Water – Wise Apr 6, 2019


Less Watery                      Gordon the Naughty Nome                                Jerome the water wise Nome

Water wise and garden fair is Saturday, April 6, 2019 starting at 10am until 4pm.  Water wise is a yearly event put on by the Utility Commission of NSB.  It free, Fun and a wonderful family event so, make sure to mark your calendar. Check all the great activities on Canal Street.

  • Water Conservation tips
  • Beekeeping experts & products
  • Plant enthusiasts
  • Kids zone with inflatables (rumor has the dragon in back)
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Rain barrel raffle

Tidbit #1: After many years of dedicated service to our community saving water, Les Watery has retired. His replacements are a bit shorter, and one is definitely in need of training. Join the Water-Wise Scavenger Hunt on April 6 to help us find Naughty Gordon so Jerome, the good gnome, can show him how to save water. The hunt will take you around the downtown area of New Smyrna Beach, and you will receive some fantastic water conservation items along the way, and have a chance to win an amazing garden cart full of fun! It all starts at 10 am in front of the Utilities Commission at 200 Canal Street. And if you see Gordon before then, tell him his lazy days are numbered!


Tidbit #2: Please join the Utilities Commission needs your help to find a missing garden gnome! The search is on at our 8th annual Water-Wise Garden Fair, Saturday April 6th on Canal Street, starting at 10 am. We will have fun water conservation activities for the whole family, and hunt for GORDON, the wayward garden gnome! He is supposed to be in the garden with his brother Jerome, planting flowers and saving water. But he’s not! Find him and you can win a garden trolley full of great prizes. We will also have inflatables for the kids and our ever-popular painted rain barrel raffle! Check your March Utilities bill insert for more information. We can’t wait to see you there!

Downtown Music Festival VII

The Canal Street Historic District and Marc Monteson Promotions present the seventh annual Downtown Music Festival Saturday, March 2 from 9 am to 9 pm.  Enjoy nineteen acts at various venues including Christmas Park, in the art galleries, restaurants, a brewery, and on the sidewalks.  The three acts at the main stage in Christmas park include Kelly Jarrard, Anita Drink (for their 4th appearance) and for the first time Beautiful Bobby Blackmon and the B3 Blues Band.

Bring your lawn chair for outdoor shows.  The event is free thanks to our sponsors and venue sponsors.

2nd Annual CHALK IT UP!



Experience the joy of being part of a fun and creative event where artists of all ages come together to make Canal Street a beautiful exhibition.  Artists of all ages and levels are invited to participate in this exciting event where they use 4’x4’ sidewalk canvases to showcase their works of art.

Chalk It Up! is in its second year and we have expanded the competition to make it more fun for the artists and also for the many visitors who will be viewing the art.  The sidewalk art competition will be held in conjunction with the city’s Art Fiesta! arts and crafts event that highlights the work of more than 250 artists/ crafters, and offers food and live entertainment.  More than 7000 visitors attend Art Fiesta!, many of whom continue to Canal Street to enjoy the sidewalk competition.


Registration is free for the event.  School teams will receive a free chalk pack.  Spaces (4’x4’) will be assigned on a first come first serve basis.  The first 50 registrants will receive a free package of chalk. Complete the form and bring it in person to The Hub on Canal or mail the registration to The Hub on Canal, 132 Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

Levels of Competition:

This year we will be offering 7 levels of competition:  Adult Professional, Adult Amateur, Family Group (any combination of adult and child), High School, Middle School, Elementary School and Business. Individuals or teams of 2 are invited to attend.

Local Business Competition

Local businesses are encouraged to participate in the BUSINESS COMPETITION category.  There is no restriction regarding the artist, and business owners may create their own designs or hire an artist to do so.  Businesses may create a work of art in a 4’x4’ space in the business section or in front of their own business!  The winner of this competition receives a traveling trophy to display until next year’s competition.

