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Vote ‘yes’ on Nov. 5 for CAC to purchase Sherman’s

On Nov. 5, there will be a referendum item on the Town of Caroga ballot which will decide whether or not to sell the Sherman’s property to non-profit Caroga Arts Collective (CAC).

Since 2012, led by executive director Kyle Barrett Price, whose family roots in Caroga run deep, Caroga Arts has brought world class talent to Caroga Lake, providing classes to local students and holding performances throughout the area — most of them for free.

To mention a few of the many outstanding events in 2019: The Red, White, Blues and Bluegrass Festival at Sherman’s on July 5 with local groups The Drury Creek Band, The Insolent Willies and Dealt the Blues, along with Grammy Award winners Kate Lee and Forrest O’Connor, Jazz pianist David Cook and his trio at the Arts Hub on July 17 opening the Encore! Jazz Sessions, Sawyer Fredericks, 2015 winner of The Voice, at Pine Lake, and the Saunders Fest Americana Music Festival at Sherman’s. These events gave an exciting glimpse into what can happen at Sherman’s and around the area. It was encouraging to see so much activity and so many people coming here again.

There are different opinions about what to do with the Sherman’s. Everyone wants the same thing: An outcome that benefits the whole town and will add jobs and revenue to local businesses and the town itself. With the town now facing 2 lawsuits that will likely be long and costly to defend, the expected steep price to renovate Sherman’s to make it attractive and safe (including dealing with a problematic septic issue), residents should be prepared for a tax increase. In my opinion, it’s inevitable if the Town retains ownership.

Caroga Arts Collective is the best option and I urge a “yes” vote on Nov. 5.

CAC is bringing people into the area that are not only spending money locally; but also becoming familiar with the other things our beautiful area has to offer (golf, fishing, hiking, biking, etc). There will be a ripple effect – people will come, stay and spend. CAC has the most viable plan for Caroga Lake and Sherman’s, along with a strong, collaborative Board. They have a comprehensive plan for a year round facility, offering a wide range of activities. There will be something for everyone.

Sherman’s and Caroga Lake: Reignited. Reimagined. Revitalized. Let’s move on!

GENIA MEINHOLD

Caroga Lake