Downtown Hagerstown Spring Events

Downtown Hagerstown Spring Events
by Meghan Oliver

What better way to melt away the dreariness of winter than with bunches of fragrant flowers, blossoming in pinks, reds, oranges and yellows? Maymart, the official opening to the city of Hagerstown's weekly farmer's market, or Market in the Square, will be packed every Thursday afternoon with local vendors selling flowers, crafts and food to bring in the spring and say good riddance to the cold. For those who love the nightlife, the city offers Thursday Night Out on the Town, with special discounts at restaurants and retail shops.
Maymart is Thursday, May 5, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the city's Public Square, with a scheduled rain date of May 6. Thursday Night Out on the Town is offered every Thursday, 5-9 p.m., throughout the year.
Perched ideally the week before Mother's Day, "Maymart is a great place to pick out a gift for one's mom," says Karen Giffin, public information manager for the city of Hagerstown, "and a chance for residents to venture outdoors without bundling up."
"It's a nice opening to the season," says Giffin. "It's the first chance for people to get outside (and) everybody looks forward to planting season."
But Maymart isn't just for the flower pickers.
"We get a diverse amount of people, young and old," Giffin says. Downtown employees take advantage of the food vendors for a bite to eat during their work day, she adds, while the variety of crafts is big enough to suit just about anyone's taste.
"The market draws a large crowd year after year, with vendors often selling out of their products halfway through the event," Giffin says.
After May 5, vendors from the Hagerstown City Farmers Market will sell their goods at Market in the Square, which runs Thursdays through October, 8 a.m.-2p.m., beginning May 19.
Drawing downtown employees and locals into the night, Thursday Night Out on the Town brings on the music, entertainment, more shopping and good food.
Debbie Everhart, economic development director for the city of Hagerstown, says the Thursday night events have drawn a great number of people to downtown, many which would normally only visit the city's restaurants and retailers on a Friday or Saturday.
"We've had a great response to it," Everhart says. "Some restaurants have started having their own entertainment" in an effort to further interest the diners. The city also provides its own entertainment in the form of street performers who visit the shops and restaurants, and performances by various bands and musicians in the Public Square.
Restaurants offering a discount to diners include such hot spots as Roccoco at 20 W. Washington St., Marcel's at 43 S. Potomac St., The Gourmet Goat at 4 E. Franklin St., Schmankerl Stube at 58 S. Potomac St., and Rocky's pizza at several locations throughout the city, including 1 Public Square. Diners can also enjoy free desserts with every dinner purchase.
Boutiques and shops offering reduced prices to Downtown Hagerstown shoppers include Maggie's Hang Ups at 105 N. Potomac St., Basketful of Gifts at 107 N. Potomac St., and Boutique, LLC at 100 N. Potomac Street.
There is no admission to Thursday Night Out on the Town, Maymart, or Market in the Square. Foods, flowers, and crafts are priced by individual vendors. Free parking is available in the deck and at meters throughout town on Thursdays from 5-9 p.m.
To receive a vendor application for Maymart or Market in the Square, call the city of Hagerstown at (301) 739-8777, ext. 183. For more information on these and other Hagerstown events, including a regularly updated events calendar, visit www.hagerstownmd.org.