Dear friends of the Reedsport Main Street Program,
This weekend is Confluence 2016, a festival of wine, beer, seafood, and music! Even as I write, the crew is hard at work putting up a gigantic tent next to the Community Center. At our booth we’ll be selling non-alcoholic beverages and merchandise, as well as promoting some of the activities that we are doing in the community. Come say hi! The festival runs on Friday from 4pm to 10pm, and Saturday from noon to 10pm.
Last Saturday at Champion Park, a car pulled up to me and rolled down its window. “Hey, do you know what’s going on up there?” the driver asked, pointing at the crowd of people on top of the dike. “I sure do!” I said. “We’re having a community volunteer day. This is our lunch break!” A few moments later, and the couple from the car, newly moved to Douglas County from Sacramento, were standing up on the dike asking questions about Reedsport while our volunteers, twenty-one in all, chatted and mingled around them. What a great time!
Thank you so much to everyone who showed up for all or part of the day. The bulk of the effort went into clearing the brush at the pond by Coho Marina, which we can now see in its full beauty as we drive by. Even the ducks came over to see what was going on (although I don’t think they asked any questions about Reedsport.) Some volunteers also picked up trash along the road – always appreciated! – while others improved public access to Scholfield Creek by creating a small artificial beach near Champion Park. I hope everyone who took park will be proud of the work they have done and the time they took to show that they love our community!
We’ll be doing another “spruce up” day in a few months. Do you have any ideas for projects? Is there something that you would be passionate to take the lead on? Let me know!
Here’s another great way to get involved – the St. Patrick’s Day Trivia Challenge and Pub Crawl! Proceeds from this evening, March 17th from 5pm to 8pm, will directly benefit our program and the good things we’re trying to do around town. We still need volunteers for the evening, including Pub Hosts to staff a table at each “pub,” people to staff a Main Street table similar to the one we’re having at Confluence, and people to grade answers, sell raffle tickets, and help clean up. Come along to celebrate your Irish roots (real or imagined) and help support our program! Please email me or Kathleen Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) if this catches your fancy.
Want another date for your calendar? How about Tuesday, February 16th, 5pm for the RMSP Board of Directors meeting in the conference room at City Hall. Guests are always welcome to sit in as we discuss our program as a whole and figure out how to make it better.
Now, off we go to get ready for Confluence! Hope to see you all there!
All the best,
Reedsport Main Street Program Coordinator