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Wayland Main Street to Unveil Art Challenge for Next Year’s Main Street Celebration

Contact: Julia Bouwkamp                                                 For Release on July 13, 2017
Tel.: (888) 417-6653
Email: Julia.bouwkamp@downtownwayland.com
Website: http://www.downtownwayland.com/

WAYLAND, MI, July 13, 2017

Two talented art students from Wayland Union High School, Shannon Elliot and Metzli Cruz, are busy putting the finishing touches on life size wire and paper mache statues of the Roman and Greek Goddesses Minerva and Athena for exhibition at this year’s Wayland Main Street Celebration. This exhibit will serve as the inaugural presentation and kick-off for next year’s Minerva and  Athena Goddesses of the Arts Art Challenge.

This unique art event will be open to community groups, organizations and individuals who would like to enter the competition and compete for prizes. All ages and all levels of talent will be welcome to enter next year’s 2018 Art Challenge. Main Street hopes to recruit a minimum of ten teams for the Art Challenge which will award cash prizes to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries. More information and a short survey will be available at the exhibit.  Wayland Main Street hopes to make the Art Challenge an annual event and welcomes comments and input from the community.

The Art Challenge exhibit will be housed in the Jayda Gale Distillery, 152 S. Main Street  in downtown Wayland during the Main Street Celebration on Saturday July 15, 2017 from 12 until 6 pm. Shannon and Metzli, will be there to answer questions and help recruit teams for the 2018  Art Challenge. They have put together a short slide show which chronicles their process and progress they each recorded during the construction of the models. The young artists are also students of the antiquities and have been encouraged to share information about the goddesses with the community during the exhibit. It was their interest in ancient history that drew them to the challenge of creating the models for the exhibition.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact the Wayland Main Street Office at (888) 417-6653, or email julia.bouwkamp@downtownwayland.com

Wayland Main Street Hosting Annual Main Street Celebration

WAYLAND, MI, June 26, 2017
Come Downtown for a community celebration marking Downtown Wayland’s Eighth Anniversary as a Michigan Main Street Community. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, July 14 from 6:00 to 10:00PM and Saturday, July 15, from 12:00 to 6:00 PM.

Being a part of Michigan Main Street means that Downtown Wayland is committed to making itself a better place through economic development, historic preservation, and community projects. The Wayland Main Street Celebration marks growth and celebrates the local businesses, volunteers, and people that make Downtown Wayland a special place to live, work, and play.

For the first time ever, Main Street Celebration will be a two-day event.

Come downtown on Friday night for food vendors and beer tents and enjoy your favorite ‘80s and ‘90s hits performed by the Electric Red and The RockShow. Dressing up in ‘80s and ‘90s clothing is highly encouraged.

The first ever Wildcat Mile is also set for Friday night at 8:00 PM. Proceeds from this fundraising run will help Wayland Cross Country team members go to summer camp.

Day 2 kicks off on Saturday with a pre-program pancake breakfast at the Wayland Fire Department from 7:00 – 9:30 AM.  After breakfast, attendees can go to the Wayland City Park for the AutoBody Xperts Summer Car Show from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

There’s something for everyone with free kids activities, local artists, and food vendors filling up the streets of Downtown Wayland from 12-6 PM.

Day 2 also features a full entertainment lineup with performances by DJ SweebeNation, the Hard Times Band, Dee Jay the Clown, and the Wayland Union High School Jazz Band. Kari Lynch, a national recording country artist and West Michigan Native will headline this year’s celebrations.

For a full schedule of events, go to www.downtownwayland.com/mainstreetcelebration/.

About Wayland Main Street
Wayland Main Street organizes and implements a holistic revitalization program for Downtown Wayland. For more information, visit www.downtownwayland.com/
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If you would like more information about this topic, please call Julia Bouwkamp at (888) 417-6653, or email julia.bouwkamp@downtownwayland.com

ITC Michigan and Wayland Main Street Announce Rain Garden Partnership

 

For Immediate Release

WAYLAND, MI, May 15, 2017

ITC Michigan and Wayland Main Street are announcing a new initiative to beautify and improve downtown Wayland with environmentally friendly green spaces.

