College Park’s Wine Stroll returns

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City officials and downtown businesses hope the event will boost spirits and economic activity

After a years-long hiatus, the College Park Wine Stroll is back for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, co-sponsored by the city and the College Park Main Street Association, invites visitors to stop by the historic downtown from 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 to sample wine and enjoy live jazz music on the lawn at City Hall.

Thursday night’s event is a fundraiser to continue efforts to beautify and support the area following the expansion of outdoor dining on Main Street.

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Roshawn Dorsey has owned a dancewear boutique downtown for nine years. She said her business, Ms. Ro’s Dance Closet, was hit hard by the pandemic, but a small business loan helped her stay afloat during a trying period.

She said she hopes the Wine Stroll will bring good cheer and customers to her shop.

“I think that it is an amazing opportunity for the businesses to connect with the community and connect with each other,” said Dorsey.

Christy Deen, owner of Drip-Thru coffee on Virginia Avenue, echoed those sentiments.

“It’s just really a good time for us to unwind with wine and get to know your neighbor, the new businesses, and city workers,” Deen said. “It’s about lifting up and continuing to build the community.”

College Park’s main street manager, Renée Coakley, said the goal of the event was to publicize the businesses on Main Street and Virginia Avenue in downtown. Some businesses will have temporary stalls around the train depot on Main Street to ensure easy walkability and the safety of participants, she said.

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