Launch Party for Chamber of Commerce Magazine

In its mission to promote our region, the St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce has produced a four-color magazine highlighting the richness of this area in culture, arts, music, outdoor recreation, events and investment opportunities.  This is the first time a four-color magazine has been printed that focuses solely on the ‘Way Downeast’ region.  

Called “Best Kept Secrets of Way Downeast” it is filled with interesting articles, photos and information on 130+ events.  Sections include  “What to Do,” “Take the Kids,” “ Small Town Living,” “ Native American Culture in Maine, “ “Living on the Border,” “Before and After Renovations,” and “The Trails, ATV, Snowmobile, Kayaking and Canoeing, Hiking and Biking, Music and Fine Art & Crafts.”

Over 38 local volunteers stepped up to make this magazine possible including photographers, writers, finance help, or researchers.  Magazine committee members Helen Messemer-Thomas, Director of the St. Croix Chamber, and Mike Carmody reached out to regional businesses, organizations and chambers of commerce to garner information about events, museums, historic sites and photos.  Area chambers Grand Lake Stream, Machias Bay, Lubec , Eastport, St. Stephen Chamber and the Town of St. Stephen all responded and contributed. The rest of the core group were Dave Thomas, Jim Thompson, Richard Auletta, Cathy Scullin, DeeDee Travis and Charlie McAlpin. Volunteers included Jenn Brown from PCT Communications, who worked on promotions, and Amy Jeanroy from St. Croix Media, who converted the magazine to a FlipBook online. The magazine’s 10,000 copies are being distributed throughout the state of Maine, New England and Florida as well as through a targeted audience who has expressed interest in vacationing, moving or investing in this area.

“We wanted to highlight all of the ‘best kept’ secrets that make this area such a great place to visit, live, work and play in,” said Messemer-Thomas. “One of the bonuses, to all of us who worked on the magazine, was to discover activities that were new to us and rediscover our long-standing favorites, whether we have lived here a lifetime or a few years.”

Come join us at the Reveal Celebration of the magazine being held at the Wabanaki Center, 39 Union St., Calais on April 3rd from 5-7.  All businesses, whether members or non- members are invited to stop by for refreshments, and to pick up your own free copy of the magazine.  Not only is the magazine available in print, it will also be available as a flip book online at our website and for sale online.