Sunday, April 30, 2006

A Unique Challenge - Part II - Your Turn!

Grab for your own 15 minutes of fame! Describe in 100 words or less your most creative - and legal - idea for the use of an historic church building. Tell me what you would do and why it's such a great idea. It could be a church, yes, but it could also be an artist’s gallery as it has been for the last 30 years. What else can you think of?

Go to for more pictures of this designated historic property, and read more about it in an earlier blog entry. Then send your idea in a comment on this blog or by email, but don't delay - I need your ideas by May 31.

The most creative idea will be featured – along with your name and photo, if you like - in my blog and also in one of my newspaper ads in early June. Plus, I'll announce the winner on the radio, and let you know when to listen for it, too.

So have some fun, and grab your time in the spotlight. Start thinking outside the box - or church - and enter today!


At 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful building. I'd convert it to a Children's Museum. Historic information regarding the community, the State Flower, any wildlife in the area. Plus an area for children to play games or do projects in relation to the history on display. Interactive maps of the area, history of the city, etc.

Good luck, Margaret.

Karen Villa Schweinfurth, ABR, CRS, SRES, e-PRO Internet Certified, An Allen Hainge® Cyberstar, RE/MAX Northwest Realtors Seattle

At 3:59 PM, Blogger Orlando Real Estate News said...


I would go to the church graveyard list all the names. Advertise a family reunion picnic for all surviving relatives. Potluck based on the initial of the last name would determine what they bring. a-f appetizers, g-m salad you get the idea. Bring enough for 25. You would provide the main course ie. hot dogs or hamburgers, steaks if you so choose. Every family must bring a memory card to post on a pew in the church with something of note that their family member is cherished or remembered for which will be read before the blessing of the meal. Offering optional..

At 7:40 AM, Blogger Allyson Hoffman said...

Great idea, Margaret. What an interesting building with obviously a very interesting history and maybe even a more interesting future!

At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make it a Conference Center with overnight accommodations so groups can go for tech sessions, training, brainstorming, planning, strategizing, small conferences, paying for use. I can't think of any work force (school, church, office staff, agency, department, etc) that could NOT use such a place to "get away" into a quiet environment to plan. Could have day sessions, evening sessions or overnight (Children could bring sleeping bags.) Boy/Girl Scouts, recreation centers, baseball groups could use it for rap sessions or training or relaxation- an experience away from home for kids.

All this would be meaningful to people, the old church would be put to use...and of course, using it will not be free, so it will generate funds to help with repairs or maintenance. A small group of people, known as The Board could manage, supervise and schedule events. Someone might volunteer to be there when building is in use. Neighborhood volunteers could keep the grounds clean, supervise, etc.

At 10:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Use the old church as a Greenhouse, a place to cultivate and sell flowers'
An art gallery is nice, too.

At 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Use the space as a PARTY HOUSE. Lots of people love to entertain and what better use than to have this massive space to hold social functions, weddings, bridal showers,engagement parties, chrisenings,birthday parties, charity functions,dinners, luncheons,family reunions, dance recitals, chamber music...just to name a few. Can you come up with more?

At 1:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How bout a retreat? Lots of companies like to participate in them; so that would take care of business retreats; there is a place near Flintstone Maryland (way on the other side from you lol) which is more of an ecumenical spiritual retreat; she has added on space, etc. Anyway, thought some creative Zen like person might want to buy it and start up a business!


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