Let’s Talk Main Street
That is exactly what happened on Saturday, September 9, 2017 as the Castleton-on-Hudson Main Street Association (COHMSA) hosted Main Street Day. Whether talking about yesteryear, or envisioning tomorrow, the conversations were centered around this most vital artery of our community.
Over a hundred people strolled the avenue viewing pictures of Main Street as it once stood. Majestic facades within this tree-lined business district were highlighted by posters displayed up and down Main Street. Colorful footsteps placed on the sidewalks and a scavenger hunt guided visitors to the various venues and attractions that helped celebrate the day, including tours of new homes and businesses. Blazing burgers and sizzling hotdogs were fired on the grill. Yard games, face painting and a watercolor paint activity delighted the children. “Meet Me On Main” tee-shirts were sold to raise funds for improvement activities. For those who wanted to relive the old days, there was a continuous slideshow of photographs on the history of the Village from its humble beginnings to the heyday of the past. Bands played on throughout the day all generously donating their musical talent to the celebration of all things Main Street.
On the quieter end of the bustling street was a discussion area where conversation and listening were the topics of the day. Nowhere on Main were voices silent as people shared personal pictures and stories of this uncle or that aunt who once owned or operated any of the many local businesses. But here, Village Trustees and the Mayor, various members of the Main Street Association responsible for the event and others talked not so much of the past, but of the possibilities for the future.
The stated goal of Main Street Day was to raise awareness and funds by highlighting what was once available and what could be in the future for the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson. While the day has ended, the COHMSA’s mission has just started. Please help continue the excitement begun on September 9, for the future of our Main Street – and our entire Village – is not accomplished by a single day but by a commitment to a mission shared by all.