A good time in the making

tporter@lsjournal.comJuly 26, 2013 

Main Street organizers from all over the state converged on downtown Lee’s Summit and came away impressed, and with a few good ideas to take back with them to their respective hometowns.

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street hosted a state-wide Show-Me Bash in and around downtown Lee’s Summit July 24 as part of the annual Missouri Main Street State Conference July 23-25 at the Hotel Phillips in Kansas City.

Organizers and representatives from throughout the state were introduced to several novel ideas, including “Cellular Cenes,” a live, roving play produced by Ben Martin and the Summit Theatre Group.

“Oh, my gosh, it’s so fun. I’m glad we came,” said Amy Supple, a volunteer with the Main Street Chillicothe organization. “It’s very creative; nothing I’ve ever seen before. We’re jealous. We want it in our community.”

“It’s a great opportunity,” added Martin. “Of course, we all like the show quite a bit. We think it has a lot of potential to help other downtown (organizations) and bring people into downtown for the evening and visit a few businesses. It’s a great partnership between arts and business.”

The Stanley Historic Event Space hosted dinner, and several downtown shops stayed open late to accommodate the occasion.

“I think being able to walk the streets of Lee’s Summit and see all that it has to offer – it has a lot more than I would have ever thought,” said Stephanie Bell, board president of Downtown Jefferson City. “It gives me great ideas going back home to Jefferson City. It’s just great to see how lively it is and see how many shops there are. We’ve certainly been shopping while we’ve been down here and really had a good time.”

Jayme Abbott, neighborhood services coordinator in Jefferson City, added: “It definitely gives lots of inspiration and lots of ideas for us to bring home and try to maybe copycat.”

Supple was impressed by the host, who were nominated for five awards at the state’s annual awards ceremony July 25.

“They rolled out the red carpet for us,” she said of Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street. “It’s been so much fun. The food, the entertainment, the welcome, the Mayor (Randy Rhoads) was great. Anytime you mix good food and good entertainment and drinks and great people from around the state you are going to have a good time.”

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