Category Archives: Chamber of Commerce

Quarterly Downtown Meet and Greets Schedule for 2019

The  Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce hosts Quarterly Downtown Meet & Greets from 8:30 to 9:30 am at a different downtown location for downtown business owners or representatives, or anyone in the community with an interest in downtown to attend and share thoughts and ideas related to downtown and to stay current on new happenings.

The first one of the year will be pushed back to Tuesday, February 5th as the Ritter’s of Boiler Room Brewhaus will be the host and they are not available on January Tuesday morning dates.
The tentative schedule for the Downtown Meet & Greets for 2019:
All of these meetings are on Tuesdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am:
February 5th – Boiler Room Brewhaus
April 2nd
July 2nd
October 1st

TOY SOLDIER CONTEST WINNER

 

 The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored its 2nd annual Toy Soldier Contest this year where the public could purchase blank wooden templates from the Chamber and express their artistic ability by painting the soldiers which are now on display for the public to view through the New Year.

A total of 13 new soldiers were submitted for judging this year, in addition to those entered last year for a total of 29 soldiers currently on display primarily in the Downtown Historic District.

After a tough decision by the judges, the prize of $50 in Chamber Bucks Certificates was awarded to Mathew Morgan of Uniontown who painted his soldier as The Grinch. Mathew’s winning soldier, along with two others, may be viewed in front of Nate’s Place, 750 S. National Avenue. Other soldiers are along Main Street and in front of the Courtland Hotel.

The Chamber would like to thank all who participated and is looking forward to next year’s contest. For questions or more information, contact the Chamber at 620-223-3566 or email information@fortscott.com.

Chamber Coffee at Community Christian Church Dec. 13

WEEKLY CHAMBER COFFEE REMINDER
Join us for Chamber Coffee
Hosted by:

Community Christian Church
 
 

Location:

1919 S. Horton St.
Thursday, December 13, 2018


Click here for Community Christian Church’s website.


Chamber members and guests are encouraged to attend for networking, community announcements, and to learn about the hosting business or organization.
Members may pay $1 to make an announcement about an upcoming event, special/sale/discount, or news of any kind.
Upcoming Coffees:
December 20th – City Hall
December 27th – No Coffee in Observance of Christmas
January 3 – Chamber Board @ Chamber Office
January 10 – Fort Scott Pharmacy

Mistletoe on Main Street, Downtown & Around

 

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce announces Mistletoe on Main Street, Downtown & Around will be held this Thursday evening, December 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Retailers in the downtown historic district and other locations throughout town will be decked for the holidays with great gift ideas and will offer refreshments for a fun evening of shopping for gifts and holiday décor.

Store locations will have hidden mistletoe that can be found and returned to the Chamber of Commerce in exchange for $10 in Chamber Bucks, and shoppers will also be able to enter their name in a drawing for a chance to win $50 in Chamber Bucks as well. Carolers from Eugene Ware Youth Choir will be stopping around the different retail locations singing holiday songs for everyone to enjoy.

Participating stores include: Bids & Dibs, Books & Grannies, Courtland Hotel and Spa, Empress Event Center Marketplace, Fort Scott National Historic Site Visitor’s Center, Hedgehog.INK, Iron Star Antiques and Such, J&W Sports Shop, Lowell Milken Center For Unsung Heroes, Main Street Gallery & Gifts, Papa Don’s Pizza, Ruddick’s Furniture, Sekan’s Occasion Shop, Shirt Shack, Sunshine Boutique, and Trader Dave’s. The Front Door Christmas Store will be open at 104 N. National Avenue, and everything in the store will be 40% off.

Contact the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce for more information on this event at (620)223-3566 or visit fortscott.com.

Freezing Temps Did Not Deter Parade

Temperatures hovering at the freezing mark did not stop the Chamber of Commerce’s Fort Scott Christmas parade Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Following are some snapshots of the event.

Feel free to add photos.

