Georgetown residents and enthusiasts are invited a virtual screening of an in-house, 30-minute documentary about the history of the City’s Main Street program. The film will premiere at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, on the City’s Facebook and YouTube channels. Or you can just watch it here:
Georgetown celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Main Street program in 2022, making it one of the longest-running Main Street programs in the country. The film chronicles the last 40 years of downtown revitalization efforts and how the Main Street movement started in Georgetown.
“It’s important to tell our story and provide the background on how the Georgetown we know today came to be,” Downtown & Tourism Director Kim McAuliffe said. “Many residents and visitors can’t imagine our beautiful and thriving downtown boarded up and mostly vacant, but those were the conditions in the 1980s. It’s incredible to see how far we’ve come.”
Early screenings of the documentary were held Oct. 21 and Nov. 10, 2022. The Oct. 21 event also featured a panel of previous Main Street managers and the City of Georgetown staff who worked on the film. The film is dedicated to Leo Wood, former Georgetown mayor and Main Street champion, who passed away Oct. 3, 2022.
Starting May 22, residents may pick up goodie bags full of commemorative items from the Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh St.
More information about the City’s Main Street program is available at mainstreet.georgetown.org.