Toast the season in historic downtown Perry

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Downtown revitalization efforts are beginning to return dividends to local residents with more retail opportunities available in the historic district than ever before, local officials note.

“The City of Perry’s DREAM (Downtown Revitalization Economic Appearance Motivator) grants really helped make it possible for some building owners to spruce up the exterior of their buildings, which in turn, encouraged others to take advantage of the grant themselves. We certainly have seen a better occupancy rate than we’ve had in years. All the buildings on the Main Street block across from the courthouse are full for the first time in memory and most of the buildings on the Green Street side are occupied or under renovation,” City Manager Bob Brown said.

PHOTO: The Taylor County Historical Society will kick off tonight’s (Dec. 6) Downtown Christmas Open House with a tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Mrs. Claus will be giving out candy and Marshall Health Rehabilitation will have a booth providing free hot chocolate to visitors. Society members will also host a bake sale, which will open at 5:30 p.m. Additional downtown events include a Live Nativity, Winter Wonderland, storytelling, strolling carolers, complimentary refreshments, visits with Santa and much, much more. Additional events are planned Saturday as well.

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