Amanda Marron

  • published Board Meeting - 5/23/2022 in Board Meeting Notes 2022-06-21 11:10:07 -0400

    Board Meeting - 5/23/2022

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

    Monday, May 23, 2022

    6:00pm @ VCCS - SPAR Office & Google Meet

     

    CALL TO ORDER

    The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Hope, at 6:01 pm.

     

    Present:  Board Attendance

    Tim Hope (President) (V), Joey Marchy (Vice President), John Shermetaro (Treasurer), Kelly Lezama (Secretary), Mallik Singareddy, Annie Howe, AJ Rodriguez, Jason Hardwick, Bryant Shumaker, Christine Lane, Pam Batts-Brown, Ryan McFarland, Todd Hollinghead (V)

    Absent: Jennifer Chapman, Ben Alcorn

    Guests: Diane Grease, Tamara Brown with Eastside Library rep, Michael with Corner Lot

    Staff: Kelly Rich

     

    MOTIONS:

    1. Motion to accept the Consent Agenda & April Board meeting minutes as presented: APPROVED
    2. Motion to accept the new Community Engagement committee charter as presented in the board packet: APPROVED
    3. Motion to accept the new Technology committee charter: APPROVED
    4. Motion to accept the letter of support for the 1st and Main project by Corner Lot as presented: APPROVED
    5. Motion to write a letter of support for the University of Florida Grant Application to the City of Jacksonville: APPROVED
    6. Motion to adjourn meeting at 6:58pm.

     


  • published Board Meeting - 4/18/2022 in Board Meeting Notes 2022-05-24 11:59:15 -0400

    Board Meeting - 4/18/2022

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

    Monday, April 18, 2022

    6:00pm @ VCCS - SPAR Office & Google Meet

     

    CALL TO ORDER

    The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Hope, at 6:01 pm.

     

    Present:  Board Attendance

    Tim Hope (President) (V), Joey Marchy (Vice President), John Shermetaro (Treasurer), Kelly Lezama (Secretary), Mallik Singareddy, Jennifer Chapman (V), Annie Howe, Todd Hollinghead, AJ Rodriguez, Jason Hardwick, Ben Alcorn, Bryant Shumaker (V), 

    Absent:  Christine Lane (E), Ryan McFarland, Pam Batts-Brown

    Guests: N/A

    Staff: Kelly Rich

     

    MOTIONS:

    1. Motion to accept the Consent Agenda & March Board meeting minutes as presented: APPROVED
    2. Motion to move Prudential funds from donation in 2021 to BlackRock60/40 Allocation ETF Portfolio: APPROVED
    3. Motion to move $30k from Wells Fargo Operating Account to a money market fund with Prudential to open account: APPROVED
    4. Motion to approve new Events and Programming Manager Hire as described in the job description: APPROVED
    5. Motion to adjourn meeting at 7:21pm.

  • published Community Meeting - May 2022 in Community Meeting Notes 2022-05-09 16:08:39 -0400

    Community Meeting - May 2022

    Date: 5/3/2022

    Location: Hyperion Brewing Company (1740 N Main Street)

    Time: 6 pm

    Kelly Rich, SPAR Executive Director, welcomed the approximate 50 guests to the meeting. 

    Kelly introduced Ralph Davies, Real Estate Chief Investment Officer for Future of Cities. Ralph presented on the development and regenerative placemaking strategies taking place in the Phoenix Arts District. The vision of Future of Cities is that with patience and careful, thoughtful planning that you can create outside social and economic deterrents. Ralph discussed how Historic Springfield and Phoenix Arts District can support each other, as well as how excited they are to jointly work with Groundwork Jacksonville on bringing the Emerald Trail to fruition given that it will run right through the property. He also introduced Jacksonville local Emily Moody, as Future of Cities’ new Director of Community Engagement. 

