Rita Edwards | Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance President

Oct. 5, 2006 - When I mention downtown to local residents, it always evokes a strong reaction. I hear nostalgic tales based on dear memories. I hear (sometimes lengthy) opinions of how poor it looks and where it is heading. I hear wishful thinking and a dream of progress toward a better brighter future for our downtown.

What's new downtown, you might ask? Well, just let me fill you in! First, the Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance elected new officers: they are Tammy Olague, secretary-treasurer; Jennifer Allison, vice president; and yours truly as president. Hi, I’m Rita Edwards, and I am very excited about the future of the Business Alliance and the revitalization of the downtown area.

We have made some very important allies, and major strides in establishing our dedication and resolve. How? Well, we encourage everyone to attend our meetings to find out the details (you didn't think we'd give away all of our secrets that easily, did you?). So if you are interested in the future of the downtown area, and don’t mind giving a little of your time, money or resources, come join us Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Plain N’ Fancy on the south side of the square.

I am, however, excited to announce a couple of the events we have planned. On October 14th, we will be hosting the Heritage Square Rod Run on — where else? — the dowtown square. We are expecting a great turnout of some of the nicest pre-80s street rods, classics and original cars and trucks you’ve ever seen. There will be several award-winning vehicles on display. Registration is at 8 a.m., and awards will be presented at 3 p.m. So come look, admire, ask questions, but "Please Do No Touch!" You can even vote on the car or truck you like best — we will be giving a People's Choice Award.

Then — are you ready for this — Immediately after the Car Show we will have a free concert featuring four new country artists with records on the charts! So bring your lawn chairs, dust off your boots and enjoy Chy Blakeman, The Michael Klien Band, Pat Waters and our feature group, none other than Lantana. If you didn’t know (and shame on you if you didn’t!) our very own home-grown Karol Ann Kelty DeLong is a member. Lantana will be debuting their newest CD, Unbridled. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. and last until 7 p.m. Now, how’s that for drawing a crowd?

If that’s not your cup of tea, how about Christmas? During the first weekend of December we will be hosting Christmas on the Square, complete with Santa, caroling, arts & crafts, carriage rides, kids train rides, bed races, a children’s art show and, of course, Santa. We will also have live entertainment, featuring local talent, the Coral Society and Alegro, which is a Community Orchestral Ensemble. I will provide more details on the Christmas event next month; just wanted to pique your interest. 

�� � Okay, now that I�ve got your attention, and you are just itching to get involved, here�s how � come to our meetings. As mentioned above, our planning meetings are every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Plain 'N� Fancy on the south side of the Square. We also meet once a month on the second Monday at 6:15 p.m. at Plain N� Fancy. If you have any questions concerning our organization or events, please contact me at 903-335-0487 or 903-885-1236. You can also visit our website at www.ssdba.org.

�� � Until next time, keep asking, �What�s new downtown?�

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