The Leadership Bartow Program's annual Holiday Alumni Reunion is planned as a grand get together for all who have graduated from the Leadership two-year Program.

More than 380 have been invited to attend the annual holiday reunion on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 5:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Harmony Haven Event Venue, 6320 US 98 South, Bartow, on the corner of US 98 and CR540A.

"This is a great time to renew old friendships and enjoy fantastic food, music by Deejay Clint Edwards (Leadership Bartow XII), and kick off the holiday season," said Bartow Chamber Executive Director Jeff Clark. Not only are alum invited, but the current Leadership Class has been asked to attend. That's Leadership XVII.

The first Leadership Class was formed in 1984 by then Executive Director of the Chamber, Mayme Burdin Clark. Members included William A. Biebuiyck Jr., Dean I. Brantley, George Burke Jr., Dr. Michael W. Carson, Lois K. Clevenger, Kathryn W. Cramer, Becky Crucet, Kenneth D. Ely, Brian D. DeNeve, Charles GHrenig, Charles L. Hooks, Lennon D. Jordan Jr., Barbara Newell, Eleanor H. Lawrence, James Gary May, LaVerne F. McCall, Paul N. Mudgett, Lee Newell, Ralph J. Nobo Jr. MD, Nancy T. Pennington, Michella A. Purcell, J. Richard Stewart, Ruth C. Trainor and Steven R. Wright.

And if you ask them about their Leadership experience, they will tell you Leadership I "is the best class."

All Leadership Bartow graduates are invited, as well as the current Leadership class, and current board members of the Bartow Chamber of Commerce. If you have not received your invitation, please contact the Chamber to make sure your mailing address is on the alumni's list.



Follow these links for more information:

Main Street Bartow, Inc.

City of Bartow Parks and Recreation Dept.

Polk County History Center

Lots to do on Bartow’s Main Street every month

Movies on the Lawn
Come watch a free movie on the lawn on the fourth Friday of every month. The movie begins shortly after dark on the corner of Main and Wilson at the grassy lot. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and bug spray and enjoy a popular movie outdoors with the family – there’s nothing like it! Usually one of the service clubs will have snacks available for purchase, or bring your own. See you at dark-thirty!

Community Yard Sale

Always the third Saturday every month, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., downtown Bartow.

Farmer’s Market
Each Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., come to Fort Blount Park and find fresh vegetables plus other great item at the Main Street Farmer’s Market.

Friday, Friday, Friday
Friday Fest Street Party fun continues on November 18 with MAGIC ON MAIN! Live entertainment, and the downtown lights will be switched on to signal the beginning of the holiday season.

Saturday, Saturday, Saturday
Every second Saturday, find collectibles and treasures at the Downtown Antique Fair on East Main Street from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Main Street Bartow’s Uptown Community Yard Sale is on the third Saturday of each month on the corner of Wilson and Main. Look for bargains or sell your treasures from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

And don't forget the Honey Bee Festival on Saturday, November 12! (See ad above.)

For more information on any Main Street Bartow events, call the office at (863) 519-0508. If you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Main Street Bartow is located at 180 South Central Ave.