On Thursday, November 16 from 5-8 p.m. at the Langdon Eagle’s Club, the Boyd Block Plaza Project will hold a Fry Bread Taco Feed fundraiser.
By Lisa Nowatzki
The meal includes fry bread tacos with toppings and a dessert for a suggested donation of eight dollars.
According to Andrea Jacobson and Shannon Duerr, the Original Boyd Building was built by business leader John J. Boyd in 1902. For most of the building’s history, the ground level was home to Penney’s department store until the mid-1990’s. At that time, the space was subdivided into a mini-mall with six businesses. The top floor was converted into apartments.
Jacobson and Duerr also said that the landmark building was an important part of the community and served Langdon through a variety of businesses for over 100 years. On Labor Day 2004, a fire swept through the 100-year-old building and destroyed everything. The once bustling corner was left vacant.
The Boyd Block Project began as a partnership between several private and public groups in the community to rebuild the historical building. Several suggestions on lot improvements were toyed with through the years. The project gained momentum in 2012 when someone suggested the idea of a community plaza. Duerr stated “Construction was completed in 2013 just days before the 125th celebration.”
To complete the project, the Boyd Block Project group had to take out a loan for construction costs so the project could be finished in time for the 125-year celebration. Though the property has been given to the City of Langdon, money is stilled owed.
“The City of Langdon already owns the block; they took possession of it in January of 2014 with the understating that the Boyd Block Committee would remain in place to fundraise the remaining balance on Phase I and eventually plan for Phase II, which will include shade canopies and an interpretive wall telling the history of Cavalier County,” Jacobson and Duerr said.
The Fry Bread Taco Feed fundraiser goes toward helping pay the remainder of the loan. Other fundraisers and benefits are held throughout the year. “The annual kiddie carnival during Music Fest weekend is one example. Our committee sells donuts at the Halloween Spooktacular each year. We have also had a caramel roll breakfast fundraiser and BBQ fundraiser. We are still selling personalized bricks as well (which are placed in Boyd Block),” commented Jacobson.
The group hopes to raise around $1,000 or more with the Fry Bread Taco Feed. The group states that they must raise $10,000 by next summer to make the annual loan payment that comes due.
Finally, Jacobson and Duerr want everyone to know that bricks are still available for purchase. They make a great Christmas present. Watch the paper for an ad with an order form after Thanksgiving.