Welcome to you all. I am John Hoye, the Vice-President of the East Lyme Public Trust Foundation. In January of 2015, Dave Putnam, our outstanding Director of Parks and Recreation, mentioned to the Trust members that one of his wishes for the future would be to build a Band Shell at McCook Point Park. Although I thought that was a wonderful idea, I knew that the cost was more than one organization could possibly hope to contribute.
Therefore, I arranged to meet with members of the Niantic Rotary and the Niantic Lions Club, whose volunteers immediately were receptive to the idea of having our three community service organizations co-operate together to make this goal a reality.
Soon after that, in Feb. of 2015, Dave scheduled the first meeting of the Band Shell Amphitheater Committee for McCook Point Park. Today, we can see the culmination of those efforts.
East Lyme has long prided itself on being a Community of Volunteers, always willing to give of their time, energy, and funds to improve the life of the community.
One of the plaques on the Boardwalk says, “Dreams do come True.” It took The East Lyme Public Trust 22 years to accomplish The Board Walk Dream. Now, in two years, continuing in that tradition of service, we are delighted to welcome you all to this SECOND DREAM- The McCook Point Park Band Shell- which has come true because of the great co-operation of our volunteers and community organizations working together. We know that this addition will greatly enhance the life of our community. Thank you all for coming.