The Chamber’s annual Tourism Breakfast was held on April 12 at the Loyalhanna Watershed Association’s barn. Representatives from the Watershed, the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, Ligonier Country Market, Ligonier Ramada, Antiochian Village, Compass Inn Museum, Fort Ligonier, Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Ligonier Camp & Conference Center, Idlewild & SoakZone and the Ligonier Valley Library spoke on upcoming events, attractions, expansions, etc. that will bring tourism to our area.
Susan Huba, of the Loyalhanna Watershed Association, shared information about the Watershed’s annual events including the Ligonier Valley Clean Up on April 22, the Low Country Boil on June 4 and the Harvest Dinner on September 23. The Watershed was also our gracious host for this year’s Tourism Breakfast. Visit them online here: http://loyalhannawatershed.org/
Louise Bates of the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau discussed upcoming business anniversaries and the Somerset County Mystery Tour being planned by LHVB. The Visitors Bureau is always busy, keep up with their happenings here: http://lhvb.com/
Cari Frei, Executive Director of the Ligonier Country Market, had lots to update attendees on including: the Share-a-Bag program, a new website, $5 for 5K Program, Steelers Fest promo for the Market, buggy rides into town from the Market, and the continued mantra of “Make It. Bake It. Grow It.” The first Market is on May 20! Check out their new website: http://www.ligoniercountrymarket.com/
Andrea Cuda of the Ligonier Ramada discussed the available of various gold and Idlewild packages, among others, at the Ramada. She also let attendees know that the entire first floor of the hotel has been updated and renovations are still going on throughout the property. Visit http://www.ramadaligonier.com/ to see everything going on at the Ramada Ligonier.
Julia Ritter from Antiochian Village highlighted their display for Free Museum Day (May 7) which will be titled “One Ancient Faith: 2 Contemporary Artists”. She also discussed the many summer camp opportunities they offer. Visit Antiochian Village online at: http://www.antiochianvillage.org/
Theresa Rohall of Compass Inn Museum discussed the many upcoming events going on at the museum including: Stage Coach Adventurers, Young Historians, Little Explorers, Living History Weekends, Blacksmith Workshop, Tastes of the Town and an upcoming “Cupboard of Curiosities” exhibit about the original owner of what is now the Compass Inn. Check out details on all of these events here: http://compassinn.org/news.asp
Kristin Poerschke of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor talked about the return of the Supper Market, a new bicycle exhibit in the museum and that their plans for a new addition are a go! Details on LHHC available here: http://lhhc.org/
Julie Donovan of Fort Ligonier handed out calendar of event brochures for this season at Fort Ligonier. Don’t miss your first chance to see the expansion of the education center and museum on opening day: April 29! An online events calendar can be found here: http://fortligonier.org/
Kristin Miller of Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art updated attendees on many of the museum’s offerings including: art classes for children, the annual Garden Party, Night of Distinction, The Art Walk, painting contests, and a Family Day event coming up in September. More info can be found here: http://www.sama-art.org/
Patrick Myers of Ligonier Camp & Conference Center (and his giant spoon) discussed the camp’s honor of winning the Soup’s On! competition this year and that they will be serving the winning soup at camp this year. In addition, he talked about how camp is more needed to day than it has ever been for kids. While at camps, kids aren’t exposed to any of their electronic devices so they communicate and have fun in ways that are extremely different than what they’re used to. More info on LCCC here: http://www.ligoniercamp.org/
Jeff Croushore from Idlewild & SoakZone discussed updates happening in the park this year including two updated bridges, visual improvements to the Hootin’ Holler area and a new location for the Tilt-a-Whirl ride. He also talked about character events coming this summer such as: Daniel Tiger Eat n’ Greets, Princess Lily’s Tea Party, Daniel Tiger Neighbor Days, Caillou, Peg & Cat, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Santa Claus. Other highlights coming this summer include a Rita’s Ice location in Raccoon Lagoon with a full Rita’s menu, the Deep Fried Banana Split, an All-Season Dining Pass for $79.99 and season passes starting at just $58.99. Visit https://www.idlewild.com/ for upcoming events and park information.
Janet Hudson of the Ligonier Valley Library spoke about the new Books & Brew event coming up on May 5. Check out more information here: http://www.ligonierlibrary.org/
April 18, 2017