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Monday, April 23, 2012
NY Assembly member Addie Russell sponsors "Escape to the Cape".
At the last Town of Cape Vincent Board meeting, Shelly Higgins of the Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce told the Town Board about the exciting 2012 Cape Vincent events and promotions.
The following is a transcript of Shelly's presentation taken from the Steve Weed Productions video of the April 19 town board meeting:
Shelly Higgins: Good evening everyone. My name is Shelly Higgins and I am the executive director of the Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce, in case some of you don't know that.
I would like to let you know a few things we've been doing so far this year.
In July of 2011, Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce, the Village and town of Cape Vincent met here in Cape Vincent with representatives from Wolfe Island Business and Tourism Association, council members of the Frontenac Islands, Kingston Division of Tourism and Kingston Economic Development Corporation. It was discussed that we should partner together to market ourselves as a leisurely route off I-81 to Canada via the ferries. Several meetings were held on Wolfe Island, in Kingston and here in Cape Vincent. It was agreed that more signage was needed to promote that experience of visiting Cape Vincent and then riding a boat across the St. Lawrence River into Canada. A billboard will be installed in May on I-81 northbound, telling the route and showing the exit to take.
The three tourism areas have formed working groups to discuss what is needed in their region to accommodate the avid cycling family, individual or group. A cycling initiative group has been formed here in Cape Vincent to work on having those amenities in place by this summer's season. The groups would like to have cycling packages available for the cyclists such as an overnight stay and breakfast in Cape Vincent with tours of the Tibbetts Point Lighthouse, Cape Vincent Historical Museum and the DEC aquarium. Then ferry tickets and lunch on Wolfe Island with rides on the bicycle trails already in place on the island. And then perhaps dinner, an overnight stay in Kingston, and tours of the many attractions there.
And then some of the events that are planned for this year are an event called Escape to the Cape where life is naturally spectacular and that is sponsored by Assembly Woman Addie Russell, the Town of Cape Vincent, and the Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce. That will be held on Saturday, May 19 here at Recreation Park from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. It is a "Rediscovering Your Backyard Event" for local New York and Ontario businesses to exhibit products and services. Anyone is invited to attend.
If you would like to be a vendor for this, you can contact Michelle at the town clerk's office (315 654-3660) or me at the chamber office (315 654-2481).
Shelly then went on to announce the Chamber's summer schedule of events that you can check out at this link.