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Social Media Release: Music & Miracles Superfest at Jordan-Hare Stadium

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Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Al., will host the inaugural Music & Miracles Superfest on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at 4 p.m.  Country music artists Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt, and Old Dominion will perform.

Background

The Music & Miracles Superfest’s mission is to raise money to fight hunger and cancer in the Auburn/Opelika area.  This event was created by the Chicken Salad Chick Foundation.  The CSCF hopes to raise $1 million dollars for its cause.  This will be the first event of this type ever held in Jordan-Hare, and will mark the beginning of Chesney’s 2016 stadium tour.

Facts

  • Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 4 p.m. in Jordan-Hare Stadium
  • Tickets for the concert can be purchased online through Ticketmaster

Quotes

“Every time I get to play somewhere with the kind of history Auburn has, it pushes me a little harder to really raise the bar. And the mission and heart behind Music & Miracles raises that bar higher still.” -Kenny Chesney

“Our vision for the Music & Miracles Superfest is to make history, to make music, and to make miracles. And from the initial concept, we hoped that Kenny would accept our invitation and share our passion. The fact that he committed immediately after hearing about our big dreams showed us that not only is Kenny one of the most successful entertainers of our time, but his heart is as big as his star power.” -Kevin and Stacy Brown, Chicken Salad Chick Foundation founders

“We are excited that the Music & Miracles Superfest, organized and presented by the Chicken Salad Chick Foundation, will be the first concert ever in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Kenny Chesney and a stellar lineup of other top artists will put on a great show for an even greater cause. We appreciate the foundation’s efforts to fight cancer and feed the hungry, two initiatives that align with our own community service efforts.” -Jay Jacobs, Auburn University Athletics Director

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Students Give Thanks for Auburn University

For one week in November, thousands of college students from across the country will leave campus and head home to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with their families.  Most of these students will be asked “what are you thankful for?” at least once. Many will answer that they are thankful for good health and loving families. Most will mention their friends. Some will give thanks for certain memories from the past year. But only the luckiest few will be able to say “I am thankful to be an Auburn Tiger because it’s where I…”

“…found my best friends.”

Whether it’s in the Hill freshman year or during a late-night study session at the library, Auburn provides its students with infinite opportunities to meet new people and make friendships that will last a lifetime.  Kaleigh Acosta, a junior studying Exercise Science, credits Auburn for bringing her to her best friends.

“If it weren’t for Auburn, I would have never met so many amazing people,” Acosta says. “I have made a very close friend group here, and I can’t imagine my life without my eight Auburn best friends. In fact, I don’t know how I lived the first 18 years of my life without them.”

While they may never replace best friends from childhood, friendships made between Auburn students will carry a special meaning forever.

“When I go home to Nashville, I’ll talk about Auburn all the time with my friends from high school,” Acosta says. “But since they don’t go to Auburn, they don’t get why I care about rolling trees with toilet paper, say things like ‘Bodda Getta,’ or obsess over Aubie. Those are things only my Auburn friends truly understand.”

“…had once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”

Just being a college student is memorable in itself, but there are certain moments only Auburn students will ever have the chance to experience.  For senior Luke Thomas, many of his favorite Auburn memories were made at football games.

“I will always be thankful for being an Auburn student during the 2013 football season,” Thomas says. “I’ll never forget watching the Miracle in Jordan-Hare and then the Kick Six two weeks later. Storming the field after beating Alabama at the last second was incredible.”

 

However, it doesn’t have to be football season for Auburn students to make special memories- they go through unique experiences every day.

“I knew I picked an awesome school the first time I found myself thanking God for Auburn while walking through the cold to my 8 a.m. class,” Acosta says. “I was looking around and thought, ‘wow, I am so blessed to go to this college.’”

“…learned valuable lessons.”

Although Auburn students have a lot of fun on the Plains, they are there first and foremost to learn. Eliza Nance, a senior wrapping up her Public Relations degree, is thankful Auburn has prepared her for a successful career.

