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Record crowds throng downtown
shops for Sunday event
The turnout exceeded
By a long, long way.
In spite of gray skies and a cold
drizzle, Sunday Tea at the Lincoln T, an event organized by an
informal group of downtown Lincoln merchants, brought crowds to the
square to browse through the stores, eat pastries and other
munchies, listen to music, visit and just simply enjoy themselves.
"This is the best thing that’s happened
downtown for a long time," said Connie Dehner, who was part of the
crowd elbowing its way through the local shops. "It’s wonderful to
see all these people downtown. They’re having a great time."
Even though her store was "just packed
all day long," Melody Shew of MKS Jewelers also noticed that people
were enjoying themselves.
"Everybody was in such a good mood and
having a good time," she said.
[Photos by Joan Crabb]
Others thought it was like old times in
downtown Lincoln. "We haven’t seen it like this for a good many
years," said Tom O’Donohue, owner of General Consulting Services.
"This is really amazing for a dreary November afternoon."
The crowds had turned out for an event
in which at least 22 businesses opened their doors from 1 to 4 p.m.
on Sunday, Nov. 3, and offered free refreshments, preseason specials
and a drawing for door prizes
Music by four local groups was an
additional inducement to leave a cozy living room and come downtown.
The temporarily empty Gresheim building on the corner of Kickapoo
and Broadway was an ideal place to schedule the entertainment, and
several people commented on its unexpectedly good acoustics.
During the afternoon, the Possum Holler
Pickers played old-time tunes, the Community Chime Choir performed
show tunes, the Second Baptist Church Choir rocked the room with
gospel music, and the Methodist Church Madrigal Singers wove
traditional music into intricate patterns.
Shoppers were quick to say they were
Browsing at MKS Jewelers, Barbara Dahm,
Jan Ulrich and Betty Tiffany thought the Sunday event was a
"We are Christmas shopping with a
difference," Dahm said. "We’re getting ideas for presents our
children can give us. This is the nicest thing they’ve done downtown
for a long time."
Not just Lincoln folks, but people from
other communities were impressed. Joyce Dings from Havana is
planning to come back and take home some Christmas gifts she spotted
Sunday. "I haven’t been here for a while, and I couldn’t believe how
many craft shops there are downtown," she said.
Suzanne Kubat of Lincoln thought it was
a wonderful opportunity to bring in out-of-town visitors. Even
though she’s from Lincoln, she commented, "I didn’t know the number
of treasures that were hidden here."
Margaret Peifer, buying a piece of
jewelry at That Place/Merle Norman, may have summed it up when she
said, "I’ve never seen so many people strolling around and having a
good time. It’s like a little community celebration."
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Store owners were amazed at the number
of people in their shops. Some tried to count the customers but soon
got so busy they lost track.
Treasure Chest proprietor Barb Reinwald
had never before had people standing in line at the cash register.
"I lost count at 75, and that was a half hour ago," she said at
Julie Tarter, owner of That Place/Merle
Norman, said she started trying to count the crowd on her computer
but lost track at 90, not long after 2 o’clock.
"We had people in all day, from the
moment we got here," said Jeanie Xamis of Serendipity. "Many were
new people, not my regular customers." Husband Nick, her Sunday
help, said he’d brought a book to read if things were slow, but he
never got a chance to open it.
"I don’t remember the last time it was
hard to find a place to park downtown," said Angela Getchel, who was
taking the day off from her job at MKS. Getchel and 6-year-old
daughter Ashley were gift shopping, and she said she appreciated the
chance to see what other merchants had to offer.
People were not just shopping, they
were also taking the opportunity to sit down at Cookie’s Bakery, eat
a bite and visit with friends.
Marcia Phillips, who works at Sports
Plus, was one of them. She was enjoying a quiet moment eating white
chili soup and visiting with friend Becky Malerich.
"Even though I work downtown, I don’t
get an opportunity to see everything that’s for sale. I think this
is wonderful, seeing all these people in spite of the nasty weather.
If the weather had been nice, we wouldn’t even be able to walk
around down here."
When four o’clock came and the crowds
had gone home, a group of merchants got together at Cookie’s. Their
feet might have been hurting from standing all afternoon, but their
spirits were high.
Everyone agreed that the day had far
"We asked ourselves, ‘What would it
take to make us feel the event was a success?’ Our answer was 100
people," Cookie Wentworth said.
At 2:30 that afternoon, by actual
count, there were well over 100 people just in the Gresheim
building, listening to the Second Baptist Church Choir rock the
rafters, and still customers were crowding the shops, some of them
standing in line to be waited on.
How did it all start? No one merchant
wanted to take the credit. A group who like to meet for lunch at
Cookie’s began asking themselves how to bring more people downtown.
They were concerned that many new businesses closed within just a
few years. They didn’t think people really knew what was available
in downtown Lincoln.
