Downtown Seguin is a bustling place with new businesses, community events, and rehabilitations of historic buildings. This weekly blog is the best way to stay up to date with downtown happenings. The posts will be published every Sunday in the Seguin Gazette.
April 19, 2015 - Central Park Goes Green for Seguin's 7th Annual Earth Day Celebration
On Saturday, April 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Central Park will be all about “Living Green in Seguin.” It’s Seguin’s very own celebration of Earth Day and it’s a time to learn how you can impact the environment in your hometown.
Central Park will have over 25 exhibitors sharing ways to make a lasting impact on the environment, from recycling and keeping our rivers clean to native plants and green products. The booths will be interactive with many having activities geared toward children.
Activities for Kids at Earth Day:
• make a butterfly puppet with Master Naturalists
• play Good Bug-Bad Bug with Master Gardeners
• plant a sprout with Sprouts Learning Academy
• make a birdhouse at the Home Depot craft table
• make jewelry out of recycled objects with Spirit of Joy
• paint a rock with Clemens High School kids
• face painting at Alligator Dental
Activities for Adults at Earth Day:
• Environmental education important part of Earth Day
• Buy plants that are perfectly suited to our region at the Native Plant Society of Texas sale
• Learn about energy savings, reducing your electric bill
• Learn about water conservation, maybe win a rain barrel
• Learn about green products and sign up for an energy audit
• Learn about our watershed and how our actions impact downstream communities and wildlife
Don’t forget your Earth Day Passport. Take your passport to over 15 Earth Day exhibitors and get a free gift, while supplies last. Also, 100% organic, Texas grown cotton t-shirts will be available for $15.00 each from the City of Seguin’s booth.
There will also be a full day of entertainment from our local schools and Houston based duo Obsolete August. And don’t forget to do a little shopping with the over 80 Trade Days vendors and the downtown merchants. Vendors will be selling their goods from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. surrounding Central Park. Shoppers will find jewelry, photography, yard ornaments, clothing, purses, planters and home décor.
Thank you to the numerous sponsors that make Earth Day in Seguin possible, including Alligator Dental, Caterpillar, City of Seguin, Continental Automotive Systems, CPS Energy, D6 Promos, Green Energy of SA, Gruene Environmental Companies (GEC), Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA), Guadalupe County Master Gardeners, GVEC, Home Depot, LeafGuard/Team Windows of Central Texas, Progressive Waste Solutions, Pure & Gentle, Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, Springs Hill Water Supply Corporation, Sprouts Learning Academy.
April 12, 2015 - Downtown Award Winners Announced
On Friday, April 10, 2015, the Seguin Main Street Program hosted its annual event, Moonlight & Roses. During the event, the 2014 Downtown Awards were presented to the individuals and organizations that had a large impact on the continued success of downtown Seguin.
“This year the National Main Street Program and the Texas Main Street Program are highlighting that the work of main streets nationwide is a team effort,” said Kyle Kramm, Seguin Main Street Program Director, “And Seguin’s downtown awards recognize the members of the team that work to revitalize downtown Seguin.”
At its February meeting, the Main Street Advisory Board selected the honorees for each award. The Board chose honorees for Downtowner of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Beautification Project of the Year, Partner Organization of the Year, and two special recognition awards for Donwtown’s Unsung Heroes.
The Downtowner of the Year Award was presented to Mary Jo and Lyndon Langford with Court Street Coffee Shop. Mary Jo retired in May 2014 after serving 18 years as the Seguin Main Street Program Director. During those 18 years, she was the champion for downtown revitalization and oversaw large public improvement projects like the construction of the bandstand and fountain in Central Park. After retiring, she was not done with downtown Seguin. Along with her husband, Langford opened Court Street Coffee Shop at 111 West Court Street. The coffee shop is attracting more people to come downtown and offers a meeting place for the community. They continue to be good stewards to the community, donating gift cards, food, and beverages to events and raising funds for causes.
