Dear Chamber Members and Friends,
This past year has been one of significant challenges and successes for Nyack. It began for the Chamber when 145 of our Members and closest friends gathered at the Nyack Seaport on February 2nd to celebrate the Chamber’s 55 years of service to the Nyack community. That night, we honored several notable Nyackers and recommitted ourselves to the Chamber’s mission: bring people to Nyack, show them what a great village we live in, and entice them to join us and live, work and play here.
The anniversary gala was the perfect launch for the series of exciting events that followed. Shortly afterwards, the Chamber helped Nyack shake off the winter blues and officially welcome Spring with SpringFest — the first street fair of the season. This year’s fair was a resounding success, with more vendors than ever, carnival games and midway rides for the kids, and live music courtesy of Anjel Blue Studios.
Following on the heels of that energetic start, the Farmers’ Market opened its most successful year ever. Every week, 500 to 1,000 people came to Nyack to participate in this small business, local, fresh alternative to the corporate, internationally grown food that fills too much of our pantries. The market was so successful that we’ve now started a winter market, held every Thursday indoors at the Nyack Center.
This summer, we added two new events to the Chamber’s repertoire — a car show with over 100 classic cars, and a skateboarding event in the Main Street parking lot. And just a month after our fun and highly successful SeptemberFest street fair, the Chamber’s Halloween parade celebrated its 25th year. The marching bands, walking dead, vampires and princesses reminded everyone why we love this place.
In late October, a storm of unprecedented force knocked many businesses and residents off their game. Businesses and employees struggled to make up for the lost revenue, wages and product. Even worse, Halloween was cancelled! At the request of the Village Board, the Chamber, ACADA, and Friends of the Nyacks jumped into action and organized an event – with less than five days notice – that brought hundreds of people into Nyack to trick-or-treat, relax and try to forget, at least temporarily, the devastation and loss wrought by now-historic Superstorm Sandy.
The “Boooo Sandy!” event marked the unofficial opening of the holiday season, which got into full swing with our Holiday Lights festival, when over 100 kids got to greet Santa Claus (who was riding in a Highland Hose fire truck for some reason), have some hot chocolate, hear live caroling and a reading of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
In addition to the wonderful events, the Chamber committed itself this year to improving its communications and outreach. Our new website, Facebook presence, newsletter and email communication programs are evidence that we were successful! (If you haven’t yet, please “like” us on Facebook.) Another key element of our outreach program is our ongoing work with the Nyack Marketing Association, which brings together Nyack community organizations to promote the Village with new efforts such as the street banner program now up and running in the heart of Nyack.
On December 11, 2012, the Chamber general membership met and elected a new slate of officers for 2013. We want to thank our retiring board members – Carlo Pellegrini, Gina Cambre and Mark Mangan – for their tireless efforts on behalf of the Chamber and Nyack over the years. We welcome our new and returning board members to an exciting 2013. The new members of the board are: Annette Van Loon from Chocolaterie, David Collins of Back to Earth, Sean Spicer of Pour House and Chris Capra of Emerging Media.
These new voices, combined with our returning board – Scott Baird, President; Nancy Phillips, Vice President; Roger Cohen, Vice President and Treasurer; Paul Curley, Secretary, and Marilyn Kaskel, Director – will help make 2013 the best year yet for Nyack. We invite you to join us. If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2013, we have made it easier than ever. Go to our new website, www.nyackchamber.org and click on the link in the upper right. We need your voice to make the Chamber powerful. Please join us today.
We wish all of you and yours a very peaceful and restful holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year!
All the best!
Nyack Chamber of Commerce