, Newburyport, MA

October 25, 2013

Thanks for making Fall Festival a big success

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

On Saturday, Oct. 5, the newly reformed Amesbury Downtown Business Association (ADBA) revived its annual Fall Festival. The weather cooperated and was beautiful, the attendance was amazing, and by all accounts the event was a big success. As a result the ADBA would like to share its sincere appreciation with the many involved in making it happen.

First, we’d like to thank all of the vendors for their participation. Over 25 food, craft, jewelry and service-providing vendors participated and we would be happy to have them all back next year. Thank you so much for your attendance, and we hope their day was a success. Vendors who’d like to participate in this fun family event next year should contact the ADBA.

Without our sponsors, much of the event could not have taken place. So a very big thank-you to the Amesbury Police Department, Bertram & Oliver Booksellers of Amesbury, IRA Toyota of Tewksbury, Stone Ridge Properties of Amesbury, Street Delivery of Newburyport, Wojcicki Development of Amesbury and the ADBA.

The music at our event was outstanding, despite the absence of the 40-member Massachusetts Army National Guard Band, who was unable to participate as a result of the government shutdown. We welcome them to participate next year in any one of our events. To those who were in attendance, we’ve heard nothing but praise for their talent. Thank you to The Merrimac Hat Company, The Northern, Elvis Tribute Artist Rick Andrade, Bill Plante and our own ADBA member Ed Justen playing his saxophone around town. Thank you as well to Robert Difazio, owner of the old Amesbury Post Office building, and his office administrator, Maryann Clark, for allowing and coordinating with us for The Merrimac Hat Company and The Northern to perform in their parking lot. Bringing the celebration to that section of town was welcomed and enjoyed by the business owners located there.

Thank you to Ken Gray for volunteering his time in putting together the “mini” car show in the Upper Millyard; people in attendance told us they enjoyed it very much. Thank you to all who entered our scarecrow contest. This year we had seven entrants who paid a $20 donation fee, which was given to Our Neighbors’ Table in Amesbury. Congratulations to our first-place winner, Linda Siess of Amesbury, and to second-place winners, the Davis family, also of Amesbury. Thank you to Amesbury police officer Tom Hanshaw, Ken Gray and Mayor Thatcher Keezer for volunteering as our contest judges. And a great big thanks to all who entered and made a donation to Our Neighbors’ Table, we hope to double our number of entrants next year.

We cannot forget to thank Heron Pond Farm who donated the corn stalks used to decorate the bull nose and other areas around the downtown, as well as Allison Heartquist from the Mayors office, the DPW, the Amesbury Police Department, and Melissa Lachance, executive director of the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce, for their help in coordinating logistics for the event, Jon Mooers for creating our banner and advertising materials, and last but not least, community members Rosemary Cashman and Virginia Page for their help during setup and cleanup.

Finally, I’d like to personally thank the following ADBA members for their help in all aspects of the planning of our event. Ed Justen of Workspace 36, Joanne Wimberly of Bertram & Oliver Booksellers, Deb Pagley of Parke Place Boutique, Marge Crosby of C Meadows Boutique, and Nancy Plante of Riverwalk Gallery and Healing Arts. We made a great team, and I look forward to planning our upcoming events with such an enthusiastic and helpful group of individuals.

Kathi L.Gannett

ADBA president and owner/designer