"People say, ‘There’s nothing downtown
anymore.’ I ask, ‘How long since you’ve been here?’" Wentworth said.
"We know we’ve got some wonderful shops
here and wonderful people that love to show their products and visit
with people. We didn’t do this just to get sales, we did it to show
people what there is in downtown Lincoln."
While working out a map of the retail
and service establishments people could visit, Sam Redding of
Prairie Years saw that the stores on Broadway and Kickapoo Streets
formed a T, so the name became "Sunday Tea at the Lincoln T."
The success of Tea at the T has the
merchants already talking about doing it again. They are meeting
this week to evaluate Sunday’s event and plan for the next one. No
date has been set yet, but they are not going to wait a year to do
it again, Wentworth said.
participated include Serendipity, Three Roses, Sugar Creek
Essentials, Beans & Such, Treasure Chest, Prairie Years, Action
Rental, Becherer’s Jewelry, Sew Many friends, Seventh Heaven,
Cherished Memories, Wibben’s Computer, Abe’s, That Place/Merle
Norman, Lincoln Music Center, Kathleen’s Hallmark/Lighthouse,
Prairie Eye Center, Sports Plus, Pink Shutter, MKS Jewelers,
Cookie’s Bakery and Glenn Brunk. State Bank of Lincoln, Union
Planters Bank and A.G. Edwards gave donations to help cover
Don’t touch that plug
[NOV. 2, 2002]
one thing you can do as a computer user that can ruin a good
computer faster than just about anything else, and you probably
don’t even know that it’s a problem. That one thing is plugging and
unplugging certain devices while the computer is on.
There are three especially sensitive
plugs on your computer system, and you should always turn your
system off before unplugging or plugging these. They are the
keyboard plug (the little round plug with a ps/2 connector), the
mouse plug (same connector, maybe a different color) and the
parallel printer cable.
If you plug these devices in or unplug
them while the computer is “hot” or on, you run the risk of damaging
the controlling chip inside, and that usually means lotsa downtime
and an expensive repair bill. Turn the computer off first! And
just to make sure that the computer is off rather than in power-save
mode, unplug the power cable from the back of your system.
Plugging the mouse or the keyboard into
the wrong port can also cause damage to some systems. So, look
before you leap (or in this case plug). Reading the little symbols
on the back of your computer can save you some serious bucks.
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Oh, and one more thing: Those little
round ps/2 plugs are rather tender. You should look at the
alignment of the plug and the socket before you attempt to plug them
in. Holding the plug to the socket and turning it to find the
proper orientation usually results in bent pins and the need for a
new keyboard or mouse!
techies out there who may be reading this article: Serial devices,
USB devices, firewire devices and even the old AT-style keyboards
can usually be safely plugged and unplugged while the system is
hot. However, it is always safer when the system is off, especially
in static season. Turn it off, ground yourself out and then plug
with Chamber Bucks
The Lincoln/Logan County
Chamber of Commerce will issue a new holiday version of their
popular "Chamber Bucks" to encourage businesses and individuals to
patronize local businesses during the holiday season. The new
holiday gift certificates will be available in denominations of $10
and $25 and will be accepted in more than 75 member
"Individuals and businesses enjoy the
convenience of giving the Chamber Bucks, and people love receiving
them," said Bobbi Abbott, executive director of the local chamber of
commerce. "The certificates can be used to purchase practical items
like groceries, gas, health care services or household needs. Or,
recipients can indulge themselves and redeem them for fun items such
as massages, specialty gifts or dining out."
The holiday certificates take the
guesswork out of gift giving. They can be included with a greeting
card, tucked in a Christmas stocking or added to gift baskets. Each
certificate lists participating businesses and is valid for 180 days
from the date of purchase. Certificates can be personalized with a
name and a message line.
The Chamber Bucks are accepted as cash,
with no administrative charge added for the purchaser or the
recipient. Purchasers need not be members of the chamber.
information or to order the certificates, please call 735-2385.
Participating members of the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of
J.M. Abbott & Associates
ALMH Auxiliary Gift Shop
Advanced Carpet Cleaning
Advanced Eyecare of Lincoln
Alexander Lumber Co.
All About You
Avon, Larry Adams
The Award Shop
B & K Antiques
Beans & Such
Big R of Lincoln
Blue Dog Inn
Bonanza Restaurant 604
Glenn Brunk Stationers, Inc.
Burwell / Thornton Oil
The Carpet House
Century Dental Center
Computer Consulting Associates
Cracker Barrel, Lincoln, IL
Domino’s Pizza, Lincoln
Eagle Country Market 32
Eckert’s, Inc. or Capone’s
El Rey Mexican Restaurant
Fifth Street Food Mart
Flowers & Things
Thomas W. Funk Law Office
Green Oil Co., Lincoln
Guzzardo’s Italian Villa
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The Health and Fitness Balance
Lincoln Cycle Center
Lincoln Heating & Cooling
Lincoln Land Communications
Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of
Lincoln Medical Equipment
Lincoln Park District
Lincoln Printers, Inc.
