off-season economic impact and once created by us belong to us forever ... we own them. Events such as ECAC hockey are a boon for the community and we work hard to get and keep them, but as soon as they have a better opportunity, they leave. We have no control.
With events like the Village Stroll we have control and we need to create more of them throughout the year. As we learned from the Village Stroll they don’t have to happen at the time of the holiday — they can happen before. So why not an Easter-themed weekend prior to Easter or a Thanksgiving-themed weekend prior to Thanksgiving or a Halloween-themed weekend like Saratoga did. (There was no place to park and one could barely walk down the street it was so crowded.) The CVB needs to provide this leadership and produce this result.
Congratulations and thanks again to the individuals that made this viable weekend take place.
Edwin H. Weibrecht, Jr.
Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa