Summer Gazebo Dreams

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anonymous

Chicago, IL

#1 Feb 3, 2014
Considering we're about to be hit yet again with some nasty ice cold wind and snow, perhaps now would be a great time to brainstorm some ideas for the Gazebo this summer:

1. A farmer's market on a Friday and Saturday (tap into the commuter traffic on Friday since they already have a parking space and Saturday is a perfect day for anyone and everyone)

2. Weekend concert series. The local high schools have some amazing performance groups and the local library has attracted talent as well. Local bands certainly should be featured and with a dedicated YouTube channel for the performances...

3. Bean bag/horseshoe tournament.'Nuff said

4. Comedy afternoon/evening. We all could use a good laugh every now and again

5. Art in the Park. Can be open to local artists and there is no reason why nationally known artists can't be invited

6. Book exchange. Have a day of trading books and maybe even a way to sell some of the books.

These are just a few ideas for the moment and before anyone goes yelping about the cost, financial support can be found and secured when there are clear plans in place. And before one can start planning, there needs to be ideas to select from.

Anyone else have any ideas for the Gazebo once the weather becomes warmer and more user-friendly?
joey

Orland Park, IL

#2 Feb 3, 2014
How about we start a weed fest? Guaranteed to bring much revenue to out dying town.
I agree

Alsip, IL

#3 Feb 4, 2014
anonymous wrote:
Considering we're about to be hit yet again with some nasty ice cold wind and snow, perhaps now would be a great time to brainstorm some ideas for the Gazebo this summer:
1. A farmer's market on a Friday and Saturday (tap into the commuter traffic on Friday since they already have a parking space and Saturday is a perfect day for anyone and everyone)
2. Weekend concert series. The local high schools have some amazing performance groups and the local library has attracted talent as well. Local bands certainly should be featured and with a dedicated YouTube channel for the performances...
3. Bean bag/horseshoe tournament.'Nuff said
4. Comedy afternoon/evening. We all could use a good laugh every now and again
5. Art in the Park. Can be open to local artists and there is no reason why nationally known artists can't be invited
6. Book exchange. Have a day of trading books and maybe even a way to sell some of the books.
These are just a few ideas for the moment and before anyone goes yelping about the cost, financial support can be found and secured when there are clear plans in place. And before one can start planning, there needs to be ideas to select from.
Anyone else have any ideas for the Gazebo once the weather becomes warmer and more user-friendly?
One of the better ideas ever posted on this site. I agree.
NLO

Orland Park, IL

#4 Feb 4, 2014
I think those are some great ideas. We like to go to the farmers market in Tinley Park, this would be closer and we'd probably go more often. Another thought would be monthly garage/rummage sales. Charge a small fee and sell some stuff. Multiple sellers in a centralized location. Who do we need to send these ideas to? It's early enough in the
year, the village should be able to get the ball rolling with some of these plans.
Cooking

Franklin Park, IL

#5 Feb 4, 2014
What about a little cooking contest? Maybe do a BBQ competition or something?
anonymous

Chicago, IL

#6 Feb 4, 2014
NLO: Actually threw the idea of selling second-hand stuff past a few officials last year, with the idea of tying it into the village-wide garage sale weekend. Had talked about pulling in some specialists in antiques, etc. and perhaps even hosting an auction the night before it opened. It would be a perfect time for estate sale specialists to have a table set up and they could then schedule appointments with local residents who can't/won't carry their stuff to the gazebo. Even tossed in the idea of getting the local businesses involved by having them host sidewalk sales.

The overall response was positive, but the normal expected questions were raised, including security issues and insurance costs. The businesses have nothing too special to do for the sidewalk sale part as there are a few ordinances that explain how to get a permit and the board might be able to streamline that side of the requesting process if it is to be a village-wide event. Now that we have a new Village lawyer, it should be easier and simpler to get some straight answers as to what exactly the process is for someone to request use of the gazebo for any event since at this time there are no ordinances written specifically to address use of public property that I am aware of.

But I must admit this was one idea that had me really excited last year since it is such the win win for all aspects of the village: the village can have activities geared towards fund-raising, the local business would see a rise in nonresident traffic and residents could raise their income earning potential in many ways, especially with the auction aspect and having some specialists come to town.

As for the Farmer's Market aspect, the village used to have a law or two regarding hosting one but if my memory serves me well, they were repealed and nothing took its place. Although I have read the municipal code book front to back quite a few times over the last 5 or 6 years, I never made the attempt to memorize the whole thing and quite a few trails of laws have simply been deleted from existence. Again, with a new village lawyer, it shouldn't be too difficult to figure out the process on this one as well.

If we keep the ideas flowing here, I am confident we can figure out the details and make it happen.
anonymous

Chicago, IL

#7 Feb 4, 2014
Cooking contest would be kick-a $$! I was joking around last year that we need some sort of Battle of the Burgers when Hardee's came to town. I personally am biased between T'S and Durbin's myself, but if the burgers didn't need to be on the menu, the contest would be open to every restaurant.

