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Main Street announces future plans

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Annual dinner, expanded historic district, Festival of Trees on agenda

By Celia McDonald

­Everyone involved with Main Street is working hard to get ready for the Sept. 26 annual dinner and what should be a great concert by Water’s Edge. We’re still getting items for the silent auction and we have some good stuff, from free dinners to UK basketball and football tickets to jewelry to baskets from several sources, to many other items.

Tickets for the dinner and concert ($20) must be reserved by Sept. 24. Dinner space is limited, so get your tickets now. Tickets for the concert only are $15.

Historic district expansion

The presentation made by Main Street/City of Hodgenville’s consultant to the state panel has been approved and sent on to the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., for final review. We won’t have results until November, but chances are very good that they will take the local experts’ consensus and give us the OK.

That would mean that the 11 businesses now in the downtown historic district would be joined by more than 30 others around the square and on the surrounding streets.

This would make almost the entire downtown area part of a historic district, with many of the buildings listed on the National Register.

Festival of Trees

The fourth annual Festival of Trees will take place Nov. 7-21 coinciding with local businesses holiday open houses. Christmas on Lincoln Square will jump us right into the holiday season Nov. 21 and bids for trees will close on that date. Setup for the trees will be Nov. 2-6. The festival will be held in the Lincoln Museum Community Room on the Square. 

The Festival of Trees offers an opportunity for organizations, churches and individuals to make some money by offering a tree, a wreath, a banner or a garland for sale by silent auction. Proceeds go to the non-profit groups who sponsor items, or to non-profit groups designated by tree sponsors.

Other events to be announced later will be scheduled in coordination with the Festival of Trees.

For more information or to sign up to participate in the Festival of Trees, call the Main Street office, 358-5913, or e-mail to mainstreethodgenville@windstream.net for an electronic form. There is a small fee of $15 for a tree and $10 for smaller objects, which helps defray the cost of the event.