Maybe you're a little doubtful about the Historic Midtown Development Group's plans for the community, our work with the Main Street program and what it all means for Downtown Sikeston and the community as a whole. We're all from Missouri -- it's that "show me" attitude many of us share! So, as a resident of our community, what does revitalization and restoration of Downtown Sikeston mean for those who live, work, shop and play here?
Attracting more businesses, which will provide a stronger tax base to support our community's schools, parks, etc., is a significant advantage. The preservation of our history, beautification and support of our Downtown improves community pride and the quality of life for every Sikeston citizen.
We all use or benefit from Downtown -- not only the businesses, but our post office, public library, utilities, government, public safety department and parks.
I have a memory of my late grandfather telling me how his generation used to gather at the Malone Park band shell. I couldn't have been more than six or seven years old, but that stuck in my head, and every time I look at that band shell, I think of Grandpa. I'm thrilled that so many individuals contributed their time and money to restore that structure, and soon, it will once again be used and become a gathering place for families. Why wouldn't we want these memories for future generations?
So, what can you do to help? There are different types of volunteers: those who attend meetings and those who don't. If you can spare some of your time and want to be a major player in our efforts, attend one of our monthly meetings, which are open to the public.
Our next meeting is Thursday, April 5, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., at Susie's Bake Shoppe and Restaurant at 112 E. Center St.
If you don't need another meeting on your schedule, but you'd still like to help on a need-by-need basis, please contact me at (573)380-3801.
Still not convinced or just don't have the time? The one thing I can ask of all Sikeston residents: come downtown. Eat here, shop here, bring your children here. Come to our events.
We're trying to shake things up a bit this year -- new events, old events, and more to do. We will be partnering with the Sikeston Bootheel Humane Society, the Sikeston Public Library and the Sikeston Depot Museum to bring a variety of activities to Downtown Sikeston.
Mark your calendars for "Sikeston in Bloom" on Saturday, April 28. There will be plants and flowers for sale, craft vendors, carriage rides, children's activities, musical entertainment and plenty of food! If you're an artist, gardener or crafter and would like to participate, please call (573)380-3801 for more details.
The Historic Midtown Development Group's new Web site - www.downtownsikeston.org -- is still a work in progress, but I encourage you to take a look. You can find information about meetings, membership, events, and much more to come. You can submit your own opinions, ideas and hopes for Downtown Sikeston and join our e-mail list to get the latest information.