Summer is here, and Downtown Sikeston is ready for a great one!
The Historic Midtown Development Group had a busy start to the summer season. Our friends at Missouri Main Street Connection visited Sikeston for a two-day workshop on downtown revitalization and how we can use the Main Street "Four Points of Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Restructuring" to address Downtown Sikeston's problems and opportunities and make it a wonderful community within the larger Sikeston community to live, work, visit, shop and invest. Speakers included Marian Boyd from Arkansas State Main Street, Dr. Steven Hoffman, professor of history (I was one of his students) and coordinator of the historic preservation program at Southeast Missouri State University, and my contemporaries from Washington, Missouri and Branson, respectively, Bridgette Epple and Gayla Roten, two ladies who have been instrumental in helping HMDG get where we are now.
Saturday afternoon, the Historic Midtown Development Group hosted its first Ice Cream Social at Malone Park, and Sikeston natives Josh Monroe, Harry Howard and Logan Toone performed at the newly-renovated band stand. Thank you to all who came to the park and supported Downtown Sikeston. Coming up in August: the Sikeston Depot Museum will host the Cowboy Up! Arts Festival at the Depot and in American Legion Park. We'll have more information on that later somark your calendars!
We've had some changes within our group. HMDG President Robin Pace and Vice President Chuck Grant have stepped down from their officer positions. I know I speak for the entire group when I express my gratitude to them both for their long tenure of service to Downtown Sikeston, and I am happy to say they will remain on the Board of Directors for another term. Jonathan Maloyed and Marcia Witt are stepping up to the plate to serve as president and vice president (respectively) of HMDG, and many thanks to them for taking on those responsibilities.
I am also pleased to announce two new additions to our Board of Directors: Charlette Vanover and Rebecca Steward. I know they will bring fresh ideas and great experience to HMDG, and I look forward to working with them both.
Our Website www.downtownsikeston.org continues to grow. You can see pictures from downtown events, catch up on the latest news and events, and even make a secure donation online.
The Historic Midtown Development Group will hold our next meeting on Thursday, July 5, 8 a.m. at Susie's Bake Shoppe and Restaurant in Downtown Sikeston. This meeting is open to the public, and I encourage you to attend and see what we are doing downtown.