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Oconee Chamber Newsletter September 2015

Oconee County Chamber of Commerce
Upcoming Schedule of Events

You can view full details for any Chamber hosted events at

Steak in Oconee: A Farm to Table Dinner
Monday, September 28th at 5:30
Whetstone Place
198 Earl’s Ford Road
Mountain Rest, SC   29664

We invite you to a Farm to Table Dinner, celebrating the strong and lively agriculture industry of Oconee County, Join other business leaders, farmers, and elected officials as we discuss ways to continue engaging youth in agriculture as well as discuss ways that local farmers are continuing to grow their production.
This year, we are moving the location to Whetstone Place,  a beautiful farm in Mountain Rest.  It is a beautiful Plantation built in 1835, that has been restored to its original glory.  Tours will be given during the event.

$45.00 per person
Includes Dinner, Dessert, Beer, and Wine
Passed Hors d’oeuvres
Herb Crusted Prime Rib
Stuffed Chicken
Arugula, Olive Oil, Lemon, Parmesan cheese salad
Wild Mushroom Bisque
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Medley of Roasted Root Vegetables
Sweet Corn
Apple Brown Betty with Vanilla Ice Cream
Also Serving: Craft beer, Organic Wine, & Distilled Spirits 

 Upstate Political Leadership Institute
Friday, October 23rd,
12:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Oconee County Chamber of Commerce
135 Eagles Nest Drive – Suite C
Seneca, SC   29678
This fall, the Oconee Chamber – in partnership with the Upstate Chamber Coalition – is kicking off the Upstate Political Leadership Institute. This half day class is an introduction for business leaders on how to get involved in local Boards, Commissions, or running for an elected office. This event is meant for aspiring leaders to get a taste of what they can expect should they choose to step into a public role.
You will hear from local officials, politicos, and other experts give you the straight scoop about what you need to know before taking the plunge. All participants must register in advance. Lunch and a brief networking time will be provided at the beginning of the session.
Scheduled Topics: 
“The Real Scoop About Public Service”
Defining a Viable Candidate
Business Issues Briefing
Available Boards & Commission
The Election Process and Offices
Ethics in Public Service.
This year’s class will be a “101”-style class. Graduates of this class interested in running for political office will be invited to attend in-depth, full-day “201” institute hosted by the Upstate Chamber Coalition in early 2016 that will delve deeply into the nuts and bolts of running a successful campaign. That class will be taught by top political strategists from across the Southeast and pull potential candidates from all 13 chambers in the Upstate Chamber Coalition.

Seneca Christmas Market
Monday, November 30th  3:00 – 6:00 pm
Ram Cat Alley
Downtown Seneca
Seneca Christmas Market
New to the Seneca Christmas Parade this year, we are offering a Christmas Marketplace directly before the parade from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.
If you are an artist, retailer, restaurant, or crafter, come join us as we kick off the biggest shopping season of the year!
Fees:  $75.00 for vending booths
All vendors must have a physical product to sell or be offering refreshments for shoppers to enjoy
For more information and to register,
please call Jillian or Debbie at 864-882-2097

Seneca Christmas Parade
Monday, November 30th at 6:00 pm
Downtown Seneca
Christmas Parade
in Downtown Seneca
Come to the Christmas parade to see Santa and festive holiday floats on Monday, November 30th at 6:00 pm.

Public Policy Chat
(meets first Friday of each month)
Friday, October 2nd at 9:00 am
Oconee County Chamber of Commerce
135 Eagles Nest Dr. – Suite C
Seneca, SC   29693
These morning meetings will be hosted at the Chamber office and allow our Public Policy Committee and other Chamber members to hear from elected and community leaders on issues that are important to our community.  The goal of this event is to build relationships with our leadership and find ways together to make Oconee County an even better place to live.

Public Policy Committee
(meets the first Tuesday of each month)
Tuesday, October 6th at 9:00 am
Oconee County Chamber of Commerce
135 Eagles Nest Drive – Suite C
Seneca, SC   29678
Join the Public Policy Committee monthly to review current issues facing small businesses in Oconee County.  it is our intention to build and maintain great relationships with all local politicians.  When the need arises to advocate on an issue that impacts our businesses, this group will lead the effort.

