Wrappin' with the Oldies
Wrappin' with the Oldies Craft & Vendor Fair will take place on Friday, December 6th from 6:00-9:00pm. Bring your gifts to be wrapped and have it wrapped for a free-will donation! Shop with any of the over 40 gift vendors on site!
C-Town Smokers, chair massages, Longaberger baskets, Mary Kay, Tupperware, Norwex, Wild Tree, Clever Container, Partylite, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, It Works, Thirty-One, Pampered Chef, Watkins, Signature Home Styles, Beauty Control, Uniquely Artistic Crafts, Bodywear, essential oils, lamps, scarves, nuts, popcorn, sock animals, embroidered towels, baked goods, salsa, ceramics, wreaths, jerky, Christmas items, jewelry, and many more!
For more information, contact Beth Blom at (515) 250-6708 or Joy Conley at (515) 674-3944.
Historical Society Christmas Tea
On Saturday, December 14th, the Colfax Historical Society will be holding their annual Christmas tea at 2:00 PM. There is always lovely music, great food and also cheerful conversation.
Tickets are $20 and sell fast. Please purchase tickets by Saturday, December 7th by contacting Peggy Dvorak (515) 674-4406.
Both events will take place in the Colfax Historical Society Community Center and Museum.
Colfax Country Christmas
Sponsored by Dickerson Mechanical
Saturday December 7 • 3:30-7:00 PM • Downtown Colfax
Don’t miss the 2013 Colfax Country Christmas on Saturday, December 7 from 3:30 to 7:00 PM in downtown Colfax! For over twenty years, Colfax Country Christmas has been a great way to share holiday cheer and well wishes with your local businesses, family and friends!
Snow Ball Drop Sponsored by Professional Hair Designers: The Snow Ball Drop will take place at 3:30pm on West Howard Street. Over 1,000 ping pong balls will be dropped into the air and everyone will have a chance to win prizes as you collect the ping pong balls.
Arrival of Santa: Santa will arrive at 4:00 PM on West Howard Street!
Christmas Wreath Silent Auction: Add holiday cheer to your home and support Colfax Main Street! Visit Kern Law Office to bid on your favorite wreaths for you and your friends, decorated by Colfax businesses and residents.
Reindeer Crossing: The Reindeer Crossing consists of a 9-hole miniature golf game which guides participants through our local businesses. After completing all 9 holes, turn in your game card for an instant prize (while supplies last) and a chance to win $25 in Colfax Bucks. Golf holes can be found in the following locations: American Working Dog Museum; Colburn Funeral Home; First State Bank of Colfax; Gem of Colfax; Hair Gallery; Jackson Hewitt; Kern Law Office; Professional Hair Designers; and Weirick Pharmacy.
Pictures with Santa: Stop in for a picture with Santa at the North Pole from 4:00-6:30 at 107 N Walnut Street (former Colfax Clinic location). Mast Photography will take pictures for $5.00. Or, you can take pictures of Santa and your child yourself for a free will donation to the Colfax Food Pantry. Pictures can be picked up one week later at Weirick Pharmacy. And, check out the Coloring Contest Winners while visiting Santa!
Children’s Activities: Colfax Library will host crafts at the Colfax Library. Don’t forget to have your children write a letter to Santa at the First State Bank and drop their letter in the mailbox in the bank lobby. Santa will respond to their letters within a couple of weeks.
Carriage Rides: And, what Christmas would be complete without a free horse drawn carriage ride around downtown Colfax. Pick up and drop off will be located at the First State Bank drive through. The carriage rides will also drop off and pick up at Dickerson Mechanical this year to facilitate visits to their open house.
Soup Supper Sponsored by Methodist Church Youth Group: Soup Supper Sponsored by Methodist Church Youth Group: Stop in and grab a bowl of soup and crackers for a free will donation.
Open Houses: Many businesses will host open houses where you can enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, cider and other yummy treats. In addition to the businesses mentioned above, be sure to visit the following businesses for their Holiday Specials: Georgioz; Professional Hair Designers; Thirsty Turtle; Poppy’s; and Shugars-annual food tasting. The Boy Scouts will be wrapping gifts for a free will donation at the Jasper County Tribune Office. And, the Girl Scouts will be selling crafts at the Colfax Main Street Office (located across the street from Professional Hair Designers). Plus, don’t forget our local Food Pantry. Stop by the North Pole and drop off a food donation for the holidays to help those in need this Holiday Season.
Caroling: Catholic Church and Colfax-Mingo Junior and High School Choirs will be caroling from 5:30–7:00 as they stroll through the downtown businesses.
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The "Dream On" Kerri Brenner Memorial Golf Tournament, hosted by Dollars for Scholars, will take place on Saturday, September 7th. It is a four-person best-shot tournament with meal and cart rental included. There will also be inflatables for children, a silent auction, and meals for sale for those not involved in the tournament. Tee times for 18 holes start at 7:00am and 1:00pm. Contact the Colfax Country Club (515.674.3776) for more information and to sign up.
On Thursday, July 11 Colfax Main Street moved to their new office located at 1 West Howard Street. We are now sharing a space with the Jasper County Tribune and are located in the back office. Our front door or front stoop faces the Professional Hair Designers. A big thank you goes out to Teen Challenge of the Midlands for helping move us and all of the volunteers who helped pack and un pack everything. Stop by and say hi!
