NOTE: The opinions expressed below are solely of the author. No entity, including the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum or its staff, knew I was going to write this post today.
This morning I think I almost threw in the damn towel. Yes, it has come to swearing now as I am up to here with frustration. I am going to repeat what I have been saying for months: ALL groups promoting Carleton Place should be on the same page. I am not going to mention names– I don’t like doing that. I just want this town to progress and work together, and there just seems to be too many chiefs, and not enough pot washers these days.
I have put on local events throughout the years and got very little help from anyone that promotes the town. In most cases I have done it myself. In fact, last year I went through hell trying to put on a successful event that brought a lot of people to Carleton Place. Would I ever put on another event? Not in my lifetime! It almost seems that people here don’t want anything to succeed.
This weekend we have a large event at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. For you fashionistas it’s the second annual Vintage Clothing Sale. I have tried hard to help promote the event and have gotten more promotional help from Ottawa and other parts of Lanark County than I have from the town of Carleton Place. Now that is a damn (there is that word again) shame!
Just to state the facts: there were as of this morning: over 3o5 people that have RSVP’d to attend and over 1,000 people interested. I don’t care if it is not a ‘downtown event’ and maybe it falls into another category or group to be publicized. People, it is barely three blocks away from Bridge Street. Do I care, if you as other groups don’t feel you should bother? I sure do!
The issue is: you have to drive down Bridge Street to get to “said event”, thus passing by local downtown businesses. You have to drive over the Mississippi River so you can “meet whomever you want on the Mississippi” as they say here. What is it that people do not understand here? Seems logical to me, that one hand should hold the other to make this town great!
Should we have a common resource manual? Am I missing something? Am I wrong?
Do I sometimes get to the point of frustration that I suddenly become silent?
Unfortunately, for the population of Carleton Place the answer is “no”. Not until my ashes finally hit the Alan Barker Funeral Home will you have any rest.
and while I am at it Please go see the Mudds new event