For the seventh consecutive year, the Political Science Junior Fellows have assisted the Huntsville Main Street office with the Spring Clean. This year was one of the best, with more than sixty people participating from across the community and activities ranging from trash cleanup to painting—all to beautify the downtown area.
The event traditionally occurs in the spring, a forerunner to well-attended spring events: the Folk Festival and the Airing of the Quilts. Community volunteers chip in, led by the fine staff at Huntsville Main Street. The staff includes Main Street Director Kim McAuliffe, and the intern. This semester, the intern is Jessica Rodriguez, who joined the Junior Fellows last semester and has had quite an impact on the community in a short period of time.
McAuliffe and Rodriguez led teams who worked in different parts of the square, some sweeping, some raking, some painting, all making the downtown look a little better.
Even Mayor Mac Woodward and his wife, Leanne, attended, always willing to offer a helping hand.
Every couple of hours, the volunteers took a break to participate in Main Street sponsored raffles, doling out prizes from Fabric Carousels and other community-minded businesses.
Toward the end of the day, the Junior Fellows took a longer break for lunch at the wonderful Farmhouse Eats and Sweets, one of the best restaurants in Huntsville. The fired pies were the most popular.
Following lunch, the Junior Fellows and the other volunteers wrapped up some items and posed for photos…
…and took a tour of downtown Huntsville, where they saw the Masonic Lodge…
…and the beautiful Roche Building…
It was another great event for Huntsville Main Street and another service to the community they provided. For more information about Huntsville Main Street, contact Kim McAuliffe at (936) 291-5920.