Categories of Art:

Each artist has the opportunity to enter in one of the following categories for competition:

Original, Photograph (show the photograph and credit the photographer), or Masterpiece (name the artwork and credit the artist) or conservation (water or energy conservation theme).


Monetary awards will be given in all categories (except Business and Conservation).

Adult Professional:  3 awards of $100 and 1 additional award for $200 Best of Show

Adult Amateur: 3 awards of $100 and 1 additional award for $200 Best of Show

High School: 3 awards of $75 and 1 additional award for $100 for Best of Show*

Middle School:  Monetary awards and 1 additional award of $75 for Best of Show*

Elementary School:  Monetary awards and 1 additional award of $75 for Best of Show*

Family Group: Monetary awards and 1 additional award of $75 for Best of Show

Conservation:  Best of Show receives a basket valued at $250 courtesy of the Utilities Commission.

Business Category:  Best of Show awarded the Chalk It Up! Business Competition traveling trophy.

*Best of Show winners also receive a basket from the Utilities Commission valued at $50 to present to their art teacher.

Event Schedule and Awards Ceremony

8-9am: Registration in front of The Hub on Canal, 132 Canal Street

4pm: End time for chalk artwork to be judged

5pm: Awards Ceremony (artists encouraged to be in attendance)

The Hub on Canal will offer free water at the registration table for artists.  A break room with snacks and a light lunch will also be available in The Hub on Canal.

Things to Think About

  • We will be supplying some filler chalk, but you will need to supply your own chalk as well for usage through the duration of the event.
  • Schools will receive 1 package of chalk
  • Consider registering early! Click the link above to download the form.
  • Practice your design before the event takes place.
  • Create an image of your design and a gridding technique. Print the image and tape it to the ground in front of your space or use a clipboard.
  • Bring a fold up chair
  • Extras you might want to have include measuring devices, baby wipes, paint brushes, hair spray, foam mat, broom, scissors and camera

The Chalk It Up! Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition is sponsored by The Hub on Canal, the City of New Smyrna Beach, and the Canal Street Historic District.  For additional information, visit The Hub on Canal website at www.theHUBoncanal.org or call 386.957.3924.

Written by Vicki White and Chery Rich, Event Coordinators for Chalk It Up!



Saturday Soup Sampler Tickets Going Fast!

Here are this years participants and their soup: Ricky’s Canteen (new), 105 Magnolia St. Chicken Coconut Soup; Jasons Corner, 135 Canal St., Roasted Garlic Tomato Basil Bisque; Riverpark Terrace serving at Pink Flamingo@ Petals, 201 Canal St., Roasted Kabocha squash & shrimp with fire-roasted corn salsa. Yellow Dog Eats, 147 Canal St., Roasted Pablano Corn Chowder.

LaAbilie’s Tea Room (new),114 Live Oak St., Nannie’s Soup – Ham/White Bean / Potato; Golden Biscuit, serving at Julie’s 231 Canal St. Vegetable Beef Soup; CorkScrew Bar & Grille, 235 Canal St., CorkScrew Bacon Cheeseburger Soup;  Donna’s Creamery, 323 Canal St., Broccoli Cheese Soup; Little Drug Luncheonette, 412 Canal St., Shrimp Bisque; The Galley, 417 Canal St., Traditional Goulash; Thai Mango, 424 Canal St.,Tom Yum Creamy Soup; The American Legion serving inside Nature in Beauty, 426 Canal St., Seafood Gumbo.

Judges will pick the top three soups plus there will be a Peoples’ Choice Award for the favorite soup. This years judges are Mayor Russ Owen, Rebecca Simmons of Norwoods, and restaurateur Mike Mckenna. Ballots may be picked up at the information booth, corner of Canal and Live Oak Street the day of the event.

