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CDG July Newsletter

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Main Street Iowa gives us yet another reason to be cool

This month Main Street Iowa (MSI) representatives Jo F. Berry and Terry Poe Buschkamp visited Mount Vernon to conduct an annual two-day site visit. Meetings were held with several volunteer board, committee and project leaders, including Mount Vernon Mayor Scott Peterson and Lisbon Mayor Beryl O’Connor.

The MSI representatives concluded that the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) met the 11 criteria as required by the National Main Street Center to measure performance in the program’s economic revitalization efforts, and, as such has asked CDG to continue with the program for another two years. Go us!

Get ready for the Antiques

The 4th Annual Lincoln Highway Antiques Extravaganza will take place Wednesday, July 4, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The open-air market is expected to draw 50-plus regional antique vendors and 5,000-plus visitors for the one-day-only outdoor sale. Mount Vernon’s historic First Street will be closed to traffic for the day, creating a Pedestrian Mall with booths up and down three blocks of Mount Vernon’s Uptown Business District.

“This will be our biggest antique show to date,” says event organizer Kim Wolfe. “This year’s show will be enlarged from two to three blocks with more than 50 confirmed booths. Please plan to join us July 4 to find those unusual, unique and 100 per cent authentic antique items.”

Heritage Days returns

The 25th Annual Heritage Days Festival will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 12, 13 and 14, in Uptown Mount Vernon.

The festivities begin Thursday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m., at the Kernoustie Country Club, 203 Country Club Drive, Mount Vernon, with a “mini-Olympics for kids” sponsored by the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Rotary. That will be followed by food and family activities at Kernoustie, and then the annual Fireworks Display at dark.
A mini-carnival will be set up on First Street East, and will include rides and inflatable’s, and will be open Friday, July 13, from 1 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Mount Vernon/Lisbon Young Adult Theatre will be presenting Les Miserables in the First Street Community Center. Shows will be Wednesday, July 11, at 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15 at 1 p.m.; and Tuesday and Wednesday, July 17 and 18, at 7 p.m.

The Main Street Stage on Mount Vernon’s First Street West will feature live entertainment from noon to midnight on both Friday and Saturday. See Lonesome Road Friday, July 13, at 9 p.m.; and Simpleton and City Folk Saturday, July 14, at 9 p.m. Food vendors will be set up Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, on First Street West.

The Heritage Days Parade will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14. With a theme of “Where Were You in 1987?,” the parade’s route will start at the Cornell Sports Center and wind down First Street West to 5th Avenue North and end on 7th Street.

New this year is the “All-American Lumberjack Show” that will take place on First Street East from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. The show will include a chainsaw carving demonstration, a log-rolling competition and a professional lumberjack tree-climbing exhibition. Afterwards, children can sign up to learn some of the stunts in a safe “Lumberjack Work Camp.”

A complete listing of events is available at www.visitmvl.com

RAGBRAI coming through July 27

More than 20,000 bicyclists are expected to peddle through Mount Vernon on Friday, July 27, as part of the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. The route has bicyclists coming in on First Street and out on Mount Vernon’s 8th Avenue. The ride through will include an in-town route by Cornell College, the historic Methodist and Presbyterian Churches, City Hall and Mount Vernon’s Uptown area.

Mount Vernon will set up festival grounds to accommodate those that want to hang out on the West side of Mount Vernon’s First Street. Look for examples of Chalk the Walk, one of Mount Vernon’s favorite small-town festivals, a display of work by local metal sculptor Dale Merrill, an outdoor beer, live stage and an – yes, it’s true — Elvis sighting.

“We are thrilled with this opportunity,” says festival co-chair Brenda Langenberg. “Mount Vernon is ready to open its doors to the RAGBRAI community and show them all the very best we have to offer. We invite everyone to come out and see why we were voted one of the ‘Coolest Small Towns in America.”

Sauerkraut Days returns in August

Lisbon Sauerkraut Days will take place Thursday, August 9, through Saturday, August 11. The annual event takes place throughout the week and the City, with the downtown streets acting as the “hub” of all the activity. Expect live music, a parade, carnival rides, food vendors, bathtub races, biggest cabbage weigh-off and more. A complete list of events is available at http://www.sauerkrautdays.com

Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group going to State Fair

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group will be managing a booth again this year at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19. If you and your family are taking in the Fair on those days be sure to stop into the Varied Industries Building and say hello.

Upcoming Art Projects in Mount Vernon

There are two upcoming art projects in the area… forward this info to your favorite artist.

Art Gallery & Supplies, 122 First St. SW, Mount Vernon has issued a “Call to Artists” for its 1st 1st Annual Artist Portrayal of Mount Vernon, taking place Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29. All artists are welcome to create pieces in their chosen medium, i.e. Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Collage, Metal, etc. This event will bring together surrounding area artists as well as onlookers to explore Mount Vernon. Details are available at http://www.robertmurphygallery.com/Events/PortraylOfMountVernon

The Lisbon Public Library, 101 East Main Street, Lisbon, is seeking ideas from local artists for a commissioned project to be installed in, on, or next to the library building.  The library board of trustees invites artists to submit a sketch and written description to them for consideration.  Artists may drop by the library and look at the space during open hours:  Monday, 9 – 1 and 2 – 5; Tuesday, 2 – 5; Wednesday, 2 – 8:30; Thursday, 10 – 5; Friday, 12 – 5; and Saturday, 9 – 1.  The deadline for submissions is September 1.  Please call Amy White, library director, at 319-455-2800 or email lisbonpl@airolink.com with questions.

