You’ll never guess where Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce is going on its maiden voyage of the new Travel club.
If you guessed Scranton, you’re wrong.
If you guessed a non-local city in the news a lot locally in the past month, you’d be right.
In October, a group of Schuylkill County business owners are invited on a “music cities” tour.
First stop: New Orleans.
File Under: You Can’t Make This Up
Talk about poor timing. Yikes!
Certainly there was no bad intent here. And New Orleans is just the first leg of the planned trip: New Orleans to Memphis to Nashville.
The Chamber first announced this trip back in January. On Jan. 31, it wrote on the Chamber’s Facebook page:
COMING SOON: Schuylkill Chamber Travel!
Stay tuned for details on the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce’s travel program!
The Schuylkill Chamber travel program will welcome members and future members!
Apparently, this is a new club. After this initial promotion, on Feb. 25 the Chamber announced some more details.
Just a few days later, of course, Patrick Murphy, a member of Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, turned up dead in a hotel room in New Orleans.
On Monday, there’s a public presentation of the trip. It’s one of those Collette Tours you see advertised on TV or the internet.
The local presentation of the trip is on Monday at 6 p.m. at Union Station. You don’t have to be a member of the Chamber to go on this trip. You can check out the itinerary here.
The topic of this trip came up at the latest Chamber of Commerce meeting on March 21. We guess there’s no way they could get out of the trip.
It’s one thing if people want to go to New Orleans. This looks like a great trip at a great time of year. And Patrick Murphy’s murder there doesn’t mean we’re prohibited from going there ever again. But should the Chamber be sponsoring this event?