We dropped the New Year’s Eve ball for the first time ever; we raised a new American flag over a new Crossett; and now we have a list of events to attend, support and-or volunteer for in 2020.

Here is what has already been set in stone, — or better yet, in moldable clay, because in this position I hold tight to my motto, “Monitor and adjust.” (I also honor it in my personal life; it works wonders). 

Keep in mind to watch the Facebook pages for Crossett Parks & Recreation, Crossett Farmers Market, Crossett City Pool, the City of Crossett, and my personal Facebook page as well as this column for additions and updates. 

Coming this month, we have the Crafters Fair at the Crossett Farmers’ Market. These fairs, which feature all handmade items, happen the last Saturday of every month and offer entertainment ranging from live music to yard games to Auto Enthusiast shows.

On Jan. 25, we will have an Auto Show and yard games like cornhole along with the shopping. And for the first time, we will have a gift basket giveaway full of crafts and local business gift certificates themed for Valentine’s Day. It will all happen down at our Farmers Market on Main Street from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you want to host a booth, just show up with your pop up tent, table and crafts, and get to selling. 

We are in talks with a dueling piano company to come perform at our Crossett City Auditorium in February.

These highly creative, highly energetic, highly impressive shows appeal to all ages but can also serve as a unique date night during the Valentine season. Tickets will be sold at the Auditorium box office the night of or at City Hall in the days before the show. 

Spring comes in March, and with it the overwhelming desire to get outdoors again. “Paint the Town: Tier 2” will start March 14 the same way Tier 1 started.  We will meet in Centennial Park at 1 p.m., collect our supplies and head out to paint fire hydrants this time. 

By the way, Tier 1 is ongoing. We are still painting storm drains; we just have to wait for clear days to do so. If you want to paint one yourself, it isn’t too late. Just pick a drain — if it is in a homeowner’s yard, check with them before you dive in — and plan out a family-friendly theme and get busy. 

Also to celebrate that pull toward all things outdoors, we are planning our “March into Spring” event at the City Park.

On the first day of Spring, March 21, this event will possibly feature a birds of prey display set up around the Janice Clark walking trail, a canvas painting class by Vicki Pahal, a bumper pull and a kickball tournament at one of the ballfields. Sound fun? Gather a team at the office, your church or civic group and come try to pull a firetruck at the bumper pull. The details for that and the other offerings will be printed here closer to time, so keep reading. 

In April,  “Paint the Town: Tier 3.” On April 4, we graduate to wall murals. The first two have been approved: one on the south side of the Main Mall and one on the East side of the Farmers Market. If you have a privacy fence you want a mural on or a business with a blank wall that you would like one on, give me a call.

So far, we have four different styles of artists and we will gain more along the way, so you will have style options to choose from. 

On May 25, the Crossett City Pool will reopen for the summer. This season we will offer season passes and Red Cross swimming lessons along with scuba diving classes.

Those offerings will be in addition to AquaZumba, AquaYoga and themed swim nights. Details on all of those programs will be worked out closer to May. 

On the first day of summer, June 21, we will celebrate with a town-wide pool party at the City Pool. Our lifeguards and swimming lessons teachers will lead games. We will have food and drinks and music. This will be a ticketed event. Presales will be announced closer to time. 

Then, in July, another pool party to celebrate Independence Day. We will have hot dogs and hamburgers, giveaways and live entertainment. Ticket sales will be announced closer to time. 

AfterSchool swim hours start in August, and will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Regular hours will be on Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In August we will also have TWEEN night. Children 8 years old to 12 years old will enjoy a night just for them. Plans TBA. 

Toward the end of the dog days of summer, in September, we are entertaining the idea of a doggie dip as a fundraiser for the Crossett Animal Shelter. You will be able to pay admission for your canine babies to take a dip, doggie paddle around and pose for adorable pictures.  If you want to just come watch the fun, you will be more than welcome to do so. 

In October we will be hosting a four-route cycling event titled “The Tour de Pines.” The routes will include a 62-mile route, a 20-mile route and a 10-mile route along with a slow ride that will do a stop and go tour of some of Crossetts historical sites — yes, we have more than the Wiggins Cabin and the Company House in our history. It will end with a picnic in one of our parks.

The start/finish line will be at the City Sports Complex, and it will feature a kiddie area complete with a miniature bike route, a bike wash, a bike decorating station and much more. There will also be an after party with admission included in bike ride registration fees. For those who don’t want to ride but do want to mingle with the riders, there will be an at-the-door-ticket price.

The longer routes will have pit stops and watering stations.  If you want to help with those or just want to know the routes so you can line one of them to cheer on the riders, keep watching this column for event updates. 

That brings us to December and Christmas in Crossett and the Ball Drop Block Party. 

So that is an overview of what Crossett has in store for the year ahead. Clip this article and put it under one of those magnets on your fridge or save the online version to your phone.

But keep in mind that even though these are definite events, the minor details are subject to change. What will not change is the fact that Crossett is one happenin’ little town! 

Remember to call me for additional information, to give me ideas on more events or to volunteer to be a part of anything we do at 870-500-0303.

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