Main Street Port Clinton plans future for historic downtown

By NIKKI ADAMS

Main Street Port Clinton

Main Street Port Clinton has been busy this year and continues to work toward revitalizing the historic downtown district. MSPC exists to revitalize, reinvent and utilize the historic downtown, and to promote the community of Port Clinton to residents, businesses and visitors.

Our design committee works hard all year continuing to beautify the downtown with public improvements and coordinating seasonal planting in the downtown planters.

Thank you to all of our volunteers who help keep these flowers beautiful all year long. Also this year with the generous donations from the PC Women’s Club, Rotary, Kiwanis and Snip and Sharon Snider we were able to add nine cigarette urns to the downtown area.

The Economic Restructuring Committee has also been hard at work offering another round of grants to our Main Street business community. The focus of these grants are to provide financial support to downtown businesses and building owners to improve their property. Funds for this project are made possible through the efforts of our Walleye Festival. To date the Economic Restructuring committee with the support of our board has awarded $110,000 in grants to our local business and building owners. Applications for our next round of grants will be available in late November. Please call our Main Street office at 419-734-5503 for more information.

Our Promotions Committee sponsored another great year of River Front Live, a free concert series which featured many great entertainers every Friday night all summer long. We would like to thank the following businesses for their support of this event by handing out samples and coupons to all that attended; Ohler & Holzhauer, Frederick insurance Agency, Sandusky Register, Gundlach Sheet Metal, Bistro 163, Stein Hospice, Morgan Real Estate, WPCR, Commons of Providence, Magruder Hospital and Ohio Living – Vinyard on Catawba as well as our amazing emcee for the event, Ms. Judi Halsted.

On Sept. 6-7 we will be hosting our second annual Rock the Light Concert. This year’s entertainment includes Here Come the Mummies and Jefferson Starship. As with the Walleye Festival, funds generated at this event are reinvested back into our downtown.

As fall gets closer Main Street has begun to plan the Downtown Trick or Treat and Halloween Pub Crawl & Ball taking place on Saturday, Oct. 26, as well as the coordination of the Community Christmas scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7. This year’s events include visits with Santa, music; many businesses will be hosting open houses with crafts for the kids and will conclude with our Lighted Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony at Adams Street Park. If your business or organization is interested in participating please contact the Main Street office.

Lastly, we will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Walleye Festival in 2020. This great event takes place over Memorial Day Weekend at Waterworks Park… vendor applications along with sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.historicportclinton.com.

We are truly grateful to all our sponsors, supporters and volunteers who help our mission throughout the year and we are always looking for fresh ideas and new faces. Call me, email me or stop by the Main Street / Chamber office. I can be reached by phone at 419-734-5503 or by email at info@historicportclinton.com

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