Washington Chamber of Commerce spends night "Under the Big Top"

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter
Cory Winstead believes he is freezing cold after a hypnotic suggestion from entertainer Nate McVicker at the Washington Day Banquet Feb. 28 at Five Points Washington

The circus came to town Feb. 28 when the Washington Chamber of Commerce had its annual Washington Day Banquet at Five Points Washington.

Among the honorees were Glenn and Pat Essig who were awarded the 2008 Washingtonian Award.

Pat Essig is credited with taking the lead on getting the Washington community center, Five Points Washington, built.

The community center is a five entity facility in which Washington Communty High School, the Washington District Library, Washington Park District, city of Washington and Washington Area Community Center board all share responsibility for the $21 million center.

Homespun Gallery, owned by Elaine Lucas, was is this year's recipient of the 2008 Beautification Award.

Lucas, renovated an empty building on the Washington Square to its original look. Homespun Gallery carries a line of furniture in plain pine and chestnut with heritage finish.

In addition, Homespun Gallery offers works from local artisans and offers collectible items from folk artists, such as sandwich houses, pottery and a collection of Santas.