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Seattle, Washington [May 2, 2018] – The Historic Downtown Chelan Association and the Lake Chelan Historical Society received the Community Partnership Award at Washington Main Street’s Excellence on Main Awards Ceremony on April 24 in Port Townsend. The ceremony was held in conjunction with RevitalizeWA, Washington State’s Preservation and Main Street Conference.

Recognizing their shared goals around Chelan’s heritage and historic treasures, the Historic Downtown Chelan Association (HDCA) and the Lake Chelan Historical Society forged a partnership in 2016 focused on two types of public projects: plaques and wraps.

First, the two organizations worked together to institute Chelan’s first historic plaque program. In its initial stages, the HDCA Design Committee selected four historically significant downtown structures, all of which are over 100 years old and have maintained their historic integrity: Campbell’s Resort, Saint Andrews Episcopal Church, Woodin Avenue Bridge, and Ruby Theatre. The Historical Society Manager, Ron McGaughey, served as an advisor on the program and coordinated Society volunteers to find historic photographs of the properties. The two organizations jointly designed and presented the plaques at a media-covered event in 2017.

The historic wrap program beautifies and draws attention to historic aspects of the town by covering a modern necessity, an electric utility box, with historic images. HDCA and the Historical Society again collaborated to identify, design, and implement the project, which is located at a key intersection downtown. Images were selected for their historic significance, cultural relevance, and reflection of life in downtown Chelan during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Each side of the wrap takes a different look at Chelan’s history, with themes including wood-framed buildings, legacy businesses, homesteaders, and life in a frontier town.

“Projects such as these put the history of our town front and center,” said Erin McCardle, Executive Director of the Historic Downtown Chelan Association. “They inspire locals and visitors to appreciate and preserve the town’s culture, raise the interest level among our downtown building owners, and create additional opportunities to forge public and private partnerships focused on historic preservation.”
The HDCA and the Historical Society plan to continue both the historic plaque and wrap programs in the future. They have also begun development of a walking tour and QR code system to provide additional opportunities for the public to learn about Chelan’s history and built environment.

“The partnership between HDCA and Historical Society has elevated the preservation ethic in Chelan through community pride and education,” said Breanne Durham, Washington Main Street Coordinator. “These projects illustrate the importance of partners coalescing around shared goals.”

Excellence on Main, organized by the Washington State Main Street Program, celebrates communities, organizations, and individuals who are helping to achieve economic vitality and build sustainable communities through downtown revitalization and preservation. The Community Partnership Award is designed to recognize a Main Street organization and partner(s) who have demonstrated the highest and best degree of cooperation to benefit downtown revitalization efforts.

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winejazz200Chelan, Washington: The Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival will take jazz enthusiasts on a musical tour through the Lake Chelan Wine Valley during this first of its kind event in Chelan. The event offers wine and jazz enthusiasts the opportunity to taste wines that characterize the Chelan AVA, and take in the stunning views of majestic Lake Chelan. This four-day festival will showcase internationally acclaimed jazz artists and celebrate the wonderful wineries, historic downtown, and remarkable beauty of the Lake Chelan Wine Valley. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of America.

The Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival features national and regional artists like Kobe Watkins, Gretta Matassa, Pearl Django, Gail Pettis, Doctor Funk, and many more. Nine venues, 4 days, and 15 jazz bands including student jazz bands will be featured. All music venues will offer wines from Lake Chelan Wineries and many will offer food pairings. Festival ticket holders will receive a SWAG bag of goodies and special offers.

This is a one of a kind opportunity for wine and jazz fans to sip and listen while you take in the amazing beauty of estate vineyards and breathtaking lake views. The Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival takes place in Spring 2018 from May 17-20th, Tickets are on sale now online at www.chelanwinejazz.com. Full Festival Pass is $75 in advance / $85 at the door. A Saturday Day Pass is also available for $60 in advance / $70 at the door. Sunday shows at the outdoor Riverwalk Pavilion are free.A VIP shuttle ticket will be available for purchase for $30. Media passes are available for the press when you contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spring Barrel Tasting weekend also takes place in the Lake Chelan Wine Valley during wine and jazz festival when winemakers open their doors to the public to taste straight from the barrel. Visitors to Chelan can dine at a variety of eateries and wineries around the lake and shop in the downtown historic district of Chelan. The area can be explored by water, boat, or limo. A variety of local hotels, vacation rentals, and camping options are available.

The Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival Foundation is a non-profit program under the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce. Our mission is to support and promote jazz appreciation, music education, and the Lake Chelan Wine Valley for our residents and visitors. Foundation net proceeds are directed to the Boys and Girls Club of America. 

chamber new160Horse Carriage Rides, Live Ice Carvings, Soupfest, Wine Tasting, Live Music & more
 
LAKE CHELAN, WA (January 8, 2018) - The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce presents Lake Chelan Winterfest 2018, presented by Sage Vacation Rentals, beginning this weekend in downtown Chelan! We anticipate over 15,000 visitors - our biggest event yet. This event is a cornerstone for the economic vitality of the region in the winter season in Lake Chelan.
 
Guests can taste local wines at the Wine Tasting Tent & Grand Wine Walk, presented by Zipfizz, sip on local sparkling wine at the Bubble Bar Sparkling Wine Brunch, stroll along the Chelan River in a horse drawn carriage, marvel at the live ice carvings or enjoy an adult beverage at the Ice Bar, presented by North Cascades Bank, while enjoying live music!
 
A Winterfest Button is only $5 until Friday, January 12th, when the price increases to $7. This Button is your all-access pass to Winterfest fun, including over 30 amazing offers at local restaurants, retail stores and wineries in the Lake Chelan Valley.
 
Winterfest attendees are encouraged to plan ahead, as tickets are known to sell out.
 
The full schedule for the weekend includes:
 
Friday, January 12
• All weekend: Find Tsilly
• 3-7pm: Horse Carriage Rides**
• 3-7pm: Kids Activities**
• 3-10pm: Ice Bar** presented by North Cascades Bank
• 5-9pm: The Bottle Shop
• 5-9pm: Wine Tasting Tent presented by Zipfizz
• 5-10pm: Live Music
• 5-10pm: Live Ice Carving
• 6-8pm: Soupfest
 
Saturday, January 13
• All weekend: Find Tsilly
• 11am-6pm: Live Ice Carving
• 12-6pm: Grand Wine Walk presented by Zipfizz
• 12-6pm: Wine Tasting Tent presented by Zipfizz
• 12-6pm: Horse Carriage Rides**
• 12-6pm: Kids Activities**
• 12-8pm: The Bottle Shop
• 12-10pm: Ice Bar** presented by North Cascades Bank
• 3-10pm: Live Music
• 6-8pm: Snowga at Lake Chelan Municipal Golf Course
• 6pm: Grand Procession
• 6:30pm: Polar Bear Splash & Beach Bonfire
• 6:45pm: Fireworks presented by K & L Homes
 
Sunday, January 14
• 10am: Skydive Chelan Jump
• 11am-1pm: Bubble Bar Sparking Wine Brunch
 
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit LakeChelanWinterfest.com.

rosealcott200The Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Rose Olcott of Chelan has been named Membership & PR Coordinator. Rose will attend to Lake Chelan Chamber Member coordination and public relations.

“We are extremely excited to have Rose join our Chamber team,” said Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mike Steele. “Her skills, knowledge of the region and her commitment to our Valley make her an ideal fit for our organization.”

Born and raised in the Lake Chelan Valley, Rose graduated from Manson High School. After receiving an English degree from University of West Florida, Rose became the Editor for the Methow Grist, and has worked with Cevado Technologies as a Marketing Creative and Project Manager for the last two years.

Rose brings years of management, coordination and PR and marketing experience to the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce.

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LAKE CHELAN, WA (November 6, 2017) - Tickets for Lake Chelan Winterfest, presented by Sage Vacation Rentals, are now on sale! Avoid the lines and save time - and money - by taking advantage of the early bird pricing from now until November 30, where you can save $10 off each ticket! Prices will go up on December 1.
 
The Winterfest Button is your all-access pass to enjoying most festivities. With your button, enjoy all kids activities, access to the Ice Bar, presented by North Cascades Bank, horse carriage rides, apple bin train rides and incredible offers at shops, restaurants and wineries all around the lake.
 
The Tasting Tent and Grand Wine Walk, presented by Zipfizz, are the perfect events for wine connoisseurs or those just starting to discover the world of wine. Taste over 30 different award-winning wines in the Tasting Tent or stroll through downtown boutiques as you chat with the winemakers and taste select library wines on the Grand Wine Walk. This is a unique experience you’ll only find during Washington’s’ most exciting winter festival!
 
If you love beer or cider, Alefest, presented by the Manson Chamber of Commerce, is the event for you! Sample from over 20 craft breweries and cideries while in a large, heated tent in downtown Manson. And don’t miss out on the Lake Chelan Brewers and Distillers Night - a new celebration on Friday night for our local brewers and distillers!
 
