Georgetown’s historic downtown area became a state-designated cultural district in 2013. The official listing by the Texas Commission on the Arts recognizes the many arts and cultural offerings in the 40-block downtown overlay area. Georgetown has one of 26 cultural districts in 23 Texas cities.
The Breakfast Bites panel on May 20 will look at ways that retailers, restaurants, and other businesses can capitalize on Georgetown’s cultural district designation. The panel includes speakers from three anchor attractions in the Georgetown cultural district. Breakfast Bites is a quarterly business development event by the Georgetown Main Street Program.
The moderator for the May 20 panel is Jane Estes, writer and board member of Texans for the Arts. Estes served for two-terms as president and founding board member of Georgetown Art Works, the managing nonprofit of the Georgetown Art Center. Panelists include:
Marissa Austin is the executive director for the Georgetown Palace Theatre and holds an adjunct faculty position at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Georgetown Palace Theatre has been presenting live theater productions to packed houses since the restoration of their Art Deco building in 2001.
Mickie Ross is the executive director for The Williamson Museum, which offers a variety of exhibits highlighting local histories, people, and themes. In addition to providing cultural programming such as Hands on History, Summer History Camp, and the Salon, the museum holds the annual Chisholm Trail Days festival.
Amanda Still is a state-registered interior designer and art gallery director for Hill Design + Gallery in Georgetown. Still is a member of the Georgetown Arts and Culture board and the Georgetown Art Works board and serves as the fundraising director for the Georgetown Art Center.
The event on Wednesday, May 20 is from 8:30 to 9:50 a.m. in the Friends Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street. Breakfast snacks, coffee, and drinks will be provided. Networking starts at 8 a.m.
Attendees should pre-register by contacting Shelly Hargrove, Main Street manager, by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 18 at email@example.com or (512) 930-2027. Main Street is a program of the City of Georgetown Downtown and Community Services Department.
Find out more about cultural districts in Texas at the Texas Commission on the Arts website at www.arts.texas.gov/initiatives/cultural-districts.
A City ordinance defining accessibility standards for sidewalks in Georgetown went into effect this month. The new rules aim to ensure ADA-compliant walkways, especially around the Square, in areas where tables, merchandise, and other items are placed on sidewalks.
The new rules require a path that is three feet wide without obstructions on sidewalks. Tables, chairs, planters, signs, merchandise, or other items should be placed so as not to obstruct a path that is three feet wide for pedestrians, wheel-chair users, or others.
The new rules, which went into effect on April 8, apply to all sidewalks in the city, including those in the downtown area.
Other new rules require City approval for signs, artwork, promotional items, or publication boxes on the sidewalk. Outdoor displays of merchandise are allowed only during regular business hours in the Downtown Overlay District. Permanent displays are not permitted. City landscape features or planters may not be used for display or promotion, such as lighting or signs placed by businesses.
Within the nine-block area around the Courthouse in the Downtown Overlay District, smoking is prohibited within 10 feet of any public entrance.
The poppies have splashed the town in red—a sure sign it’s time for the Red Poppy Festival, Georgetown’s energetic celebration of spring. Join us on the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas April 24 – 26 for three days of music, entertainment, and family fun.
The Friday night concert with Dysfunkshun Junkshun starts at 7 p.m. The music on Saturday starts at 11 a.m. and goes through the concert and street dance with Roland Waits and the Wayward Travelers at 6 p.m., followed by Two Tons of Steel. The Saturday night headliner at 9:30 p.m. is John Michael Montgomery. The music and fun continue on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There is no admission charge for the concerts or other festival activities such as the car show, parade, children’s area, or vendor booths. Bring your own chair if you are coming to listen to the music. Other festival highlights include the Red Poppy Bike Ride on Saturday at 8 a.m., the Red Poppy Parade on Saturday at 10 a.m., and the Car Show on Saturday at 11 a.m.
To celebrate 25 years of being the Red Poppy Capital of Texas, Georgetown is launching the Red Poppy Taste Awards, a cooking competition celebrating all things poppy. Winners will be announced on stage during the Saturday night concert.
