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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

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

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:

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 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 – Your Source for Events, Features and Information


Written by mvlcdg

May 31, 2012 at 2:09 pm

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