MillerCoors and Monarch Beverage Teams Up with Geist Lake Coalition to Celebrate “Great Water Month”
Tom Long, CEO of MillerCoors, announced recently that September is “Great Water Month” in an effort to “preserve beer’s most essential ingredient: water.”
Employees of MillerCoors and Monarch Beverage are partnering with area nonprofits to help invest in their local communities. Here in the Geist area, MillerCoors and Monarch Beverage are teaming up with the Geist Lake Coalition on Saturday, September 17th, to host a Geist Reservoir clean-up day. Employees, Geist Lake Coalition volunteers, and volunteers from the Geist community are encouraged to meet at Eddy’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill at the Geist Marina at 8:30 am to dedicate the morning to cleaning up the shorelines of Geist Reservoir. We are getting additional support from ASAPAquatic.com and the Town of Fishers with specialized work-boats and additional guidance and support.
This will be a fun and productive event and around 1:30PM we will have a post-event gathering at the Geist Marina near the Gas Dock with hamburgers, hot dogs, refreshments, plus beer for the adults. Look for the MillerCoors RV. Just show up and come join the event. We can use the help and assistance.
“MillerCoors has been a big supporter of the Geist Lake Coalition’s ‘Blast on the Bridge’ for years and we’re excited to team up with them again on this important clean-up effort,” said Brian Hall, President of the Geist Lake Coalition.
For more information, visit: www.geistwatershed.com, or call: Scott Rodgers at: 317-201-5012. You can also email: firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions and to volunteer.
July 1st, 2011
July 4th Blast on the Bridge Event Detail…
The Geist Lake Coalition in Partnership with the Town of Fishers sponsored by Eddy’s & Coors Light brings you this great holiday and family event that is supported 100% by volunteers and the community’s generous donations. This is also a fund-raising event for the Geist/Fall Creek Watershed Alliance’s clean water initiatives centered on our reservoir and the surrounding watershed.
Live and DJ Music will be provided by WJJK.
atGeist.com and Repro Graphixs continue with their strong in-kind support of this great event.
We are also getting incredible support from the Town of Fishers Fire Department, Town of Fishers Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, Fishers Department of Public Works and Ortho Indy to insure everyone’s safety and enjoyment of the event.
July 4th the Geist Marina Bridge closed to vehicular traffic 5:30-11:00 pm
Celebrate July 4th at the biggest block party of the summer on the Geist Reservoir bridge. From 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm, the Fall Creek Road bridge closes to car traffic and converts into a family-friendly fireworks pre-show. Attendees bring lawn chairs to enjoy an evening featuring a boat parade, skydivers, music, food vendors, and a KidsZone, all topped by an amazing fireworks show scheduled to start at dark. Over 8,000 enjoyed the bridge festivities in 2010!
Would you please volunteer to help? Contact Lorene Graves at 695-1058
2011 Boat Parade: M*A*S*H Theme!
Enter your enthusiastic, spirited, decorated boat into our annual boat parade! This year’s theme is M*A*S*H, so think camouflage, “Klinger”, or whatever ideas come to mind and join us for a parade of boats throughout the south end of Geist Reservoir concluding at the Geist bridge where judging will occur. Top prize wins a traveling trophy with prizes for the top 3 decorated boats. To enter, contact Kim Irish at email@example.com. Join in the fun!
Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the bridge but coolers are not allowed.
Schedule of Events for Monday, July 4th
5:30: Bridge closes to cars, boat parade begins near Mast Head (Central to the South end of Geist)
6:00: Bridge opens to the public
6:30: Boat Parade arrives at the Fall Creek Road bridge for judging
6:30: Sky Dive Greensburg’s Sky Divers will land on the center of Fall Creek Bridge
7:30: The Indianapolis 500 Gordon Pipers perform on the bridge (The nation’s leading bag pipe troupe sponsored by The Grill))
8:00 Live Band provided by WJJK will play until 9:45
Dark (approximately 10:00 pm) – Fireworks spectacular simulcast with music on WJJK 104.5 FM
11:00: Bridge reopens to cars after vendors and people are cleared (approximate time)
Back again by popular demand in the KidsZone, balloon artists making unique take-home creations for the kids.
Bridge Entertainment and Activities
Music (Live Band and DJ) provided by WJJK 104.5 FM
Skydivers from Skydive Greensburg land on the bridge
Kidzone featuring face-painting, balloon twisting artists, video game truck, Disney friends & more!
Food and Beverage Vendors Include:
Coors Light, Blue Moon and Summer Shandy
Moe’s Southwest Grill
Food and beverage vendors are lined up on the westbound lane of Fall Creek Road.
Ritter’s Frozen Custard
Key Your Spirit Sunglasses
West Coast Tacos
Homefront Kettle Corn
Puccini’s Smiling Teeth Pizza
Mabel on the Move
Geist Lake Coalition serving up Johnsonville grilled brats
Where to Park: Free parking is available at Holy Spirit of Geist Catholic Church, just a short walk to the bridge. There is no public parking at the Geist Marina Village after 5:00 pm and traffic is restricted in and around the Fall Creek Bridge area.
