A Message from the Chamber Director
It's difficult to believe August is already upon us, but we still have a lot of events and happenings lined up in South Wasco County, so check out our website, visit us regularly on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to read your newsletter!
Chamber Business News
will now be available in print and to the public by the second Tuesday of each month. There will be copies available at City Hall, the library, and the Chamber office; if you'd like me to add your email address to my list of electronic recipients, contact me at the Chamber office at any of the means listed below and I will make it happen. The Chamber Business News also appears on our Facebook page and on our website.
Maupin held its inaugural
event uptown on August 2. The new Rivergate Art Gallery enjoyed their grand opening in the Chamber office; Joy Reyneke opened her beautiful garden to visitors, showcasing a stunning display of her photography and offering hors d' oeuvres; Sage Rafting and Maupin Market offered specials on ice cream and deli treats; The 7 Directions had a sidewalk sale; and there were lawn games as well as live music by
in Kaiser Park.
We would love to see
become a regular occurrence, so if you would like to be a part of this casual evening of community, throw me your ideas. No sign-up is necessary, but remember to check with the city and county regarding permits; they may be required if you intend to offer food or drinks at a public event.
I will begin writing Chamber member and business feature articles again in the fall, so please consider sending me your story, nominating someone you know for a feature, or notifying me of a special event you'd like to have covered, and I will do my best to get the word out. As we move from our busy season into the quieter months, there is much we can do to keep our area inviting and appealing to visitors. In addition, Central Oregon Visitors Association is always looking for great stories about our area to share with potential guests. We want to celebrate everything that makes our little corner of the world unique.
Central Oregon Visitors Association
COVA happens to be the mother ship of our tourism affiliation, and they support the Maupin area in many ways, including through their website, print, and online magazines. If you would like information on becoming a COVA business member, and the benefits that accompany such a membership,
please click here
. If you are unable to view the link, you may contact me for information.
COVA resides in Sunriver, which also happens to be the location of
Travel Oregon's Rural Tourism Conference
in April of 2020. They are looking for businesses interested in advertising at the conference, so please contact me and I can put you in touch. It would be a valuable opportunity to make your business, and South Wasco County in general, visible to the state tourism industry.
We also enjoyed
National Night Out
, a nation-wide event held annually on the first Tuesday in August celebrating first responders and offering communities the opportunity to connect and strengthen the relationships between law enforcement and community members. In attendance were Oregon State Police Trooper, Lt. Les Kipper; Wasco County Sheriff, Lane Magill; South Wasco County Ambulance and Fire; Southern Wasco County Library; Sage Rafting offering free ice cream; and live music by
. Thanks to all who attended and shared in the spirit of community-building so necessary in today's climate.
As the summer winds down, I encourage you to get out and get involved in local happenings. Events are posted on the Chamber website: www.maupinoregon.com and on Facebook at Maupin Area Chamber of Commerce. Please feel free to give me a call: 541.993.1708 or shoot me an email: