Beckett said that she created a Facebook page for Main Street at the beginning of the summer. Upon its creation, she said the page had 40 friends.
“Now we have 491 friends, so it’s pretty active,” she said.
“The Facebook page obviously had a big impact on the Cake and Ice Cream Festival,” Councilman At Large Francis Plaisance said. “We didn’t know where everyone was coming from, and it had to be from there. Thank you.”
Beckett said many meetings have been held concerning the annual Cemetery Tour, which will be held Nov. 12.
“This year, the tour will be held in the old Catholic cemetery behind the big Catholic church (St. Mary Magdalen),” Beckett said.
Beckett has also attended the Vermilion Parish Cultural Corridor Museum meetings. During these meetings, she said, all the museum’s directors meet to discuss how they can better promote Vermilion Parish museums.
“One of the things we’re talking about is giving talks to the school children, if the schools would allow us to, and go into the classrooms.” mentioned Beckett.
Beckett said Main Street has applied for three different grants for the city. One is an art grant.
“Brandon Briggs sketched this beautiful public art piece,” she said. “If we get the grant, he’s going to make and we’ll put it next to the blacksmith’s shop.”
She also applied for a grant for design guidelines for Abbeville and one for smart code manuals from the City of Planning Excellence. She will know by mid-August if the design guidelines grant was accepted and by September for the smart code manuals.
In the Fall, Abbeville will be hosting Sounds on the Square concert series. Beckett said the dates for the concerts are: Sept. 30, Oct 14, 21, and 28.
More information on all events will be provided at a later date.