    Kelly Rich introduced Billy  from Corner Lot Development Group who is developing the project at 1st and Main Streets. This will be a mixed use project and they will be repurposing the current structure (closer to JEA) and then expanding further north up to 2nd and Main. Corner Lot has been working diligently with SPAR and the local community to pay homage to local architecture. They expect to have 201 residential units with an interior courtyard, pool, and fitness facility. In addition, they are working with COJ to have about 8 units that are on the ground floor for residential on Main Street. Corner Lot has been working to beautify the adjacent alley in its traditional historic state and to keep it open for residential units along it. There will be a parking garage inside their property with an entrance on 2nd Street. This bodes well with the planned construction on Main Street with FDOT and looks to not cause any additional congestion. Permits and paperwork are currently with the City of Jacksonville, so there’s no official groundbreaking date yet. Corner Lot is optimistic for a late Fall/early Winter start date. 

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  • SPAR Announces the Return of UF Health Week in Springfield

    Springfield Preservation and Revitalization, or SPAR, is excited to announce that Historic Springfield has been chosen as the host site for UF Health Week May 9-13 for the second year. While much of the public honors health care workers daily, UF Health hosts a special celebration annually, which coincides with National Hospital Week. UF Health is one of the city’s largest employers, and SPAR aims to introduce employees to the unique businesses in the Springfield Historic District. 

    To show appreciation for UF Health’s role in the community, 15 local businesses have partnered with SPAR to offer discounts and incentives to UF Health employees. This is a prime example of the unique opportunities that SPAR looks for to promote Historic Springfield’s commercial corridors. Local business owners feel that UF Health employees who experience the personality of the neighborhood will become regular customers. Seeing more UF Health badges on Main Street and throughout the neighborhood will become an everyday experience. 

    “This is another great way to recognize the efforts of everyone at UF Health, and the fact that it’s being spearheaded bySpringfield Preservation and Revitalization and local businesses makes it even more special,” said Russ Armistead, CEO of UF Health Jacksonville. “We’re proud to be a key part of this community and our employees look forward to this opportunity in downtown Springfield.”

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  • Now Hiring - SPAR Events & Programming Manager

    SPRINGFIELD PRESERVATION AND REVITALIZATION COUNCIL (SPAR)
    Events & Programming Manager

     

    Overview:

    Roles & Responsibilities: The Events and Programming Manager oversees the logistics and promotion of SPAR’s events and programming. This position also supports the marketing on special initiatives and projects, and provides support to sponsors, partners and stakeholders. This position requires strong project management skills from research and planning to execution and measurement. A flexible schedule is necessary to attend the majority of events. 

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  • published Board Meeting - 3/21/2022 in Board Meeting Notes 2022-04-19 12:42:31 -0400

    Board Meeting - 3/21/2022

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

    Monday, March 21, 2022

    6:00pm @ VCCS - SPAR Office & Google Meet

     

    CALL TO ORDER

    The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Hope, at 6:04 pm.

     

    Present:  Board Attendance

    Tim Hope (President), Joey Marchy (Vice President), John Shermetaro (Treasurer) (V), Kelly Lezama (Secretary), Bryant Shumaker, Mallik Singareddy, Ryan McFarland, Ben Alcorn, Annie Howe,  Todd Hollinghead (V), Christine Lane, AJ Rodriguez (V), Jason Hardwick, Pam Batts-Brown, Ben Alcorn

    Absent: Jennifer Chapman

    Guests: Bill Hoff (V), Joann Tredenick property owner in Cathedral District to speak on her experience working on a TAP

    Staff: Kelly Rich

     

    MOTIONS:

    1. Motion to accept the Consent Agenda & February Board meeting minutes as presented: APPROVED
    2. Motion to allocate $3,000 towards the SesQ tree arborist for hormone/fertilizer application and tree pruning: APPROVED
    3. Motion to allocate an additional $5,000 to from the SPAR general fund to fund the TAP: DENIED
    4. Motion to adjourn meeting at 8:05 pm.

  • published Board Meeting - 2/21/2022 in Board Meeting Notes 2022-03-22 12:52:49 -0400

    Board Meeting - 2/21/2022

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

    Monday, February 21, 2022

    6:00pm @ VCCS - SPAR Office & Google Meet

     

    CALL TO ORDER

    The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Hope, at 6:05 pm.