Volunteer of the Year was presented to Kelly Schoenvogel. Kelly, owner of The Paisley Patch, has been influential in planning Seguin’s Sip ‘n Stroll. Through Kelly’s work, she has made sure that Sip ‘n Stroll continues to grow and improve every year. Schoenvogel was very giving of her time, meeting with other downtown businesses, contacting partner organizations, gathering supplies, and being the clearing house for the hundreds of mugs sold for Sip ‘n Stroll.
Beautification Project of the Year was presented to Jason Howell for the improvements completed at 106 – 110 East Court Street. Howell owns several properties in downtown Seguin and has made several improvements to the properties over the year. One of the largest impacts to the aesthetics of downtown Seguin was the work completed on his buildings at 106-110 East Court Street. During the summer of 2014, the façade was removed to expose the buildings original brick architecture and wooden windows.
Partner Organization of the Year was presented to the Seguin Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Seguin CVB assists in the planning of all the downtown events, including Pecan Fest, Holiday Stroll, ArtsFest, Earth Day, and more. They also help spread the word about downtown Seguin by placing advertisements in statewide publications encouraging people to come and visit the heart of our community.
The Main Street Advisory Board decided to present two special recognition awards for two organizations that do so much work for downtown Seguin behind the scene. The Board awarded the City of Seguin Parks and Recreation Department and the City of Seguin Electric Department the Downtown’s Unsung Hero Award. The Parks & Recreation Department maintain both Central Park and Walnut Springs Park, keeping both parks inviting to the public. They also assist in setting up and tearing down for the numerous events that happen downtown. The Electric Department also assists in downtown events, ensuring that the events are buzzing. They also spend weeks installing and removing the thousands of Christmas lights that make downtown Seguin a holiday wonder.
The Main Street Advisory Board also wants to thank the numerous restaurants and florists that donated food and flowers for Moonlight & Roses. Thank you to Davila’s BBQ, Coles Potatoes, Amy’s & Cathy’s, Court Street Coffee Shop, Dixie Grille, JJ’s Café, Starbucks, Chef Avenell’s Bistro, Dietz Flower Shop, and the H-E-B Floral Department. Also, thank you to the numerous volunteers that assisted in hosting Moonlight & Roses, including the Seguin High School Interact Club and the Jim Barnes National Junior Honor Society. A very large thank you to Carter Memorials for donating the beautiful awards.
Downtown Seguin is a success thanks to the teamwork of so many individuals and organizations!
April 5, 2015 - Moonlight & Roses and Downtown Awards scheduled for Friday, April 10, 2015
Enjoy the sweet fragrance of roses and the spring weather during the annual Moonlight & Roses. Moonlight & Roses is a relaxing evening in the Memorial Rose Garden located within Walnut Springs Park complete with jazz music from the Dirty River Dixie Band and hors d’oeuvres provided by local area restaurants.
“For those that have not heard Dirty River Dixie Band perform, they are in for a real treat. The band is all local musicians and put on quite a performance,” said Kyle Kramm, Main Street Program Director, “Thank you also to our area restaurants that provide free food for the crowds to enjoy.”
Moonlight & Roses will be Friday, April 10, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Walnut Springs Park at 317 West Court Street just behind the Guadalupe County Annex Building. Those attending should bring their own chair or blanket and their beverage of choice. The event is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated to offset the cost of the event.
It is also a time for downtown to shine as the Seguin Main Street Advisory Board announces the honorees for the 2014 Downtown Awards. The awards recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations that have contributed greatly to downtown Seguin during 2014.
“There was a lot of great revitalization and community involvement in downtown during 2014, making the selection of the honorees difficult,” said Kramm, “Downtown revitalization is a team effort and that is what the awards are about, recognizing the many people on that team.”
Music begins at 7 p.m. with the presentation of the Downtown Awards at 7:30 p.m. Commemorative glasses will be sold for $8.00 each, or two for $15.00.
The nine-member Main Street Advisory Board sponsors the event along with assistance from generous restaurants, flower shops and volunteers.
Prior to coming to Moonlight & Roses, visit the Heritage Museum as it stays open late to celebrate its anniversary. The museum is located at 114 North River Street and for more information call (830) 372-0965.