MollyOckett Day Parking
To the Editor:
This letter is to provide information on MollyOckett Day parking on Saturday, July 20, for folks with limited mobility.
Last year was the first in our expansion of the event venue – to extend it down Bethel’s Main Street all the way to the corners of Main and Chapman Streets. Again, this year, there will be no through-traffic from Church Street during the morning and early-afternoon hours, and we recommend using Main Street to Chapman and Mason Streets to gain access to Paradise Road or Broad Street beyond The Bethel Inn Resort. Access to the Bethel Shop & Save and the Bethel Post Office will be unobstructed from Mechanic, Elm, and High Streets.
We have received mostly positive feedback about this expansion – but one area of concern has been parking for folks with limited mobility closer to the Bethel common. As a result, we are working with The Bethel Inn Resort to make its conference center parking lot available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., when all vehicles will need to vacate the parking lot to make way for a wedding party. Driveway access to this lot will be from Broad Street, adjacent to the Bethel Historical Society.
Because space is limited, the Chamber will issue parking passes on a first-come, first-served basis to gain access to the conference center lot. If you require a pass, please come to the Chamber office (next to Casablanca Cinema) during regular business hours. On MollyOckett Day morning, pass-holders can show the pass to the volunteer posted on the corner of Mason and Broad Streets. Reminder, all cars must be removed from the lot by 2 p.m.!
Other parking will be available in the Bethel Station area – paved lots and mowed grass lots, and on lower Main Street and Church Street.
We hope you are looking forward to a fun event with all your traditional favorites as well as some new entertainment on Saturday, July 20. Road races, a walking event, and diaper dash will be on Sunday morning, July 21. Now in our fourth year of organizing this very traditional event, the Chamber staff, board, and members are constantly striving for ways to both improve it for the event-goers – and be true to our mission of helping our local businesses to thrive and prosper. For a complete schedule, parade and vendor applications, and more information, visit www.mollyockettdays.com.
Any questions can be directed to the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, (207) 824-2282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robin Zinchuk, Executive Director