     

    Present:  Board Attendance

    Tim Hope (President), Joey Marchy (Vice President), John Shermetaro (Treasurer), Bryant Shumaker, Mallik Singareddy, Ryan McFarland, Ben Alcorn, Annie Howe, Aaron Leedy, Todd Hollinghead, Ben Alcorn, Christine Lane, AJ Rodriguez, Jason Hardwick, Pam Batts-Brown, Jennifer Chapman

    Absent:  Kelly Lezama (E)

    Guests: Diane Grease

    Staff: Kelly Rich

     

    MOTIONS:

    1. Motion to accept the Consent Agenda & January Board meeting minutes as presented: APPROVED
    2. Motion to accept the community and professional development goals as outlined in the January Board Agenda: APPROVED
    3. Motion to write a letter of support for “000” Hubbard Street application for JWB. Amended motion to write a letter as a statement of fact regarding the property: APPROVED
    4. Motion to adjourn meeting at 7:58pm.

     


  • published Historic Marker Task Force in Make a Donation 2022-03-07 11:03:40 -0500

  • published Board Meeting - 1/24/2022 in Board Meeting Notes 2022-03-01 10:40:47 -0500

    Board Meeting - 1/24/2022

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

    Monday, January 24, 2022

    6:00pm @ VCCS - SPAR Office & Google Meet

     

    CALL TO ORDER

    The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Hope, at 6:05 pm.

     

    Present:  Board Attendance

    Tim Hope (President), Joey Marchy (Vice President), Kelly Lezama (Secretary), John Shermetaro (Treasurer), Bryant Shumaker, Mallik Singareddy, Ryan McFarland, Ben Alcorn, Annie Howe, Aaron Leedy, Todd Hollinghead, Ben Alcorn, Christine Lane, AJ Rodriguez, Jason Hardwick

    Absent:  Pam Batts-Brown, Jennifer Chapman, 

    Guests: N/A

    Staff: Kelly Rich, Mandie Marron

     

    MOTIONS:

    1. Motion to accept the Consent Agenda & November Board meeting minutes as presented: APPROVED
    2. Motion to suspend the Bylaws to allow newly elected board members to vote on Executive Committee elections prior to being seated: APPROVED
    3. Motion to approve the slate of Executive Officers as presented: APPROVED
    4. Motion to approve up to $5,000 toward funding a Technical Assessment Panel with ULI.  Motion to amend the the funding threshold to up to $10,000 to fund the TAP with ULI: APPROVED
    5. Motion to approve up to $5000 for additional event insurance (under the Porchfest umbrella) for Music on Mains & St. Patrick’s day events: APPROVED
    6. Motion to adjourn meeting at 7:58pm.

  • Community Meeting - February 2022

    Date: 2/10/2022

    Location: Boys & Girls Club - Citi Teen Center (313 East 10th Street)

    Time: 6 pm

    Kelly Rich, SPAR Executive Director, welcomed the approximate 25 guests to the meeting. 

    Kelly introduced Gloria McNair, Community Engagement and Equity Manager for Groundwork Jacksonville, presented on Activating Jacksonville’s Riverfront.. This project has the goals of bringing people and energy to Jacksonville’s Riverfront, connecting to new and diverse audiences, developing community trust and engagement, creating a robust program calendar for an active riverfront year-round, enhancing the riverfront experience through activities and public space interventions, and providing recommendations for sustainable governance and funding models. She went over the progress so far, including sharing information and feedback that Groundwork Jacksonville has received from stakeholders via community meetings, surveys, and public programs and tours. 

    Kelly and Gloria discussed Hogans Creek Fest, which was held the very next day in Klutho Park, as a chance for stakeholders and residents to get a chance to talk to the engineers and designers of the creek’s restoration 1-on-1. The designers take the feedback from the community and immediately find ways to implement it into the overall design. 

