Town of Copake Seeks Volunteers to Organize Bicentennial

In 2024, the Town of Copake will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its founding. The Copake Town Board has created a Bicentennial Committee which is charged with planning and organizing a yearlong celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Town of Copake. The Committee will organize a calendar of events to be held in 2024, which may include public meetings, ceremonies, gatherings, a parade and performances. The Committee shall endeavor to publicize the history of Copake and encourage interest in Copake’s rich past.

Committee Membership
It is the intent of the Town Board that the membership of the Committee be diverse and include a broad representation of the Town’s residents. The Committee shall be comprised of a number of members to be determined.

With a view towards wide representation of the many individuals and perspectives in Copake, the Town Board invites letters of interest from part-time and full-time residents, longtime residents and those who have located here more recently, high school and college-age residents, working people and retired people, members of the Copake Grange, the Roe Jan Young at Hearters, the Friends of Taconic State Park and the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society; and residents from all of the areas of Copake: the Hamlet of Copake, Taconic Shores, Copake Lake, Copake Falls, West Copake, Craryville and North Copake.

Advisory Committee
In order to encourage input from a wide cross-section of the Town, there shall also be an Advisory Committee to the Committee. The Town Board and the Committee will recruit members to the Advisory Committee. These members need not be interviewed by the Board but shall be invited to join the Advisory Committee to show their support for the Bicentennial celebration, to give advice to the Committee as needed and to be involved in the work of the Committee as needed and to the extent they are available. Members of the Advisory Committee shall be all those listed above, as well as members of the Copake business community, members of previous Town administrations, members of the Copake Fire Department, the Craryville Fire Department and members of Town committees, including the Copake Economic Development Advisory Committee, the Conservation Advisory Committee, the Historic Preservation Committee, the Park Commission and the Town Hall Project Committee. The Advisory Committee shall be unlimited in size.

Those interested in volunteering for the Committee should send or email a letter of interest by December 7, 2021 at 12 Noon, to the Copake Town Clerk, Lynn Connolly at copaketownclerk@townofcopake.org or mail to 230 Mountain View Rd., Copake, NY 12516.

Anyone with questions can call Supervisor Jeanne E. Mettler, at 518-329-1234 Ext 1, or email her at CopakeSupervisor@TownofCopake.org