Main Street Orion love padlocks in Central Park


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Posted Online: Sept. 28, 2012, 10:16 am
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Press release submitted by Main Street Orion

Orion, Illinois is not thought often of as being a trendsetting, fad-embracing community; however, on October 20, 2012, Orion, Illinois, will be only the eighth state to designate an official, "Lovescape Location!" What is that, you might ask? A "Lovescape Location" is an official public fixture where people can lock a padlock in place, symbolically declaring and locking their love forever.

In Europe, love padlocks started appearing on bridges, fences, and poles in the early 2000s. The padlocks honoring someone or something have become all the rage in the cities of, Paris, Rome, and Dublin, and even appear on the Great Wall of China! Main Street Orion is excited to bring to America's Midwest its very first Lovescape Location!

The setting for the locks will be the back stop fencing in Central Park in Orion, Illinois. This back stop has been there as long as most Orion residents can remember, so it seems fitting and fun that a trendy, new, modern idea is located here, bringing Orion an up-to-the-minute event in which to participate!

Main Street Orion will be selling padlocks which will be engraved with your chosen inscription. These may be used to commemorate a wedding or engagement, a birthday or graduation, used to honor a favorite pet, put voice to any personal commitments, used as a memorial in remembrance of a loved one, or simply to declare, "I was here!" Businesses will certainly want to commemorate their years of service with an "established on" date inscription. These locks are also known as Wish Locks in some parts of the world, wishing for love, money, or eternal happiness. The sky's the limit for inscriptions and can go as far as your imagination and creativity takes you!

In celebration of the Orion band shell celebrating its 100th birthday in 2013, a restoration of the historic structure will take place. Along with being trendy and on the forefront of a current fad, purchasing a lock will help fund renovations to Orion's band shell which is listed on The National Register of Historic Places.

The special, one-time locking, brass padlocks will be sold by Main Street Orion over the next few weeks for $25 including inscription. All profits will be used for renovation of Orion's historic Central Park band shell. The Locking Ceremony will take place on October 20, 2012. You may place the lock yourself or have a volunteer place it for you in an appropriate location on the back stop.

Become a part of Orion's history, help preserve the band shell, and be part of a fun new trend! Call Main Street Orion at 309-526-8299 to learn more about ordering your padlock and be today's trendsetter!

The Main Street Orion program is a non-profit, volunteer-based state of Illinois program connected with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency which encourages renovation of community buildings, development of new business growth, and creation of a positive hometown image through community-oriented activities. The mission of Main Street Orion, an organization beneficial to residents, businesses, and local government, is to preserve the identity of our home town. Main Street Orion recognizes and promotes the historic identity of the town through preservation, creating a positive environment in which to shop, play, invest, and live.

Main Street Orion PO Box 693 Orion, Il 61273 ph. 309-526-8299 email: director@mainstreetorion.com




















 



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