From the Executive Director - August 2018
 
The Chamber is busy preparing for the 49th Annual Blackstone Arts & Crafts Festival on Friday and Saturday, September 8th and 9th, 2018, from 10 to 5 daily.  As in the years past, attractions include 100+ Crafters and Vendors, Merchant Mart, Judged Art Shows, Huge Antique Car Show (click here for information), Pickles & Preserves Contest, Handmade Patchwork Quilt Contest, Homemade Fruit Pie Contest, 5K Run/Walk (click here for information), Tours of Historical Museums, Kids Zone, and Petting Zoo.
 
The Blackstone Chamber is excited to announce that Colonial Farm Credit is the Sponsor for the Blackstone Arts & Crafts Tractor Display and Parade, and wants to join the Chamber in inviting and encouraging all Antique Tractor and Vintage Car Owner friends of Bobby Daniels to once again attend the the Festival.  Due to Bobby's recent health issues, he will not be able to participate this year.  We will hold the annual Tractor Parade in Bobby's honor at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 8th. 
 
New this year, Scooter Cogar, of Blackstone, is presenting the Virginia Lumberjack Championship competition by over 20 World Class Lumberjacks including National and  World Title Holders.  The Competition will be held on the Historical Armory grounds on Saturday, Sept. 8th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
 
Community News:
 
The Harris Memorial Armory Clean-up day is Tuesday, August 7th at 7:00 p.m.  Please come and lend a hand to prepare for the Arts & Crafts Festival!
 
 
Downtown Blackstone, Inc. won the Main Street Idea Pitch during Downtown Intersections, a Virginia Main Street training event. They will receive $5,000 towards completing their Blackstone Town Square Revitalization Project. The project will add seating areas, planters, trash receptacles, and a large scale destination mural in the Town Square. The improvements will also follow the installation of DBI’s LOVEwork which is meant to leverage the brand strength of “Virginia is for Lovers.”
 
Don’t forget that DBI has a Revolving Loan Fund for business/property owners in Blackstone’s Historic Business District. Applicants can receive loans up to $10,000 at 0% interest to complete various improvement projects! 
 
Member News:
 
Clay's Garden Center's Wine and Beer Tasting is Friday, August 10th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Rosemont and James Cellars wineries will be present.  Carl Schwabenton will be playing music for your enjoyment.  Sarah Wells' Art will be on display as well.
 
 
For more information and details for any of these events, please contact me at the Chamber Office.
 
Have a wonderful weekend!
 

The Chamber Connection May 2018

 
From the Executive Director:
 
The Chamber's Seventh Annual Golf Outing was held on May 2nd with beautiful weather!  Congratulations to the Winning Team:  C. W. Improvements of Amelia!
 
Thank you to our caterer,  Mitchell's Restaurant, and the Nottoway River Country Club for working with the Chamber to make it a great day!
 
Other teams participating were:
 
Access Realty
Barbara Y. Gibbs & Associates
Benchmark Community Bank
Blackstone Emporium
Blackstone Volunteer Fire Department
Citizens Bank and Trust Company
Ricks Auto Service
Southside Electric Cooperative
Touchstone Bank
Wilkerson Enterprises
 
Thank you to our wonderful Sponsors:
 
VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital
Citizens Bank & Trust Company
Access Realty
Southside Electric Cooperative
Moncure Insurance Agency
Parker Oil & Propane
Benchmark Community Bank
Billy Coleburn for Blackstone
Blackstone Animal Clinic
Colonial Farm Credit
Corner Kitchen
The Grey Swan Inn Bed & Breakfast
Heritage Hall Nursing Home
Kenston Forest School
Key Office Supply
L. E. Simmons Monument Company
Letterpress Communications
Luck Stone of Burkeville
New York Life Insurance
Blackstone Area Bus Service
Foodlion
Nottoway Lanes
Pepsi Bottling Company
 
Member News:
 
  • Please plan to celebrate Heritage Hall's 40th Anniversary on Tuesday, May 29th at 3:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Alfreda Reynolds, Marketing Director: areynolds@ahc.cc or 4334-292-5301.
  • Twenty-two high school seniors from across Southside Electric Cooperative’s (SEC) 18-county service area have earned scholarships awarded by the Southside Opportunity Fund (SOF).  Please see the attached press release for more details.

