Comments sometimes get buried in dialogue swarms so since this important, signed contribution comes from a director at Elk Landing, we’ll post it on the main web-log. Bruce, one of many volunteers at the Landing, is the Director of programming and events. Someone Noticed knows how much everyone of the well meaning volunteers contribute to advancing what can make Elkton a tourist destination. Just tour the house someday and see how hard that crew works to accommodate visitor’s to the centuries old property. Because of that and since they’re doing all this without even any paid-staffers to advance Foundation goals, we say thank you, thank you. Now on the property, that’s another matter. — Someone Noticed
—- Bruce Leith, September 12, 2008
After monitoring Mike’s blog for some time, I feel the need now to defend what others are saying about Elk Landing. I have been a board member of HELF for 4 years now as the volunteer director of events and programing. As many of you know, Elk Landing is in the developmental stages. To keep the public interested in Elk Landing and to start offering educational opportunities we have limited events and programming that takes place periodically. We do not have a paid staff and we have a very miniscule budget from which to work with. For “Elkton Resident” who appears to have close ties to the Elkton Alliance the criticism of Elk Landing is inconceivable. I would think this person would want Elk Landing to succeed so that it brings day trippers in to town. The base ball club that plays at Elk Landing has brought great fame to the tiny town of Elkton. Its competitors are from Hartford, New York, Washington and other much larger venues, but people in the vintage community sure know about Elkton now. When they come to town and usually stay over night, they are having banquets or dinner at the Howard House, staying at Elkton hotels, and enjoying the best sites the region has to offer. When day trippers come to visit Elk Landing for our limited events and lectures, they wind up in Elkton shopping or dinning. As Elk Landing grows, so does Elkton so I don’t understand why we would be criticized by this person? For you others in town that have been criticizing about our events and programming, why not stop complaining and join us. We are in desperate need of volunteers to help plan and execute programs. We more than welcome fresh new ideas to make the site grow. Each event does not happen over night. There is a small handful of wonderful volunteers who spend months of their precious time planning these events. If these people or myself were paid to produce programming, then you have every right to criticize the programming and events. Since we are not, please do not complain, but rather help us. Just like anything in the world, don’t just complain about something, but see what you can do to make the problem right or fix it to the outcome you want. Please join us for Home and Hearth Day on Saturday. It should be a fun and entertaining day for the entire family.
Director, Events & Programming
Historic Elk Landing Foundation