12th Annual Photo Contest rules posted
The rules for the 2017 Friends of Mariners Trail Photo Contest have been posted. As before, the 13 winning pictures will be used in next year's Trail calendar. There will be cash prizes for the four top pictures, with $100 each going to the first place and cover photos. Larry Corrado, Calendar Committee member, said that the committee would like to see more pictures showing action along the Trail, people actually using Mariners Trail. He mentioned, however, that photographers should get permission to enter the photo from any recognizable people in their photos.
A pdf version of the Rules/Entry Form for the contest is available here. The form can be printed, filled in, and sent in with submissions. Those wishing to email entries can simply provide the same information as on the form in the body of the email message. Anyone with questions about submitting pictures can contact committee member Kelly Keedy at 920-645-7786.
Schuette named Trailblazer; Mariners Trail music debuts
At the FOMT Annual Dinner held on Wednesday, January 25, John Brunner named Clare Schuette the 2016 Trailblazer of the year. He praised Clare's dedication to the Trail through her work on the Calendar Committee, Garden Committee, distribution of Trail maps, and Trail cleanup. She also cares for one of the Trail flowerbeds with the help of her husband Bob. The picture shows Brunner, Schuette, and FOMT Board member Judy Corrado.
A new instrumental music composition written and performed by Greg Pagel of Manitowoc relating specifically to Mariners Trail was also introduced at the FOMT Dinner. The music was written to accompany a fifteen minute video made by FOMT member Deena Dawn Larsen from video clips from FOMT members. The musical piece, named Lakeside Journey, features piano and electronic instruments. To watch the video and hear the composition, click here.
2017 Mariners Trail calendar still available at Visitors Center
The Friends of Mariners Trail 2017 Calendar has nearly sold out. The calendar is still available at the Manitowoc Area Vistor and Information Center. The price has been reduced to $4, one-half of the regular selling price.
Thank you to the hundreds of people who have helped Mariners Trail by purchasing calendars. Thank you also to the advertisers who completely paid for the calendar printing costs and prizes, thus allowing 100% of sales receipts to go to the Flowerbed Project. The Project organizes and helps volunteer gardeners who plant and tend the approximately fifty flowerbeds located along the Trail.
There may be a few openings for new volunteer gardeners this spring. If you or your group would like to be considered, contact Flowerbed Committee member Judy Corrado at 684-0828.
New Board Members elected at October Meeting
Several new Board of Directors members were elected at the October FOMT meeting held on October 26. Joining the Board are Michelle Garnett and Dave Bourgeois. The full Board now consists of: John Brunner, president; Judy Corrado, vice-president; Lee Kummer, treasurer; Michelle Garnett, secretary; Mark Klaiber; Jeff Allen; Judy Goodchild; and Dave Bourgeois. Pictures of the new Board members are located on the officers webpage.
Contacting Friends of Mariners Trail
Friends of Mariners Trail can be contacted at: MarinersTrail@gmail.com
Manitowoc WI 54221-2341