Does your New Year’s resolution include having a little more fun and doing a little more good? If so, it may be time to head downtown. Local stores, restaurants and organizations will host and participate in events throughout the year that bring entertainment to the community and encourage shopping small, which, in turn, facilitates more investment in the local economy through small business growth, job creation and, perhaps, even tourism. These local events could be just what your family and the community need to get 2016 off to a productive start.
World’s Largest Ski/Snowboard Lesson
January 8, 2016
This event doesn’t require you to head downtown, but rather up a mountain. The Downtown Hawley Partnership in Hawley, Pennsylvania, encourages beginner skiers and snowboarders to head out to a nearby ski and snowboard resort called Ski Big Bear. There, the group will attempt to set the record for the world’s largest ski/snowboard lesson and become a part of the Guinness World Records. Get directions from the Downtown Hawley Partnership.
Eat Well Week
January 11-17, 2016
Santa Monica, California
As part of Santa Monica’s celebration of California Restaurant Month, local restaurants in this coastal city will offer unique artichoke dishes. It’s all part of the Eat Well Week Artichoke Dish Competition, which encourages diners to try new local restaurants and new healthy dishes. Customers can vote for their favorite artichoke dish, and the winning restaurant will receive free advertising in the Official Santa Monica Visitors’ Guide. The program is coordinated by Buy Local Santa Monica and California Restaurant Week, along with the city of Santa Monica.
Imagine Marshfield 2040
January 16, 2016
How often do average citizens get to directly impact the local, state or federal government’s plans for the future? Imagine Marshfield 2040 probably won’t feature any carnival games or fried foods, but it will give residents the unique opportunity to participate in the City of Marshfield’s community planning process. Locals can head to the Wildwood Station Pavilion to engage with public officials, local business leaders and neighbors. More details are available from Main Street Marshfield, a supporter of the event.
January 17, 2016
Another event that gets locals out of downtown and into the surrounding natural environment is Fredericksburg’s Winter Carnival. The carnival will take place at the nearby Wilderness Presidential Resorts, a nature retreat situated on more that 600 acres of forests and waterways. The Winter Carnival will feature family-friendly activities, including games, crafts and face painting. It could even inspire a local stay-cation to the retreat in the future. Find out more details from the Fredericksburg Main Street Program, a project of the Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority.
January 29, 2016
Toward the end of the month, Main Street Batesville will host its annual winter fundraiser in northern Arkansas. Previous galas have included live and silent auctions, heavy hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment. This year, the theme is “Happy Days.” More details will be released as the event years, but you can stay up to date courtesy of Main Street Batesville.
Don’t waste any time getting to know your local businesses and services in 2016. These businesses keep more money in your local economy, create new jobs for local workers and participate in fun local events throughout the year. While they’re keeping your community going strong, you can make new memories with your family and support the building blocks of your local economy.
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