For the past year, I’ve covered little ol’ downtown Frederick in many capacities, but mostly through this column and weekend coverage. I worked Saturdays, so if there was a festival downtown on a weekend, yours truly covered it for the paper.
But this is my last Walk Around column as last week was my final week at The News-Post. I moved home to New Jersey to be closer to family and work at my hometown newspaper.
I’m so excited to go home, but as I was walking down East Church Street for my last assignment last week, I got a little sad.
I’m going to miss downtown and these beautiful buildings, I thought.
Thank goodness for social media. Even though I won’t be here I can still see everything that’s happening through different Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, so I’ll still feel somewhat connected.
You see, where I’m from, there aren’t really any downtowns or Main Streets. I moved back to a township where it is all subdivisions and strip malls. Getting to work and live so close to downtown Frederick was pretty cool. I got to meet so many amazing business owners and people affiliated with downtown.
Like Marlene England, co-owner of Curious Iguana, whom I jokingly asked to be my Frederick mom. She always took my phone calls, gave me great quotes and was so accommodating when I had to get the story — like when I cut in front of hundreds of people lined up outside the store for Chelsea Clinton’s book signing. Thanks for everything, Marlene!
And Mary Mannix, manager of the Maryland Room at the library downtown. Mary is from New Jersey, so I felt a kinship with her. Plus, she’s hilarious.
I can’t write my last Walk Around without mentioning the ladies at the Downtown Frederick Partnership. Leeann, Kara, Cecylia and Danielle are nothing short of awesome and helped me out with this column almost every week. They are four strong women who know how to get things done.
With this column I was able to get creative and try new things all in the name of journalism. One of my first assignments was finding all things pumpkin spice downtown. On an 80-degree day in October, I walked in circles to 21 different businesses downtown to try pumpkin spice items on their menu — not exactly a tough day at the office.
I also covered almost every event/fair/festival downtown if it happened on a weekend — First Saturdays, Frosty Friday, In The Street(s), Fire in Ice, Festival of the Arts and Frederick Pride (my personal favorite).
While I miss downtown, it’s not goodbye, it’s see you later. Thanks to all of you for story ideas, taking my phone calls, giving me feedback and welcoming me into the community.
Whew, I’m so glad to finish my last Walk Around.
Signing off, CJ.