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200 brave temperatures to take a stroll around Thurmont

Stephanie Long

(11/15) Nearly 200 people braved frigid temperatures in Thurmont on Nov. 2 to participate in the Fall Gallery Stroll, an event aimed at bringing residents into local businesses.

Five local businesses, Brown’s Jewelers, Cool Beans, Hobb’s Hardware, PNC Bank and The Rebecca Pearl Gallery opened their doors for the evening, welcoming in cold visitors for a bit of wine tasting, food, conversation, browsing and shopping. Local musicians serenaded the strollers from Mechanicstown Park, just off the square, and inside Cool Beans.

John Brown, owner of Brown’s Jewelers, participated in the event for the first time this year and for Brown the stroll is what living in a small town is all about.

“In a small town, we need to maintain an active town,” Brown said. “Downtowns are the heart of a town and should be.”

Thurmont Chief Administrative Officer Bill Blakeslee viewed the stroll as a way for people to “get out and see what’s available [in town].” Considering that 200 people took part in the event despite the temperature, Blakeslee said he was pleased with the turn out.

“I think it’s great,” Blakeslee said. “I like the fact that there’s younger and older people participating, it’s a nice mix.”

To deal with the weather, many of the strollers headed over to Cool Beans to grab a hot drink and warm up. John Kinnard was one of those who took advantage of the warm business and a cup of hot cocoa.

“I’m having a very good time,” Kinnard said. “It’s nice to come home and meet all the people, sit down, relax and listen to music.”

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