July 2019

It’s finally summer — my favorite time of year. The lake temperature is rising and the level is dropping. It’s time to get outside and immerse yourself in all the North Country has to offer.

In this issue of Strictly Business we feature some of the places and the people who provide family fun and entertainment. Whether you enjoy theatre, music, sports or all three you will find ample opportunities wherever you live in the area.

Our cover article features the Strand Center for the Arts and its executive director. Bob Garcia may be new to the North Country but under his leadership the Strand has come alive. The number of performances has more than tripled and new classes and gallery shows are bringing in record numbers of fans.

Ausable Chasm has been an area attraction for more than 100 years but if you haven’t visited recently you won’t recognize the place. New experiences such as rappelling and rock-climbing as well as mountain biking and disk golf have been introduced to attract a younger, active generation and the investment is paying off.

High Falls Gorge has gone from tragedy to opportunity in the last two decades. Damage from the 1998 Ice Storm proved to be an opening for a new business plan that has attracted a hardy group of outdoor enthusiasts. Read about the rebirth in this issue.

The Plattsburgh Mayor’s Cup will be over when you receive this issue but we bring you the history and details of the events and introduce you to some of its most important volunteers and supporters.

Don’t miss our article “Take Me to the River” which features Greg Johnson and Adirondack River Rentals. Whether you are a seasoned water enthusiast or a novice who wants to learn how to kayak or paddleboard, the equipment and instruction you need is available from Greg and his partner Abe Munn.

Looking for some excitement on a summer Saturday evening? You will find it at Airborne Speedway. Fast cars, competitive drivers and enthusiastic spectators make for a thrilling experience. If you haven’t visited this venue, you’re missing a great opportunity. Visit once and you will be a fan.

And then there is this month’s Insight piece featuring Marge Garcia, the retired Development Coordinator for the Adirondack Community Action Program. For 38 years Marge played a vital role in Essex County. Make sure to read her common sense observations about life and business.

Once again Garry Douglas wraps up our issue with his reflections about the importance of our relationship with Canada and its impact on our business community. As always, the Chamber of Commerce is working hard to make the contacts and develop the relationships that benefit us all. Hats off to Garry and his team.

Living in the North Country in summer is a joy. There are so many places to go and events to savor. It is important for us to take advantage of these opportunities. Celebrate summer. You’ll have a wonderful time… and that’s good for business.