City offers discounts, specials for weekend

Jason Henry and Jason Henry

Students and families looking to experience Bowling Green just beyond campus need to look no further than the Fun on Main event on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Fun on Main, which is a sponsored by the Office of Campus Activities and Downtown BG, encourages students and family members to explore downtown by offering special deals and events in 19 establishments.

Barbara Ruland, executive director of the Downtown BG group, said many of the stores will have unique attractions and discounts until 7 p.m.

Squeaker’s Vegetarian Cafe will be hosting ‘Shakespeare Shorts,’ a series of interpretations of Shakespeare’s work put on by University theater students. The event will be at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

There will also be a ‘Raven Mad’ scavenger hunt throughout the weekend in honor of the Wood County District Public Library’s ‘Community Reads’ program. Participants are asked to find ravens (which have Edgar Allen Poe titles on them) placed throughout downtown Bowling Green, Ruland said.

Dr. Denny Bubrig, assistant dean of students, said shuttles will be stopping at the Doyt Perry Stadium, quadrangles , and McDonald Hall on campus. The shuttles will have drop off points near Ben Franklin, the Public Library, and the Happy Badger.

Fun on Main has grown rapidly over the past couple years and its because of so many businesses welcoming families to shop for the weekend, Bubrig said.

‘The businesses in the last couple years have really gotten in to this,’ he said. ‘It has snowballed. In a good way.’

Freshman Caitlyn Kolehmainen said she thinks it is important that family members know what kind of community the students live in and how safe it is.

‘I think it will take a lot of stress off of them, knowing that you are okay,’ she said.

Bubrig said the event is important because it gives families a chance to see what the community is like.

‘It creates a sense of the environment that the student is in is bigger than just the campus,’ he said. ‘I would hope that they would feel confident in their student’s decision to be here, but I hope the opportunity to engage with the city in things like this just reinforces that.”