Prepare your engines for the night cruise on Main


MIDDLETOWN — On the chamber calendar front, this week features a series of committee and council meetings across the region.

Kicking off the week will be a meeting of the scholarship committee on Monday at the chamber office.

Wednesday morning will feature a meeting of our Human Resources Council Steering Committee, followed by a meeting of the Middlesex County Revitalization Commission.

Our Killingworth division will meet Thursday at 8 a.m. at Running Brook Farms. The week will conclude with a meeting of our Legislative Committee and the Executive Committee of the Middlesex County Drug Action Council, both at 8:00 a.m., followed by a meeting of our Affordable Housing Committee at 9:30 a.m.

On top of that, I look forward to representing the chamber at a virtual Workforce Alliance executive committee meeting on Thursday morning.

The latest installment in our KeyBank workshop series will take place on Tuesday morning with a session titled “Recognizing and Overcoming Unconscious Bias”. Presented by Sandra Stanfield of Stanfield Bechtel Law, this workshop will help individuals explore how bias works and influences our decisions and shapes our daily experiences.

I thank KeyBank for their continued support of this important series of workshops, and Sandra Stanfield for her presentation.

This week’s main event is our 25th Annual Cruise Night on Main Street, powered by NAPA, Wednesday from 4:30-8 p.m. in downtown Middletown.

Hundreds of vehicles are expected to line both sides of the scenic Main Street – from Washington Street to South Green. This family event will feature live music from Nightshift, dozens of food vendors and, of course, classic vehicles.

It will again benefit youth programs, including the Hal Kaplan Middletown Mentorship Program, Middletown Recreation Programs and the Middletown Youth Summer Employment Program. There is a suggested donation of $10 for attendees.

I would like to take a moment to thank all of the sponsors for their support of this important community event:

Presenting Sponsor: NAPA; Top Gear Sponsors: Charles IT, Downtown Business District, Eli Cannon’s Tap Room and Key Chevrolet; High Performance Sponsors: Liberty Bank and Victory Church; Super Charger Sponsors: Alchemi Wealth, Apple Rehab Middletown, Ch’i Lash the School, Dunkin, Landmark Architects, Middletown Toyota, Purple Elephant Car Wash, Root Center for Advanced Recovery, The Flood Law Firm, The Powerwashing Kings and Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore .

The others are: Twin Turbo Sponsors: Absolute Air Services, Carlson & Dumeer, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Middlesex Educational Services and Wings Over Middletown; and power sponsors: Community Foundation of Middlesex County, Middlesex County NAACP 2018, Middlesex Music Academy, Mirabito, Multi-Focus Media, Overhead Door of Middlesex County Cromwell, Rehabilitation Specialists of Middlesex County, Seasons Federal Credit Union and William Raveis Real Estate .

I thank Event Chair Joe Santaniello, all of Cruise Night on Main’s sponsors and supporters, and the City of Middletown, who once again stepped up to support this important community event. From the Mayor and Council, to all of our City Managers and their respective teams, and everyone who helps make Cruise Night work, I sincerely thank you on behalf of the Chamber.

Excitement continues to build for the Travelers Championship and, of course, our annual Championship Breakfast on June 21 at 7 a.m. at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel in Rocky Hill. This year, we look forward to welcoming 2021 PGA Tour Pro and Travelers Championship winner Harris English as our guest speaker.

Harris is an exciting player on the tour who is ready to defend his title after the record eight-hole win over Kramer Hickok at last year’s event. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to The Travelers for once again sponsoring this event. To register, please visit

Following the meeting will be our Middlesex County Career Fair at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cromwell from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Over 40 companies from across the labor market area will be in attendance. The chamber is proud to partner with the Connecticut Department of Labor and Workforce Alliance on these important workforce development initiatives.

I thank DOL Commissioner Dante Bartolomeo and Workforce Alliance President and CEO Bill Villano not only for their support of the Career Fair, but also for their longstanding support of workforce development. work in Middlesex County.

On June 28, the Chamber’s Annual Real Estate Luncheon will take place at Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middlefield. This committee, chaired by Nancy Currlin and Juliet Cavanaugh, offers local real estate professionals the opportunity to come together to network, encourage cooperation, share ideas, enhance business relationships through collaboration and educational experiences.

This committee is one of our most active groups, raising funds for various continuing education programs and courses throughout the year.

Looking forward to the end of June, excitement is building for our 12th Annual Small Business Awards Celebration on June 29 at St. Clement’s Castle in Portland from 4:30-7 p.m. Date.

In closing, I want to share a short note of sadness regarding the recent passing of Carl Erlacher Sr. I was honored to train his son at Xavier’s and have known Carl for many years. He was a real good guy who was one of the many unsung people in our area who made a difference every day.

He was always there, never forgetting his family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his vast network of family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

Larry McHugh is president of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce in Middletown.


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