N.Y. Outdoor Writers plan trip

Fourth visit to Fulton County set for 2020

JOHNSTOWN — The New York Outdoor Writers Association is planning to make its fourth trip to Fulton County in spring 2020.

Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce Tourism Director Gina DaBiere-Gibbs noted the visit during her recent report to the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee at the County Office Building.

“They’ve been to Fulton County three times before this,” said DaBiere-Gibbs.

She reported the New York Outdoor Writers Association is slated to come back to Fulton County in spring 2020 for its “Spring Safari.” Such events – usually about three days duration – is for writers to gain material to write about outdoor activities in Fulton County. The writers stay in more rural areas of the county, participating in various outings such as fishing, turkey hunting, kayaking, canoeing and hiking; and visiting local places such as the Wildlife Sports and Educational Museum in Vail Mills and Pine Tree Rifle Club in the town of Johnstown.

DaBiere-Gibbs said organizers of next year’s NYSOWA event are currently looking into lodging options for writers and their guests. She said more details will be made public as they are finalized.

Elsewhere in her tourism report:

∫ DaBiere-Gibbs said that in preparation for a “high tourism season,” the I LOVE NY program in May conducted training sessions for the welcome center staff at the Capital Region and Mohawk Valley centers. She said Joshia Brown of New York Welcomes You held the training. She said regional tourism promotion agencies participated in the trainings, giving localized attention to the area and its assets.

“I attended both of those trainings,” DaBiere-Gibbs said.

∫ The historic Broadalbin Hotel on May 21 hosted freelance writer Michelle Richmond, DaBiere-Gibbs said. Richmond is on assignment for AAA World to cover the Haunted History Trail of New York State. DaBiere-Gibbs said the hotel is new to the trail this year, and Knox Mansion in Johnstown has been a member since 2015. She said the chamber in 2018 has received over 2,000 direct leads for general Fulton County tourism information from trail inquiries.

According to the trail’s website — hauntedhistorytrail.com — it is a trail of over 90 “creepy, spooky and downright haunted locations” in New York state that includes “hotels hosting ghostly guests, restaurants serving up the supernatural, and everything in between — museums, historic sites, cemeteries, a haunted asylum — even an amusement park.”

∫ DaBiere-Gibbs said the chamber has paid out marketing funds to two organizations – the Adirondack Outdoorsman Show and the Mud Road Sugar House – for Maple Weekends in March. She said the chamber has two additional signed contracts for the city of Gloversville Recreation Commission to use over three events — Southern Adirondack Wine & Food Festival, Railfest and Fallfest — and the Caroga Arts Collective.

She said the chamber is still working on additional inquiries and mailed out reminder information about the program.

∫ The recent Regional Film Industry Day was “very informative,” DaBiere-Gibbs said. The theme was collaboration and cooperation, she said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.