October 2015

Director and Administrative Assistant's Comments
Fall is in full swing in Berlin and there is still plenty to do! The weather is gorgeous, the leaves are changing, and Berlin is gearing up for its Autumn and Holiday Event season. We're excited about Fall Cruisers on October 10th and helping out with town events upcoming, including Octoberfest and the Fall sidewalk sale October 17th.
We were very pleased with the turnout and outcome of the 23rd Annual Fiddler's Convention, and are already working towards new and fun ideas for next year. We want to personally thank everyone who made the Convention possible. Special thanks to our gracious volunteers and our amazing sponsors. This year was better than ever and we are looking forward to next year with great excitement! We couldn't have done this without all of the help we received, and we are incredibly grateful. The addition of the beer garden Friday night and our "Kid's Row" activities were a great success and we were glad to see so many smiling faces, young and old. Congratulations to all the winners this year, we look forward to you returning next year to vie for your titles!  Keep in mind, our prime prerogative is to make sure everyone is satisfied with our events-so please remember our chamber door is always open for suggestions or comments.
We've finalized the event listing for next year's Chamber events, and we can't wait to get started on making them bigger and better than ever. In the meantime- we want you to come to Berlin and enjoy everything our gorgeous town has to offer. Christmas will be here faster than you think, and we have so many boutiques and gift stores with the perfect present for any personality type. Happy Fall!
-Larnet St. Amant and Morgan Coulson

Renewing Members
Midway Chevy, Buick, Cadillac, Toyota
Saltwater Media
Flannery's Inc.
Bruder Hill

Welcome new members
Heart of Gold Boutique
Coastal Association of Realtors
Go Organic Grocery

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 

Thank you Fiddler's Convention Sponsors!
Thank you so much to everyone who made this event such a great success! We could never have done it without you! Our Sponsors this year included: 



Congrats to the 2015 Fiddler's Convention Winners!
Adult Band
1.  Blind Wind
2.  The High and Wides
3. Nomadic Baby Sasquatches
Youth Band
1. Perpetual Commotion
Adult Fiddle
1. Andrew Voghts - Pennsylvania
2. Jon Simmons - Greensboro, MD
3. David Kohut - Bloxom, VA
Youth Fiddle
1. Mary Mergott - Berlin, MD
2. Erika Holden - Ocean Pines, MD
3. Josie Sollars - WIllards, MD
Adult Banjo
1. Wes Parks - Parksley, VA
2. Sam Guthridge - Baltimore, MD
3. Phil McCary - Berlin, MD
Youth Banjo
1. Taylor Parks - Parksley, VA
2. Keagan Justice - Salisbury, MD
Adult Mandolin
1. Mickey Justice - Salisbury, MD
2. Wes Parks - Parksley, VA
3. Sam Guthridge - Baltimore, MD
Youth Mandolin
1. Taylor Parks - Parksley, VA
2. Christopher Hoggard - Williamston, NC
Adult Guitar
1. Wes Parks - Parksley, VA
2. Bill Vontill
3. Mickey Justice - Salisbury, MD
Youth Guitar
1. Sam Moritzkat - Vienna, VA
2. Taylor Takacs - Berlin, MD

Spotlight on New Business
Something's "Abuzz" in Berlin

We were happy to be there for the Ribbon Cutting September 11th when owner Lori Wagman opened the doors to "The Beez Kneez Boutique" at 101 Williams Street, Suite 1, Berlin, MD. The store is one of our newest Chamber members! The shop offers everything from handmade soaps, body salts, shampoos, stone and glass jewelry, items for baby and home, gifts, and artisanal products galore. Wagman told the Bayside Gazette her store wasn't just about a product, but a lifestyle, free of harsh chemicals, and she puts that into practice with the products she makes. For a great variety of all natural soaps and sundries, and much more, check out The Beez Kneez boutique today. Congratulations! Check her out on Facebook.

Want to live Local? Think Coastal.

Recent joining members The Coastal Association of Realtors (CAR for short) held their Ribbon Cutting ceremony on September 28th at their offices at 314 Williams Street, Suite 105, Berlin, MD. Vicki Harmon, the 2015 President of CAR's Director Board, said they were proud to be located in America's Coolest Small Town. (And we're proud to have them!) Keep in mind however that they service Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset Counties, and supports over 1,000 realtors! The Association has stated it's primary priorities are to "Promote homeownership; Protect the right to own and use private property; Enable members to transact business to the advantage and protection of the public and members; Promote and maintain high standards of practice; Preserve real property rights and advance economic growth; And work to help our members conduct successful, professional, ethical, and profitable business." We're thrilled to have this great team working here and even more excited to have them as chamber member's! For more information on their company, visit: .