Festivals for 2012 – Have you written these dates down in your calendar?

Lincoln Highway Antique Extravaganza, July 4
Heritage Days, July 12 through 14
RAGBRAI Day, July 27
Citywide Garage Sales, August 4
Sauerkraut Days, August 9 through August 11
Lincoln Highway Art Festival, Sept. 22
Chili Cookoff, Oct. 13
Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, Oct 26 and 27
HalloweenTown, Oct. 31
Mount Vernon After Dark, Nov. 9
Magical Night, Nov. 29

Hey! Want to join a Committee?

Business Improvement Committee- Meets third Wednesday at 7:15 a.m.
Organization Committee- Meets second Thursday at 8 a.m.
Promotion Committee- Fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 a.m.
Design Committee- This committee always meets at 6 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month.

New committees forming now: Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Committee, Volunteer Recognition Event Committee, Mount Vernon After Dark Committee. Also, “Butt Brigade”rs always needed Sunday morning to sweep up cigarette butts… Contact Joe Jennison if interested.

Joe Jennison
Main Street and Marketing Director
Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group
PO Box 31
Mount Vernon, IA 52314
319-895-8214, office
319-210-9935, cell
director@visitmvl.com
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CDG June Newsletter

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Chocolate Stroll to coincide with Cornell Graduation

Chocolate Stroll will coincide with Cornell Graduation this Saturday, June 2.

Cornell’s graduation will take place Saturday, June 2, beginning at 10 a.m., outside on campus lawn (across from Brackett House).

Chocolate Stroll will take place Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 1st Street from Memorial Park down to the First Street Community Center. Events at Memorial Park will not take place until after graduation is over. Events at the First Street Community Center and throughout Uptown will take place beginning at 10 a.m. We have approximately 20 chocolate vendors signed up with live music performances throughout the day.

The Chocolate 5K Run/Walk will start at 9 a.m. from the First Street Community Center lawn and will go East through Lisbon and back.

A Children’s Area will be set up in Memorial Park from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Questions regarding Chocolate Walk should be directed to Chocolate Stroll Committee Chair Trude Elliott at (319) 558-9202, or to CDG director Joe Jennison at (319) 210-9935.

Numbers in for Chalk the Walk

The raw data taken on the street from Chalk the Walk is in.

The Chalk the Walk Committee is estimating 8,000 people attended Chalk the Walk this year, that is based on numbers of bodies counted on the ground every hour on the hour. We also counted 21 states represented based on license plates in our various parking lots.

Business surveys are not yet all in. A formal report will be available soon.

Get ready for RAGBRAI workshop scheduled June 6 MUST RSVP

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group Business Improvement Committee is offering a hands-on workshop titled “Getting Ready for RAGBRAI: Listing Your Business on Google Maps and other Online Tools for Riders.”
 
Join CDG volunteer Jennifer Rothmeyer in a hands-on workshop to get you and your business “on the map.” All participants will learn how to get their business listed with Google Maps in anticipation of the estimated 20,000 RAGBRAI riders coming through Mount Vernon this July. In addition, this is great exposure to anyone navigating to Mount Vernon using a smart phone, iPAD or other technology.
 
Time:  Wednesday, June 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.   
Place:  Mount Vernon High School Library, 731 Palisades Road W, Mount Vernon

Networking event will start with dinner and drinks catered by Big Creek Market at 5 p.m.
Workshop starts at 5:45 p.m.   
Computers are provided.
 
Cost for the networking event and seminar is $5.  Please RSVP your interest to Joe Jennison at (319) 210-9935 or through email at director@hotmail.com

Main Street Iowa comes to town June 20 and 21 to do annual site assessment

Main Street Iowa will be in town June 20 and 21 to do their annual site assessment of the Mount Vernon Main Street program. They are currently setting up interviews with volunteers and others interested in the program. These are usually one hour interviews with small groups connected by a committee or project.
If interested in taking part in one of these discussions, contact Joe Jennison at (319) 210-9935.

Music on Main returns – sponsors wanted

CDG volunteer Mike Smith from Bauman’s is once again managing the Music on Main series in Uptown Mount Vernon. The dates of the live music performance featuring Johnny Krob are June 23 and August 18. If you can help with a $50 sponsorship, contact Mike direct at Bauman’s at (319) 895-8692. Seven $50 sponsors are needed.

Visitor Guide undergoing renovation in June/July

The CDG Promotions committee will be updating the Visitor Guide over the next few months. If you have ideas as to content and/or photos, let Joe know. He will be stopping by local retailers in person to update listings.

Bus Tours coming to Mount Vernon

We have been getting more and more requests for bus tours to Mount Vernon and are in the process of developing a brochure and a docent training project for tours.

A bus tour committee is in place and has begun discussions. If interested in being a part of this committee, contact Joe J direct for more information. Others on the committee include Mark Binsfield, Ann Booth, Barb Colehour, Carol Dillard, Kay Johansen, Jennifer Miller, Marty Mitchell and Beryl O’Connor.