BBQ contests are also a great idea. I know a few people who do nothing but travel around from BBQ contest to BBQ contest all summer long and nothing goes better with BBQ than live music!
Small detail but curious

Clarendon Hills, IL

#8 Feb 4, 2014
anonymous wrote:
Cooking contest would be kick-a $$! I was joking around last year that we need some sort of Battle of the Burgers when Hardee's came to town. I personally am biased between T'S and Durbin's myself, but if the burgers didn't need to be on the menu, the contest would be open to every restaurant.
BBQ contests are also a great idea. I know a few people who do nothing but travel around from BBQ contest to BBQ contest all summer long and nothing goes better with BBQ than live music!
What is T's?
I agree

Lansing, IL

#9 Feb 4, 2014
Small detail but curious wrote:
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What is T's?
Papa T's probably. All sounds good with one exception and it's not picking on any certain business but a few business' in town are so full of themselves that they wouldn't want to participate. They figure there name is "such and such" and people will come to them no matter what. Sad but true. As one local restaurant owner told me one time, if you don't come in, someone else will so no big deal. That's one reason why a lot of towns people take their business to another town.
Really

Midlothian, IL

#10 Feb 4, 2014
Maybe a local custom car show, Tinley has a cruise night, Demon Dogs has reopened the old Frosted Mug.
Cooking

Franklin Park, IL

#11 Feb 4, 2014
It doesn't have to be businesses doing the cooking- it could just be residents showing off their skills. Total amateur stuff. I know my hubby and his friend would happily pull out the smoker and make up an entry for it.
anonymous

Chicago, IL

#12 Feb 4, 2014
I was talking about TJ's...hate this "auto-correct" stuff.

And yeah. I know about the pathetic Midlothian Fest last year in which board meeting minutes said the coordinator (s) claimed that all businesses were interested in participating, which was totally false, amongst other issues. There is certainly a "popular" crowd mentality of a few business owners, but they are still the minority no matter how much of a majority of our problems are directly due to their attitudes and exclusionary tactics.

I would think a cooking contest would not need to be exclusive to restaurants and perhaps we could have multiple categories to compete in. Who knows? Maybe the winner of a home cooked division could end up partnering up with a restaurant and make a few extra bucks by either selling the recipie or being a guest chef for the night.

As for the car show idea, it's no joke that we have ample space on Cicero to host the event, or perhaps at least be converted into a temporary parking lot while the show was held in the Mid Oaks Plaza lot. Of course, it could also be attached to an event at the Gazebo with the Metro lot being used to show the cars, but that would probably have to be on a Sunday so that there is minimal disruption to regular commuters.

Let's keep these ideas coming and who knows what downtown Midlothian will look like this summer!
Leave it to me

Oak Lawn, IL

#13 Feb 7, 2014
This dying town needs something. Can it ever be pulled together? So many good ideas will they ever be used? I really see no change in this town. Sad but true.
Don Killelea

Tinley Park, IL

#14 Feb 7, 2014
Hey anon, you have some great ideas. Could you leave a message for me at the village hall with your phone number? We need to talk.
BBQ Food Fan

Blue Island, IL

#15 Feb 7, 2014
Hey check out this link.

http://www.bensidounusa.com/

This company helps organize farmers markets for local communities. They could be useful in creating a weekend market. Great location with lots of parking. Really could bring in a crowd.
Leave it to me

Oak Lawn, IL

#16 Feb 12, 2014
Seeing is believing..
wow

Chicago, IL

#17 Feb 14, 2014
Mybe we can get a title loan on it, Haha
wow

Chicago, IL

#18 Feb 14, 2014
OR you can rent out to Midlos homeless,
anonymous

Chicago, IL

#19 Feb 14, 2014
Whether or not "Midlothian" is "doomed" is quite relative as the "success" of the village has always been gauged on far more than any one set of economic signs, including but not limited to property taxes, property value, the number of businesses in town or even the crime stats.

Our sets of circumstances is not uncommon by any means, especially in a historical context. There have always been periods in our nation's history where the population has become disenfranchised and disillusioned at all levels of lifestyle and frequently for good reason.

Go ahead and be sarcastic if you must in this thread, but I for one am not letting go of my faith in all sides finding a way to become more cohesive and constructive in the years to come and irrelevant of who is in office or who the property owners and/or business owners are.

So far it sounds like we have a real chance to pull together some form of a farmers market and an inclusive cooking competition. I already know of a few interested in the sponsorship side of life should either of these make it past our discussions here.

Should we put up a poll or would it be a waste of time since I know that even I would mistrust the result?
Haha

Chicago, IL

#20 Mar 9, 2014
Mybe they can get a title loan on it, or rent it out to the panhandling homeless, what a wast of space

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