“I don’t think I would have received such a thorough and useful education at another university,” Nance says. “I’m confident that everything I have learned as a PR student here will serve me well in the real world.”

But the lessons don’t just stop when class is dismissed. Auburn constantly teaches its students important lessons.

“At Auburn, I have learned how to be a better person overall” Nance says. “Here, you learn patience, organization, confidence, humility, and learship skills. You can’t learn a lot of that in the classroom, so I’m thankful I go to school with people who push me to be the best that I can be.”

 

“…was welcomed into my second family.”

13868082-standardFinally, above all else, Auburn gives its students a home away from home.  While she admits it was hard at first to be so far away from her family, senior Kyle Rautiola, a Boston native, says it didn’t take long before Auburn started feeling like home.

“As cheesy as it might sound, the Auburn family is real,” Rautiola says. “Even if you don’t know everyone in the family personally, you share a special bond with anyone who bleeds orange and blue. It’s one of those things that from the outside looking in, you can’t understand it, and from the inside looking out, you can’t explain it.”

Common Words in the Auburn Dictionary

When you become a student at Auburn University, you notice your vocabulary changes quickly. Here are the 15 words and phrases that take on a new meaning once you become a Tiger.

Auburn

What it means to most people: A reddish-brown color, generally used to describe a person’s hair.
What it means to Auburn students: Your second home where you will spend the greatest four (or more) years of your life.

Toomer’s

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What it means to most people: Well, first, it’s spelled t-u-m-o-r-s, and they’re a masses of body tissue that can be benign or life-threatening.
What it means to Auburn students: Ice cream cookie sandwiches and the best lemonade made from lemons sent directly from heaven.

Haley

What it means to most people: A common girl’s name.
What it means to Auburn students: A system of never-ending hallways designed to make you question your sanity every time you attempt to navigate them.

Parking

What it means to most people: To leave your car at a specific place for a period of time.
What it means to Auburn students: Impossible.

War Eagle

What it means to most people: An eagle that goes to war…?
What it means to Auburn students: A phrase synonymous with “Hello,” “Go Auburn” or “Congratulations” that can also be used when you’re excited or happy about something.

rodeoRodeo

What it means to most people: An event where people ride horses around barrels and get bucked off of bulls.
What it means to Auburn students: The best day of the spring semester when you’ll test every limit you have, wear cutoff jeans and cowboy boots, get a bad sunburn, search for your friends in an enormous crowd, and listen to country music for 12 hours straight before spending the next 364 days waiting for it to happen all over again.

Sky

What it means to most people: The place in the atmosphere that is usually blue in color and sometimes contains clouds.
What it means to Auburn students: The place where you will dance for hours, sing at the top of your lungs, laugh with your friends, cry happy and sad tears, watch football games, and make irreplaceable memories.

Iron Bowliron bowl

What it means to most people: A bowl made of iron…?
What it means to Auburn students: 60 minutes of blood, sweat and tears that will determine whether that year’s football season was successful.

Hill

What it means to most people: An elevated section of land.
What it means to Auburn students: A place you’ll reluctantly move into at the beginning of freshman year, but will later be thankful for because it gave you killer leg muscles, taught you how to share a bedroom without strangling your roommate, and brought you to your best friends you never knew you needed.

Canvas

What it means to most people: A surface on which an artist paints or draws.
What it means to Auburn students: The portal to stress-induced anxiety, missed deadlines, and random announcements you’ll never read.

Bodda Getta

What it means to most people: Gibberish.
What it means to Auburn students: The only game day chant that really matters and must be recited with force, pride and coordinated hand motions.

Quad

What it means to most people: A muscle in your upper leg.
What it means to Auburn students: The most convenient shoebox you’ll ever live in.

Concourse

What it means to most people: A long, open strip of land.
What it means to Auburn students: The route to class where you will make at least one fake phone call in order to avoid being harassed by a fellow student who’s promoting a certain philanthropy, homecoming candidate or upcoming event.

