Weekly Updates May 7, 2019

Upcoming Member News and Events:


Animal-tiques Roadshow

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 09:00am - 03:00pm

It's like Antiques Roadshow, but with animals! Join us at the Dutchess County SPCA for a day of antiques galore. Do you own a lamp of unknown origin? Get it appraised (fees apply)! Browse the flea market, enter the raffle, and help animals in need.



Eleanor Roosevelt Knit-In

The 12th Annual "Eleanor Roosevelt Knit-in" will be Sunday, May 5, 2019, 1-5 PM at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library & Museum and Home, 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY. 12538

See our website for info. or call Patsy N. Costello at 845-229-2559 for information.



Touch a Truck

Touch a Truck offers families a hands-on opportunity to explore and learn more about a variety of trucks and vehicles.

May 11th* from 10 am to 3 pm


Regina Coeli Church on Rt. 9 in Hyde Park

Tickets are $5 each and Family Packs (up to 8 people) for $20

Children 3 and under are Free.

Advance Tickets $4 and $15 (Family) - Visit Facebook for Sale Locations

VENDOR and SPONSOR Opportunities are Available. Contact David Meyerson at 845-229-7676 for more info.


Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Innovation

On May 14 at the Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary Institute of America. A half day event featuring lunch, speakers, tasting, and networking with local food and beverage producers. Tracks include Plant-Powering Business, Kosher, Artisanal Landscapes, Sake, and Craft Beer in the Hudson Valley

Visit www.hvfbs.org to register and for more information.


Cat Yoga

May 14, 2019

Join us at the Dutchess County SPCA for beginner-level yoga with adoptable cats! All you need is yourself & a yoga mat. Advanced registration required; this event fills up quickly! Visit https://dcspca.org/cat-yoga-dcspca/

All classes are from 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm.

The DCSPCA is located at 636 Violet Avenue, Hyde Park NY




2019 Anderson Golf Classic

Join us for the 2019 Anderson Golf Classic on Thursday, June 13th for 18 holes of golf, games, and prizes. Meet our friendly and knowledgeable staff and spend a day getting better acquainted with Anderson Center for Autism, the work we do, and our incredible staff!

For more information please visit www.AndersonCenterforAutism.org/AndersonClassic


Mark Your Calendars:
HPCSD Annual School Budget Vote Reminder

MAY 21, 2019

6:00 a.m. - 9:00 pm @ Haviland Middle School

Please Click the following link to go to HPCSD 2019-2020 Budget Information:


Upcoming Chamber News and Events:


May Breakfast- Thursday, May 23, 2019

Topic: Understanding the latest employment laws, who they apply to, and how we can find free resources to meet New York state requirements on the mandatory sexual harassment training for all businesses.

This is actually part one of two. The Anderson Center for Autism will be offering training and certification of completion to those who attend the future workshop. Details will follow.

Speaker: This morning the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce welcomes form Hyde Park Board member Kelly Caldwell from Rondout Savings. Kelly is a Human Resources professional.

Place: The United Methodist Church of Hyde Park
Cranberrys at Tilley Hall Catering

Time: 7:30 AM-9:00 AM

Cost: Members: $20.00, Non-Members: $30
Save a Phone Call: RSVP Online by clicking here!

Monday Blast Submission Requests

We are all very busy. Your Chamber is a volunteer-run and led organization. The only paid staff we have is the Administrative Assistant who is the physical presence representing us during the week. We have pulled back on office staffing hours. We do not have the ability to scan and rework every piece of email with attachments that come into the office. If you have an event that you would like to submit for inclusion in the Monday Email blasts, please use this form to submit it: http://hydeparkchamber.org/index.php/requests-forms/submit-a-monday-blast. Be brief and to the point. No more than 400 words. Submit 1 week before the blast you want to be in. Please note that all calendar entries are automatically included in the Monday email blasts. To submit a calendar event please go to http://hydeparkchamber.org/index.php/requests-forms/submit-a-calendar-event.

Back to MailChimp We Go!

I tried to send out the Monday update yesterday using our EmailDodo account, but it does not seem to have gone. I think we are going to have to return to the solid reliability of MailChimp. Sorry for any confusion.

All Web Forms Available from Main Menu

Everything you need to communicate and become an active part of our web portal is available from hydeparkchamber.org. Just click on the “Menu” in the upper left hand and choose “Requests/ Forms”.


Presidents Comments:

I intend to give some brief Chamber Board updates and news on the first of every month. Hopefully, time will allow!

It was a joy to see everyone come out and support “Autism Awareness Month” at our April “After Hours.” Thank you to Coppolas of Hyde Park for providing the food, and to the Anderson Center for Autism for sponsoring the event. Our next “After Hours” will be held on June 20, 2019, at the Rondout Savings Bank. We are still looking for a sponsor for this event, so if you would like the Chamber to highlight your business for June, please consider sponsoring.

Chamber Monday Blasts are now reaching over 200 businesses and individuals. One does not have to be a Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce member to receive the Monday Blasts. If you know of anyone who would like to learn more about what is happening in the businesses of Hyde Park, send them this link:
I will make sure that they receive the next “Monday Blast.”

We at the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce have been trying to make your Chamber more sustainable. We have managed to transition in several areas so that we can cut our costs nearly in half.

  • Email Statements: we are trying to email statements to our business for renewals. Emailing saves us on administrative costs. What we have sadly found is that many of you are not set up to pay by emailed statements. If you can renew using this method, it will help us to keep our costs down.
  • We have reduced office hours. We only have one staff person, our administrative assistant. Volunteers run the rest of Hyde Park Chamber. Responding to breakfast requests through digital means is the best way for us to continue to prioritize our reduced office hours and keep the Chamber sustainable.
  • There are a host of smaller items that the Board of Directors is evaluating to reduce our costs, streamline our services and help to keep Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce productive and of value to both our businesses and the community.

We are in a year of transition for your Chamber, and the Board continues to be excited about the opportunities we have to remake, rebrand, and revalue the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. It has been quite a ride so far, but with your support, we know that we have a future of hope and promise in Hyde Park.

Thank you, Kregg Gabor, President