As we hustle from the Christmas rush into the rush of a New Year, we should pause a moment to reflect on 2016 and look ahead to 2017. It has indeed been a busy year of accomplishments for the Main Street Program.
The Promotions Committee has coordinated and offered many events for the entire community. Some brought people to town and others were for the residents to just have fun. They included the annual spring and fall rummage sales, community picnic, fall farmer’s market and the recent Miracle on Front Street activities of, tree decorating project and lighting ceremony, Breakfast with Santa, and Holiday Happenings
The Design Committee has been focused on the upkeep of Friendship Park, with added flowers and greenery. Bricks, benches, flower planters & baskets, and Christmas light decorations have also been items the Design Committee has worked on. We have to thank Ruth and Darrell Thomas from Thompson Greenery for their hard work and dedication to the hanging baskets year after year! Our fundraiser to support all of these activities to beautify Barnesville is the annual Toast of the Town. Be on the lookout for more information coming soon! The Design Committee also runs the Show ‘n Shine car shows every month. This is a great way to get people in town and take in everything that Barnesville has to offer.
The Showcase Committee and Miss Barnesville Pageant Committee have both worked extremely hard to once again bring these two special events to our community. The Showcase event brings many to Barnesville and “Showcases” a great number of our fine businesses. The Miss Barnesville tradition continues to feature young ladies in our community with their positive attitudes, skills and achievements by providing scholarships to a number of those participating. The Miss Barnesville Court and Princess Blue Eagle represent the city of Barnesville in many area parades all summer. Theirs is often the only ‘face’ of Barnesville at those parades and each year is a bright example of our special community.
The Board of Directors meets on a monthly basis to oversee the direction of the program but also coordinates a few special things themselves. The program’s annual meeting, membership drive and golf tournament are just a few.
All of these folks are volunteers and work extremely hard for the benefit of the program and Barnesville as a whole. They put in countless hours, give financially and are a caring, dedicated group. Without them and the volunteers that have come before them, the Main Street Program would not be here. I would like to thank each and every one of them for all of the fun events, successes and accomplishments of 2016. I look forward to working with them all in 2017.
I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.