Director and Administrative Assistant's Comments


It doesn't seem possible but after this weekend, our 9th Annual Jazz and Blues Bash will kick off Summer in Berlin. The event will be held June 4th, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

Anyone wishing to be a vendor or sponsor at our Jazz and Blues Bash - - we still have spaces open! Visit our website here  to download an application for food or arts vending, and contact the Chamber to be a Sponsor. We are also offering students the opportunity to earn service hours by playing or volunteering at the event-- see flyer below for details.


Membership is up and better than ever, we are working on our Annual Directory, and our new window clings have arrived! If you have not renewed or signed up for membership, you cannot be included in the Directory for 2016. Please make sure to renew! You don't want to miss an opportunity to advertise and promote your business in a comprehensive Directory for the Berlin Area, especially with Summer fast approaching! The Directory will be available at locations around the area, including Visitor's Centers! Applications for membership can be done  here , or visit the Chamber office Monday, Tuesday or Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also download a paper application here.


This Summer marks two very auspicious occasions for us, the Anniversary of working here for a year (woohoo!) and the 30th Anniversary of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce. We'll be holding a special Celebratory Business After Hours this June 16th at the Chamber Building to commemorate the occasion! Refreshments and entertainment will be provided, and we encourage all current, previous and prospective members to attend! If you wish to contribute to the celebration,or have information about the history and former members of the Chamber you'd like to present or share let us know! 

We are very excited for all the fun this Summer is going to bring-- we hope you'll join us! 

Cheers!
Larnet St. Amant
Morgan Coulson
Additional Sponsors:

A Celebration of Music & Art...
Join us for a day of non-stop Jazz and Blues music...featuring artwork for sale by local artists, food, amazing restaurants and a Burley Oak Beer to heighten the festivals atmosphere.
Take a break from the music and enjoy a scenic horse & carriage ride around town. Cost is $5 per person (children under 3 are free). A moon-bounce for kids will be open, and Worcester Youth and Family will have family friendly activities!

CONFIRMED BANDS THIS YEAR:
THE LARKS
THE CHRIS ENGLISH BAND
THE SHRAPNELS
THE NEW YORK CONNECTION

The Jazz & Blues Bash is FREE to the public. Lawn chairs are recommended for seating. No outside food or alcohol is permitted in the festival area. High Top Tables will be available for audience members to relax and enjoy a snack or beverage. 
Parking: Free Public parking is available around town: William & Pitts Street, Commerce Street (behind Victorian Charm), Post Office on Broad Street, Church Parking Lot on Bay Street, Farmers Market Parking Lot on West Street, the lot across from the Visitor's Center and handicapped parking lot off of Pitts Street behind The Beez Kneez Boutique.

 
Welcome New Members:
Eastern Shore Kettle Korn
Atlantic United Methodist Church

Renewing Members:
Worcester County Developmental Center
Worcester County Library
 Coconut Bay Trading Company
Waystead Inn
Berlin Coffee House
Bruder Hill
Coastal Association of Realtors
Those Clever Canines
Victorian Charm
Design Resources


Benefits of being a member:
Social Media Promotion
Link to your website from the Chamber Website
Listing of your business searchable on our website
Listing in our yearly Berlin Chamber directory
Recognition and member articles in newsletter
Referrals to visitors and area residents
Events listed on our website
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Brochures for your business in the Chamber Center
Networking Events
Do you have news or events coming up you want shared? Send them to us! The Chamber does marketing for you!
Contact us  here.
  Spotlight

Church Mouse Thrift Shop Celebrates 50 Years of Charity and Community 


 The Church Mouse Thrift Shop has been a staple of Berlin for half a century, and this Thursday, May 26 they will commemorate the anniversary with a Ribbon Cutting and Business After Hours Reception! Having moved over the years from the extension of the Atlantic Hotel to Old Ocean City Boulevard, and finally settling at 101 Main Street, the Church Mouse is a beacon of charity, donating thousands of dollars to nonprofits, and clothing and necessities to those in need with the aid of the unsinkable Helen Wiley at the helm. We are honored to have the Church Mouse as a Chamber member, and to help celebrate this joyous occasion. We hope to see you there! 

Read More about The Church Mouse in the Bayside Gazette. 

For more information, or to donate to the Church Mouse, call 410-641-4385, email helenbuttercup@verizon.net or visit www.churchmousethriftshop.com.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Make sure to keep a record of this year's calendar; the event dates have been finalized for 2016!