Bethel Community Baptist Church provided a living nativity in downtown Fort Scott Tuesday evening.
Parkway Church of God’s float in the Fort Scott Christmas parade Tuesday evening.
Fort Scott High School Band students entertained the crowd at the Christmas parade.
The Buck Run Community Center staff offered free hot cocoa at the parade.
Customers view the offerings at Christmas At the Empress, a sale of local vendors, who set up a temporary shop Tuesday evening at the same time as the parade. The Empress Event Center is located at 7 N. Main.

 

Weekly Chamber Coffee at Sunshine Boutique Dec. 6

WEEKLY CHAMBER COFFEE REMINDER
Join us for Chamber Coffee
Hosted by:

Sunshine Boutique
 
Location:

18 E. Wall St.
Thursday, December 6, 2018


Click here for Sunshine Boutique’s Facebook page.


Chamber members and guests are encouraged to attend for networking, community announcements, and to learn about the hosting business or organization.
Members may pay $1 to make an announcement about an upcoming event, special/sale/discount, or news of any kind.
Upcoming Coffees:
December 13th- Community Christian Church
December 20th – City Hall
December 27th – No Coffee in Observance of Christmas
January 3rd – Chamber Board

McDONALD’S RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

 

 The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Re-Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held at McDonald’s on Friday, December 14th, 2018 at 2224 S. Main Street in Fort Scott.

The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. with remarks and the ribbon cutting ceremony starting at 8:15 a.m. Chamber of Commerce members will be invited to stay for refreshments and two drawings following the ceremony.

Owners Mark and Mo McCoy are re-opening McDonald’s after major refurbishment. With this significant construction investment of the NEW McDonald’s of Fort Scott, the transformed restaurant will feature: 

A modernized dining room with globally and locally inspired décor, new furniture and refreshed exterior designs

An enhanced customer experience, with digital self-order kiosks that make ordering and paying for a meal easier. The kiosks will empower guests to browse the menu, find options and tailor their meal just the way they want 

A remodeled counter that allows for new table service, offering guests the opportunity to relax while their food is being made

Bright and easy to read digital menu boards inside and at the drive-thru

New designated parking spots for curbside pick-up through mobile order and pay

Expanded McCafé counters and larger display cases


For more information contact the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at 620-223-3566.

Christmas Parade Entry Deadline Approaching

A float from the 2017 Fort Scott Christmas Parade.

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce reminds our community that the annual holiday Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 in Downtown Fort Scott starting at 6pm. The deadline for participants to register a parade entry is this Monday, December 3rd at 1pm.

The Chamber is calling all participants. There is no cost for businesses, schools and other organizations to register a float, golf cart, foot unit, band, horse unit, car or other entry into the parade. The parade entry form may be found on the Chamber website, www.fortscott.com, or may be picked up at the Chamber office at 231 E. Wall Street.

The 2018 parade theme is “It’s a Cowboy Christmas!”. The parade route will take place on Main Street starting at 3rd Street, proceeding to Skubitz Plaza, then exiting northwest towards National Ave.

The Chamber encourages all to participate in the parade or attend as an onlooker to enjoy this magical night in Downtown Fort Scott.

Contact the Chamber for more information at 620-223-3566.