Tickets are $ 10 through February 1 and $ 15 the day of the event at the information booth only. You may purchase your tickets now at   Southern Trends Home Furnishings 334 Canal St.; Julies 231 Canal St.; Butterfly Kisses for Kids at 207 Live Oak St. as well as at Publix Liquor on the beach-side.

The event is part of First Saturday on Canal Street that also includes Art Stroll, Gallery Walk and The Craft Beer Walk. Other events on this day include the Farmers Market on Sams avenue from 7:30 am until 1 pm and  the City of New Smyrna Beach will sponsor Food Trucks on Sams Avenue starting at 3 pm.

For more information on the sampler  call 386-423-9760.

Souper Saturday

If You have never been to Souper Saturday on Canal Street you have no idea what you have been missing.  Why not take a break from preparing for your super bowl party to join us on the street and sample the best soups in town? Get your tickets now, as this event always sells out.

The 4th Annual First Saturday Soup Sampler on Canal Street, Downtown New Smyrna Beach. The event is presented by CSHD and Marc Monteson Promotions (marcmonte5@aol.com ) and will take place during Super Bowl weekend, on Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 1 to 4 pm. Enjoy sampling soups from a dozen restaurants, and coffee shops in the Historic District.

Tickets are $10 through February 2 and $15 the day of the event at the information booth only. You may purchase your tickets now at   Southern Trends Home Furnishings 334 Canal St.; Julie’s 231 Canal St.; Butterfly Kisses for Kids at 207 Live Oak St. as well as at Publix Liquor on the beachside. You may also purchase tickets online for $11 with PAYPAL at www.canalstreetnsb.com

Judges will pick the top three soups plus there will be a Peoples’ Choice Award for the favorite soup.  Ballots may be picked up at the information booth, corner of Canal and Live Oak Street the day of the event.

The event is part of First Saturday on Canal Street that also includes Art Stroll, Gallery Walk and The Craft Beer Walk.

For more information on the sampler call 386-423-9760.

Message from CSHD President



To all of you,

Another year has come and gone with 2018 full of exciting and fun filled events on Canal Street like Springfest, Blocktoberfest and Christmas On Canal, just to mention a few. We were recently featured as one of 11 Mainstreets in Florida that are pure magic during Christmastime. Canal Street was also chosen as the News Journal Star of the South Best Mainstreet.

We’ve been busy all year updating our social media and hope that you’ve had a chance to look at our new, website where you can find information on upcoming events, members and a map to find local businesses. Check out our blog to read about what’s currently happening in the district. Be sure to Like us on Facebook, and by all means, please share us with your friends.

I wish to sincerely thank the members and volunteers who work so tirelessly on the many events and activities. We have members who work behind the scenes daily. These dedicated few, (and you know who you are), are invaluable! It takes an amazing amount of time and energy to plan and execute these ongoing events.

Our local small businesses and their treasured customers and clients are the reason that our historic district is thriving.

We truly love our charming Canal Street Historic District and our lovely town of New Smyrna Beach, which by the way just turned 250 years old and look forward to another year of fun, friendship and prosperity.


Liz Jones, President

Canal Street Historic District







Canal Street Historic District is honor to present This year’s Christmas Bed & Breakfast tour. This is a family friendly free annual event. The B&B tour is taking place this Sunday December 16th from 2 – 4 pm.  Each Inn will be accompanied by a local business to provide you with a Tour and Taste of New Smyrna Beach.  You are welcome to start your tour at any of the participating Inn’s.  This year’s tour take you from the beach and through the historic down town.  Look for signage for parking locations.

Anchor Inn NSB- Featuring Lost Lagoon

The Night Swan – Featuring Riverpark Terrace

Inn on the Avenue – Featuring Mon Delice

Salty Mermaid Hotel – Featuring The Bake Shop

The Inn’s our asking you to help support a local ministry, Under the Stars Hot Meal Program.   Their volunteers gather every Tuesday and Thursday to feed 100’s of local people lunch.  Your cash donation goes toward buying discounted food, bread, drinks, plates, napkins, silverware, cups and all the supplies needed to prepare meals. Each of our patriating Inn’s will have a donation box contently located for your generous donations.

