Marengo Main Street - June, 2011

We are making significant progress on some great Marengo Main Street projects. Two of the projects I’d like to highlight include the Downtown Beautification Project and the Porch Quilt Summer Art Exhibit.

The first step towards our downtown beautification effort was a street sweep and cleanup with youth from Court Services on May 14, 2011. Even more exciting, on May 21, we planted seven donated trees on Washington Street. The City of Marengo and several volunteers from the community helped dig holes for the trees. On May 28, we planted native perennials on Washington Street and around the city sign on State Street. Special thanks to Pete Nelson for all of his work gathering donations for the trees!

A preview of our Summer Art Exhibit of Porch Quilts is already on display at the corner of Washington and State Streets next to Flatlander Market. The exhibit will fill the downtown storefront windows June 25, 2011, and will remain on display throughout the summer during the Northern Illinois Quilt Fest.

We have lined up a bus tour company to bring tour groups to Marengo for a walking tour of the Porch Quilt exhibit; lunch at Flatlander Market; and a tour of the embroidery process at HyperStitch. We are also creating a coloring book of the patterns from the exhibit with explanations of their meaning. Special thanks to Pam Woodruff who has been very involved in finding sponsors and promoting the Porch Quilt exhibit.

Marengo Main Street is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of our downtown, for the benefit of the community. Marengo Main Street couldn’t accomplish any of these projects without our volunteers and contributors.

If you are interested in helping with Marengo Main Street events, or community improvement projects, please contact the Marengo Main Street office, 815-568-8440, or email