What's Up Downtown?

A huge congratulations goes out to “Wheelbarrow of Cheer” raffle winner Tom MacDonald who gets to keep the wheelbarrow donated by Ace Home Center and its treasure trove of contents donated by Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC) members. The drawing took place under the Full Hunter’s Moon celebration held at St. Croix Country Club where over 80 people gathered to mark the achievements of CDRC since it was formed in 2012. It was a beautiful night and some folks even gathered outside on the deck trying to spot the eclipse. A big thank you to St. Croix Country Club, which has been extremely generous and supportive, for the location as well as Joan Perry and Kathleen Caso for organizing the event. And thanks to those who got in the Hunter’s Moon mood by wearing their bright orange and hunting attire. 

Once again, CDRC has sponsored the “Meet Your Candidate” night hosted by Washington County Community College (WCCC). Candidates vying for City Council were on hand to present their platforms and participate in a question and answer period. Thanks to the candidates, the audience for coming to the event, and WCCC. A special thanks to Tim Crowe for organizing the event and Jim Thompson for moderating. 

Downtown lamp posts are getting a fresh coat of paint. This will help enhance other attempts to revitalize downtown Calais. When you see the painters, thank them. City of Calais is to be commended for seeing this project through. 

Don’t forget the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra (PBSO) is coming to Calais on Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by CDRC and the Congregational Church on Calais Avenue. The PBSO Woodwind Quartet was here in the spring and drew quite a crowd. This time the whole orchestra will be here. 

CDRC has donated $500 to the Schoodic Sculpture project which will be erected at Triangle Park. We’re excited to see this sculpture coming to downtown Calais. More donations are needed, so contact Heather Ross. 

CDRC is sponsoring (in conjunction with the City of Calais) a historic preservation tax credit session on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m., at City Hall. Amy Cole Ives of Sutherland Conservation & Consulting, the organization that is facilitating the CDBG Facade Grant for the downtown business district, will provide information to grant applicants and other interested property owners in the other two historic districts in Calais. She will also be available on Thursday, Nov. 7, for individual questions. This program is free and open to the public.

Many thanks to outgoing CDRC co-chairpersons Britani Holloway and Meredith Bernardini Snowman for their leadership since the beginnings of the group. Joan Perry and Anne Nixon are stepping forward to cover their spots and Tim Crowe is remaining as treasurer and Kathleen Caso continues as secretary.