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SGA Vice President James Kirk, Main Street Manager, Jessica Palumbo and Commissioner of Public Works Woody Getz worked for over a year to plan Frostburg 101 which originated as a Town Hall idea.
By Megan Alvarez
What is Frostburg 101: A Taste of the City?
Frostburg 101: A Taste of the City will be held on Saturday, September 10 and aims to acclimate Frostburg State University students to the many businesses and restaurants of the town. Participating businesses and restaurants will being having special offers for the events participants, including discounts and giveaways. Starting at 1pm on the day of the event students can take shuttles provided by Safe Ride from locations at Edgewood Commons, Annapolis Hall, or Brady Health Center up to the Parish Hall Lot and proceed to the courtyard of St. Michael’s Church. Once in the courtyard, students can register for the event and pick up their “passports.” The passports act as incentive for students to visit the various locations where they can get their passport stamped in hopes of qualifying for various prize drawings.
Some of the events collaborators such as Woody Getz, the Elected Commissioner of Public Works, Jessica Palumbo, the Main Street Manager, Nick DeMichele, the President of SGA, and James Kirk, the Vice President of SGA were able to provide further insight into the details and evolution of the event.
What is the purpose of this event?
Noting that there is a “huge disconnect between downtown and the university,” Palumbo describes the event as a “follow up to the block party” because not many students have a chance to enter the businesses with everything else going on during the block party. DeMichele spoke for the event stating, “we'd like to bring these two communities together for mutual benefit” in which Getz also stated that he too hopes students will “get a sense of the city as a community.”
How did this event come about?
According to Getz, last October there was a “three part series of town hall meetings at FSU” and the idea that students do not really know what the town has to offer came about. At this point Rosemary Rosser had the idea for a food fair so students could get to know the restaurants in town. With the working event name “A Taste of the City,” Rosser pitched the event to the Frostburg First (an “economic revitalization organization” according to Palumbo) Board of Directors and the event received an immediate yes. However, Getz thought “why just restaurants,” which is when Frostburg First and the Student Government Association banned together to turn the event into A Taste of the City.
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