It seems as if the winter weather has finally passed, and spring is in the air--
it's about time! Although I encourage everyone to enjoy Downtown Sikeston's shops, restaurants and parks throughout the year, it's so much easier to practice what I preach in sunny, warmer weather, and I hope you will come out and join the Historic Midtown Development Group for the lineup of fun and family-friendly activities to come this year.
The Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch with the Easter Bunny in Malone Park were canceled on March 15 due to the recent soggy weather. I want to extend my gratitude to the Sikeston Public Library for allowing us to reschedule photos with the Easter Bunny during pre-school Story Time and one evening the following week. My thanks also go out to Save-A-Lot and Mike Metzger with U.S. Foods for their willingness to provide donations in support of this event and to the volunteers who were "on call" and did their best to assist despite the rain--Julie Grant, Sue Tangeman, Andrea Burnett, Monique Rice, Linda Lowes, Charlette Vanover, Mary Etta Lancaster, Kathy Medley, Robin Pace, and Susie Kenedy. There is always next year!
The Historic Midtown Development Group's annual Town Hall meeting will be held on April 17, at the St. Francis Xavier Parish Center. The citizens of Sikeston are invited to attend and learn of the progress that has been made and the opportunities we have ahead of us. Representatives from the Downtown Revitalization for Economic Assistance in Missouri (D.R.E.A.M.) program will be on hand to explain what D.R.E.A.M. means for the community and to answer your questions. Please mark your calendars for this meeting. Remember--downtown is for everyone, and everyone should play a part in its success!
Please note that the D.R.E.A.M. representatives will begin survey work around April 17. They will be walking around, taking pictures, making notes on the general condition of all downtown properties, streets, sidewalks, etc. They will not be entering buildings. The information they collect will go into a database which will help shape future planning, design guidelines and market analyses. If you have any questions about the survey work, please call 380-
Our second annual Sikeston in Bloom is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in American Legion Park. We have bigger and better plans and expectations for this year's event--more musical entertainment, pony rides, a petting zoo, carriage rides, planting activities and children's story time (sponsored by the Sikeston Public Library), arts and crafts, plant sales, lots of food, the Southeast Explorer, cake walks and a pet talent contest (sponsored by the Sikeston Area Humane Society) and more. The Sikeston Depot Museum will be hosting the Sikeston High School Student Art Show and their second Back-Door Bazaar. In conjunction with the YMCA of Southeast Missouri, a 5K Run will begin at 9 a.m. at the Sikeston Depot Museum, following the new Historic Home route, and ending back at the Depot, just in time for participants to cool down and enjoy the festivities in American Legion Park. For more information about this event or booth rentals, please call 380-3801 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
After visiting Sikeston in Bloom on Saturday, April 26, be sure to stop by the Albritton-Mayer Center's community room for the Spring Fling Business Expo. A group of creative businesswomen will be gathering to help promote their varied home businesses and welcome everyone to join them and have a chance to win a door prize.
Our next meeting will be at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 3 at Susie's Bake Shoppe. We welcome anyone interested in the downtown revitalization effort to join us as we move toward a brighter future for the heart of our community. If you are interested in joining one of our committees for a more hands-on volunteer experience, you may want to attend our next Promotion meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 at Susie's Bake Shoppe or the next Design meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 16 at the Board of Municipal Utilities office. Upcoming Organization and Economic Restructuring committee meetings to be announced. Please call 380-3801 for committee information or go to our Web site, www.downtownsikeston.org.