Crowd 'Thique' at Wind Down Friday

July 10, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The Maryland Theatre's courtyard was jampacked with about 175 people Friday night for the kickoff of this year's Wind Down Friday series.

Benito Vattelana, secretary of The Maryland Theatre board, said the event began in 2008 to raise money to buy equipment for the theater and to promote Hagerstown's Arts & Entertainment District.

Wind Down Friday raised $12,000 last year, he said. That money was used to help buy a new sound system.

"We have a lot of familiar faces from last year," Vattelana said of Friday's event. "It's been nice."

For a $5 donation, people who attended the event were treated to a live performance of the band Thique and marinated beef tenderloin sliders from Bulls & Bears restaurant at 38 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown. There also was a cash bar.

Jay Constantz, the theater's executive director, said organizers don't want to serve a hearty meal during Wind Down Friday to ensure people patronize downtown restaurants when the event closes at 8 p.m.


"We want to make it an evening in the Arts & Entertainment District," he said.

Constantz said turnout for the first night of Wind Down Friday was better than expected.

Organizers set up about 100 chairs in the courtyard. In less than an hour after the event began at 5 p.m., the event was standing-room only.

Debbie Ambrose of Williamsport said she went to Wind Down Friday twice last year.

"It's something different to do," Ambrose said. "It's nice to be outside. They need to do more of this stuff to drum up business."

Winding down

Wind Down Friday will be held every Friday through Sept. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Maryland Theatre at 21 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.

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