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It’s hard to believe, but we’re rapidly closing in on the end of 2014. How on earth did that happen? It seems just like yesterday we were wrapping up the Heritage Festival and getting ready to welcome to town the Kent State’s incoming freshmen at Discover Downtown. In reality we’re gearing up for the Annual Tree City Awards and planning for Santa’s arrival in true-Kent style – via train – at the Chamber’s Festival of Lights. I know ‘they’ say time flies when you’re having fun, so we must be having an awful lot of fun…and we are!
Speaking of the Annual Tree City Awards, you are cordially invited to attend the Chamber’s BIG event on November 20th at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center. The Chamber will once again be recognizing and celebrating the best in Kent’s business with its annual IMMYs, Small Business of the Year and W.W. Reed Medal for Public Service awards. The deadline for nominations is November 5th.
Shelley Materials and Bob Rohal will be providing Santa’s festive mode of transportation once again for the family-friendly and very popular Festival of Lights. This year, in addition to the angelic voices of The Light Church Carolers, there will be a new added attraction for all to enjoy. A horse drawn wagon, courtesy of our friends at College Town Kent, will be on hand providing FREE rides throughout downtown.
The KACC, in partnership with the KSU Libraries and the Kent Free Library, will provide books for school-aged children. Last year’s Penguin book was a HUGE hit. This year, the book entitled, Bears, will be given to each child as he/she exits the gazebo after seeing Santa Claus. To defer the cost of the books, donations are being accepted. If you’d like to make a donation, please contact the KACC office – email@example.com – or – 330.673.9855.
For more information regarding these events and other offerings of the KACC, check out the current issue of CONNECTIONS available on this website under the Newsletter – Connections tab.
And remember, It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping. It seems that Christmas decorations have been up in some retail outlets since just after Labor Day. As the holidays get closer, please remember to SHOP & EAT LOCAL! Patronize our neighbors, friends and fellow Chamber members.
Lori M. Wemhoff – Executive Director
176 East Main Street
Kent, Ohio 44240