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When Cupcakes go bad.

May 30, 2011 is all about liberty, economic opportunity, entrepreneurship, and most of all, doing the “right” thing.  So, while I’m not a big cupcake fan myself, I hand it to the 5 or 6 business people in the hamlet of Gardiner who have created a successful cupcake festival drawing over 3000 people.  They capitalize on the town having one main state highway going right through the middle of the hamlet past their businesses,but there’s certainly no law against that.

So, how can something as innocuous as a cupcake festival go bad?  When the organizer decides that it’s OK to destroy town and state property in the name of cupcakes.  When the organizer directs, after days of heavy rain, people to park in the town softball field with disastrous effects.  When the organizer directs that multiple holes be drilled into the recently paved state highway so the cupcake people can put in tent stakes.  When the cupcake festival organizer, Carl Zatz along with his group of hamlet hucksters, have succeeded in 1) making people think that the festival is somehow connected to or organized by the town 2)raising money for something other than solely the hamlet hucksters, and 3) that it’s ok for them to take over the state highway and hijack the town center at the total inconvenience of the people of Gardiner.

This “law unto yourself” attitude of the festival organizer, Mr. Cupcake Zatz himself, has even gone beyond last years’ arrogance when he spray-painted illegal handicapped parking spots on the “s” turn in the hamlet.  Directing people to park in a swamp was plain stupid. Drilling holes in the state highway was wanton destruction.

Mr. Cupcake needs to take his festival elsewhere, as the people of Gardiner have nothing but a bad taste in their mouths from it.  Everyone knows that children should not be allowed to play in the middle of the road.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Nancy Campbell Paroli permalink
    June 9, 2011 1:01 pm

    Looks like the cupcakes have left a very bad taste…

    • June 10, 2011 3:53 pm

      Yes indeed, at least for me. Mind, accidents do happen, but this was simply willful destruction of property. Tax paid for public property. Disgraceful

  2. June 9, 2011 7:49 pm

    I think the Cup Cake Festival is terrific. In many ways it brings community together and helps mom and pop shops! This is exactly what Mains Streets in America are meant for! I do not really even have a sweet tooth but how wonderful for Gardiner and the local communities and the tourism! All around brilliant. Everyone I spoke to had a terrific time because everything beautiful and was so well organized. Looking forward to next years Cup Cake Festival.

    The anonymous person who wrote this post seems like a real sour-puss!

    always bearing fruit…

    Farmer Billiam

    Liberty View Farm

  3. June 10, 2011 3:55 pm

    Exactly how does willfull destruction of public property bring community together. It should not have been held on the public state highway. Let them rent the park instead.

  4. tanya permalink
    June 10, 2011 4:42 pm

    tanya permalink

    June 10, 2011 4:29 pm

    This is in response to Pam ODells take on the cupcake festival…..For one you do not speak for everyone who lives in Gardiner, nor do you have a clue of the hard work, and energy it takes to put the cupcake festival together… the way you alsp have no clue where the money goes…or how many volunteers put in there own time to make it a success. As in any event such as the festival mistakes are made, the weather is something we do not control…..people still came and enjoyed it very much and those who did not will maybe not come again..but Miss ODonnel that is free choice and every individuals to make not yours…I say if you don’t like the cupcake festival make arrangements to be on vacation that day and stop judging things you know nothing about……and as a republican you have embarresed the tea party and what it stands for with your comments, I am a republican and will urge all not to vote for you ….

    • Jodi Whitehead permalink
      June 11, 2011 3:02 pm

      From one of the “hamlet hucksters”…..I agree with Tanya. You don’t know you are talking about.

      • June 11, 2011 3:50 pm

        Sure, you can make a general statement like that. However, FACT – I saw with my own eyes the holes drilled into the highway by the Cupcake Festival organizers, and know for a fact the the state DOT is very displeased and demanding that the holes be filled and fixed. FACT – I saw, with my own eyes, the destruction done to the ballfield, which Mr. Carl Cupcake Zatz admitted to at a recent town board meeting.

        So, exactly which facts are you saying I know nothing about?

    • June 11, 2011 3:54 pm

      If you took the time to actually read my blog, I stated that I have nothing against the Cupcake Festival itself. Also,I commended the organizers for their ability to capitalize on having the main state highway go smack dab in the middle of the hamlet, and also for the foresight to have the highway closed down, as it guaranteed them a “captive” audience, so to speak. Next, I know quite a bit about the Cupcake Festival and the organizer. My complaint is against the willfull destruction by the event organizers of public property…..mainly drilling holes in a state highway, and destroying the town ball field by parking cars there after such heavy rain. Mr. Cupcake Zatz admits guilt of both of these acts
      Lastly, my comments have nothing to do with either being Republican or a member of the tea party movement. Since I’m not running for any office, I guess your lost vote won’t matter.

      • June 12, 2011 9:41 am

        The destruction and holes you keep talking about are barely visible they are only about an inch in diameter the roads are aid by tax payers lets at least get some good use out of them and support community efforts that on their own with out gov. subsidies provide revenue streams into communities businesses. Pam why don’t you stop complaining and start being a constructive member of a great community and help grow good things keeping families and businesses thriving.

        farmer billiam

      • June 12, 2011 10:23 am

        Those “barely visible” holes that were drilled into the state highway will eventually cause the undermining of the road, and it’s ultimate break up. I know that the state DOT is NOT amused by this “good use” of the highway, which is primarily for automobile traffic, not street fairs. Based on your premise then, do you feel that a parking lot is a viable use of a town baseball field? Most constructive members of the community, like myself, should be appalled at the deliberate destruction of public property. In fact, I detect that there may actually be a crime involved in this somewhere, and I should investigate.

  5. annonymous permalink
    June 11, 2011 11:36 pm

    Ms. Odell, what I find sad is your negative perception of an event that thousands of people enjoyed themselves at, local vendors had the opportunity to get exposure and make a few dollars in a terrible economy and the money from the festival, from what I understand, is going back into the community. Do you really think the gentleman you are refering to meant to purposly damage anything? Im’ sure he had many decisions to make and clearly made a mistake on one or two of them, just like you opening your mouth in a ignorant manner about the festival and the hucksters as you call them. I’m surprised you have internet service in the cave you live in.

    • June 12, 2011 10:33 am

      Dear Annonymous: – first, isn’t it fun for you to insult people behind the mask of anonymity? How perfectly brave of you. FACT – I do not have a negative perception of the festival, which I clearly stated in my blog had you bothered to read it. FACT – the money from the festival is NOT going back to the “community”, but it’s going directly into the pockets of the merchants and festival organizers. FACT- the “gentleman” I referred to, Carl Zatz, did not accidently find a drill lying around and accidentally drill holes into the pavement at regular distances that just accidently coincided with the festival tent stakes. Nor did the cars parking in the ball field accidentally find their way there. These were deliberate acts, not “accidents”, which FACT has been admitted by Carl Zatz himself in town hall, which you would know if you attended town board meetings. These destructive acts caused the loss of thousands of dollars in taxpayer property. By the way, before you call me ignorant you should look up the word hucksters = “One who sells wares or provisions in the street; a peddler or hawker.” I could not have found a more perfect word for the cupcake festival participants, don’t you think?

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