What’s Happening in Fort Scott

ENTRIES WANTED FOR THIS YEAR’S CHRISTMAS PARADE! Click here to register online. See flyer below for more information on the event 
THE FSMS VIP’S ARE RAFFLING OFF A $1,000 CASH PRIZE!! Raffle Tickets are $1.00 each. See flyer below for more information
23-24
Weekly Livestock Sale at Fort Scott Livestock Market. Starting at 10am on both Fridays & Saturdays.
Fridays:  Cows, Pairs, Big Bulls
Saturdays:  Stocker & Feeder Cattle, followed by any cows & bulls that come in late Friday & Saturday. Cafe open both sale days. You don’t have to be a buyer, just to come watch the sale and visit the cafe!
23-24
50-min. narrated Trolley Tours of Historic Fort Scott – on the hour: Fridays 11am-4pm, Saturdays
10am-4pm. Last tour leaves at 3pm. Departs from the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 231 E. Wall St., $6 adults, $4 children 12 and under
23-24
Key Apparel 2018 Annual Warehouse Sale: Large variety of clothing for men, women, and kids, including huge closeouts. Come join us for our annual warehouse sale. Located at 400 Marble Road. Visa/MasterCard/Discover and Cash will be accepted. 10am-6pm
See flyer below for more info
23 Thanksgiving Extravaganza at Sharky’s Pub & Grub – 16 N. National Ave. – Be sure to swing by while you’re in town visiting family – or bring your family with you for a drink. Enjoy music, courtesy of SEKB Entertainment (DJ Miles Dikeman)!
24 Small Business Saturday – Passport Shopping Event – The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce encourages our community to support Small Business Saturday by participating in our Passport Shopping Event!

Pick up your Passport at Iron Star Antiques & Such, 3 N. Main St., in Downtown Fort Scott. Collect stamps on your Passport by visiting participating businesses. Collect 4 or more stamps, return your Passport to Iron Star by 5pm, and be entered into our Prize Drawing for $50 in Chamber Bucks Gift Certificates (can be used at participating local businesses)!

24

“Next of Kin” playing at Holmtown Pub – 206 N. National Ave., 9pm to midnight.
Great country music band from southeast Kansas
26
Medicare Medicaid Advisors to advise Kansas and Missouri Residents about plan selection and insurance benefit eligibility – Mondays through Dec. 3rd -Price Chopper, 9am-6pm (Free)

See flyer below for information
26 FSCC Board of Trustees Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room, 5:30pm
27-28
Story Time – Fort Scott Public Library, 201 S. National Ave., 10-11am
27
Medicare Part D Annual Enrollment Assistance – Southwind Extension Office, call Joy Miller to make an appointment: 620-223-3720
27
Fort Scott Kiwanis Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room, 12-1pm (Hedges Administrative Building)
27
T.O.P.S Meeting – Buck Run Community Center,
3-4pm
27 Wreaths For Wreaths – Fort Scott Community College will be hosting Wreaths for Wreaths at FSCC Ellis Fine Arts Center, 2108 S. Horton, from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Participants will make a wreath for them to keep and the proceeds will go to Wreaths Across America to help place a wreath on the Fort Scott National Cemetery gravestones. The cost of $25 includes instruction, refreshments, and everything you need to make your home or office a beautiful wreath. Contact Kassie Cate at kassief@fortscott.edu to get signed up. Space is limited!

See flyer below for more info

28 Breakfast Bingo at Buck Run Community Center, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month, 9am to 10 am – Come drink some coffee and play some bingo. Staff will provide the bingo cards, the caller, and the coffee. Prizes provided by the Fort Scott Recreation Commission
28
Rotary Meeting – Presbyterian Church, 308                S. Crawford St., 12-1pm
28
Adult Coloring Program – Fort Scott Public Library, 201 S. National Ave., 2-4pm. Coloring pages, pens/pencils, snacks provided
28
TAG – Teen Advisory Group – Fort Scott Public Library, 201 S. National St., 4-5pm. Weekly meetings, including a games & snack night, a community service project, a book club meeting, and craft night. Meetings include food/drinks
29
Join us for the weekly Chamber Coffee of the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at 8am. This week’s Chamber Coffee will be hosted by Mercy Home Health and Hospice