Audio Tour Committee to begin implementing project

A joint committee of Cornell College, Mount Vernon Historic Preservation Commission and the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group have begun work on what is hoped to become a large 40-building project to create individual audio tours of Mount Vernon’s Historic Districts and buildings.

The first building to take part in the project will be the 1912 Wolfe Medical Office Building, aka The Mount Vernon Visitor Center. Within the next few months, a pedestal and plaque designed and built by Mount Vernon Historic Preservation will be erected in front of the Visitor Center, with a phone number that rings at Cornell College. The voice message at that phone number will be that of local resident Bob Wolfe giving a personal account of his memories of growing up in and around the building. It is hoped this first installment of the audio tour project will raise awareness of the project as the committee looks for funding to complete the project.

Look for more of these tours coming in the next year or so.

Fourth of July Lincoln Highway Antiques Extravaganza meetings have begun

The committee planning the 4th of July Antiques Extravaganza has begun preparations for the event. Last year, the event brought approximately 7,000 people to town. The group is looking for a few MV-L managed businesses or organizations to offer street food sales as part of the event. If interested in participating with a food booth, contact Joe Jennison at director@visitmvl.com

RAGBRAI coming July 27

RAGBRAI will be peddling through Mount Vernon on their way from Cedar Rapids to Anamosa on Friday, July 27. The riders (15,000+) will be going through town throughout the morning and afternoon and will be asked to be completely gone by 3 p.m. that day. The route will take the riders to Uptown along Old Mount Vernon Road, turning left onto 2nd Avenue, and then on out to Springville Road along 8th Street.

The committee has chosen a theme of “Funky Friday.” The West side of Uptown will be closed down to be used as festival grounds.

CDG has agreed to take a lead role in coordinating the event through town. If interested in taking part, contact Brenda Langenberg at Hills Bank via email: Brenda_Langenberg@hillsbank.com

Retail Meetings take place third Tuesday of the month at noon – you must RSVP if you are planning to attend

All are welcome to attend the monthly Retail Meetings of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group. This meeting welcomes retailers and others to get together to discuss promotions, events, advertising, marketing and other subjects of concern to the Retail community. All are welcome.

The meeting always takes place on the third Tuesday of the month at noon at Pizza Palace, 106 First St. W, Mount Vernon. Rawley Alger agrees to open for us for this private meeting. Everyone is served a choice of pizza slices and soda. This month’s meeting is Tuesday, June 19, at noon, at Pizza Palace. If interested in attending, please RSVP to Joe Jennison at director@visitmvl.com so that Rawley knows how much pizza to make. Charge is $6 per person to help cover food and operation costs.

Roundabouts coming, communication strategy sessions planned

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group and the City of Mount Vernon are working together to implement monthly discussions about the upcoming roundabout construction.

Both the city and the CDG are interested in ongoing dialogue re: this project with the Highway 30/Highway 1 businesses affected.

To that end, a joint City/CDG committee has been formed and has begun regular talks with interested businesses. The next public meeting is scheduled to take place Wednesday, June 27, at 7:30 a.m. at the basement off Hills Bank.

Festivals for 2012 – Have you written these dates down in your calendar?

Chocolate Stroll, June 2
Lincoln Highway Antique Extravaganza, July 4
Heritage Days, July 12 through 14
Citywide Garage Sales, August 4
Sauerkraut Days, August 9 through August 11
Lincoln Highway Art Festival, Sept. 22
Chili Cookoff, Oct. 13
Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, Oct 26 and 27
HalloweenTown, Oct. 31
Magical Night, Nov. 29

Hey! Want to join a Committee?

Business Improvement Committee- Meets third Wednesday at 7:15 a.m.
Organization Committee- Meets second Thursday at 8 a.m.
Promotion Committee- Fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 a.m.
Design Committee- This committee always meets at 6 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month.

Joe Jennison
Main Street and Marketing Director
Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group
PO Box 31
Mount Vernon, IA 52314
319-895-8214, office
319-210-9935, cell
director@visitmvl.com
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May 31, 2012 at 2:09 pm

CDG April Newsletter

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Community Leaders Breakfast tomorrow

 The quarterly Community Leaders Breakfast will take place tomorrow, Thursday, April 5, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in Harlan Dining Room, in the Commons, Cornell College, 600 First St. SW. All are welcome. No need to RSVP.

 A buffet breakfast is available for $6. Free parking is available behind the Commons or on Commons Circle Drive in front of the building.

Join the Community Development Group along with the City of Lisbon, City of Mount Vernon, Lisbon Community Schools, Mount Vernon Community Schools, Cornell College, local service groups and businesses to share community information and network.

Please take a moment to write down the dates of the next three Community Leaders Breakfasts:

Sept 6, 2012

Jan 3, 2013

April 4, 2013

 

Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

Mount Vernon and Lisbon children are invited to take part in the annual Mount Vernon-Lisbon Easter Egg hunt Saturday, April 7, beginning promptly at 10 a.m. at the First Street Community Center, 221 First St. NE, Mount Vernon.

This year’s event will be co-sponsored by the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group and the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Club. More than 200 children are expected to show up on the Saturday before Easter to celebrate.

Organizers will have more than 3,000 plastic eggs on hand stuffed with candy and prizes. Children will be divided into three categories based on age:

The event is expected to take place outside on the football field behind the Community Center. In case of rain, the event will take place inside the First Street Community Center gymnasium.

