Weekly Newsletter - November 11, 2020

Members AND Sponsors, please send your news, updates and photos to newsletter.tsc.news@gmail.com so we can share with the Tri-State community.

Together, we are #TriStateStrong!
We are all in this together folks - please wear your mask!

RENEW or BECOME a Member:

The Tri-State region is on a path to fully reopening and the Chamber is here to better connect our commerce and our community. Together, we can show our strength!

Thank you to our amazing SPONSORS!

To become a SPONSOR please contact Jean Saliter at treasurer@tristatechamber.com

Last chance to Adopt A Tree!!!
Calling all volunteers - We need you!!!!!!

Interested in being part of this great tradition by volunteering to help set up the trees?
Thank you to those that submitted pictures of their scarecrows for our virtual scarecrow contest! Below are some of our favorites!
Noble Horizons
Our newest innkeeper at the Cornwall Inn:
Mr. Hal A. Weenie
National Iron Bank

Due to increasing rates of COVID-19 in Connecticut, the entire state has rolled back to Phase 2.1 – a slightly modified version of the previously enacted Phase 2 rules – which became effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 6. The changes under Phase 2.1 include:

  • Restaurants will reduce to 50 percent capacity with a maximum of 8 people limited to a table;
  • Restaurants and entertainment venues (i.e. bowling allies, movie theaters, arcades, etc.) will be required to close by 9:30 p.m., with the exception of food takeout and delivery services, which will be allowed to continue after 9:30 p.m.;
  • Personal services, such as hair salons and barber shops, will remain at 75 percent capacity;
  • Event venues will be limited to 25 people indoor, 50 people outdoor;
  • Performing arts venues and movie theaters will have a capacity of 100 people; and
  • Religious gatherings will be limited to 50 percent capacity or 100 people maximum.
The governor is expected to soon issue an executive order implementing Phase 2.1, and the Department of Economic and Community Development in the coming days will provide businesses with further guidance on the changes.

For the latest guidance in Connecticut, please click here.
November 14th 9am to 11am
The Alzheimer’s Association is the official Charity of Choice for Lime Rock Park and since this year has limited the ability for LRP to support the local CT Chapter, we are partnering for an event called “Drive to ENDALZ”. We are rallying (COVID-safe) to raise money to help serve the 80 thousand people in Connecticut who are living with Alzheimer’s and their 178 thousand caregivers. People will be able to make a donation and drive one lap around the track and then continue through local towns - including yours - ending up at Housatonic Valley Regional High School where we will take an in-car group photo. This would also be a great gift idea for someone…give caregivers a break to do something fun on one of the most iconic racetracks in the world.
Our route will include the towns of Falls Village, North Canaan, Salisbury, Lakeville, and Sharon. The car parade will begin around 9am and is expected to end by 10:30am. Key locations for drive-bys will include, Noble Horizons, Sharon Health Care Center, and Sharon Hospital.

Here is the link for more information and to register .

Grocery Delivery

Have you heard about LaBonne's To Go? We will personally shop, pack, and deliver your groceries directly to your door for a small charge. Email, fax or call in your order today!
We're back to full service dining in the Tap Room, but don't forget that our entire Tap Room menu is available for take-out Thursday through Monday as well! Our elegantly crafted selection of dishes changes every week and highlights only the best ingredients. Call us at 860-435-0030 or order online.

We can't wait to see you soon....

Come and join us on Thanksgiving Day for a wonderful 3-course pre-fixe menu. We will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal in all of our beautiful dining spaces to ensure everyone is comfortably (and safely) spaced apart.