We are so close to completing our Downtown Revitalization grant. The completion timeline is July 31. We have three more awnings to go! Can you believe that?
Here is a slide show with photos of the buildings so you can see the changes:
Colfax Main Street is looking for volunteers to help out in the State Fair booth on Monday, August 12. Volunteers will receive a free ticket to the Iowa State Fair. Volunteers will promote Colfax, hand out candy, put temporary tattoos on kids, etc. Please contact the Colfax Main Street office at 515.674.9071 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
You are invited to come to Colfax for free Music in the Park on Saturday, July 20 to watch Fine Line and Ca$h Only perform at Anspach Stage in Women’s Club Park located on 13 East Division Street.
Fine Line will play from 7:00-8:00. They are a fun-loving bluegrass group from southern Iowa with over 100 years of playing experience between it’s five members. Fine Line plays traditional, contemporary and original bluegrass music. Then from 8:30-10:30, the Ca$h Only band will perform. Ca$h Only is a classic country music band whose lead guitar player has backed several Johnny Cash Tribute bands in Branson, MO as well as some traveling shows. Their motto is “Country Style Country”. The Colfax/Mingo Cheerleaders will be selling food to raise money for their activities.
All performances take place the third Saturday of June, July and August. The next concert will be Saturday, August 17 with two bands the $nack$ and Christopher the Conquered and His Black Gold Brass Band.
This is the 8th year for Colfax Main Street to host the free performances for Music in the Park and we invite all of you to join us for the great music and social time with your neighbors and friends! Younger children will be entertained with the playground equipment, sidewalk chalk and bubbles.
The outdoor amphitheater and restored craftsman stage make the perfect venue! Remember to bring your blankets, lawn chairs and bug spray….but leave your coolers at home. Colfax Main Street will be selling refreshments (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).
Have you heard the news? Colfax Main Street is in the midst of a Downtown Market Study Project. The Downtown Market Study will provide us with more direction on what you would like to see changed to make downtown Colfax a better place to shop, eat and live!
We need your help. Below is a link to a brief consumer survey that should only take you a couple of minutes to complete.
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us!
The deadline has now been extended to Friday, July 19th at 4:30 PM CT.
The results of the survey are completely confidential. Surveys need to be completed by Wednesday, July 17.
What does the future hold for downtown Colfax?
Community residents and business persons will have a chance to chime in as part of the Downtown Colfax Market Study project being orchestrated by Colfax Main Street.
Program Director, Julia Kern said a special project team assembled by Colfax Main Street initiated work on the project last week. Colfax Main Street, the local non-profit group spearheading downtown Colfax revitalization efforts, is performing the study to fine-tune and enhance downtown business development and marketing strategies. Julia said the study will include an in-depth analysis of input collected from local business and consumer surveys to be conducted in June and July.
Julia said project team members are in the midst of the project’s initial discovery phase that includes the collection and review of background information and an assessment of the downtown business climate. The team is also reviewing current demographic and economic data to assess conditions and to identify possible opportunities for business retention, expansion and recruitment.
“The raw data and numbers that we’re reviewing now is good, important information, but we’ll be digging deeper to explore opportunities for downtown Colfax,” Julia said. “We’re excited to gather the perspectives and ideas of Colfax area residents, visitors and business persons who will be participating in surveys. As a result, we’ll gain a better sense of what downtown Colfax can be in the future, and how the community can focus its efforts to make positive things happen in the downtown.”
“Ultimately, the information and input will be used to create strategies aimed at retaining and developing a quality mix of businesses and uses that, based on solid market data, show the best potential to succeed in downtown Colfax,” said Julia.
Special components of the study, scheduled for completion this fall, include business and consumer surveys designed to identify and assess opportunities for business expansion and recruitment in the downtown business district, and recommendations for the implementation of related projects and activities.
“Throughout all phases of the project, we’ll actively seek input from all sectors of the community. We’ll be asking lots of questions and exploring a broad range of scenarios in an attempt to determine a direction that’s right for downtown Colfax,” Julia said.
Colfax is one of six communities receiving technical assistance and support from Main Street Iowa in 2013 to complete a local market study. United States Department of Agriculture Rural Community Development Initiative funding and Community Development Block Grant funding were procured by Iowa Economic Development Authority to underwrite market analysis training and technical assistance furnished to six Main Street Iowa communities in 2013. Those involved with the Marketing Analysis training from Colfax include the following: Cindy Van Dusseldorp, Courtney Vonnahme, Linda Darrock, April Keller, Bob Foss, Chaz Allen, David Mast, Phil Webb, Brad Magg, Jen Snyder, Carrie Conley, and Julia Kern.
For more information about study and opportunities to participate, contact Colfax Main Street at 515-674-9071.
Work is moving right along with the Colfax Main Street Downtown Revitalization project. Painters have been painting for the last couple of weeks, concrete panels have been installed at the Hair Gallery by Mingo Products and now Cornerstone Contractors are working on the renovation of the last two storefronts which are part of the Briggs Building. Colfax Main Street is looking forward to July when everything should be wrapped up including awnings on many of the participating properties. The next construction meeting is Monday, June 10 at 1:00 PM at the Colfax Main Street office. All are welcome to attend to keep up to date on the project.
(Pictured is John with Cornerstone Construction rebuilding the former Lamb Hardware storefront or what is now the Gem of Colfax.)