 

Chocolate sales have begun

Mickey Miller of Mount Vernon Confections and Tony Cassady of Mount Vernon Copy Center have donated dozens of mini chocolate bars and labels to CDG for us to sell to raise money for the Chocolate Stroll.  Currently they are being sold by committee members, at Anything But Ordinary Gift Shoppe and here at the Visitor Center. Chocolates are sold in $5 and $10 bundles. Dark, Milk and White chocolate available.  Need chocolate? Want to sell chocolate? Contact Joe J. Chocolate. Chocolate. Oh boy. Chocolate.

 

Community Clean-Up Day to take place in both Lisbon and Mount Vernon this year

Lisbon: April 21, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Mount Vernon: April 28, 7 a.m. to noon

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group’s annual Community Clean-up Day, aka Polish It!, has been scheduled for two dates this year.

Polish It Lisbon! will take place Saturday, April 21, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Lisbon, check in is at the Lisbon History Center;

And Polish It Mount Vernon! will take place Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 7 a.m. until noon in Mount Vernon, check in is at Mount Vernon City Hall.

If you are interested in signing up for either of both events, feel free to log onto www.visitmvl.com and sign up on the volunteer database on the bottom left-hand side of the main page. It’s OK to just show up too.

Both projects will need dozens of volunteers.  All are asked to show up at the Lisbon History Center on the 21st, or the Mount Vernon City Hall on the 28th.  Let’s work to break the record for the number of people that show up!  Current record is 80 volunteers.  We can do it!

 

Chalk the Walk committee meetings have begun

Work has begun on the organizing of the annual Chalk the Walk event. The event will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6.

The project will once again be a joint community project managed by a team of volunteers and organizations including the City of Mount Vernon Parks and Rec, the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group and the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council.

The group is not planning any real changes to the event this year but is looking for a few MV-L managed businesses or organizations to offer street food sales as part of the event. An application is posted to www.visitmvl.com and all food vendor applications are due by Friday, April 6.

 

Chocolate Stroll to coincide with Cornell Graduation

This year’s Chocolate Stroll will coincide with Cornell Graduation.

Cornell’s graduation will take place Saturday, June 2, beginning at 10 a.m., outside on campus lawn (across from Brackett House).

Chocolate Stroll will take place Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 1st Street from Memorial Park down to the First Street Community Center. Events at Memorial Park will not take place until after graduation is over. Events at the First Street Community Center and throughout Uptown will take place beginning at 10 a.m.

Local restaurants should expect big numbers that day.

 

Sponsorship forms attached

Both the Chocolate Stroll and the Chalk the Walk committees are actively seeking sponsorships for these two very popular events. I’ve attached both forms to this email. Sponsorships of any size are welcome.

 

Important Dates from Cornell

These are some important upcoming dates from Cornell. Please make a note.

APRIL

Friday, April 13: Steel Drum Concert, time and location TBD

Saturday, April 14: Cornell Track and Field Open, TBD, Small Multi-Sport Center

Saturday, April 14: Celebration in Honor of Addison Ault’s 50 Years of Teaching, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Thomas Commons

Saturday, April 14: Baseball vs. Simpson College, 1 and 3 p.m., baseball field; softball vs. Simpson College, 2 and 4 p.m., softball field.

Sunday, April 15: Experience Cornell Day (prospective students/families visit)

Presidential Inauguration Weekend Friday, April 20-Sunday, April 22: For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.cornellcollege.edu/inauguration/schedule/index.shtml.

Wednesday, April 25: Jazz Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., Ringer Recital Studio, Armstrong Hall

Friday, April 27: Wind Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., King Chapel

Friday, April 27-28: Theatre production, “Defying Gravity,” 7:30 p.m., Kimmel Theatre

Sunday, April 29: Theatre production, “Defying Gravity,” 2 p.m., Kimmel Theatre

 

Fourth of July Lincoln Highway Antiques Extravaganza meetings have begun

The committee planning the 4th of July Antiques Extravaganza has begun preparations for the event. Last year, the event brought approximately 7,000 people to town. The group is looking for a few MV-L managed businesses or organizations to offer street food sales as part of the event. If interested in participating with a food booth, contact Joe Jennison at director@visitmvl.com

 

RAGBRAI coming July 27

RAGBRAI will be peddling through Mount Vernon on their way from Cedar Rapids to Anamosa on Friday, July 27. The riders (15,000+) will be going through town throughout the morning and afternoon and will be asked to be completely gone by 3 p.m. that day.

CDG has agreed to take a lead role in coordinating the event through town. The two co-chairs of the committee assigned to the project have been announced. If interested in taking part, contact Brenda Langenberg at Hills Bank via email: Brenda_Langenberg@hillsbank.com

 

Retail Meetings take place third Tuesday of the month at noon – you must RSVP if you are planning to attend

All are welcome to attend the monthly Retail Meetings of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group. This meeting welcomes retailers and others to get together to discuss promotions, events, advertising, marketing and other subjects of concern to the Retail community. All are welcome.

