Family Feud Event a Great Success!

Over 100 people attended the first Family Feud-Jefferson Edition held on Nov. 19 at History Boy Theater in Jefferson’s Main Street District.  Those attending enjoyed appetizers from the many great restaurants in Jefferson for the first hour.  At 7:30, host Doug Rieder was introduced and the Feud began between Greene County Schools Cardigan Crew and Mom Jeans 4 Life with the MJ4L winning the traveling trophy.  The second round was between teams of Bunkers Dunkers and The Righteous Sisters.  The Bunkers family rallied to win the Champion traveling trophy.  Throughout the show, commercials were acted out by the sponsors of Jefferson Telecom, RVP~1875, Raccoon Valley Radio and Greene County Medical Center.  Home State Bank was also a sponsor of the FUNraising event.  Comments helped to conclude that this is the first of an annual event with many in the audience asking about forming teams for next year.  All proceeds will go towards projects of Jefferson Matters: Main Street.  For more pics from the evening, see the gallery on our website.

Jefferson Receives Challenge Grants

A contingency of Jefferson Matters: Main Street and City of Jefferson officials were in Des Moines on Tuesday, Nov. 29 to receive two grant awards.  The Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant of $74,500 was received for the Kendall Building on Lincoln Way.  This building was acquired by the City with a commitment of $150,000 in TIF funds for an excellent business plan that included historic preservation of the property.  Rosie & Ray Tucker returned to their hometown of Jefferson to open their boutique, Sensibly Chic.  The Tuckers also plan to renovate the second floor as their living quarters.  A match of funds from the TIF money and Tucker’s own financing made this grant successful for the Main Street Iowa staff.  The Tuckers plan to refinish the original wood floor, refurbish the original tin ceiling, add a vintage staircase in the alley to their living quarters, add new electrical and plumbing, tuck point the façade on the front and alley, and add vintage exterior doors and lighting with the grant funds.

Each Main Street community can apply for one Challenge Grant a year for interior and exterior work of a building in the Main Street District.  This is the first year Jefferson has been awarded this grant since it became a Main Street community in 2012.

The second grant was a Technical Assistance Challenge Grant for $5,000.  This was offered for professional services only so Jefferson applied to work with RDG of Des Moines on an updated brand and plans for wayfinding signage throughout the community.  A committee of Main Street, City & Chamber reps will work on this during the winter months.

Christmas Tree Lighting at Thomas Jefferson Gardens

Jefferson Matters: Main Street and Thomas Jefferson Gardens invite you and your family to the annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Gardens in Jefferson. Santa will be there to light the huge Christmas tree outside in the gardens. The Greene County Singers will sing carols and the Sugar Plum Fairies will dance around the tree.

The first 200 people through the gate will receive a free cookie coupon for Homestead Bakery compliments of Main Street. The first 200 children will receive a free glow stick to help light up the night.

Hot cocoa will be served and reindeer food will be available for kids to attract the Santa’s deer on Christmas Eve.

All are welcome to tag the Christmas tree with a special wish. One tag will be chosen to receive a prize from the Thomas Jefferson Garden’s Board.

There will be special surprise photo opportunities throughout the gardens.

Relay for Life of Greene County will have lighted luminaria at the Gardens and will also hang the luminaria bags from the 2016 Relay in the courthouse for display throughout December.

Following the tree lighting, Santa Claus will meet youngsters at the top of the Mahanay Bell Tower. There will be free admission to the tower that evening.

Jefferson Matters: Main Street’s Christmas chairperson Angie Reese-Hueser exclaimed, “ What a great way to spend an evening with your family ringing in the start of the holiday season!”


Family Feud comes to Jefferson

Who do you most associate with sports in Jefferson?

Where would you purchase a greeting card?

Name a street that runs east to west.

It’s questions like these that will have four teams competing in the first ever Jefferson edition of Family Feud on Saturday night, November 19, at the History Boy Theatre Company at RVP~1875 in Jefferson.

The Jefferson edition of Family Feud is a FUNdraiser for Jefferson Matters: Main Street and is bound to be a fun one. Family Feud is the game show where knowing the “right” answer isn’t necessarily the way to victory – as all answers are based on survey questions answered by the general public. In the case of Jefferson’s Family Feud game, survey questions were asked throughout the summer at community events such as the Bell Tower Festival.

Four teams have stepped up to the plate to be the first contestants, in what Jefferson Matters: Main Street organizers hope to be an annual event. Teams, representing a wide variety of community members, have been challenged to be entertaining and fun – just like those on the Family Feud game show.   The emcee, Doug Rieder, well-known sports guru and broadcaster in Greene County, is bound to make it entertaining as well.

Teams, with team names and members, include:

Bunkers Dunkers

Randy & Phyllis, Evan Bunkers, Ellen Bunkers Ritters and Michael Dowd.

Mom Jeans 4 Life

Bonnie Silbaugh, Erin Daniel, Laura Smith, Diana Smith and Nikki Uebel.

Righteous Sisters

Gina Harrington, Marianne Carlson, Denise Harberts, Teresa Shahan and Linda Hall.

Greene County Schools Cardigan Crew –

Amy McGinn, Kathy Dobney, Jill Lamoureux, Wendy VanderLinden and Lisa Wilkins.

The November 19 event is unique in many ways. It is organized with a social hour from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. with the “bring your own beverage” concept. Appetizers are included in the ticket price and will be from Jefferson Matters: Main Street district restaurants, compliments of the Main Street organization. The first of two Family Feud games will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Jefferson edition of Family Feud is a first-time event for the Jefferson community and is modeled after a very successful similar event done by the Main Street organization in Manning, Iowa. Peg Raney, Jefferson’s Main Street director, says, “We want to make our Main Street events fun and engaging. This is a way to make one of our fundraising efforts fun and engaging too.”

Tickets for the event are $25 and available at the Jefferson Matters: Main Street office and Printer’s Box.




Trick or Treat on the square

The Promotion Committee was on hand to give treats to little ones parading around the square on Thursday, Oct. 28.  The group sets up in Sally’s Alley which has been a Main Street project.  The weather was perfect and lots of families brought their kids around to enjoy this Chamber event.