Location: Mercy McAuley Center, 401 Woodland Hills Blvd., Fort Scott, KS
29
Pioneer Kiwanis Club Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room, 12-1pm. (Hedges Administrative Building)
29
Thursday Card Players – Buck Run Community Center, 735 Scott Ave., 6-9pm.
Free weekly event to anyone that wants to play cards, drink coffee, eat snacks, and socialize
Nov.
30-Dec. 1
Weekly Livestock Sale at Fort Scott Livestock Market. Starting at 10am on both Fridays & Saturdays.
Fridays:  Cows, Pairs, Big Bulls
Saturdays:  Stocker & Feeder Cattle, followed by any cows & bulls that come in late Friday & Saturday. Cafe open both sale days. You don’t have to be a buyer, just to come watch the sale and visit the cafe!
Nov.
30-Dec. 1
50-min. narrated Trolley Tours of Historic Fort Scott – on the hour: Fridays 11am-4pm, Saturdays 10am-4pm. Last tour leaves at 3pm. Departs from the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 231 E. Wall St., $6 adults, $4 children 12 and under
Nov. 30-Dec. 2 No Humbugs Allowed – Christmas Lights Tours on Dolly the Trolley – Enjoy the Christmas Lights in Fort Scott aboard Dolly the Trolley! Have some hot cocoa and a tasty treat. Adorn yourself with a glow necklace! Sing Christmas Carols and be entertained by the Fort Scott High School Thespians!

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids under 12. Tickets are available at Fort Scott Regional Tourism Center at 231 E. Wall St., Fort Scott – or call 620-670-2750 for more information

1 Bronson Christmas Celebration – Bronson Community Center, 10am-2pm

See flyer below for more info

Dec. 1
Santa’s Workshop – Fort Scott Community College Bailey Hall – includes breakfast, visit with Santa, prizes, games, coloring, letters to Santa, and much more

Breakfast includes biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, waffles, and juice

Tickets prices: $2 for Adults and Children or special pricing for $10 for a family of 5 or more. Tickets available at the door. For more information contact Director of Admissions Matt Glades at
620-223-2700 ext. 3520

Dec. 1 Christmas in the Park – Bring out the whole family to Gunn Park and experience an old fashion Christmas!  Take a  ride through the park and see the decorated shelter houses, live nativity scene and holiday scenery, while listening to favorite holiday songs. Warm up with hot chocolate, cider, or chili. Kids can decorate sugar cookies, make a Christmas craft, and visit Santa. Don’t forget to bring your camera! This event is FREE!!

See flyer below for more info

1 Santa Phone Calls – The Fort Scott Recreation Commission has a direct line to the North Pole! Santa or Mrs. Claus will call the boys and girls of Fort Scott and talk with them about their pets, siblings, chores, wish list and if they’ve been naughty or nice. Registration for calls may be taken over the phone beginning December 1st by calling 620-223-0386 or by stopping by the Buck Run Community Center. Calls will be made on Dec. 12th & 19th. This program is FREE!!

1 Santa Letters – The Fort Scott Recreation Commission has a special mailbox that will allow letters to be sent directly to the North Pole. Letters need to have a return address so Santa can write back. The special mailbox is located in the lobby of the Buck Run Community Center. Letters will be accepted from December 1st through the 18th. This program is FREE!!
3
Medicare Medicaid Advisors to advise Kansas and Missouri Residents about plan selection and insurance benefit eligibility – Mondays through Dec. 3rd -Price Chopper, 9am-6pm (Free)

See flyer below for information
4-5
Story Time – Fort Scott Public Library, 201 S. National Ave., 10-11am
4 Fort Scott Middle School Pizza Hut Nights – Fundraiser every 1st Tuesday of the Month that school is in session
4
Medicare Part D Annual Enrollment Assistance – Southwind Extension Office, call Joy Miller to make an appointment: 620-223-3720
4
Fort Scott Kiwanis Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room, 12-1pm (Hedges Administrative Building)
4
T.O.P.S Meeting – Buck Run Community Center,
3-4pm
4 City Commission Meeting – City Hall – 6pm-7pm
4 Christmas Parade – It’s a Cowboy Christmas! Downtown Fort Scott, 6pm

