“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” We have probably heard this quote from the movie Elf many times already this season. Yes, it’s corny. But, it’s true, and it doesn’t mean you literally have to sing. You just need to do something that lights up someone’s life and puts a spark of joy in the heart. Main Street Marion attempted to do just that when it held its “Light up the Night Downtown” window contest in November. The Community School of the Arts won the contest with its beautiful lighted windows downtown, but many businesses took part in the contest and have continued to light their windows through the month of December. I know I smile when I see the twinkling of all the lights as I drive through downtown Marion in the evenings. Hopefully, many of you do too.
As we look forward to 2016, Main Street Marion doesn’t plan to create a New Year’s resolution, since those are typically broken, but instead hopes to demonstrate a plan of action that will assist in revitalizing downtown Marion and radiate into the community as a whole. With the assistance of its new Executive Director, Taylor Hawk, the Main Street Marion Board of Directors has reformulated its plan for next year. That plan includes some wonderful new programs to highlight and help promote businesses downtown, the return of the popular Thursday picnics in the 3rd Street Courtyard, and a bright new look for First Fridays throughout the year. Bright and shiny days are ahead of us, and Main Street Marion is excited to play a part in bringing joy to you this coming year.
Like most nonprofit organizations, Main Street Marion is comprised of one paid employee and many volunteers. It can always use more of Santa’s Elves, so to speak, and if you feel called to volunteer your time or donate financially, your gift will be greatly appreciated. Main Street Marion currently still has NAP credits (in layman’s terms, an immediate reduction of your state tax obligation) available as well. For more information, you can call 765-662-1192 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you say, “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Holidays,” or just feel the extra caring that comes this time of year, may your season be bright and filled with love as we indulge in extra family time and celebrate as we ring in the new year. From Main Street Marion and my family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.