Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported us at last weekend’s Chainsaw Carving Championships. The RMSP booth was set up directly opposite the steam donkey, so we were able to show videos of how it was saved from the swamp in 1994, show pictures of what it looked like just a few weeks ago, and then say, “Turn around and look at it now!” Thanks to Jonathan Wright and Fred Wahl Marine Construction, the steam donkey now has a shiny new coat of paint and a new stack for the top. Another huge thank you to Frank and Ruby Barth, Linda McCollum, Doug and Cathy Perry with Signs and Shirts Unlimited, and Sue Cousineau, who all helped our booth raise over $1,100 additional funds to restore the steam donkey! Once we’re finished with the structure, we’ll keep raising money to create a beautiful new setting to showcase it. It was wonderful weekend to share Reedsport’s logging heritage with so many visitors!
If you want to help us keep making a difference, join us this Saturday, June 25, for a day of fun, food, and fixing up our town. Our community volunteer projects will include trimming weedy properties along Highway 101, cleaning interpretive signs on the river boardwalk, trash pickup, painting, and perhaps a few things more. Wear clothes that can get dirty and bring work gloves if you have them. We'll provide lunch at noon. Meet at Champion Park at 10:30am, or come find us as we work around town. We’ll work from 10:30 to 4pm, and we’d love to have you for all or part of the time. RSVP appreciated but not required.
You may have noticed the flagging tape next to the Recreation Station. What’s happening there? Well, the Reedsport Cycle Stop has officially broken ground! Frank Maxwell has put together the first of the nautical-themed posts that will protect the site from traffic. These posts will match the ones he made uptown next to RV Masters, carrying the nautical theme through town. This week Reedsport Public Works has been out preparing a pad for the bicycle repair work stand. Last weekend some of our fantastic volunteers and philanthropists purchased two benches from the Chainsaw Carving Championships for the site. We have signs, we have Bike Pods, and we have excitement, so expect to see things appear at the site very soon and very fast! Phase one will be fairly basic, but we’re hoping that the community will continue to help us improve this area into something beautiful and useful for everyone. Read more about the project here.
The work funded by our latest round of the Façade Improvement Grant continues to progress. Have you seen the completed brickwork on Defeat River Brewery? We can’t wait to show off the before and after of these projects. Thank you to everyone who has donated to this grant, a grant that we’re only able to offer through the generosity of local individuals and organizations who have chosen to invest in our small hometown businesses. If you want to support our businesses through this grant, donate to the RMSP and we will make sure that your dollars go to sound projects that have been reviewed and approved.
Speaking of supporting local businesses, don’t forget that our two farmers markets are now up and running every Friday, Old Town on 4th Street and Umpqua County on East Railroad Avenue. Farmers markets are a great way for small businesses to grow into brick and mortar stores, not to mention encouraging the local agriculture that our area used to have in such abundance.
Tonight the Promotion Committee is meeting a 5pm in the Waterfront Restaurant, our new time after we postponed last week’s meeting. That’s it for scheduled meetings in the month of June. Go forth and enjoy the summer!
Reedsport Main Street Program Coordinator