The meeting always takes place on the third Tuesday of the month at noon at Pizza Palace, 106 First St. W, Mount Vernon. Rawley Alger agrees to open for us for this private meeting. Everyone is served a choice of pizza slices and soda. This month’s meeting is Tuesday, April 17, at noon, at Pizza Palace. If interested in attending, please RSVP to Joe Jennison at director@visitmvl.com so that Rawley knows how much pizza to make. Charge is $6 per person to help cover food and operation costs.

 

Important MSI Dates

Main Street Iowa has announced these upcoming events, let Joe know if you want to take part:

April 17 – MSI Orientation in Des Moines (recommended for all Main Street volunteers, all-day training, lunch included)

May 4 – MSI Awards in Des Moines (fancy reception and CDG Design Committee honored as Volunteers of the Year, Oh boy!)

June 20-21 – Annual MSI visit to MV-L and program assessment

 

Festivals for 2012 – Have you written these dates down in your calendar?

Chalk the Walk, May 5 and 6

Chocolate Stroll, June 2

Lincoln Highway Antique Extravaganza, July 4

Heritage Days, July 12 through 14

Lincoln Highway, Buy-Way Yard Sale, August 2 through August 4

Sauerkraut Days, August 9 through August 11

Lincoln Highway Art Festival, Sept. 22

Chili Cookoff, October date not yet assigned

HalloweenTown, Oct. 31

 

Hey! Want to join a Committee?

Business Improvement Committee- Meets third Wednesday at 7:15 a.m.

Organization Committee- Meets second Thursday at 8 a.m.

Promotion Committee- Fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 a.m.

Design Committee- This committee always meets at 6 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month.

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April 5, 2012 at 2:27 am

CDG March Newsletter

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Cabin Fever Comedy Festival to take place in Mount Vernon and Lisbon March 20 through 24

The Promotions Committee of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group has announced a new festival to take place Tuesday through Saturday, March 20 through 24. Titled the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Cabin Fever Comedy Festival, the event is meant to be a diverse and inclusive Comedy Festival focusing on all aspects of comedy and featuring local and regional comedians and comic groups.

The event will offer comedy for all ages and tastes, and is the brainchild of CDG volunteer Miles Fuller, a stand-up comic and non-fiction writer, currently pursuing a Master’s degree from the University of Iowa.  Funding of the festival will be through the sale of Clown Noses. And all events scheduled throughout the week will be free to all patrons wearing the official festival nose. A complete list of events is available at www.visitmvl.com.  Saturday night of the festival, March 24, will welcome as many as nine out of town comics. Clown Nose Revenue is helping with prize money and advertising but some of these interesting and funny young people may be in need of a host home. Local innkeepers have stepped up to offer a few rooms, but if you are willing to offer a host home to a struggling comic, contact Joe Jennison at (319-210-9935).

Community Clean-Up Day to take place in both Lisbon and Mount Vernon this year

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group’s annual Community Clean-up Day, aka Polish It!, has been scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 7 a.m. until we are finished (normally completely done by noon).  If you are interested in signing up, feel free to log onto www.visitmvl.com and sign up on the volunteer database on the bottom left-hand side of the main page. It’s OK to just show up too.

This year, the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group Design Committee which manages the event, will be working with the City of Lisbon to create a Polish It! in Lisbon as well. THAT event will take place Saturday, April 21, from 7 a.m. until we finish. The Lisbon subcommittee is forming now and more detailed information about both events should be coming out soon.

Chalk the Walk committee meetings have begun

Work has begun on the organizing of the annual Chalk the Walk event.  The project will once again be a joint community project managed by a team of volunteers and organizations including the City of Mount Vernon Parks and Rec, the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group and the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council. The event is scheduled to take place Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6. Look for more information coming soon!

Chocolate Stroll to coincide with Cornell Graduation

This year’s Chocolate Stroll will coincide with Cornell Graduation. The committees for both events are planning a meeting to discuss details, but all are hopeful that the two annual events can be of mutual benefit to both organizations.  Cornell’s graduation will take place Saturday, June 2, beginning at 10 a.m., outside on campus lawn (across from Brackett House).  Chocolate Stroll will take place Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street from Memorial Park down to the First Street Community Center Local restaurants should expect big numbers that day.

Important Dates from Cornell

These are some important upcoming dates from Cornell. Please make a note.

MARCH
Saturday, March 10: Feminist Symposium, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Hedges, Shaw, Athens, Beijing, Thomas Commons
Saturday, March 10: Feminist Symposium Keynote Speaker, Jessica Valenti, 7 p.m., King Chapel
Thursday, March 15: Visiting Writer Camille Dungy, 7 p.m., Shaw Lounge, Thomas Commons
Saturday, March 17: Unified Sports Day, 8:30 a.m., Small Multi-Sport Center
Sunday, March 18: Scholarship Recognition Day (prospective students/families visit)
Friday, March 23: Chamber Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., King Chapel

APRIL
Friday, April 13: Steel Drum Concert, time and location TBD
Saturday, April 14: Cornell Track and Field Open, TBD, Small Multi-Sport Center
Saturday, April 14: Celebration in Honor of Addison Ault’s 50 Years of Teaching, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Thomas Commons
Saturday, April 14: Baseball vs. Simpson College, 1 and 3 p.m., baseball field; softball vs. Simpson College, 2 and 4 p.m., softball field.
Sunday, April 15: Experience Cornell Day (prospective students/families visit)
Presidential Inauguration Weekend Friday, April 20-Sunday, April 22: For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.cornellcollege.edu/inauguration/schedule/index.shtml.

