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Member & Volunteers of the Year Announced!

The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce recently held its 64th Annual Meeting at the newly renovated Calcutta’s Sports Bar & Restaurant at the Fox Run Golf Club in Ludlow.

Scott Duffy of Rockledge Farm Woodworks was announced as the 2021 Member of the Year for being selected as the business to represent Vermont at the “Made in America Day” at the White House, stepping up to co-chair the inaugural “Best of Vermont” Summer Festival committee, and his service on the chamber board of directors.

Holger Stoltze of The Governor’s Inn was selected as a 2021 Volunteer of the Year for his work helping the “Gathering Spots” Artisan Picnic Table project and his efforts on the “Best of Vermont” Summer Festival Committee.

Stephen Plunkard of Q4! Associates was also selected as a 2021 Volunteer of the Year for his efforts on the Okemo Valley Regional Transportation HUB Project and his service on the “Best of Vermont” Summer Festival Committee.

Joan Goldstein, Vermont Commissioner of Economic Development, was the guest speaker. She informed chamber members about a variety of programs and resources available to businesses in the state in recovery from the COVID 19 pandemic.

Janine Corning welcomed guests representing her family who are the new owners of Fox Run Golf Club and spoke about their other business investments in Okemo Valley, including Hemmingway Hill Properties & the former Ludlow Colonial Motel, as well as their support for the local community. She also thanked the local business community for their support for their recent fundraiser for their families charity, Assisting Children Today (ACT).

A special thank you to Mark Williams of Calcuttas and his team for the wonderful refreshments at this event. Mark also operates Sam’s Steakhouse, Mr. Darcy’s and Modern Cleaners & Tailors.

Much appreciation as well to our photographer Images by Donald Dill.

This event was also filmed by Eric Chatterjee of Okemo Valley TV and will be available for viewing on this local public access television station.

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Okemo Valley Chamber Night at the Weston Playhouse!

We are delighted to announced that the Chamber night at the Weston Playhouse is back! Join us on Thursday August 5th for a 7:30 pm performance of AN ILIAD. Enjoy special 10% off discounted theatre tickets using this code: M2MILIAD. Click on the link below to place your order. This play is showing under the tent at their Walker Farm location at 705 Main St.

An Iliad is a play about the eternal, enchanting power of storytelling that comes to life in this gripping adaptation of Homer’s classic. Recent reviewers have said of the production: “The result, in one evening, is everything theater should be: intense, soul-searching, funny, tragic”. In this vibrant retelling, the Trojan War and the present day are set side by side as the excitement of an ancient tale is catapulted into an intimate, urgent, and spellbinding story for today. Click HERE for more great reviews about, and photos from, the show.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Also enjoy a discounted pre-show dinner at The HUB at Weston at the main theatre building located at 12 Park Street. The Hub’s dining experience at the Weston Playhouse kitchen on Chamber Night is also offering a 50% discount (beer/wine not included) to fellow Okemo Valley Chamber members! Remember to bring your Okemo Valley Chamber Member-to-Member discount cards to the dinner.

Early dinner seatings are designed for theater goers. Indoor dining is limited to 30 vaccinated diners with tables spaced appropriately to meet VT dining guidelines. Their summer MENU themes are inspired by Weston Playhouse productions such as the Iliad! They also suggest making a reservation at least 1.5 hours before curtain time. Their location is about a 5 minute drive (or a 15 minute walk) from the show venue.

If you are planning to attend the Chamber Night performance at Walker Farm on Thurs. 8/5, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED for this special chamber dinner discount. Book your reservation online HERE, via email or call 802-856-7212.

As tickets and dinner space is limited, don’t delay in place your order and making your reservations.

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Calling all Vendors for the BEST OF VERMONT Summer Festival on 8/28 & 29!

The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce is inviting quality vendors to sign on to The Best of Vermont Summer Festival, on Saturday August 28 & Sunday 29, 2021, (rain or shine) at the Okemo Field on Route 103 in Ludlow, Vermont. Okemo Field is a highly visible location on Route 103 at Bixby Road in Ludlow. (Directions at bit.ly/OkemoField). Festival hours are 12 – 7 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday.

Vendor Information: Vendor site location within the festival is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Fees depend on booth size, location, needs, and Chamber membership. To learn more and secure a spot at the festival, visit yourplaceinvermont.com/vendors or contact Okemo Valley Chamber Executive Director Carol Lighthall at [email protected] or 802-228-5830. Thank you to our vendors who have already signed up so far!

The Best of Vermont Summer Festival will be a great late-summer gathering for locals, new residents, second homeowners, and visitors to experience the very best of Vermont: beer, wine, spirits, specialty foods, artisan products, children’s activities and more – maybe even some hot air balloons! Each day will feature live music including our headliners Chistine Malcolm & Sugarleaf as our Saturday musical headliner and Jenni Johnson & the Junkiteers as our Sunday headliner as well as several other musical acts.

The Best of Vermont Summer Festival is being marketed across the Okemo Valley region, the state of Vermont, New England and the Northeast. Admission will be by a suggested $2 donation (benefitting ag, farm & Taste of Okemo Valley programming) and a crowd of several thousand is anticipated. Planning for this event started in 2019 but was derailed by the pandemic, but the cancellation of other regional festivals in south central Vermont this summer left a void that Okemo Valley is thrilled to step up and fill.

Event Sponsorships: The Best of Vermont Summer Festival has a full & diverse array of sponsors, including presenting sponsor William Raveis Vermont Properties and lead sponsors Constellation Brands, Diamond Realty, Engel & Volkers Realty, Mary W. Davis Realtor & Associates and Okemo Mountain Resort. Foundation sponsors are Brewfest Beverage Company, the Vermont Country Store, Imerys, and Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty. VT Barns, Centinel Financial Services and Farrell Distributing are program sponsors. The Town of Ludlow is an in-kind sponsor. Their generosity is greatly appreciated. Additional sponsorships may still be available; contact Carol Lighthall or to learn more go to: yourplaceinvermont.com/sponsorships.

Festival Partners: A number of prominent statewide organizations are partnering with the Chamber for this 2-day festival, including the Vermont Specialty Foods Association, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association, and Edible Vermont Magazine.

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