Vacant storefronts are being spruced up by a new design committee at Main Street Wellington in anticipation of next year’s village bicentennial.
The committee, with the help of a $500 grant from the Wellington Women’s League, is starting with the empty property next door to Fort’s Old Town Tavern on West Herrick Avenue.
The group is also promoting a series of classic movies that will begin playing in March at the Patricia Lindley Center for the Performing Arts (see our bulletin board in this week’s paper).
“Main Street offered us these windows to let people know about the movies,” said Dottie Cianciola, a member of the group and manager at the Lindley Center. “Of course we said yes. Now we have a bunch of movie and Wellington schools stuff ready to go.”
Cianciola used photo collages of movie stars such as Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty to create “film reel” art that hangs in the window.
“It’s a win for downtown, our schools, and the Lindley Center,” she said. “It also might help the owners of this building show there’s a good space to be had here for a new business.”
Main Street Wellington director Jenny Arntz said the design committee could eventually take on the job of improving lighting in parking lots and alleys.
“It was all a matter of serendipity with the grant coming through,” she said. “We were just going to move ahead with this window display with things we already had or borrowed items, but getting this grant has just opened up a lot of stuff.”
The committee is also working with Hook’s Greenhouse on state Rt. 18 to change out downtown’s plants to show red, white, and blue colors. A springtime cleanup and flower planting day is being planned that will welcome anyone willing to participate.
“Someone will look at this window or other windows and think they could maybe open a business there,” said Arntz. “The window displays will highlight Main Street events, but will also continue to promote school projects and even ones from other non-profit organizations. I’ve talked with principal (Tina) Drake at the high school, and we hope to have some art students do their own display.”
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