While spring is certainly well underway, many of us are planning our summer vacations and outings. Well, as we are busily planning to go elsewhere to spend a portion of our summer, many are planning to spend their vacation time right here in Williamstown. With numerous cultural attractions, hiking trails and outdoor excursions, we are a hub of activity for our visitors.
And, most importantly, we must be a hub of information for our visitors. It isn't long ago that we all recall the presence of our tourist info booth. Positioned at the convergence of Routes 7 & 2, staffed by knowledgeable locals and filled with town information, past and present, the tourist information booth was a focal point for visitors, a necessary stop along their way. Since the reconstruction of the intersection, our community has lacked a formal "information booth." We've been fortunate to be able to utilize the foyer of Williams College's B & L Building at the base of Spring Street. The small foyer housed not only local information for visitors, but also was the home to a community bulletin board that many local residents relied on for town and regional happenings.
As time as gone on, the small foyer space in the B&L Building has begun to get smaller and smaller. As the catch-all for nearly any piece of print publication on the region, the space soon became cluttered and difficult to manage. As of April 1st, the space will be taking a hiatus for a few months.
But fear not, the Chamber is working with Williams College and a number of area tourism stakeholders to find a solution. Perhaps we will re-purpose the space or find a new location entirely. Knowing how important the community bulletin board is to our residents, we are eager to hear potential solutions, locations and creative ideas on where to house all of that information. Additionally, we'd be interested to hear your ideas on where our tourist information should be present.
In the meantime, here are a few locations that currently do house a wealth of knowledge:
* The Chamber office: I know that in the past we had been hidden away. But now, we are in a great spot! Our office is located in the Denison Gate House. At the bottom of Spring Street, we are the dark brown building that is located to the right of the American Legion. We have a nice lawn with seating, ample parking in the public lot and lots of local info!
* The Web: While it isn't a physical location and not all of our locals and visitors are tech savvy, visiting some simple websites of local interest can help. Check out the Williamstown Chamber at www.williamstownchamber.com, the Town of Williamstown at www.williamstown.net or the Williamstown Museum of Local History at www.williamstown
* You!: I know, it sounds simple, but you have a wealth of knowledge on the area. Share it! Tell your friends and family what's going on in the community, share these websites with them. Finally, offer a friendly smile and a bit of info to our visitors. We are a friendly community and visitors have always complimented on how helpful our residents have been. I'm sure that you can each recall at least one time when a visitor stopped you on Spring Street to ask about a local eatery or shop.
As you enjoy these early days of spring, please know that we at the Chamber are working to find an information hub for our visitors and residents alike. If you'd like to offer any suggestions, as always, you can find me at Jennifer@williamstownchamber.com or 458-9077. Or really branch out and stop into our office! Happy Spring!
Jennifer Civello is the Executive Director of the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce.