Posted 12/15/15 (Tue)
A brainstorming session last week by a steering committee interested in organizing a community-wide celebration in 2017 produced ideas ranging from a theme and logo contest to a call for local non-profit and service clubs to consider spin off activities.
Community Developer KayCee Lindsey, DCEDC President Sandra Simonson, Kay Garbel of Garbel’s Furniture & Flooring, Pam Urvand of Crafts 4-U, and Cecile Krimm, publisher of The Journal, met last week to try to lay the groundwork for moving forward with the celebration.
First on the list is development of a slogan, theme and logo for the celebration, similar to the “Plains, Grains and Memory Lanes” theme of the 2004 Crosby Centennial.
Participants reflected on the idea that the celebration should center around the 100th anniversary of construction of legacy institutions -- such as the courthouse, Penney’s building, Crosby Flats and the original hospital structure.
People with slogans or ideas for a logo may submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to email@example.com, or contact Lindsey at 965-6006, or Krimm at 965-6088.
As well, it was discussed that with many different organizations willing to get on board, the work of putting on key events can be distributed throughout the community.
“All of these groups can use these events as a boost to the organization,” suggested Garbel, whether it be selling food, holding a tour or activity to raise funds for their cause, or providing a venue or manpower for a portion of the celebration.
Letters will be going out soon to area non-profits and organizations to suggest they start planning a role and letting the committee know how they would like to be involved.
The committee will also be contacting a couple of candidates in hopes of finding some people willing to take on organization of an All-School reunion.
At this point, up to a four day event, Aug. 3-6, is under consideration. So far, only a formal dedication of the courthouse is definite so organizations with other ideas for events should get on board early to claim a time.
“The schedule will fill up,” Garbel predicted.
Tours of the legacy buildings, along with tours of new Crosby developments, it is hoped, will be a key feature of the observance.
The group is also planning to apply for $5,000 in seed money to the Crosby Visitor’s Promotion Fund and talked about the potential for showcasing the new community center and also, Pioneer Village.
Programming such as music or dances for different age groups, a parade and gymnastics or other demonstrations involving youth were some of the other ideas thrown out.
At this point, it is uncertain whether registration fees for the event will be solicited, but donations are welcome.
Krimm said The Journal is planning a coffee table-type of book that will include photos of the courthouse through the years along with news stories leading up to the celebration to create awareness of the history of each of the legacy buildings.
Lindsey also threw out the idea of a Monopoly-type game with businesses sponsoring the various squares or streets in Crosby.
Urvand plans to offer t-shirts and caps for sale, with a portion of proceeds going back to the celebration, along with a few other souvenirs to be chosen by the group or local organizations.
The next meeting of the steering committee is tentatively set for early to mid January, with a date to be announced later.
Anyone with suggestions is welcome to attend future planning meetings or to contact Lindsey or Krimm for more information.