Back Mountain Chamber’s first Legislative Breakfast was huge success

Chamber Notes Tom Mosca -

I saw my first lightning bug last night, which for me, signals the official start of summer. Our garden is planted, our garden beds are mulched and the drip line hoses are in place. It won’t be long now before we are enjoying the literal fruits of our labor. As I’m sure all of you gardeners out there would agree, there is nothing better than picking fresh vegetables from your own backyard. A close second would be to buy produce from our local farms. Don’t forget to patronize our local farmers markets and farm stores.

Back Mountain Chamber was pleased to host its first-ever Legislative Breakfast June 15 at the Irem Temple Country Club. All three of our Back Mountain state legislators were in attendance, Senator Lisa Baker, Representative Karen Boback and Representative Aaron Kaufer. The Legislative Breakfast, which was open to the public as well as to members of the BMC, allowed local legislators the opportunity to update the community on their current projects as well as to answer questions from their constituents. The event was a success, and we are already looking forward to next year.

There are always lots of good reasons to join the Back Mountain Chamber, and soon there may be another one. Due to a change in regulations, Chamber Choice, with which the BMC is now affiliated, may soon be able to offer healthcare coverage options again. Stay tuned for more information on this important subject as it becomes available.

The BMC participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the recently completed Grande Pavilion at the Beaumont Inn located in Dallas Township on June 19. This charming venue offers a new option for parties and weddings in the Back Mountain. There is a beautiful outdoor fireplace to the rear of the Grande Pavilion, which will help ensure the enjoyable use of this new facility during all four seasons.

The Dallas Rotary’s sixth annual Wine and Dine Festival at the Luzerne County Fair Grounds was held June 23. Fine local entertainment, together with great food and lots of different wines to taste, always make the event lots of fun for all who attended. One of the best things about this event is the money raised is donated back to the community. The Dallas Rotary supports numerous local organizations, including the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, the Salvation Army, the Back Mountain Food Pantry, High School Book Scholarships, Leadership Training for High School Sophomores, Dictionary Project for third-graders, and a Children’s Shopping Spree for needy children, just to name a few.

The 72nd Back Mountain Library Auction will run from Thursday, July 5 through Sunday, July 8. This year, as every year, there is something for everyone, including games, plants, artisan row antiques, new goods, designer goods, a variety of booths, books, jewelry, food and raffles. Everyone is encouraged to park at Thomas’ Market in the Country Club Shopping Center on Route 309. There will be a shuttle running back and forth between Thomas’ and the auction from 4 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. to midnight Sunday.

Speaking of the Grande Pavilion at the Beaumont Inn, that’s where our annual Cultural Event will be held Aug. 31. Tickets are available now and may be purchased on the BMC website for “Back to Motown.” Join us for a night of Motown music performed by the Esteem Allstars. It will be an evening filled with great music, great food and great friendship. This year we are honoring the Hanson Family and Hanson’s Amusement Park. Proceeds from our basket raffle will benefit the Back Mountain Regional EMS. This will surely be a night to remember, so get your tickets now before they are all gone.

Independence Day is upon us once again. In addition to celebrating the birth of our nation, it’s a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Happy Fourth of July!

For more information about upcoming events, go to the recently updated BMC website. If you haven’t seen our new website yet, check it out. As always, if you wish to have your community event placed on the “BMC Events Calendar” on our website, please email details to, and we will include your event.

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