This weekend’s Community Wide Garage Sale was a big success, with hundreds of shoppers coming to town looking for treasures. Be sure to mark your calendar for our Fall Sale on Oct. 2.
Ribbon Cutting: Join us for the ribbon cutting of Austin Skin Physicians at 1501b Dorothy Nichols in Smithville. Light refreshments will be served.
The ribbon cutting for In The Streets Hands Up High ministry this past week (inside the Smithville Community Clinic at 300 Lynch Street) was a wonderful event. The ministry provides bagged lunches daily and utility assistance, via Salvation Army, once a week. It also assists with a food pantry once a week and applications for family shelters in Bastrop. Counselor and social worker available by appointment. Call 512-317-7503 with questions.
The first in our Music in the Park series on April 1 was a fun-filled time for folks to come out, enjoy the perfect weather and get together in the park. Come out, bring a chair and a beverage and enjoy our beautiful Railroad Park in historic downtown Smithville. It’s free!
Join us for the return of Music in the Park, every Thursday from 6-8 p.m. in the gazebo at the end of Main Street. Here’s the music schedule:
• April 8: Briana Adams
• April 15: Shillelagh
• April 22: Gena Gottschall & His Rockaholics
• April 29: Jessica Shephard
We will follow Music in the Park with our other Art In The Park events throughout the summer.
Makers & Merchants Fair: Head out to 1509 Dorothy Nichols Lane (in front of Subway and EH Mercantile) for the Spring Makers & Merchants Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy the many vendors selling arts, crafts and other items and drop in for some shopping or lunch.
Meet the candidates: The chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee will be hosting a Coffee Chat on Wednesday, April 7 at 8 a.m. at Olde World Bakery, 112 Main Street. All candidates for City Council and mayor have been invited to attend. This is a great opportunity to meet the candidates and talk with them over a cup of coffee. Coffee is complimentary, so join us.
Virtual candidate forums: The chamber will be hosting two virtual candidate forums: 6 p.m. April 12 for school board candidates and 6 p.m. April 13 for City Council and mayoral candidates. Watch the forums live on our Facebook page: @smithvilleareachamberofcommerce. The forums will be recorded and can be viewed any time after the events as well. Questions for candidates can be submitted via e-mail at [email protected] or in the boxes provided at the Smithville Public Library, Smithville City Hall and the Smithville Chamber of Commerce.
Spring Street Sweep: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 8-10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rain dates will be April 22-24. If you would like to sign up to help clean up Smithville, call the chamber at 512-237-2313. This event is sponsored by the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce Keep Smithville Beautiful Committee and the city of Smithville. We will provide trash bags, gloves, trasher “picker-uppers” and more. Register your group to help us “sweep the streets” of Smithville.
Mixers: The chamber will be resuming our in-person mixers in May, with the first sponsored by the Ralph-Land Group on May 13, from 5-7 p.m. at 300 Short Street. This will be an indoor/outdoor event so come and say hello to all our friends and colleagues we’ve been missing as we network and enjoy each other’s company. Food and drinks are provided. June Mixer: June 17, Front Room Wine Bar, 116 Main, 5 p.m.
BEST County-Wide Mixer: The Bastrop, Elgin & Smithville chambers will be hosting the BEST County-Wide Mixer on May 20, 5:30-7 p.m. at Spiderwood Studios, 140 Utley Rd, Elgin. This event is for any member of the Smithville, Bastrop or Elgin chambers. Sponsorship opportunities are available, so call 512-237-2313 with questions.
The Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce is busy planning our annual Awards Banquet & Celebration on Main. Join us at 7 p.m. May 15 outside at Main and First streets. This will be both an awards banquet and a fundraiser as we finish the building of the new Visitor Center, museum and chamber offices. We continue to raise funds even as construction has begun. Please give generously so we can make this community facility a wonderful space for many years to come to include landscaping, signage and museum renovations. Donate online ator call 512-237-2313. All donations are 100% tax deductible.
The chamber, in partnership with the Smithville Public Library, continues to host virtual trainings. Up next: April 6 at 1:30 p.m.: Print Media Is Not Dead. Or Dying. I know you’ve heard it said many times that print media is dying; well it’s not. We have many more classes on our schedule. Register online at.