Colorful banners spice up downtown

MIDDLEBURY - Members of the Better Middlebury Partnership were thrilled to see the unfurling of banners on 24 light poles around downtown Middlebury last month.

The colorful banners feature two original art works generously donated by local artist, Woody Jackson.

One side of the banner depicts Holstein cows against the backdrop of a farm and mountains - a tribute to the region's agricultural heritage; the other features the view up Main Street to the Congregational Church in autumn, a celebration of historic downtown and Middlebury. The banners capture the spirit of Middlebury and serve to visually reinforce Middlebury's reputation as a cultural and artistic destination.

This gift to the town has been in the planning stage for more than a year; it was brought to fruition when the Addison County Chamber of Commerce offered to assist with funding and donated $2,000 towards the project.

The banner project was spearheaded by the Better Middlebury Partnership's Promotions Committee, which worked hard to bring the first, annual Middlebury Spooktacular to the Green Oct. 25.

The downtown Promotions Committee is planning the first, annual Middlebury Winter Carnival to be held Saturday, Feb. 21, during the weekend of Middlebury College's annual winter carnival event.

On Feb. 21, there will be free public skating at Middlebury's municipal rink, an open house at the fire station, snowshoe races on the village green, a chili contest on the sidewalks of Main Street and Merchants Row, face painting, music, dog sled demonstrations, a bonfire, and a winter ball. 20 regional restaurants are participating in the chili event.

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