Thursday, I took a leisurely walk down Main Street, admiring the flowering baskets on light posts, the downtown landscaping, and the beautiful restored historic buildings (a special kudos to the group that recently renovated the property across from City Hall). I stopped at the farmers market, picking up lots of fresh, local produce at bargain prices, and then I meandered over to the courthouse to listen to salsa music and visit with friends and neighbors.
I tried to imagine what it would be like to have the Community Arts Center open next door - children scurrying in and out for music, dance, and art lessons, folks strolling through the latest art exhibit, others shopping in the gift shop and having coffee in the caf. It seemed to complete the picture of a vibrant and beautiful downtown Danville.
It is truly amazing that individuals in our community have already pledged over $186,000 for this project, and it is a testament to the will of the citizens of Danville. The city has generously added $400,000 to the project, and now, with the expert help of Julie Wagner and the Heart of Danville, the center is poised to receive a $250,000 grant from the state.