Wednesday, April 25: Jazz Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., Ringer Recital Studio, Armstrong Hall
Friday, April 27: Wind Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., King Chapel
Friday, April 27-28: Theatre production, “Defying Gravity,” 7:30 p.m., Kimmel Theatre
Sunday, April 29: Theatre production, “Defying Gravity,” 2 p.m., Kimmel Theatre

Fourth of July Lincoln Highway Antiques Extravaganza meetings have begun

The committee planning the 4th of July Antiques Extravaganza has begun preparations for the event. Last year, the event brought approximately 7,000 people to town. The group is not planning any real changes to the event this year but is looking for a few MV-L managed businesses or organizations to offer street food sales as part of the event. If interested in participating with a food booth, contact Joe Jennison at director@visitmvl.com

RAGBRAI information – announcement coming March 11

This is still not confirmed but there is a real likelihood that RAGBRAI may be peddling through Mount Vernon on their way from Cedar Rapids to Anamosa on Friday, July 27. The riders (15,000+) will be in town or going through town throughout the morning and afternoon and will be asked to be completely gone by 3 p.m. that day.  The official announcement will be made Sunday, March 11, in the Des Moines Register.

CDG has agreed to take a lead role in coordinating the event through town. Two co-chairs of the committee assigned to the project have been announced. If this is to take place, we will need hundreds of volunteers and all businesses to prepare. Look for more information on this very large project, if it is to take place, after March 11.

Retail Meetings take place third Tuesday of the month at noon – you must RSVP if you are planning to attend

All are welcome to attend the monthly Retail Meetings of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group. This meeting welcomes retailers and others to get together to discuss promotions, events, advertising, marketing and other subjects of concern to the Retail community. All are welcome.  The meeting always takes place on the third Tuesday of the month at noon at Pizza Palace, 106 First St. W, Mount Vernon. Rawley Alger agrees to open for us for this private meeting. Everyone is served a choice of pizza slices and soda. This month’s meeting is Tuesday, March 20, at noon, at Pizza Palace. If interested in attending, please RSVP to Joe Jennison at director@visitmvl.com so that Rawley knows how much pizza to make. Charge is $6 per person to help cover food and operation costs.

Important MSI Dates

Main Street Iowa has announced these upcoming events, let Joe know if you want to take part:
April 17 – MSI Orientation in Des Moines (recommended for all Main Street volunteers, all-day training, lunch included)
May 4 – MSI Awards in Des Moines (fancy reception and CDG Design Committee honored as Volunteers of the Year, Oh boy!)
June 20-21 – Annual MSI visit to MV-L and program assessment

Festivals for 2012 – Have you written these dates down in your calendar?

Cabin Fever Comedy Festival, March 22, 23, 24
Chalk the Walk, May 5 and 6
Chocolate Stroll, June 2
Lincoln Highway Antique Extravaganza, July 4
Heritage Days, July 12 through 14
Lincoln Highway, Buy-Way Yard Sale, August 2 through August 4
Sauerkraut Days, August 9 through August 11
Lincoln Highway Art Festival, Sept. 22
Chili Cookoff, October date not yet assigned
HalloweenTown, Oct. 31

Butt Brigade Reminder

The Butt Brigade has shut down for winter.  The Butt Brigade will return to active duty in the spring.  In the meantime, if anyone would like to borrow a broom and a dustpan to tackle downtown cigarette butts, feel free to contact Joe J via cell phone at (319-210-9935). And say no to butts!

Hey! Want to join a Committee?

Business Improvement Committee- Meets third Wednesday at 7:15 a.m.
Organization Committee- Meets second Thursday at 8 a.m.
Promotion Committee- Fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 a.m.
Design Committee- This committee always meets at 6 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month.
New committees now forming: Comedy Committee, Tour Bus Committee, Sunday Music Matinee Committee, Lisbon Community Clean-Up Day Committee

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March 1, 2012 at 1:01 am

CDG January Newsletter

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Cabin Fever Comedy Festival to take place in Mount Vernon and Lisbon March 22, 23, 24

The Promotions Committee of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group has announced a new festival to take place Thursday through Saturday, March 22 through 24. Titled the Cabin Fever Comedy Festival, the event is meant to be a diverse and inclusive Comedy Festival focusing on all aspects of comedy and featuring local and regional comedians and comic groups.

The event will offer comedy for all ages and tastes, and is the brainchild of CDG volunteer Miles Fuller, a stand-up comic and non-fiction writer, currently pursuing a Master’s degree from the University of Iowa.

Funding of the festival will be through the sale of Clown Noses. And all events scheduled throughout the weekend will be free to all patrons wearing the official festival nose. Noses will arrive later this month or you can contact Joe Jennison at the Mount Vernon Visitor Center to purchase.

 
Call for Venues

As part of the Cabin Fever Comedy Festival, the CDG Comedy Committee is working to secure venues where a diverse group of performers and performances can take place throughout Mount Vernon and Lisbon. Some of the venues already secured include C&D Lounge, First Street Community Center, Chameleon’s, Lisbon City Hall (possible), Lisbon History Center, Lisbon Public Library, Video Village and Scorz. Volunteer committee members are reaching out to several businesses to gauge interest. If you or your business would like to take part, contact Joe Jennison at (319) 210-9935, cell).

