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Organization plans second Clean-Up Day

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

During the July meeting for Brazil Main Street, Inc., President Lee Lewis and members discussed trashcans, the second Clean-Up Day and the Adopt a Block program.

According to Lewis, 18 trash barrels are at Great Dane to finish the paint jobs. Great Dane has donated its time to finish the barrels. Once they are finished, the barrels will go to Clover Signs to have the decals finished.

One trash barrel will be donated to Great Dane to thank them for their service, according to Lewis. Nine more sponsors are needed for the barrels.

Meanwhile, there are 23 blocks, from State Road 340 to Murphy Street, which Brazil Main Street wants to focus on.

Most of the blocks from Depot Street to State Road 59 have been adopted, but the organization still needs blocks adopted between SR 59 and the Clay County Courthouse.

Main Street plans to order more T-shirts to give out to volunteers who adopt blocks, as well as create adoption certificates to give out to those who adopt blocks.

In other news, Brazil Main Street is planning its second Clean-Up Day for July 21, from 7-10 a.m. The kick-off will take place at the D.H. Davis Building, 115 W. National Ave., Brazil, at 7 a.m.

The members plan to split volunteers into two groups to blitz two areas including: The area in front of Phillips 66 on National Avenue and the area where United States 40 and State Road 340 intersect.

Teams will be trimming bushes, pulling weeds, spreading mulch, painting signs and planting flowers. Volunteers are asked to bring shovels, buckets, gloves or other tools that may be needed. Teams or individuals can pre-register by e-mailing brazilmainstreet@yahoo.com or by calling 446-0050.

Main Street also plans to recognize the beautification of Brazil buildings in order to improve the look of the city. Members are hoping to recognize a building each month. The first building to be recognized was Alabama Bar and Grill for a new mural. Members discussed other buildings that deserve certificates of beautification. Pappy's Bar-B-Que was mentioned for the month of July because of the renovations in the building next to the restaurant. Lewis said the owner plans to redo the fašade of Traditions.

Main Street plans to do its own beautification project for the Clay County Historical Museum.

"Somebody has done a lot of work -- that is a beautiful building and a beautiful museum," Lewis said. "Our ultimate goal is that we make it a showplace."

Yankee Rose has volunteered to do a landscaping project in front of the building. They will donate the plants and Main Street will donate the manpower. The museum also has a new open sign and a new flag.

As another way to promote the museum, Brazil Main Street is planning an event called Night at the Museum. The organization wants to promote the Clay County Historical Museum, as well as Clay County's history in general.

"Most people don't know anything about the museum," Event Coordinator Megan Hawkins said. "If and when we do this, it's going to help people realize we have a history here, and it's not all bad. A lot of it is fantastic. Most people don't even know that the fountain in the park has a name, or that it's not in English, or that it was given to us from the people of Brazil the country or that we even have an association with the country."

The event is based off the movie, "Night at the Museum," where wax figures inside a museum come to life at night. The event will have actors playing characters from Brazil and Clay County history in and outside of the museum. Afterward, the organization will have a free outdoor movie, playing "Night at the Museum."

The organization is hoping to involve the community theatre, local history buffs and school drama clubs in the event. The final details are still being worked out, as Hawkins will present the ideas of the event to the History Museum next Monday to hopefully choose a specific date for the event.

Another idea Brazil Main Street discussed was a windowscape project.

"The ultimate goal is you would take all the abandoned buildings with boarded up windows and you would turn this to something that is aesthetically pleasing, eye-catching, interesting and stimulating," Lewis said.

The artist would use plywood or foam board to paint on and then place them inside the windows.

Artist Danielle Bush is volunteering to work on the first project and has already drawn out the plan. The first building to get windowscapes would be the old J.D. Furniture building on National Avenue, according to Lewis.

However, to complete the project, Main Street needs funding. The organization plans to sell Golden-Glo whole chickens on Labor Day weekend in conjunction with the Brazil Concert Band performance and fireworks display.

Tickets will be on sale soon. The proceeds will go toward artists, materials and possibly paying the building owner. Lewis talked about trying to get a grant for the project.

In other news, members of Main Street discussed the idea of getting a National Road mural.

The next meeting will be Monday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m., at the Brazil Public Library.

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