There is something for everyone at Lake Chelan Winterfest and you won’t want to miss it! Purchase tickets today at LakeChelanWInterfest.com.
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Enjoy our winter wonderland - January 12-21
 
LAKE CHELAN, WA (October 25, 2017) - The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce will again host Lake Chelan Winterfest, January 12-21, 2018. Winterfest is a two week-long festival of snowy fun and kicks off Martin Luther King weekend in downtown Chelan, with downtown Manson as the main locale for the final weekend.
 
Set among the snow-capped buttes and glacier fed waters of Lake Chelan, Winterfest plays host to Washington’s most exciting winter festival. Glide over the snow in a horse-drawn carriage, be amazed at the incredible live ice sculpting or vote for your favorite Lake Chelan bloody mary!
 
New this year!
 
  • Take advantage of the new Grand Wine Walk, held in participating stores in downtown Chelan on Saturday, January 13th! Sip and savor delicious reserve wines, poured directly by the winemaker.
  • What was formally “Wine Walk” is now known as the Tasting Tent! Enjoy your favorite Lake Chelan wines in the comfort of a large, heated tent!
  • You also won’t want to miss the new Lake Chelan Brewers and Distillers Night, held Friday, January 19th in downtown Manson! Let’s celebrate the local brewers, cider makers and distillers who call North Central Washington home!
 Weekend highlights include:
 January 12-14
  • Find Tsilly
  • Horse Carriage Rides
  • Kids Activities
  • Ice Bar & Live Music
  • Grand Wine Walk & Tasting Tent
  • Live Ice Carvings
  • SoupFest
  • Grand Procession & Fireworks
  • Polar Bear Splash & Beach Bonfire
  • Bubble Bar Sparkling Wine Brunch
 January 19-21
  • Find Tsilly
  • Apple Bin Train Rides
  • Kids Activities
  • Lake Chelan Brewers and Distillers Night
  • Alefest & Bottle Shop
  • Alex Zerbe PAC Show
  • Live Ice Carvings
  • Battle of the Bloody Mary
Tickets will be live November 1 - and they will go quickly!
 
The Winterfest Button is your all-access pass to enjoying most festivities. With your button, enjoy all kids activities, access to the Ice Bar, horse carriage rides, apple bin train rides and incredible offers at shops, restaurants and wineries all around the lake.
 
Winterfest attendees are also encouraged to plan ahead. Activities such as the Grand Wine Walk, Tasting Tent, Bubble Bar, Battle of the Bloody Mary and Alefest are known to sell out in advance.
cruzin chelan2017The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 11th annual Cruizin Chelan Classic Car Show that kicks off the summer season June 2 & 3, 2017. 
 
Locals and visitors alike know the car show is in town when proud car owners line up their coupes, sedans and street rods for the big “Show ’n’ Shine.” It’s a must-see museum on wheels and Cruizin Chelan’s signature event!
 
For the second year, Cruizin Chelan will host the Pacific Northwest Pro Classic BBQ Competition - an event you won’t want to miss! And as always, we will host another spectacular fireworks show Saturday night at Don Morse Park!
 
This year, we will be hosting a Cruizin Chelan Kickoff Party at Wapato Point Cellars on Friday, June 2nd. Pre-register for Saturday’s Show ’n’ Shine and take a first look at the classic cars and trucks that will battle it out for the title of “Best of Show” on Saturday. Delight in a buffet-style dinner while you enjoy a glass of award-winning wine. Activities include:
 
  • 5pm-6pm: Happy Hour
  • 5pm-8pm: Wine Tasting
  • 5pm-9pm: Early Registration for Saturday’s Show ’n’ Shine
  • 6pm-8pm: Dinner at The Winemaker’s Grill
  • 6pm-9pm: Live music by The LakeBoys
 
Tickets are only $29.99 and can be purchased online at LakeChelan.com, at the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce or at Wapato Point Cellars. Event is open to both registrants and the public.

chamber new160LAKE CHELAN, WA (April 28, 2017) — The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual awards dinner at Rancho Grande on May 4th, 2017.

Chamber members and their guests are invited to attend this Cinco de Mayo celebration! Awards include Chamber Member of the Year, Business of the Year, New Business of the Year and many others. Over 20 businesses will receive coveted awards!

Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased at the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce office. Reserve tickets early, as they tend to sell out of this celebratory event!

Activities taking place:

  • Mexican buffet
  • Awards ceremony
  • Live music
  • One complementary beverage
  • Full bar
  • Wine pull
  • Photo booth