Updates posted here.
In Attendance: Richard & Barbara Carr, Sherry Dreher, Paul Newbury, Jeff Powell, Lori Russell, John & Kathy Soroka
The Committee reviewed items from the 5.18.15 meeting, noting projects that have been completed or are in progress.
Pumping Jack Museum: To gain visibility, promote awareness and increase visitation:
- Use three display cases in Crawford Center hallway – Completed
- Paul Newbury offered window display space in the ‘Antiques’ building – In Progress
- John Dreher offered window display space at the drugstore – In Progress
- Greater use of electronic media: FB, Blog, website activity. Facebook is now active. Previous newsletter material can be used for a blog and on website. Website needs to be regularly updated.
- Tri-fold displays at Berry’s Canoe Livery and other Emlenton and Foxburg locations – Further discussion included using existing PR materials and getting them distributed.
- Investigate adding old one-room schoolhouses that have become private residences to museum’s literature (walking/driving tour) – Further discussion
- Museum’s postcard book is in production – Include Facebook logo, address and website address
Emlenton Mill: Site has been cleaned; no new development plans yet
Emlenton Jail: This has possibilities. Richard relayed that there may be some funds ($400+) remaining from a Columbia Gas grant to further clean-up/repair work.
Christmas House Tour : Joyce will introduce idea of a future Xmas House Tour to the Emlenton Civic Club with the understanding that this will be a three-community event. – Awaiting update.
‘Showboat’: This was an annual local talent/entertainment show that once packed the Crawford Center. Usually held in late March. Jeff Powell will begin preliminary inquiries to see if it can be revived, adding another cultural event to the region. Proceeds from ticket sales could possibly be used to fund other Goal 4 activities. – Preliminary inquiries have begun.
Crawford Center Infrastructure: The largest auditorium in the immediate region based on seating capacity. A new committee had already been formed to address serious infrastructure needs. The members are: Glenn Cochran (ORA), Nancy Marano, Paul Newbury, Jeff Powell, Lori Russell, John & Kathy Soroka. A grant to fund air-conditioning purchase/installation is in process. Paul, Jeff and John are beginning meetings with stage tech (lighting, curtains) and sound system providers to assess needs and receive estimates. Once estimates are in hand, funding will be sought through private and public channels. It was recommended and is highly desirable to have this group become a sub-committee of Goal #4.
Increased Cultural Activities: While not an official part of Blueprint Goal 4 efforts, it is interesting to note increased activities: The “Legacy” play by Julie Powell at the Crawford Center; a voice recital/performance by regional students of Kathy Soroka and Kathy herself; the First Annual Beer/Wine Festival in October in Emlenton.