By Jo Schmeiser CCGM Executive Director
The phrase “three times a charm” needs to be changed to “two times a charm” when referring to the After Hours Business Mixers hosted by Abbott’s Mill Nature Center. The last time they hosted a mixer was February 2010. It was freezing, the roads were icy, and the bridge by the center was closed due to repairs. It was fun, yet challenging to say the least.
At the mixer held this July the center had much better luck with the weather. Fortunately there was a break in the hot and humid days, allowing guests to “Discover”, the center, as their brochure says. It was a perfect evening to take a stroll.
If you’re not familiar with Abbott’s Mill the center provides an opportunity to step back in time while discovering a variety of habitats and ecosystems. Seventy-six acres of land include a swamp, pine forest, meadow, pond and stream. Trails wind their way along the stream and through wood-lands to meadows where wildflowers and insect life flourish. Miles of self-guided trails are open to the public.
Built in 1802 and on the National Register of Historic Places, the gristmill at the nature center is preserved and made operational. Tours of the mill are given by request. In addition to all the wonderful things to see and do outdoors, there is also an interpretation building that offers a variety of exhibits, including an aquatic touch tank. Although I prefer the warmer months, programs are offered year-round for all ages, for school and public groups, and no matter what time of year you go you’ll have a great time.
Located on Abbott’s Pond Road off Route 36, the center is about four miles from downtown Milford. It’s operated by the Delaware Nature Society and is a partnership with the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. Part of the 313-acre Milford Millponds Nature Preserve, this diverse property is one of the natural wonders of southern Delaware.
The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The trails open at dawn and close at dusk.
For more information about Abbott’s Mill Nature Center call 422.0847 or visit www.delawarenaturesociety.org.
If you’re interested in hosting an After Hours Business Mixer next year now’s the time to book your event. Mixers are held once a month, usually on the 3rd or 4th Thursday. They normally run from 5 to 7 p.m. The CCGM is very flexible, so if we need to work on a date to accommodate you, we’ll do our best to make it happen.
Business Mixers are a wonderful way to showcase your business, and to gain exposure and new customers. All we ask is that you provide the food and beverages (the menu is completely up to you), a registration table and 3 door prizes (of your choice). The chamber takes care of the marketing, which puts your business name out to gain more exposure.
After the mixer we provide you with copies of all the business cards from those who were in attendance. The business cards give you an opportunity to follow-up with your guests with their information at your fingertips.
If you’re a member of the CCGM, and also a member of another Delaware Chamber of Commerce, you could host a combined business mixer as Delmarva Broadcasting Company is doing August 31st with the Central Delaware Chamber, and the Ellendale VFW is doing October 20th with the Georgetown Chamber.
For more information about the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford call 422.3344 or visit our website: www.milfordchamber.com.