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69th Annual Dinner & Awards – “The Art of Business” – A Huge Success

Held Friday, April 11, 2014 • Shenandoah Valley Golf Club

Congratulations to this year’s Chamber  Award winners!  Awards were presented at the 69th Annual Dinner & Awards on Friday, April 11th and they included:  Business of the Year – Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, Citizen of the Year – Pam McInnis, Education Contributor of the Year – Monica Nixon, Mountain Laurel Montessori School, Entrepreneur of the Year (New for 2014 in partnership with FR-WC EDA) - Michael Shotton, Shotton Design, Non-Profit of the Year – United Way of Front Royal-Warren County, and Public Safety Personnel of the Year – Detective Erik Rosemeck.  The theme of the evening was “The Art of Business” and many Chamber members exhibited their creativity by decorating paint can centerpieces for the event.  Special thanks to our Social Sponsor: Culligan of Front Royal and to our event sponsors:  Aire Serv Heating & Air Conditioning, The Apple House, Axalta, Big Country B105 FM, First Citizens Bank, Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority, Green Clean w/ TLC, Melanie Hamel – Weichert Realtors, Northern Virginia Daily, The River 95.3 FM, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Shenandoah Valley Golf Club and Warren Memorial Hospital.


“Small Business Credit:  Understanding a Key Element for Small Business Success”

Wednesday, April 16, 2014|  11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Make plans to attend the April Brown Bag Luncheon on Wednesday, April 16th from 11:30 am – 1 pm at the Chamber office.  “Small Business Credit:  Understanding a Key Element for Small Business Success” will be presented by Katie Brinson, Financial Sales Manager II/Assistant Vice President for First Citizens Bank.  Points covered during this presentation will include:  Business Credit Reports, Personal Credit in connection with qualifying for business credit, documentation needed for business loan, and discussion around credit maintenance and the credit system.  Held the third Wednesday of every month, this complimentary educational lunch series offers a wide variety of topics presented by Chamber member experts.  Lunch is provided and there is no fee for members ($15 for future members)  Luncheons begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and a networking session, speaker begins at noon and questions & answers at 12:45 until 1 p.m.  Brown Bag Luncheons are sponsored by Java Media & Main Street Daily Grind.

28th Annual Virginia Wine & Craft Festival

Saturday, May 17, 2014 • 10 am – 6 pm

Wine lovers unite!  The 28th Annual Virginia Wine & Craft Festival will be held on Saturday, May 17th in historic downtown Front Royal, Virginia from 10 am – 6 pm.  Join us for a fun filled day of shopping, live music, delicious food and of course, wine tasting. The festival gates open at 10am with activities and live entertainment throughout the day until 6 p.m. Come and enjoy tastings from 18 Virginia wineries. Covering more than seven blocks and featuring over 100 vendors, artists and crafters from all over the east coast, there won’t be anything you can’t find to fit your style, mood or need. Fine handmade jewelry, hand painted wine glasses, hand crafted musical instruments, pottery and ceramics, clothing, original paintings and artwork, antiques, the list goes on. Not to be outdone by the wineries and crafters, the food vendors are coming out in full force. With over a dozen to choose from, deciding whether to have funnel cakes, fresh roasted nuts, crabcake sandwiches, steak-n-cheese, shish kabobs, or just burgers and dogs may take you the whole day. Several restaurants will also be open during the festival in case you prefer to sit and rest a bit while you eat.  Music fills the air throughout the day at either end of Main Street. At the Gazebo:  Fiery Run will perform from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm and Texas Chainsaw Horns will bring their high energy performance from 2 pm-5:30 pm. Performing a mix of funk, soul, R&B and country, you are sure to enjoy a little dancing and a lot of fun.  On the Courthouse Lawn:  The Church Street Project will perform a mix of rock and soul from Noon – 1:30 pm; Three State Famous rocks the lawn from 2 pm – 5:30 pm with their mix of blues, to rock, hip-hop, funk, jazz, and whatever else strikes their mood. Festival admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the gate for those who wish to wine taste or purchase bottles of wine. There is no general admission fee. Advance tickets can be purchased in a number of ways; you can visit the Chamber of Commerce at 106 Chester Street, Front Royal, Front Royal Visitor Center at 414 E. Main Street or you can visit our website at and purchase your tickets.  So, come to Front Royal for the Wine & Craft Festival, but stay an extra day to enjoy all that we have to offer. With five golf courses, museums, a theatre and the Skyline Caverns you can certainly relax; Shenandoah River State Park, Shenandoah National Park and the George Washington National Forest offer opportunities for canoeing, hiking, fishing and camping. So, whether you like to take it easy or stay on the move, Front Royal-Warren County is the perfect destination.  Special thanks to our festival sponsors: Warren Memorial Hospital, Main Street Daily Grind, Shenandoah Ford, Shotton Design, The Apple House, B105 Big Country, Holiday Inn & Suites Front Royal, Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club, Houlihan’s Restaurant, 99.3 The Fox, Q102, KISS FM 98.3, Green Clean W/TLC, Winchester Printers, The River 95.3 FM, and Northern Virginia Daily.  For more information contact the Chamber of Commerce at 540-635-3185, or visit our website or follow us on twitter @VAWineCraft.