Thursday, July 17, 2014
Celebrating the positives
It’s a wonderful thing when the positive juices start flowing. And there were plenty after the huge fireworks show July 3 in downtown Holly Springs, accompanied by the kickoff of Bikers and Blues.
I had to miss the extravaganza due to family business in Alabama, but I started hearing great things from two hours away that night via text.
Then when I returned to town that weekend, many came up to me and sang the praises of the Fourth of July celebration, sponsored by the City of Holly Springs and Contract Fabricators Inc.
Last Thursday, at the second Blues Night of the season, folks were still talking about it.
“Did you come last week?” I was asked more than once.
“No, I had to miss it.”
The replies varied, but all said basically the same thing – from “great” to “fabulous” to “super” to “amazing” and so on.
It was all positive. In fact, I have not heard a single negative comment about the July 3 event downtown. And that, my friend, says a lot.
In last week’s paper, the crowd for blues kickoff and fireworks show was estimated to be in the 2,500 or 3,000 range.
I was also told by many last Thursday night that the estimate was off.
“It was a lot more than that,” several said as I walked around the square during the second Blues Night.
The downtown area was shoulder to shoulder, according to photos I saw and eyewitness accounts, but I was also told that people were parked and outside their cars or standing in their front yards or sitting on their porches all over town to view the festive fireworks.
No doubt, it added up to one of the most successful events ever in Holly Springs – at least in the 13 years I’ve been a resident of the city.
It drew folks from the city, from Marshall County, from adjoining counties and beyond – all coming together, tearing down any walls that might separate, and having an extremely enjoyable evening as one big happy bunch.
We need that type of event, and more than just once a year. But I do believe, this is a celebration that Holly Springs can “hang its hat on” and make it even bigger and better in years to come.
The Holly Springs Main Street Chamber coordinates the Bikers and Blues Night July through September each year. But committee members, the executive director and board members are working year-round making plans for that event and more.
Give Main Street your input. Get involved. Volunteer. It’s all about promoting Holly Springs and building a better community for everyone.
Several also told me they wanted to write “Letters to the Editor” praising the Thursday night, July 3, event in downtown Holly Springs. Please do. Don’t let this column by the publisher stop you from writing your thoughts.
I’d say the money spent on the fireworks show was definitely money well spent. And it should continue each Independence Day.
And speaking of positives, there are plenty more going on in Marshall County. Thursday, Sue Watson and I observed the progress of I-269 in the Byhalia area. Things are on the move. Then Saturday, Pam and I drove by the new site of the Volvo facility in northwest Marshall County, near Highway 72. The building itself is going up rapidly.
There are many more. Let’s keep them flowing.
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