Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Downtown events inspire through fun

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Sept. 19, 2013 at 4:19 a.m.

Earlier this year, downtown Victoria was the site of a murder. One March night, a member of the paparazzi was killed, and citizens spent the night investigating and hunting for the culprit.

All of this, thankfully, was part of a game hosted by the Victoria Main Street Program to encourage members of the community to visit the downtown area and become familiar with all it has to offer. Now, another game will begin Saturday night at DeLeon Plaza. This time, the Main Street Program is working with Victoria Preservation Inc., the Victoria TX Independent Film Festival and other downtown businesses to host a photo scavenger hunt of downtown Victoria.

The Old Victoria Photo Scavenger Hunt will feature cards with cryptic pictures that participants must identify, according to the Victoria Main Street Program website. Clues are available at participating locations, and the clues will focus on the history of Victoria and specific buildings or businesses. In addition to the clues on players' game cards, participants can also find extra information using the VTXIFF phone application.

We are excited to see the Victoria Main Street Program and other groups coming together to create a safe, fun environment for Victorians to take part in activities and encourage residents to explore the city's downtown area. We are especially glad to see the focus this event has on Victoria's history and heritage. Our city has several beautiful buildings downtown that have been or should be restored for future generations to appreciate. By promoting an event that makes learning about our hometown heritage fun, these groups are helping future generations see the historical value of our city. This new appreciation will inspire others to help restore and revive Victoria's downtown.

We applaud the Victoria Main Street Program, Victoria Preservation Inc., the VTXIFF and everyone else who is taking part in these special activities to spread knowledge and appreciation for Victoria's downtown assets. Thank you for offering a fun, fresh and exciting way for residents to connect with and explore their hometown and its history. We look forward to seeing many more activities to engage the Victoria community.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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