July 17, 2003

Chamber Considering Hosting Arts Festival In Memphis

By Jeff Behrens
The proposed creation of an Arts Festival in Memphis was the main topic of discussion at the July 8th Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce meeting held at Java Jitters.

Chamber President Jim Nishida Adams noted the abundance of artists and performers in Scotland County and proposed the creation of a festival, to be held in the Spring or Autumn, to showcase their talents. He mentioned featuring artists, musicians, and actors in a promotion that could draw tourism to the area. The Chamber of Commerce's Arts Council would oversee the festival.

Bill Kiddoo, from Waste Corporation, added that a wine and cheese tent featuring Missouri wines, as well as coordinated bus tours of the event would help enhance the crowds.

Other possible attractions at the festival would be fudge and homemade ice cream stands, a quilt show, an all day music festival featuring local bands, and horse drawn carriage tours.

In other business, the Chamber welcomed three new members: Treasured Moments, Emel Conversion Sales, and the Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency.

Nishida-Adams thanked all the volunteers who helped make Peanut Days a success. The Chamber sold over 2,600 bags and raised almost $700 for its various projects.

The Chamber is also close to completing plans for a volunteer center. The idea is to create a place where people in the area interested in volunteering and places in need of volunteers could get together. Scotlandcounty.net website administrator Ken McMinn is going to add space on the community website where anyone can post volunteer opportunities. Nishida-Adams said the final step is to create a place for people who don't have access to or don't use a computer can call in or visit to get the volunteer information.

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