The Blues Brothers Can Stay in Old Forge But Will They Return Next Season
The Blues Brothers can now stay in Old Forge but will they be back next season?
Bill Barnes, partner of Bald Mountain Colony Campground where the Blues Brothers have called home for 18 years, says the issue isn't with that statues. "I had a conversation with Mr. Testa about cleaning up his site. He has a waterfront site and there's been a lot of construction that's been done that probably shouldn't be there. He took it to mean the Blues Brothers but there was never any direction given that they had to go."
The brothers sit on the deck of Mello and Cindy Testa's camp where Mello says boaters along the channel between 3rd and 4th lake have stopped to look and take pictures on a daily basis for years. “Not a boat goes by that is not videoing or snapping pictures. We have to get out the way because they don’t want us, they want a picture of them.”
This involves about 8 sites, so it wasn't just Mr. Testa. Nobody has been accused of any wrong doing. It's just there aren't any documents in the files I've reviewed that show the work has been authorized
The Blues Brothers aren't the problem for Barnes. "It really had to do with everything the Blue's Brothers were sitting on," he says. "Inside the park there are a number of governing agencies like code enforcement, Adirondack Park Association and the Department of Environmental Conservation. They pay very close attention to anything that happens within the park. It gets more strict anytime your 50 feet from the water and even more strict when you get within 6 feet. Over the years a lot of work has been done along the shoreline, which no work should be done with approval."
The work in question isn't just at Testa's campsite. "This involves about 8 sites, so it wasn't just Mr. Testa," explains Barnes. "Nobody has been accused of any wrong doing. It's just there aren't any documents in the files I've reviewed that show the work has been authorized."
So can the Blues Brothers stay? "I haven't spoken with him yet but I saw a tribute show that looks like he already removed them," says Barnes.
What about next season? "They will never go back to Bald Mountain Colony," says Testa. "I've been told by many Mr. Barnes has said they don't have to be removed but he has never given me the courtesy of telling me personally."
Labor Day weekend the Blues Brothers went out in the only way they know how. Watch their farewell.