The Bedford County Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Foundation invite our members and friends from the business community of the Bedford County region to a new Christmastime tradition: our Holiday Open House: Thursday, December 13th, 5-8pm at the historic Russell House at 203 S. Juliana Street, across from the Bedford County Courthouse.

Decorations by the Old Log House

“This final Business After Hours of the year is our opportunity thank our members and friends for all of your support throughout the year,”  said President-CEO Kellie Goodman Shaffer.  “And we love that this event supports families in need this holiday season, with opportunities to donate items to Children & Youth Services and the Bedford County Food Bank.”

There is NO ADMISSION FEE for this special event, thanks to sponsorships from Homewood at Spring House, Stiffler-McGraw, First Energy Corp and First National Bank.

Guests are invited to bring items for the organizations listed above, including: new unwrapped toys and winter clothing for children or non-perishable food items; cash donations may be made to Salvation Army and Red Cross Disaster Services.

Guests will be greeted by traditional carolers and the friendly team and board of the Chamber of Commerce. Beautiful holiday decorations will be on display, featuring the work of the Old Log House, Countryside Gardens, and Homewood at Spring House Estates.  Trees on the veranda were provided by Ross Cook’s tree farm and decorated by Altoona First Savings Bank, First National Bank, Leadership Bedford County Class of 2019 and UPMC Bedford Memorial.

Delicious, hearty, and holiday-themed appetizers will be provided by Snappy Chef, paired with spirited beverages including a wine and craft beer bars.

Headline Marketing and Communications invites you to stop by their Bedford office on the second floor for a variety of gourmet coffees and delectable dessert including a wide array of cookies and Fay’s Candies.

Ross Cook presents Christmas trees to Chamber Board Chair Allen Harr

Kris Cornell’s KLC Photography, another Russell House business, will offer free holiday photos, and be sure to stop in and visit business coach Tim Rooney’s Ninja Business Co-Op, the county’s first co-working opportunity for entrepreneurs.

“The Russell House project is still in its infancy,” said Goodman-Shaffer, “but we’ve come a long way in the last year, including welcoming several new businesses and we look forward to even more partnerships and growth in the future.”

While the event is free, the Chamber asks that everyone planning to attend please register so we can make plans for food and beverages. Please call 623-2233 or  Register here.