Source: Sherman Publications

Letter to the editor
Behind the scenes kudos

September 14, 2011

Dear Editor,

The third-annual Dragon on the Lake festival was a memorable weekend for many Lake Orion residents and visitors alike, with great weather, lots of exciting attractions and smiling, happy people everywhere! The Orion Art Center staff and board of directors worked diligently for many months to bring this unique event to our community.  Without their dedication and support, along with the support of our sponsors, the event would not be the summer delight that it has become.

The following people donated countless hours to bring Orion a quality event; Lisa Cummins planned food vendors, dragon pub logistics and the sponsor party.  Sue Turpen secured sponsorships, organized the water ski team, sponsor party and many other components of the event.  James Jenkins secured sponsorships, organized the kid zone, teen zone, entertainment, sound/stage logistics, among many other things. Rob Cavanagh was the Dragon Boat Race Captain and also the master builder of the historic grand façade replica, ATV man and resident sign hanger, Peggy Boggs was the queen of the checks and balances and so much more. Donna Ferstle was in charge of the “Chalk Art Challenge”, Yolanda Garfield was a dragon boat racer and dragon painter extraordinaire and Don Walker was the master of the Baby Dragon Races on Paint Creek, among other things.  Along with over one hundred other volunteers, we had a goal of bringing an exceptional event to Lake Orion and I am quite proud and grateful to each volunteer for their efforts.

As a non-profit organization, we welcome sponsorships, memberships and donations, but it is the sweat equity of our volunteer base that really makes things happen. Please consider becoming a member or sponsor for the upcoming year to strengthen the Orion Art Center and make next year’s event even better!  We welcome your comments and ideas at Partial proceeds from the dragon boat races benefit the Great Lakes Cancer Institute, one of the event’s premiere sponsors. 

Reggie Harrison

Orion Art Center