Colorful new banners adorn downtown Vergennes

VERGENNES — What a difference a new banner makes! The Vergennes Partnership designed and purchased 10 new brightly colored banners to be displayed on Main Street, as part of its mission to enhance the economic viability and preserve the beauty and character of downtown Vergennes.
On May 8, a group hung the new banners.
“This was a true team effort and one of those dream projects that went off without a hitch, thanks to a great group of volunteers and sponsors,” said Amy Bodette Barr, marketing and development coordinator for the Vergennes Partnership. The banners were designed by Vergennes resident and graphic artist Jory Raphael, who expertly brought the banner committee’s vision to life.
Michelle Tisbert, owner of Everywear for Everybody, Partnership board member and chair of the Design Committee, coordinated the project. She got help from Mary Bargeil of Strong House Inn and from Partnership board members Karen Wisell and Eliza Benton.
The cost of the banners (about $100 each) was covered by donations from residents and business owners. Bodette Barr offered the Partnership’s appreciation to 802 Social, Basin Harbor Resort, Century 21 Jack Associates, Everywear for Everybody, Four Season Sotheby’s, Gaines Insurance Agency, Jeff Fritz, Shannon Haggett and Strong House Inn.
“We were amazed by how quickly people offered to sponsor a banner,” Tisbert said.
The cost of all 10 banners was covered only hours after Tisbert presented the project at a recent City Council Meeting.
“We never even had to organize a real solicitation,” she added. “This community is so generous.”

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