by Margie O’Hara
Meet the 2023 Inlet Royal Family who will reign at Frozen Fire & Lights on February 25; the Hennessy family, Queen Britta, King Devlin, and Princes Olin and Vale. The couple met while they were students at Marist College. Because of their affinity for the outdoors and Britta’s family history of spending time at her family’s camp on Seventh Lake, they chose to take their wedding vows nine years ago in 2013, in the Adirondacks.
The ceremony was held at Big Moose Chapel, and their reception took place at Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake. Fate was on their side when they decided to have a family and, hopefully, raise them in the wonderful fresh air. They felt privileged and grateful for the opportunity to own and operate Great Pines. In fact, they were co-founders of the resort. During the initial years of this endeavor, their wish for children was fulfilled when Olin, now five years old, and his brother Vale, now three, arrived on the scene.
As it turned out, the need to spend more time with their boys was one of the motivating forces that made Britta and Devlin decide to leave the constant demands of Great Pines in favor of working from home on social media marketing and consulting in advertising. This provided the needed time to participate in their many outdoor interests such as skiing, fishing, and mountain biking, as a family.
At present, Britta is a ski teacher to little kids at McCauley Mt., and Devlin is a ski coach with the Town of Webb School. They both work with the Mighty Loons, Inlet’s inaugural hockey team which began last winter and is flourishing. Britta designed the logo that is on the team uniforms and on the T-shirts and hoodies sold to the fans. The couple sees that Olin and Vale have plenty of time to spend outside, and they have become essential members of the local community, participating in local organizations such as Kinderwood, the Inlet Area Business Association, and LivingADK. Britta also now has a recurring column in the magazine “LOCALadk” that she employs to keep folks aware of what goes on in our area of the mountains.
A hearty welcome to Inlet for this great family that epitomizes what residents of the Adirondacks understand and appreciate about being able to live in this wonderful place. Be sure to meet and greet them during Frozen Fire and Lights on February 25, 2023. You will find them at all activities from the Coronation at 10 a.m. to the fantastic fireworks at 7 p.m. and everything in between – Cardboard Sled Races, Kite Flying, Outhouse Races, and much more.
Find a schedule of events for this year’s Frozen Fire & Lights event here.
Photo at top: The Hennessy Family, including King Devlin, Queen Britta, and Princes Olin and Vale.