By encouraging citizens to join in community activities on and around the Houston Courthouse Square, Main Street helps bring people to the downtown area for fun and fellowship.
Since its inception in 2004, the Historic Hometown Houston Main Street Association has sponsored a minimum of three community events per year that have been well received by the public and business owners alike.
All about maroon and white
The annual Pep Rally and Tailgate party has brought back the Homecoming parade to the town square. The Pep Rally is sponsored by Main Street to recognize athletic teams, school clubs and organizations, cheerleaders and band members from Houston High School and rejunvenate a sense of hometown pride for Houston High School.
The event draws hundreds of people to the Courthouse Square each year to cheer on students and school-sanctioned groups.
The Tailgate contest pits various groups in friendly competition to see who can dress up their truck, or other vehicle, in the most maroon and white to show their Hilltopper Pride.
The event includes an opportunity for school-sanctioned clubs and groups to vend food or merchandise to raise funds for upcoming activities.
Hopping down the bunny trail
The Historic Houston Main Street Association took on the sponsorship of the annual Easter Egg hunt to the delight of children and adults in the community.
Every Saturday before Easter, hundreds of children and youth gather at the Houston Courthouse lawn waiting for the stroke of noon to scramble for candy and prize eggs.
The event is divided into age groups with younger children hunting on one side of the Square and older children on the other.
Although the event doesn’t last long, it is highly anticipated and well populated – at least until all the eggs have been collected.
Main Street partners with local retail businesses for the annual Christmas Open House event. Businesses decorate for the holidays and kick off the Christmas shopping season with special sales and deals for customers and spark a festive atmosphere around town.
This past December, the Main Street organization sponsored the first of what is planned to be an annual fashion show and market bazaar. Local retail businesses had the opportunity to display their holiday wares at the Houston Civic Center as models hit the runway to show off the latest fashions for the season.
The event was such a hit that plans are now in the works to expand the 2013 installment to a Friday and Saturday event.
Sprucing up the town
One of the goals of the Historic Hometown Houston Main Street Association is to enhance the visual décor of the downtown area through design and landscaping. A couple of the more prominent visual additions include the mural on the north side of Pearson’s Drugstore, maroon medallions painted on the street at the intersections of Jackson and Washington and Jefferson and Washington Streets and new planters around the Square. The new planters currently contain sky pencil hollies surrounded by blooming pansies and plantings may be changed according to the seasons and events around the Square.
Main Street partnered with the Houston Solar program to add solar lights to the planters to enhance their attractiveness at night.
The Main Street Association also partnered with the Houston Homecoming committee to add patriotic decorations, banners and flags to the Courthouse Square for the annual Homecoming event the Saturday before the Fourth of July.
The effects of Main Street members can be seen all around Houston in the City Park beside City Hall which is maintained by the Master Gardeners and by involvement in the semi-annual Flywheel Festival which includes a tractor parade around the Square, children’s activities and live entertainment.
Main Street members create and set up seasonal displays on the Courthouse lawn from pumpkin patches to hanging pink flags for Breast Cancer awareness month.
As many hands make for light work, the Main Street Association always welcomes new members and interested persons may contact Joyce East at 465-2321.