A Fayette Chamber meeting was held at the local library this passed Thursday, September 20. This is the first time the Chamber has met at the library, which looks quite nice since getting new carpet and a new computer center. The library was dedicated to the public on January 8, 1957, and currently serves the community by supplying a quiet, open area, free wifi, books, books on tape, DVDs, faxing, scanning, laminating, and voter registration. They also have tax forms and booklets available in every January, and run two different after-school programs for local schools.
The first order of business was the Halloween celebration which, as always, is scheduled for Halloween Night. On this night, snacks and drinks will be available at the Fire House on Main Street from 6:00-7:30 p.m. so that the kids going Trick-or-Treating can get something maybe not quite as sugary and sweet as Kit-Kats and Reeses before engaging in their night-long quest for a sugar coma.
The Fall Festival was also on the docket, but not for this year. Yes, sad to say there will be no real Fall Fest this year as it’s being postponed and revamped for next Fall. So mark your calendars for 2013, and come out and see the new and improved Fall Fest. The loose plan right now is to have a downtown, Main Street, focus with a possible automotive lean. Definitely will definitely be worth holding the date open.
Of course local plans for Christmas are already being discussed. Many ideas were discussed, from open house tours to possible decoration competitions for in-town residents as well as businesses; so let your holiday spirit show and if it outshines the block (or causes a power outage) maybe the Chamber will award you best in show. Santa’s presence was also discussed, and while we all know he’s busy Christmas Eve, the season itself is pretty hectic; so the exact date and time of his local appearance for photographs has yet to be determined, but he will definitely make an appearance so children should still get their lists ready. The Opera House, ever the downtown center for Christmas, has a couple possibilities for the holiday season ranging from acting as a local bake shop to being a place to make your own gift baskets. Nothing is set in stone yet, but whichever idea is selected will definitely be fun.
The Chamber’s Fulton County Fair display was also declared a success and a thanks was issued to all those involved in creating it and setting it up. It is currently the plan to display it again at the Opera House sometime in October so keep your ears to the ground and come check it out.
Also discussed was the economic conditions within the town, and it seems that things are doing well across the board and all indicators predict continued improvement. Interest rates are still low and this means if you haven’t refinanced your house there probably won’t be a better moment in your life time to do so. Local banks also offering many attractive investment plans so head on down and inquire at the front desk. TRW is also looking good, with employment climbing over the last quarter, they seem set to have over 200 employees by year’s end. It was stated at the meeting that “Fayette seems to have survived the worst part of this recession,” which sounds like some definite good news.
The Opera House is also starting a brand new eight-program series very soon. Exact dates to come, but whenever it starts, it will definitely be worth a trip up town. It was also mentioned that the Fayette Lions Club is to receive an award so congratulations to the club and all individual members.
Another upcoming local event is to take place at Cork’s winery just outside of town. On October 5, starting at 7:00 p.m. there will be a concert featuring Phil Marshall. The tickets are just $15 and include snacks, and I’m sure people who attend won’t have a problem rustling up a drink for a small price, and there will be tee-shirts available as well.