    Kelly reminded attendees of the  2021 launch of the Joyce Holbrook Springfield Advocacy Award. Living in Historic Springfield for just over 50 years, Joyce Holbrook was a central influence in the revitalization of the neighborhood in the 1970's as a charter member of both SPAR and Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services. Joyce was central in the work to designate Springfield as a Historic District, and was fondly referred to by many as the “Mayor of Springfield.” Over her many years of community involvement, Joyce worked tirelessly to make the one-square mile of Historic Springfield what it is today. The Joyce Holbrook Springfield Advocacy Award will be presented to members of the Historic Springfield community who have proven their leadership, volunteerism, and a love for the neighborhood. SPAR worked with local artist, Ed Malesky, to create a beautifully carved wooden sculpture in the shape of the Prairie Cross, which is a well known symbol used in architecture designed by Henry Klutho. The Prairie Cross design is also incorporated into SPAR’s logo.

    In 2021, the inaugural Joyce Holbrook Springfield Advocacy Award was presented to immediate Past President of the SPAR Board, Todd Hollinghead. In 2022, the SPAR Board awarded Christine Farley with this recognition. Christine has a wealth of knowledge about Historic Springfield and has dedicated much of her time to preserving the history of the neighborhood, volunteering her time with both SPAR and SIAA.

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  • published Hogans Creek Restoration in Neighborhood 2022-02-02 17:43:25 -0500

    Hogans Creek Restoration

    Like our community, SPAR Council is excited about the forward progress of the Emerald Trail and the subsequent restoration of Hogans Creek led by our friends at Groundwork Jacksonville

     

    From their website: "The creek, which flows from the S-Line just north of UF Health Campus south to the St. Johns River, floods Klutho and Springfield Parks and adjacent streets during heavy rains. Within Klutho Park, the once scenic promenade and “grand canal” built by Henry Klutho and engineer Charles Imeson in 1929 is an eyesore.

    The Trail Master Plan includes improving the crossing conditions along existing Hogans Creek greenway and enhancing the overall quality of the greenway to match the established design standard for the entire Emerald Trail system.

    As part of the trail master plan, Groundwork Jacksonville is partnering with the City of Jacksonville and design/engineering firm Halff to develop the Hogans Creek Restoration plan. The goal is to reduce flooding, improve water quality and provide access and recreational opportunities along the creek. Preliminary plans are currently being shared with the community to gather input that will be incorporated into the iterative design process."

     

    In January of 2022, SPAR and Groundwork Jax held a joint Community Meeting to discuss the project plan and the potential impact to Historic Springfield. Neighbors can reference the slides from the meeting at this link: Hogans Creek Restoration and Trail Plan Presentation


    In April of 2022, SPAR and Groundwork Jax held a joint Community Meeting to further discuss the project plan and the potential impact to Historic Springfield. Neighbors can reference slides from the meeting at this link: Hogans Creek Restoration and Trail Plan Presentation - April.


  • published Board Meeting - 11/22/2021 in Board Meeting Notes 2022-01-28 15:11:04 -0500

    Board Meeting - 11/22/2021

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

    Monday, November 22, 2021

    6:00pm @ VCCS - SPAR Office & Google Meet

     

    CALL TO ORDER

    The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Hope, at 6:01pm.

     

    Present:  Board Attendance

    Tim Hope (President), Joey Marchy (Vice President), Kelly Lezama (Secretary), John Shermetaro (Treasurer), Bryant Shumaker, Mallik Singareddy, Ryan McFarland, Mallik Singareddy, Ben Alcorn, Christine Lane, Pam Batts Brown, Annie Howe, Jennifer Chapman, Aaron Leedy, Todd Hollinghead, Ben Alcorn

    Absent:  N/A

    Guests: Bill Hoff 

    Staff: Kelly Rich

     

    MOTIONS:

