Thanks to community for helping event
The Northville-Placid Trail Days Festival was held June 7 and 8 in Northville’s Waterfront Park, featuring more than 80 high-quality artisans, crafters, food and outdoor sporting vendors, along with music and children’s activities.
More than 3,000 people attended on Saturday and another 1,000 on Sunday. The event was organized by the Northville Merchants’ Association and chaired by Brian Correll. This was done in conjunction with the Adirondack Mountain Club and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
Community members and organizations made this event possible through their donations of time, event organization, pooling resources and money. Thanks goes out to the Northville-Northampton Historical Society, the Antique Car Club, the churches of Northville, the participating artisans, the Blue Mountain Lake Museum, the Wild Center, Wildlife Rescue, Search and Rescue, the individual members of the Northville Merchants’ Association, Barbara Reffitt, Jane Ferguson, Troop 55 Boy Scouts, the Northville Rotary Club, the village of Northville, the town of Northampton and many others who gave of themselves to make the event a success. Using this model, the community hopes to make this an annual event.
About 300 attendees witnessed the actual dedication ceremony Saturday that celebrated the establishment of the new Northville-Placid trailhead in the Northville Waterfront Park, Northville-Placid Trail’s 90th anniversary, and the construction of an 18-foot arch at the entrance to the park. The Leader-Herald article June 8 on Page 3A reported “dozens” of attendees. The article also reported that the event ended on Saturday, which apparently did not stop the 1,000 people who attended on Sunday.
Although the reporting of the content of the dedication ceremony was largely correct, the participants in a picture of the ribbon cutting were identified as “people.” While that is correct, “people” are usually given names in captions under pictures. The individual holding the ribbon end on the left is still unidentified, but the rest of participants are as follows: Marc Gerstman, executive deputy director of DEC; Neil Woodworth, executive director of the Adirondack Mountain Club; Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce President Mark Kilmer; former Northville Mayor and now Northampton Supervisor Jim Groff; Assemblyman Marc Butler’s representative Dottie MacVean; NPT Arch contractor Bill Coffey; state Sen. Hugh Farley’s representative, Jen Donovan; and Northville Mayor John Spaeth.
JANET MEUWISSEN, chairwoman