By Clara Glendale | Beacon Reports
The Bass Lake Sidewalk Merchants have postponed their annual Spring Kickoff Sale due to a conflict with the Bass Lake Sidewalk Beautification and Replacement Committee.
The sidewalk merchants hold their event annually on the first weekend following the second Tuesday after the first Monday of Spring, which this year puts the kickoff sale on the weekend of April 4-6.
The other sidewalk group generally schedules its beautification and replacement activities two weekends before Easter, which this year lands on April 20, putting the bulb planting and concrete busting also on the weekend of April 4-6. Thus the conflict.
The scheduling snafu was discovered when both groups were mistakenly assigned the same room at the same time for their quarterly meetings.
“This is our busiest sale weekend of the chicken husbandry season,” said Cooper Sanderstroms, of Cooper’s Coops and Chicken Accessories on Trout Lane. “People traditionally load up on coops and chicken accessories in early April. Having that other sidewalk group busting things up will hurt us, no question.”
But according to Bass Lake Sidewalk Beautification and Replacement Committee spokesman Rock Underwood, busting up sidewalks and replacing them every year provides jobs and nutrient rich soil for bulb planting.
“Look,” Underwood said.
Underwood said last year’s event resulted in several people noticing what things they hadn’t seen before.
“For instance,” he added.
New Bass Lake business owner Jennifer Sparkle, of Jen’s Ribbon Cutting, has a foot in both camps.
“Rock hired me to do a ribbon cutting for the start of the jack-hammer races,” Sparkle said. “But I was also going to have an open house at my shop at 802 Main Street Ave., hours 8 a.m.-noon and noon-thirty to 4:55 p.m., Monday through Friday, Saturdays 10-11 a.m. Open Sundays by appointment or if you stop by and I’m there.”
No agreement had been reached by typing time. It’s likely neither event will go ahead as planned.