Berlin Girl's Got a "Heart of Gold"

Emily Cook Vocke recently opened "Heart of Gold" kids boutique at 116 Broad Street, Suite 3, Berlin, MD. Vocke is a Berlin native, and after having a baby, she saw the need for a kid's boutique in our area, especially one with unique offerings. The shop carries everything from kids toys, mommy-to-be accessories, jewelry, and most importantly fun and hip kids clothes! Emily has said she is trying to stock the store with only organic cotton and U.S. made goods. You won't simply find your run of the mill pink and blue baby clothes here, she offers leggings, fun t-shirts, onesies with clever slogans, and more ranging from newborn to 5T. We're thrilled to have Emily and her family back here in our town, and as a part of the Chamber. We know you're going to be a huge hit with everyone, both young and small! Check her out on   Facebook.

Business After-Hours


[October 11th]
[Berlin Fire Company's Breakfast Buffet]

Learn More

[October 17th]
[Berlin Octoberfest and Sidewalk Sale]

[Ongoing throughout October]
[ American Cancer Society's Making Strides Walks for Breast Cancer Awareness]

[October 15th]
[D3Corp's 20 Year Celebration and Open House]
[We're celebrating 20 years with a major throwback to all things 1995 (including some pretty epic staff photos) on Thursday, October 15th. Join us for our Open House Celebration from 3pm-6pm! 12319 Ocean Gateway Suite 202 Ocean City, MD]

[October 15th]
[Fin City Brewing Co. Beer Pairing Dinner hosted by The Globe]
[Fin City Brewing Co. is working with The Globe Restaurant in downtown Berlin to put together a pairing dinner. Sample some fantastic pints while you munch on the heavenly food prepared to perfectly compliment the beer. Tickets are $35 a person, dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.]

[Ongoing While Supplies Last]
[Burley Oak's Hibiscus High Wheat for Breast Cancer Awareness]
[This is our 3rd year brewing this beautiful pink beer called Hibiscus Wheat, made with hibiscus flowers and lavender. $1 of each beer goes to breast cancer awareness. Burley Oak Brewery is located at  10016 Old Ocean City Blvd. | Berlin MD 21811]

[October 9th]
[Second Friday Art Stroll]
[Come out to downtown Berlin for our monthly Art Stroll! Enjoy shopping, artists, refreshments, and music as you walk around town!]

[October 24th]
[Shore Craft Beer Fest]
[ Introducing the Town of Ocean City's first major craft beer festival. Featuring unlimited samples from 10+ local breweries, an assortment of food trucks, live music, cans and growlers to go, and not one, but two beers collaboratively brewed exclusively for the event.
Saturday, October 24  at 12:30pm - 4:30pm at Sunset Park, Ocean City Maryland   ]

[October 9th]
[Stevenson United Methodist Church Crab Cake Dinner]

[October 30th]
[Worcester County GOLD Guest Bartending Fundraiser]
[ Join us for beer and wine to benefit GOLD's charitable programs. There will be a costume contest, prizes, live music and refreshments.]

[October 9- 11th]
[Third Annual Double Down Wine and Beer Festival at Casino at Ocean Downs]
[The Casino at Ocean Downs will host it's 3rd Annual Double Down Wine and Beer Festival, with all proceeds from the event to benefit Diakonia, Inc. Homeless Shelter and Food Bank. Tickets at $30 dollars per person, and each person gets $20 in free slot dollars! Local Musicians, Artists, Jewlery, etc. Come support a great cause!]

[October 9th and 17th]
[Deer Run Golf Club Coastal Hospice at the Ocean Tournament]

[October 10th]
[Berlin Endless Summer Cruisers]
[Berlin welcomes back Cruisers during Cruisin' Weekend, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Registration starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 10 a.m.-- Get there early! Spaces are limited.]

Out and About in Berlin
September 2nd Friday Art Stroll! (Thanks to Josh Davis from the Bayside Gazette for Submitted Photos.)

Victorian Charm owner Steve Frene plays with his band on Commerce Street.
Mike Wiley of the Church Mouse Thrift Shop donates the proceeds from sales to The Berlin Fire Company during Second Friday.

Donald Grafer shows his work at the Worcester County Arts Council.

Nellie DeHart and Heather Layton hosted a DIY Dream Catcher Drop In at Bungalow Love.

2015 Fiddler's Convention- Thank you to Josh Davis of the Bayside Gazette and The Town of Berlin for Submitted Photos.