Many made weekend a success in Lee
To the editor:
I would like to thank all those who made this year's Lee Founders Weekend and Taste of Lee such a fun event. We had great crowds of happy people filling our main street for days, enjoying the food, music, and entertainment. Of course, a street festival of this size does not happen automatically. It requires a lot of behind-the-scenes work and cooperation.
The Lee Police Department again did an outstanding job with crowd and traffic control, making sure everyone was safe and in the proper place. The Lee DPW assisted admirably with setup, ensuring that downtown looked beautiful and everyone had a place to sit and enjoy the parade and food with extra picnic tables in the park and at the gazebo. The Lee Sandy Beach Committee allowed us to use its tables and chairs before they were stored away for the season.
Henry's Electric of Lee worked throughout the week helping us to keep the lights on and the home fires burning as it has been doing for 70 years. The Lee Recycling Committee facilitated a system that lowered our levels of waste, allowing us all to enjoy a greener celebration and move us closer to our goal of a greener gateway to the Berkshires.
Our local businesses which graciously allowed part-time vendors to park in front of their storefronts deserve a round of applause as those crowded sidewalks add to the festive atmosphere. The local high school band was great and brought the crowd to its feet! The Latino Festival of the Berkshires provided a fabulous ending to our Saturday events.
Our local sponsors supplied donations, prizes, and volunteer labor. Every year we ask for more and our sponsors continue to provide what we need to make the weekend better and better.
Special thanks go to the Lee Select Board for allowing us to take over downtown and for supporting our efforts to prove once again to our residents and visitors what a great town we have, and that we know how to throw a party!
We hope to see you in 2017 (Sept. 15-17) when we will celebrate our 240th birthday with another great street party.
Colleen A. Henry, Lee The writer is executive director of the Lee Chamber of Commerce.