By Mickey Howley
Jan Miller and Jeannie Waller Zieren were in town last week. They are both District Managers for North Mississippi Main Street and in that job they overlook the progress of the 30 town programs in the north half of the state.
They met with the Water Valley Main Street Association board and went through a review of our program. They had questions and much discussion on what we’re doing well, where we can improve, and what direction to go in the future. What is great about Main Street is we are part of a cohesive statewide network of pro-active towns all trying to improve our economic climate and quality of life. Jan and Jeannie were pretty happy with what they saw and heard—and it is no surprise, they are frequent visitors. Jeannie, as she lives outside of Oxford, actually shops Water Valley. And Jan and Jeannie announced a big plug for the Valley. On March 26 the next North Mississippi Main Street Directors regional meeting will be held in Water Valley.
The Junior Auxiliary of Water Valley is coming downtown this year with their big annual event. On Feb. 16 from 6 to 10 p.m. get ready to party in the Hendricks Machine Shop building on South Main as “JA” is throwing a Masquerade Ball. Promises to be a great time with dancing and dining in a historic Main Street space. For tickets contact Becky Tatum at 662 202-6822 or check with April Pullen when you drop in the Main Attraction for a coffee or lunch.
Earlier on that Saturday, in preparation for dancing the night away, go visit the Community Health and Wellness Fair at the National Guard Armory. There will be health screenings, vision checks, dental inspections and a chance for a quick overall check to see what condition your condition is in. Plus lots to see and do. It is going on from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and it is sponsored and organized by the Bayson Chapel Church.
The Water Valley Arts Council is planning their next spring event. Just a reminder in case you have forgotten: the WVAC has won the Most Creative Fund Raising event award in the state three years in a row. They are that good. The Arts Council really knows how to throw a party. More details to follow but in the meantime mark your calendars, it will be evening of March 16. And being right before Saint Patrick’s Day the theme will be, naturally, green.
WVMSA vice president Amy McMinn was in an early spring-cleaning mood recently. Her order making focus was not her place but the Main Street office and she (with some reluctant help) organized and folded every Main Street event T-Shirt. And so if you look in the office window at 207 N. Main Street you’ll see all the different varieties of shirts the WVMSA has had over the years. Don’t have every style shirt in every size, the sizes range from XXL to tiny kids shirts, but they’re all priced right—some are almost a give away bargain.
Check it out, get a deal, and make Amy happy.