Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday Moment from Main Street -- March 19

A great St. Patrick's Day weekend in downtown Dixon! Thanks to Ryan Marshall, Judy Brantley, Jeff Rumph, and Laura Bock for helping with the guest bartending at The Stables on Friday night!

And, a big thanks to the Shamrock Club for organizing such a wonderful event for the city of Dixon this past Saturday as the parade made its way through the downtown. Beautiful weather made it event better for the annual St. Patrick's Day festivities.

Also, if you happen to go by the DMS office, check out our Post-it Note Arch in the window created by our Promotion Committee. And if your business thinks they can make a Post-it Note creation that can top it, we would love to see it!

Now on to the DMS Events and Updates ...
March 21 -- Lunch and Learn this Wednesday at Noon at the Post House Ballroom. The special presentation this month will be by Dixon Public School's Superintendent Michael Juenger. Cost is $3 and includes lunch by Fern's Cafe. This month's program is sponsored by Midland States Bank.

April 3 -- Shop Talk at Books on First from 5- 6 p.m. Join area merchants in this informal get-together to talk about issues effecting local businesses. A great networking opportunity to learn from your peers. Free refreshments thanks to Books on First and C&N Supply!

April 11 -- The 5th Annual Founders' Day celebration on April 11 at the Dixon Historic Center. This year, the program will feature a look at the Shaw Family, B.F. Shaw and the founding of the Telegraph newspaper. The event also will feature the naming of this year's Langan Award winner for Excellence in Local History, and the PRIDE Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a soup and sandwich supper catered by Fern's Cafe. Dinner is a $10 donation with proceeds going toward the John Dixon statue project. The presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free for the program.

April 27-28 -- The City-Wide Garage Sales are back, sponsored by The Telegraph and Sauk Valley Properties. Cost is $20 to list your sale, which includes the map and the 15 word listing. This year, the map will be distributed at area businesses and through The Telegraph.

April 28 -- Art With Flavor at The Crystal Cork Wine Shoppe in downtown Dixon at 7 p.m. on April 28. The event will be a unique evening focused on highlighting great food and great art, all the while raising funds for Shining Star, Dixon Main Street, and the Dixon Riverfront. Tickets for the event will be $100 per person. Attendees will not only have great dinner and drinks, but each guest will receive a $100 auction voucher for the night.With only 48 tickets available, early reservations are encouraged. Reservations can be made by calling Dixon Main Street at 288-2308, The Crystal Cork at 285-3496, or Trein's Jewelry at 284-6626.

Second Saturdays and Dixon Main Street are coming together for a tandem Public Art Project for the May and June Second Saturdays events. The project will feature a variety of one-of-a-kind, artistically designed bikes scattered throughout the downtown. The bikes will be on display for a month from May 12 to June 9, and then they will be auctioned off during the June SS Street Fair. Proceeds from the auction will go to support Second Saturdays!

We have the bikes thanks to Green River Adventure Sports, now we need the artists! If you or a your group, business, or organization would like to create one of our Art Bikes, just call 815-288-2308 and we will get your a bike ASAP. Cost is $20 to enter. Prizes will be awarded to First, Second, Third and a special category for the Sweetest Ride. Deadline to sign-up and get your bike is April 30.

A few quick notes from around the community. . .
March 24 -- Ken Nelson Auto's 26th Annual Customer Appreciation Breakfast 7-11a.m.
March 24 -- Rotary Club Shrimp Boil and Chili Bowl
March 30 -- LCCOA/Post House Ballroom Prom at the ballroom from 6-12 a.m. Cost is $10 per person. There will be appetizers and a cash bar. Music by Acoustic Circus.
March 31 -- Kiwanis Clubs of Dixon Annual Pancake and Sausage Day from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the High School Cafeteria. Donation is $6 for adults and $3 for kids.
April 10 - Dixon Riverfront and Lee County Council on Aging will host a luncheon with Dr. Rifaqat Khan on "Enhancing the Quality of Life after 50" from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Post House Ballroom. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. For more info, call Kay at 973-0931.
April 20 - The Expressions Art Sale and Reception is the first of two major fundraisers for the Sinnissippi Foundation, starting April 10, when art and silent auction items go on display at The Next Picture Show gallery, 113 West 1st Street in Dixon. The event concludes with an evening reception on Friday April 20 at The Next Picture Show from 6 to 9 pm.
May 19 -- Eastman School of Dance Recital at the Dixon High School

Downtown Business News Bits --
Wildflower Picks is having some special Easter activities, give Staci a call at 677-7591 for details.
Frameworks is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this month!
Red Carpet Copy Center and Butcher Block Antiques are in their new home at 420 W. First Street.

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