See flyer below for more info

4 Free Hot Chocolate at the Christmas Parade – Stop by and get your free Hot Chocolate before you find your favorite spot to watch the Christmas Parade.  We will be located in front of J & W Sports Shop – 20 N. Main. Enjoy this festive time of year!!! This will be run by Buck Run Community Center.
5
Rotary Meeting – Presbyterian Church, 308                S. Crawford St., 12-1pm
5 Monthly Grief Support Hosted By Cheney Witt Chapel – all are welcome! A Grief Support Luncheon is hosted by Cheney Witt Chapel the first Wednesday of each month at noon.Anyone dealing with a loss is encouraged to come and bring a friend. Cheney Witt Chapel will provide lunch at the Carriage House, 301 S. Main. Call 620-223-1186 for more info
5
Adult Coloring Program – Fort Scott Public Library, 201 S. National Ave., 2-4pm. Coloring pages, pens/pencils, snacks provided
5
TAG – Teen Advisory Group – Fort Scott Public Library, 201 S. National St., 4-5pm. Weekly meetings, including a games & snack night, a community service project, a book club meeting, and craft night. Meetings include food/drinks
6
Join us for the weekly Chamber Coffee of the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at 8am. This week’s Chamber Coffee will be hosted by Sunshine Boutique

Location: 18 E. Wall St., Fort Scott
6
Pioneer Kiwanis Club Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room, 12-1pm. (Hedges Administrative Building)
6
Thursday Card Players – Buck Run Community Center, 735 Scott Ave., 6-9pm. Free weekly event to anyone that wants to play cards, drink coffee, eat snacks, and socialize
6 A Christmas Tableau – The FSCC Band & Choir will be performing “A Christmas Tableau” – Ellis Fine Arts Center, 2108 S. Horton, Fort Scott, 7pm-9pm

See flyer below for more info

Save the Date:
– December 7 – Moonlight & Mistletoe at the Courtland
Hotel & Spa
– December 7-8 – Candlelight tours of the Fort
– December 8 – KS Rocks Recreation Park Wheeling 4 Toys
– December 8 – A Visit With Santa – Presented by Clark Street Lights
– December 8 – 9th Annual Christmas at BRCC Rummage Sale
Click here for full events listing on our website.
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The Fort Scott National Historic Site 2018 Schedule of Activities.

Click HERE for details.

Kansas Rocks Recreation Park

4-Wheeling, Biking, Hiking

2018 Schedule of events.

Click HERE for details.

Bike Share Program

Bike Share Program is now
available to the public!
Click here to view more detail about this amazing program and
for additional information on our website click here!

CHAMBER COFFEE
UPCOMING INFORMATION
 
Chamber Coffee 

Thursday, November 29, 2018
8:00 am
This week hosted by:
Mercy Home Health and Hospice
Mercy McAuley Center, 401 Woodland Hills Blvd.
To visit their Facebook page, click here.
Upcoming Coffees:

December 6 – Sunshine Boutique
December 13 – Community Christian Church
December 20 – City Hall
December 27 – No Coffee in observation of Christmas

Small Business Saturday in Fort Scott

Small Business Saturday is Coming – Shop Local TOMORROW, November 24th!
The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce encourages our community to support SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY November 24th!
We hope you’ll check out our downtown merchants during our FORT SCOTT SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY PASSPORT EVENT tomorrow from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
SHOPPERS
Pick up your shopping passport from 10:00 am–3:00 pm, at Iron Star Antiques & Such, 3 N. Main St. Collect stamps on your passport by visiting participating businesses. Collect 4 or more stamps and return your passport to Iron Star by 5:00 pm to be entered in our prize drawing for $50 in Chamber Bucks certificates.
BUSINESSES
Small businesses are encouraged to sign up to be included on the passport, which will draw shoppers to Fort Scott for Small Business Saturday deals.
If you own a business in Fort Scott and you want to be included on the passport, call the Chamber: (620) 223- 3566 or email: adminassist@fortscott.com.
BUSINESS REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, November 20, 2018
WHY “SHOP SMALL?”
For every $100 spent locally, $68 stays in our community. Money spent out of the area or online with non-local businesses hurts our local economy. Shoppers across the NATION are encouraged to “SHOP SMALL” and support local businesses this