Don’t forget to start or end your day with a stroll down Canal Street, as shops will be open from 11am – 6pm.

Wow! Girls Night Out was the Highlight of the season!


Canal Street Historic District members, hope you enjoy this very merry evening of, spirited shopping, food and celebration.  It made our heart glad to see so many of you laughing with friends as you danced down the street checking off your Christmas list. Many of the things we buy in life are soon forgotten but, the memories like the ones we saw being made will live on forever.  Mothers, Daughters and Grandmothers, the reunions with childhood friends, and strangers all sharing a Christmas moment.  This is the reason we go out of our way to provide you with a festive and joy filled shopping atmosphere.  We truly hope we hit the mark for you personally and that you had as much fun as we need.

We look forward to this event all year, beginning our planning in July.  Your patronage to this event, provides so many of the free events throughout this season and the year.  As a result of this year’s great sponsor’s we were able to provide you with a little additional fun like the bingo cards, gift baskets, and golf carts.  Canal Street Historic District would like to sincerely thank each of them for their support.  The Cork Screw, Southern Trends, WSBB 106.9 FM, fbc Mortgage, Rosedale Properties, First International Title, The Galley, Pink Flamingo at Petals, Total Vision, State Farm, Beach Vision, Gage Publishing, NSB Antique Mall, Tidal Pilates, The Posh Pineapple and Salty rentals. We also want to applaud the hard work of the Thursday morning events committee, and all the committees that come together to make this event such a success.

Most importantly the Canal Street Historic District wants to say thank you, our customers for shopping small and supporting your neighbors in their business it means the world to each of us!  We look forward to seeing you next year!

The 10th Annual Girls Night Out Shopping Event



Ladies, if you haven’t attended a girl’s night out on Historic Canal Street, as well as all its side streets, you really don’t know what you’re missing out on.   It is the ultimate girls holiday shopping event.  Bring your Christmas list and knock it out in just a few hours, in the most fun and festive atmosphere. The street and shops are decked out for the holiday.  Stroll down the street while listening to music. Stop in the shops for a food and wine tasting.  All the while supporting your neighbor’s small business. The best part you can have all your gifts wrapped for you.  Your donation will be used to support local charities.

Upgrade to VIP stats to start your shopping early.  Plus, a bonus ticket for the gift basket drawing, while having your packages carried for you.

This year Canal Street Historic District has added the use of golf charts graciously provided by Salty Mermaid rentals.   They will safely get you for one end of the street to the other, and all destinations in between. Ensuring you can fill your bingo card and receive additional gift just for you.

Don’t forget to buy a few tickets to win the gift baskets provided by CSHD members. These baskets are always well worth the cost of a few tickets.  They add excitement that brings our evet to a close. Remember you must be present at Christmas Park between 8:45 -9 pm to win.


Spark the Spirit and Coast Christmas Market

If you in the need of some holiday spirit New Smyrna Beach is the place to be this holiday season. Canal street is rank in the top ten main streets in Florida for Christmas. If you looking to start a family tradition with memories to last the ages look no further then Spark the Spirit held Nov 23rd. Why go out into the craziness of Black Friday? When you can enjoy Christmas Carols, Hot Chocolate, a visit with Santa and the excitement of lighting the towns Christmas tree. This is what the season is all about. Be sure to look up, and thank the city, as the lights are back in the palm trees by popular demand.
Coastal Christmas Market held Nov 24th is one of the best ways to shop local and support small business. Make a day of it and Shop, Dine, Stroll and Celebrate the season. Make new family memories with a visit to Santa’s house in Christmas Park. Stop and enjoy the music of the season on the street provided by Canal Street Historic District. What better way to enjoy the season than stopping for lunch at one of our great restaurants.