Logan County Health Department
Main Street Lincoln
McEntire Appliance & Repair
Meier Accounting & Tax Service
Michelle’s Home & Garden Shop
Mitchell-Newhouse Building Center
MKS Jewelers, LTD
The Mustard Moon
NAPA Auto Parts, Lincoln
Dr. Todd Nobbe, OD
Papa John’s Pizza
R. & H. Farm Supply
The Restaurant at the Depot
Row Motor Sales
Carol Runyon, Creative Memories
Sew Many Friends
Tarter Brothers Heating & Air
That Place Inc.
The Treasure Chest
Wal-Mart of Lincoln
Wibben Computer Service
Jim Xamis Ford-Lincoln-Mercury
The following financial institutions
are members of the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce.
However, because of the nature of this promotion, they have agreed
not to participate:
Central Illinois Bank
Logan County Bank
Memorial Medical Center Foundation
giving away $20,000 in calendar raffle
[NOV. 19, 2002]
— In an effort to raise funds for grants, the Memorial Medical
Center Foundation is selling calendars and giving away cash prizes
totaling $20,000. By purchasing a Memorial calendar for $25,
participants are entered into a drawing to win daily cash prizes in
the year 2003 of $50, $100, $200 and $1,000. After a person’s name
is drawn, it will be re-entered in the drawing, making the person
eligible to win again.
Since 1981, the Memorial Medical Center
Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in grants, not only to
Memorial Medical Center, but also to other not-for-profit
health-related community organizations. Proceeds from the sale of
the calendars will allow Memorial to continue to deliver
state-of-the-art health care and take a leadership role in education
information about the foundation’s grant funding opportunities or to
purchase a calendar, please call the Memorial Medical Center
Foundation at (217) 788-4700.
with Chamber Bucks"]
County Chamber of Commerce
Abbott, Executive Director
S. Kickapoo St.
local chamber of commerce is a catalyst for community progress, bringing
business and professional people together to work for the common
good of Lincoln and Logan County.
Street Corner News
Street Christmas decorating Saturday morning
[NOV. 21, 2002]
Main Street Lincoln invites
everyone to join them in decorating the Courthouse Square Historic
District for the holidays. The group will meet on the east side of
the courthouse at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, and will work for
about two hours putting up lights, garland and other decorations.
Main Street Lincoln thanks the Lincoln
Community High School National Honor Society students for their help
in the past and Lincoln College’s Operation Big Help for their
commitment to help this year. Come and join these community-minded
students to make our town square beautiful.
information, contact Cindy McLaughlin at Main Street Lincoln,
[NOV. 8, 2002]
Street Lincoln and the city of Lincoln have unveiled the design of
this year’s official Christmas ornament. The new ornament will
feature Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, which is celebrating its
Fourth in the series, the ornament is
24-karat gold over brass and will be enclosed in a burgundy velvet
presentation case with the city seal embossed in gold on the cover.
The limited edition ornaments will have a numbered certificate of
authenticity, including information on the history of the hospital
and a miniature version of the proclamation naming it the official
city ornament. The cost is $15.
Ornaments reserved in advance (by Nov.
15) will be available for pickup
around Thanksgiving and also for retail purchase at select downtown
A limited number of ornaments from the
past two years are available for $20 each. The Lincoln Public
Library was featured in 2001 and City Hall in 2000.
For more information, call Main Street
Lincoln at (217) 732-2929.
Street Lincoln press release]
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polishing & cleaning
All About You
408 Pulaski St.
716 N. Logan
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Holiday Inn Express
130 Olson Drive
2202 N. Kickapoo
Maple Ridge at LDN
Lincoln, IL 62656
Advanced Eye Care
623 Pulaski St.
Nobbe Eye Care
1400 Woodlawn Road
Good Ole Pest Control
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380 Limit St.
102 Fifth St.(217) 732-3100
Alexander & Co.
410 Pulaski St.
610 N. Logan
222 N. McLean
Werth & Associates
1203 Woodlawn Road
Blue Dog Inn
111 S. Sangamon St.
1101 Woodlawn Road
Lincoln Mission Mart
819 Woodlawn Road
Clinton Mission Mart
104 E. Side Square
Clinton, IL 61727
Neal Tire & Auto
507 Pulaski St.
Abraham Lincoln Tourism
Bureau of Logan County
303 S. Kickapoo
945 Broadwell Drive
529 Woodlawn Road
The Classic Touch
129 S. Sangamon St.
Weddings by Crystal
121 S. Sheridan St.
319 W. Kickapoo St.