Flags and Flowers on Historic Harrison Avenue
Leadville Lions Flag Sponsor Program
Do you love Leadville? Do you still get a chill when you round that corner at the top of capitol hill on a perfect summer day, gazing down one of the most beautiful and historic thoroughfares’s in Colorado? Well, if you do, if that’s you, then here are some worthwhile programs to support which will demonstrate just how much you love America’s highest city!
There is so much that gets done around these parts thanks to a lot of help from the Leadville Lions Club. And on the top of that list is the Lions Club Flag Sponsor Program. Who doesn’t feel an added sense of patriotism seeing all those American flags waving in the breeze? The Leadville Lions Club gets up before dawn on holidays and special occasions to place dozens of banners on light posts and buildings. And then, they do it again, taking them all down before nightfall.
The good news is that becoming a flag sponsor doesn’t require that kind of dedication, although it’s highly recommended for anyone who’s looking to get a patriotic boost this summer and they are always looking for extra helpers! But rather, your reasonable $25 annual donation to the Flag Sponsor Program goes towards the banners’ maintenance and storage.
This summer, show your love of Old Glory and become a sponsor. Contact the Leadville Lions Club, PO Box 526, Leadville Colorado 80461 or email Lion Carol Glenn at email@example.com.
New Mural Planned for Downtown
In other Harrison Avenue news, Zaitz Park will receive a pop of color with a new mural. Starting this Friday, June 14, local art teachers and artists Amanda Good and Erin Farrow will be coordinating a new community mural installation. For a sneak peak LOOK HERE. Otherwise make plans to stop by the downtown park anytime from Friday, June 14 thru Monday, June 17 between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and help bring a pop of color to America’s Highest City.
No doubt, that there has been a resurgence of public art in recent years on the avenue. And one of the more popular artistic expressions has been through the creation of murals. So in light of the new project getting underway this Friday, Leadville Today offers this video of one of the other beautiful pieces of art created by Leadville artists Justine Wagget. And for those who may not know, Bob Zaitz Park is located across from the Sayer McKee Plaza/Treeline Kitchen in downtown Leadville. Enjoy and be a part of the next piece of art!
Bucks for Blooms on Main Street
While it may be an even shorter season than usual, seeing the flowering planters on historic Harrison Avenue adds a true sense of summer. So if you too enjoy the blooms then consider offering up some bucks to support the Leadville Main Street (LMS) Planter Program. And at $85 a pop, it’s affordable as well!
According to recently appointed LMS Director Bethany Maher the organization has successfully raised enough funds to purchase 50 new planter boxes! Residents will see these being placed on the avenue sometime tomorrow, Thursday.
The brand new planter boxes are a custom design created by local business Alpine Furniture and include a combination of metal and wood to fit into the Leadville aesthetic.
The flowers are due to arrive in a couple of weeks. Yes, it’s been a very late season! This year, the flowers are from neighboring Buena Vista’s reputable and reliable Merrifield’s. Sponsorship for one planter is $85.
LMS is currently looking for planter sponsors. According to Maher, each planter is placed along Harrison Avenue for the busy summer season and will be watered and maintained all summer long. With your sponsorship, there will be a plaque placed in the planter box with your name and/or information you’d like written on the plaque. If you are interested in sponsoring a planter box this year, please see the attached form.
If you are interested in sponsoring a planter (or two) along Harrison Avenue during the 2019 summer season, please complete this order form. and drop off or mail the form and check to Leadville City Hall 800 Harrison Avenue, Leadville, CO 80461. Make checks payable to City of Leadville memo: Main Street Planter Program. For additional information: Bethany Maher (719) 486-0349.