Chamber members and supporters join each year to socialize, celebrate our accomplishments, vote on Chamber business, and recognize our Business of the Year, Bliss Village Store and Citizen of the Year, Katherine and Tom Kidder. It is always a fun and festive event with lots of fun and fabulous food and drink!Sarah Jackson, Executive Director of Vital Communities will be the keynote speaker. A meal will be served by Court Street Arts, along with a cash bar. The local trivia game also returns this year. Tickets, $30 per person, are available to Chamber members and to the general public for this event.
The 2022 Annual Meeting is scheduled for February 28, 2023 at Alumni Hall in Haverhill.
The link to register is below!
Bliss Village Store and Deli changed hands late in 2022, with owner Mark Johnson 'retiring' after owning and managing the store for over 25 years. Bliss has served as a hub of activity for downtown Bradford and has provided countless 'first job' opportunities for teens as well as countless donations to church, school and community groups for their events and fundraisers.
At the same time, Mark has served in leadership roles on numerous boards and committees including the Bradford School Board, ELI (Margaret Pratt Community), Cottage Hospital and the Bradford Merchants and Business Associations.
2022 Citizen of the Year
Tom and Catherine Kidder have been at the center of all things West Newbury since their arrival over 40 years ago. Their tireless efforts in organizing and leading events such as the turkey super, dances and live music events, summer festival, etc. are well noted and continued to this day. Most recently, Tom's leadership and energy in the acquisition of the Tucker Mountain Town Forest has been paramount to its success. Tom's vision and coordination of 'all things Tucker' have led to its transformation into a 'must visit and experience' local gem. Additionally, as both have taught in local schools and served on numerous boards and committees associated with the schools, their commitment to education continues with connecting students to the natural environment at Tucker.