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Chatham Area Business Alliance Gets New Name

Chatham Area Business and Arts

Chatham Area Business and ArtsFor over thirty years, Main Street retailers and other local business have taken part in a member-based organization to promote the local economy in the Village of Chatham, known as the Chatham Business Area Alliance.

Now, under the leadership of President Tom Chulak (co-owner of the Chatham Book Store), the membership has re-named the organization Chatham Area Business and Arts to reflect the growing importance of arts-related businesses and organizations in the Chatham area.

The Chatham Area is defined as the Village of Chatham plus the surrounding towns of Chatham, Austerlitz, and Canaan — the area served by the Chatham School District.

CABA’s vision is a reinvented organization that brings together economic and community development through connecting member organizations with one another and to the larger community. To ensure that all stakeholders are represented and to expand connections in new ways, CABA membership will be open to not only businesses, retailers, and not-for-profit organizations, but also arts organizations, community-based organizations, religious institutions, culinary arts professionals, artists, artisans, farmers and local food processors, home-based business owners, and individuals.

CABA also represents its members’ interests with the local municipalities and the county. The organization’s goal is to enhance our community in ways consistent with the Comprehensive Plans of the towns and village and focused on economic and community development.

“The economic and cultural vitality of the Chatham Area is interwoven with businesses and the arts,” said Tom Chulak. “Our reorganization and new name reflect this reality. “

Currently the CABA Festivals Committee that plans three festivals a year in the village (SummerFest, WinterFest, and OctoberFeast) and the Marketing Committee promotes the Chatham area through and social media and hosts bi-monthly CABA breakfast for networking and learning. In addition, CABA is in the process of establishing an Education Committee that will focus on CABA’s relationship with the Chatham School District and the Columbia Greene Community College.

For more information, please contact Tom Chulak at 518.392.3005.

Call for Vendors – Chatham Summerfest 2017

Chatham Summerfest
Photo by David Eustace

Chatham’s 41st Annual Summerfest will take place on Saturday, July 8 from 10am-4pm. Chatham Summerfest is a street fair that regularly draws hundreds of visitors and showcases many varied local organizations as well as performers, artists, and vendors. All events are free and will take place along Main Street, Park Row, and Hudson Avenue.

In addition to the popular sidewalk sale and Artisan Faire, three stages throughout the village will accommodate a variety of entertainers. CABA is looking for Vendors and Entertainment for the event. If you would like to participate please, download the vendor application or email questions to .

The Chatham Area Business & Arts (CABA) Organization will organize this event. CABA is a coalition of individuals, businesses and organizations that work to promote the Chatham, New York region as a vibrant, positive environment for shopping, dining, enjoying the arts and conducting business.

Chatham is open Sundays! February 2017
Good things are happening in Chatham on Sundays. Whether you’re looking for a tasty meal, thought-provoking art, a first run movie, or the best shopping in the county, there is plenty to do, see and eat. Many offices and banks are closed Sundays, so there is ample parking on the street and in municipal lots.

Read the article.