Cypress Festival is the main fundraiser for the Pocomoke Chamber
of Commerce and a signature festival for Pocomoke. We couldn't
do it without your support! Thank you for advertising in the
Cypress Festival program. 2,500 full color copies of the program
will be distributed starting in May. The deadline for placing
ads is April 25th.
here for a sample page from our program.
here to advertise with us!
Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce 2014 Board of Directors
Left to right,
back row: Dale Cook, Mona Margarita, President Jeremy Mason, Joshua
Nordstrom, Vice President Mike Latimer, Treasurer Ray Daisey. Front
Row: Chuck Scott, Director Jennifer Rafter, Debbie Ritter, Jennifer
Procaccio. Not pictured: 2nd Vice President Katy Fleming, David
Grieg, Mike Shannon.
After Hours - March 6th 2014
you to Shore Bank of Pocomoke for hosting a Business After Hours
on March 6th with the Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce, Chincoteague
Chamber of Commerce, and Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
Great food and great company!
Would you like to see your Chamber win the Chamber Challenge?
here and vote for the Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce!
After Hours at All Floors and Cabinets, Inc.
Tuesday, February 25th 2014
here for more photos.
Thank you to the beautiful All Floors and Cabinets, Inc. for hosting
the Business After Hours on February 20th. Just like many wonderful
parties, the guests kept visiting the kitchen where the food and
the cabinetry were perfect.
of the women's costume contest, Emily Nock and Kathy Labbree.
KB foto - To
see more photos of the event, please click on the photo below.
of the Tyson Foods attendees, winners of the best group costume.
Winner of the men's costume contest and Past President of the Chamber,
Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who
participated in the Annual Dinner.
Guests to the 62nd Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce
Annual Dinner were transported to a tropical paradise the moment
they walked through the doors of the Pocomoke
Community Center. From melting snow outdoors to palm trees
and umbrella drinks indoors, the change was magical. Each guest
was greeted with and "Aloha" and a lei by Esther Troast
before entering the ballroom where DJ Adam Riggin played tropical
tunes. We know he worked quite hard to come up with this collection
that included everything from Elvis' Blue Hawaii to Jimmy Buffet
and the theme song to Lilo and Stitch. (He also played many songs
from his own collection, probably a good thing as our director
went a bit overboard with tropical ideas!) The balloon palm trees
and the stunning colors and decorations in the ballroom were the
creations of Decorating Committee head Amy Latimer and were carried
out by Mike Latimer of The
Cellular Connection, Debbie Ritter of the Worcester
County Commission on Aging, Mona and Violet Margarita of the
Gem Bed and Breakfast at Littleton’s, John Rafter of
Vacation Property Maintenance and Jeremy Mason, Chamber President,
Realty and Regent
Homes by Beracah. Beautiful summer flip-flop flowers were
provided by Enchanted
After a wonderful dinner of ham and pineapple
from the Pocomoke Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary,
the awards were presented. Kim Jackson of Market
Street Boutique won the Business Person of the Year Award.
Past president Josh Nordstorm presented the Community at Heart
Award for Chief Kelvin Sewell of the Pocomoke Police Department,
which was accepted on his behalf by Mayor Bruce Morrison. CD Hall
of Hall Realty was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award,
accepted on his behalf by Jeremy Mason, Chamber President and
longtime employee of Hall Realty.
Costume winners for the group costume was Tyson
Foods. For the men’s costume, Josh Nordstrom won in
a stylish grass skirt while Emily Nock of Nock
Insurance Agency Inc. and Kathy Labbree (a former Chamber
board member from Affordable
Business Systems tied for the prize for best woman’s
costume in matching “bathing suit” aprons. During
the course of the evening, generous bidding occurred on the beautiful
silent auction items . Later in the evening there was limbo, and
even the Mayor participated!
The Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce would like
to thank the table sponsors, businesses and individuals who donated
auction items, and the many people who put a special effort into
Thank You Table Sponsors:
City of Pocomoke
Worcester County Commission
Special Thank You:
Amy Latimer & Decorating Committee
of the Eastern Shore
Sponsor of the Community at Heart Award
foto + design
Vol. Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary
Pocomoke Community Center
Tractor ~ 9560R tractor replica ~ Take along backpack and
Leslie Brett- Original Watercolors “Lonely Boat” &
“Looking for Food”
Jan Coulbourne– Watercolors, “Life Along the Creek”
& “Ocean Greeting”
Cellular Connection ~ Cell phone Survival Kit~ Bluetooth speaker
~ Gift Certificates
Florist ~ Gift basket and centerpieces
N Home ~ Maryland Crab Gift Basket
Honeysuckle Painted Cottage ~ mirror
Two 40 lb. cases of boneless fillets
John Rafter ~ Heart of Skipjack
Gem B & B at Littleton’s ~ Bakery Box of SweeetHeart
Boutique ~ Purse, earrings and pin
Rafter ~ Heart of Skipjack
Congratulations to Josh Nordstrom, the outgoing President of the
Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce, and to Jeremy Mason, the incoming
President for 2014!
here for more photos!
