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It is Starting to Feel Like Summer

With the help of the St Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre and with the cooperation of the Clark McDougall Estate, the St Thomas Downtown Development Board has selected 6 different sketches from the Clark McDougall, Tisdale Farm Series and have printed 80 – double sided 2′ x 4′ banners.

15 banners, along with acrylic paints and brushes were distributed to each of the 4 St Thomas High Schools – St Joseph’s, Parkside, Central and Arthur Voaden and 20 to the St Thomas Art Guild for painting. No set pattern was stipulated, the artists were able to express their own interpretation.

On Sunday June 7, 2015 the 80 banners were installed on the downtown lamp poles and they will remain in place until Labour Day.
The DDB created this program in partnership with the STEPAC, the ArtistGuild and the 4 High Schools to raise awareness Bannerof the cultural significance of our local art collection and to get the community involved in our downtown as well as to help promote our downtown.
It’s anticipated that the students families and friends will travel from far and wide to visit downtown St Thomas to admire this amazing artistic display.
So please take a moment to view the wonderful artistic display on your next visit to downtown St Thomas.

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Nostalgia Nights A Great Success for Downtown St. Thomas

On July 12 the DDB hosted it’s first ever Nostalgia Nights event, drawing thousands of spectators into the downtown area. The day began with free train rides from the L&PS Station and the unveiling of the brand-new DDB coach car. 70 feet long and seating 120, the car acts as a unique moving billboard with it’s vinyl wrap portraying City Hall, the L&PS Station, the Talbot Street east and west entrance signs, Jumbo the elephant, and Clark McDougall’s painting, “1964”. The train car is part of a five-year marketing plan in partnership with Railway City Tourism and the Elgin County Railway Museum. The initiative focuses on promoting the downtown. This is the first appearance of many as the coach will be seen at other events including A Day Out With Thomas and the Ironhorse Festival.10538528_320696301440579_843042658_n

The “Art in the Park” component of the day took place out front of the L&PS Station where over a dozen vendors displayed and sold artifacts. Two local bands entertained as well as a disc jockey who played classic tracks from the 50s and 60s.

Over 400 vintage cars participated in the Car Show, exceeding the expectations of those who organized the night. Talbot Street from Mondamin to John Street and the L&PS Corridor were lined with beautiful, eye-catching vehicles that many gathered around to see. Every participating car owner also received 5 Downtown Dollars to spend.

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Look who is the TJ Smile

Look who was caught smiling! Meike, one of the Downtown Development Board’s Summer Ambassadors, was featured as a TJ Smile

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More Flower Boxes for Our Downtown

Shown Above: Dan Muscat, Sandy & Dave Flay plus their grandson, Aurora Rodriguez and Earl Taylor placing 19 more flower boxes on Talbot Street in the rain on Sunday morning – adding to the 50 boxes we installed 3 weeks ago.

Thank you to the Arthur Voaden students who built us these lovely flower boxes.  We would also like to thank Home Hardware for the discount on our materials.  After the boxes were built we planted them with the flowers shown above as well as on Facebook at Vermeer Flowers.


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