By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Main Street Enid is on the move in more ways than one.
The downtown promotion organization is busy planning this year’s Enid Lights Up the Plains but soon will move into its new location at 217 N. Washington.
The building has been the location of Creative Arts Enid, which is moving to 222 E. Maple.
“We will be officially there Dec. 1,” said Kelly Tompkins, project manager of Main Street Enid. “The move came about because Creative Arts had a great opportunity to move to a better space for them.”
Main Street will have more space to prepare events, more storage, space for projects and other projects that periodically take up physical space.
“We like that we’re downtown and have easy access to the breezeway where a lot of our events happen,” Tompkins said.
Creative Arts Enid will have more room for parking for art classes and art projects. Creative Arts Enid will host Feeding the Arts fundraiser so it can continue to provide art classes to people of all ages, Tompkins said. All of the funds raised will be matched by Park Avenue Thrift. That fundraiser will be in the new location Nov. 16.
The new Main Street headquarters is owned by Nicholas Investment Co. Tompkins said she and Stella Jantzen, assistant director, will continue to be with Main Street.
“We need to expand our space and have the space for volunteers to help with projects easier,” she said. “We have loved and appreciated CDSA Non-Profit Center. They have been wonderful and been a great space to be and meet people and hold meetings.”
Main Street moved into The Non-Profit Center Sept. 1, 2012.
Main Street’s next big event is Enid Lights Up the Plains on Nov. 29. The event always is the day after Thanksgiving, officially the start of the Christmas season. The event will be 5-7:30 p.m. and will feature horse-drawn carriage rides, entertainment downtown, Santa Claus, Christmas light parade and the new centerpiece Tree of Lights attached to a 53-foot flagpole in the center of the Garfield County Court House lawn. The event also will feature a fireworks display by Western Enterprises.
The title sponsor is Park Avenue Thrift, and the parade sponsor is Devon Energy, along with others.
Tompkins has been project manager of Main Street Enid since May 2012 and said there is much more to the job than she thought there would be.
“There are so many aspects to it and on so many levels, coordinating with other organizations, volunteers, management, landscaping, architecture, economic development, public art, all of the event planning, promotions, marketing and parking management. Also training for businesses, fundraising, member retention just off the top of my head,” she said.
After the Christmas holiday, the next promotion will be First Friday in January. Main Street Enid celebrates its 20th year in 2014, and Tompkins is planning special things to celebrate that anniversary. They are gathering histories and old photos of downtown and downtown stores, she said. Anyone with history, photos or memories should contact Main Street at 234-1052.