If you prefer to have a delicious White Hart dinner at home, we've got a great Thanksgiving take-out menu. Order a few sides, or let us supply the whole meal! Orders will be take until 2pm on Wednesday, November 18th. Pick-up is Wednesday November 25th starting at noon. Click here for the full menu.
Upcoming Community Events

World-Renowned Flutist, Author and broadcaster, Eugenia Zuckerman presents: Living with Alzheimer’s  
On November 12th at 7 pm, Noble Horizons will host via Zoom world-renowned flutist, author and broadcaster Eugenia Zukerman.  Hailed by the Boston Globe as “an international triple threat...a published novelist, a television commentator and, most impressively, one of the finest flutists of our time,” Zuckerman will discuss her life with Alzheimer’s and her beautiful book “Like Falling Through a Cloud”. Eugenia will be accompanied by Elizabeth Smith-Boivin, Executive Director of Alzheimer's Association Northeastern New York. 

For more information, please visit out website

In a small New England town, six seemingly disparate characters come together and secrets of the past begin to unfold. Each character holds center stage in alternating chapters and becomes etched into the reader’s psyche. The End of the Day is both poignant, powerful and beautifully orchestrated in the hands of author Bill Clegg.

Entry Fee: $40 .

What you get: running jacket, winter hat, participation medallion .
Portion of entry fee to charity: $ 0 .

You may have noticed the explosion of Virtual Runs on Facebook lately, but not all of them are what they seem.

Some of them are local races supporting local causes that have turned virtual because of the pandemic. I have many of them on sportingAcause.com.
But a huge wave of what I call manufactured events have washed ashore with names like Smashed Santa Races, Wine Run Turkey Trot, Run for the Dogs, Face Mask Run and the one described above- America's Turkey Trot.

These "fundraiser" virtual races provide a lesson in Buyer Beware.

America's Turkey Trot, for example, has partnered with Feeding America, a nation-wide hunger charity, but the word "partner" is open to interpretation. 
Although America's Turkey Trot boasts Feeding America as a partner, no money from your entry fee will go to the charity. Instead, when you register (and pay), you will be encouraged to write your own check to support the work of Feeding America. Not quite what you thought, right?

Is this illegal? - no.

Is it unethical? - um…

Is it transparent? Absolutely not!

To be fair, probably some will write an additional check to Feeding America, and that's a good thing.

But the takeaway here is that if a virtual "fundraiser" event does not tell you exactly how much of your money is benefiting whom, then sign up for a local event instead, one that maybe supports a food bank in your town, one that tells you how much of your entry fee goes to help your neighbors.

Now that's transparency!

Find worthy sports-related fundraisers at http://sportingacause.com/.
District 7890 Governor Mark Glass joined the Salisbury Rotary Club’s 11/10 ZOOM meeting and talked about Rotary in the era of COVID-19. In continuing to be supporting of the local communities that we serve, clubs have gotten very creative using ZOOM which allows speakers from all over the world to join a meeting. It has also become easier for new members to join Rotary and current members to remain active because of ZOOM and with attendance and occupation requirements being much more flexible.
Smooth Talk

Cast: Laura Dern, Treat Williams, Levon Helm, Mary Kay Place, Elizabeth Berridge
Director: Joyce Chopra
Screenplay: Tom Cole
Adapted from the book Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates. Fifteen-year-old Connie (Laura Dern) spends the summer before her sophomore year fixating on getting male attention with disastrous consequences.

Available Friday 11/13
Creating Connecticut: Critical Moments That Shaped a Great State, Walter W. Woodward, Connecticut State Historian

Presented in collaboration with the Salisbury Association Historical Society

Saturday November 14 4:00

Scoville Memorial Library presents Connecticut State Historian Walter Woodward, who helps us understand how people and events in Connecticut’s past played crucial roles in forming the culture and character of Connecticut today. In his new book Creating Connecticut: Critical Moments That Shaped a Great State, Woodward, a gifted story-teller, brings the history we thought we knew to life in new ways, from the nearly forgotten early presence of the Dutch, to the time when Connecticut was New England’s fiercest prosecutor of witches, the decades when Nutmeggers were rapidly leaving the state, and the years when Irish immigrants were hurrying into it.

For more information and to register go to events on the Scoville Memorial Library’s website scovillelibrary.org
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