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Joshua Thomas - Friends of Fort Plain, from left, Deanna Marsh, Micki Lieber, David Manclow and Peg Rose, gather at Haslett Park during Sunday’s fundraising barbecue.

Joshua Thomas - David Manclow, left, sells barbecue to Val Waner.

Joshua Thomas - The main goal of the Friends of Fort Plain is to restore Diefendorf Hall, at 47 Main St. in the village, returning it to a state of productive use for the community.

Joshua Thomas - Friends of Fort Plain serve up the grub.


Friends of Fort Plain raising money and selling chickens

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - Updated: 9:30 AM


C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN — Twelve Friends of Fort Plain, working in 30-minute and hour-long shifts for the event’s three-hour duration, gathered at Haslett Park on Sunday to sell chicken and ribs with the goal of raising money for their ongoing 47 Main St. restoration project.

The group ordered 250 chicken halves and 60 ribs (adding 20 to the original order of 40 due to demand) to sell Sunday. Sales were brisk all day, with residents cheerily stopping by the sunlit Haslett Park gazebo that recently replaced the much-smaller tourist information booth.  

“During one of the early hours we sold 70 pieces,” of chicken, noted FOFP member  Micki Lieber.

The spacious gazebo — the inside adorned with an FOFP banner depicting 47 Main St. and some of the businesses that used to surround it — was decorated for the event by Village Clerk Dianne Hoffman, with a tree featuring Valentine’s Day hearts and sparkling red garland.

During the event’s third hour, FOFP member Peg Rose stood in front of the booth with a large sign announcing the event, joyously beckoning vehicle and pedestrian  traffic to stop and enjoy some food.

With every dollar earned through events such as Sunday’s, the FOFP move one step closer to their goal of revitalizing the former Diefendorf Hall.

“We’re working on raising money to repair the roof,” noted Lieber Sunday, calling the roof repair project “very extensive.”

She explained that the group hopes to have the project, which will replace the entire roof over the space that formerly housed various businesses, started in 2014.

“Everything else, we’ll do in phases,” she added of the group’s restoration plans.

With quite a bit of fundraising left, the FOFP are planning to gather in March to discuss the various ways they can raise money in 2013. During that meeting, Lieber said the FOFP will coordinate both spring and summer fundraisers.


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