They say it takes a village. We say it takes a special neighborhood. Add a small but dedicated group of volunteers and passionate businesses, and you have Nokomis Days.
Our Nokomis Days celebration isn’t new. But it’s the third year that the Nokomis East Business Association (NEBA) has taken it on after a 30+ year hiatus. It was also new to the latest group of NEBA volunteers behind its reboot.
As far as we know, the Nokomis East Business Association first came on the scene in the 1960s. Over the years, it’s seen a lot of members and businesses come and go. The organization has also had many ups and downs, including name changes, periods of inactivity, a pandemic, and an Uprising. It hasn’t been easy keeping an entirely volunteer-run organization going, especially over 60 years.
But one thing has always remained constant with NEBA – individuals and businesses with a deep love and commitment to our very special corner of the city. And, if you ask us, there’s no greater example than Nokomis Days.
This year, the Nokomis Days Planning Committee got to work in January. This team of volunteers met each month to put ideas into action for the August celebration. Businesses and service organizations from every corner of the Nokomis area also stepped forward, volunteering their time, talents, and resources to create a weekend-long list of festivities that brought the celebration to life.
And the hard work paid off.
Once again, you came out in full force to support your favorite local businesses and discover new ones you hadn’t realized were here. It was a remarkable weekend, especially since volunteers made it all happen – including each of the businesses that hosted events and specials all weekend.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this year a success. We hope you feel as fortunate as we do to be part of the Nokomis East community.
As we close the chapter on our 2023 Nokomis Days celebration, we’re already looking forward to 2024. So, save the date for the first weekend of August. And, if you need a distraction when the winter winds start to blow, contact us to learn more about our Nokomis Days Planning Committee by emailing NokomisEastBA@gmail.com.
NEBA co-chair and volunteer Heidi Van Heel of hvh Engage! is a longtime resident of Nokomis East and operates a home-based businesses. NEBA is currently meeting on the third Wednesday of each month, 6 p.m., at the McDonald's Liquor community space.
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