September 6 Pocomoketoberfest
November 15 Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival

The 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.
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The 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.

Business After Hours - March 6th 2014

Thank 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!

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Business After Hours at All Floors and Cabinets, Inc.
Posted Tuesday, February 25th 2014


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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.

Winners of the women's costume contest, Emily Nock and Kathy Labbree.
Photos by KB foto
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Some of the Tyson Foods attendees, winners of the best group costume.
Winner of the men's costume contest and Past President of the Chamber, Josh Nordstrom.

The 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 River Gem Bed and Breakfast at Littleton’s, John Rafter of ABLE Vacation Property Maintenance and Jeremy Mason, Chamber President, of Hall Realty and Regent Homes by Beracah. Beautiful summer flip-flop flowers were provided by Enchanted Florist.

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 this event.

Thank You Table Sponsors:

Buchanan Subaru
City of Pocomoke
Midway Toyota
Shore Bank
Tyson Foods
Worcester County Commission on Aging

Special Thank You:

Amy Latimer & Decorating Committee
Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore
Sponsor of the Community at Heart Award
Enchanted Florist
KB foto + design
The Pocomoke Vol. Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary
The Pocomoke Community Center

Auction Donations:

Atlantic Tractor ~ 9560R tractor replica ~ Take along backpack and tractor
Leslie Brett- Original Watercolors “Lonely Boat” & “Looking for Food”
Jan Coulbourne– Watercolors, “Life Along the Creek” & “Ocean Greeting”
The Cellular Connection ~ Cell phone Survival Kit~ Bluetooth speaker
Dominos ~ Gift Certificates
Enchanted Florist ~ Gift basket and centerpieces
Heart N Home ~ Maryland Crab Gift Basket
Honeysuckle Painted Cottage ~ mirror
Tyson Foods- Two 40 lb. cases of boneless fillets
John Rafter ~ Heart of Skipjack
The River Gem B & B at Littleton’s ~ Bakery Box of SweeetHeart Treats
RDL Boutique ~ Purse, earrings and pin
John 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!

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Congratulations as well as to our hard-working board:

Mike Latimer
Vice President
The Cellular Connection

Katy Fleming
Second Vice President
Mar-Va Theater

Ray Daisey
Calvin B.Taylor Bank

Dale Cook
Tyson Foods

Dave Grieg
Domino's Pizza

Mona Margarita
The River Gem Bed and Breakfast at Littleton's

Jennifer Procaccio
Enchanted Florist

Debbie Ritter
Worcester County
Commission on Aging

Chuck Scott
TD Digital Printing

Mike Shannon
Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Co

..and outgoing board member Deborah Ullmann, who has contributed immensely to the Chamber!

Celebrate with the Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce at our Open House at 6 Market Street, Saturday, December 14th from 11 am until 2 pm.

Pictured, "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 welcome.

Christmas Shopping at
Market Street Boutique
By Josh Nordstrom, President, Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce
Posted 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!
Posted Tuesday November 26th 2013

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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.

We look forward to an even bigger event next year on Saturday, November 22nd.

Enchanted Florist Business After Hours, Thursday November 14th

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Volunteers 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.

If you enjoy working with the business community and those visiting Pocomoke, please considering volunteering at the Chamber office. Interns are also welcome! Please contact or 410-957-1919 about any of these opportunities.

Award Nominations Sought

It's not 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!

Community at Heart Nomination Form --------- Lifetime Achievement Nomination Form

Business Person of the Year Nomination Form

Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce Award Sponsorship

Department 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 their community.

For more information about upcoming CERT Classes, contact Tom Kane at Worcester County Department of Emergency Services at 410-632-1311 or by email Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Worcester County.

Buchanan Subaru and RDL Boutique Ribbon Cutting
Posted 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, Oct. 11
Photos by John T. Rafter
Posted Saturday, October 12th 2013

Thanks to the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors

By Jennifer Rafter, Executive Director, Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce
Posted 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
Posted 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 Studios.

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 of Broken 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 Insurance!

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 with Heather and Nathan and The Funky T which set the perfect tone for this event.

The Pocomoke 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 fun!

We hope to see everyone Saturday, September 6, 2014!


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