BANGOR – You might have seen them wearing lumber jack clothing or people eating maple covered snow. The Bangor Winter Fest kicks off and it’s looking to connect community members with local businesses downtown.
Bangor was hit with a lot of snow over the last few weeks, but that’s not stopping community members from gathering downtown, checking out all that local businesses have to offer.
“It’s just great – there’s been families out first thing this morning for the waffles here at The Charles Inn,” said Cheryl Michaud, the owner of the West Market Square Artisan Coffeehouse, “Doing the coffee and then Tea Mania was here to do tea tastings. People are up and around and having a great time, which is what this all about.”
The Bangor Winter Fest was started by the Greater Bangor Coffee Chat, to help bring traffic flow downtown.
“It opens people up to what we have down here and Downtown Bangor,” said Michaud, “I am not sure people realize what it has to offer.”
The snow isn’t keeping people from crafting their own pizzas at Blaze or even tasting some coffee. If they are not playing corn hole, people are enjoying smores on the fire pits scattered across downtown to keep people warm.
“I think because Maine in the winter has so much snow and ice – people want to get out. That to have something like this in the downtown area – to draw people out,” said Mary Brigid Curtis, a community member, “Downtown outside is fabulous with streets closed off and people wondering around.”
This all day event is providing fun for all ages.
“It’s nice chatting with people and doing fun stuff in the yucky winter,” said community member, Erin Wight.
This is not only bringing community members downtown, but it is also connecting businesses owners with one another.
“To me, it’s really essential to have things like this – that businesses can get together,” said Leeanne Hewey, The Charles Inn, “We learn about each other, find out how to network. Small businesses need to stick together – we lock elbows and arms and build each others business. When we encourage and equip each other, we end up all being successful and that’s what we are all about.”