    1. Motion to accept the Consent Agenda & October Board meeting minutes as presented: APPROVED
    2. Motion to proceed with an investment account with Prudential starting with $500 initial investment: APPROVED
    3. Motion to approved a project to add dog park amenities and use the COJ matching grant : APPROVED
    4. Motion to accept the slate of board candidates (New 1st term - AJ Rodriguez, Jason Hardwick, Re-elect 2nd term - Bryant Shumaker, Christine Lane, Ryan McFarland, John Shermetaro) as presented by Governance Committee: APPROVED
    5. Motion to approve Bylaws changes as presented: Article 6 MEMBERSHIP, Section 2 REMOVAL OF MEMBERS - The Corporation may revoke membership privileges from any member for cause by a majority vote of the Board and the return of the member’s current annual dues. (REMOVEDMembers must conform to the Code of Ethics included in the Bylaws).  Revocation may be initiated when a member commits acts that are in violation of the Bylaws or policies. 
    6. Article 13 CODE OF ETHICS - All Board members will be given a Code of Conduct Ethics document at the start of their tenure and annually thereafter. Board members will be expected to review and sign the document, acknowledging that they agree to abide by it. - APPROVED
    7. Motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:15 pm. 

  • Explore the Core: Introducing New Route & Partnership With Art Bikes Jax

    Springfield Preservation and Revitalization (SPAR) is excited to share news about the success and growth of its Explore the Core program since the program’s inception in 2019. Inspired by the recognition of Historic Springfield as the “Most Bikeable Neighborhood in Jacksonville” and SPAR’s desire to build relationships with its other Urban Core neighbors, Explore the Core is the most tangible way to see how connected the oldest neighborhood is to the rest of Downtown Jacksonville. With a mission to promote the community’s bike-friendly reputation to the entire region, SPAR’s bike socials are free to join and include all ages and skill levels. 

    In 2021, SPAR was awarded a $3000 grant from Fat Tire Amber Ale’s ‘Bike Advocacy’ grant program. Awardees across the country received grants to fund projects that promote cycling in their communities and give equal opportunity for all to access the outdoors. SPAR’s project will support the current Explore the Core program with the addition of a new route to Historic Durkeeville.

    After experiencing continuous growth of participation and support throughout 2021, SPAR has partnered with Art Bikes Jax as the premier sponsor for the 2022 calendar year. Representatives from Art Bikes Jax will be joining in on Bike Socials and giving group tours in Historic Springfield highlighting local history and art. Both SPAR and Art Bikes Jax invite the Jacksonville community to join them on the first Bike Social of 2022 to trek the newly added route to Historic Durkeeville on Saturday, February 5th. If you don't have a bike to participate, don't worry! Art Bikes Jax is offering rentals of their e-bikes for just $30. Reserve yours today!

     

    The 2022 list of Explore the Core excursions include:

    • February 5th - Historic Durkeeville
    • April 29th - Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp game
    • June 18th - Evergreen Cemetery 
    • September TBD - Historic Eastside Murals/Jacksonville Jaguars Game
    • October 28th - Historic Springfield Bike-A-Boo!
    • December 13th - Historic Springfield Annual Holiday Bicycle Ride

     

      


  • published Springfield Ambassador Program in Make a Donation 2022-01-04 15:21:56 -0500

  • Annual Meeting - December 2021

    Date: 12/7/2021

    Location: Hyperion Brewing Company (1740 North Main Street)

    Time: 6 pm

    Kelly Rich, SPAR Executive Director, welcomed the approximate 45 guests to the meeting. 

    Kelly introduced Reggie Gaffney, Jr, who was representing Councilman Reggie Gaffney. Councilman Gaffney had a prior engagement with a City of Jacksonville LUZ meeting and could not attend.

    Kelly introduced Greg McGarity, President of Gator Bowl Sports. Greg shared that the 77th Annual Gator Bowl is taking place on Saturday, December 31st, at 11 am and Jacksonville is hosting Wake Forest vs Texas A&M. Each team will arrive between December 26th and 27th, so there should be a noticeable uptick of fans in Historic Springfield and Jacksonville as a whole. The Gator Bowl Committee works to generate a lot of excitement for the game within the community, including encouraging companies and corporations to buy and donate tickets so local kids can attend the game.     

