‘Spirits’ featured at Derry chamber eventBy RYAN LESSARD
Union Leader Correspondent
September 12. 2018 11:02PM
DERRY — The Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce is hosting an event Thursday night at the Derry Opera House called “A Night with the Spirits,” which will feature two local mediums as well as spirits from a local distillery.
And in the coming weeks, the chamber will be hosting a workforce development forum and its annual dinner.
The psychic night, which starts at 6:30 p.m., will include refreshments from T-Bones, Sandra’s Cupcakes Couture and spirits from Doire Distilling.
Tickets are $40 and attendance does not guarantee a psychic reading. The show begins at 7 p.m.
Elizabeth Robidoux (also Derry’s assistant town planner) and Anita McMillen will be the featured psychics at the event.
Chamber President Ashley Haseltine said it will be a fundraiser and an event for the community. She said the psychic mediums will be delivering messages from beyond the grave to people in the room.
“This is a brand new concept for chambers of commerce in general,” Haseltine said.
The proceeds benefit the chamber, which helps support existing businesses in the region as well as economic development generally, Haseltine said.
On Sept. 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., the chamber is hosting a workforce development forum at the Brookstone Park and Event Center in Derry to discuss the shortage of laborers and qualified workers in the region.
The idea is to connect local businesses with area schools to create apprenticeship programs and other training partnerships.
“We’re trying to be the connecting piece between resources available throughout the state and our local membership,” Haseltine said.
The panelists of the forum will highlight the issues the state economy will be facing as well as programs the government will be rolling out to address the issues.
After the panel discussion will be an open discussion between the panelists and the audience members.
Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members.
On Oct. 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Birch Wood Vineyards in Derry, the chamber is hosting its annual dinner fundraiser, where it will be presenting its two largest awards; Citizen of the Year Award and Business of the Year Award.
Haseltine said the dinner is usually the biggest fundraiser for the year.
It’s also a celebration of accomplishments by the chamber over the past year, such as its “significant” growth, with over 70 new members, and a celebration of the history of the region.
This year’s theme, “Memories in the Making,” will be paying homage to the upcoming Nutfield 300th year celebration, Haseltine said.
Tickets are $65 until Sept. 30, $70 after that date. Tables of 10 are $600.
Londonderry Rotary Club
The Rotary Club of Londonderry will be hosting an open house to potential new members at The Coach Stop Restaurant on Mammoth Road in Londonderry on Sept. 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Refreshments will be served during the free event open to the public. The club has been trying to recruit younger members.
On Oct. 19 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Nashua Country Club in Nashua, the Londonderry Rotary Club is hosting its 5th annual Fall Fling.
Tickets for the fundraiser event is $50 per person. Funds raised through the event will support Liberty House, a homeless shelter for veterans in Manchester, St. Gianna’s Place, a shelter for pregnant women in crisis, and other local charities such as food pantries and soup kitchens.