Your Place in Vermont http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:49:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 NAPA Auto Parts and the Automobile Advocates joins the Chamber of Commerce! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/napa-auto-parts-automobile-advocates-joins-chamber-commerce/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=napa-auto-parts-automobile-advocates-joins-chamber-commerce http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/napa-auto-parts-automobile-advocates-joins-chamber-commerce/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:17:26 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20640 Marji Graf, CEO of Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Larry & Kai of NAPA Auto Parts and the Automobile Advocates to the Chamber.  They would like everyone to know they are ready to handle all of your automotive needs; tires are still their focus with the addition of brakes, exhaust and aftermarket installations. […]

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Marji Graf, CEO of Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Larry & Kai of NAPA Auto Parts and the Automobile Advocates to the Chamber.  They would like everyone to know they are ready to handle all of your automotive needs; tires are still their focus with the addition of brakes, exhaust and aftermarket installations.

Pictured (left to right) Marji, Larry & Kai.

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OVRCC Welcomes the NEW Tygart Mountain Sports to the Okemo Valley! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/ovrcc-welcomes-the-new-tygart-mountain-sports-to-the-okemo-valley/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ovrcc-welcomes-the-new-tygart-mountain-sports-to-the-okemo-valley http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/ovrcc-welcomes-the-new-tygart-mountain-sports-to-the-okemo-valley/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:09:16 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20617 CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Angie & Patrick Ross of Tygart Mountain Sports, in Ludlow to the Chamber. “My wife Angie and I are extremely excited to become part of the Ludlow and Southern Vermont community in purchasing The Great Outdoors Ski and Sports. This venture has been long in […]

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CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Angie & Patrick Ross of Tygart Mountain Sports, in Ludlow to the Chamber.

“My wife Angie and I are extremely excited to become part of the Ludlow and Southern Vermont community in purchasing The Great Outdoors Ski and Sports. This venture has been long in the making and would not have been possible without the generosity and guidance of her parents, Phil and Paula Hall, who are partners in the business. I have been a part of the ski industry for the past ten years, 5 of those as the general manager of Ski Den Sports in Johnstown, PA. My wife is a teacher of 11 years and just recently took a position at Christ the King Middle School in Rutland after we relocated to the area. We also operate an outdoor-experience based summer camp in southern West Virginia for kids ages 7 to 17. We both deeply enjoy anything that gets us outside, particularly if we can include our dogs. If you’re in the area, please stop by and introduce yourself, check out the shop, and meet our resident shop dog, Colby. He’s really our main attraction. We look forward to becoming a deep part of the Ludlow and Okemo community for many, many years to come.”   228-5440.

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October e-News! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/october-e-news/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=october-e-news http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/october-e-news/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:03:59 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20591 October, 2014 We had a very busy summer.  We welcomed guests that attended the Iron Adventure Run, the Vermont Challenge and the Antique & Classic Car Show!  Mark your calendars for a car show encore August 29 & 30, 2015 thanks to Springfield Buick GMC again.  We now await our Fall season visitors. We would […]

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October, 2014

We had a very busy summer.  We welcomed guests that attended the Iron Adventure Run, the Vermont Challenge and the Antique & Classic Car Show!  Mark your calendars for a car show encore August 29 & 30, 2015 thanks to Springfield Buick GMC again.  We now await our Fall season visitors.

We would like to thank The Weston Historical Museum & Mill, The Bryant House Restaurant and the Vermont Pie Company for a fabulous mixer on Wednesday, September 10th.  It was informative and Weston is always welcoming.  We presented Jill Jones of Crowley Cheese the September Member of the Month award.

Our next Chamber mixer is October 8 at Stemwinder.  We have met our membership goal already of 50 new members joining the Chamber!!  Ribbon cuttings were held for Southern Pie Company, NAPA and Tygart Mountain Sports.  Just Doggin’ It will be opening in Lamere Square in October…stay tuned!  We welcomed 11 new members in September:  Just Doggin It, Big Eyes Bakery, Tygart Mountain Sports, Vermont Telephone Company, NAPA, Homestyle Hostel Inn & Cafe, Tish Masciarelli, Housing Trust of Rutland County, VAST, Clear Choice Plumbing & Heating and Destination Bellows Falls and Beyond, Inc.

The Chamber, along with several businesses represented our region at the Big E and had a display case in the Guilford Welcome Center for the month of September.