Ambassadors Committee
(meets the first Wednesday of each month)
Wednesday, October 7th at noon
(meets the first Wednesday of each month)
Location to be announced
The Ambassadors are the heart of the Chamber.  This group will meet regularly to be a welcoming committee for new members and events.  We need high energy, personable individuals to serve on this committee.

Hidden Cove Anniversary & Business After Hours
Thursday, October 8th at 5:30
Hidden Cove
150 Keowee Marina
Seneca, SC   29679
Come join us for the 3rd Anniversary of Hidden Cove and a Business After Hours. Enjoy delicious refreshments, great networking, and an opportunity to hand out on beautiful Lake Keowee!

Marketing & Events Committee
(meets the fourth Tuesday of each month)
Tuesday, October 13th at 11:00 am
Oconee Chamber of Commerce
135 Eagles Nest Dr.
Seneca, SC   29693

Join the Marketing & Events Committee as we develop best practices for the Chamber on both marketing efforts and events.

We need individuals who are creative and/or detail oriented.  We encourage anyone who is interested in events, promotion and overall coordination to join this group as we develop some best practices for 2015 and beyond.

Mello Trend Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, October 22nd at 11:00 am
Mello Trend Ribbon Cutting
722 W. N. First Street
Seneca, SC   29672


Ribbon Cutting at
Mello Trends Upscale Resale
Join us on Thursday October 22nd to celebrate the
Ribbon Cutting at Mello Trends.  The festivities will
be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Enjoy a fashion show
highlighting some of the great clothes
 available at Mello Trends.
Light refreshments will be provided.

You can view full details for any of the events listed here at

Jazz On The Alley
Every Thursday
through October 30th
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Ram Cat Alley
Downtown Seneca
            Jazz on the Alley
Come join us for Jazz On The Alley every Thursday.  The
line up of musicians for Setemper is:
September 24th – Funk Factory Jazz
October 1st, 8th,  15th, 22nd, 29th,
Free to the Public
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a
 night of music under the stars!

Music Lessons at Oconee Heritage Center
Oconee Heritage Center
123 Browns Square Dr.
Walhalla,SC  29691
Young Appalachian Musicians Music
Program at the Oconee Heritage Center
Guitar with Jim Gano
Tuesdays September 22nd
Beginner at 4:00 pm
Intermediate at 5:00pm
Dulcimer with Jim Gano
Tuesdays starting September 22nd
Beginner at 6:00 pm
Clawhammer Banjo with Andy Brooks
Wednesdays, September 23rd
6:00 pm
Fiddle with Andy Brooks
Saturdays starting September 26th
Beginner – 8:00 am
Intermediate – 9:00 am
Advanced – 10:00 am
It’s only $60.00 for 6 once a week lessons.
Instrument rental available for $25.00 for 6 weeks
No refunds will be given for missed lessons.

Seneca Animal Hospital Pet Palooza
Saturday, September 26th 11:00 – 4:00 pm
Seneca Animal Hospital
104 Return Church Road
Seneca, SC   29678
Seneca Animal Hospital
2nd Annual Pet Palooza
Help us promote responsible animal care
in a family friendly, fun environment!Live Music by MASSIVE
Craft and Food Vendors
Animal Rescues
K9 Demonstrations
Pet contest with Prizes
Interactive Fire Safety
Bungee Run

Sponsored by Jaymes & Daphne Fund
The proceeds raised from the raffles will go towards the Jaymes & Daphne Fund,which is dedicated to helping

abandoned animals receive necessary medical
care to avoid euthanasia.

Ripple of One Presents Denim & Diamonds
Saturday, September 26th at 6:00 pm
The Lighthouse
156 Keowee Marina
Seneca, SC   29672


Ripple of One


Denim and Diamonds

Dinner & Silent Auction Fundraiser

Put on fancy blue jeans and join the “Denim & Diamonds” fundraiser.   Tickets are $45.00 per person and include a buffet dinner catered by The Lighthouse.  A cash bar will be available.

There will fabulous music, a prize for best dressed and

our guest speaker Congressman Gresham Barrett.

Contact Pam Schaefer at 864-364-1797

Free Hunter Education Class
Saturday, September 26th 8:00 to 4:00pm
Historic Belton Depot
100 N. Main Street
Belton, SC  
Free Hunter Education Class
All residents and non-residents born after June 30 1979 must successfully complete a hunter education course that is
approved by the SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR)
before a hunting license can be obtained.
Pre-registration required at or by calling
Limited Space Available 

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