Well folks, early on we were saying that we hope to have most of Heritage Circle finished by the end of the year. We thought we might could get most of the infrastructure work and masonry work done and maybe even get the clock put in before January rolled around… but things have moved at a slightly different pace than we expected. So now that the end of the year is almost upon us, it looks like we will have to adjust our expectations a little. I am not going to apologize because I know we did the best we could, but it now looks like we will have to wait a little while longer before we can finish this project. Unfortunately we are going to have to wait another 24 hours before we complete it…
Yep you heard me right, – if you go back and read my words again, they will say the exact same thing the 2nd time… We will be finished tomorrow! Not only will the clock be up, but we plan on having all of the “Heritage” panels installed, and the inner circle landscaped (somewhat) just in time for Luling Main Street’s “Cocoa and Carols” event on Friday 12/13. Sure, we might do a little stonework in the entry at some point and maybe a little more landscaping in the Spring, but that’s no big deal. For some reason, Friday the 13th brings uneasiness to some, – but not me. I know what went into this deal and there are no phobias or mumblings of bad luck that are going to stop this from being unveiled tomorrow and from being a prominent Luling landmark. Heck a lot of the world gets scared of Friday the 17th , while some other parts of the world are scared of Tuesday the 13th. They can’t all be right… so it’s probably best that we should just go on down the road and try not to waste effort worrying about such things.
So with that being said, it has been great to see people supporting this deal from the beginning and watching them come out in droves to the Night in Old Luling event to support it in October. It has been an absolute joy to work with all of the city personnel, all of the contractors, and everyone else that helped us get to this point. I want to personally thank Chris Powell and Buddy Pearson at Public Works who have been phenomenal, and Kurt Caroselli who owns Brushy Creek Outdoors as well as K&C General Contractors who was the contractor on this deal. These three cats went above and beyond to make this happen for us, and they deserve tons of kudos for their hard work on this thing. Everyone has jumped in head first on this project and as a result the pre-prescribed construction timeline just couldn’t keep up with us. We basically had to readjust our goals from having most of it finished by the end of the year, to having it completely finished in time for “Cocoa and Carols”. If weather permits, we will have a public unveiling tomorrow at 5PM on Friday December 13th. Plans are to keep it covered for a couple days and then unveil it tomorrow at 5PM sharp before it gets too dark. We will have community leaders present, and maybe even some family members from the inaugural class of Heritage Circle honorees. So I hope everyone comes out to see what all the fuss is about, and come enjoy some hot cocoa. Last week I was up on my soapbox again talking about community pride and whatnot, and we really think that Heritage Circle is something that the Luling community will be proud of for many years to come. So tell everyone you know and come out tomorrow at 5PM and help make this occasion a special one. While you are here, come taste all of the hot chocolate entries vying for the famous Cocoa Cup, come see Santa Claus, and let’s kick off “Cocoa and Carols 2013” with a bang!
“We have a strategic plan… it’s called doing things!” – Herb Kelleher
-Derek Hall, Luling Main Street Manager