Monday night’s board meeting of North Haven’s Peter’s Rock Association at the North Haven Recreation Center was an hour chock-full of recent accomplishments and new goals.
Highlights of the meeting included the recent construction project at the entrance pavilion, the induction of Jim LoRusso as a new member to the board, proposed projects and upcoming events.
A number of goals had been met over the summer. One project in particular, the cupola at the entrance pavilion, drew a huge round of applause for construction principals Walter Brockett and Jim LoRusso. The work on the pavilion’s cupola is meant to replicate the original Hermitage that was once at the top of Peter’s Rock.
"We have waited so long for this, and talked about it," said a pleased Audrey McClure, the group’s membership chair.
"It looks incredible," added member Hugh Davis.
Brockett and the group intend to put finishing touches on the pavilion and cupola, as well as upgrades to the park’s entrance and trail network, in the near future. To that end, an Eagle Scout has approached the group to volunteer his services, which may include repair and construction of trail boardwalks in low-lying areas.
Another milestone for the group is the creation of their Facebook page, Peter’s Rock Association, thanks to President Chris Fletcher. Although the page for Peter’s Rock is in its infancy, Fletcher saw the importance of Facebook as a tool to better communicate with group members, as well as the potential to recruit new members. Fletcher also felt that Facebook could be used as a portal to interact with like-minded groups.
The public has an opportunity to meet with Peter’s Rock Association members and find out more about the non-profit group at the North Haven Show and Sell on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at North Haven High School.
Then the Annual Peter’s Rock Fall Festival follows on October 23 at the park. Joanne Chvisuk and Sandy Stetson are co-chairs for the 4th annual event and are looking forward it, promising a great day filled with food, kid's activities, face painting, pumpkins, music, hiking and camaraderie.
Along with all the fun the festival offers, "Word of mouth really helps it grow," said Chvisuk, now in her third year of co-chairing the festival.
Commenting on the big turnout each year, McClure added, “It’s amazing how many new people we get.”
As co-chairs, Chvisuk and Stetson have the responsibility of taking care of all the details. They also look to area businesses to get involved in the community by making donations to Peter’s Rock Fall Festival.
The event is a member appreciation party, according to President Chris Fletcher. He said it's a way of saying thanks to the members for their continued support, and it is also a fall festival that’s open for everyone to come and enjoy.
The next monthly meeting of Peter's Rock Association is on Monday, November 7, 2011 at 7pm. The public is welcome to attend.