    Kelly introduced Jeremy Smith of Patriot Services, a Jacksonville-based nonprofit that provides affordable housing and support services to low-income individuals and families, but also Veterans. Specifically, those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. As of 10:30 am on the day of the Community Meeting, Patriot Services closed on what is being referred to as The Springfield Initiative, five properties that contain a total of 68-units of which 20% will be designated for homeless Veterans and families. These affordable housing units will be renovated and rehabilitated over the next year. Patriot Services will be developing relationships with the local VA Clinic on Jefferson Street to assist in placing any homeless Veterans in need of housing. Included in the development is a Veterans Resource Center nearby to the VA Clinic, where VA caseworkers and others can work and meet one-on-one with Veteran residents. Additionally, two of the five properties will prioritize women Veterans and their children as they are an underserved population.  

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  • Meet the 2021 Candidates for our Board of Directors

    Let us introduce you to our 2021 Candidates for the SPAR Board of Directors! The Board of Directors is presenting Jason Hardwick and Alejandro (AJ) Rodriguez as new candidates who would bring valuable skills, passion, and knowledge to our organization. In addition, John Shermetaro (current Treasurer of SPAR), Christine Lane, Ryan McFarland, and Bryant Shumaker are all seeking reelection to the Board for a second and final term. 

    Please learn more about the candidates by reading their bios below. If you have any questions for them prior to voting at the annual meeting, please submit them before December 6th to [email protected] and the candidates will provide their answers at the Annual Meeting.

    SPAR members will be able to vote on candidates at our Annual Meeting this coming Tuesday, December 7th at Hyperion Brewing Company. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Aside from voting, SPAR members will receive updates about on-going projects and efforts in the community. 

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  • published Board Meeting - 10/18/2021 in Board Meeting Notes 2021-11-23 12:40:24 -0500

    Board Meeting - 10/18/2021

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

    Monday, October 18, 2021

    6:00pm via Google Meet

     

    CALL TO ORDER

    The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Hope, at 6:03 pm.

    Present:  Board Attendance

    Tim Hope (President), Joey Marchy (Vice President), Kelly Lezama (Secretary), John Shermetaro (Treasurer), Bryant Shumaker, Mallik Singareddy, Ryan McFarland, Mallik Singareddy, Ben Alcorn, Christine Lane, Pam Batts Brown, Annie Howe, Jennifer Chapman, Aaron Leedy

    Absent:  Michael Montoya, Soner Acar

    Guests: Todd Hollinghead, Bill Hoff 

    Staff: Kelly Rich

     

    MOTIONS:

    1. Motion to accept the Consent Agenda & September Board meeting minutes as presented: APPROVED
    2. Motion to nominate Christine Farley for the Joyce Holbrook Award for 2021: APPROVED
    3. Motion to move forward with secondary insurance claim on a contingency basis.   AMENDED motion to move forward with secondary insurance claim on FULL contingency basis: APPROVED, 1 NAY (Shermetaro)
    4. Motion to approve a project to paint a bridge mural project in Klutho Park and to use the COJ matching funds towards this project: APPROVED
    5. Motion to approve the proposed 2022 budget as presented by the Finance Committee: APPROVED
    6. Motion to adopt the 2022 Executive Director bonus structure as outlined in the agenda: APPROVED; 4 NAY (Aaron/Ryan/Christine/Bryant)
    7. Motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:05 pm. 

  • Holiday Festivities in Historic Springfield

    Can you believe it? The 2021 Holiday Season is upon us and Historic Springfield could not be more excited. There are so many events happening in our one-square mile over the next few weeks, and here is is your one stop shop to finding them all. If you have an event that you'd like to see added to our list, please send it to [email protected]

     

    November 26th: Music on Main: Tree Lighting and DANKA - Join SPAR Council from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm in Sesquicentennial Park for Music on Main featuring the return of DANKA, the SPAR Holiday Market, and the Holiday Tree Lighting

     

    December 3rd to December 30th: Holiday Light Tours with Go Tuk'n - This 1-hour tour, offered for only a few weeks a year, is a favorite for the whole family. Guests of all ages love snuggling up in the furry blankets and heated seats to see the gorgeous lights in Springfield, Downtown, Avondale, and Riverside. Each tour is unique with Go Tuk'n drivers selecting the best light displays at the time of your tour.

     

    December 11th: Santa at Strings Sports Brewery - Bring the kids to get their photo taken with Santa at Strings Sports Brewery from 11:30 am to 1 pm!

     

    December 11th: Springfield Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl! - Wear your favorite ugly sweater and stroll between Historic Springfield's breweries, Main & Six Brewing Company, Strings Sports Brewery, and Hyperion Brewing Company, for this holiday themed bar crawl. Participating businesses will have special beer releases, drink specials, and an ugliest sweater contest at 9 pm.  

     

    December 14th: Historic Springfield's Annual Holiday Bicycle Ride - Meet up at Sesquicentennial Park at 5:30 pm for an leisurely evening ride through the Historic District to enjoy the lights and spectacle of the holidays. All ages are welcome and bike decorations and costumes are encouraged. 

     

    December 17th: A Very Special Christmas Dance & Talent Show! - Dare 2 Hire Different, Dabbs Productions, and The Sweet Spot & Urban Lounge are hosting a talent show and dance that allows individuals with different abilities to be themselves. Doors open at 4 pm, the Talent Show is from 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm, and the dance will follow from 6 pm to 8 pm.

     

    December 18th: Winter Holiday Market at Main Street Food Park - Stop by the Main Street Food Park between 12 pm and 8 pm to shop with a variety of vendors, dine with some local food trucks, visit with Santa, listen to wonderful holiday music from the John Lumpkin Institute, and enjoy a holiday movie. 

     

    December 18th: Run Santa Run 5K - 1st Place Sports is hosting the Run Santa Run 5K taking place at Henry J. Klutho Park. Hosting both a one mile fun-run, as well as a 5K, the whole family can dress up in Santa suits and run together! This 5K is after dark so participants can enjoy the full effect of the course's illuminations, inflatables, and music. 

     

    Remember, you don't have to wait to join in on these events. You can alway walk, bike, or drive at any time throughout the month to enjoy the decorated porches throughout the neighborhood. 


  • published Board Meeting - 9/20/2021 in Board Meeting Notes 2021-11-18 11:52:22 -0500

    Board Meeting - 9/20/2021

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

    Monday, September 20, 2021

    6:00pm via Google Meet

     

    CALL TO ORDER

    The meeting was called to order by Vice President, Joey Marchy, at 6:02 pm.

     

    Present:  Board Attendance

    Joey Marchy (Vice President), Kelly Lezama (Secretary), Bryant Shumaker, Aaron Leedy, Mallik Singareddy,  John Shermetaro (Treasurer), Ben Alcorn, Ryan McFarland, Mallik Singareddy, Ben Alcorn, Christine Lane, Pam Batts Brown, Soner Acar, Tim Hope

    Absent:  Michael Montoya, Jennifer Chapman

    Guests: Annie Howe, Bill Hoff, Todd Hollinghead 

    Staff: Kelly Rich

     

    MOTIONS:

    1. Motion to accept the Consent Agenda & August Board meeting minutes as presented: APPROVED
    2. Confirmation of email vote for JWB 8th Street MF Development Letter of Support: APPROVED via email vote
    3. Motion to approve appointment of Annie Howe to replace Janie Coffey’s vacant BOD seat: APPROVED 
    4. Motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:56: pm. 

  • published Board Meeting - 8/16/2021 in Board Meeting Notes 2021-10-19 10:48:23 -0400

    Board Meeting - 8/16/2021

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

    Monday, August 16, 2021

    6:00pm via Google Meet

     

    CALL TO ORDER

    The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Hope, at 6:08 pm.

     

    Present:  Board Attendance

    Tim Hope (President), Kelly Lezama (Secretary), Aaron Leedy, Mallik Singareddy,  John Shermetaro (Treasurer), Ben Alcorn, Ryan McFarland, Soner Acar, Christine Lane, Pam Batts-Brown

    Absent:  Bryant Shumaker, Joey Marchy, Michael Montoya, Jennifer Chapman

    Guests: Hector & Cherron Zayas, Bill Hoff, Steve Manis, Todd Hollinghead

    Staff: Kelly Rich

     

    MOTIONS:

    1. Motion to accept the Consent Agenda & July Board meeting minutes as presented: APPROVED
    2. Motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:33pm.

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