 
Call for Performers

As part of the upcoming Cabin Fever Comedy Festival, the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group Comedy Committee is reaching out to several local performers and performance groups to take part including Elaine Ball (puppeteer), the Iowa Goatsinger, Miles Fuller, Joe Jennison (playwright), Laughing Laura, Mount Vernon High School Improvisation Team, Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre and many others.

If you would like to perform or would like to recommend a local person or group to be part of the comedy lineup, contact Joe Jennison at (319) 210-9935.

 
Chalk the Walk committee meetings have begun

Work has begun on the organizing of the annual Chalk the Walk event.

The project will once again be a joint community project managed by a team of volunteers and organizations including the City of Mount Vernon Parks and Rec, the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group and the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council. The event is scheduled to take place May 5 and 6. Look for more information coming soon!

 
Video Village offering late fee forgiveness

The new owners of Video Village will be offering late fee forgiveness during the month of February to all customers.

If you have a fine that is keeping you from returning to the store, you are encouraged to bring in three canned food items.

All items will be donated to Southeast Linn Community Center. And all late fees will be forgiven.

 
Retail Meetings take place third Tuesday of the month at noon – you must RSVP if you are planning to attend

All are welcome to attend the monthly Retail Meetings of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group. This meeting welcomes retailers and others to get together to discuss promotions, events, advertising, marketing and other subjects of concern to the Retail community.

November’s meeting featured important info about prosecuting shoplifters. December’s meeting offered an open conversation that resulted in the creation of a committee to recruit more bus tours to Mount Vernon and Lisbon.

The meeting always takes place at noon at Pizza Palace, 106 First St. W, Mount Vernon. Rawley Alger agrees to open for us for this private meeting. Everyone is served a choice of pizza slices and soda. This month’s meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 17, at noon, at Pizza Palace. If interested in attending, please RSVP to Joe Jennison at director@visitmvl.com so that Rawley knows how much pizza to make. Charge is $6 per person to help cover food and operation costs.

 
CDG Annual Report to be released next week

CDG’s Annual Report will be coming out next week. Copies will be available at the Mount Vernon Visitor’s Center and the Lisbon History Center, among other places.

Main Street Iowa offers winter training for CDG volunteers

WHAT:          The MSI winter workshop will be focused on upper floor revitalization.  “Upstairs

                        Downtown”, developed at Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, will be presented

                        by Anna Margaret Barris, Dan Carmody and Mike Jackson.  This hands-on

                        training goes beyond the classroom to give attendees the experience of working in

                        groups to analyze the potential for developing a building.

 

WHEN:           January 31st and February 1st, 2012       

                
Where:         Howard Street Christian Church Community Room, 101 North Locust Street in Colfax, Iowa.    

                
Cost:            There will be a $30 charge for meals. (includes all breaks both days, lunch and dinner on Tuesday and lunch on Wednesday).  

Please have cash or check for $30.00 payable to Colfax Main Street.

RSVP to Joe J if interested at (319) 210-9935.

 
Important MSI Dates

Main Street Iowa has these upcoming trainings, let Joe know if you want to take part:

Jan. 30 – MSI general orientation and training for new volunteers, Des Moines

Jan. 31 through Feb. 1 – Upper Floor Revitalization, Colfax

Feb. 21 – MSI in Mount Vernon for Tech Visit and Report

June 20-21 – Annual visit and program assessment

 
Festivals for 2012 – Have you written these dates down in your calendar?

Cabin Fever Comedy Festival, March 22, 23, 24

Chalk the Walk, May 5 and 6

Chocolate Stroll, June 2

Lincoln Highway Antique Extravaganza, July 4

Heritage Days, July 12 through 14

Lincoln Highway, Buy-Way Yard Sale, August 2 through August 4

Sauerkraut Days, August 9 through August 11

Lincoln Highway Art Festival, Sept. 22

HalloweenTown, Oct. 31

 
Butt Brigade Reminder

The Butt Brigade has shut down for winter.

The Butt Brigade will return to active duty in the spring.

In the meantime, if anyone would like to borrow a broom and a dustpan to tackle downtown cigarette butts, feel free to contact Joe J via cell phone at (319-210-9935). And say no to butts!

 
Hey! Want to join a Committee?

Business Improvement Committee- Meets third Wednesday at 7:15 a.m.

Organization Committee- Meets second Thursday at 8 a.m.

Promotion Committee- Fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 a.m.

Design Committee- This committee always meets at 6 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month.

New committees now forming: Comedy Committee, MSI Awards Committee, Raffle Committee, Tour Bus Committee

 

Joe Jennison

Main Street and Marketing Director

Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group

PO Box 31

Mount Vernon, IA 52314

319-895-8214, office

319-210-9935, cell

director@visitmvl.com

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January 13, 2012 at 4:20 am

CDG December Newsletter

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Holiday lighting and decorations — it takes a Village…

The Uptown holiday decorations are a huge hit with both residents and visitors to Mount Vernon and Lisbon. The decorations represent a year-long research and design project through the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group, the City of Mount Vernon and dozens of volunteers including a crew from Mount Vernon Construction.

