CDG and Cornell to offer Superhero Supertour

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG), a Main Street Iowa organization, and Cornell College will host a Superhero Supertour via Trolley on Saturday, Oct. 29, from noon to 4 p.m.

The event will feature a Superhero theme and include eight stops in Mount Vernon and Lisbon, and is designed to better acclimate Cornell students to the products and services that are available in Mount Vernon and Lisbon.

The tour is a continuous loop from Cornell through Mount Vernon and Lisbon and will begin and end at the Cornell College Commons Circle. Students and others can get on and off at any of the eight stops throughout the tour. Final pickup is at 3:30 p.m.

Stops include:

  1. The Perfect Blend, 224 1st St. SW, Mount Vernon
  2. PollyAnn’s Antiques, 103 A Ave. SE, Mount Vernon
  3. Lisbon Public Library, 101 East Main St., Lisbon
  4. Dollar General, 315 Highway 30 East, Lisbon
  5. Brother’s Market, 930 Commercial St., Lisbon
  6. U.S. Cellular, 321 Novak Rd., Lisbon
  7. Gary’s Foods, 715 First Ave. South, Mount Vernon
  8. City Hall, 213 First St. NW, Mount Vernon

“This tour came out of a Cornell student-led survey done on campus last year,” said Joe Jennison, Director of Main Street and Marketing for the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG). “The tour was a suggestion by the students themselves as a way to get them more comfortable with the products and services available in Mount Vernon and Lisbon. And we, of course, are happy to help.”

Because the event will take place Halloween weekend during a block break, CDG volunteers will act as guides and will be dressed as Superheroes both on the trolley and at stops along the route. The event will include maps, a brief history discussion, and $200 in Community Cash giveaways. The tour has been created specifically for Cornell College students but the general public is welcome to take the tour as well.

About Cornell College

Cornell College, a selective liberal arts college in Mount Vernon, Iowa, is recognized as one of the “Colleges That Change Lives.” The academic immersion of its One Course At A Time curriculum allows students to focus on a single academic subject per 18-day block. With a student body from 45 states and 18 foreign countries, and renowned faculty, speakers, and entertainers, Cornell offers the world from its hilltop campus.

About the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group exists to improve the social and economic well-being of Mount Vernon and Lisbon by capitalizing on their unique identity, assets and character. Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community in 2008, and practices economic development within the context of historic preservation.

About Main Street

The Main Street Approach is a copyrighted process of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The Program has been used in Iowa since 1986 with a total of 56 communities having participated.  Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community on March 4, 2008 by the State of Iowa, after submitting a comprehensive application and presenting to a select board of reviewers.