 

Congratulations to 4 of our members for being named the Top 10 Events:

Top 10 2014 Winter Event:  Christmas in Weston

Top 10 2015 Fall Events:  Golden Honey Festival, Proctorsville AND Mount Holly Cider Days.

Top 10 2015 Summer Event:  Hops in the Hills Beer and Wine Festival

 

Rutland Airport is having a fly-in event on Sunday 9/28 from 8am-12n.  Join us at The Hangar Café!!

 

The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce and Citslinc International will host a memorable 9-day journey to China for members and guests in March of 2015.  Visit the four-acre Museum of the Terracotta Army, one of the most astonishing sites ever discovered.  Experience China’s leading cities (Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an), their centuries old customs and history, while witnessing first hand the rapidly changing economy and their expanding role in the global marketplace.  This is a unique immersion in Chinese culture and the trip of a lifetime.  March 20-28, 2015.  $3,399 per person, double occupancy.  Includes round trip coach from JFK to Beijing/Return.  4/5 star hotel accommodations, three meals/day, all in country transportation (air/bus) and English speaking tour guides.  Single room is available for all cities for an additional $500.  Additional one time only costs are Chinese Visa Processing $200 and trip gratuity $50.  That’s it!!!  Contact Marji Graf at 802-228-5830.

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OVRCC welcomes Southern Pie Company http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/ovrcc-welcomes-southern-pie-company/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ovrcc-welcomes-southern-pie-company http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/ovrcc-welcomes-southern-pie-company/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:51:04 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20585 Pictured: Scott, Leslie and Chamber CEO-Marji Leslie & Scott are bringing the great pies of the south to New England! We use close to home ingredients to make your pie extra special. These pies are not your ordinary double crusted pies.  With Leslie growing up in the south these pies have the southern pie touch that will […]

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Pictured: Scott, Leslie and Chamber CEO-Marji

Leslie & Scott are bringing the great pies of the south to New England! We use close to home ingredients to make your pie extra special. These pies are not your ordinary double crusted pies.  With Leslie growing up in the south these pies have the southern pie touch that will impress your taste buds!

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September e-news! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/september-e-news/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=september-e-news http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/september-e-news/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:17:38 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20462 The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will hold a public meeting examining the potential to add centerline rumble stripes to sections of VT-103 between Rockingham and Mount Holly, including Chester, Cavendish and Ludlow.  If the installation is to move forward, it would occur as part of the current paving project in the Fall of 2014. […]

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The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will hold a public meeting examining the potential to add centerline rumble stripes to sections of VT-103 between Rockingham and Mount Holly, including Chester, Cavendish and Ludlow.  If the installation is to move forward, it would occur as part of the current paving project in the Fall of 2014. The meeting is open to all and will be:

·         Tuesday 9/9 at 6:30pm (during regular Selectboard meeting) – Mount Holly Town Office (150 School St, Mt Holly, VT)

 

For more information about the meeting please contact Kevin Marshia, Deputy Chief Engineer Highway Division  from VTrans (kevin.marshia@state.vt.us , 802-828-2932).

The Chamber will be representing our Region at the Big E in Agawam, MA on September 17 & 18.

Save the Date:  Small Business Saturday is on November 29.

In the News:

Routes 100 and 11 are highlighted in the September/October issue of Road Runner Motorcycle Touring and Travel Magazine. (page 96)

Ludlow, in the Okemo Valley, is rated #5 out of #20 in Travel & Leisure’s Best Fall Foliage spots in the Country!!

Congratulations to The Downtown Grocery and the Inn at Weathersfield for being highlighted in a Montreal Magazine called MOI&cie story about road tripping in Vermont.

 

Travel with the Chamber is offering a wondrous and ambitious 9-day journey to China on March 20-28, 2015.  Visit the Terracotta Warriors, The Forbidden City, Tian An Men Square, Bird’s Nest Stadium, National Aquatic Center, Olympic Village and excursion to the Great Wall, just to name a few of the special sites.  $3,199 per person (double occupancy).   Includes Round Trip Coach Airfare – JFK to  Beijing and Return.  4/5 star hotel accommodations, three meals a day, all in country transportation (air/bus), English speak tour guides.  Additional costs are Chinese Visa $200 and trip gratuity $50.

