The members and volunteers of the Swiss Community Historical Society have a busy week ahead of them. The Swiss farmstead on Bixel Road, owned and operated by the Swiss Community Historical Society, will be open to the public on September 26th during Bluffton’s Fall Festival. They are busily working both inside and outside of the home in preparation for the high traffic they expect during next weekend’s festival. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 26 there will be soup, cider, Swiss cheese, bread, popcorn and coffee available for all visitors. Also, the Swiss Community Historical Society will have numerous attractions including: spinning, meat smoking, wood sawing, antique farm machinery, roofing, cook books, clothes patterns, display of farm drainage practices, music, wagon rides, plowing, children’s art, face painting and more.
As is true with most large projects, adjustments are having to be made in the planning of the sreetscape project.
The original plan was to completely finish one side of the street before beginning any work on the other side. The sidewalks on the Town Hall side of the street are nearing completion; the next phase would be to place the streetlights and poles. However, due to delays in the arrival of the new lights, temporary ones will be put up for the next six weeks.
“We’ve hit a slight snag with the project. The streetlights and poles will not be in for another six weeks. We are placing temporary lights to keep Main Street safe and well lit at night,” said Village Administrator, Jamie Mehaffie.
The temporary lights will be about fifty feet tall and will be in place until about mid-October.
Once in place, the new lights will have a nostalgic look and will be reminiscent of those that lined the streets of Bluffton in the 1920s.