With the beginning of the new year, Julie Kreilick, Director of the Hart Main St program, said the year will kick off with Winterfest on February 4th. “That's just a day of both indoor and outdoor activities. We are focusing on a few more indoor things to get people into our stores, which I think is a good thing. We are going to have a soup cook off between 9 of our area restaurants.”
Then, Hart Main St will look toward the Fourth of July, putting on what she calls the “Biggest and best fireworks in Oceana County” on July 2nd. The largest addition to Hart for 2017 is Farmers Markets. “They're going to be right on State Street here. We are going to close the street down. We're doing Thursday evenings. We are sorta partnering with New Era who has them every other week and we are going to do the opposite week every other week so we have a kind of compliment there to provide Oceana County with fresh food on a weekly bases. That's going to be starting, July 6th is the first market, every other thursday from there on out. Really excited for that. There so many great producers of homemade good that I look forward to partnering with.”
Music on the commons will continue in summer of 2017. Musical acts are still being finalized, and will occur on Wednesdays at the Hart Commons. The Labor day 5k tradition will continue and the year will round out with Small business Saturday.