What a difference a year makes. Over Memorial Day weekend, the Chamber traditionally hosts the Santee Street Fair behind Trolley Square. For those who have attended in recent years and have had the privilege of viewing the "Remembering Our Fallen" exhibit, it has been our honor to pay homage in a small way to those who we've lost while serving our great country. I look forward to bringing this traveling, memorial exhibit back to Santee when possible. Last year when we cancelled the event, I never thought we wouldn't be able to plan the 2021 Street Fair for the same holiday weekend. Our disappointment was great, but our hope is greater as we aim to host Santee's biggest block party on September 4th this year, grabbing the Saturday of Labor Day weekend and potentially offering a similar footprint as past years while bringing in some new and fun surprises for our attendees.
As for this year, I was able to look to my favorite spot in town for Veterans to hang, the local VFW/American Legion Post. The post has had financial struggles like many other organizations yet keep pushing forward with fundraising efforts to keep their head above water. It was so much fun to volunteer my time to work a bartending shift with Mayor John Minto and Assemblyman Randy Voepel as we encouraged guests to generously tip as all money raised was staying at the post. For those who missed out on the event, you can check out their Facebook page for future gatherings open to the public.