March is a beautiful time of transition in the Somerset County region, as slowly winter begins fading into spring. If March were defined by a color, that color would be green as grass begins to peak out underfoot, snow melts off the evergreen boughs making the trees shine in the North Woods and the traditional St. Patty’s Day decorations are hung in many stores & taverns. It is a time for transition of the seasons, and for the SACC it is the same for us.
March is a time for pre-planning for summer activities and implementing many of the projects we have been building over the winter. In the coming weeks the SACC will be releasing much more information about the 20th Maine State H.O.G. Rally happening July 23 – 25 at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds. This rally of the Harley Owner’s Group will include 350 – 500 Harley Davidsons and a couple of thousand attendees overall. There will be motorcycle rides, parades, skills game competitions, live concerts, food & clothing vendors, on-site camping, a beer garden and nightly shuttle service. This can be best described as a festival for motorcycle lovers but most any adult will find something they love. Look for continued updates on this event on this webpage including sponsorship packages, business tie-in programs and a list of booked entertainment.
Along with the H.O.G. Rally, the RiverFest 2015 committee has been planning out this year’s events for the six-day showcase from August 4 – 9. Events during this will include: Skowhegan Lion’s Club Chicken BBQ, Moonlight Madness, the Southside Tavern Sundowner Canoe & Kayak race, Skowhegan Rotary Club Lobster Bake, the SACC Drivers & Duffers Golf Classic, Glow Stick Paddle, RiverFest Saturday & fireworks, to name a few events. Also new this year, Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County is doing a fundraising Duck Race. Buy a duck for a buck, or 6 for $5 (called a quack pack), and those are on sale now! More RiverFest 2015 details coming as the calendar is finalized.
Lastly the SACC is working on growing their committees and quick action teams. Many of the projects that the SACC produces happen because of the dedication of our hard-working volunteers & staff. However, we have new projects we want to tackle, and existing projects we want to expand, but we can only do so with your help. Under the committees tab on this page you will notice each of the quick action teams are described. Take a look at what my interest you and get involved. It’s a great way to network with business people, invest your time into your community and to get back a community that thrives with events, activities and new tourism dollars. To sign up for a committee or quick action team contact the SACC office.
One quick reminder: our printed events calendar is due out at the end of May. As you start finalizing those event dates for things happening between June and December, don’t forget to pass them along to us so they get included in our calendar for free! We give out thousands of these calendars annually.
Stay up to date with what is happening in the Skowhegan Area but checking this website weekly, finding the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce on Facebook or sending us your e-mail address to be added to our weekly newsletter updates called the SACC News & Notes.
2015 marks a big year for the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce (SACC), as it is the 75th anniversary of our organization servicing, promoting and helping to grow the business community of the lower Somerset county region. Established in 1940 under the wings of the Skowhegan Hospitality Association, the chamber has long stood as an advocate for business in the region, but also the chamber has been a leader in many initiatives that have seen the region prosper. Throughout 2015, the SACC will be highlighting different successes the region has had over the years, and the role the chamber has played in helping to make them happen. I hope you enjoy this retrospective and that you continue to look at what is happening at the Skowhegan region when you are making plans for what to do, and where to shop and where to play.
Get your very own Skowhegan Indian!
The Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce a new fundraising partnership featuring the work of local whittler, Sharon Kimball. The artistry is amazing as Sharon has created three pieces of art for the Skowhegan-lover in your family. The three pieces are various-sized depictions of Bernard Langlais’ iconic masterwork, The Skowhegan Indian. Sharon has created three sized works to scale including a …17-inch, an 11-inch and a 4-inch ornament-sized Indian. The proceeds from the sales of these statues will go towards an evolving maintenance and stewardship account for the Indian to beautify the statue, the area around it and for continued maintenance through the years. Each piece is hand-whittled and unique to the owner of that piece. There is nothing like it around.
The Statues are available through the Skowhegan Chamber of Commerce (23 Commercial Street, in the downtown parking lot) Call or come by anytime to order yours.
Statues will be available for order at the Skowhegan Celebration of the Arts on September 13, 2014.
We have some on hand and if they need to be ordered the orders are delivered as recieved in a first come first served fashion . As they are hand whittled, there is no automatic production, but the wait is well worth it.
The 17-inch statue price $75
The 11-inch statue price $35
The 4-inch ornament price $10
Don’t miss your chance! To order call 474‑3621 or visit Cory at the Skowhegan Chamber in the municipal parking lot.