The lighting of downtown continues.

We were all thrilled when we saw the first lights strung across Central Avenue back in July. Now, the work is continuing down Central Avenue, Magnolia Street, and Oak Street. The lighting project team has worked incredibly hard getting the project underway.  The goal is to have all of the lights strung by October 1st, just in time for kicking off the fall festivities with Loblolly!

Downtown Laurel Legacy Fund

Leave a Legacy in Laurel!

Laurelites: Do you remember being a kid, walking Laurel’s shaded Oak lined streets and avenues in Spring? Can you smell the sweet olive blooming?

Do you remember the excitement of going downtown and seeing your next birthday present in the window of a local shop? What about the roar of the crowd on Friday night between the bricks as you cheered for the Laurel Tornadoes?

These are just some of the things that make Laurel a great place to live and Laurel Main Street is striving to continue these traditions for future generations.

Laurel Main Street now has the ability to accept charitable donations from those who wish to leave a lasting legacy for the next generation of Laurelites, via the Greater PineBelt Community Foundation. All gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law.

This fund will act like a charitable savings account for Downtown Laurel. All donations will be invested and Laurel Main Street will receive 4% of the balance forever!

How to give? Consider putting the Downtown Laurel Legacy Fund, via The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation, as a beneficiary in your Will or your Retirement Plan (401K, IRA, etc.), or send a check to The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation and put “Downtown Laurel Legacy Fund” in the memo line. It’s easy…. and it is a gift that will help the revitalization of downtown Laurel forever!

Historic Tours of First-Trinity Presbyterian Church

2570156074_8f43c6451fWhile you walk the streets of downtown Laurel and enjoy the sights of the Loblolly Festival, feel free to come join us at First-Trinity Presbyterian Church for a tour of our historic building and hear lovely organ music performed by First-Trinity’s Director of Music, Nathan Jones.

Guided tours begin at the front steps at 10:30am and 1:30pm, and organ music begins in the sanctuary at 11:00am and 1:00pm.  The church building will be open in between these times for self-guided tours as well.  Come and enjoy “Laurel’s cathedral” and explore part of the history of Laurel and First-Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Downtown Merchants Scarecrow Harvest

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The Scarecrow Harvest is a time when our downtown community will come alive with colorful and creative life-size scarecrows. We invite businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, civic groups, families and individuals to design and display their own whimsical scarecrows. Anyone is welcome to create a scarecrow and join the fun!

Design and display your scarecrow in front of your business, hiding behind a bush, leaning against a street light, washing a window or even climbing a tree. The event is absolutely free and only requires your creativity! We ask that all scarecrows be installed by Friday, September 30, 2016, in time for the Loblolly Festival on Saturday, October 1. Please make sure your scarecrow is tied down and secured so goblins and storms can’t take it way. Scarecrows will remain on view through the month of October and should be removed by Friday, November 4, 2016.

Downtown Merchants Meeting

Are you a downtown business or merchant? Our next downtown merchant meeting is tonight at 6pm at the Welcome Center with refreshments beginning at 5:30.  Join us as we discuss upcoming downtown events and ways to continue to grow your business!

Written by Keri Rowell

Keri is a member of the Laurel Main Street Board of Directors and the Promotions Committee Chair. She has been involved with Laurel Main Street since high school, and owns a small business in Downtown Laurel.