Greetings and salutations Fort Payne, Alabama! Fort Payne Main Street is proud to represent our fair city, which is a very unique, diversified small southern charmer which is dedicated to moving forward but keeping in mind our historic past. This is definitely a balancing act but with proper planning, patience and community input this can be an achievable goal. Good things do not happen overnight and with that said we have a plan that was developed with community input, but it takes time to work that plan so we can move forward. I know a lot of intelligent, community-oriented people in this town that are completely dedicated to moving Fort Payne forward, and it takes everyone working together to bring about positive change.

By the time this article comes out it will be one week from another Third Saturday Sunset Cruise-In on Aug. 19, and it is always a guaranteed good time with lots of old hot rod cars, all types of awesome food to choose, live music featuring Terry Parker 5 p.m. to 6:30 then The Canyonland Vocal Band starting at 7 p.m. and rocking out till 9 p.m. Live music, great food, cool cars and our Fort Payne people coming together as community is pretty awesome.

We also are having our very first Sunflower Exhibition brought to you by The Big Wills Art Council, this will feature arts and crafts that will take place in The Courtyard and that is located directly across from The Building where live music is going on, what a combo! The theme for the exhibition is sunflowers. All area artists are invited to exhibit and/or sell their handiworks. If you are interested contact Donna Chesser at d.chesser@yahoo or 256-997-6995. Please contact by August 14,2017. The Big Wills Art council is dedicated to bringing Fort Payne a variety of all types of art, music, painting, crafts, and all types of intellectual property. I urge you to support these activities, thanks.

If you are interested in being involved in any of the Fort Payne city or Fort Payne Main Street events please come see us at our office in the historic coal and iron building, we will get you plugged in somewhere. Fort Payne Main Street is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of our historic downtown district. It blends the best of our tradition from yesterday with a fresh look ahead to tomorrow.

Tim Harris is executive director of Main Street


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