BOARD OF DIRECTORS MESSAGE: The board of directors of the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber invites one and all to Oktoberfest “Mid Coast Maine Style.” The weather seems to have made a quick transition into fall and, if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to plan on spending an enjoyable autumn afternoon at the Topsham Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 20 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.). Buy your Oktoberfest tickets in advance so you that you need not pay extra at the door (21 years and up only).

You can easily and conveniently purchase tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/834883.

At the large barn at the north end of the Topsham Fairgrounds (close to the band stage) bring your appetite for traditional German and pub fare provided by Sea Dog Brew Pub. They plan to have a wide variety of menu selections available for purchase on-site on the day of the event, including everything from snacks like warm pretzels, chili, wings, cheese and meat plates, and clam chowder to brats, pub burgers, hot dogs, Spaetzle Mac & Cheese, a Goulash bowl and smoked seafood roll, and, of course, dessert, including stout brownies.

If we haven’t already piqued your interest, there will be plenty of beer in the same “barn” including one specially brewed for this occasion by Brunswick’s own Ebenezer’s Brew Pub/Lively Brewing Company. Wine and other beverages will also be available.

In the afternoon, we’ll have the traditional stein hoisting and keg tossing contests. Throughout the day all can enjoy performances by these popular bands: Backlash, Vinyl Tap, the up and coming Maine singer-songwriter Amy Allen and KilCollins. They’ll be performing on the new concert stage adjacent to another barn (open to the performance stage).

We hope that you will join us on what promises to be a fun-filled day.

A portion of the Oktoberfest proceeds will be donated to the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust. Their mission is to conserve the remarkable diversity of the natural heritage of Brunswick, Topsham and Bowdoin. Oktoberfest is sponsored by BEK Inc., Topsham Fair Mall, The Highlands/Highland Green, Topsham Development, RE/MAX Riverside, River Landing, Bill Dodge Auto Group, town of Topsham and Sea Dog Brew Pub.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

— “Branding for Small Businesses” is the Small Business Success Seminar today, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Taking place at the Topsham Public Library, the seminar is presented by Graham Nash of High Point Graphics, Printing and Mailing. Learn 11 ways to get started in branding your business. The seminar is free.

— Two chamber members are hosting the Sept. 24 Chamber After Hours: Mail It 4 U and Coastal Glass, located on Route 1 in Bath. The event is open house style from 5 to 7 p.m. and is the best place to network in the region. Members and their employees are invited to enjoy refreshments, door prizes and more. SMMC Chamber After Hours are always free to attend.

— “An Email Code of Conduct — A Key to Productivity and Profitability” is the Small Business Success Seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Taking place at the Community Room, 8 Venture Ave., Brunswick, the seminar is presented by Bruce MacMillan of MacMillan Associates. This lively and interactive seminar is designed to teach important business writing skills and practices. The seminar is free but as an added bonus each attendee will receive a free, post-seminar critique of a writing sample.

Watch our scrolling calendar at www.midcoastmaine.com for more information and to register for all events. For some, the seating is limited. Don’t miss out.

Thank you to our annual sponsors: Mid Coast Health Services, Mechanics Savings Bank, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, Burgess Computer, RE/MAX Riverside, The Brunswick Hotel & Tavern, Electricity Maine, Coastal Ortho Performance Training Center, FairPoint Communications, Southern New Hampshire University, Parkview Adventist Medical Center, Atlantic Regional FCU, TownSquare Media, The Cryer, WCME Radio 9, and The Times Record.

NEWS ABOUT MEMBERS: Congratulations toMailIt4Ucelebratingtheir25th anniversary and Coastal Glass and Window celebrating their 35th anniversary.

The chamber proudly serves 750 businesses and organizations in the following communities: Arrowsic, Bath, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Brunswick, Dresden, Edgecomb, Georgetown, Harpswell, Phippsburg, Richmond, Topsham, West Bath, Westport Island, Wiscasset and Woolwich.


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