Calvert Chamber of Commerce plans for Fall Fest

At the most recent members meeting of the Calvert Chamber of Commerce, members got down to planning their upcoming Fall Festival. Susan Shaw got the ball rolling with flyers to be distributed for the Fall Fest and annual Bar-B-Q cook off. She explained that with several activities planned for the event that the hope is that they could spread the different events to several spaces around town to get better walk-by traffic into Calvert retail and food establishments and historical sites. “We want people to see more of Calvert than just Main St.,” said Shaw. She also talked about the many events that will be taking place, including a children’s art contest, an IBCA sanctioned Bar-B-Q cook off, a parade, booths and games and of course Calvert Trade Days. Discover Calvert is also planning a Harvest Ball at Virginia Woods Field Park and of course, the annual Victorian Tea.

The other big item on the agenda was a discussion of welcome packets for new businesses and residents of Calvert. Carla Barker suggested that a welcome packet be developed for each that would help people new to the area find out important things like, who to call to get electricity turned on and where to vote. Elaine Hensarling asked if there could be a basic information and phone numbers sheet that she could use when people called the Chamber for information. All present members agreed that a welcoming packet could be useful for promoting local businesses as well.

Sonny Moss spoke to those assembled about the need for groups to work together, such as Discover Calvert, the Chamber, Lions Club and Calvert Historical Foundation. He was pleased to see that there was more cooperation between groups in Calvert and hopes that this trend will continue.

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