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2 The Chamber Connection

Letter from the Chamber President by Douglas Stage, Stage and Nathans, LLP

March certainly has come in like a Lion—we can’t wait for this month to go out like a Lamb!

Community Showcase (the former Expo) was transformed to a more consumer-oriented event. The feeling after the event was the interaction between the public and the vendors was the best year yet for getting leads and new business. Our many thanks go out to the committee who advanced the transformation. Membership is the lifeblood of any organization and in our Chamber it is especially true. Historically a new business has a hurdle to survive their first year. Our Chamber, unlike others, promotes new businesses and new members with ribbon cuttings and other help. Regardless, each year a good percentage of businesses fail, or decide the Chamber got them started, so why join another year? (despite our very reasonable dues). Our Executive Director and his staff explain the advantages of joining to all new members and those who wish to leave the Chamber. We have also put an emphasis on tourism, and it is paying off, according to our merchants and members! So many thanks to those who continue to support us and please tell your contacts of all the good things the Chamber has done and continues to do for not only your business, but the entire Warwick Valley. Now let’s see the sun shine.

Vineyard Opens for the Season Saturday, April 4

After a long hard winter, Clearview Vineyard opens its doors on Saturday, April 4, 2015. All Clearview wines are ready for tasting and drinking. Enjoy delicious food from The Conscious Fork and several dishes prepared at the vineyard. The Clearview Vineyard hosts live music every Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. Brad Scribner is the entertainment for the Saturday season opening. For the latest information visit or call (845) 651-2838.

Valued Insurance Agent Obtains CRIS® Designation

The team at Seely & Durland Insurance would like to congratulation Tammy L. Artusa, AIS, ACSR, AAI, AINS, CRIS for obtaining her fifth industry-specific designation, Construction Risk & Insurance Specialist (CRIS ®). This continuing education program helped Tammy gain specialized expertise in construction insurance and risk management. Obtaining the CRIS® certification increases her competence and credibility when offering insurance options to contractors. A contractor who buys insurance from a CRIS®-certification holder will know he or she is dealing with someone who is committed to the construction industry. Continuing education is part of the fabric of Seely & Durland Insurance.

Chamber Office Manager Sarah Armand and Executive Director Michael Johndrow join winner of the Community Showcase Thousand Dollar Giveaway Peggy Gavan at the Caboose..

Brew Festival on Farm

Attention beer lovers! Pennings Farm in Warwick will host Brew Fest on The Farm Saturday, May 30 from 2 to 6pm. The even, in its fourth year, will bring together 30 to 40 breweries from across the country, each offering a sampling of their brews. Last year’s festival included beers from Rushing Duck, Singlecut Beersmiths, Ballast Point, Evil Twin, Westbrook, Troegs, and also Greenflash. The small size of the festival gives attendees an intimate experience, allowing them to speak with the brewers, taste rare beers, and enjoy an afternoon on the farm. Whether you’re an enthusiast or new to beer, this event will not disappoint. Tickets:

Find the Food Truck

United Cheesesteaks of America is Hudson Valley’s premiere cheesesteak food truck offering a variety of original Philly Cheesesteaks as well as Philly’s favorite Tasty Kakes. Most frequently found in the parking lot of Ye Jolly Onion Inn on the corner of County Route 1 and Glenwood Road (Route 26), find the food truck in other locations around the county. Follow United Cheesesteaks of America on twitter and facebook.

Farm Supper Club

“La Cocinera,” as farmers on the W. Rogowski Farm in Pine Island, NY, call Cheryl Rogowski, is the first farmer to receive a Mac Arthur Genius Award, and is recognized as more farmer than chef. The continued evolution of the Rogowski Farm’s food has been influenced by many, with the farm as the foundation for the meals which are prepared in the atmosphere of warmth and welcome. In celebration of the spring equinox, Cheryl has relaunched the original Hudson Valley Farm Supper Club this March. Call (845) 258-1516 for reservations or email For happenings, what’s in season, recipes, and links, visit, read the blog blackdirtblog.wordpress. com, and follow on twitter: yesifarm.

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WVCC Chamber Connection First Quarter 2015  

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