Walnut Cove seeks sign caretakers

By Nicholas Elmes - nelmes@civitasmedia.com

The Walnut Cove Small Town Main Street Committee unveiled five new “Welcome to Walnut Cove” signs earlier this year and are now searching for individuals or groups that would be interested in adopting each sign to help take care of the landscaping around the entrance-ways.

“Anybody could participate, from individuals to church groups or businesses,” said Lauren Byron who is heading up the project.

She said who ever adopts the signs could help decorate the entrance point to the town how ever they would like.

“I would like to see the groups change out the decorations maybe seasonally or do special decorations for holidays,” she said, “but if your group would like to just plant some azaleas so you did not have to do anything else, then that would work too.”

Byron said she had discussed the possibility of turning the sign decorations into a competition between adopting groups.

“The mayor said it would be awesome if we could get it to the point where they are competing to see who can do the best decoration,” she said. “You could go all out. I am imagining for fall having hay stacks and little scarecrows you stick in the ground and pumpkins and potted mums. I think it would be really fun to leave it up to the groups and have all the signs be decorated differently.

“You cannot come into Walnut Cove without seeing a ‘Welcome to Walnut Cove’ sign now,” she added. “I think it would be neat if our signs were well known for their decorations.”

Byron said she hoped to have all signs adopted by the end of the year with adopting groups getting decorations or landscaping up in time for the spring season.

“That gives the groups time to meet and raise money for their project if they want to get a lot of materials,” she said.

She said the Walnut Cove Rotary Club had already signed up to adopt a sign.

“It will be on a first-come, first-serve basis where the first groups who sign up get to pick out which sign they want to adopt,” said Byron. “If they want to go ahead and start working on them then that is fine. Right now is great time to plant bulbs for the spring. You don’t have to wait until all the signs are adopted to get started.”

Byron said the Small Town Main Street Committee could not provide any funding for landscaping or decorations, but would work with local businesses to try to find discounts for participating groups.

“It would be great if local businesses could donate plants or give discounts to people who are adopting signs,” she said. “Maybe a business does not have time to adopt a sign themselves, but they could donate plants so a girl scout group could afford to adopt it. If you are unable to adopt a sign but want to help out with expenses for supplies or provide discounts then please contact me.”

She said the committee would also work with landowners at each sign location to establish the boundaries of the area sign adopters could decorate and be responsible for.

“We would also like the people adopting the signs to try to keep litter picked up from around the sign area and maybe help with the weed-eating the town is currently in charge of.”

Byron can be contacted by phone at 336-462-6229 or by email at misslaurenbyron@gmail.com.

Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.

By Nicholas Elmes


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