Rosedale Beach Club to host second annual fall festival
The Rosedale Beach Club is preparing to host its second annual fall festival, and organizers are again expecting big things.
“We had 300 people a night or more last year,” said Daryl Saltzman, Rosedale Fall Festival director. “This year, we’ve already doubled our sponsorships ... we have a lot to live up to because we did a good job last year.”
Saltzman, a former Rosedale Beach Club board member, said the three-night event set for Sept. 13-15 will have games for children and adults, a nightly 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction, raffle prizes and a money wheel, rides and live music.
The Rosedale Beach Club took over the event after the Verona Fall Festival fizzled out in 2015 due to a lack of volunteers. Saltzman is happy to keep the tradition alive because it means keeping the 92-year-old pool afloat.
“We have to fundraise constantly,” Saltzman said. “We’re a three-month organization but a 12-month operation. (In the offseason) we’re still paying mortgages, insurance and everything else ... So this is a great opportunity.”
The event raised about $7,200 last year that went directly to the pool’s operational budget, according to Todd Bowser, Rosedale’s president. He said the nonprofit would like to see those proceeds doubled this year.
“We just hope for the best. And hopefully, we’ll keep this tradition going,” Saltzman said.