To the Editor:

(Hamilton, NY – Oct. 2012) On behalf of the Partnership for Community Development and the Festival Committee, I would like to thank everyone who helped make the recent Great Chocolate Train Wreck Festival such a tremendous success.

We are especially grateful to all of the volunteers who took time out of their day to make the festival possible. All-star volunteers Donna Jarcho, Debbie Kliman, Kerry Linden, Joan Prindle, Alice Merlino and Art Zimmer spent the entire day helping at the festival and deserve special credit.

Our thanks also to our guest emcees – Hamilton Village Mayor Margaret Miller, Hamilton Town Supervisor Eve Ann Shwartz, Carollee Dewey of the Hamilton Business Alliance, Patti Lockwood-Blais of the Earlville Opera House and Sen. David J. Valesky – and to the musicians – Dove Creek, Pamme Swan, Bill Staines, Bill Harley, and Tracy Grammer – who shared their talents from the gazebo stage.

The event relied on the support from numerous partner organizations, including Hamilton Central Schools, Chenango Nursery School, MAD Art, the Earlville Opera House, the Hamilton Historic Commission, Hamilton Rotary, the Hamilton Club, the Northeast Classic Car Museum, the Central New York chapter of the National Railway Historic Society and the Palace Theater.

It was all made possible through the generosity of our sponsors: Hamilton Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Cultural Resources Council, Chobani, the Colgate Inn, the Earlville Opera House, the Hamilton Club, the Hamilton Rotary, the Northeast Classic Car Museum, Oneida Savings Bank, PJ Green, and Price Chopper.

Finally, we also want to thank the 14 downtown Hamilton businesses that participated in the Chocolate Ticket program and opened their doors to the several hundred children that came to downtown Hamilton for the day. Thanks to all for making Saturday’s event a truly sweet celebration of Hamilton’s history!

Shannon Mantaro, managing director, Partnership for Community Development, Hamilton

By martha

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