May 4, 2012 | 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Comfort Inn & Suites in Tunkhannock
By D.C. Koviack
Few 20 year olds could boast a birthday party hosting more than 600 friends and featuring hours of great entertainment, fabulous food from nine area restaurants, as well as beverages from a local Beer Distributor and wine from a local winery! But the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, which celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a ‘Block Party’ last Friday, can.
Combining the celebration with a very successful fund raiser to support the ongoing work of the Chamber, the Block Party was held at the new Comfort Inn just over the River Bridge in Tunkhannock, and sponsored by Cabot Oil & Gas. Chesapeake & Chief Oil & Gas LLC were additional sponsors for the event, and scores of local businesses chipped in to enable the Block Party to be the amazing event that it was.
The great local band amRadio provided wonderful entertainment and B&R Distributors along with Nimble Hill Winery made sure no one went thirsty or got dehydrated on the unusually warm May evening. Stars of the event, besides the partygoers themselves of course, were the area restaurants and caterers who brought their best for people to try, all free with an admission ticket. Ticket holders were also able to sample beer and wine, and purchase full glasses if they desired. Twigs, Mazar’s Bridgeview, the Fireplace, Armetta’s, Epicurean Delight, Remington’s, Shadowbrook, Harding’s Dairy Bar and Ma Greenley’s all enticed partygoers with salmon cakes, seafood della rosa, stuffed mushrooms, Italian chicken, fried mozzarella in tomato caper sauce, sticky chicken bites, mini cheesesteaks, pulled pork ‘sundaes’ and beef pork or salmon barbeque, to name just a few. Nimble Hill offered its white Riesling and blush ‘Innocence’ for sampling with a full range of its other wines available for purchase, to complement the food. Beers from Classic Amber to Red Lager a Raspberry Wheat were also in good supply.
Although Chamber members and their guests and friends were the majority of attendees, local office holders also stopped in to see old friends and make new ones.
“This is a wonderful celebration of the Chamber, and of Wyoming County,” noted State Representative Karen Boback. “The Chamber has made such great strides and done so much in the past 20 years.” Boback added that Chamber Director Maureen DiSpenza has “made it what it is today.”
Boback said she was “thrilled and proud” to be a part of the Chamber, and delighted to attend the Block Party. “Such camaraderie, you can’t beat it...it’s like being with family!” she enthused.
The Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce is located at 81 Warren Street in Tunkhannock and may be reached by calling (570) 836-7755.