11/14/2012 3:10:00 PM Bavarian Village Business Association
BVBA Business news
Submitted by Sherri Hosieni
November is Military Month in Leavenworth and many of the shops, lodging establishments, and restaurants are offering significant discounts to our honored active duty military service visitors. The Chamber of Commerce website has a link detailing many of the discounts. The Bavarian Village Business Association (BVBA) encourages all of Leavenworth to participate in this important way of saying thanks to those who give so much for all of us.
After a short hiatus in October, the BVBA met on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at King Ludwig's Restaurant.
Tom Northam, VFW Post Commander, spoke about the Buddy Poppy Program. Leavenworth businesses will be displaying donation containers for the month of November with information about how the money collected supports veterans. Also information will be available about the poem, "In Flanders Field" which inspired the Buddy Poppy Program in 1924. The VFW website informs that,
"It was during the 1923 encampment that the VFW decided that VFW Buddy Poppies be assembled by disabled and needy veterans who would be paid for their work to provide them with some form of financial assistance. The plan was formally adopted during the VFW's 1923 encampment. The next year, disabled veterans at the Buddy Poppy factory in Pittsburgh assembled VFW Buddy Poppies. The designation "Buddy Poppy" was adopted at that time."
To this day, Buddy Poppies are assembled by disabled vets in VA hospitals. We invite our visitors and residents to proudly wear a red Buddy Poppy and to consider a small donation in the containers you will find throughout Leavenworth.
Arlene Wagner, owner of The Nutcracker Museum, announced that she will be traveling to Hong Kong later in November. Seventyfive nutcrackers from her collection will be on display from Nov. 20 through Jan. 15, at the Tsuen Wan Plaza, one of the largest shopping malls in Hong Kong. She will be present for set up and will conduct tours and interviews for several days. Included among the 75 display pieces are a Native American nutting stone, 16th and 17th century metal lever nutcrackers and screws, wooden German toy soldiers, and American folk hero nutcrackers Johnny Appleseed, Davy Crocket, and Sacajawea. This is exciting news and publicity for Leavenworth. The BVBA is very proud of Ms. Wagner's excellent global ambassadorship.
The Nutcracker Museum is also sponsoring Nutcracker Day, on July 6, 2013. There will be a contest for the best working nutcracker, with a grand prize of $1,000 for best design. Check out their website for details. www.nutcrackermuseum.com, Make plans now to eat at Café Verona, located at 820 Commercial Street and Pavz Café Bistro, located at 833 Front Street, on Thursday, Nov. 15. One hundred percent of all proceeds, tips and additional donations will be graciously donated to Leavenworth's Community Cupboard to assist the needy in our community. The BVBA sincerely thanks Lester Nunn, owner of Café Verona, and everyone involved in this important event.
The BVBA reminds everyone that the next Chamber of Commerce General Membership meeting will be held on Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Icicle Inn. Many of our members are also Chamber members. We encourage everyone to actively participate and assist all of the organizations working hard to make and keep Leavenworth vibrant, beautiful, and welcoming.
The BVBA is made up of members of the Leavenworth business community who have an interest in fostering solid relationships with the residents of our beautiful town, as well as our business neighbors. We actively look for ways to build bridges and offer helping hands. Some of our projects over the past couple of years have included the donation of beautiful log tables in the park on Front Street, food drives for the Community Cupboard, swimming lessons for kids in the local school district, school supply drives, coat drives, and our annual Rediscover Your Leavenworth program, where we offer local residents the opportunity to discover local businesses and enter a free drawing for gifts, with a significant grand prize travel voucher, paid entirely by our member businesses. We do not have a huge budget, but we have big hearts and we care deeply about Leavenworth. Our annual dues are only $50. We welcome all Leavenworth businesses to join us. The next BVBA meeting with be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 8:30 a.m., at King Ludwig's Restaurant.