To the editor:
It took a village - particularly the village of Saranac Lake - to pull off the fourth annual Hobofest! We want to acknowledge the many individuals and organizations who lent their support, help, energy and enthusiasm to the event.
Chef John Vargo, Colleen and crew from Eat 'n' Meet Grill & Larder fed the hobo hordes at the tracks, with Kathy Ford, C.J. Smith and Craig Allen-Bailey providing refreshment. Reigning Winter Carnival King Tim Fortune along with his wife Diana, Hilary Smith, Mark Coleman, Julie Weinstein and Piero Istrice (from Switzerland!) sold merchandise throughout the long day.
Of the many volunteers and contributors we continue to benefit from are Dan Reilly (HomEnergy), Jeremy Schmidt (Upstate Vinyl Graphics), Greg Moore (Bear Essentials), Jeff Oehler and Sue Bibeau (Beehive Productions), the Halasz family (Sunita, Steve, Galen and Oliver), Carol Vossler (BluSeed Studios), Sam Hendren (Saranac Lake Farmers Market), Peter Crowley (Adirondack Daily Enterprise) and Tom and Holly Huber.
Russ Feher's Fine Line Audio and Jeff Couture ran the sound board, and were among the first to arrive and the last to leave. The bands generously offered their talents, and village Trustee Tom Catillaz read a proclamation from the mayor in his introduction for Crackin' Foxy.
Generous support from Cape Air, Stewart's Shops, Hannaford, Coakley Ace Hardware, CED Electric, Rice Furniture, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, Casella Resource Solutions and the village of Saranac Lake police helped to make the event a success.
North Country Public Radio provided media sponsorship, and Adirondack Sustainable Communities Inc. provided fiscal sponsorship enabling us to obtain funding from a grant offered by the New York State Council of the Arts, administered by the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks.
Taylor Rental provided the big top and stage. We've just initiated a campaign to buy a community tent for Saranac Lake, and we thank those individuals who were among the first to contribute.
Hilary Smith and Karen Davidson, the organizers' wives, continue to offer their support, keeping us on task.
The community of Saranac Lake lived up to its reputation, offering its best for visitors and each other over the holiday weekend.
We will see you on Sept. 1, 2013, for the fifth annual Hobofest!
Seward's Folly Productions