On Friday, June 10th and Saturday, June 11th, Celebrate Lincoln will turn the streets of Downtown Lincoln into a great place to eat, dance, and play. Patrons will enjoy two fun-filled days of delicious food, refreshing beverages, colorful merchandise, kid-friendly activities, and a sizzling line-up of entertainment. Celebrate Lincoln produced by GOLincolnGO, will take place from 12th – 14th streets on N Street from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. both days.

Eat a smorgasbord of unique foods from all over the world and take your taste buds on a trip around the world by purchasing a tour card. Refresh with ice cold beverages and international beer. In the World Market, shop for unique products you won’t be able to find anywhere else. The event site will be jam-packed with exotic sounds, products and flavors!

Celebrate Lincoln is a volunteer-driven event intended to showcase and embrace the diversity of Lincoln residents and build community harmony through interaction, education, and celebration.

This year, the long list of local entertainers will be joined by headliner Rodney Atkins.  The platinum record selling, award winning country music star is known for his hit singles “If You’re Going Through Hell”, and “Watching You”, and will perform on Saturday, June 11th at 9:00 p.m.

For ticket information about Celebrate Lincoln, a complete listing of entertainment, vendors, and sponsors, or to register to volunteer for the event, visit GoLincolnGo.org.

Recent and ongoing developments spotlight the reoccurring vitality of downtown Lincoln:

Last month resulted in a large amount of building improvements and alterations, leading to an investment of $715,862 in downtown construction projects. This includes $43,362 worth of retail enhancements, $632,500 worth of residential enhancements and $40,000 worth of office improvements.

Downtown Lincoln Business News

Student Ad Agency Jacht Club Sets Sail in Haymarket

Jacht Club, the first student-run ad agency in Lincoln, opened its doors in its new home located in the Haymarket next to Scooter’s. The agency will provide students the opportunity to work with real clients and to develop and execute strategies based on principles learned from advertising courses at the university.

The space in the Haymarket that Jacht Club occupies was provided by Nebraska Global after they listened to the student agency’s pitch back in December. In addition to the space, the company provided Jacht Club with computers, software and office furniture. Professor Amy Struthers, head of the advertising and public relations program at UNL, lauded Patrick Smith and Steve Kiene of Nebraska Global for their tremendous support in getting the agency up and running.

Jacht Club started out humbly with just 13 students, but will double its membership to 26 students in the fall. The agency will offer several services including logo and brand development as well as poster and website design.

Architectural Firm BVH Finishing 15-Year Capitol Renovation

BVH, in association with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE), is currently in the final stages of a 15-year multi-faceted Capitol restoration project, the longest project they’ve ever worked on.

Over the course of the last 15 years, BVH has done extensive restoration work on several areas of the building. Aesthetically, they’ve cleaned and applied a new patina to the iconic 19-foot-tall bronze Sower that stands atop the Capitol building and also cleaned and repaired the gold tile clad dome and the thunder bird tile murals at the tower drum.

The final phase of the restoration process was completed last December when it officially reached Substantial Completion. The firm is currently finishing up some small punch list items and construction yard restoration.

by Terry Uland, President
Downtown Lincoln Association

Founded in 1967, the Downtown Lincoln Association provides services and champions initiatives for maintaining and enhancing our vibrant downtown. Our vision is to create an energetic downtown environment where we live, learn, work, invest and play. DLA has evolved into a multi-faceted organization supporting a wide range of programs and activities including maintenance, economic development and advocacy. For a complete listing of downtown businesses, events and residences visit downtownlincoln.org. ‘Like’ us on Facebook at facebook.com/downtownlincoln.