Congratulations as well as to our hard-working board:
The Cellular Connection
Calvin B.Taylor Bank
The River Gem Bed and Breakfast at Littleton's
Commission on Aging
TD Digital Printing
Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Co
..and outgoing board member Deborah Ullmann,
who has contributed immensely to the Chamber!
with the Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce at our Open House at
6 Market Street, Saturday, December 14th from 11 am until 2 pm.
"Party Time" by Leslie Brett. (Click
here for more photos.)
Please join us for an Open House on Saturday, December 14th from
11 am until 2 pm. Delmarva artists Jan Coulbourne and Leslie Brett,
best known for their Coastal Watercolor series, "Reflections
of the Shore in Watercolor" will be present to demonstrate.
They will also be giving away original watercolors at 12 pm and
1 pm, so stop by the Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce at 6 Market
Street and win a Coastal Watercolor for yourself, or as a gift.
Four paintings will be given away, including "Fishing"
and "Party Time" by Leslie Brett, and "Always Look
Up" and "Pelican Post" by Jan Coulbourne. Enjoy
some tasty tidbits and get in the holiday spirit with us at the
Pocomoke Chamber on December 14th from 11 am until 2 pm! All are
Christmas Shopping at Market
By Josh Nordstrom, President, Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce
Friday November 29th 2013
I went out to do some early Christmas shopping recently, and decided
to stop in and see Kim Jackson at Market Street Boutique in downtown
Pocomoke. I was really amazed at all the great new items she’s
added since I was last there! I was able to find fantastic, unique
gifts for my wife, my mom, and my grandmother at Market Street Boutique
– not an easy thing to accomplish in one place! As it turns
out, it was easy because there is lots to choose from: handbags,
clothing, shoes, jewelry, makeup, arts and crafts, knick-knacks,
and a variety of items for the home. The selection of gifts is amazing,
and all at very reasonable prices.
Thanks, Kim! I’ll be back soon!
Congratulations on a fantastic first Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival!
Tuesday November 26th 2013
Click here for more photos from the event.
Thank you to the volunteers, artists and crafters as well as the
shoppers that made this event a success! The Pocomoke Volunteer
Fire Company food was a big hit, and the PVFC Community Center venue
was just beautiful.
look forward to an even bigger event next year on Saturday, November
Enchanted Florist Business After Hours, Thursday November 14th
here for more photos from the event!
Needed for Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival
Help make this first Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival a success
by loaning a few hours of your time!
The Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to help
with our first ever Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival taking place
Saturday, November 23rd from 9 am to 3 pm at the Pocomoke Volunteer
Fire Company Community Center at 1410 Market Street. Volunteer are
needed either from 8:30 am to noon, or from noon to 3:30 for taking
admissions as well as for helping with the children’s craft
area. Volunteers are also needed from 10:30 to 1:30 to help Santa
get everyone ready for photos.
you enjoy working with the business community and those visiting
Pocomoke, please considering volunteering at the Chamber office.
Interns are also welcome! Please contact email@example.com
or 410-957-1919 about any of these opportunities.
Award Nominations Sought
too early to think about who you would like to see honored with
the Community at Heart, Lifetime Achievement, or Business Person
of the Year Award. Nominees must be Chamber members and cannot be
board members or staff of the Chamber. For a list of Chamber members,
click here. (please link this to business list) The awards will
be presented at the Annual Dinner at the PVFD Community Center on
Saturday, February 1, 2014, and submissions will by accepted until
December 21, 2013. Get your suggestions in early!
at Heart Nomination Form ---------
Achievement Nomination Form
Person of the Year Nomination Form
Area Chamber of Commerce Award Sponsorship
of Emergency Services - Snow Hill, MD
Posted Tuesday, October 29th 2013
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates
people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact
their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills,
such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization,
and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in
the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others
in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional
responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members
also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by
taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in
For more information about upcoming CERT Classes,
contact Tom Kane at Worcester County Department of Emergency
Services at 410-632-1311 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Worcester
Subaru and RDL Boutique Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, October 24th 2013
Congratulations to Buchanan Subaru for October 19th ribbon cutting
for their new building, and to R D L Boutique on the ribbon cutting
for the opening of their business.