[Time:  2pm - 8pm
With 12 one-of-a-kind sour beers, this outdoor festival is made for those sour fans out there! Food from a few awesome local vendors, crazy yard games, live music provided by The Strange Heat and some of the craziest sour beers you'll ever have. We will also be releasing our new can, Tart Attack
Stay tuned for more information and a list of the beers that will be featured!  Must be 21 or older to enter. 
Standard Entry Fee $ 25.00 - This fee includes as many 2oz. samples as one can responsibly consume. Must be 21 or older. Tickets are non-refundable.
D.D. Entry Fee $ 10.00- This fee includes entry only. Must be 21 or older.
Location: Burley Oak Brewing Company  
10016 Old Ocean City Blvd.  
Berlin, Maryland 21811
*Tax is included in price* ]

[May 25]
[AGH Auxiliary Lobby Sale]

[7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Atlantic General Hospital
9733 Healthway Drive
Berlin, MD 21811]

[June 10]
[Second Friday ]

[Every Second Friday we celebrate our local shops and artists, enjoy complimentary refreshments, stroll the town and grab a bite to eat, do some shopping, indulge in a glass or wine or craft beer, enjoy entertainment provided at various locations! From 5 to 8 p.m.
]

[May 29]
[Pooch Playdates]

[Bring your dog friendly dog on leash to play with us in a climated controlled 2000 sf environment with toys, games, treats and fun. $8 to stay as long as you lie between noon and 4 PM on Sundays (except for holidays). We'll even help you teach your dog a new trick or two.  Pay for four sessions and get a fifth session free.Those Clever Canines 11022 Nicholas Lane Suite 9 Ocean Pines, MD 21218
Date/Time Information:
Sundays noon-4 PM excepting holidays or extreme weather. Call 443-653-5950 to be sure.
Contact Information:
Sharon at TCC

[May 29]
[Atlantic United Methodist Summer Services]

[Starting May 29th through early fall:
Atlantic United Methodist Church will once again move its 8:30 am Casual Worship service to the porch of Shenanigan's Pub at 4th and the boardwalk (weather permitting). Join us at the beach...
10:00 Traditional service will be held in our A/C sanctuary at 4th St. and Baltimore Ave. Contact: Diane Kleinfelter 410 -723-4799 cell # 717-574-7876]
Send an Email


[Worcester County Library Schedule of Events]
[May- November]


[June 18]
[Shorecraft Beer Fest & RiverWalk Celebration]
[Salisbury Shore Craft Beer Fest and Riverwalk Celebration is slated for Saturday, June 18 at the intersection of Market and Division streets. VIP tickets provide access beginning at 12:30 p.m., the General Admission ticket holders will sample beer from starting at 1:30p.m. The festival concludes at 4:30 p.m.
Shore Craft Beer Festivals serve only local beer. The event will include food trucks and live music as well as a family-friendly atmosphere with arts exhibits, Plein Air Salisbury, crafts tables and lots of entertainment for kids. Each brewery will bring at least two beers.  
Come for the weekend, celebrate on the refurbished Riverwalk that will be the centerpiece of Salisbury's revitalization. Plan to stay on later as our friends at Hoppers uptown and Headquarters Live downtown will have big plans for revelers throughout the weekend.]

[June 18]
[Father's Day Craft and Coffee at Heart of Gold Kids]

[Their Mother's Day craft with Dad was so much fun they decided to have one for Father's Day! 
Please contact Heart of Gold with the number of kids you will be bringing so they can make sure to have enough supplies. They will be serving coffee/donuts & the cost is $5 per craft. Looking forward to seeing you for a family fun morning!!
Saturday, June 18 at 9:30 AM
Heart of Gold kids
27 N Main St, Berlin, Maryland 21811
]

[June 2]
[Coastal Hospice Thrift Shop Ribbon Cutting]

[Join us for a Ribbon Cutting celebrating the expansion of the Coastal Hospice Thrift Shop, June 2 at 5 p.m.
10445 Old Ocean City Blvd
Berlin, MD]
 

[June 18, 19]
[OC Air Show]


[Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays in June]
[The Wine Making Experience Couples Event]
[Join the fun making wine at Brews Up with fabulous wine tastings while you learn the art of wine-making. You will taste, make and bottle wine!
Tickets: $50 each (includes event & 1 bottle per person)
If you want to schedule a private party for birthday, anniversary, bridal shower, corporate Team Building or holiday party, call Tony at 443-513-4744.
Event is limited to 40 guests.!]

