News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Editor's Note

November 28, 2009

MAX JONES: Christmas miracles can still happen

TERRE HAUTE — You don’t have to wander far to find people who remember vividly when downtown Terre Haute was the place to be during the Christmas shopping season. With all the major retailers anchored on or near Wabash Avenue and surrounded by street after street of specialty shops, it was a sight to behold.

Those days vanished several decades ago. The big box stores relocated in shopping malls near interstate highways on the outskirts of American cities.

But it’s just not the same.

Perhaps that’s why small retailers, businesses and other interests in today’s downtowns keep trying to recapture that slice of Americana. A small group of folks in downtown Terre Haute did some brainstorming about that this past year, and they think they’re on to something special. I think they’re right.

Miracle on Seventh Street will be unveiled Friday evening, and it promises to light up downtown Terre Haute in spectacular fashion. What makes this effort to rekindle that holiday spirit is that it seizes on the artistic theme that is beginning to define the district in diverse and colorful ways.

The Arts Corridor — the segment of Seventh Street between Poplar Street and the campus of Indiana State University — is slowly but surely becoming ahaven for professional and aspiring artists. That development, encouraged by downtown leaders, is advancing nicely.

The small group of brainstormers embraced that theme, and the seeds of the Miracle on Seventh Street began to grow. Led by Brian Whisenhunt of Swope Art Gallery, Boo Lloyd of Crossroads Café, longtime Crossroads employee Libby Waters, and businessman Terry Hogan of SmithBarney, the festival began to take shape. Visitors will be in for a treat.

Businesses and galleries along Seventh and Wabash have enthusiastically jumped aboard, as have entities such as the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Editor's Note
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Obamas Attend Easter Service Raw: Easter Morning Delivery for Space Station Raw: Ferry Captain Received Medical Treatment Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Crowds Rally at '420' Celebration in Denver Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Small Reactors Could Be Future of Nuclear Energy Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Breakfast Foods Are Getting Pricier New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Transcript Reveals Confusion in Ferry Evacuation Popular Science Honors Year's Top Inventions Ocean Drones Making Waves in Research World Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash
NDN Video
"RHOA's" Dramatic Brawl Teen hitchhikes in wheel well of flight from California to Hawaii Lindsay Lohan's Jaw-Dropping Secret Marathoners Celebrate Easter With Tradition Hundreds Gather for Denver Pot Rally on Easter ET Presents The Summer Movie Preview Celebs Share Their Easter Fun Lauren Stoner Shows Off Her Incredible Bikini Body At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Dr. Phil Put In The Hot Seat By His Own Wife Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity