They trashed your town…trash zombies hit Cuba

Throw down at the museum

Cans at Recklein Commons by the Museum and Veterans Memorial are an eyesore.

They trashed your town..

Yes, it’s true. While you weren’t looking, they trashed your town. (more…)

Viva Cuba takes aim on 2011 for boom year…

Outpost General Store cannon Fanning, Missouri

Viva Cuba wants to make 2011 a boom year.

1. With recent wind and snow storms, you may not think Viva Cuba has been active with beautification. But plans are underway for new and continuing projects in 2011. While it is important to maintain current beautification projects, 2011 will bring many new projects as well. Here’s an overview of  2011 projects.

2. Our new t-shirt with scenes of the vintage highway patrol car mural on Route 66 at the Phillips 66 station has sold out of some sizes, so we are going to reprint more in a different color, which we are still debating.

Viva Cuba t-shirt

We will be printing another edition of the current Viva Cuba t-shirt.

3. In March, Viva Cuba members are invited to participate in a Missouri Main Street Conference in Saint Genevieve to share our experience with our mural project. We are preparing a presentation for that and are glad that we can share news of Cuba, Missouri with others.

4. We are recruiting a Viva Cuba team to take part in the Route 66 Race to the Rocker on March 26, and we encourage others to take part.

5. We are planning for the Next Trash Bash in the spring. Last year, many groups and individuals of all ages came out to help, and much was accomplished. We will also be maintaining the Viva Cuba Garden and our state Adopt-A-Highway project on Hwy. 19.

6. In April, we go with the 4th graders for a narrated school bus tour of the murals.

7. In May, we will plant the black planters in town.

UPDATE ON THE ROUTE 66 MURAL CITY DATE

8. A BIG EVENT: On Saturday, May 14, The Route 66 Mural City Party kicks off with dinner, dancing, and a drawing for a $10,000 prize. Viva Cuba is sponsoring this community event to raise money to fund projects in 2011, which includes mural maintenance, and, who knows, maybe even a new mural. Committees have formed to make this event a good time for the community with dinner and dancing on the agenda. We will get some extra help from supporters outside Viva Cuba to make this event successful.  With only 300 tickets sold, a 1-in-300 chance to win makes some pretty good odds for someone to have a prosperous 2011. Mark this date and get a group together: family, friends, old classmates, etc.

Cuba, Missouri Holland Brothers

The fun loving Holland brothers will once again MC the May 7 event. This photo is from 2010.

UPDATED CHAIR-I-TABLE AUCTION DATE

9. This year’s Chair-i-table auction will be combined with the May 14 Route 66 Mural City Party.  A silent auction will take place during the event. Artists are designing and painting their one-of-a-kind chairs now.

10. Viva Cuba will take part in the Civil War Reenactment events in Leasburg, Missouri planned for October. It is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and we want to participate in local activities. We will coordinate with the event planners to see how we can take part.

11. We continue our Adopt-A-Street program in 2011. This program lets individuals, businesses, and organizations adopt streets within Cuba for trash pickup. Viva Cuba has adopted north Smith Street.

12. The 3rd weekend of October is the annual Cuba Fest. On Saturday, Viva Cuba will bring the Tour St. Louis trolley to town for narrated tours of the murals along Route 66 and a Sunday Cemetery Tour with locals dressing up as historical characters to tell their stories. Saturday at Cuba Fest, Viva Cuba sponsors its annual Chili Cook-off in a quest for some award-winning chili, so we will be picking a theme and rounding up some chili chefs.

13. In December, we hope to have the Yuletide House Tour, so we will be asking homeowners to participate in the tour and organize signage, tickets, directions, and promotion. We will decorate the Viva Cuba Garden with lights, wreaths, and ribbons for Christmas.

14. Viva Cuba members will conduct narrated “big bus” tours of the murals when asked. The fees for these tours are used for mural maintenance.

