The "Lights are bright" as Minden is all dressed up for Christmas! It takes a village, or in this case four city crews to prepare Minden for the holidays; the line crew, responsible for all pole lights, bows and garland, plus all the power needed to illuminate the thousands of lights, the street crew and parks and beautification, responsible for all ground displays, including bulbing all the displays and the Civic Center Staff for helping to make the Civic Center so beautiful! Please take the time to stop and thanks all the folks that take on this extra duty during Christmas in addition to their regular city duties!
The "Village" also includes volunteers most especially the cadets from the Youth Challenge Program who, under the direction of Shawn Hatcher, spend many hours wrapping trees and hanging lights throughout the city, we could not make it without them! Many THANKS!
I encourage all Minden citizens to catch the spirit with a holiday display! Thanks to the Minden Press Herald for sponsoring the 2nd Annual Christmas Decorating Contest.
Main Street has been busy with holiday activities which began with our Fasching Festival on November 10th and 11th. We celebrate our German Heritage with music, food and historic tours! The highlight of the Fasching celebration was the grand fireworks display, which we hope to make an annual event! Downtown held its first "Art Crawl" on Friday Night of Fasching with art shows at Easley Arts, City Art Works, and Antiques and Art on Main. Fasching is organized by volunteers from this community who offer their time in service. Many thanks to the Fasching Committee; Mahala Hutto, Catherine Hunt, Terry Gardner, Sue Gruber, Elaine Eaton, Kerry Easley, Shane Waites, Alex Collins, Renea Simmons, Mervin Ardoin and Lynn Dorsey. A special thanks to Pat Williamson for helping us with details and paperwork for all our events.
Right on the heels of Fasching was "Wrap It Up Downtown." Santa came to town and children of all ages were treated to trolley rides throughout our historic district to enjoy the Christmas Lights. Santa again visited Minden for the Annual Evening Lions Club Christmas Parade held on December 4th. The Community Chorus treated Minden to a Christmas Concert on December 7th at the Minden Presbyterian Church.
We have celebrated the Grand Opening of several new downtown retail shops over the past several months, please stop in to see what great merchandise they have to offer: Gray's Jewelry at their new location, Belle of the Bal' Formal Shop, Antiques and Art on Main, The Vault and It's Sew Monica. We welcomed the new enterprise of the Evergreen Foundation and cut the ribbon for "The Timeless Café' and Tearoom", Edward D. Jones relocated downtown and we welcomed Changing Behavior Services as they opened their offices downtown. We are looking forward to Grand Openings of Mom's Downtowner Restaurant and Affordably Adorable Flowers and Gifts in the new year.
I would like to thank the Mayor and City Council for their support of the Main Street efforts and for their continued support for the Holiday Trail of Lights. I must give special thanks to the Minden Main Street Board of Directors, Kerry Easely, Mervin Ardoin, Mary Lynn Callen, Bill Cook, Alex Collins, Elaine Eaton and Bertha Winzer for their service to the city on behalf of Main Street!
We are looking forward to a prosperous year for 2013, there is much work to be done for economic and downtown development in this city!
Tidings of Comfort and Joy! Merry Christmas!
Pattie C. Odom is the Economic/Downtown Development Director for the City of Minden. Her column runs monthly in the Minden Press-Herald.