Overactive Weekend

Oct 17, 2018

To the Editor:

Two weekends ago, traffic and flashing lights were not the only difficulties Islanders and visitors had to contend with. There was a wide variety of entertainment choices: the Kite Festival with indoor and night flies, Fantasy Island fireworks, Manhattan Shorts at LBIF, a gala fundraiser for Coastal Volunteers in Medicine, a Sock Hop at the Ship Bottom firehouse, Shellabration, the 18 Mile Run, a Lake Erie shipwrecks lecture at the Maritime Museum. Did I miss anything?

Unfortunately there was such a large selection of activities that there were many conflicts and I could only attend one of my four preferred choices. If I had super powers I would have attended all four of my choices.

When I began volunteering for the Kite Festival four years ago, Columbus Day (Indigenous Peoples Day) was selected so as not to conflict with other events and to extend the shoulder season for the Island and its businesses. I understand how some organizations or activities may want to coattail onto others so that they may take advantage of increased foot traffic and drawing power to the Island. However, with so much going on during one particular weekend are the spoils not being diluted? Are we are running the risk of aggravating visitors because of the congestion, traffic and lack of parking?

Might it not help the situation by having all the various organizations, chambers of commerce, participants and towns consulting and working together to establish an Island-wide calendar of events and schedule that would benefit everyone, extend the season and keep our visitors happy and coming to enjoy all we have to offer?

Sharon Dailey

Ship Bottom

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