For a blooming good time, dig into Downtown London Associations (DLA) April 21 day of fun. Proceeds will go toward beautification projects in the downtown area.
The event will take place from 2 to 10 p.m. at the London Community Center (the former primary school on South Walnut Street). Admission is free. Food, beer, live music, games, raffles, 50/50 drawings and auctions are planned all day.
Local musicians will provide the entertainment. The Smokin Ham Band, with featured guests Darwin Conley and LarryThe Gonzo Gates, The Keepers, and Charles Powell will perform everything from classic rock to country, with some Beatles thrown in for good measure.
Auction items include an Xbox 360 gaming console, Ohio State University sportswear, Longaberger baskets, a hand-designed London bicentennial tray, artwork, gift certificates and gift baskets from local merchants, and more.
“If youre a reseller, bargain hunter or just want something for your home, we urge you to attend. Its going to be a good auction for everybody, said DLA member Keith Howard.
Organizers are still accepting donations for the auction. Items can be dropped off at Huntington Bank during business hours or at Play-n-Trade until 9 p.m. Both businesses are located on South Main Street.
For more information about the auction or if youre a band or musician who wants to jam at the event, contact Keith Howard at (740) 837-0136.
DLA coordinates the planting and maintenance of the flower baskets that hang from light posts in downtown London. Prisoners in the horticulture program at Madison Correctional Institution grow the plants and fill the baskets. This year, the baskets will feature petunias in two colors.
“Were also working with the Madison County Master Gardeners to come up with a feasible plan for the tree gardens, said Lisa Jackman, DLA treasurer.
The tree gardens are the squares of dirt that surround about 35 trees in the sidewalks around downtown. Organizers plan to plant purple and yellow sedum in the squares that arent already tended by individual business owners.
“Sedum is a groundcover with a shallow root system, which will work well because we dont have a lot of dirt to work with in the tree squares, Jackman said. The selection also will block weeds, but still allow room for other annuals and perennials.
DLAs long-term project is to purchase fencing for each of the tree squares.
For more information about the Downtown London Association, go to www.visitlondonoh.org or call DLA President Pat Closser at Caseys Carryout, (740) 852-4835. The group meets every Tuesday at noon at Phat Daddys Pizza, 15 E. First St. The public is welcome to attend.
For anyone who cannot attend the April 21 fund-raiser but wishes to donate, send contributions to: Downtown London Association, P.O. Box 335, London, OH 43140.