And That’s a Wrap, Folks!

Well, another Thump is in the books. Which means that many of you came out and made your annual pilgrimage to downtown Luling, taking in the many sights and sounds, caught up with old friends, listened to some great music, and checked out this year’s assorted offering of arts, crafts novelties and games. But I know that a lot of you targeted last weekend as a perfect opportunity to either scatter to the four corners of the earth, or at the very least batten down the hatches to escape the onslaught of visitors coming into our town. To each his own I guess… But the Thump packs em’ in, like it or not.

The Luling Watermelon Thump is a fun event that all types of people can enjoy. There is a little bit of everything for everybody, but I think what the Thump does best is completely and absolutely lost of most of us. The Thump has been a regional favorite for many years, but the average attendee only knows what they hear, taste, touch and see. But what most people don’t realize is the huge positive financial impact that the Thump has on so many different charitable causes in this community. Sure the Thump can be a boon for local sales tax collections and can be a windfall for those businesses which have done their homework and figured out a way to capitalize on the huge influx of potential new customers. But the Thump has done a wonderful job facilitating partnerships with local non-profit groups, allowing these groups to raise funds for things like student scholarships, community revitalization, beautification projects, Little League projects, Girl Scout/Boy Scout projects, animal welfare, and eye glasses for kiddos who can’t afford them,- just to name a small few. There is an endless list of other philanthropic causes that benefit from Thump weekend, and that is the part that so many around here don’t realize. Many props to all the Watermelon Thumpsters (another word I made up) who give up so much family time and volunteer so much of their personal lives to help put on an event that helps this community in so many countless different ways. So please, if you see some zombies walking around town this week, don’t shoot them… thank them… I promise this condition will pass and they’ll be back to normal in the next few days…

On another topic, has anyone noticed the huge oil derrick at Blanche Park that greets you as you enter Luling from the north? I know a picture was in last week’s Newsboy but have you actually seen it at night with your own eyes? Thanks to the Luling Chamber of Commerce, that thing is now lit up like the Eiffle Tower. They invested in some lighting that washes the whole thing with a dazzling wall of colors that slowly fades from one color to the next. Absolutely phenomenal! And thanks to the “above and beyond” efforts of Randy Engelke at the City Parks Department, 3 antique lamp posts were recently located and installed in the downtown area replacing the ones which had been taken out by distracted and/or impaired drivers over the years. We’ve also got the welcoming new oil derricks on the east and west sides of town, as well as the new downtown clock. Speaking of which, we had to switch out all the winter plants with summer plants at Heritage Circle last week. With all the rain we received a few weeks ago, I think we were duped into thinking that they were happy and would hang on for awhile. They looked awesome right up until two weeks ago when they finally had enough of the heat and decided to spit the bit (right before Thump of course). Couple all that with the City’s current “clean up Luling” initiative, the ever growing list of improvements that is now dotting the Luling landscape is growing larger and larger. And as we check things off the list, the list doesn’t grow smaller… it grows larger. How does that happen? Another one of those mysterious phenomena I guess… just like the “when you put something in a very special place so you can find it later” conspiracy. – You know, the one where you go look for it at a later date and this “very special place” has disappeared into thin air along with the contents you were trying to keep safe. Geez…

All kidding aside, in all honesty, it really isn’t a conspiracy that all this stuff is taking place. And it’s not an accident either. Here’s another phenomenon for you… The “snowball rolling downhill” phenomenon. That’s what is happening around here folks. Momentum started awhile back and it is now picking up steam as people have taken notice and are now jumping in and helping make L-Town a place they can be proud of. Big Mo is important in things like this and when you’ve got it going in your favor, you better capitalize on it like there is no tomorrow. You know the old saying; “you only have one chance to make a good 1st impression”. And thanks to the great ideas and selfless efforts from a growing list of people, Luling is aesthetically tracking towards becoming something more than an industrial looking oil town. Hey, it’s a process, but things are looking a little better around here? Have you noticed?
“We have a strategic plan… it’s called doing things!” – Herb Kelleher

– Derek Hall, Luling Main Street Manager

“It’s a Main Street Thing…” The Luling Newsboy & Signal [Luling, TX] 26 June 2014: Volume 135, No. 15
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