Festive & Furious in Fawnskin

Above: Some of the Fawnskin Folks at the August NSIA Potluck

Not everyone is festive in Fawnskin. In fact, a long absence made me painfully aware of that fact–specifically when I got growled at within two days of being home–and it wasn’t by a dog!

I always figure that when people get grumpy or possessive it has to do with something going on in their lives, or perhaps nothing going on in their lives, which is what I think is more likely around these parts.

One of the long term residents was lamenting over the fact that it has mostly become a ghost town compared to the place I first landed full-time almost ten years ago now.

Another lamented that things have gotten a bit cliquish.

I have to say that it has indeed changed since I first moved in full-time.

It used to be mostly part-time residents on my street but now there are a whole lot more full-timers.

Also, the place used to be primarily home owners and now there are a lot of renters.

Many of the businesses have either changed in ownership, closed, or moved out of the area.

Those of us without main street frontage are still plugging away but people seem to forget about us.

Change can be good but not everyone is comfortable with it.

However, there is good reason to be festive in Fawnskin but some people just tend to get furious over things anyway.

For instance, the Fawnskin Festival and the Loggers’ Jubilee disappeared but the Doo Dah Parade fortunately returned this year and put the Old Miner’s Day Parade to shame.

Fawnskin Honorary Mayor’s Race
As for the Honorary Mayor’s Race, it seems to have become a serious fundraising event instead of the fun, playful event that used to raise the entire (and small) budget for the North Shore Improvement Association.

Now you know GG is all about telling you things like she sees them and I wrote about this in back in early 2008 in the post called, Fawnskin Mayor Race: Winner, Whiners, & Controversy.

The race used to take place over the slower winter to give people something fun to do but things have changed and since people have been putting pressure on me to give them answers to breaking news questions such as, When are the Honorary Mayor Race ballot boxes coming out? or When is the mayor’s race over?; I thought I’d answer here.

First, and probably most disappointing is that you won’t find those fancy wood ballot boxes around town any more (that is sarcasm in case you missed that or don’t live around here).

The ballot boxes were set up in the local establishments so ALL residents and visitors would be able to dump in quarters to “buy” your favorite politician.

It was a quarter a vote.

Now none are to be found anywhere. The unofficial word is that they didn’t bring in enough money especially since the Moose Lodge does not have a candidate (the lodge always raised a lot of money for the race with their person).

Votes are now apparently a dollar each (inflation and all) but it isn’t as much fun then is it?

I mean quarters jingle, are a pain to count, and tend to create bigger, heavier piles–and we like that. Makes us feel like we got lots o’ money.

Since I get around town, I happen to know about the fiasco that raised a lot of hackles some time back. (Never mind my experience.)

The 2008 race involved one of the favored candidates at the lodge who has been considered a Fawnskin icon. So, a lot of supporters were furious about it but that did not stop participation back then.

So I just wonder about it…

Think, think, think…

I haven’t talk to lodge members yet and it will be interesting to hear what has to be said about a missing ballot box since, if you don’t happen to be a member of NSIA, you aren’t likely to hear much about the campaign’s fundraising activities.

The word is that now the race begins Memorial Day weekend and continues through Labor Day when the tallies will be done and the winner will be announced sometime after.

Mayor Candidate Events
Mike and Charlene Hoffman have been plugging away steadily. Their next event is Sunday, August 21, 2011 from 3:00pm until 5:00pm and will be a Hawaiian Luau & Hawaiian “Train” Tournament (formerly known as Mexican Train ) at Hoffman’s Hula Hut. Donations are $25.00 per person. Be sure to wear your tropical attire!

Bob & Kathi Harper are also in the running now but I haven’t received the details about them yet. From what I understand, the two have actually lived in Fawnskin for seven years. Their fundraiser will be Sunday, August 28, 2011 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm. The Jazz & Champagne Boat Party will take off from Captain John’s Marina and is a donation of $20 per person.

 Friends of Fawnskin
Friends of Fawnskin is celebrating their 10th Anniversary with a couple of fundraising events. Mark you calendars for the Concert on the Green this weekend and the Friends of Fawnskin Walkathon on Saturday, September 3, 2011.

FOF has a goal of raising $25,000.

Concert on the Green is this Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 7:00pm. You’ll be able to enjoy performances by Nancy Walker, Mike Cross, and Peggy Baldwin. Tickets are $30.

FOF Walkathon will take place Saturday, September 3, 2011 with a phased start based on walker fitness levels and preferences. Each participant will get their own fundraising walkathon page and prizes will be awarded at the extravaganza at the Fawnskin triangle (in the middle of town near Fire Station 96) immediately following.

Moose Lodge 2085 WOTM 359 Annual Luau
Also this Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 5:00pm will be the Annual Luau Pot Luck at Moose Lodge 2085. Women of the Moose ask members (and those interested in becoming members) to contribute a Hawaiian dish and to show up in your favorite luau outfit. It is always a fun time and a donation of $8:00 goes to good use.

So, I seriously didn’t think I’d have so much to report, but there you go. If you haven’t joined the email list, click on the link above the main banner at the top of this page.

See you again on Friday!



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