I have to tell you it is very hard to decide on what I should be writing about.
There is so much going on in Jamestown we can't even begin to cover even a small part of it. I guess the first thing we should talk about is the first Jamestown Chalkwalk. The Jamestown NOW group is just a wonderful organization to work with. They are positive, have great ideas and do what they say they are going to do.
If you did not have a chance to get downtown on Saturday you missed a great new event. It was a little cool but there was great artwork on the sidewalk, there were great people everywhere and there was great entertainment. Comradery was at its best. Remember how I have talked about being in a community or city that just makes you feel good? The Jamestown Chalkwalk was one of those events that simply made you enjoy our city and the people in it. Since we do not have any rain in the weather forecast you will be able to see a good deal of the artwork on Monday when you are downtown for work or shopping.
Now this morning at 10 a.m., we have the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new Patient's Pharmacy located at 320 N. Main St. on the former Bro Laines Bridal Shop - right across the street from Wintergarden Plaza. The owners of Patient's Pharmacy are inviting everyone to attend and get a good look at their new facilities. They will have refreshments, along with door prizes, for people to enjoy while viewing their new facilities. We want to welcome them with open arms as they not only have a great investment in their own facilities but have invested in the future of Jamestown. State Sen. Cathy Young and Mayor Sam Teresi will be present to welcome this great new business.
We are also excited about welcoming Fireball Run to Jamestown this next Sunday. When you consider the media exposure we got with the Lucy-Desi festival, then the coverage we will get for this event and then the NBC coverage of the ice skating/gymnastics event in December, Jamestown is right out in front. There are many outstanding people involved, but one of the teams will be headed up by Captain Jon McBride, a NASA Space Shuttle commander.
I did want to clarify one thing. There seems to be some confusion on the date of the Fireball Run. It is this coming Sunday, September 23. The cars will be in the Jamestown area after lunch and they should all congregate on Lafayette Street between Second and Fourth streets between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. We want to encourage people and groups to come downtown and make lots of noise to cheer these teams on. On Monday morning there will be a short ceremony at 8:30 a.m. prior to the teams leaving. This ceremony will be on the stage located on Third Street between Washington and Lafayette streets. If you would like more information on the Fireball Run itself, you can get it on their website which is Fireball Run-Northern Exposure.
As The Post-Journal has reported, through the work of the Gebbie Foundation, as well as many other organization, we are undergoing a branding process to help with marketing of Jamestown. We have shipped all team members t-shirts and caps with the new branding incorporated on them. It is our hope when the teams arrive they will all have these shirts and caps on, making an awesome display for Jamestown. We also have extras of these shirts and caps printed and we now have them for sale. You can get them by stopping at the DJDC office. We will also have them for sale at the Fireball Run. It would be our hope we could have as many people as possible wearing these shirts while the Fireball Run is filming right here in Jamestown. If you need any further information, feel free to call the DJDC at 664-2477.