Downtown Nite Brings Hundreds of Students Downtown

Students gather at Coconut Summer, a new frozen-yogurt shop in downtown Scranton that was one of several stops during a special "Electric City Downtown Nite" on Friday, Oct. 4

Nearly two hundred and fifty students participated in the third annual Electric City Downtown Nite Friday, Oct. 4, while enjoying live music and art throughout Downtown Scranton during First Friday.

Students jumped at the chance to dine at one of 12 downtown restaurants, participate in First Friday, attend a movie at Marquee Cinemas or Listen Local at the Scranton Cultural Center – all for the cost of $5!

“This event is a great way for students to experience a range of activities in downtown Scranton and enjoy time with friends.  It’s a win-win for our local businesses and our University students,” said Julie Schumacher Cohen, Director of Community Relations and Government Relations.

Students began the evening at their choice of one of the 12 restaurants – Carl Von Luger, City Café, Eden-a Vegan Café, Exhale Kabob Grill, P.J.'s Pub at the Hilton, Steamtown Pub & Grill, Kildare’s, Pizza by Pappas, POSH at the Scranton Club, Sambuca Grille, Trax at the Radisson, or Thai Rak Thai. 

“I chose to eat at Carl Von Luger and it was amazing!” said Emily Gilinger, a freshman at the University who participated in the event for the first time.

After dining at one of restaurants, students participated in First Friday and/or went to one of three locations to receive a dessert. Students chose chocolate from Chocolate Creations or Bella Faccia's, or a cone of frozen yogurt at Coconut Summer.

The evening concluded with students attending one of the movies offered during the 9 PM set at Marquee Cinemas.  Insidious II and Prisoner were among the movies attended.

“My favorite part [of the night] was dinner. As college students we don't get to eat at very fancy places, so it was nice to have the opportunity for such a small price," said Gilinger.

The program was sponsored by the Residence Hall Association and Offices of Residence Life in cooperation with the Office of Community Relations. Barbara King, Interim Associate Dean of Students, felt that the event ran very smoothly. “It is a great collaborative program,” she said. 

The Electric City Downtown Nite is part of continuing efforts to help increase University-downtown collaboration.  For more information on these efforts visit theCommunity Relations website

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