Snow Bowl to offer beer, wine apres ski

Limited service two evenings a week
By Susan Mustapich | Dec 06, 2017
Source: File photo

CAMDEN — The Select Board gave the green light for beer and wine service two nights a week at the Camden Snow Bowl, after ski lifts close.

The idea of adding beer and wine to the Snow Bowl's menu was first presented to the Select Board Nov. 21 by Mark Senders, the new food service concessionaire for the town-owned ski area. That evening, Senders, owner of the Camden Bagel Cafe, was asked to prepare a proposal for the board.

Senders returned to the Select Board Dec. 5 with a proposal for beer and wine service two nights a week. The proposed hours are Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 4 to 7 p.m. During school vacation weeks in December and February, when there is no Friday night skiing, service would occur on two evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. Senders plans to sell two beers on tap, two bottled beers and up to three wines.

"It is a great time to initiate alternative revenue streams for the mountain and to do so in a proper manner that does not sacrifice our mountain experience from ages 1 to 100," Senders read from his proposal.

"It provides an opportunity to entice more visitors to the lodge and the mountain for a greater variety of experiences and would play a pivotal role in helping expand the Snow Bowl's four season potential," he said.

Alcohol service would be from the food service location, or on special occasions, in a roped-off area in the lodge.

Board member Marc Ratner asked if Senders stays at the Snow Bowl for two hours after the lifts close, would that require town employees to stay as well.

Sender said it would not require town employees to stay longer than they normally would. He said, based on his contract to serve food, he is responsible for the lodge.

Board Chairman John French said any approval to serve alcohol should be a temporary approval for one year

Board member Alison McKellar asked Town Manager Audra Caler-Bell if she thought the Select Board should vote on Senders' proposal or have the public weigh in first.

Caler-Bell said, "It depends on your comfort level." Caler-Bell said there had been opportunities for the public to weigh in on the proposal.

The board agreed that a public hearing for Senders' liquor license would have to be held.

Comments (3)
Posted by: Dale Hayward | Dec 07, 2017 17:29

David: Usually (Rockland) the select board or council members will tell the city manager what to do. However, it sounds as though they both are not sure of the rules of the game both in Rockland and Camden. Some call it the blind  leading the blind. These folks just don't know the rules of the game. Reading the rules, ordinances and such is overwhelming so just skip a few here and there. Better yet, selectively interpret, enforce, and overstep authority is the practice.



Posted by: David E Myslabodski | Dec 07, 2017 15:26

Board member Alison McKellar asked Town Manager Audra Caler-Bell if she thought the Select Board should vote on Senders' proposal or have the public weigh in first.

 

Caler-Bell said, "It depends on your comfort level." Caler-Bell said there had been opportunities for the public to weigh in on the proposal.

 

Start to sound like Rockland's city hall. Wonder why?

 

The board agreed that a public hearing for Senders' liquor license would have to be held.



Posted by: Dale Hayward | Dec 06, 2017 20:20

He is going to sell just two beers from the tap, two in bottles and three glasses of wine. Sounds like a real business plan. Why does the Snow Bowl close at 7PM and 4PM. Oh well, I have the new Demo Mountain in Rockland to ski off from and it is getting higher than Mt. Battie and as soon as the chair lifts are installed they can sell season tickets and then we will add beer, wine, popcorn, and smores. By gosh what a wonderful town I live in. Always innovative and ready to give the house away with sweetheart deals. Today the seagulls were eating the demo, kind of unusual as per its definition.



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