Bash on the Boulevard benefits Ormond Beach MainStreet
Bash on the Boulevard welcomed Granada Plaza shoppers Jan. 17 with the cool retro sounds of local band, The Click. Lyrics to the alternative band 311’s song “Amber” could be heard wafting throughout the parking lot. It was not your typical, quiet shopping center on a Sunday evening.
The inaugural affair started the first of an annual tradition, according to Ormond Beach MainStreet’s executive director, Julia Truilo. This year, the nonprofit organization is celebrating its 25th year of support for the city’s downtown businesses. MainStreet is part of a parent program, the National Main Street Center which emphasizes the importance of community unification and revitalization.
Due to the effects of COVID-19, Truilo has had to cancel most of Ormond Beach MainStreet’s fundraising activities, which has had a direct impact on their ability to support local businesses. While considering options for a much needed event, Truilo decided to act upon her longterm admiration of Winter Park’s Dinner on the Avenue event and host one in Ormond Beach. Bash on the Boulevard became a reality.
Participants purchased tables for their “dining under the stars” experience, followed by a little team building with family and friends to create unique themes for their tables. These included Blue Hawaii, Fire and Ice, Great Gatsby, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, New Hires, New Year 2021, Coleman Goodemote Construction Fishing Team, Tailgating, and Winter Wonderland.
“We just wanted to show our support for the city,” stated Fire and Ice’s designer, Georgia McCurdy.
As the beer pong and marshmallow roasting fun began to slow, Truilo thanked the revelers for their contributions, adding, “Ormond Beach MainStreet does great work in Ormond Beach along this corridor. Our district runs from A1A to Orchard, and we support all of those businesses. We are about $35,000 short this year because we haven’t been able to do our events, so we need your assistance.Thank you for your support.”