Congratulations to Transamerica on their ribbon cutting Friday,
Photos by John T. Rafter
Saturday, October 12th 2013
Thanks to the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors
By Jennifer Rafter, Executive Director, Pocomoke
Area Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, September 26th 2013
The Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce
would like to thank the U.S.
Army Jazz Ambassadors and the City
of Pocomoke, as well as the 200 people who attended for an
amazing concert yesterday evening in Cypress Park.
Cheers to a Stellar Pocomoketoberfest!
By Jennifer Rafter, Executive Director, Pocomoke
Area Chamber of Commerce
Monday, September 9th 2013
The Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone
who participated in the Second Annual Pocomoketoberfest! What
a beautiful day. The perfect weather and cheerful crowd made for
a delightful experience.
We felt very lucky to have such a high quality
of artists and vendors attending, and I am sure it made the
decisions quite difficult for the judges of the juried show.
First prize in Fine Art was Robin
Spalding, with "The Great Escape", with second
place going to a gorgeous piece by Amused
First place in Crafts went to a lovely and well
crafted bag by Swag
Bags in marine blues and greens with second going to Dot
Truitt's whimsical "Dinner Bell".
First place in Jewelry went to Pamela Alton
Shell Jewelry while second went to an intricate kumihimo
piece by Marcia Cupschalk of BeadPod327.
Honorable Mention for the show went to Mona Margarita of The
River Gem Bed and Breakfast at Littleton's for a fanciful
set of fairy wing necklace and earrings.
Thank you judges for making these tough calls
with so many amazing entries! And thank you to the Delmarva
Discovery Center, Lin's
Asian Cuisine, the
Upper Deck, Don's
Seafood and Chicken House, the Pocomoke
River Canoe Co., and Market
Street Boutique for donating prizes.
Speaking of Market Street Boutique, guess who
won second prize in the scarecrow contest for an adorable and
stylish scarecrow with blue hair and a glass of red wine in
her hand? You got it! And in first place, with the most creative
scarecrow we have ever seen riding a Chincoteague pony, Violet
and the Pie by Landmark
This event couldn't happen without the breweries
and wineries that are the stars and the reason for the party!
I didn't get to taste their wares, but heard rave reviews from
those of you who did. Thank you to Layton's Chance, St. Micheal's
Winery, Great Shoals, and Fenwick Wine Cellars for a delicious
day. Evo, Burley Oak, 16 Mile, and Dogfish Head kept the beer
connoisseurs happy, and we were all grateful to Atlantic General
Hospital for the free water. Thanks
to Rusty Merritt and John Rafter for taking photos!
I saw several of you dancing to the live music
and Nathan and The
Funky T which set the perfect tone for this event.
Area Chamber of Commerce Board is a strong and hardworking
team and I am thankful for them! The whole board worked hard
for this event, with President Josh Nordstrom, Vice-President
Jeremy Mason, Treasurer Ray Daisey, and Second-Vice President
Mike Latimer working sunup to sundown doing everything from
setting up and breaking down tents to checking IDs at the gate.
Board members Katy Fleming, Dave Grieg, Jennifer Procaccio,
and Chuck Scott worked hard too, and thankfully are far better
at pouring a beer than I am. (I learned beer pouring is not
one of my skills.)
I would especially like to thank board member
Debbie Ritter, who in addition to having great beer pouring
skills, coordinated all of our wonderful volunteers. Of course
the Chamber is immensely grateful for the volunteers- we couldn't
do it without you! I do have to mention Chamber spouses John
Rafter, Donna Nordstrom, Rebecca Mason, and Chris Linton, who
really pitched in to help their significant others. (I know
I am lucky to have a husband like this!)
There as so many who deserve to be listed here
for their work at the festival as volunteer or in other capacities
that is would take up pages, so I will not do that here but
we know you were there and thank you for it. You know who you
are and you made Pocomoketoberfest happen!
Lastly, but the opposite of least, thank you
to the City of Pocomoke for encouraging and helping with this
event and many others and to the wonderful Pocomoke
City Police Department who make this event both safe and
We hope to see everyone Saturday, September