Event connects community

At the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce, we strive to help our member businesses grow and build relationships in the community. Successful businesses result in a better community for everyone. We offer our members networking opportunities; education seminars; and much more. But we also organize community events and fundraisers throughout the year, such as our annual spring auction, Community Health and Wellness Fair and the Best of Souhegan awards night.

Chamber-organized events help connect our community, as volunteers work hard together for the common good of the region. Often, the Chamber will partner with a member nonprofit for an event, with funds raised benefitting that organization’s cause.

We are pleased to announce that we will be partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley for the 5th annual Fall Harvest Dinner from 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 15 at Beaver Brook Association in Hollis. The Boys & Girls Club services children and youth in communities in the Souhegan Valley region. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

The 5th annual Fall Harvest Dinner is a farm-to-table event that will include a cocktail hour in the beautiful gardens at Beaver Brook Association followed by a multi-course fall-themed dinner in the historic Maple Hill Barn.

All appetizers and meal courses served at the dinner will be made with locally sourced ingredients. This delicious, nutritious and environmentally conscious meal will be prepared by Chef Joe O’Neill of the popular and award-winning Papa Joe’s Humble Pie in Milford.

Our farm-to-table menu will include foods that will be coming directly from local farms, such as Paradise Farm in Wilton, Lavoies Farm in Hollis, Sullivan Farm in Nashua, Fitch’s Corner Farmstand in Milford, Butternut Farm in Milford, Holland Farm in Milford, Connolly Brothers Dairy Farm in Temple and Lull Farm in Hollis

The evening of the Fall Harvest dinner, Beaver Brook’s Maple Hill gardens and historic barn will be transformed into a “rustic elegance” motif with a fall flair. In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint that evening, we will be using vintage plates, silverware, glassware, napkins and more.

We invite you to join us for this celebration of fall and to support our area farmers. For tickets and information, visit our website at www.souhegan.net or call the Chamber at 603-673-4360.

Wendy Hunt is executive director of the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber office is located at 69 Route 101A in Amherst.