About Watkins Glen Promotions

Get out there. Get active. Get local!

We’re excited to bring you four incredible local events throughout the season. Want more information on everything on the way? Click on a festival below!
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Giving Back to the Community

Watkins Glen Promotions, Inc. is a not-for profit 501 (c) (3) corporation operated by a board of volunteers  focused on the planning and  management of quality special events in Schuyler County. It is our goal to bring visitors into the community to showcase the natural beauty and creative talents  of the area.    

Generating Local Excitement

Through special events, we aim to bring visitors into the community to showcase the natural beauty and creative talents of the area.  These events also generate buzz, excitement, and enthusiasm from local residents. These events bring the village together and with the help of our hundred of volunteers, make each year’s festivals successful.

Making an Impact

We promote tourism, we have an economic impact, and we affect the quality of life for our residents. So, why are we the best kept secret in town? Because we promote our events, not our organization.

New in 2024: Odessa Community Day

In 2024, Watkins Glen Promotions is hosting a new event in Odessa, NY. This event is called Odessa Community Day, and is a vibrant celebration of our local community, showcasing the  best of what we have to offer.

From craftvendors to delicious food, live music, and engaging family activities,
this event promises a day of fun for all ages.

2024 Watkins Glen Promotions Board of Directors

Stacy Husted, President

Kelly Miller, Vice President

Bridgette Stewart, Secretary

Chelsea Stamp, Treasurer

Tom Seem

Marianne Marts

Carole Pierce

Laurie DeNardo


Team Members

Michaela Christensen, Director

Cindee Frederick, Storefront Manager

Anne Yessman, Staff

Donna Beardsley, Staff

Board Members


Stacy Husted


Stacy Husted has always had a hand in many different volunteer endeavors in Schuyler County. She has been on the Watkins Glen Promotions board since 2005 and has been President since 2022. For a long time, she was also the committee chair for the Falls Harvest Festival.
She loves volunteering for her community and is also an active member of the Montour Falls Fire Department. Stacy tries her best to assist all our festivals wherever she can to help out, as they are run entirely by volunteers. For her, nothing beats hearing from the attendees how much they enjoy the event(s) and how grateful they are. It makes it all worth the long hours on our feet all day and the work leading up to the event. Stacy also enjoys meeting new people, volunteers and attendees alike.
Stacy’s favorite season is Summer and enjoys spending her time on the lake and on her boat with her family.

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Kelly Miller

Vice President

Raised in Waverly, NY- she visited Watkins Glen while in college and fell in love with the beauty of the area. A few years later she moved here, met her husband in Watkins Glen and raised her 2 daughters here. Kelly has been a resident for over 30 years in Watkins Glen.

Kelly volunteers for our Promotions Board, Co-chairs for the Waterfront Festival, and Vendor Coordinator for Grand Prix Festival. When she’s not volunteering with Promotion events, she regularly attends WG and Chemung County Chamber events. She will also help with events that support her employer Arc of Chemung-Schuyler.
When she’s off the clock, Kelly enjoys being with friends, spending summers in her pool with her family and granddaughter. Watching and attending sporting events with friends and family.

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Bridgette Stewart


Bridgette Stewart started working in Schuyler County in 1994 as a graphic designer and office support at the Hi-Lites Newspaper in Watkins Glen. Eventually, she was able to purchase the paper company and has been owner for the past 11 years.
In addition to her role as a board member and board secretary, Bridgette volunteers for all four of our main festivals in some way, shape or form. Additionally, Bridgette is a Watkins-Montour Rotarian and a past member of the United Way of Schuyler County Board.
When not working Bridgette loves to travel, visit her 12 grandchildren and quietly enjoy country living at her home in Interlaken, NY.

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Laurie DeNardo

Board Member

Laurie is a lifelong resident and Watkins Glen’s biggest champion. As the Village’s Mayor and co-Chair of the Waterfront Festival, you can find Laurie downtown pitching in at any time.

Retired HR Director from Cornell University, Laurie brings an array of experience to the Promotions Board and she jumps in and volunteers for many events. In her spare time, you can find Laurie relaxing on her boat on Seneca Lake with her partner Robin Burnett.

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Tom Seem

Board Member

Watkins Glen Promotions board member Tom Seem has been a part-time and permanent area resident since he was born. Tom worked as a reporter and anchor for WENY-AM-FM-TV.
Tom is a member of the Board of Directors of the Arctic League in Chemung County, an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Big Flats, a board member of Watkins Glen Promotions and a member of the Grand Prix Festival Management Committee, He is also president of the Glen Eldridge Club. Tom and his wife, Pat, have two children and five grandchildren, all enthusiastic visitors to Seneca Lake and Schuyler County!

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Carole Pierce

Board Member

Carole, who served as Director of Events at Watkins Glen Promotions for a span of 16 years, retired in 2020. Carole remains actively involved, joining the Board of Directors in 2021 and taking on the role of Volunteer Coordinator of the Grand Prix Festival. Additionally, she contributes her time to various committees, including the Waterfront Festival, Grand Prix Festival and Village Christmas.
Prior to her career at Watkins Glen Promotions, Carole owned and operated Orchard Ovens In Dundee, NY. When she is not volunteering, Carole enjoys being retired and spending time with her three (incredible) children and five (amazing) grandchildren and family.

Chelsea Stamp


Chelsea Stamp is the current Treasurer of the Watkins Glen Promotions Board. She joined the board in 2017 upon returning back to the area and looking for a way to give back to her community. Chelsea has also been a member of the Village Christmas committee since 2017 and is currently the Parade Director for the festival.
She enjoys being a part of an organization that is involved in multiple festivals during the year which bring tourists and community members to Watkins Glen and the surrounding area.
When Chelsea is not working or volunteering, you may find her out and about in the community swimming, running, or otherwise being active with her family and friends.

Team Members

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Michaela Christensen


Michaela is a coffee enthusiast and to-do list conqueror who thrives on making a positive impact in their community. She finds inspiration working alongside dedicated volunteers, each driven by a shared commitment to community betterment.
Having called Watkins Glen home for over 12 years, Michaela is a devoted parent to a vibrant 5-year-old and a cherished 12-year-old pup. With a vision to elevate their local organization to new heights, Michaela dreams of fostering connection through impactful community events and initiatives.
When not busy juggling parenthood and community endeavors, you'll find Michaela indulging in indoor rowing, exploring outdoors, or unwinding at local breweries and wineries.

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Cindee Frederick

Store Manager

Cindee has been with the Watkins Glen Promotions Team since 2016. She’s recently been promoted to store manager, a position she has attacked with zeal. Cindee grew up sailing on Seneca Lake and is thrilled to be living and working in one of the best places in the world.

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Anne Yessman


Anne retired from Insurance in 2021, and joined the Watkins Glen Promotions team. Her years of customer service help put a smile on our storefront customers' faces!
Anne enjoys meeting tourists and locals alike, and takes pride in helping them choose just the right gift or souvenir that we carry, so that they can remember their special time in our area.
Watkins Glen Promotions organizes many events throughout the year, and Anne can be found at a few of them working the Information Tent, slinging festival merchandise, or helping direct people the right way.
When Anne is not working, she is spending time with her loving grandchildren and reading.

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