15. We will continue the Cuba Missouri Murals blog and Facebook and Twitter pages. The un-expected always occurs. Book mark our blog or subscribe to an RSS feed to deliver new blogs  to your mailbox and stay up-to-date with the history, preservation, attractions, and events around town. We are always on the lookout for that odd piece of history, an old photograph, or information to share with readers. Share blog posts with others to let them know what a unique town that we have where “the walls talk and history meets art.” We want to continue to promote the murals, Route 66, other local attractions, restaurants, and lodging in Cuba with articles, ads, and spreading the word of Cuba however we can.

Viva Cuba has a many plans for the new year, and, at times, we hope you can be a part of them in 2011.

Meramec Electrical Products Employees step up for a cleaner Cuba…

Meramec Electrical Products employees came out for a cleaner Cuba.

Meramec Electrical Products employees came out for a cleaner Cuba.

Last evening, MEPCO employees met to execute their commitment  to Viva Cuba’s Trash Bash. They picked up trash along Hwy. PP and left it a lot cleaner than they found it.

According to company Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Carolyn Sanazaro, “We had a lot of support and had a good time.”

Viva Cuba salutes their contribution to the campaign for a cleaner Cuba.

Employees enjoyed working together to get the job done.

Employees enjoyed working together to get the job done.

It doesn't take long to fill a trash bag.

It doesn't take long to fill a trash bag.

Hwy. PP never looked so good.

Hwy. PP never looked so good.

For more information on how how your business or organization can participate in the Saturday, May 1 event, go here. Your group can set its own time and place to take part in this effort.

Treasure Cuba, Don't Trash It

Treasure Cuba, Don't Trash It

Spring: It’s time for Viva Cuba members to get their hands dirty…and shake a tail feather…

Viva Cuba members put on the gloves in the spring and get to work.

Viva Cuba members put on the gloves in the spring and get to work.

Watch for the dancing bird…

Saturday is the first day of spring. The Channel 5 weatherman said spring arrives officially at 12:32 Sunday. But it’s coming even if snow flurries are predicted. Winter knows that it is going to be a spectacular spring. Winter is jealous and hanging on as long as posslbe. But spring and its season of rebirth will arrive.

Many activities are associated with spring: graduations, ball practice, kids playing outside again, yard sales, Easter clothes, digging in the dirt and planting flowers, getting out the hoses, and spring cleaning. Nature gets busy with trees leafing out and flowers blooming.

The new Cuba School track dedication is in May. A lot of community members worked on that project, and the track and its buildings are looking good. Track kids are already practicing there.

I looked out on the deck yesterday, and the dog was sitting in one chair, and the cat was sitting on a cushion in another chair. They enjoyed the sun and thought spring was already here.

The Viva Cuba organization ramps up its activities in the spring. On April 1st we will unveil a new fundraiser to fund public art.

The Saturday, May 1st Trash Bash for 2010 is in the planning stages. You will hear more about that soon, and we hope you can help us out. There’s a lot of trash out there. We don’t like it and would like to expand the idea of a cleaner Cuba throughout the year. We would like your help and input on how to accomplish this.  We will be posting more information on Cuba’s Adopt-a-Street Program .

We are finalizing plans for the Saturday, May 8 Chair-i-table auction at Java.net. We are rounding up all the chairs and getting photos so that we can let everyone know what is available this year. At some point, we will post photos of all the chairs.

At the Viva Cuba meeting yesterday, we discussed planting the planters around town as we do every year. We’re anxious to do that, but we decided we better wait until May. We discussed if the big flower pots by the Viva Cuba Garden looked weathered or if they need painted. That’s under consideration.

We are getting metal brochure boxes painted to put out along the mural route so that visitors can get mural, Chamber, and Historic Preservation brochures. Artist Julie Balogh Brand will paint them.

Viva Cuba formed a team for Race to the Rocker. We know that we won’t win anything, but we want to be supportive of other organizations. That’s why some of us helped JOG,inc. pick up trash along Rt. 66. That was a job.

