By Alex Gladu, Independent We Stand
Now that spring has sprung, downtown districts and urban neighborhoods across the country are starting to bustle with events. But this month, there’s even more reason for Main Street to perk up. It’s National Preservation Month, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, along with its National Main Street Center, is leading the charge to celebrate. The Trust has launched a campaign to get people involved on social media, but you can celebrate all the culture your community has to preserve just by heading downtown.
Antique Tractor Show
Friday, May 6 – Saturday, May 7, 2016
The Kentucky Derby isn’t the only tradition taking place in the Bluegrass State this month. The 14th annual antique tractor show will give residents of Carrollton the opportunity to celebrate the country’s vast agricultural history. The two-day event will include live demonstrations, music, kid-friendly activities and more. On Saturday, the Carrollton Rotary Club will hold a pancake breakfast. More details are available from the Carrollton Tourism Office.
Tunes Under the Moon & Wine Walk
Friday, May 20, 2016
Proudly known as the home of sliced bread, Chillicothe is a Midwestern town with a rich history. Throughout the downtown area, that history is represented by several murals, which chronicle the town’s development over different eras. See some of these murals and help to preserve Chillicothe’s rich history while sampling local Missouri wines at this May event. More details are available from Main Street Chillicothe.
Classic Car Cruise-In
Saturday, May 21, 2016
If you’re passionate about preserving classic cars – or if you’d enjoy a downtown festival with a live DJ – then Main Street DeLand’s monthly classic car cruise-in is a must-do. The event takes place on the third Saturday of every month from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. In addition to classic cars and hot rods, downtown DeLand fills with a live DJ, giveaways and other activities. More details are available from Main Street DeLand.
Roaring ‘20s Lawn Party
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Few eras are more iconic in American culture than the roaring ‘20s. Presented by the Milford Historic Preservation Committee, the lawn party will take place at Causey Mansion, which dates back to the 1700s. The festivities will include a live band, drinks that would have been forbidden during the Prohibition Era and, of course, food. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best period attire. More details are available from Downtown Milford.
Riverfront Yoga & Musical Friday
Friday, May 27, 2016
Preserving yourself is important, too. The last Friday in May marks the beginning of downtown Dixon’s riverfront yoga series, followed by musical Fridays. A free yoga class will take place along the Rock River, and live local music will follow, encouraging locals to take care of themselves while exploring downtown restaurants and shops. More information is available from Dixon Main Street.
Each community has a cultural history worthy of celebration and unique landmarks worthy of preservation. During National Preservation Month, show your appreciation for the community by visiting one of the landmarks or events that matter most to Main Street.
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