Thanks to ITC’s generous sponsorship, Downtown Wayland will soon feature a scenic rain garden and pavilion. This project is just the latest in ITC’s long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement.

Rain gardens provide a practical and visually appealing solution to the problem of water pollution caused by unfiltered storm water runoff in urban settings. These gardens are designed to intercept and absorb unfiltered storm water that would otherwise flow into storm drains and contribute to water pollution and degradation.

The rain garden will feature a mix of pollinator-friendly native plants and will serve as a vibrant green space in Downtown Wayland.

Work is set to begin in late May and Wayland Main Street volunteers will get some extra help planting from local Boy Scout Troop 97.

The rain garden will be finished by early June, in time for Downtown Wayland’s annual Main Street Celebration in July. Construction of the pavilion is slated to take place in 2018.

About Wayland Main Street
Wayland Main Street organizes and implements a holistic revitalization program for Downtown Wayland. For more information, visit http://www.downtownwayland.com/

ABOUT ITC MICHIGAN
In Michigan, operating entities ITCTransmission and Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC) serve most of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. ITC’s focus on transmission and grid expansion drives operational excellence and delivers superior value for customers, communities and other stakeholders.

About ITCTransmission
International Transmission Company (d/b/a ITCTransmission) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. Based in Novi, Michigan, ITCTransmission owns, operates and maintains approximately 3,100 circuit miles of transmission lines in southeast Michigan.

About Michigan Electric Transmission Company (METC)
Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. Based in Novi, Michigan, METC owns, operates and maintains approximately 5,600 circuit miles of transmission lines in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please call Julia Bouwkamp at (888) 417-6653, or email julia.bouwkamp@downtownwayland.com

Wayland Main Street Offers Small Business Branding WERCshop

For Immediate Release

WAYLAND, MI, May 11, 2017

The Wayland Economic Restructuring Committee (W.E.R.C.) is hosting a branding WERCshop designed specifically to help small businesses elevate their brand presence and engage customers in today’s crowded marketplace.

The WERCshop,  Branding Your Small Business,”  will be presented by Meg Smolen and Rick Glasser of Full Circle Marketing and Design, an integrated marketing and design agency based in Grand Rapids, MI. Full Circle Marketing is built around the idea that brands deserve better. From concept to completion, they craft memorable experiences that get attention and drive results.

This interactive WERCshop is designed to meet the needs of small businesses.  A brand is more than a logo, name, product or service. During this WERCshop small businesses will learn to build and market their brand from the experts at Full Circle.

The event is open to the public. Downtown, home-based, and prospective business owners are all encouraged to attend. Seating is limited. Tickets for the WERCshop are $12.50/person and include admission, materials and lunch. Tickets may be purchased online at: https://brandingyourbusinesswercshop.eventbrite.com.

The WERCshop will be held at Open Road Brewery, 128 S Main St. in downtown Wayland on June 7, 2017. Parking in rear or at city lots.  Doors will open at 11:30 am for lunch. The presentation will start promptly at noon and run until 1:30 pm.

WERC thanks our Spring 2017 WERCshop local sponsors: Hastings City Bank and Reno Agency for making this event possible.

WERC provides affordable and exceptional programs for bi-annual WERCshops that support economic vitality and strengthen downtown businesses.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please call Julia Bouwkamp at (888) 417 -6653 or email julia.bouwkamp@downtownwayland.com.

Downtown Job Opportunity

City of Wayland

Wayland Department of Public Works Job Posting

Part time/Seasonal

 Essential Job Functions:

An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions.  These examples do not include all of the duties which the employee may be expected to perform.

  • Sidewalk Cleaning
  • Power washing
  • Trash and Graffiti Removal
  • Mowing/Trimming
  • Painting
  • Planting/Watering Flowers
  • Weed Control
  • Provide a High Level of Customer Service and Ensure that Downtown is Safe, Clean, and Vibrant.
  • Must have valid driver’s license

Compensation: $10/HR

Status: Part-Time / Seasonal

Application Deadline:  Open Until Filled, Applicants are encouraged to apply by 5/12/2017.

Please Submit application to:

City of Wayland

Attn: Cole Lutz

103 S. Main Street

Wayland, MI 49348

For questions contact: Cole Lutz at 269-792-0686

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