Representatives from Main Street Columbus attended the Mississippi Main Street Awards held at the Old Capital Inn in Jackson, Mississippi on June 5, 2017. Director Barbara Bigelow accepted the awards for:
Honorable Mention – Outstanding Image Promotion – This award recognizes the downtown organization or business that has developed an effective public relations piece or specific promotional campaign.
Winner – Outstanding Image Promotion – Downtown Window Cling Promotion.
Barbara Bigelow stated, “Downtown Columbus has a distinctive sense of historic character that displays the community’s rich heritage. Staying true to its history, Columbus Main Street wanted to ensure that one did not forget about its cultural diversity as well. To unify history, diversity, and beautification, our design committee found a way to branch these three key foundations together that would brand Columbus Main Street and also provide eye-catching designs and details to our downtown businesses. Our design committee added customized window clings that would hang from the display windows of downtown buildings. The locals of Columbus believe that our cultural diversity is the strength and heartbeat of our small town and what keeps us grounded and close. Columbus’ diverse composition makes us the unique gems that we are, and the downtown window promotion puts that on display.” Bigelow credits Penny Bowen, Main Street Columbus Design Committee Chair, and her committee for their hard work.
Edwina Williams was awarded Main Street Hero for her “Mother Goose” persona. Nominated by Main Street Columbus, she “has portrayed this very character for over 30 years, and she is just as excited about it today as she was the first time she took on the role. Mother Goose faithfully reads to children at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, and without reservation or hesitation, she appears and volunteers at every event and activity held in the downtown Columbus community. Edwina Williams is an extraordinary woman and a pillar within our community and is easily the city’s most recognizable citizen and a key asset to Columbus.”
Local artist, Angie Basson, was commissioned to create the beautiful awards with antique pressed tin donated by Chris Chain.
Main Street Columbus is an integral part of our community. Bigelow and her staff, along with Main Street Columbus volunteers are responsible for many events in Columbus, including Market Street Festival, Downtown Art Walk, Wassail Fest, Sounds of Summer, to name a few.