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Submitted by: Jerry Ashley, Lyons Main Street Program


The Second Annual Red and White Affair was another evening of fun for the Lyons Main Street Program supporters. Thanks to the Staff and Management of Studebaker's Grille for an outstanding job with the delicious buffet dinner. When we were caught short on seating (thanks to additional last-minute ticket sales), banquet room servers Sue and Ashley improvised beautifully - our gratitude to them. Our sincere thanks go out to the following businesses, organizations and individuals that helped make our second Valentine's Day dinner dance a success: Progressive Graphics and Printing, Lyons National Bank, The Museum of Wayne County History, B & D Globe, Dobbins Drugs and The Buck at Old Lyons Hardware, Lyons Youth Ambassadors and the LCSD "Hairspray!" production team, Stephanie Knarr of Magick Entertainment, Denise Eaton of Photos by Denise, Priscilla Paliotti and Globe Travel II, Dr. Randolph Mitchell and Lisa Scheltz, the Lyons Community Center, the Lyons Fire Department, Bone Appetit, Embee's Cafe, Glenn Wasman and A Canal Village Shop (opening late spring), Manktelow Farms, the Dennis Kehoes, the Ernie Evangelists, the Stuart Smarts, the Bruce Lubitows, the David Burnhams, Scott Bailey, Alicia Linzy and the Red and White Affair Committee.




2011 Red & White Couple
Jennifer Dunn & Robert Goatseay
The tables were decorated with alternating red and white napkins and table cloths and at each place setting was a program of the evening's events, a "Visit Historical Village of Lyons" promotional pocket card, postcard and red Lyons logo window sticker. The new postcard, based on the promotional pocket card (and sponsored by Dobbins Drugs and Old Lyons Hardware), will be available for free at every Lyons festival encouraging visitors to send greetings around the world from Lyons. The Red and White Couple award went to Jennifer Dunn and Robert Goatseay for their angelic white and devilishly red costumes. Bob Paliotti won the 50/50 drawing and was kind enough to donate a portion of his winnings back to the program - do something fun with the rest of your winnings, Mr. Bob! The Live Auction featured a John Deere Pedal Tractor donated by Brian Manktelow of Manktelow Farms and was auctioned by LMSP Board Member, Keith Bridger. Keith presided over a bidding war that took the winning bid to $215.00 - many thanks all around. JoAnne Greco sold the most tickets, Denise Eaton took photographs of Red and White guests in front of a backdrop set up for keepsake portraits and Stephanie Knarr got the guests on the dance floor with the first song "The Peppermint Twist" (Lyons' adopted "anthem") and kept them there all evening long.


Auctioneer, Keith Bridger
The proceeds from the evening will further the Lyons Main Street Program's goal of attracting new businesses, enhancing the visitor experience of our downtown business district as well as drawing new visitor and tourism dollars. The LMSP is actively seeking citizens of Lyons (from the business, education, organizational, religious and private sector) to assist with the planning, development and implementation of promotional campaigns, community improvement volunteer projects, festivals and events aimed at promoting and marketing Lyons. In questionable economic times, part of the solution may be found by banding together to take care of our neighbors first.

Working together now means Lyons will be scrubbed and ready for business as the economy rebounds. The LMSP is asking you to volunteer for a clean-up or planting project or one of the planned community festivals. The next major event sponsored by the LMSP is PumpkinPalooza, a Lyons-only harvest event, which has been scheduled for October 22nd. PumpkinPalooza was established two years ago as a day of promotion and fund raising for all local businesses (including home based businesses) and organizations. We encourage Lyonites to participate in whatever way they can (from decorating your home PumpkinPalooza style to volunteering for your favorite organizations fund raising booth) to celebrate the harvest season. The Lyons Youth Ambassadors' Great Pearl Street Pumpkin Race, the PumpkinPalooza Coffin Race, Pumpkin Butt, Bluegrass/Folk Music concerts and the PumpkinPalooza Costume Parade brought many festival-goers to Lyons to experience our own home-grown pumpkin fun! Call the LMSP for further details 315-871-4220

Again, many thanks to those that support our revitalization efforts. The LMSP is working to build working partnerships with those that know Lyons is someplace special - someplace out of a Norman Rockwell painting - someplace that should celebrate its history while acknowledging the future - someplace we love to call home. See you at Red and White 2012 - Studebaker's Grille, February 11, 2012!!!

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