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Letter from the Executive Director – August 2018

I have just returned from the other Portland, Portland OR.  While there, Portlanders experienced a very warm week, temps in the high 90’s and a day over 100. Although temperatures can flare tempers, I was impressed at the level of customer service the city offers, everywhere! Perhaps what was most noticeable was the traffic, and the politeness of drivers as people walked thru the city.  Everyone stopped and let you cross the street, they didn’t try to beat the lights in town and always waved you across an intersection. For a larger metropolitan area, it was remarkable.  We could all use a bit of their patience as I watch the traffic back up on High Street yet again, for an accident at one of the major intersections!

Yes, we complain about the traffic, but it’s also what fuels our economy.  There is only going to be more as we head into August, so pack your patience as we get thru the biggest month of the summer!

August is a busy month for all of us, it seems everyone wants to be in Maine during these warm and wonderful days.  The Woodlawn Antique Show, the Rotary Pancake Breakfast, our own Waterfront Concerts, not to mention the many festivals all around the area.  If you need something to do, we can provide you with that information.  If you have something to offer, let us know, bring in your advertising, rack card, menu and we will offer it to everyone coming in to look.  Don’t forget that we offer the week-long Acadia National Park passes as well.

Our office staff is always at least a month or two ahead of the calendar.  Autumn Gold and our 2019 Guidebook are on the tops of our lists!  We have a new Jumbo Jackpot ticket this year for Autumn Gold and you need to get yours before they sell out!  ONLY 1000 will be available this year, with at $2500 jackpot! But that’s not all, there is the Car Show, the Chowderfest, the Union River Boat rides and our Friday Beer and Wine Tasting event.  There will be so much to do with September’s biggest weekend mark September 21-23 on your calendar now.  If you need an Autumn Gold Flag for your business let us know!

Our 2018 Guidebook is going fast, as we continue to mail to requests across the country and abroad.  We hope that you will consider a new ad or even upgrading your existing ad for the discounted pricing this year! If your businesses need more books, do call our office at 667-5584 and we will get them to you!  We have some restaurants that put them out on the tables.  What a great thing for visitors to see and take with them.  You can be in the book as well!

I should note, that all chamber members get a listing in our business directory in the back as part of your membership!

I have a feeling this month will fly by, and we will be looking at the fall season before we know it.  Try to enjoy the warm days, and what the area has to offer.  Be patient with the traffic and be courteous to others.  We want to be the area that offers our visitors the best experiences!

Gretchen Wilson

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