To the editor:
We are thankful to many people for making the third annual North Country Musicians Unite for Local Food Pantries concert an unforgettable and enjoyable event. When everything is totaled up, the donation total will exceed $4,000 as well as a sizeable amount of donated food. So many people lent a hand. If we forget to mention some, please forgive us; our heads are spinning. The generosity of the community is overwhelming.
First of all, thanks to the Adirondack Carousel for the use of the building, for hours of time in preparation, for helping get the word out and for making the whole day a joyful delight. The whole staff went way above and beyond anything that could have been expected. The carousel is a treasure that all Saranac Lake can be truly proud of.
A lot of the money was raised by the sale of food and beverages, and by raffle tickets for the many donations from so many: Upstate Auto, Wendy's Place, Sturdy Supply, Captain Cook's, Twin Crystal Rock Shop, Luna Java, Goody Goody's, Major Plowshares, Pink, Blue Moon Cafe, Ampersound, Adirondack Shadows, Lakeview Deli, Coakley High Peaks Ace Hardware, Best Western, Casier Furniture, Kilcoyne Beef, Glazier hot dogs, Birch Bark Deli, Adirondack Bean-To, Nonna Fina, Generations, Grand Union, Hannaford, Golden Arrow, Rice Furniture, Patty Kellogg, Pepsi Co., Price Chopper, Eco Living, Owl's Nest Pizza, Eat 'n' Meet and Two Horse Trading Co.
Besides the musicians who played all day at the concert, many sent CDs to include in the raffles: Dan Bergren, Kev Rowe, Chaz DePaolo, Citizens Band Radio, Lucid, Tim Sample, Dan Duggan, Larry Stone, The Rustic Riders, Heidi Little, Oh Betty, Celia Evans, Big Slyde, Roy Hurd, Jamie Savage and a bunch of CDs from former Ricky Nelson and New Riders of the Purple Sage bass player Stephen A. Love. Hopefully, these prizes will keep good music in circulation.
A big thank-you to TRiO and High Peaks Church for their help in setting up and breaking down tables and chairs and running many errands. Taylor Rental provided many of the chairs and the use of a big grill.
The food and beverage sales accounted for a large chunk of the proceeds. Cassidy Reuter manned the grill. Daniel Gorgas and Rachel Lamb spent the whole day serving food. A huge thank-you to Doreen Gorgas for spending days getting the food donated, coordinating all the cooking and serving all day.
As far as media goes, getting the word out was key to the steady attendance. We are very grateful to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise for so much support and coverage. The Press-Republican and Valley Times ran helpful articles. Thank you to WSLP and Rock 105. Thanks to the Will Hansen show on Internet radio, and many thanks to Ellen Rocco at North Country Public Radio for all her help. Many people, some whose names we don't even know, help get the event listed on community calendars and shared the word via email and Facebook.
Of course, the centerpiece of the event was the music. All of the musicians donated their time and talents, and we thank them for their patience and flexibility. Most of the names have been seen and repeated, but there were some who showed up and sat in and have not been mentioned in the press: Mike Portal of Big Slyde, Shamim Allen, Peter Reuter and Kevin Wooley, Hannah Huber and her no-name feather band, and Soma Beats (who also provided massages) were wonderful surprises. Thank you, Eric Klotzko, for the fantastic job on sound all day long.
A special thanks to Dan Sullivan for all his support and help.
Thank you, Saranac Lake and Vermontville.
On behalf of all the musicians,