In May, a couple of us are going over to visit the fourth graders at Cuba Schools. We get on a school bus and give them a narrated tour of the murals. They have been studying Viva Cuba’s mural curriculum and already know a lot about Cuba’s history. Last year we loved seeing the dioramas that they built featuring Cuba attractions. This year a couple of students will be blogging about the tour and their studies, and we will post the blog on our site. I call them Kidbloggers.

We have maintenance to finish on the murals this year, and the city is suppose to help us get lights on the Millworks and Amelia murals. We also need to get some lights working on murals that already have them. It seems we get lights changed on one mural, and there are lights out on another. Our goal is to get all the murals lit-at the same time- so that they are showcased at night.

We all make plans in the spring. Viva Cuba has their “To Do” list too.  But sometime when the spring saps rise,  you just have to shake a tail feather. See this video.

Let us know what you do in the spring to signal the new season.

Spring Things in Cuba MO

Everyone has a spring “To Do” list.

Cuba, Missouri: 25th annual trash bash leaves a clean scene…

Workers gathered to get safety vests, discuss their assignments, and register for the giveaways before the day started.

Workers gathered to get safety vests, discuss their assignments, and register for the giveaways before the day started.

Cuba, Missouri:  Members of Viva Cuba, JOG.inc, the high school Environmental Club, Peoples Bank employees, and other volunteers came together to clean up Cuba for Viva Cuba’s 25th annual Trash Bash on Saturday, May 2.

These young people from the Environmental Club helped Viva Cuba clean the streets. They saw the vests as fashion accessories.

These young people from the Environmental Club helped Viva Cuba clean the streets. They saw the vests as fashion accessories.

The groups met at the Viva Cuba Garden to pick up safety vests and trash bags provided by MoDOT. Individuals registered for drawings of a wheel barrow of gardening goodies that Viva Cuba member Elizabeth Karl put together.

Some lucky workers took home some of the prizes that they won in the drawings.

Some lucky workers took home some of the prizes that they won in the drawings.

Chairperson of the event Kim Baldwin organized the teams, and they fanned out to pick up trash and plant the planters around town.

Gene Beyers had the right tool for the digging.

Gene Beyers had the right tool for the digging.

After a couple of hours, the streets were cleaner, decorative pots had flowers, and some lucky people won some of the gardening supplies that were in the drawing.

A little dirt went home with Viva Cuba members.

A little dirt went home with Viva Cuba members.

“It was great to have the kids in the Environmental Club from the high school join us this year,” remarked Viva Cuba Member Jill Barnett.

Prior to May 2, the Tri-C organization, led by Judy Workman, worked with Dave Workman, Marcus Bast, and Don Meyr to clean up and do some planting at the railroad overpass on Hwy. 19.

Tailgaiting is part of any activity.  These were "planters" who planted the flowers during the Trash Bash.

Tailgaiting is part of any activity. These were "planters" who planted the flowers during the Trash Bash.

Viva Cuba hopes others will join them in their effort to keep Cuba clean. The most effective cleanup is when people don’t throw their soda bottles, wrappers, and other trash on the streets of Cuba.

Many businesses and organizations have helped by beautifying their buildings, planting flowers, and cleaning up the front and back of their premises. Viva Cuba appreciates these efforts and hopes to be part of the continuing effort to beautify Cuba.

What other ideas are there for keeping a small town looking good? Comment below.

Viva Cuba member Tina and Kim plant the Garden.

Viva Cuba members Tina and Kim plant the Garden.

The day wasn't all work. Tina gives Ryan a ride in the wheelbarrow that she won in the drawing.

The day wasn't all work. Tina gives Ryan a ride in the wheelbarrow that she won in the drawing.

The Peoples Bank crew gathered some deposits for their trash bags.

The Peoples Bank crew gathered some deposits for their trash bags.

Best of the Blog

Categories

Archives

Search the Blog

Find Us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter