Two Harbors committee works to beautify the cityThe Two Harbors Arts and Beautification Committee has many projects planned for the summer and into the future.
By: Lizz Berge, Lake County News Chronicle
The blue flags that can be seen around Two Harbors on street light posts are just part of a larger movement to beautify the city. The Two Harbors Arts and Beautification Committee has many projects planned for the summer and the future. Up next are concrete planters downtown and plants to beautify Seventh Avenue near the cemetery.
Of the 15 circular planters ordered, six will be placed around Thomas Owens Park along Waterfront Drive, three will go the corner by the post office at First Avenue, and six along first.
The flowers used to fill the planters will be from Anderson’s Greenhouse. The Two Harbors committee is also responsible for the hanging flower baskets already found along Waterfront and First. The baskets are made to be reusable year after year.
The committee is collaborating with the Minnesota Department of Transporation to do landscaping work on Seventh Avenue. The plan is to plant beds of flowers and other plants along the fence line in the cemetery. There will be deciduous shrubs, ornamental deciduous trees, ornamental grasses and perennials — including spirea, reed grass, lilacs, and day lilies.
“It is a quite simple plan, but I believe the massing of the shrubs and grasses will have a striking effect,” said Paul Voigt with MnDOT. “These all are plants I believe can withstand the roadside planting environment if cared for properly.”
In August, the committee will be showing three Saturday night movies in Thomas Owens Park as part of an emphasis on the arts. The free movies will be open to the public. They will be shown on a new inflatable screen placed on the band shell stage. Scheduled movies, playing Aug. 6, Aug. 13, and Sept. 3 are “Grumpy Old Men,” “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” and “Up.”
“I think if there’s an area we need to look at and broaden it’s the cultural aspect,” said John Gregor, chair of the committee. He has hopes of one day hosting a poetry event in Two Harbors, including readings and a competition. Gregor said promoting the arts can only add to Two Harbors’ small town culture.