Main Street Plaza laces up for ice skating rink

Auburn Downtown Association to help bring in seasonal surface; group plans other holiday events

An ice skating rink in Main Street Plaza.

Now, there’s something Auburn has probably never had before.

At least, not intentionally.

And it’s only one of the events the Auburn Downtown Association is about to set in motion this fall and winter, in the hope that a handful of new happenings among ‘em stake out their places, drop tenacious roots in local hearts, and turn into treasured traditions.

Members of the ADA are at the moment lining up businesses to participate in the various goings-on, from the above-mentioned ice rink to a Zombie Pub Crawl and a Holiday Treasure Hunt.

Brittiany Karlson, ADA secretary and part owner of Vinifera Wine Bar and Bistro, said the ADA will have the rink shipped in from a Maryland company that does a booming business in states like Minnesota, where hockey is big, and players want to keep their on-ice skills as sharp as their skates all year around.

“It’s synthetic ice, so it doesn’t melt, no matter the temperature. The company sends it out in palettes, and it’s pretty easy to put together. It includes the synthetic ice, skates, the sharpeners, the mats, the padding, the railing, everything,” Karlson said.

The ice rink opens Nov. 17 and closes Jan. 31.

ADA lineup

Below is a list of all the events with times and dates. The fun will break out at those businesses that choose to participate, and, as of this writing, there was no comprehensive list.

• Zombie Pub Crawl, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26: participating restaurants and bars within the Business Improvement Area (BIA) boundary downtown that are up for the crawl to date are Rail Hop’N Brewery; Oddfellas Pub and Eatery; Spunky Monkey Bar & Grill; Rainbow Café; Zola’s; Geaux Brewing; and Vinifera Wine and Bistro.

“You can start at any location and bring in a little card we are having made. You can purchase something there — you don’t have to — and you get a little stamp. And when you collect all of the stamps, you go to the Spunky Monkey, and there will be a raffle for the grand prize, but everyone who completes the stamps gets a prize,” Karlson said.

• Pumpkin Painting Fest: 12 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, with a photo booth and fall treats,

• Main Street Trick or Treat: 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, candy for the young, fresh folks, he and she.

• Small Business Saturday: all day, Nov. 24.

Here are the winter events:

• Giving Wreath: Nov. 20 to Dec. 17. Participating businesses receive a wreath with decorations that represent items for seniors in need. Patrons stop by and choose an item to buy, and when the patrons return with their gifts, they may put their name on a decoration for the businesses to hang.

• Holiday Treasure Hunt: Dec. 1 – 31. Participating businesses receive a stack of post cards and a unique hole punch. When patrons visit, businesses will punch their cards, After all the punching is done, they will take them to Santa House to redeem them for a prize, both for adults and kids.

• Santa Parade: 4 p.m., Dec. 1, Main Street.

• Window Display Contest: Dec. 1 – Dec. 31

• Tree Decorating Contest: Dec. 1 – Dec. 31.

Santa House, dates, times and place pending.

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