Thank you to all who attended the Johnson City Partners 4th Annual Carousel Day at CFJ Park on July 27th. We hope you enjoyed the event.
We want to thank our sponsors: Wegmans, Coughlin & Gerhart, Visions Federal Credit Union, Goodrich Implement, Marchuska Glass, J.F. Rice Funeral Home, Haylor, Freyer & Coon, and Bates Troy. Your generosity provided an opportunity for the community to gather for a fun and educational experience; to reminisce and make new memories. Visions did a great job of keeping the kids busy with their arts and crafts tent.
A big thank you goes out to the Chenango County Arts Council for granting us public funds of the New York State Council on the Arts.
We thank Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie and the Board of Trustees, along with the JC Celebrations Committee for their support and for hosting the Carousel's 90th Birthday Celebration. We also appreciate Judy & Diane of the JC Celebrations Committee for their fundraising efforts to benefit the carousel, and the Johnson City Elks and Lions Club for helping to raise park funds.
Many thanks to the Johnson City Department of Public Works for their efforts in getting the carousel and park grounds spruced-up for the event. Thank you to the Johnson City Police and Fire Departments who always do an outstanding job in serving our community.
Many volunteers heeded our call for help and gave of their time, talents, and resources. A few special mentions go out to Village Historian Janet Ottman for sharing her infinite local history knowledge, Author Jack Shay, and Blacksmith Gary Hinman. Special thanks to Whitney Kukol for using her time and talents in creating a fun "Treasure Dig" game for the children to enjoy. Thanks go out to Mr. John Walker for the use of his tent and Dan Deemie for helping the mayor erect the history tent in the middle of the night! We thank you all.
Many thanks to members of Windsor's Window on the Arts Committee who gave us a helping hand at Carousel Day through our shared staffing agreement.
This was the third year of the Juried Arts & Crafts Show which featured some very fine local artists and crafters. Congratulations to the following artisans for placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for their work: Artist Glenda Blake, Jones' Bowls, and Dave's Art Den; and placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for their booth appearance were: The Chocolate Bar, Dolly Donna, & Artist Glenda Blake.
Lastly, I wish to thank my fellow Johnson City Partners members for their hard work and dedication to the betterment of the Village of Johnson City. While I may often conjure up the ideas-it is you who makes them happen.
Julie Deemie, President of Johnson City Partners
Congratulations to Julie Deemie, Johnson City Partners President, on receiving a Heart of the Arts Award from the Broome County Arts Council
2012 Hearts of the Arts Award Recipient
Julie Deemie has been President of the Johnson City Partners since February, 2010. During her first year in office she acted on her vision of "Carousel Day" to renew community pride by creating a free, family-oriented arts and educational event in Johnson City. "Carousel Day" is now an annual event featuring skilled musicians, artists, crafters, and artisan demonstrations, centered around Broome County's largest and most intricately carved carousel at CFJ Park. Julie believes that the area's vast array of artistic talent should be promoted as a way of saying, "Look what makes us special. Come see what we can do."
Julie and her fellow Johnson City Partners volunteer their time to the organization's mission which includes promoting arts, education and local history to improve quality of life, create economic opportunities, and revitalize the community. Johnson City Partners also plans to place art, signage and murals in downtown Johnson City, implement a recently awarded NY Main Street Revitalization Program, and work side-by-side with the Goodwill Theatre Project to bring art alive in Johnson City. Julie has worked as a drafter, designer, and mapper for well over 30 years for local industries. She is skilled in all facets of drafting ranging from architectural to mechanical and currently is employed in the natural gas industry as a Civil CAD Mapper. She has worked in the areas of 3d illustration for the US Postal Service, custom commercial millwork/casework design, and underground natural gas mapping.
Congratulations to the other 2012 Heart of the Arts Recipients - Ron Sall, Jan De Angelo and Terry Burke.
Thank you to the Broome County Arts Council, Johnson City High School Chamber Singers, Jennifer Chudacik, and Noah Vella.
The Johnson City Partners were awarded $2,135 in total funding for their annual Carousel Day event at CFJ Park.
The award will help fund musical and stage performances at this year's event on Saturday July 21st. This year's performers will include: Miles Ahead, The Magical illusions of Kyle and Kelly, Rosie's Ready Mix featuring Curt Osgood on the Hammered Dulcimer, and Midnight Drive Bluegrass Band. Carousel Day is free to the public and will also feature a juried arts and crafts show, children's activities, and food vendors.
The purpose of the Decentralization Grant program is to develop, foster, promote, enhance and increase community arts and cultural programs. The work of the Johnson City Partners was found to fit the Council's purpose and the Partners were commended for their efforts in their community.
The 3 main goals of the JC Partners are:
Changing public perceptions and increasing community pride by creating an image for the Downtown Business District that will appeal to residents and visitors.
Promoting our rich industrial history through special events, advertising and education.
Business & Industry-
Attracting merchants and professionals to fill unmet needs and reduce vacant store fronts. Marketing our village to suitable businesses and industries that will increase job opportunities and investment interest.