By Liz League
We are excited to announce our newest members of the chamber: Ransom Construction, Jim Procaccini of US Health Advisors, Hamilton Bank, Reliant Management Consulting, Sir Speedy printing and Severna Park Handyman.
In February, we held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of Vintage Vinyl by “Yesterday’s Fish.” Vintage Vinyl is a wonderful store that brings back the days of vinyl and turntables where you could thumb through record collections and score a treasure. On the day of the celebration, the store was packed with enthusiastic purchasers of records, turntables, handmade jewelry and collectables. Visit this goldmine at 1244 Ritchie Highway in Arnold, located in the back of the building.
Later in February, we held a ribbon cutting during KW Landscaping’s anniversary party to celebrate 26 years in business. KW Landscaping is owned by Kevin Wengernuk, a native of Severna Park who proudly operates his business locally and in surrounding areas.
On February 13, the Successful Women in Business Committee held a valentine mixer and wine tasting at Mix & Marble in Severna Park. We enjoyed a variety of wines from Kevin Sosnoski of Goska’s Liquors, and made beautiful scarves using a tie-dyed technique. On March 13, we will hold a joint Women in Business luncheon with the Pasadena Business Association and the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce.
Plans are underway for our two large signature events – the Shop Local Fun Fiesta and our Fourth of July parade. The committees have been meeting and are excited about the events.
The Shop Local Fun Fiesta will be held at Park Plaza on May 4 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. We will have local businesses exhibiting from a wide range of professions, face painting, a photo booth, games, demonstrations, performances, food, giveaways, K-9 demos, fast pitch, pedal cars, a cake walk, and more. This is a fun day for any age, and you will meet business owners who make our community great. We are encouraging members of the community to bring donations (cash, gift cards or food) for SPAN, a service organization that helps needy families in our neighborhoods. Your donation gets you a free photo in the photo booth.
Our Fourth of July parade has been a cherished tradition for decades, and this year will not disappoint. Our theme is “Let Freedom (B)ring – Celebrating America’s and Our Community’s Generosity.” Along with patriotism, we are highlighting philanthropic organizations such as the Orphan Grain Train, SPAN, and other wonderful support groups. We are encouraging communities, churches and nonprofits to get together and create floats to bring attention to their hard work. Our grand marshal this year is Dianna Lancione, owner of the Voice newspapers. Dianna’s grandmother founded the community newspaper out of her house, and now it is distributed to tens of thousands of households each month.