Firefighters and BID are big winners
GLOVERSVILLE — Despite gloomy, wintry weather, Saturday was a winning day for the Cabin Fever Chili and Brew Tasting fundraiser at the City National Common Building–and for the city’s firefighters.
By 2 p.m., at the 1 to 4 p.m. fundraising event, some 100 people had turned out to enjoy and judge the nine chilis offered and wash them down with beer from two area micro-breweries.
The more profound reason to show up was to benefit the Gloversville Downtown Business Improvement District’s parklet project.
“We had no idea how many people were going to turn out,” said Jen Voorhees, immediate past president of BID and its special events chairman.
“We are excited about the turnout so far.”
Also happy were the city firefighters, who won $250 for their chili against eight other competitors.
Ed Martelle, president of the firefighters’ union, said the firefighters worked as a group on the chili. Each firefighter tasted the mixture and offered suggestions for improvement.
He said the group decided to get involved to help the BID fundraiser.
Melissa Hohenforst, president of BID, was so pleased with the event she is “looking to do this next year.”
She and her husband, Scott, own the City National Common Building and donated the space for the BID event. The money raised will be used to build a micro-park, called a parklet, on North Main Street, just off the intersection with Fulton Street.
Bids are due April 10 to create the parklet out of a parking space with the aim of finishing it by mid-June–“a place to sit down and enjoy downtown,” said Hohenforst.
The other chili competitors were the Gloversville police department, Mayor Dayton King, Gloversville BID, Gloversville Public Library, the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth, the Fulton County Coroner’s Office, the Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market board of directors and city mayoral candidate Bill Rowback, himself a firefighter.
Donating the beer were Green Wolf Brewing Co. of Middleburgh and Stump City Brewing of Gloversville.
Schmoozing was part of Saturday’s event. “I’m Bob and we’re hungry,” said Bob Murphy of Mayfield. He and his wife, Debbie, were hanging at a table with Al Zlueckert of Bethpage, Long Island.
“Tasting beer and chili is not a bad idea,” Bob said.
“They did a great job,” said Zlueckert, who was impressed by the event.
City fire chief Tom Groff was seated with his wife, Lisa, and daughter Kerrigan, all of Northville, and Jacob Campione of Gloversville.
“We wanted to be here to promote the growth of the city and be represented here,” said Lisa Groff.
Artist Debbie MacFarland provided the flowers, cactus and other decorations for the event.