No, yoHappy-New-Yearu haven’t been asleep for three months. Like many organizations, our fiscal year begins anew on October 1 of each year. That means last year’s budget, activities, and even board of directors has been reset like a clock. Two board members stepped off–Mary Bonhomme and ┬áTom Powers–and we welcomed two new directors–Mitch Varnes and Adam Warner. Mitch’s name may seem familiar, especially to the hearty folk who participate in marathons. Mitch is a Florida native and established race promoter from Satellite Beach. Adam Warner hails from Michigan, but established roots in Eau Gallie with his company Pineapple Farms, a real estate rental and renovation enterprise.

Our promotional team is creating programming that will offer original and always fun content to all of our audiences, the art crowd, the tech group, the young punks, rockers, foodies, the dramatics, dancers and everyone who seeks smart fun. Our last two First Fridays are sure to pack a punch. On┬áNovember 6, we celebrate the manly men around us with a beard and moustache face-off to be judged by opinionated local celebrities. On December 4, Eau Gallie Square will be awash in twinkling lights to celebrate a classic white Christmas. Bring the family for hot cider, Santa in a real sleigh, and EGAD’s first human snow globe, brought to you by Slug-a-Bug. Bring your cameras and make Eau Gallie your hometown for Christmas. It’s all free and open to the public.

How is all of this wonderful stuff possible without putting a rope around the park and charging admission? Two words — sponsorship and membership. Now is the time to renew your membership or join for the first time. Why should you bother joining? Because you want to be part of the rebirth of Eau Gallie; you want to support the redevelopment and preservation of an historic downtown that offers you a place to hang out, have fun, think, create, be challenged, maybe start a business and entertain out-of-town company–safely–without having to drive to Orlando and pay $100 admission to something that isn’t real. It doesn’t get any more authentic than the arts district. Your membership, or just a donation, means the world to everyone around you, not just us. Don’t stop there, volunteer for a committee or an event. All are welcome.