The official 2015 Red Poppy Festival poster is on sale for $5 each at the Visitor Center at 103 W. Seventh Street. T-shirts are available at the festival.
For a full schedule and all the details, go to RedPoppyFestival.com.
Where are the poppies? For a map showing the locations of red poppies in Georgetown, stop by the Visitors Center at 103 W. Seventh Street. (Or see an online map at poppy.georgetown.org/things-to-do/red-poppy-tour.) The largest displays of red poppies can be seen in the residential areas of Old Town north and east of the Town Square.
Austin Avenue closes Friday morning: Starting at 7 a.m. on Friday, April 24, Austin Avenue will be closed from Seventh to Ninth streets. Traffic will be detoured to Rock Street. (This is to allow the placement of the main festival stage.) Austin Avenue will be closed through Sunday at 11 p.m.
Other streets around the Courthouse Square will close at 7 a.m. on Friday, April 24 to allow for vendor set-up. Streets around the Square will remain closed through Sunday at 11 p.m. An expanded street closure area will be in effect on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) for the Red Poppy Parade. To see the parade route, go to poppy.georgetown.org/files/2012/01/2015-Parade-Map1.pdf. Detailed street closure information can be found at poppy.georgetown.org/things-to-do/parade/street-closures.
Free Shuttle on Saturday
A free shuttle will run on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to midnight. The shuttle will pick up and drop off passengers at the First Baptist Church located at 1333 W. University Avenue. The drop-off location is at the corner of Austin Avenue and Ninth Street.
The Williamson County parking garage at Rock Street and Fourth Street and the public parking lot on Austin Avenue between Fifth and Fourth Streets (next to Monument Cafe) will be open during the festival. Public parking lots on Martin Luther King, Jr. Street at W. Eighth Street and at W. Sixth Street are also available. There is no charge for parking.
Handicap parking is available at the parking lot at 10th and Main streets.
The City parking lot at Sixth and Main streets will be closed starting at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 24.
For a full schedule and all the details, go to RedPoppyFestival.com.
The 2015 Red Poppy Festival Classic Car & Truck Show will be held April 25, 2015. To enter this classic car and truck show vehicles must be from 1990 or earlier. Awards will go to the Top 20 with an additional award for Best of Show. There will not be vehicle classes, meaning the best vehicles will be recognized regardless of make, model and year. New this year, there will be participant voted awards. Once again, we will have the Red Poppy Flair competition, so dress up your vehicle and yourself with your best Red Poppy Flair for a chance at an award. Cars will be displayed on the most beautiful town square in Texas!
To register, fill out the registration form and mail in with your check payment prior to April 17, 2015. Registrations will not be accepted after April 17, 2015. Registrants will receive a Car Show T‐ Shirt. There will not be day of registration and registration is limited to 100 vehicles.
The show has filled up the last couple of years, so act fast!
The Classic Car & Truck Show is brought to you by Don Hewlett Chevrolet Buick, Hewlett Volkswagen and the City of Georgetown.
Need to celebrate after filing your taxes? Interested in downtown Georgetown? Have we got an event for you!
Come find out about upcoming City projects and event updates at the next quarterly Downtown Lowdown meeting on Wednesday, April 15.
The informal meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. at Roots Bistro, 118 W. Eighth Street. Coffee and light breakfast snacks will be provided. There will be updates from City staff on:
- Red Poppy Festival April 24 – 26
- Utility and street work on Ninth Street
- Parking lot at MLK and Eighth streets
- Downtown parking study results
- Trash and recycling compactors (solar-powered)
- Move to 100 percent solar and wind energy: quick FAQ
- Arts Center events
- Library events
- Main Street program strategic planning
- The Table on Main on May 17
- Updated historic preservation processes
- City Center update
Also, find out about new businesses in the downtown district that have opened or are under construction.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 to Jackson Daly at (512) 931-7679 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Georgetown is holding a Historic Tax Credit Workshop for commercial properties on March 17 at 5:30 p.m. The workshop will be in the training room at the Georgetown Communications and Technology building at 510 W. Ninth Street.
