Rail Jam Only One Evening
I am a village homeowner, an avid skier, and patron of many Main Street businesses, and I was very sorry to see in last week's Citizen such a negative article about the Main Street Rail Jam.
While this event and park-style skiing and snowboarding in general might not be everyone's cup of tea, I can't believe that there are people who seem so unwilling to let young people have their fun, especially when that fun involves being outside, getting lots of exercise and supporting local ski areas and related businesses. I have attended both Main Street Rail jams and it actually seems to be quite a family-friendly event. Anyone who wished to have more adult-style fun was welcome to do so at surrounding restaurants, which, contrary to naysayers who scolded organizers for closing the street, seemed to be quite busy. Only a few hundred feet of Main Street was closed, with an easy detour down Mechanic Street. As for the hand-drawn map submitted to selectmen by the organizers, I'm sure that they 1) didn't know how to, or even that they should, get access to real tax maps, and 2) they won't be making that mistake again. Kudos to Town Manager Jim Doar for bridging the generation gap when it came to navigating town politics. All in all, it amounted to one evening -- just four hours! -- of a little something different that was a fun excuse to socialize in the middle of a long winter. I hope the organizers will take the lessons they've learned from the past two years and turn it into an even better event next year.
I also second Betsey Cooper's letter to the editor last week regarding backlash to the ice tower. Bethel really is a special town and I applaud the creativity of the people who keep things interesting.
Jessie Seymour Perkins