Sam Perry, left, and Gabby Torres play a giant Connect Four along Carroll Creek at the Downtown Frederick Partnership’s coffee break on the creek.

The heat and humidity didn’t deter some downtown patrons and business owners to come to Carroll Creek Linear Park last week for a fun, informal get-together complete with free iced coffee.

The Downtown Frederick Partnership held an informal hangout at the trellis on Carroll Creek both Tuesday and Wednesday to simply get people out of the office for a little fun.

Tuesday’s event was geared more to city staff where they could bring their lunch and network. Wednesday was open to business owners and people enjoying downtown to listen to some music, sip iced coffee and play games.

The iced coffee provided on Wednesday was donated by Frederick Coffee Co. and Cafe.

Danielle Doll, associate director of the partnership, said they are always looking for ways to program and use the space along Carroll Creek.

“This is a public park,” she said. “There are all these different spaces, and if there’s things going on, then it’s good.”

Games were also provided for the 90-minute event including corn hole, giant Connect Four, and ladder toss.

Sam Perry and Gabby Torres were visiting Frederick for the Fourth of July. They happened upon the informal coffee event and decided to play some games.

They agreed that it’s a great way to get outside and enjoy life along the creek with free coffee.

“We’re just exploring this place and seeing what downtown has to offer,” Torres said.

Keith Marcoux, co-owner of Olde Mother Brewing Co., and Peter Murray, Realtor at RE/MAX Plus, stood under the trellis as they sipped their coffees and chatted about downtown Frederick.

Marcoux is part of the partnership board and found the event a great way to network. He and Murray had never met before but struck up a conversation at the event.

“I just like seeing everybody,” Murray said. “The [partnership] has a really strong culture. I think they do a fantastic job of bringing people together and also encouraging the other small-business owners to network with each other, because we are a fun business community.”

Marcoux added that more events like the informal hangout, the better.

“Frederick is very supportive of each other in terms of small-business owners coming together and boosting the vibe and the morale of the city,” he said. “The more we do together, the more pride we take in the city in making sure it’s a fun, livable place.”

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