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Jennifer Rockwell is the administrative assistant for the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce.

“Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. You got this.”

That was the advice I was given after panicking a bit because I had forgotten it was my turn to participate in the Chamber Corner this week. You know what? It was exactly what I needed to hear, not just for this article, but in general. There must be a few people who might also find some comfort in reading those words right now.

There are good things happening in Reedsport and Winchester Bay. As communities have been doing across the country, we are finding ways to adapt and do the things to which we have grown accustom, albeit virtually. The 59th Annual Holiday Bazaar will be hosted entirely on Facebook. Visit the Coastal Douglas Arts and Business Alliance Facebook page or search for Reedsport’s Virtual Holiday Bazaar to see some beautiful handmade goods. An easy way to shop local from the comfort and safety of home.

Reedsport’s Tree Lighting Ceremony will also be going virtual this year. It has become tradition to do a tree lighting in Reedsport the Saturday after Thanksgiving. That is still going to be taking place, but we ask that you join us for a Facebook Live instead of attending in person on Saturday, Nov. 28.

The efforts to spruce up Old Town Reedsport have not gone unnoticed. Oregon Main Street announced its 2020 “Excellence in Downtown Revitalization” award winners earlier this month and Best Façade Rehabilitation went to the Welcome Hotel here.

You can still visit www.rwbtogo.com for information on dining in the Reedsport / Winchester Bay area. With the upcoming two-week freeze we are working diligently to make sure all information is current. While we cannot partake in in-person dining for the time being, it is still possible to enjoy meals at home from many of your favorite restaurants.

We are smack dab in the middle of November, a month often associated with bringing awareness to the many reasons we have to be thankful. In a time such as this it is more important than ever to focus on the positive and remind yourself, you got this.

Jennifer Rockwell is an administrative assistant for the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce and can be reached at 541-271-3495.

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