DBA thinking about Christmas

David Broyles Staff Reporter

October 3, 2013

The Downtown Business Association Board of Directors turned their collective thoughts toward Christmas this week as the members heard a presentation from Kristi Eidson and Lois Draughn of Wall Flash Designs in Elkin.

Draughn told the group a minimum amount of $100 would be charged for creating Christmas decoration graphics which could be used on storefront windows. She told the directors their firm also designs logos, banners, one-way signs for windows and has a graphic artist on staff to customize any of the removable decorations which are designed to last for 6 months. No official action was taken on the proposal.

“If enough of the merchants were to participate we’d like to come and wrap the town in one day,” said Draughn. Board Vice President Jenny Lowry Caudill told the group the Christmas decorations for the downtown area are usually in place by Nov. 19.

The group elected Lizzie Morrison as secretary and treasurer with Caudill acting in a support capacity for her for the association. Brack Llewellyn was re-elected as association secretary. The remaining slate of officers was kept, which includes Phil Marsh as president and Caudill as vice president.

Morrison suggested the group consider establishing an organizational committee for each event as well as an ad hoc committee for those interested in the DBA to participate before deciding on heavily participating in the group. Committees would be chaired by a board member.

“You wouldn’t have to be a board members to be on this committee,” said Morrison. She also encouraged the group to consider using the ad hoc committee almost as a recruitment pool to identify new board members so additional board members could be nominated to increase board seats from eight to ten. The proposal was tabled.

Morrison told the group new brochures are almost complete with the goal being to have them ready to distribute by the Autumn Leaves Festival on Oct. 11. She also told the group the association’s Facebook page had a total of 1,150 “likes,” which is up more than 750 since July 1. She briefed the board on involvement with the Main Street Program and its upcoming Vision Forum Meeting on Nov. 14.

In old business, Marsh told the board the association’s two recent cruise-ins had been rained out with participation suffering.

“This last cruise-in we had out of town people come here from 300 miles away with some nice old cars to spend the weekend. They contacted me and we blocked off Franklin Street down to Pine street for them. They stayed all day and some of The Mayberry Cruisers came in to support them. They were pleased we did this for them. They came so far we felt we had to accommodate them.”

Marsh said this situation indicated a need for the association to draft some type of rain plan. Llewellyn suggested finding a vacant building where the cruise-ins could safely move to in case of bad weather. Morrison said University of North Carolina at Greensboro students, which will be used to evaluate the Oct. 19 cruise-in to help with ideas and improvements, could be asked for a solution.

The group discussed the upcoming Christmas parade set for 9 a.m. Nov. 30. The theme for the event will be “A Holly Jolly Christmas” and will include a collection box for Food Donations for the Foothills Food Pantry. The box will be located at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History during and after the parade. The parade is open to groups from outside the area. The DBA is looking for 11 sponsors for floats. Last year eight were sponsored for the event.

Morrison and Caudill told the group a variety of Halloween events were planned. Some of the events discussed included Downtown Trick or Treating from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 31, ghost stores by the Nonesuch Players on Oct. 20 at the Robert Smith House, the Boo Bash at Old North State Winery on Oct. 26 benefiting the Museum of Regional History, a Halloween magic show featuring Ray Hardee at the Historic Earle Theater on Oct. 31 and a Halloween Costume Contest for all ages held at the museum at 5 p.m. as well.

Morrison said information on the events is available on the website for the Downtown Business Association.

Reach David Broyles at or 336-719-1952.