Community Spotlight: New Carlisle


Discover New Carlisle was recently featured in Main Street Monthly, a monthly publication from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) Indiana Main Street Program.

The holiday season is upon us, and like many Main Street organizations, Discover New Carlisle uses this festive time of year to bring the community together to celebrate.

Three years ago, Discover New Carlisle adopted the day-long "Christmas in New Carlisle" event.

This event, with over a 20 year history, starts with a craft fair at the fire station. This year, 35 vendors gathered to share their wares.

Afterwards, the lighted Christmas parade kicks off in the park, this year 30 lighted entries led to the Lighting Ceremony of the town Christmas tree.

Everyone then gathered back at the Fire Station for cookies and hot chocolate.

Funds raised from the event are used by Discover New Carlisle to maintain and update the downtown Christmas decorations including lighted trees and wreaths on lamp posts.

Discover New Carlisle’s largest fundraising event is their Beer and Wine Walk.

This past August, 13 shops in downtown New Carlisle offered beer and wine samples, encouraging attendees to discover downtown. Discover New Carlisle sells wristbands to this 21 and older event for $25 each and provides a trolley during the duration of the 4-hour evening.

There is also a silent auction for additional fundraising. Funds from the Beer and Wine Walk provide most of Discover New Carlisle’s operating funds annually, making it a self-sustaining organization.

“The Beer and Wine Walk has brought to people to downtown who have lived nearby for 20 years, but never came into downtown. It is a great success.” - Kathy Aurenz, Discover New Carlisle

Discover New Carlisle recently partnered with OCRA to invest in way-finding signage, trash receptacles, and benches through a Downtown Enhancement Grant.

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