What to Bring: Lawn chairs or blankets to sit on are suggested for viewing the fireworks. No coolers are allowed. Most vendors will not have the ability to accept credit cards on the bridge, so bring cash (an ATM machine will be available if needed). Flashlights are also recommended for after the fireworks show.
Importance of Donations: As we mentioned above the Geist Blast on the Bridge fireworks show is paid for 100% by corporate sponsorships from local businesses and individual contributions. Please support this event and show your appreciation for the hundreds of volunteer hours given by the Geist Lake Coalition by mailing a contribution to:
Geist Lake Coalition
PO Box 103
Fishers, IN 46038
June 1, 2011
July 4th Blast on the Bridge Donations Needed
Hello Geist Neighbors, Friends and Lake Lovers. We want to sincerely thank you for your past support as this event is supported solely by businesses, residents and lake users.
We hope we can count on your help again this year to support the 2011 Blast on the Bridge at Geist – 4th of July Celebration. In these tough economic times we would like to keep this wonderful celebration alive, as it is quickly becoming a community-building event for Geist.
• Donate – We need your support. See the right margin for the PayPal button. It is easy and secure!
• Participate – This year’s boat parade theme is M*A*S*H! Not only win a trophy for 1st place, but there some truly awesome prizes for the Top 3 best in show boats! To enter please contact: Kim Irish at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Celebrate – Help our community celebrate this great family event by volunteering on the bridge this year. Free pizza, drinks, an event tee-shirt plus you help make this great event happen! Please contact Lorene Graves at: Lorene.email@example.com.
Last year’s event was a huge success with an estimated 8,000 guests on the bridge, and thousands more viewing from boats below. This year’s event will expand to include more food & beverage vendors, family activities (face-painting, balloon artists, arcade games) and a radio station simulcast. The boat-parade and skydivers will again to kick-off the festivities and the evening will be capped by another amazing fireworks display. We have also entered into a partnership with The Town of Fishers to enhance safety procedures, and make event entry and exit more efficient for everyone.
The Geist Lake Coalition (GLC) was established in 2000 and is a nonprofit coalition of neighborhoods surrounding the Geist Reservoir that is managed and operated by volunteers who are passionate about the water-quality, safety, and enjoyment of Geist Lake and the community. All funding for GLC initiatives comes from fundraising and sponsorship efforts like the Blast on the Bridge. Our successes would not be achievable without the generous contributions from community members like you.
Thank you again for your past support, we hope we can count on you to support the 2011 event.
April 20, 2011
About the Geist Lake Coalition (“GLC”)
The Geist Lake Coalition (www.geistlake.org) was founded as an Indiana nonprofit organization in 2000.
Our volunteer organization and coalition of neighborhoods surrounding Geist Reservoir has the mission of working collaboratively with community members and leaders to provide safe and responsible recreational use of the lake and preservation of land values for all area stakeholders.
Highlights of a few of our community accomplishments…
• Funded the purchase of the Fisher’s Fire and Rescue Boat.
• Development of the Geist Reservoir Safety Map.
• Lake use and safety education events hosted at the Geist Marina.
• Creation and continued underwriting of the Geist/Fall Creek Watershed Alliance (GFCWA) to proactively research and address water quality issues (geistwatershed.com) in the Reservoir and the throughout the Watershed.
• Consistent authoring of relevant articles and educational materials that are distributed to Geist-area residents.
The GLC is dedicated to continuing, and expanding these types of community improvement initiatives – including a special focus on finding ways to improve both short and long-term water quality.
With that mission in mind, the GLC spawned and underwrites the Geist/Fall Creek Watershed Alliance. The GFCWA partners with numerous state and local agencies to focus on Central Indiana water quality issues. The GFCWA was successful in securing a 2010 Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) grant for $60,000 to complete a Water Management Plan (WMP). This project is the first phase of a much larger strategic watershed and clean water action plan. The GFCWA is linked with the Upper White River Watershed Alliance (UWRWA) and with multiple Central Indiana Watershed groups and is competing as a cohesive group for additional state funding grants that will stretch over the next three years. Working collaboratively with the GFCWA the Geist Lake Coalition will help support these initiatives and continues to act as a catalyst for additional community oriented projects. Please consider attending the public meeting set for May 4th at 6:30PM at the Indianapolis Yacht Club to review the Watershed Management Plan and discuss what we all can do to gain momentum for clean water initiatives in our lake-side community. For more details on this event please go to: www.geistwatershed.com.
Lastly, the Coalition’s most visible event and main fundraiser for broader GLC work, is the annual July 4th fireworks show – planned, funded, and managed by the Coalition for the last 10 years. 2011 will mark the 3rd annual July 4th event titled “Blast on the Bridge at Geist”. Working closely with the Town of Fishers we close the Fall Creek Bridge to automobile traffic on July 4th and create a festival environment for all residents to enjoy. The event includes food, beverage vendors, music, children’s activities, decorated boat parade, and many more family-centric activities leading up to the fireworks display simulcast to music. We are asking you to support this great family-oriented community event by donating money and hopefully volunteering your time to continue this holiday tradition.
We sincerely want to thank all of our individual and local-business sponsors and the tireless and committed volunteers that make this event happen each and every year. Without this level of support by all the July 4th event simply would not happen. We cannot thank you enough!
The Geist Lake Coalition.