Friday, December 2, 2011

Lynchburg organization recognizes Randolph for promoting downtown

A downtown Lynchburg organization has recognized Randolph College for the role students and staff played in creating a hip downtown festival.

Lynch’s Landing presented the award Thursday during its annual ceremony to honor people, businesses and organizations that promote downtown Lynchburg.

Randolph College had a role in the popular Get!Downtown festival from the beginning. In a story in today’s News & Advance, Hermina Hendricks, a music professor and director of multicultural services, explains that staff at the College wanted to create an event that would help the city’s many college students get to know the downtown district and local businesses.

“We wanted them to really know Lynchburg,” she explains in the article.

The first Get!Downtown festival was held in September 2009, and it has become an annual event. Many Randolph College students have enjoyed spending time there, watching street performers including stilt dancers, mimes, hip hop dancers, and bands.

The event also helps Randolph students get to know the coffee shops, restaurants, art galleries, bakeries, farmer’s market, and other local businesses just two miles south of campus.
Randolph College's radio station WWRM has played music for the Get!Downtown festival.