When I think of October in Draper, I’m nostalgic. Do you remember when Haunted Hollow was at the Historical Park? Do you remember how lovely? How the whole thing felt right out of a Nora Ephron movie of darling costumed children and hilariously charming family dynamics and you ran into Tom Hanks walking into The Shop Around The Corner? Oh wait, that’s a scene from You’ve Got Mail. But do you remember that scene? Kids and grown ups and games and autumn foliage? Haunted Hollow was like that! Do you remember how sweet? How you ran into friends just as dusk started to turn the sky purple? And how you wandered over to make a craft at the Sorensen Home while trying to gather your courage for a cemetery tour, and the kids took home a free pumpkin?
That was my kind of Halloween celebration: simple and charming–a small-town community celebrating in the small heart of the community.
This is a question I pose to you, Draper–our community-at-large, our growing large community: Why don’t we do more things in our historic downtown? Have you been there lately? It’s really so adorable. I think you think this too… but I ask in all earnestness: when was the last time you went to one of those businesses?
I recently ran across a discussion on Facebook that talked about the possibility of LED signs being allowed in our historic areas. Most people don’t want this. And I get it. (See: three paragraphs up about nostalgic charm.) But I worry about the feasibility of maintaining our historic downtown if we have no local economy to anchor it. Logically people might notice these businesses more if they had better signs. Or, if we want our downtown to stay provincial, maybe we take it upon ourselves to patronize the small, local businesses there, and maybe we move some of our civic functions back to our old civic areas. Our community can only thrive if we help it.
And for the small, we can start with something small. Like:
Getting a Butterbeer at Food For Thought
Getting haircuts at the Barber Shop of Draper (and taking a gander at the real, working barber shop pole)
Checking out a lesson in creativity at the Old School, r come to the Draper Lifestyle’s First Annual Moustache Games (see next page)
Enjoying a seasonal small plate on the porch of Cafe Charleston then wandering over for a look at the art at Joco.
But maybe save your Sorensen home visit until Santa’s there in December.
Which—let’s face it, people—will be here before we know it!
Brooke Benton, Editor