Can you believe it’s already May? This year is going by fast and that means it won’t be long until my favorite Ada Main Street event – Cruising Main! This year’s nostalgic car cruise is scheduled for Friday, July 8, from 6-9 p.m. in historic downtown Ada!
If you came out for the inaugural cruise last year, you know this is one fun-filled event! This year is going to be even better with some new additions during the evening hours. We will provide more details on these new developments but will save some surprises for that night. So save the date because you do not want to miss out on the fun!
I want to thank the Ada Jr. High FCCLA and the ECU Cultural Animation Appreciation Society who helped pick up trash on April 9 for the Great American Cleanup. Your service to help clean up downtown Ada is greatly appreciated! A special thank you goes to George Veliu, owner of Papa Gjorgjo, for treating us all to pizza after the cleanup. It’s amazing business owners like George that make downtown Ada a great place to shop and dine!
Another great event I got to take part in recently was Main Street Day at the state Capitol. This day is reserved for Main Street communities throughout Oklahoma to set up and give out information about our great downtowns and cities. It’s easy to promote something you love, so it was my absolute pleasure to be able to spread the word about our wonderful community!
Over 30 Main Street communities were represented and hundreds of visitors came through to learn more about our towns. While talking with different visitors that came by my table, I received many compliments on Ada, our businesses, and the people who live here. We must be doing something right, so everybody keep up the great work!
I also had the privilege of talking with Sen. Susan Paddack and Reps. Todd Thomsen and Wes Hilliard to let them know how much we appreciate their leadership and hard work in making sure that Ada and Pontotoc County continue to grow and progress.
Overall, it was a very successful day for Ada Main Street and all of the Main Street communities that attended. One thing a Main Street director loves to do is talk about his or her hometown!
Speaking of directors, I am sad to say that this will be my last column as Ada Main Street director. My husband and I are reinvesting back into Ada and opening our own business, so I have resigned my position.
I want to thank the Ada Main Street board members and merchants for providing me with the opportunity to make a difference in downtown Ada for the past year. I am fortunate to have worked with each of you and will continue to be one of Ada Main Street’s biggest supporters!
And one last time ... whether you’re shopping or dining out, think Ada Main Street first!