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New Milford Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 24th 2018
The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 24th at 5:30 p.m. on the Village Green. Highlights of the evening will include the lighting of the Christmas trees on the Green and visits with Santa. The trees are put up by the United Methodist Men of the New Milford United Methodist Church, www.newmilfordumc.org. This is the 52nd year of trees on the Green. We hope you will join us for this community tradition.
Tradition of the Trees
The tradition of the trees on the Green was started by Walter Schutte in 1967 and the practice continues in his memory. The lights on the trees come alive with color on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Over the years, many people make a special detour on their way home from work or shopping to drive by the Green in the evenings to view the lights on the New Milford Green; while others make it a special place to visit with their young children and friends from out of town when the snow is softly falling and the trees are all aglow with many sparkling colors.
Members of the New Milford United Methodist Men’s Club and other church members donate their time and effort to cut the trees down, place them on the Green, string the wires and the lights, and take them down shortly after New Year’s. Contributions for lights and other essentials help to keep this tradition alive. Donations may be made to the New Milford United Methodist Men Club, 68 Danbury Road, New Milford, CT 06776. The New Milford United Methodist Men’s Club also sells Christmas Trees at the church during the month of December. Funds raised help support local scholarships, mission projects and local community agencies.
November 24th is also Small Business Saturday – Shop Local
In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need – getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. This year, the big day is Nov. 24th. We encourage you to Shop Local and support all of the businesses in the Greater New Milford area.
We invite and encourage you to visit our downtown merchants prior to the ceremony on the Green. Come and enjoy the wonder of downtown New Milford.
The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce proudly announces that we will be awarding two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each this year
to two 2019 graduating high school seniors – the Frederick J. Wynne Scholarship and the Bonnie Blackman Scholarship.
To be eligible for a scholarship:
• Chamber Connection – the applicant must have a parent or guardian who works for a business that is a member in good standing of the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce or the applicant themselves may be employed by a business who is a member of the Chamber.
• Community Service – the applicant must submit how he/she has served the community; this includes volunteering for the Chamber and overall community service.
• School Involvement – the applicant must submit their involvement in the school community; this includes achievements, extra-curricular activities, and other notable awards received.
An application can be download below and is also available in the guidance offices of area high schools.
Applications are due in the Chamber office by May 1, 2019. The recipients will be notified in June and the scholarships will be awarded at Village Fair Days on Saturday, July 27th.
Call or email the Chamber office at 860-354-6080 or email@example.com if you have any questions.
Address: Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce
11 Railroad Street
New Milford, CT 06776
Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce – Mission Statement
To develop, encourage, promote, and protect the commercial, industrial, professional and general business interests of the community; and to promote the civic interests and general welfare of the town of New Milford and its trade area.
The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce (GNMCC) is an organization that exists so area business people can network, share information and ideas, and collaborate on issues affecting the business community and general well being of our community.
Through our monthly activities and events, area business people are afforded the opportunity to come together in both business and social settings. The Chamber also serves as the organizational mechanism in bringing together private business and resources to assist the locale, provides a portfolio of services to assist member companies in growing their respective businesses, and offers assistance to firms inquiring about the area.
However, business growth is not the sole purpose of the Chamber. The GNMCC is a catalyst for positive and progressive growth and continuous improvement in the lifestyles of the people in our hometowns. We are a marketer of the communities we serve by sponsoring events such as the annual New Milford Fireworks Celebration, Village Fair Days and the Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Our membership consists of business people from all facets of the community, including retailers, manufacturers, service organizations, and professionals.
You will quickly discover that the GNMCC is a dynamic organization of enthusiastic individuals who are committed to promoting local enterprises and maintaining the Chamber’s excellent reputation. Being a Chamber member underscores your company’s professionalism and integrity, and shows the public that you share the Chamber’s belief in the importance of fairness and trustworthiness in all business and community dealings.
No community – or business – ever stands still; you either proceed or recede. Other communities are active now – competing for trade territory, industries, new businesses, better highways, more housing, and everything else that will make them a better, more prosperous and more pleasant place in which to live.
Now is the perfect time to join and/or support the Chamber of Commerce….more industries….more residents….more tourists….more people shopping in our community….will mean more business for you and a stronger community for all of us.
Contact us today for more information – firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-354-6080.