Ring Out for Art 2017

The Tower View Team and Home State Bank are co-sponsoring the 2nd Ring Out for Art competition.  The successful contest made a huge impact in downtown Jefferson in 2016 as the top 3 entries are still being displayed until the end of April.  2017 applications are available on this website or at the Main Street Office.  They can also be emailed to contestants by contacting director@jeffersonmatters.org    Entry deadline is March 10, 2017.

This competition includes the juried selection of six sculptures who will be notified by March 15, 2017.  Sculpture delivery dates would be the week of May 15.  People’s Choice voting will be held during the Bell Tower Festival on June 9 & 10.  The top 3 places receive the following cash awards – 1st Place $2,000; 2nd Place $1,000; 3rd Place $500.  These 3 sculptures will remain on the Bell Tower Plaza through April of 2018.

2017 Ring Out for Art application:  2017-ring-out-for-art-pdf


Tower Notes: Almost Home

Tower Notes, Almost Home, final, 8.5x11 enlargement PRINT, CWJefferson native and artist, David Williamson unveiled the 50th Anniversary poem for the Mahanay Bell Tower entitled, Tower Notes: Almost Home at the celebration on Sunday, October 16, 2016.  Over 400 people attended the event and listened as David pealed out the poetic words created with the community input throughout the summer.  At one point he paused as the Bell Tower struck 3 o’clock as if right on cue.  This gift to the community from the Class of 1966 Jefferson graduate is very much appreciated.

deb-david-box david-at-podiumPictured here: David Williamson as he is reading the poem for the first time.  He is also pictured with his sister, Debra McGinn as they hold the box that the memories of the Bell Tower were collected this summer.

Windows: Restoration & Replacement

reinders1Interest is high for historic preservation of the buildings of Jefferson’s downtown.  The Design Committee of Jefferson Matters: Main Street has invited Main Street Iowa Design Consultant Tim Reinders to share his expertise on window restoration and replacement.  This event is called Business After Hours and will be held on Monday, October 24 at the Elk’s Lodge in Jefferson.  A cash bar and snacks will be available at 5:15 p.m.   Tim will begin his presentation at 5:45 and finish by 6:30 p.m. with time for questions.  Building owners in Jefferson’s Main Street District are particularly invited to attend this free event but anyone interested should please come.

Tim Reinders has been involved in a number of projects with Jefferson Matters: Main Street and is one of two consultants who conduct a design consultation for a Main Street District Building.  Building owners who have received design conceptuals through Main Street Iowa in the past year include Unger Insurance, RVP~1875, Doc’s Stadium, Sparetime Lanes, Jefferson Public Library, and Ace Hardware. Buildings acquired by the City of Jefferson have also had conceptual drawings completed – 200 E. State, 111 E Lincoln Way and 205 N Wilson. With these conceptual drawings, recommendations for window restoration or replacement along with façade improvements, color choices, ADA accessibility, signage, etc. are included. This free consultation is available to any Main Street District building. To date, nineteen downtown buildings have received this assistance. Program director Peg Raney shared that with so much interest in façade improvement, this led to working with the City of Jefferson on the Community Development Block Grant that was awarded for sixteen facades. Construction on these will begin in spring of 2017.

All interested are invited to attend this Business After Hours educational event sponsored by the Design Committee of Jefferson Matters: Main Street.


Family Feud tickets now available

family-feud-logo-with-ticket-priceThe first Family Feud – Jefferson Edition will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 at RVP~1875.  This event is a FUNraiser organized by Jefferson Matters: Main Street.  Cost is $25 each with tickets purchased at the Main Street Office and from committee members listed below.

The evening will start at 6:30 p.m. with appetizers from various Jefferson restaurants.  Non-alcoholic beverages will be available with attendees encouraged to BYOB.  The Family Feud will begin at 7:30 p.m. with emcee Doug Rieder doing the honors.

Four teams have been chosen and will compete for traveling trophies.  Teams include Bunkers Dunkers with the Bunkers family, Greene County Schools Cardigan Crew with Amy McGinn, Kathy Dobney, Jill Lamoureaux, Wendy VanderLinden and Lisa Wilkins; Mom Jeans 4 Life with Bonnie Silbaugh, Erin Daniel, Laura Smith, Diana Smith and Nikki Uebel; and the Righteous Sisters with Gina Harrington, Marianne Carlson, Linda Hall, Denis Harberts and Teresa Shahan.

Live commercials for area businesses can be purchased as that adds to the reality of this hilarious game show competition.  Contact Peg Raney or Carla Offenburger for this opportunity.  Other committee members involved and have tickets available are Rosemary Hoyt, Michelle Hardin, Shannon Black, Kelsey Ostendorf, Amy Milligan and Nancy Teusch.

All proceeds for this FUNraiser will benefit projects of Jefferson Matters: Main Street.



Mahanay Bell Tower Poem

During the summer of 2016, residents and visitors were asked to submit their memories of the Mahanay Bell Tower.  These moments and memories were placed in large square boxes around the square.  In September, poet and Jefferson alum David Williamson led a group of 17 residents through a process of collaboration to begin creating the community poem.  The finished piece will be read by David at the 50th Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 16 in Jefferson.  Festivities begin at 2 p.m. near the Bell Tower with David as part of the program.  Copies of the poem will be available at the end of the event.  Many thanks to David Williamson for this generous gift to the community.

Mahanay Bell Tower 50th Anniversary Poem
Mahanay Bell Tower 50th Anniversary Poem