Local businesses and individuals were honored during the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau’s Annual Meeting held at Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center on March 3.
Awards were given in the following categories: Volunteer of the Year-The Joseph F. Tinney Award, Main Street Award, Retailer of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, Ambassador of the Year and 2015 Board President recognition.
Volunteer of the Year-The Joseph F. Tinney Award went to Robert Faulk. Ambassador of the Year was awarded to Cindy Rickets of American Printing and Ocean Springs Gazette. Restaurant of the Year was presented to Greenhouse on Porter. Retailer of the Year went to Brandin Brosch with Charisma, A Girls Best Outfit boutique. Main Street of the Year was given to Linda Rosetti with Pink Rooster Gallery. The President for 2015 appreciation award was given to Chad Wade with Blossman Gas.
“These awards are a small token of our appreciation and recognition for what our volunteers, businesses and community leaders do for the community of Ocean Springs,” said Cynthia Sutton, executive director of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau.
The banquet was sponsored by Bacot McCarty Foundation, Blossman Gas, Charter Bank, Chevron Pascagoula Refinery, F.E.B. Distributing Co., Fort Bayou Wine & Spirits, Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center, Hancock Bank, Lemon Mohler Insurance, M&M Bank, and USM – Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.
The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce – Main Street – Tourism Bureau is starting off the New Year with a full calendar of events which includes the Spring Arts Festival, Annual Taste of Ocean Springs Food & Wine Festival and Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival.
As a way to promote Ocean Springs, enhance economic impact and generate community activity, each year the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce plans, prepares and executes several annual events.
January 23- Ocean Springs Elks Club Mardi Gras Parade at 1 p.m. in downtown
February 5– Ocean Springs Night Parade at 7 p.m. in downtown.
March 17 – St. Paddy’s Day Celebration from 10 a.m. – until with a Dessert Crawl
March 12 & 13 – Spring Arts Festival: Herb, Garden & Art from 9– 5 p.m. (Sat), 9-4 p.m. (Sun) in downtown
April 1 - Taste of Ocean Springs Food & Wine Festival Tickets go on sale
April 29 & 30 - 1699 Historical Society’s Weekend of Discovery
May 12 - Taste of Ocean Springs Food & Wine Festival from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in downtown
May 14-20 – Restaurant Week
June 4 - Red, White & Blueberry Festival from 10-2 p.m. in downtown
July 22 & 23 – Annual July Sidewalk Sale from 10-5 p.m. downtown, uptown, all around town
September 3 – Artwalk from 10-4 p.m. in downtown
October 2-9– Cruisin the Coast
October 31 -Trick or Treat Down the Street from 6-8 p.m. in downtown
November 5 & 6 – Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival in downtown from 9-5 p.m.
December 1 – Annual Tree Lighting with Santa from 6-8 pm in Marshall Park
December 2 & 3 – Holiday Open House, downtown, uptown, all around town from 10-5 p.m.
For a complete list of Chamber hosted events and community events, visit the Calendar page.
The Blue Moon Art Project continues to be part of the annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival where one lucky person’s artwork will be the feature in the following year’s festival’s Blue Moon promotions. This year’s winner is Daniel Gurneck.
In August of this year, the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce – Main Street – Tourism Bureau and F.E.B. Distributing Company’s Blue Moon made a “Call to Artists” for their artful interpretation of the Blue Moon Brand. The project, which is sweeping the nation and is also being featured in towns such as Madison, Wisconsin and Austin, Texas, is a popular promotion for Blue Moon’s artfully crafted beer brand.
The 2015 winning piece by Daniel Gurneck, will appear on billboards, signage, souvenir cups and more next fall. The promotions will be in celebration and in preparation of the 38th Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival.
This year’s festival presented by Blue Moon was held on Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8 in downtown Ocean Springs. The announcement of the winning art project was made on Sunday afternoon, along with the announcement of the People’s Choice Award.
More than 150,000 attendees had the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece among the “Top Ten” art submissions. This year’s winner of the People’s Choice Award went to Rodney Hedgecock.
The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce – Main Street – Tourism Bureau has selected the Board of Directors for the2016 calendar year.
The Board consists of five executive members, Brad Cates with Mississippi Power as President, Scott Wells with Rushing & Guice P.L.L.C. as Vice President, Dr. Bill Moore with MS Coast OB-Gynas Secretary, Jim Sukiennikwith Home Instead Senior Care as Treasurer andChad Wade with Blossman Gas as Ex Officio. Returning members areShirley LeRoy with South Mississippi Living, Nikki Skrmetti with Hancock Bank, and Dr. Nathan Sumner with Keesler Air Force Base. New members are Tammy Adams with Descher Corporation, Sandra Barnes with Bayou Belle, Chris Collier with The Office, and Pam Moeller with USM Gulf Park. Cynthia Dobbs Sutton will serve as Interim Director.
The 2016 Board of Directors is made up of hard working, knowledgeable, community leaders who have already begun working diligently on the 2016 Calendar of Events, expanding the networking opportunities with its members and community, and setting up the year’s program of work.
The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce – Main Street – Tourism Bureau’s mission is to promote tourism, provide progressive leadership for economic and community vitality for the greater Ocean Springs, Jackson County area and gulf coast and to enhance local culture and preserve quality of life through planned growth, diversification and beautification.
The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau is pleased to take part in the sponsorship of the “Office of the Quarter” through the Ocean Springs Police Department recognizing one of their own, for outstanding performance in the quarter.
Through the program created by the Ocean Springs Police Department, a plaque will hang in the Department with the officer’s name honoring him or her for their outstanding professionalism per quarter.
The Chamber was honored to present the officer of the fourth quarter, Nicole Shavers with a gift certificate for dinner in Ocean Springs as part of the ceremony held on December 3 during their evening meeting at the courtroom at the Ocean Springs Police Department. The YMCA also provided a month free membership for the officer as part of the presentations.
The Chamber will continue to sponsor the quarterly event as a token of appreciation for all that Ocean Springs Police Department does through the Chamber at community events and on a daily basis for the town of Ocean Springs.