Chamber Corner

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce President Scott Terry will provide a weekly column to the Beat, featuring items and announcements of interest to the community.

If you didn’t make it to the 1st Annual Silver City Wine Festival, you missed out. We had a great time putting on the event, and it seemed like most of the people attending and working the event enjoyed it as well. But as usual, there are always a few people that just have to try to come up with something negative.

One person said it would have been better outdoors. Really? During the monsoon season? That person sipped too many wines. I also got a kick out of the person who said since he bought a bottle of wine, he should get some of his entrance fee back. Give me a break. You pay $20 to get in the door. You have from Noon to 6:00 p.m. to taste wine from eleven different wineries. Where else around here can you sip wine for six solid hours for only $20.00? Good grief…

We hope to bring a second annual Silver City Wine Festival back to Grant County next year. As soon as that decision is made, we will share with you the dates of the event.

Thinking of all the projects and programs the Chamber of Commerce is involved with, Independence Day has to be my favorite. The July 4th Celebration takes a lot of planning, there is a whole lot of work that has to be done, the hours are terrible… yet, the results are fantastic. This community comes alive when we celebrate patriotism. Each year there are always things that happen that will stick in my memory. The biggest thrill I get is seeing all the smiles. People, young and old, smiling as the parade goes by. A little boy smiling with buttery juice all around his mouth from eating the roasted corn on the cob. The folks smiling as they dance near the gazebo during the live music. And something that always moves me, when everyone in the park stops to watch the raising of the flag and the singing of the national anthem. These are the things that make all the effort worth-while. We at the Chamber of Commerce hope you are enjoying the Silver City celebration.

By this time next week, we will be celebrating the Independence of our great Nation. Wow…. Can you imagine what was going through the minds of the Founding Fathers as they debated and argued and eventually agreed upon our Declaration of Independence. Those people who wanted to remain under the laws of the British labeled the framers of the Declaration of Independence as traitors. These men, no… these brave men could have faced death due to forging our declaration of freedom from British Rule.

You see, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence we were no longer in the middle of the American "rebellion" against Great Britain… but we were beginning a "revolution" against Great Britain. On July 2, 1776 the Second Continental Congress approved the resolution by Richard Henry Lee from Virginia that "these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved." To the British, this was a revolutionary statement.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines HOSPITALITY as hospitable treatment, reception, or disposition. The activity or business of providing services to guests.

Whether we are inviting people to visit the Grant County area to share the weather, the sites, or the way of life that we enjoy… we should always try to be hospitable and friendly toward them. Rather than asking "Why on Earth would you come here?", we should be saying "Thank you for choosing to visit southwest New Mexico!".

Each year the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce hosts the Silver City 4th of July Celebration. This year is no different from the past several years. The holiday will be held on Wednesday – July 4. A majority of downtown activities will take place at Gough Park, located at 1200 North Pope Street in Silver City, New Mexico.

The theme this year is "Uncle Sam Wants You _______." You get to fill in the blank. At the Chamber of Commerce, we say "Uncle Sam Wants You to have fun!" It should be interesting to see the variety of sayings that groups will come up with for the holiday celebration.

The mission of the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce is to serve our members by promoting business, commerce, and tourism in Grant County.

I'm dumbfounded when a person gets upset that the Chamber of Commerce can't help with an issue that involves a business that isn't a chamber member… and sometimes we have never even heard of the business. First and foremost, we are in business to serve our Chamber of Commerce business members. If you are not a member of the Chamber of Commerce, don't expect the Chamber office to work miracles for you. Oh, and by the way, if you are a member… don't expect miracles. There's a higher authority that does that kind of work and you don't have to pay him an annual membership fee.

We attended the Memorial Day Ceremony at Fort Bayard National Cemetery this week. The Marine Corps League did an excellent job running the ceremony this year. I just wish they had said something in public about the shape of the Fort Bayard National Cemetery. During the five years that we have lived here and we have been attending ceremonies at the National Cemetery, the cemetery itself looked nicer than we have ever seen it. The grounds were orderly, the pavilion where the ceremony took place was so nice with all the work that had been done to the walls and the concrete, and there was no orange construction fencing or yellow plastic chain. So much work has been done to make this… not just a place of honor, but a dignified and beautiful place of honor. Sure, there is more work to be done. However, when the grass comes in, the Fort Bayard National Cemetery will be a much nicer facility for the final resting place of our nation's heroes. To those who are in charge of the maintenance and administration of the Fort Bayard National Cemetery… THANK YOU.

It's Blues Festival Weekend baby! If you like the Blues, then you will love this weekend in downtown Silver City. To read about the dates, times and bands scheduled to entertain everyone at Gough Park, please visit the Blues Festival website at www.silvercitybluesfestival.org.

Monday is Memorial Day. Of course, there will be the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. It starts at 10:00 a.m. and is being hosted by the Marine Corps League. However, volunteers are actually needed on Friday – May 25 at 9 a.m. to help place flags beside each of the markers at Fort Bayard Cemetery. The tools needed will be a hammer and a ½ inch to ¾ inch rod to make the pilot holes for the flags. Ideally the rod will be long enough that the person stands up while making the pilot hole as opposed to bending over. Then volunteers will be needed on Tuesday – May 29 to pick up the flags.

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