Westmont Special Events group has big plans for 2013
The Westmont Special Events Corporation is a group of volunteers who organize various events in the village of Westmont, such as the Taste of Westmont, the weekly Cruisin’ Nights classic car shows and the Westmont Marketplace farmers market.
Emily Bandza, vice president of communications for the WSEC, shared some of the highlights the group had in 2012, as well what is in store for 2013.
Q: What were the highlights for the WSEC in 2012, and what are some of the things that need to be improved for the new year?
A: The Taste of Westmont is always the big highlight of the year. In 2012, the theme was “Rock Your Taste Buds” and I am not sure which night of entertainment was the best because they all rocked, though my personal favorite was the band 7th Heaven. We were also very excited about our two new events, the Westmont Fresh Marketplace and the Rock and Roll Road Rally. There was great feedback on both, now we need to make them even better for 2013. I also think the Westmont Fresh Marketplace will have an opportunity in its second season to become more established. We have made it through a big portion of the learning curve for both the market and road rally and these will be much more successful in 2013.
Q: What are some of the planned events for the WSEC in 2013? Any new programs or things you are looking forward to?
A: The Taste, Cruisin' Nights, Westmont Fresh Marketplace and Rock and Roll Road Rally will all be taking place again in 2013. I am looking forward to mixing up the Taste entertainment this year. We are adding a country music night which was suggested by some of our local residents, it will be interesting to see if it is a big hit.
We are also looking into proposing a terrific new layout for the market and Cruisin' Nights and if approved, downtown Westmont will have a community street fair every Thursday night for car owners, shoppers, kids and everyone to enjoy each week.
Q: The WSEC is a volunteer organization that is always looking for more people to help out. What are some of the ways that people can volunteer or participate in the planning process?
A: We can always use volunteers. What is nice about our organization is that anyone can help out and we have jobs that fit everyone's talents and schedules. We have two-hour shifts at the events or working year round on a committee to plan. We have one or two open house events for recruiting volunteers, we use social media posts and surveys to gauge feedback and interest, but anyone is welcome to attend one of our monthly board meetings or just contact the office to find out more.
Q: What is the New Year's Resolution for the WSEC in 2013?
A: Stanley Jamburger, the WSEC T-shirt and Facebook mascot, is hoping for 2,013 friends for 2013, so we hope more people will friend us to get information on community events. Our resolution is the same every year: to make these events bigger and better than ever.
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