          Southside Electric Cooperative announces scholarships, Youth Tour


 
From the Executive Director - 4/23/18
 
The Chamber's Town Council Election forum was held on Wednesday, April 18th at Mitchell's Restaurant.  It was well attended by approximately 60 guests, and twelve out of fourteen Candidates were present.  The Chamber thanks all who participated and attended, and Mitchell's Restaurant for doing a great job hosting this event.
 

The Chamber's Seventh Annual Golf Outing is Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the Nottoway River Country Club.  There are still  Sponsorship Opportunities available and openings for 4-person Golf Teams.  Lunch and Registration begin at 11:00 a.m.  T-Off is at Noon.  Lunch and Dinner are provided as well as Goodie Bags, Team and Individual prizes and plenty of Cold Beverages!    If you would like to participate as a Sponsor, Team or Volunteer, please contact me by e-mail or by calling the Chamber cell 434-294-0280.  

 
 
Community News:
 
The Blackstone Ducks Unlimited Wetland Conservation Dinner is be held Friday, April 27, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Blackstone Herb Cottage on Main Street.  For more information and  to obtain tickets, visit the website HTTPS://WWW.DUCKSYSTEM.COM/PHPBIN/WWW.PHP or call Robbie Parker 804-986-0701 or email rpar@novonordisk.com.

 


Special Reminders April 9, 2018:

 
The Blackstone Chamber of Commerce is pleased to sponsor a Town Council and Mayoral Election Forum on Wednesday, April 18th at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room at Mitchell's Restaurant, 403 North Main Street, Blackstone. The pubic is invited to attend.  For more information, please contact the Chamber Office.
 
 
The Chamber's Seventh Annual Golf Outing is Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the Nottoway River Country Club.  There are still  Sponsorship Opportunities available and openings for 4-person Golf Teams.  Lunch and Registration begin at 11:00 a.m.  T-Off is at Noon.  Lunch and Dinner are provided as well as Goodie Bags, Team and Individual prizes and plenty of Cold Beverages!  I have attached all of the Golf information below for your convenience.  If you would like to participate as a Sponsor, Team or Volunteer, please contact me by e-mail or by calling the Chamber cell 434-294-0280. 
 
Thank you, 
Jane
 

The Chamber Connection Special Announcements April 2018

 
The Blackstone Chamber's Seventh Annual Golf Outing is Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the Nottoway River Country Club.  Pat Robson, the Board Chairman of this committee has already begun to contact past teams and sponsors for this year's outing.  If you have any questions, please contact the Chamber office.  Please see the  information below concerning the Golf Outing.  I will also be contacting you and look forward to hearing from you.
 

Special Member Announcement:

Citizens Bank & Trust Company has the following scholarship opportunities available:

Robert E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship

CB&T is pleased to offer the Robert E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund. This scholarship was established by Citizens Bank & Trust Company as a lasting legacy to our friend and colleague, Bob Johnson, who passed away on December 24, 2002.

The application deadline for the 2018 Scholarship will be Friday, April 13, 2018. The winner of this $500 scholarship will be announced on Friday, May 4, 2018.

J.A. Wilson, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

CB&T is proudly offering the J.A. Wilson, Jr. Memorial Scholarship for students pursuing a degree in agricultural studies as an ongoing tribute to our friend and colleague, Jerry Wilson, who passed away on January 28, 2017.

The application deadline for the 2018 Scholarship will be Friday, April 13, 2018. The winner of this $1,000 scholarship will be announced on Friday, May 4, 2018.

To learn more about applying for these scholarships, please visit www.cbtva.com/about-us/bank-news or contact Lindsey Page at lindsey.page@cbtva.com (434-292-8171).

Thank you,

Jane Barnes