The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce will once again hold its Summer Concert Series.

The concerts will be held on the platform at the Tamaqua railroad station from 6-8 p.m. every second Thursday throughout the summer, beginning with June 10 and concluding on September 16.

The shows are held weather permitting and are free to the public.

The Restaurant at The Station has tables available on the platform for reservations for dinner and drinks the evenings of the concert, or people are welcome to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to enjoy an evening of musical entertainment.

A project of the Tamaqua Area Chamber's Marketing Committee, this is the third season for the summer concerts at the station.

The summer 2010 line-up is as follows:

June 10 - Steve Brosky and Jimmy Meyer (sponsored by Mauch Chunk Trust Company bank)

June 24 - Fred Douglas (sponsored by Seltzer Insurance)

July 8 - KJ Rimm

July 22 - The Fat Cats (sponsored by The Republicans For Argall)

August 5 - Forward Thrust (sposored by The Restaurant at The Station)

August 19 - KJ Reimensnyder-Wagner

September 2 - Bluzin' (sponsored by Micah and Penny Gursky)

September 16 - Christopher Dean Band

The concerts are provided in part with funding from the Schuylkill County Council For the Arts (SCCA) as well as the generosity of sponsors. Some sponsorship opportunities still remain. For more information, contact the chamber office at (570) 668-1880 or email tamaquachamber@verizon.net.

Annual dinner

The annual Chamber/TIDE Tamaqua Area Community Dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at the Tamaqua Community Center. The dinner is sponsored by the chamber in conjunction with Tamaqua Industrial Development Enterprises.

The chamber will present its annual Tamaqua Area Citizenship Award that evening to Emerson Musser, Hometown, for his work with Tamaqua Meals on Wheels, St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, and the Hometown Fire Company, among other voluntary endeavors.

The chamber's Annual Report booklet, which features highlights of progress throughout the past year in the Tamaqua Area community, will also be available that evening.

For more information and reservations, contact the chamber office.

New members

Linda Yulanavage, executive director of the chamber, reported at its monthly board of directors meeting Thursday that the chamber currently has 148 members, representing 1,927 employees throughout the area.

Seven new members have joined the chamber: A & C Catering; Advanced Business Equipment; Capital Blue Cross; Horan's Restaurant ; "I Said, Read Me!" bookstore; Lizzy Browns and Metro Action.

The chamber held its second annual children's fishing derby on April 10. This year's derby was held at Rabbit Run Reservoir and had 147 register for the event, which double the participation from the inaugural year, reported derby chairman Tom Banditelli.

It was also announced that the chamber's annual golf tournament will be held on Friday, Sept 17 at Villas Crossing, South Tamaqua.

The rain date is Sept. 24.