Thursday, May 6, 2010

Downtown Walking Tours, May 22nd Tramp and Bake Sale, and "Dirty Thirty" among topics at last meeting

In attendance: Carolyn Manning, April Warren, Susan Keith, Loren Demerath, Cynthia Keith.

Some rough notes from our meeting last week:

Loren mentioned the kind of walking/biking tours his friend is trying to promote with the national web site he just started Carolyn said she's been thinking about putting together a walking tour of Shreveport. She wants to publicize it and get in "In the Know" and other forums like the FunGuide online. People who never come downtown could come to do it. April mentioned it could be combined with a film showing at the Robinson. The walk could feature homes, stores, restauants, museums, art, historic sites, etc.

April mentioned that the Robinson has a pamphlet of sites used in movies; they've got a map that could be integrated into the walking tour. Other possibilities mentioned were "Downtown Architecture," "Moments in Musical History," "Good Eats," or "What Happened Here" walking tours.

Carolyn thought it could be a way to show off the diversity of functions there are downtown. It could be a part of a series of summer walking tours. Several people recalled the great tour of downtown homes that the DDA held a while back. Susan noted that the Barnwell Jazz Series on the River is starting May 6th, and walks could end there maybe.

Turning to downtown development generally, it was mentioned that Larissa Brown came to the TACA meeting last week and showed a rendering of what Texas (Ave/St.?) could be like. The group talked about the Farmer's Market only operates during the summer, and although its because of the time for harvasting fruits and vegatables, much of the stuff sold there isn't fresh produce. Susan mentioned that for a while Shreveport had an Italian Festa before they moved it all to the river front.

Cynthia described the 19th annual Cross Lake Flotilla that's coming up, and even showed off a hat she's entered in a past "crazy hat contest". The floatilla has a facebook page, and its happening Saturday, June 12TH on Cross Lake at the American Legion. It's gonna a big ol' time!

On other announcements, on May 22nd, April's women's group is doing a bake sale the proceeds of which will go to a charity (dang! why didn't that write down? April?) at 2121 Fairfield Ave.

On the same day but later in the afternoon, we'll try again for our first outdoor meeting and picnic for "Trampin' in the Park" at the site of the future dog park. Fingers crossed for fair skies on the 22nd!

The group also discussed bicycling events, and how biking on the sidewalks downtown can be fun. (!!!)

We also learned about the "Dirty Thirty" from Magnet High educator Susan Keith. Come to the next meeting on May 17th and we'll tell you all about it. Not to mention plan for walking tours, bike sharrow painting, communal bike events, a dog park picnic party, and synergy with DDA!

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