During its monthly meeting Monday, Brazil Main Street, Inc., presented certificates of appreciation to Great Dane Trailers, Clover Signs and Yankee Rose for helping the organization beautify downtown Brazil. Great Dane and Clover Signs both helped with the new trashcans along sidewalks, while Yankee Rose donated labor and time to cleaning up an area along National Avenue.
Brazil Main Street plans to buy nine more lids for trashcans. They are looking into options to find the best possible price. The trashcans and flowerpots still need more sponsors. Also, there are still blocks available to be adopted for clean up.
One Brazil Main Street member is working on creating certificate of adoption papers to give to those who have adopted blocks. The papers also include instructions, suggestions and tips for cleaning up the adopted block. The organization would also like to hang a sign in City Hall with a list of names of those who have adopted blocks.
Two events were planned during Monday's meeting including the next Clean-Up Day and the Night at the Museum event.
The Community Clean-Up Day will be Saturday, Aug. 18, from 7-10 a.m. Teams and individuals are asked to meet at Brazil City Hall and bring their own brooms, gloves or other equipment. The group plans to work on the northwest corner of State Road 59 and United States 40, where the Eagles Lodge is located.
The second event the group discussed was the Night at the Museum, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Brazil Historical Museum.
"The museum is coming to life," Main Street President Lee Lewis said. "We want to promote the Historical Museum, Brazil and the community."
The group plans to have tour guides, acting as railroad station engineers, to take visitors through the museum. The organization is looking for volunteers to be actors during the event, which lasts from 6-9 p.m., as well as volunteers to help with clean up afterward. Costumes will be the next area the group will look into. Anyone wanting to volunteer, be an actor or help with costumes can contact Event Coordinator Megan Hawkins at 812-229-8189.
Hawkins said she is hoping to ask local teachers to give their students extra credit for participating in the event.
At around 9 p.m., a free movie, "Night at the Museum," will be shown in the yard across from the museum. Free popcorn will also be served.
Main Street plans to repaint the doors to the Historical Museum to help give it a new look before the event.
Also during the meeting:
* Citizen Linda Messmer suggested a "Wash Your Windows Week," where business owners and others would be encouraged to wash their building's windows. She wants to have the mayor declare the week for the city. She volunteered to look into the idea,
* Brazil Main Street is selling T-shirts that read, "Brazil -- We're lovin' it!" in order to raise money for their projects,
* Lewis and her husband Tony explained to the organization an idea for a fundraiser. Blingo, "bingo with a twist" is something the two would like to look into having twice a week in order to raise money. The only problem is to host a bingo night and use the equipment, the organization would need a license and would have to be under a 501( c ) 3. Brazil Main Street is currently waiting for approval of their 501 ( c ) 3 request. For now, the group would have to find another organization to go through such as the Chamber of Commerce. "If we want to exist as an organization, we have to make some money," Lee said, explaining the twist of the event would be to have themed-nights where people can dress up, and
* Lee updated the members on the windowscape project, where an artist out of Bloomington plans to paint on foam board a mural to be placed inside the windows in a building in downtown Brazil.
"We can bring something a little cultural and bring something aesthetically pleasing, bring something interesting (to Brazil)," Lee said. "People are telling me our town looks really clean, and it does. You can see the difference that the Adopt A Block program is doing. But we also could do something even more interesting."
The group said they would like to work with Arts Illiana and ask for their support and help with grants.
The next Brazil Main Street meeting will be Monday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m.