Sunapee forum captures community spirit

On Saturday, Pete’s Shed in Sunapee Harbor bustled with activity, people meeting up to share information and share ideas, at “Imagine… Sunapee 2020.”

Over 100 members of the public and 24 local groups attended the community forum, which was co-sponsored by Project Sunapee and Sunapee Harbor Riverway.

“The buzz of conversation was at perfect pitch,” said Barbara Sullivan, one of the event organizers for Project Sunapee. “It turned out to be a cross between a pep rally and a job fair capturing the spirit of community last felt at the old style town meetings.”

Sullivan said the forum allowed people to learn about what’s happening ‘behind the scenes’ in Sunapee.

Volunteers and representatives from local non-profits and town and school groups set up informational displays, filling the main floor of the building.

“Thanks to all who participated and attended,” said Sue Mills for the Riverway. “It was very successful!”

Through out the afternoon, people stopped in, asked questions and offered suggestions, as they moved from display to display. For example,

– Michael Marquise, the town planner for Sunapee, explained elements of Sunapee’s Master Plan.
– Members of the Lake Sunapee Rowing Club provided information about rowing and their adaptive rowing program.
Sunapee’s Covered Bridge Campaign told the “story of Sunapee’s covered pedestrian bridge” and displayed a recently completed wooden model of the bridge.

Sullivan said the event committee will “now go to work putting together a newsletter capturing the highlights and sharing the amazing assortment of ideas gleaned from the day.”

“We hope this will be the first of many similar events.”

Project Sunapee is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging economic vitality and education, cultural and historic assets, scenic landscapes and the social well being of the community.

Sunapee Harbor Riverway, incorporated over 20 years ago with the mission of preserving and enhancing the lakeside village, maintains properties at Sunapee Harbor.

One Response

  1. Thank you for organizing the Sunapee Forum. We appreciated the opportunity to talk with people about our club, and to see what other organizations are working on developing in our area. Preparing for the event helped us to formulate our vision for our growth from now to 2020. The entire event was highly motivating.

    Thanks again,
    Brenda Balenger
    President, Lake Sunapee Rowing Club

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