For this particular column, and other business news, I use the ladies at the Downtown Frederick Partnership a lot. I’m always calling them for quotes, contacts or a jumping off point for a story i’m working on.
And they always deliver. There have been times I reached out to them at 5 p.m. on a Friday for something and they never hesitated to help me out. They may have cursed me out behind my back (I doubt it, they seem nicer than that) but always handled my request with a smile.
These four ladies, in my eyes, run the ship that is downtown Frederick. They are always juggling many balls in the air but seem cool, calm and collected when doing so. So to get a deeper look, I decided to follow each one individually to profile for this column.
The third woman I shadowed is Cecylia Morrison, promotion and events manager for the partnership.
When I first met Cecylia in person about a month ago, although I’ve spoken to her over the phone before, we immediately hit it off. She’s a cool chick and kills it at her job.
I decided to (literally) follow her around downtown during Mayfest, the “huge kickoff to the beautiful weather, all things spring and the debut of our summer and spring events,” Morrison said.
I met her on the corner of Market and East Church Streets and we immediately booked it to Carroll Creek. She was on her way to greet the ladies of the YMCA School of Dance as they were about to perform on the creek.
“I’m on site to set up, greet musicians, make sure everyone’s happy and knows what they’re doing and to troubleshoot,” she said. “The day of is really just about rolling your sleeves up and doing whatever has to get done to make sure that the event actually takes off and happens.”
She had already been to Carroll Creek, Shab Row and to the 500 block of Market Street three times, and it was only 1 p.m.
In fact, she had been at work since 6 a.m. and ran around downtown till about 10 p.m.
According to her health app on her iPhone, by day’s end she walked 10.7 miles and climbed 26 floors.
She told me over the next six months she’ll spend more time at the downtown amphitheater than her own home.
Throughout the year she plans 47 events.
She added that she doesn’t have a favorite part of her job, she loves it all.
“Frederick is a great community to plan for because everyone is so supportive and loves getting out there and enjoying themselves,” she said. “When you’re an event planner you’re really in the business of creating experiences that people can make memories.”
And she loves knowing that she’s playing a part in people making memories with their loved ones.
“Whatever it is, I am creating the opportunity for them to have that experience to create lasting memories with people that they care about,” she said.