Main Street Update, Fall 2013

Fabulous facepainting at Celebrate Washington 2013!

Fabulous facepainting at Celebrate Washington 2013!

Celebrate Washington

Another successful Celebrate Washington was held Saturday, August 3rd. The weather was gorgeous and the variety of activities, music, and food brought many new people downtown. With a brand new committee chair, Ashley Hartzler, as well as a new executive director there were some changes made to this year’s event. During the day a full line-up of entertainment in the bandstand as well as over 20 vendors in the park filled the square with music and conversation. The kids activities with the addition of several new inflatables as well as face-painting were a huge hit and were occupied all day.

In the evening, a bags tournament was added alongside the live music from the Bumps and Black Diamond. The evening entertainment and competition also brought many people to visit the beer tent, allowing our sales to double from last year.

The Celebrate Washington committee would like to thank all participants, sponsors, and volunteers to help us make this event such a success. We are looking forward to next year and the changes we can make to make Celebrate Washington even better!

Upstairs Downtown Tour Returns


Are you curious about old buildings? Wondering what that new apartment looks like? The we have the tour for you! The 2nd Annual Upstairs Downtown tour will take place Sunday, September 29th from 2-5 pm. The second and third stories of several downtown buildings will be open to visitors. Tickets to all 8 tour location are $10 per person. Buy your ticket at the Main Street Office (205 W. Main Street) or at any of the locations the day of the tour.

Come take a look at the following properties:
Blair House- Upstairs & More
Washington County Courthouse- See what's usually hidden
117 W. Washington St- New possibilities
110 W. Main Street -3rd Floor Lofts
121 N. Iowa Avenue- See the progress since last year

-AND- The Depot- finish your tour at the Batterson Photography historic depot with complimentary ice cream social and toppings in the gardens.

Many thanks to our tour sponsors The Korner Kreamery and Washington Lumber & Home Center

Volunteer of the Month: Ron Bennett

Ron Bennett moved to Washington as a boy with his parents. He and his wife Linda chose to stay in Washington and raise their 2 children. They now have 6 grandchildren to enjoy spending time with. 

Ron got his start with Main Street Washington when he was appointed to serve as representative for the Board of Supervisors. He has served on the organization committee,  and has been a key volunteer for numerous events including Celebrate Washington, Christmas SNOW, Patron Party and the annual fundraising for MSW.

We congratulate Ron on being voted Volunteer of The Month by his Main Street Washington peers. He is greatly appreciated by all who have worked with him and we thank him for his years of service as both a Main Street volunteer as well as our liaison to the Washington County Board of Supervisors. Ron recently announced his retirement from both the supervisors as well as Main Street. We will miss his contributions and wish him all the best!