Best anyone can tell, the “Celebrate The Tradition” block party on April 20 will be the first time an opportunity to roll Toomer’s Corner has coincided with an opportunity to drink alcohol downtown. Outside. Walking around. Legally.
The event will be just the third designated for Auburn’s entertainment district, which was approved by an Auburn City Council ordinance late last summer.
“The April 20th event will occur from 5 pm to 10 pm and requires the closing of Magnolia Ave. from Wright St to Gay St, and College St from Thach Ave to Glenn Ave,” says Auburn City Council member Gene Dulaney. “Within the entertainment district, a person may leave an establishment with an on-premises retail alcohol license with an open container and consume anywhere within the confines of the district.”
Translation: You can bring your own roll, just not your own beer.
“Patrons within the district shall not be permitted to possess or consume alcoholic beverages that are acquired outside the district,” Dulaney says.
And there will be plenty of plain and fancy toilet paper available to sop up any spills.
Downtown merchant Eric Stamp laughs.
“Yeah, I guess you’ve never been able to have a roll in one and drink in the other.”
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