During Brazil Main Street's first meeting of the year, the members discussed several ideas for the upcoming year, as well as existing projects to be continued.
Currently, the organization has 46 flowerpots along National Avenue. Members agreed they would like the flowers to continue west toward the United States 340 split. They have a goal of reaching 100 sponsors for the flowerpots. They are currently looking for sponsors and plan to write letters and go door-to-door to ask for sponsorship.
Members talked about applying for a streetscape grant after the construction on National Avenue is finished, in order to purchase new flowerpots and benches, among other things. According to Stacy Gibbens, the construction is set to take place 2014-15. During the construction period, Main Street plans to put the flowerpots in storage.
In addition, Main Street is also looking for nine sponsors for more trash barrels to go along National Avenue.
President Lee Lewis said she wanted Brazil to be unique from other towns. The group agreed and talked about ideas such as mosaic tiling, decorative paint on trash barrels and eclectic items that would be "artsy and eye-catching."
The group decided it wanted to implement a windowscape project, where different organizations such as 4-H clubs, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts or others would volunteer to paint a canvas to be hung inside a window in a building downtown. Brazil Main Street wants to have a theme such as "Historic Brazil."
They agreed they want the project to be historical and educational. Lewis volunteered to be the chair of the committee for the project.
Next, the group discussed ideas for a mural on the Search and Rescue building such as famous Brazil faces, popcorn, the original fountain donated by Brazil's sister city and old factories.
Main Street wants to find someone to make a sketch of the mural to present to Clay County Search and Rescue.
They also need to find out how much the materials will cost.
Meanwhile, the group discussed several projects and event ideas for the upcoming year including:
* Hillbilly Olympics as a fundraiser, possibly to take place at another larger event in Brazil,
* Night at the Museum,
* Movie Nights for every month with different themes. The group wants to coordinate the movie nights with Midnight Madness,
* Color the Town Purple,
* Downtown Street Dance with a car show,
* Participating in Brazil's parades, and
* Fire hydrant decorating contest.
Another event the group discussed was the Deck the Streets of Brazil contest, where area businesses decorated their storefront windows for Christmas. Last year, Seasoned Wick won the contest. This year, the group said they may want to announce the winner sometime in December rather than during the Christmas in the Park parade. Vice President Pete Paulus volunteered to chair the committee for the project.
In other Brazil Main Street news:
* The group gave a big thank you to those who had adopted blocks and said they hoped people will re-adopt their blocks. They are also hoping others will step up to help beautify Brazil. The members said they want to move west down United States 40,
* Gibbens updated the group on the 501 (c)(3) status. She said the group should find out if they were approved for the status in just a couple of months, and
* Brazil Main Street discussed the Christmas ornaments on the streetlights. The Optimist Club, which has dissolved, used to put the lights up. Brazil Main Street discussed taking over the project.
Brazil Main Street meets the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m., in the Brazil Public Library.
The next meeting will be Monday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m.