B Street SE was bursting with people over the weekend. The Quincy Better Block event brought the community together to appreciate good neighbors, good friends and good food.
Every inch of the block was decorated. There were lights, trees planted in apple bins, picnic tables, and even the road was painted vibrant colors. The block looked almost nothing like it did before. Local wineries used booths in the center of the block for the wine tasting. There was a game area that included cornhole, chess, checkers and tic tac toe.
Smiles and laughter were contagious as neighbors, friends and families greeted each other and as new connections were made at the community event.
Saturday the block hosted the farmer’s market. Vendors took to the booths that had featured wineries the night before and also lined the sidewalks on both sides of the booths. The stage at the end of the block featured live music both days.
“We’re listening and leaning in with resources to make the community better,” Lisa Karstetter said. Karstetter is a regional manager from Microsoft and was crucial in taking feedback from the community and connecting with others who could bring Quincy an event to bring the community together and revitalize the downtown area.
Quincy Better Block was designed by Better Block, a non-profit organization based out of Dallas, Texas. Better Block creates custom-designed, beautiful elements that open up spaces and are easy to build by community members in order to uplift and bring communities together.
Members of all ages from all over the community donated their time and talent to make Quincy Better Block happen. According to Karstetter, staff from Better Block said that the Quincy community made the event one of the smoothest projects they’ve done.
The block set up will stay until September with the City of Quincy and Grant County Fire District No. 3 stepping up to make sure the trees that are part of the block get watered.
Everything that was built for the Better Block event belongs to the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce to use in the future for community events.
The feedback stands at the two-day event had tons of positive comments and responses including one that said, “I love that Quincy has come together and made a fabulous festival! (Ephrata needs lessons)”
All feedback from the event goes to help Better Block improve their designs and plans as well as give the city and Microsoft direct feedback from the community on what they would like to see in their town.
From start to finish, every aspect of Quincy Better Block was a product of a community coming together.