In all of Mary Vyskocil’s 36 many years as a Brookfield resident, what the longtime resident treasures most about the village is its previous-fashioned neighborly environment of camaraderie and benevolence.
“I constantly contact this town ‘Mayberry R.F.D’ — wherever you go, you meet up with somebody,” she claimed. “Locals are usually incredibly hospitable, helpful — every person always reaches out and is kind.”
However, as the pandemic pressured organizations to close their doorways, neighbors to maintain to them selves, educational institutions to instruct remotely and the village to terminate functions and systems, Vyskocil nervous the perception of togetherness she cherished most about Brookfield would be gradual to bounce again.
But ever given that a person of her common excursions into Loca Mocha Cafe past year, the wheels in Vyskocil’s mind have been turning to create a exclusive way to rejoice Brookfield by encouraging folks to phase out to visit with neighbors and patronize companies.
“I saw a guy at Loca Mocha convey a embellished bicycle inside of,” she explained. “There have been ‘Cows on Parade’ in Chicago, and artwork installations in downtown La Grange, so why not one thing in Brookfield?”
That is where by Park Your Experience was born, a village-huge art undertaking where by embellished, a person-of-a-form bicycles — irrespective of whether practical or not, previous or new — will be displayed throughout Brookfield all through August and September.
From spray painting bikes and incorporating floral baskets to throwing string lights and other funky props on them, Vyskocil, who beforehand served on the previous Brookfield Distinctive Occasions Committee and now serves on the Parks and Recreation Fee, hopes the application will be a new way of fostering fun and art in town.
“This is a good way to provide the complete village together,” she stated. “Everyone can get included — enterprises, young ones. I consider it’s a way to promote a lot of creative imagination, very inexpensively.”
To get the program up and jogging, Vyskocil initial checked with Brookfield’s Beautification Commission and its nonprofit foundation, Beautify Brookfield, irrespective of whether the initiative would be something they wished to spearhead.
“They have accomplished so considerably with this village with planters and building the village so wonderful, but they experienced so significantly on their plate,” she discussed. “They were being psyched about it but have been more than delighted to say, ‘Hey, if you are more than happy to undertake this, that would be wonderful.’”
Aiding Vyskocil with the celebration are Izzi Markus, who designed the program’s flier and Facebook celebration site Ann Sokol, co-owner of The Compassion Manufacturing unit Art Gallery and Studio and members of Cycle Brookfield, the neighborhood team of bicycle lovers.
Vyskocil states alongside with promoting the occasion at the Brookfield Farmers Market and The Compassion Manufacturing facility, Cycle Brookfield may possibly be capable to arrange a city-broad bike scavenger hunt very similar to the one particular the team organized last yr.
Residents are staying requested by way of social media to enhance bikes in their have creative designs and layouts. Contributors are being asked to sign up. You can uncover a hyperlink on Fb, by clicking right here or emailing Vyskocil at [email protected] Vyskocil claimed any one who would like to take part but requires a bicycle and/or art resources may well also reach out by way of Fb or email.
Vyskocil states she hopes participants will take into account generating bikes that replicate the character of city, which includes the zoo, area restaurants, doctors’ places of work, educational institutions and additional.
“Overall, we want everybody to have pleasurable,” she said. “As the organizations are opening, and we want extra men and women to occur out and patronize them and get jointly, it will be entertaining [to celebrate] with inhabitants earning themed bikes.”
While there is not but a final list of areas where by done art bikes will be shown, the team is chatting to Brookfield organization homeowners and the Chamber of Commerce. Spot data will be shared on the Park Your Experience Fb event web site by the commencing of August.