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What it means to most people: What you use to… well… you know…
What it means to Auburn students: Victory.

Family

What it means to most people: People who are blood-related to you.
What it means to Auburn students: A special, irreplaceable bond you share with anyone and everyone who loves Auburn.

Thanksgiving Turkey Tips

Approximately 88 percent of Americans will eat turkey this Thanksgiving, but not everyone will leave the dinner table thankful for the meat they just ate. Many people do not realize there are very specific guidelines for properly preparing and preserving a turkey and failing to follow these rules can lead to food poisoning or worse. To make sure your Thanksgiving feast is delicious and safe, keep the following tips in mind when purchasing, storing, thawing, stuffing, cooking and preserving your turkey.

Purchasing.

You will need to decide whether to purchase a fresh or frozen turkey.

-A fresh turkey has never been kept at 26 °F or warmer. If you choose a fresh turkey, do not buy it more than two days in advance.
-Frozen turkeys have been stored at 0 °F or colder. These turkeys can be purchased several days before Thanksgiving.

Storing.

Your turkey must stay cold until you are ready to cook or thaw it.

-Keep fresh turkeys in a refrigerator set no warmer than 40 °F.
-Keep frozen turkeys in a freezer until it is time to thaw it.

Thawing.

Frozen turkeys can be thawed in a microwave, a refrigerator or cold water.

-To properly thaw your turkey in the microwave, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the turkey’s packaging.
-If you choose to thaw a frozen turkey in the refrigerator, allow 24 hours per every five pounds of meat. The refrigerator should be set at 40 °F or cooler.
-Before thawing a turkey in cold water, make sure the packaging is leak-proof. Completely submerge the bird in cold tap water and change the water every half hour. Each pound of meat will take approximately 30 minutes to thaw.

Stuffing.

The CDC says the safest way to make stuffing is to cook it outside the turkey. However, there is a safe way to cook stuffing inside a turkey.

-Do not stuff the turkey until right before cooking it.
-Do not overstuff the turkey.
-Make sure the stuffing is thoroughly cooked to at least 165 °F by inserting a food thermometer into the center of the stuffing.

Cooking.

Although the cooking time for each bird will be different, how each turkey is cooked should be the same.

-Make sure the turkey should be completely thawed.
-Set the oven to 325 °F or hotter.
-Sit the turkey breast-side up in a roasting pan that is at least two inches deep.
-Position the pan in the middle of the oven on a wire rack.
-Keep the turkey in the oven until it is thoroughly cooked to at least 165 °F.
-To accurately check the temperature of the turkey, insert a food thermometer into the thickest part of the breast and thigh and into the joint of the wing.
-After taking it out of the oven, let the turkey sit for at least 20 minutes before removing the stuffing or carving the meat.

Preserving.

According to Janet Johnson, a food safety and quality regional extension agent for Extension Daily, the leftovers of a cooked turkey should be stored in a certain way.

-Take the meat off the bone.
-Put the meat in a shallow storage container.
-Any meat kept in the refrigerator should be consumed within four days.
-Meat stored in a freezer is good for four to six months.
-Reheat all leftover meat to at least 165 °F before consuming.

Ways to Wait for Auburn Football

The fact that Jordan-Hare Stadium won’t host an Auburn football game until Halloween is a sad reality for Tiger fans on the Plains. What else is there to do in the fall except watch college football? Although it’s hard to believe, there are countless things to do in October that can make the wait for Auburn football go by just a little bit faster.

Listen to country music.

The Country Nation College Tour will make its way to the Plains on October 9. The concert, featuring Grammy Award winner Brad Paisley and the up-and-coming Eric Paslay, is open to the public, and admission to the event is free. It will take place on the Auburn University green space outside Jordan-Hare Stadium. Rain or shine, Eric will begin the show at 7:30, and Brad will take over at 8:30. Then, three weeks later on October 30, country star Easton Corbin will bring the College Town Throwdown to Ingram Farms in Opelika. The gates for this event will open at 3:30 p.m. and tickets are available for $25 in advance and $35 on the day of the concert.

