May 25 Mainstreet volunteers gathered at the Gourmet Goat on 41 North Potomac Street to celebrate all that Main Street Hagerstown has accomplished over the last year and to recognize the volunteers who made it possible.
The owners of the Goat had prepared delicious food for us to eat and with the bar open and the golden atmosphere in the back room lending a warm backdrop to the festivities, good times were had by all.
Amanda Whitmore, our city liaison and Main Street coordinator welcomed everyone and handed it over to Mayor Bob Bruchey to say a few words. City council member Emily Keller spoke briefly about why she volunteers with the city and why it important to be involved.
We then heard from each of the chairs of our Main Street group about what has been accomplished this past year and invited newcomers to get involved and join us at upcoming meetings of both the business relations workgroup and the larger monthly meeting of the organization, clean, safe and green, the design and promotions workgroups.
If you missed it but would like to get involved, you still can. We have lots in store for the coming months, including a clean up day this Saturday and long term plans for some larger events we will need help with.
You may get involved for just one event or for the long haul. Baby steps are encouraged, as most of us understand volunteer burnout. We have all been there at some pint in our lives. So come join us for a meeting, get to know the chairs, ask questions, then decide how much to bite off.
We are all easygoing people and will not pressure you into anything.
Meeting times are as follows:
Larger Monthly meeting, the first Wednesday of every month at 5:45 pm at 28 south, backroom.
Business relation group, the third Wednesday of every month at 6pm at the burobox on 60 West Washington Street.
We also have a downtown business owner’s forum that meets on the third Thursday of every month at 10 am in the DCED space on 14 North Potomac Street in Suite 200A. This month we will hear from the CVB