“Reedsport: Where the Wind Don’t Blow” could be one of our town mottos, considering the ridge of hills that blocks us from most of the harsh ocean wind. That wasn’t true today, when the flagpoles were looking a little horizontal and my dog confused himself for a kite during our walk. Still, I love this coastal weather. Bring on the rain and wind, the hot chocolate and the good book!
Luckily the weather held off for last weekend’s Confluence 2016. Thank you to everyone who staffed our table at the festival, and for everyone else who came by to say hello. It was great fun! We raised over $400 in donation and merchandise sales, got to talk to a lot of people about our various projects and activities, and sold more bricks to put in the sidewalks in Old Town Reedsport.
Have you seen the new bricks yet? Most of them are in the ground already around the tree wells by Reedsport Antiques and Lincoln PUD. If you don’t see your brick yet, stay tuned; we’re about to cross the street and do install some more. The messages are all wonderful…some are hilarious! If you would like to support our program by adding your own message, consider purchasing a brick at: www.reedsportmainstreet.com/bricks-for-banners.html
Our first History Collection Day is fast approaching on March 4th. Next week at 2pm on February 24th in the conference room at City Hall we’re holding a training session for volunteers who want to help at the event. We’ll talk about how the event will run, how to work equipment, and tips for interviewing people. If you are interested in coming, please let me know. (If you can’t make that time, please let me know and we can arrange an alternative.) We also need more cameras, camcorders, or other devices that can record audio. Do you have a device that you would be willing to lend us for March 4th?
Would you like to paint a mural, or do you know anyone in the community who would? We have some current and future opportunities for artists to make their mark in a big way. There’s a business that would like to temporarily decorate their empty windows (empty for now!) Want to help out? Future opportunities might include painting a community mural, if we have enough people who would like to participate. Let me know!
Speaking of ways to participate, we still need volunteers for the St. Patrick’s Day Trivia Challenge and Pub Crawl on March 17th. Whether you’re competing in a team or helping us behind the scenes, it should be a rollicking fun time!
Here are some more times: Next week our Design Committee meets at 3pm in the conference room at City Hall. Our Economic Development Committee next meets on March 9th at 5pm in the conference room. And if you missed the last Community Volunteer Day or want to help out again, we’ve set aside April 23rd to do some more good work throughout town.
Finally, here’s an interesting thing to consider. ODOT is replacing the original 1936 stone railing on the Umpqua River Bridge with a taller replica much like they did on the McCullough Bridge. The stone railings will be cut into sections and removed. The City of Reedsport has the opportunity to lay claim to some of them, but we can’t let them sit in a storage yard forever with no place to go. Can you help us brainstorm ways we can use them? Would you be interested in buying a section to put inside your business or house? (They will be quite heavy!) There might be 250 sections available, and if we can fine enough places to put them, we might be able to save most of them. Let me know if you can think of some good homes for these pieces of Reedsport history.
All the best,
Reedsport Main Street Program Coordinator