Cheer on the other Tigers.

Even though the Auburn football team won’t return to the Plains until the end of October, there are several other Tiger sporting events going on this month. On October 11, the women’s soccer team will host Texas A&M at 2 p.m. At the same time, Auburn’s softball team will face North Georgia at Jane B. Moore Field. The day after the Tigers take on the Wildcats in football, the Auburn volleyball team will continue this rivalry when they play Kentucky at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 16. Then, on October 17, the equestrian team will host Oklahoma State at 10 a.m. A complete list of Auburn University athletic events is available at aotourism.com.

Celebrate Oktoberfest.

On October 10, The Hotel at Auburn University will host its 6th annual Oktoberfest. This year, more than 100 craft beers will be available to participants, along with a vast selection of homebrews and German wines. The event begins at 4 p.m. in the hotel’s north parking lot and will end around 9 p.m. General admission tickets are available for $40 online until noon on Friday, October 9, or for $50 at the door beginning at 2 p.m. on the day of the event. PICTURE

 

Get ready for Halloween.

This month there are several Halloween-themed events happening around Auburn. On Fridays and Saturdays in October, paranormal investigators Brandon Stoker and John Poe conduct Haunted Auburn Walking Tours. Beginning at Toomer’s Corner at 7 and 9 p.m., they lead groups through Auburn and share spooky stories about the university and city. Those seeking even more thrill can also visit the Sleepy Hollow Haunted Farm from 7:30 to 11 p.m. on weekends in October. Tickets for each attraction at the farm start at $10.

Eat some seafood.

The Depot is a new restaurant in downtown Auburn that has taken over the Historic Train Depot on Mitcham Ave. Since opening in late September, The Depot has seen great success with its seafood-based menu. In addition to delicious food, the restaurant offers a unique experience. “The atmosphere, along with the service, was top notch,” said Megan Adams, an Auburn Montgomery nursing student. “My favorite part was that they kept the traditional architecture.” Before eating at The Depot, be sure to make a reservation, as the restaurant only allows walk-ups for the bar.

Red Clay Redefines Brewery Experience

Red Clay Brewing Company, the only brewery in the Auburn-Opelika area, has seen great success since opening earlier this year.

Located in the quaint Lebanon Arts District of Opelika, Red Clay strives to provide patrons with unique experiences, in addition to specialty beverages. Although the brewery’s popular summer concert series has come to an end, Red Clay will continue to attract customers with different events this fall.

John Corbin, one of Red Clay’s founders, says some events will be planned around Auburn’s football schedule.

“Throughout football season, we are doing Tailgate at the Brewery on all [Auburn] away games,” Corbin said.  “Ten dollars will get you a Tailgate Buffet that you can enjoy while watching the games and drinking some beer.”

On weekends when the Tigers play in Jordan-Hare Stadium, Red Clay will find other ways to celebrate Southern life and the culture of craft beer.

According to Corbin, the brewery will host a pumpkin carving contest in October.  The contest begins Saturday, Oct. 24, and ends Friday, Oct. 30, when every pumpkin will be lit, and customers will vote for their favorite.  The best pumpkin carvers will receive a special prize.

“The top winners will get into our Mug Club,” Corbin said.  “It won’t be something you can buy your way into.  If you win one of our events or contests, you get access.”

Members of the Mug Club gain exclusive benefits, like discounted merchandise and food, invitations to member-only parties and previews of new beverages before they are offered to the general public.

Since opening in March, Red Clay has produced several new beers that reflect the current season.  Its most recent beverages were introduced earlier this month.

On Sept. 5, Red Clay revealed its Alabama Snakes IPA.

