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Feet beat Potomac Street

October 02, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

Hagerstown -- An event to promote Hagerstown's Arts & Entertainment District got off to a good start Friday evening as more than 100 people filtered through Potomac Walk to enjoy live music, food and drinks.

Potomac Walk is the enclosed walkway beside Bulls & Bears Restaurant and Pub at 38 S. Potomac St.

Francine Donachie, corporate director of sales and marketing for Bowman Hospitality, the company that owns Bulls & Bears, said Feet on the Street Fridays was created to bring people downtown on Fridays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

"This is something we want to do to promote the Arts & Entertainment District," Donachie said. "We want to complement what's going on downtown."

Donachie said she wants to use the event, in part, to showcase local musicians.

Washington County Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire and Hagerstown City Councilman Forrest Easton attended the event with their wives.

"I think any event that happens downtown is good for downtown," Easton said. "Anything that gets people downtown is positive."

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J.R. Ebersole of Williamsport said he enjoyed the event because it started early before the scene downtown got too busy.

"I think it's a good idea," he said. "This is a wide-open space that hasn't been used very much."

Hagerstown resident Korena McCue said she went to Wind Down Fridays over the summer at The Maryland Theatre across the street.

Wind Down Fridays was an outdoor fundraising event for the theater that was held on Fridays from July 10 to Sept. 18. It also featured live music.

McCue said Feet on the Street Fridays offers an indoor alternative now that summer is over.

"With the weather getting cooler, it's nice to have something to do in downtown Hagerstown," she said. "You don't have to get wet."

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