Sep 8, 2009

Get Downtown

by Camille Smith

There is more to Lynchburg than Liberty. Lynch’s Landing, along with the colleges and universities in the Lynchburg area, is telling students to leave their dorm rooms and get downtown, literally, at the first Get Downtown street festival.

While Lynchburg is not widely known as a college town, there are six colleges in and around the city that bring the town to life every fall. These colleges and universities are collaborating with Lynch’s Landing and other businesses in the area to bring new and returning students together for the first time.

The event will take place on Main Street from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 11, and preparations are well underway to make this an unforgettable night. Angela Hamilton, executive director of Lynch’s Landing, is helping to organize the event and looks forward to getting the students together.

“This is an opportunity to show off downtown to the thousands of college students who spend nine months out of the year here with us in Lynchburg,” Hamilton said.

According to Hamilton, Lynch’s Landing is a nonprofit organization that has been charged with the revitalization of downtown Lynchburg. She believes events like this one will introduce students to a side of Lynchburg off of their respective campuses.

“This is going to be a street festival that will have live music from some of the participating schools and fashion shows. There will be vendors with food, crafts and shopping, and all of the stores and restaurants in the downtown area will be open to the students,” Hamilton said.

Main Street will be closed a block up from the Community Market down to the Holiday Inn and will be packed with entertainment. When the street festival ends, the after party will just be getting started.

According to Hamilton, students can choose from two after parties, both starting at 9 p.m. The first will take place at the Academy of Fine Arts, where artists Farewell Flight and Paul Brunett will be performing a live concert for a cover charge of $5 with a student ID.

The second after party will be at Inklings Bookshop and the White Hart Café where WestBound, a band from Newport News, Va., will perform. There will be no cover charge and students will receive a 10 percent discount off all food at the café with their student ID.

“We are going to be handing out some type of card that has our social networking addresses on it and our e-mail address,” Debi Hopkins, owner of The White Hart café, said. “Any students who sign up within a week after the event will get a code to come on down and get a free coffee or drink.”

Get Downtown has added vendors and entertainment every day and has a Web site that will be updated with each change according to Hamilton. For more information go to www.getdowntownlynchburg.com.

Contact Camille Smith at cjsmith3@liberty.edu.
 


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