 

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Grand Opening & Ribbon-Cutting for “The Free Range” http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/grand-opening-ribbon-cutting-free-range/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=grand-opening-ribbon-cutting-free-range http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/grand-opening-ribbon-cutting-free-range/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:20:46 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20425 Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Anne and Rick Paterno, owners of The Free Range Restaurant and Executive Chef Michael Kennedy to the Chamber.  Pictured l-r:  Ann & Rick Paterno, Michael Kennedy cuts the ribbon with Chamber CEO, Marji Graf. The Free Range Restaurant has opened its doors on […]

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Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Anne and Rick Paterno, owners of The Free Range Restaurant and Executive Chef Michael Kennedy to the Chamber.  Pictured l-r:  Ann & Rick Paterno, Michael Kennedy cuts the ribbon with Chamber CEO, Marji Graf.

The Free Range Restaurant has opened its doors on August 20th, 2014!  Their menu is full of creative comfort food, with all items being prepared fresh daily.  For lunch, they offer a variety of soups, salads, burgers, and sandwiches.  For dinner, they offer everything from free range chicken, to beer-battered fish and chips, to braised short rib dishes.  They serve classic American fare, done with a creative twist.  Come visit the Free Range Restaurant, located on the historic green in beautiful Chester, Vermont for fresh food and a relaxed dining experience.  Open Wednesday thru Saturday for lunch and dinner, and Sunday for brunch.  Reservations accepted for parties of 8 or more.

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They donated 20% of their food sales, during their soft opening to TARPS.  Ann & Rick presented TARPS with a check for $540.00.  Pictured accepting the check for TARPS is volunteer, Grace Kramp.

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September Member of the Month – Crowley Cheese http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/september-member-month-crowley-cheese/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=september-member-month-crowley-cheese http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/september-member-month-crowley-cheese/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:23:33 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20378 Congratulations to Crowley Cheese in Mount Holly for being named Chamber Member of the Month of September.   The Crowley Cheese Factory, built by Winfield Crowley in 1882 is A National Historic Place and the oldest continuously operating cheese factory in America.  Visit them and see how cheese used to be made — and still […]

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Congratulations to Crowley Cheese in Mount Holly for being named Chamber Member of the Month of September.

 

The Crowley Cheese Factory, built by Winfield Crowley in 1882 is A National Historic Place and the oldest continuously operating cheese factory in America.  Visit them and see how cheese used to be made — and still is today — at their historic cheese factory in picturesque Healdville, Vermont.

 

Award-winning Crowley Cheese has been made in the Green Mountains of Vermont from the same recipe, in the same manner, since 1824. Hand-made the old-fashioned way, it’s cheese the way it used to be — all natural, with no additives or preservatives. Pure, simple, delicious: cheese that everyone will love.

All-natural Crowley Cheese is made by hand from fresh, whole, unpasteurized milk without additives or preservatives. Our milk comes from cows certified BST and BGH free. With a distinctively smooth, creamy texture, Crowley Cheese is often compared to a cheddar “without the bite.”

There’s only one way to make such a fine cheese: by hand. While other cheesemakers have gone high-tech, Crowley has resolutely stuck to the hand tools and traditional methods first used by company founder Winfield Crowley.

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Criteria for being selected a Chamber Member of the Month:

*Business Growth year over year.
*Contributes to community.
*Attends education programs/mixers.
*Hosts mixers.
*Current on dues.
*Donations (door prizes for mixers).
*Participates in Shows.
*Packages with other businesses.
*Participates in “Just Between Us”.
*Advertises/promotes & participates in guidebook & co-ops.
*Is an Ambassador for the chamber and region.

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August Member of the Month – The Inn at Weathersfield http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/august-member-of-the-month-the-inn-at-weathersfieldaugust-member-of-the-month/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=august-member-of-the-month-the-inn-at-weathersfieldaugust-member-of-the-month http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/august-member-of-the-month-the-inn-at-weathersfieldaugust-member-of-the-month/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:17:54 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20033 Congratulations to The Inn at Weathersfield for being named August Chamber Member of the Month.  Built in 1792, The Inn at Weathersfield was originally a private residence on over 300 acres.  It remained that way until the 1960’s when it became known as Wethersfield Lodge.  A few decades later, the Inn landed in Gourmet Magazine […]

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Congratulations to The Inn at Weathersfield for being named August Chamber Member of the Month.  Built in 1792, The Inn at Weathersfield was originally a private residence on over 300 acres.  It remained that way until the 1960’s when it became known as Wethersfield Lodge.  A few decades later, the Inn landed in Gourmet Magazine as a culinary destination and more recently, gained a loyal following by partnering with local farms to pioneer the VT Farm-to-Table movement.

