HDCA 2016 Highlights

Hi there,

It’s been a busy season of Small Town Christmas, and weekly updates have been neglected! I’m getting back on that bandwagon now.

HDCA Presents Christmas Eve Community Concert: This Saturday at 10am, we’ll have our final Small Town Christmas event of the year! HDCA presents a community Christmas Eve Concert in the beautiful, historic St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Local musicians will perform and we’ll close with a sing-a-long for kids! This event has been getting a lot of interest, but please continue to spread the word!

January Merchant Social: We’ll have our first social of the year on Jan 12th at 8:30am at Riverwalk Inn. This will be an opportunity to meet the new City Administrator, talk about Winterfest and provide feedback on Small Town Christmas or anything else on your mind! We hope to see you there!

Small Town Christmas: As we wrap up Small Town Christmas, I wanted to share some highlights, photos and thank yous!

We had 27 downtown activities from Nov 25-Dec 24th as part of Small Town Christmas.

13 of those were new activities this year

Without including Hot Friday and Shop Small Saturday shoppers, we had about 1600 participants in our various activities.

We created/nurtured great partnerships with other organizations and helped raise money for The Food Bank ($700), Habitat for Humanity ($400) and Thrive Chelan Valley (not yet known).

 I’d say Chelan did an excellent job keeping downtown vibrant during the holidays! Thank you to all those who helped with activities, including Shawn Shippey and The Chelan Car Club, Tasheena Christensen, Linda Van Lunsen, Brian Thompson and Chelan Fire and Rescue, Steve Firman and the Carolers, The Eagles, Dalisa Jo Portraiture, Jillian Foster, Crystal Austin + Chelan Artists Alliance, Chelan Realtors Association, Chelan Dance Centre, Culinary Apple, Larry Hibbard and The Ruby Theater, Riverwalk Books, Bear Foods, Chelan Food Bank, Lake Chelan Library, Garth Donald and Stormy Mountain Brewing, Frants Holm-Nielsen and Habitat for Humanity, Linda Mayer and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Adam Rynd and Coldwell Banker/Sage, Chelan Printing, The Vogue, Swim World, Brisa Romero and Chelan Interact, Classic Pizzazz, Thrive Chelan Valley, Leah Thompson, Arturo Zavala, Shannon Ellner, Barb Kuch, Servando Robledo, Kirsten Hannu, Jeffrey Vanderholm, Jack Christensen, Liz Morris, Rolf Vegdahl, Vaughn Schnell, Concie Luna, Tim Lemon, Mike Jackson, Mike Steele, Kathleen Rodman, Chelan High School Band and GoLakeChelan.  

 I’m positive I forgot somebody, so I apologize in advance! Please enjoy some photos of our various events below!

 Downtown Year-in-review: I will be on vacation next week, so I’d like to close out the final update of the year with some of our HDCA highlights from 2016! We hope our work feels meaningful to you, we appreciate your support and thank you all for a wonderful year downtown!!

 We clocked more than 850 hours of volunteer time toward HDCA efforts in 2016.

 We finished our new website.

 We’re ready to roll out our Historic Plaque program in partnership with the Historical Society featuring plaques with photos and descriptions for downtown buildings.

 Sip & Stroll – We raised more money than ever – 3 times the amount raised last year. We put that money toward necessary electrical upgrades downtown for holiday lighting.

 Holiday Lighting – Downtown had almost every building lit and we completed electrical upgrades that have been on the work plan for several years. We’re currently working on a partnership with a great local organization (staying quiet until it’s official) to help with our 5 year lighting plan.

 Woodin Avenue Landing – We have made tremendous progress on this 3.5-year-old project. We’re currently looking at an HDCA/City/Rotary partnership to get this project done by Spring 2018.

 Small Town Christmas – We expanded activities and increased turnout for tree lighting and other activities.

 We finished our first electrical wrap at the corner of Safeway and received a ton of great feedback.

 We revised our By-Laws.

 With the help of the City, we got the lamp posts and clock repainted.

 We implemented Weekly Updates from HDCA.

 We have all four committees functioning and meeting on a regular basis.

 We created strong partnerships with other organizations throughout the valley.

 We significantly increased our social media and traditional PR presence.

 We started quarterly merchant socials.

  We on-boarded 5 new board members, a new ED, new VP and new President

 The HDCA couldn’t do all the above and much more without the support of downtown businesses! It’s been a busy 2016! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you all in 2017!