The board and staff of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group wanted to be sure to publicly thank the individual members of the committee(s) involved for their hard work over the past year. Some of those involved include Linda Bild, Mitch Bloomquist, Amy Butz, Stan Crocker, Rick and Trude Elliott, Adam Flockhart, Susan Hargus, Tim Kelley, Kelly May, Pat and Tommie Ouversen, Chris Rodman and many others. If you should see one of these fine residents on the street, be sure to thank them for their contribution.

Holiday Window Winner to be announced on Christmas Eve…

The winner of the CDG Holiday Window Display project will be announced Saturday, Dec. 24, at noon. Individual registration forms are available at any participating retailer and can be deposited:

1)      at the slot at the Holiday Window Display, 100 First St. SE

2)      inside the mailbox at the Visitor Center, 311 First St. NW

3)      at any participating retailer

Every day another present is unwrapped displaying more and more merchandise available locally. On Dec. 24, at noon, one registration will be drawn from the fish tank inside the Holiday Display, and that person will win all 25 gifts on display.

Fill out your form in the Mt Vernon-Lisbon Sun or drop into any participating retailer for your chance to win.

Dog Park Committee becomes Parks and Rec partnership

After nearly a year of research and promotion, the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group’s Dog Park Committee has become its own entity and will now work in partnership with the City of Mount Vernon Parks and Rec Department.

Congratulations to the dedicated group of volunteers who took on this task and saw it through. Questions re: The Dog Park including the current fundraising projects can be directed to Dog Park Chair Chris Goodwin at (319) 270-2113.

Next Community Leaders Breakfast Jan. 5

Join the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group as well as the City of Lisbon, City of Mount Vernon, Lisbon Community Schools, Mount Vernon Community Schools, Cornell College, local service and church groups and businesses as we all come together to share community information and network. The next breakfast will take place Thursday, Jan. 5, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Harlan Dining Room, in the Cornell College Commons.

Breakfast available for $6. Free parking is available behind the Commons, on Commons Circle Drive and First Street. No RSVP required, just show up.

These take place the first Thursday of every quarter. The next meetings are Jan. 5, April 5, and Oct. 4.

Retail Meetings take place third Tuesday of the month at noon – you must RSVP if you are planning to attend

All are welcome to attend the monthly Retail Meetings of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group. This meeting welcomes retailers and others to get together to discuss promotions, events, advertising, marketing and other subjects of concern to the Retail community. Last month’s meeting featured important info about prosecuting shoplifters.

The meeting always takes place at noon at Pizza Palace, 106 First St. W, Mount Vernon. Rawley Alger agrees to open for us for this private meeting. Everyone is served a choice of pizza slices and soda. This month’s meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 20, at noon, at Pizza Palace. If interested in attending, please RSVP to Joe Jennison at director@visitmvl.com so that Rawley knows how much pizza to make. Charge is $6 per person to help cover food and operation costs.

Mount Vernon After Dark raises $6,680

The Mount Vernon After Dark fundraiser turned out to be the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group’s best fundraiser ever. We counted 379 persons through eight downtown apartments and raised $6,680. We will most likely be planning a similar apartment tour next year. Let us know if interested in taking part. Good committee seats always open.

Thank you to all the volunteers, restaurants, artists, musicians, board members, patrons and apartment owners and tenants who all contributed to the success of this project. Yahoo!

CDG Annual Report to be released in early January

CDG’s Annual Report will once again be coming out in early January. The Organization Committee will be meeting next week to discuss content. If there is something you are interested in seeing from this year’s annual report, let us know.

Festivals for 2012 – Have you written these dates down in your calendar?

Chalk the Walk, May 5 and 6

Chocolate Stroll, June 2

Lincoln Highway Antique Extravaganza, July 4

Heritage Days, July 12 through 14

Lincoln Highway, Buy-Way Yard Sale, August 2 through August 4

Sauerkraut Days, August 9 through August 11

Lincoln Highway Art Festival, Sept. 22

HalloweenTown, Oct. 31

Big Butt Brigade Reminder

The Butt Brigade has been growing over the summer and fall. Last Sunday’s Butt Sweepers numbered four. We’ve been averaging three or more volunteers a week over the last month or so. The project has been very popular and fun, but we will be shutting our butts down for winter. The Butt Brigade will return to active duty in the spring.

In the meantime, if anyone would like to borrow a broom and a dustpan to tackle downtown cigarette butts, feel free to contact Joe J via cell phone at (319-210-9935).

Hey! Want to join a Committee?

Business Improvement Committee- Meets third Wednesday at 7:15 a.m.

Organization Committee- Meets second Thursday at 8 a.m.

Promotion Committee- Meeting rotates times and places monthly.

Design Committee- This committee always meets at 6 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month.

Contact Info:
Joe Jennison

Main Street and Marketing Director

Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group

PO Box 31

Mount Vernon, IA 52314

319-895-8214, office

319-210-9935, cell

director@visitmvl.com

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December 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm

MV Visioning Final Report

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The city of Mount Vernon is one of 12 communities selected to participate in the 2011 Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program. The program, which selects communities through a competitive application process, provides professional planning and design assistance along transportation corridors to small Iowa communities (populations of fewer than 10,000).  This is the final report generated from that process.

Read the full report at the link below:

http://mvlcdg.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/mount-vernon-feasibility-report_low-res.pdf

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October 26, 2011 at 3:34 am

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