Weekly Feature

2017-12-07 / Letters to the Editor

Success, hiccups experienced at holiday art show

The Friends of Knox Farm State Park presented its Christmas at Knox Farm Art and Craft Show on Nov. 18 and 19. With more than 70 vendors displaying wares throughout the Main House, more than 4,000 attendees were treated to a vast array of outstanding workmanship. Net revenue from the event exceeded $25,000, all of which is earmarked for upkeep of Park facilities.

An undertaking of this magnitude requires months of planning and the involvement of many dedicated individuals. On behalf of the Friends board of directors, sincere thanks go out to all who attended as well as the many volunteers who assisted before, during and after the event. We are grateful to Andy Hillman, park manager, and his staff for their invaluable assistance. We give special thanks for the tireless efforts of Friends directors Peggy Cooke, Betsy Graves, Judy Smith, Sandy Roemer and Rachel Stepien.

We did experience an unexpected surge in the number of attendees at the show, resulting in temporarily restricting admission on a few occasions during the weekend. This was necessary for the safety of our guests, vendors and volunteers. It was not done without careful consideration for all who traveled from near and far to share a fun afternoon at the park in anticipation of the holiday season. We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences that it may have caused. We are studying ways to better manage the flow of visitors to properly accommodate all who attend in the future.

Without question, our guests are important to us, and we are grateful to them for making this one of the premier art and craft shows in the area.

Paul Battaglia President Board of Directors Friends of Knox Farm State Park

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