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Posted: 01/08/14

MRP planning new
winter events in 2014

by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer
      Planning for a future event and creating a new run/walk is on the agenda for the Romeo Merchants, Restaurants and Professionals Association (MRP) for 2014.
       The MRP consists of local businesses, restaurants and other organizations within the Village of Romeo. Its objective is to promote business, entertainment and recreation for visitors and residents in the downtown area.
       MRP President Connie Connelly said the MRP would like to collaborate with different organizations in the area, whether it is Parks and Recreation or the Lions or Kiwanis clubs. To do so, the MRP is holding an open membership meeting scheduled for 8 a.m. on Jan. 15 at 121 S. Main St.
       "We need some new blood," she said.
       She said the MRP will hold its annual events, such as the Village-Wide Garage Sales in June, the Sidewalk Sales in July and the Romeo Harvest Days in October.
       One event the MRP is cutting is the Romeo Romantic Days, an event that focused on St. Valentine's Day festivities that was scheduled for Feb. 15. Instead, the MRP is brainstorming a 2015 winter event to replace it.
       "We'll keep some of our events going, the ones that are well-received and well-liked, but would like to add to those," Connelly said. "We're always looking for ideas."
       MRP Treasurer Carol Humphreys said the MRP is tossing around ideas like a sled hill, ice sculptures, marshmallow roasters and a snowman slush.
       "What we've discovered over the course of the last year or two is you need multiple things from multiple people to make an event a success," Humphreys said. "We don't want to do a skeleton event, we want something that highlights more than one facet of Romeo, because Romeo is a gem that has many facets."
       The elimination of the Romantic Days leaves a hole in the 2014 winter, but MRP members are looking to collaborate with the St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser held March 15 to organize a run or walk to benefit the foundation. St. Baldrick's Foundation raises money for childhood cancer research.
       "The MRP tries to do something with charity," Humphreys said. "We understand the importance of giving to the community from all sides."
       The MRP is also looking to form a committee that will help raise postage for the From Romeo With Love military care package drive held Feb. 8.
       Humphreys said the MRP will continue working on its membership in 2014, and hopes the January meeting will give a better idea on what people expect or would like to see from the MRP.
       The MRP receives funding from membership fees as well as from the Romeo Downtown Development Authority (DDA).
      


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