Fall means new events from the Chamber


Michelle Long - Contributing Columnist



Fall has arrived, and there are several events of which to take advantage. The Newberry Business Alliance will host a Candidates Forum at 6 p.m. tonight (Sept. 26) at the Newberry Opera House. Come out to hear the candidates speak about the issues so that you can make an informed vote.

On Sept. 28, Wicker’s Greenhouse and Nursery will sponsor Lunch ‘N Learn at the Chamber at noon. We will order lunch from The Grille on Main and learn from Judy Wicker all about fall planting and gardening. She is a wealth of knowledge and answers our many questions.

Space is limited, so contact us at 276-4274 to reserve your spot. There will be a $10 charge for this event. On Sept. 29 from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., Newberry County Memorial Hospital will sponsor and host Business After Hours. There is always a great crowd, and we get to learn about the many health care services available locally through our hospital.

The Newberry County Young Professionals will join in this Business After Hours, so come on out to greet old and new friends.

What says fall better than an Oktoberfest? The City of Newberry’s Parks and Recreation Department will host their largest event of the year on Oct. 1 throughout downtown Newberry. From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., come out to enjoy crafts, German food and beverages, music, and a Kids Zone. This will be a fun event of large proportions that you do not want to miss.

Fall is a great time to play golf. On Oct. 5, the 24th annual Chamber Golf Tournament will be held at the Country Club of Newberry. Participants will receive lunch and dinner. The shotgun start is at noon so sign up now. There are many sponsorships available. You can contact us for information.

Many thanks to Mike Meadow (Chamber board), George Piersol (Chamber board/State Farm), Howard Kirkegard (Stokes-Trainor), and Mel Kitchens (Servpro of Newberry and Laurens Counties) for putting this tournament together. It is important to know that you do not have to be affiliated with the Chamber to participate. Just sign up.

On Oct. 8, the Whitmire Jaycees are hosting a Main Street Yard Sale in Whitmire at 8 a.m. Spaces are $10, and vendors can contact the Jaycees at whitmirejaycees@yahoo.com. It should be a pleasant fall morning to find some bargains.

Does it seem like we are always having fun events? While we are proud that we are able to be a part of the fun, whether they be for tourism, business networking, or community interaction, there is a whole other side to the Chamber of Commerce that is not as visible.

Whether you have been a member of the Chamber for a number of years, or you have no idea what one is, I will begin a series of “Coffee and Commerce” at the Chamber every other month on the first Tuesday of even months. The first one will be held on Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. and will focus on the topic of “Chamber 101: Who We are and What We Do.” I invite you to join me to talk about how we can work with you to help you meet your business goals. We want to continue to help build business and connect community.

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Michelle Long

Contributing Columnist

Michelle Long is executive director of the Newberry Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at michelle@newberrycounty.org.

Michelle Long is executive director of the Newberry Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at michelle@newberrycounty.org.

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