By Jimi Coplen
Get ready for a fun evening out in downtown Haskell on December 7, 2017, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center along with the Development Corporation of Haskell will be hosting a Sip, Shop and Stroll holiday event. Businesses will be open late for your shopping pleasure. There will be live entertainment and several drawings for Haskell Dollars. There will also be a friendly, ugly sweater competition.
The Sip, Shop and Stroll event will consist of businesses providing refreshments as you stroll through the downtown and shop. Every twenty dollars spent on this night enters shoppers into drawings for a total of $200 Haskell Dollars. Receipts can be shown at the COC office and a ticket will be given for each $20 spent. Shoppers must be present to win, and a winner will be drawn every 30 minutes.
Also, there will be an ugly sweater contest. If you would like to play along, simply wear your ugliest sweater and check in at the COC office. Someone will take your photo and a panel of judges will decide who in fact is wearing the ugliest sweater. All entries must be entered by 6:30 p.m. and the winner will be picked at 6:45 p.m. The grand prize will be $50 in Haskell Dollars.
If you are a business with no storefront and would like to participate in the event, a space can be provided for you to set up in downtown. You will need to bring your own table. If you have a storefront and would like to extend your hours for this event, please let us know as well. We will be putting a list together of all participating businesses. There is a $10 fee for non-chamber members to participate. You do not have to be located on the square to participate.
Make plans to join us Thursday night, December 7, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for a fun-filled, holiday event. For more information call the COC at 864-2477 or the DCOH at 864-3424.
If any of you follow the DCOH & Chamber Facebook page – Haskell Texas USA – you may have noticed that we have been focusing on places to meet in Haskell. As locals, we sometimes forget what is in our own backyard and how we can utilize those venues to drive our local economy. We can all agree that we want a stronger economy, right?
When a group comes to Haskell, they sleep in our motels, eat at our restaurants, buy our gas and shop at our retail stores. People want to spend money when they are out of town. They multi-task while they are here and run errands, pick up a gift, and fill up their tanks before they head home. We all do this when we visit a different town. That is why it is important to remember Haskell when scheduling meetings and events.
Think about this: Do you belong to a regional organization of any kind? Do you belong to a club? Does that group get together and meet? Is your family planning a family reunion this year? The next time they are looking for a location, speak up about all the great spots we have in Haskell. From small events to large ones, Haskell can accommodate almost any group size. Here are some of the meeting spaces available in Haskell:
- Civic Center
- Country Club
- Macias Ballroom
- The Women’s Space
- First Bank Texas Meeting Room
- The Hospital Education Room (Meetings must be heathcare related.)
- American Legion Hall
- Church fellowship halls
Can you believe we have that many places to host a meeting or event? They have everything you need, including tables, chairs, AV equipment and sound systems. Many of them also have kitchens available.
Even if your group is small, every dollar counts in small communities. It makes a difference. Also, if you put together packets for your group, check in with the DCOH or the Chamber of Commerce for maps, booklets, etc. Also, some of the local businesses have marketing giveaways they will give you to fill your packets.
If you would like to bring a group to Haskell or put on an event, but you are not sure how to get started, stop by the DCOH office and let us help you. To get more information about our meeting spaces, visit www.haskelltexasusa.com/ or call us at 864-3424.
By Jimi Coplen
The Development Corporation of Haskell (DCOH) has been busy this time of year. It is the end of our fiscal year as well as the beginning of our next year. This means budgets, paperwork and tidying up details from the end of the year.
Texas Representative Drew Springer will be holding a Town Hall meeting on October 3 from 2-3 p.m. at the First Bank Texas meeting room. This is a great time to get an update from the legislative session and hear about issues facing our state. Rep. Springer is always great to talk with and we enjoy having him in Haskell. I hope you can attend.
We are also gearing up for our fourth year of the Knox-Haskell Rural Leadership Program. That starts next week October 6. We have a good group of individuals, and we are excited to kick off the new year.
We also have the Possibilities Tour scheduled for October 21. we will be showcasing buildings in the downtown area that are available for sale or lease or just to showcase their revitalization efforts. You will be able to walk through these buildings, talk to owners and reminisce about days gone by. There are a lot of great buildings around our square with unlimited possibilities. We hope you will take time during homecoming to see these buildings. If you are a building owner and would like to showcase your building please call DCOH at 864-3424.
The cloud seeding program has been wrapped up for the year. This year we participated from May – August with great results. This project is split between the City of Haskell, Haskell County and the DCOH. It brings much relief to our farmers and ranchers and they contribute tremendously to our local economy. Below is a map of all the places that were seeded: http://haskelltexasusa.com/2017/09/cloud-seeding-map/
The DCOH office will be relocating. We will be next door to the Chamber of Commerce on the east side of the square. It will be about a month before move in, but we hope that when we do you will stop by and say hello.