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Main Street's new marketer wants Venetian Night at riverfront

Concert series and mini golf outing announced

Giana Bonneur
Giana Bonneur

DIXON – Dixon Main Street on Friday introduced a Morrison woman as its new events and marketing coordinator.

Giana Bonneur, 33, who will officially begin work with Main Street on May 1, will oversee all events and promotions that take place on the riverfront, in addition to working on other Main Street promotions.

During a news conference at the riverfront, Main Street Executive Director Josh Albrecht said Bonneur’s sales background in working for Mary Kay, including her sales experience in downtown Chicago, was among the reasons she was hired.

“She has event planning experience,” Albrecht said. “[She] has a lot of great ideas. ... We think she’s going to be a very dynamic, exciting person to add to our team.”

Bonneur’s first project, she said, will be to bring a Venetian Night to the Dixon riverfront.

Chicago’s Venetian Night has been around for more than 50 years and includes music, food, and a lighted boat parade.

“I’m very excited to have [this] opportunity,” Bonneur said. “Dixon is an exciting place to be. I live in Morrison now, and we often come here because it’s a great place to be. ... I’m just looking forward to contributing to that.”

Dixon has a lot of momentum involved in its downtown and riverfront, she said, and she wants to add a few inaugural events, like the Venetian Night.

Bonneur grew up in the Chicago suburbs and earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University before spending time as a fellowship recipient at Northwestern University’s graduate school, according to a Dixon Main Street news release.

“I want to see the riverfront be the place to be,” she said. “I want to see something happening on the riverfront all the time. When I moved out here, I saw all these rivers – the Mississippi River, which I didn’t grow up on, and the Rock River – and I always think, ‘Why isn’t there more going on when you have all these waterfronts?’”

Riverfront events

Activity along the riverfront will increase next month, as Main Street’s musical Fridays concert series begins May 2, in addition to the farmers market being moved from Haymarket Square to the riverfront.

The musical Fridays concerts will be held each Friday, from noon to 1 p.m., at the gazebo on the west side of the riverfront, according to a news release.

The concert series will start in May instead of June, as in previous years, Albrecht said, and run through September.

Musical Fridays performances will include Ray Rose, Olivia Dvorak and Kathy Cecchetti and Friends, among others.

Main Street also announced a mini-golf outing at the riverfront, to be held May 30 and 31. The course will be open to the public that Friday night and Saturday, after a corporate outing during the day May 30.

Admission to the outing will be free, but the cost for adults to play will be $5. There will be food vendors and a beer and wine tent sponsored by Crystal Cork.

Teams can enter the corporate outing for $200.

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