The community is invited to celebrate the completion of a historic building restoration project on North Main Street in downtown Van Alstyne. The Open House is Tuesday, October 16 from 3-6 PM.
The building’s new name is The Hatchery for two reasons: First, longtime residents all seem to have a story to share about this block of Main Street, and most of them involve buying baby chicks. One woman stood on my back stairs and said “I remember when it smelled like chickens here.” Second, I hope that the buildings, which have not lived up to their productive potential in decades, will now bring forth creativity and new business for the town. We’re going to hatch great things here for the town.
- In keeping with the historic theme, an exhibit will display photos, maps and advertising from businesses that were once located in and around the buildings.
- 4:30 PM: History Talk. Teddie Ann Salmon will give a talk at 4:30 about downtown life in mid-century Van Alstyne. Mrs. Salmon was the first woman mayor of Van Alstyne and is president of the Van Alstyne Historical Society. Her parents were downtown merchants for many years beginning in 1947.
- Representing the creative energy of today’s Van Alstyne, there will be an exhibition of posters by artist Mark Steele. Mark is Creative Director at Austin College in Sherman and has been a graphic artist for over 30 years. He has lived in Van Alstyne’s Georgetown Estates for seven years. As a designer I really admire Mark’s work — it’s a level completely different than my own, so I asked him to represent the extreme talent we have in this community.
- 5:30: Ribbon cuttings for us and new Chamber member Harris & Yowell Inc., the General Contractors on the project.
Laura continues searching photos and memories of North Main street. E-mailed [email protected] or call 214-325-0015. Laura will gladly copy the photos or photograph artifacts without them leaving the owners’ possession.