[May 27]
[Paint A Mermaid Tail at Bungalow Love]


[May 28,89]
[Ocean City Arts and Crafts Show]
[CONVENTION CENTER
4001 COASTAL HWY.
410-213-0735
Location: Bayside Mid-town (28th - 90th)
Event Type: Convention Center
Ocean City's only Memorial Day weekend craft show, featuring vendors displaying garden accessories, jewelry, candles, florals, nautical items, wood crafts & homemade items. Also, handmade chocolates, fudge, and dip mixes.
For more information, contact Janice Cropper at 410-213-0735 or cropperjl@aol.com.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
FREE ADMISSION
]

[Worcester County Arts Council 2nd Friday Reception]
[June 10]
 
[Time: 5 pm - 8 pm
Worcester County Arts Council
Featured Artists: Rudelle Hall and Larry Wisniewski.
Location: Worcester County Arts Council, 6 Jefferson Street, Berlin MD 21811
Contact Information: 410-641-0809 curator@worcestercountyartscouncil.org
Every Second Friday of each month our Gallery celebrates work of local artists featuring their artwork on the exhibit.
Join us from 5 pm - 8 pm for the opening reception, meet the artists, enjoy complimentary refreshments and live music entertainment.
Exhibit on display: June 1 - 30. ]

[June 2]
[Diakonia's Summer Kickoff]

[The first annual Summer Kickoff to benefit Diakonia at Teaser's Dock Bar at Sunset Grille. Tickets include two beverages and appetizers; $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Live music, raffles and lots of fun. Sponsored by Sunset Grille and D3 Corp.
Teaser's Dock Bar at Sunset Grille 12933 Sunset Ave Ocean City, MD 21842
June 2, 2016 6-9pm
Contact Information:
call 443-210-0075
$10 in advance $15 at the door]

[May 30]
[Berlin Memorial Day Parade]
[Location: Dr. William Henry Park and Multipurpose Building on Flower Street
Parade begins at 8 am from Stephen Decatur Middle School to Henry Park featuring bands, cars, dance and music. The day continues at the Henry Park with music, food, vendors and games.
Sponsored by the Berlin Community Improvement Association]

[June 12]
[Worcester County Arts Council 40th Anniversary & Annual Meeting]
[June 12, 4 pm - 6 pm
Ocean Pines Yacht Club
Free
Celebrate 40 years of the Arts Council's service to the Community! Please save the date to join us for the very special annual meeting highlighting our successes and achievements!
This event will feature live music entertainment, heavy hors D'oeuvres, silent and Chinese auctions, and more. You don't want to miss it!]

Use your favorite Berlin hashtags on your social media outlets! #berlinmd #americascoolestsmalltown #shopberlin #eatberlin #berlinMDchamber #bMDCoC 

Need help with Social Media for your Business? Our administrative assistant is here to help! Email her at chamberinfo@berlinchamber.org with all your social media and marketing questions.

Around Town Photos

Second Friday May 13, 2016














Want to be part of our events for the year? We need Volunteers! Sign up on our website, or click here!

We want to you to rejoin the Chamber for 2016!

Why be a Chamber member? Our administration now has a grounded foundation, as we have been here for six months and now are ready to pursue the New Year with knowledge, enthusiasm, and experience. Some of the benefits you would get to enjoy as a member are great opportunities for advertisement and promotion during events such as the Spring Celebration, Jazz and Blues Festival, Bathtub Races, Fiddler's Convention, Fall Cruisers, as well as Business After Hours and Learning Seminars. While the Chamber is already a great networking tool for expanding your business and clientele, these events would be a gathering of members not only in our Chamber, but Chambers around the area, and an opportunity to collaborate on the expansion and diversification of their businesses. We are also working to create new fun inventive local social events that, through sponsorship, your business could gain a larger following from. This year we will also be creating a Membership Directory booklet, with the opportunity for businesses to buy placed advertisements so they will really stand out!
                We also promote local business members through social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Constant Contact e-blasts, advertising on our website and our new campaign with Instagram. Along with the efforts of the Chamber Administration, each business within the Chamber supports the advertisement and promotion of its fellow members. We strive to make sure that each member gets the individual attention they deserve and to enhance their profitability by any means that we can.
Your business is already a huge success, and we'd love to help you achieve the apex of what you're capable. You have our full support should you need it, and if you have any questions or concerns please call or email at any time. Membership is $125.00 for a business of less than 5 employees, $145.00 for a business of 5 employees or more, and $95.00 for non-profit organizations.  If your business doesn't fall into these guidelines, please let us know. Thank you so much for becoming a part of our wonderful community, and we look forward to working with you as soon as possible.

Larnet St. Amant
Morgan Coulson
Berlin Chamber of Commerce
410-641-4775

Please return the portion below with your payment by cash or check to The Berlin Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 212, Berlin MD 21811, download this letter here and print it from home, or use your credit card at our website: www.berlinchamber.org to sign up digitally for your convenience.
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Board of Directors 
President- Donna Compher
Immediate Past President- Natalee Sondberg Dehart
President Elect- Cathryn Nellans
Secretary- Nicky Chavis
Treasurer- Brian Roberts, CPA
Executive Director- Larnet St. Amant
Administrative Assistant- Morgan Coulson
Director- Charles Adams
Director- Tom Sholtis
Director- Halima Yusuf
Director- Shelly Bruder
Director- Steve Frene
Town of Berlin Liaison - Ivy Wells