Hot August Nights
Ladysmith is moving ahead with significant initiatives to help local businesses recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Town Council originally intended to purchase six concrete outdoor tables, stanchions and some lighting by using some unspent Grants-in-Aid funds (made available due to community activities cancelled because of COVID-19) paired with a $15K grant from the Island Coastal Economic Trust Small Capital Restart Program. But after hearing about the Mayor and Council’s efforts, members of the community stepped into to make the initiative much more exciting. Thanks to community donations there will now be 18 patio sets distributed around the downtown core together with 30 sets of Edison Lights and an interactive light display.
“Downtown is often referred to as the living room of our community. Places to gather, connect, visit, rest and linger are good for business. It will provide value far above and long beyond the investment we’re making,” Mayor Aaron Stone said.
To inspire the community and visitors to embrace this new sense of place and to encourage shopping local the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce, Ladysmith Downtown Business Association and the Art Council of Ladysmith & District are organizing HOT AUGUST NIGHTS happening from 5 – 7pm every Thursday evening during the month of August. This initiative is being made possible by a grant from the Town of Ladysmith. Local businesses and restaurants will be staying open late and the vibe will be augmented with art and music courtesy of buskers and the Ladysmith Arts Council. There’s never been a better time to check out what’s new in Ladysmith.
- Mark Drysdale
Ladysmith Chamber Of Commerce