Learn about tax credits that provide a preservation incentive for the rehabilitation of commercial properties. Valerie Magolin, Texas Historical Commission tax credit program specialist, and Steph McDougal, principal with McDoux Preservation, will speak about federal and state rehabilitation tax credits for commercial properties.
For more information about the tax credit program, go to the Texas Historical Commission website at www.thc.state.tx.us/preserve/projects-and-programs.
The City of Georgetown will hold a public meeting to gather input on downtown parking on March 11. The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. in the Friends meeting room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street.
Parking and engineering consultant Carl Walker, Inc. has been hired by the City of Georgetown to assess the available parking in downtown and provide options for future parking needs. A representative with Carl Walker will begin with a brief presentation at the meeting and then be available for comments and questions.
Take a quick Downtown Parking Survey to help to the City understand public use patterns and perceptions about downtown parking. The survey deadline is March 3.
Initial data findings and the results of the downtown parking study survey also will be presented at the meeting.
Construction kicks off Thursday for a 224-room Sheraton hotel and conference center in Georgetown. Novak Brothers and Hines host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Starwood-operated hotel at 2 p.m. on February 19. The event is at Rivery Boulevard and Wolf Ranch Parkway at the Summit at the Rivery Park development.
Starwood Hotels and Resorts will operate the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel and Conference Center that is expected to open in the summer of 2016.
The Summit at Rivery Park project includes multiple restaurants and shops also expected to open with the hotel. The development also includes 223 luxury rental units available next month and 114 single-family brownstone residences. Novak Brothers, the developer for the Summit at Rivery project, has already constructed 31 brownstone residences at the site. Hines, an international real estate development firm headquartered in Houston, is a partner in the hotel and conference center.
A new multi-level public parking garage will be constructed with the project and available for users of the hotel and conference center, Rivery Park, and the public. The Rivery Park Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, a partnership including the City of Georgetown and Williamson County, will reinvest revenue generated by the project to fund the parking garage, improvements in Rivery Park, public roads, and utility infrastructure.
The Summit at Rivery Park project on I-35 will serve as a northern gateway to the Austin metro area and an anchor for future retail, office, and residential development in the center of Georgetown.
The City of Georgetown has hired consultant Carl Walker, Inc. to assess the available parking in downtown and provide options for future parking needs. Take this quick online survey to help to the City understand public use patterns and perceptions about downtown parking.
The survey deadline is March 3.
Your responses will help the City to determine the best future options for providing parking in the downtown area.
The Breakfast Bites panel on February 11 will discuss crowd-funding strategies for small businesses. Breakfast Bites is a quarterly business development event by the Georgetown Main Street Program.
The February 11 panel will include three professionals, each with a unique perspective on crowd-funding for small businesses. Mark Thomas, economic development director for the City of Georgetown, will serve as moderator. Panelists include these business professionals:
Hall Martin is the founder and CEO of Texas Entrepreneur Networks, the largest crowd-funding portal in Texas. To date the TEN Funding Program has helped entrepreneurs raise more than $141 million for startup and growth companies. Martin also is the creator of WilcoFundingPortal.com, a local crowd-funding resource.
Karen Soeffker is the owner of All Things Kids with locations in Georgetown and at The Domain in Austin. Karen and Christian Soeffker are in the process of expanding their business to new locations and are looking for investors and partners via non-traditional financing to help them grow rapidly.
Bradley Farrell is the creator of StitZii, a new product to absorb grease, fats, oils, and carbohydrates from prepared foods like pizza. Farrell has received crowd-funding for StitZii through WilcoFundingPortal.com.
The event on Wednesday, February 11 is from 8:30 to 9:50 a.m. in the Hewlett Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street. Breakfast snacks, coffee, and drinks will be provided. Networking starts at 8 a.m.
Attendees should pre-register by contacting Shelly Hargrove, Main Street manager, by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 9 at email@example.com or (512) 930-2027. Main Street is a program of the City of Georgetown Downtown and Community Services Department.