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Progressive dinner coming to downtown

A first for Connersville – a dinner moving between three downtown locations – is being hosted by Discover Connersville. “A Night on the Town” will be May 19.

The progressive dinner is designed to showcase Discover Connersville, the local Main Street program, and invite new participation from community members and business owners in the downtown and newly designated historical district. 

“A Night on the Town” will begin at 5 p.m. at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association for a meet-and-greet cocktail hour, followed by dinner at The Castle (formerly the Elks), at 7th and Eastern Avenue from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and ending with desserts at the Fayette County Historical Museum in its new location on 6th Street just east of Rip’s Barbecue.

“We are really trying to bring downtown back to the way it once was,” Brian Durham, Discover Connersville’s promotions director, said. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of any community and it all starts in our downtown. Mayor Harold Gordon identified downtown as something he noticed while visiting thriving communities and wants Connersville to emulate those communities.”

Discover Connersville is affiliated with Indiana Main Street. It offers low-interests loans through a revolving loan fund directly to small businesses. Indiana Main Street is part of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

The national Main Street program and Historic Preservation have grant monies that can be used to make structural improvements to buildings while maintaining their historical significance. 

“We want a way to showcase the good things about Connersville’s downtown,” Durham said. “We want to teach business owners and potential business owners what kind of help we can offer – both financial and volunteer efforts to help make small businesses grow. The dinner is an invitation to anyone who wants to help make Connersville great again.”

Only 100 tickets are available. Tickets are available at Union Savings and Loan Association, FCN Bank and any board member of Discover Connersville.

Cost is $30 per person. All proceeds benefit downtown revitalization.