 

Owners Marilee & Richard Spanjian bought the inn, now on 21 acres and restaurant because it offered a strong foundation to create a non-professional cooking school.  Now with the addition of an organic, all heirloom vegetable garden to supplement the restaurant and school, the inn is considered one of New England’s Premier Culinary Inns.  Executive Chef Jean-Luc Matecat, a native Vermonter and son of a Parisian chef, is at the helm in the kitchen.  He offers only what’s made in-house or sourced fresh from their farms.

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Criteria used for Member of the Month:
*Business Growth year over year.
*Contributes to community.
*Attends education programs/mixers.
*Hosts/attends mixers.
*Current on dues.
*Donations (door prizes for mixers).
*Participates in shows.
*Packages with other businesses.
*Participates in “Just Between Us.”
*Advertises/promotes & participates in guidebook & co-ops.
*Is an Ambassador for the chamber and the Region.

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A distinguished appointment for Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/distinguished-appointment-fletcher-farm-school-arts-crafts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=distinguished-appointment-fletcher-farm-school-arts-crafts http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/distinguished-appointment-fletcher-farm-school-arts-crafts/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:36:57 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=14599 August Press Release view HERE The Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen, Inc./Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts proudly announces its appointment  as a member of the Vermont State Craft Center/Vermont State Education Center, one of only five centers in the state of Vermont. The Vermont State Craft Center program first began in […]

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August Press Release view HERE

The Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen, Inc./Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts proudly announces its appointment  as a member of the Vermont State Craft Center/Vermont State Education Center, one of only five centers in the state of Vermont.

The Vermont State Craft Center program first began in 1993, valuing diversity and inclusiveness; it references the long history of craft in Vermont.  “It has cultivated a robust  network of Vermont Craft organizations, businesses and partners that join with the State of Vermont to promote, encourage and support excellence and success in Vermont craft. This has fostered an appreciation of the significant contribution of the Vermont crafts community to the economic and cultural vibrancy of our state.” To learn more visit their website at  http://craftcenters.vermont.gov

Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts, the oldest residential craft school in the state of Vermont, first opened its doors   to students in 1948, at the request of the Trustees of Fletcher Farm Foundation. The first summer started with five classes and 33 students, but over the years the school has evolved and grown to offer over 200 classes year round.  Many local and nationally renowned art instructors provide our students an immersion into the world of talent and creativity.

Fletcher Farm School is located on a beautiful historic Vermont farm in Ludlow, Vermont.  The farm was originally owned by Jesse Fletcher a Revolutionary War soldier and later owned by Allen Fletcher, Governor of Vermont.

Beyond providing classes in the Arts, Fletcher Farm School has a mission to provide Vermont Artists a place to display and sell their art and crafts. In the spirit of that we have two Art & Craft Festivals, July 5 & August 23, 2014 and the Craft & Gift Shoppe which is open 7days a week 10am-5pm from July – October.

This summer we offer classes in Fine Arts, Basketry, Clay, Decorative Arts, Early American Art, Fiber Arts, Glass, Jewelry, Specialties, Woodworking and of course our very popular Young Artist  Program.   Keeping old traditions alive ( Bobbin Lace  Making) and teaching new and techniques  (Digital Imaging) we offer a wide variety of classes for all ages and abilities.

For further information please contact the school at 802-228-8770, email: info@fletcherfarm.org  or visit our website at www.fletcherfarm.org

 

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Okemo Valley Welcomes The Hangar Cafe http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/okemo-valley-welcomes-hanger-cafe/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=okemo-valley-welcomes-hanger-cafe http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/okemo-valley-welcomes-hanger-cafe/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:13:45 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20201 Marji Graf, CEO for the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes The Hangar Cafe to the Chamber.   The Hangar Café opened its doors June 17, 2014 located at the Rutland Airport. All our items are made to order but there is a great scenic view to look at while you are waiting and […]

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Marji Graf, CEO for the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes The Hangar Cafe to the Chamber.  

The Hangar Café opened its doors June 17, 2014 located at the Rutland Airport. All our items are made to order but there is a great scenic view to look at while you are waiting and you may even catch a glimpse of a plane or jet coming in or taking off. We are open 7 days a week from 7am to 6pm. We do host private events also. We offer Breakfast items and lite fare for the rest of the day including a 1/2 lb burger, sandwiches, subs, daily specials and much more. We can also cater your special event. Come on in and check us out and find us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/thehangarcafevt

pictured left to right Erin Chuderski , Owner Charlotte Bunnell cutting the ribbon and Chamber CEO, Marji Graf.

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