The Day – Taking Care of Business: New Owners of Tamarack Lodge Bring New Vision

The rustic Tamarack Lodge complex in Voluntown has been sold to Pamela and Joseph Potemri, veteran teachers and principals who also own and run the Connecticut Coastal Academy in Essex.

The academy provides educational, vocational, therapeutic and transitional services to students from grades 6 to 22 years old.

Tamarack Lodge will continue to serve as an events venue and professional training center for students. The center will provide career opportunities and training in carpentry through the Home Builders Institute program, landscaping, hospitality, culinary arts including ServSafe certification and other work-related professions and skills .

Tamarack Lodge will continue to host dinner and pub nights, weddings, retreats, concerts, festivals, camping and summer camps. Several safari tents have been purchased for guests to enjoy glamping, and existing cabins are being renovated. The main guesthouse is also getting a makeover.

Ultimately, the Potemris said they see Tamarack not just as a warm weather destination, but as a place where people come all year round.

“There is a great need for vocational training, especially in the trades. We feel very fortunate to provide opportunities for students and continue the great tradition that is Tamarack Lodge,” the couple said in a statement.

Accommodations are available for large and small weddings and private events indoors and outdoors, as well as during all four seasons.

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