“We did a limited release of a Coffee IPA that blended Momma Mocha’s Snake Bite Coffee Beans with our Imperial IPA,” Corbin said.  “It turned out really good.  We only did a few kegs but sold out in about three days.  We plan to put it into our small batch production now to keep in our taproom.”

Less than two weeks later, Red Clay unveiled a new seasonal creation, which also has gained popularity.

“We just released our Red OAKtoberfest beer on Sept. 17,” Corbin said.  “It turned out great, and we have had some really good feedback.”

Southern Bumpkin Brown is Red Clay’s other fall-time drink.  It is a pumpkin and spice version of the company’s Sweet Potato Brown Ale, which is offered throughout the year.

“We plan to keep these through the first of November,” Corbin said.  “At that time, we will be releasing a new seasonal for the winter.”

In addition to the brewery’s frequent beverage releases and special events, customers are invited to visit the brewery during normal operating hours.  Red Clay opens at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and at noon on Saturdays. More information about the brewery can be found on Red Clay’s Facebook page.

Protect Your Home During National Fire Safety Month

In 2014, more than 3.5 million acres burned in wildfires across the country.
In 2014, more than 3.5 million acres burned in wildfires across the country.

When it comes to wildfires, every region of the U.S. is at risk. Last year, more than 63,000 wildfires destroyed 1,953 buildings across the country. Alarmingly, more than 1,000 of these damaged structures were houses. During October, you can observe National Fire Safety Month and protect your home from wildfires by following these guidelines.

Prevention

Completing regular maintenance is a crucial part of protecting any building from a wildfire. The U.S. Fire Administration outlines eight preventative practices for safeguarding homes, including inspecting chimneys regularly, installing smoke alarms, and keeping a fire extinguisher in a place where all family members can easily find it.

Preventative measures can also be taken outside the home. By keeping garden hoses attached to water spouts, smaller outdoor fires can be eliminated quickly. Regularly clearing gutters and the land around your property of flammable debris like sticks and leaves can reduce the risk of a wildfire spreading to your home. These useful tips- and many others- can be found on the Alabama Forestry Commission’s Homeowner’s Wildland and Fire Risk Assessment and Recommendations checklist

Planning

When a wildfire starts, it spreads quickly, meaning there is no time to waste when your home is at risk. Keep emergency telephone numbers posted around your house so any family member can call for help at a moment’s notice, and be sure your home is easily identifiable and accessible to emergency personnel. Post a reflective and clearly marked address sign at the access point to your property, and give firefighters the space they need to extinguish a wildfire by keeping a clear path to your house that is at least 12 feet wide and comes within 150 feet of all your property’s structures.

Monitoring on-going wildfires is also critical to proper planning. You can use this interactive map to see which parts of the country are currently being affected by wildfires and to assess possible threats in your area.

Practice

Because humans are the cause of most wildfires, practicing fire safety every day of the year is essential to reducing your home’s risk of damage. Always keep flammable materials out of young children’s reach, and teach them how to be safe around fires. Be sure to completely extinguish campfires and brush fires every time. Abide by fire laws in your area, and report any hazards to your local fire department. Following these tips and adopting other safety practices could save your home from disaster.

These guidelines and techniques are only a few ways to safeguard your house from a wildfire’s flames. Resources like FireWise.org, Ready.gov, RedCross.org, and NFPA.org can equip you with additional information so you are able to use proper prevention, planning and practices to keep your home safe from wildfires.

Callin’ Baton Rouge: An Auburn Fan’s Guide to Surviving LSU

In just four short days, the Auburn Tigers will travel to Baton Rouge to take on the Bayou Bengals of LSU. Although the mascots are the same, the experience for fans traveling to Louisiana will be unlike any other SEC game day. Here is what you should do to make your trip to LSU one to remember.

Consider bringing ear plugs.

Last year, ESPN named Tiger Stadium, commonly known as “Death Valley,” the toughest place for visiting teams to play. Seven times a year, more than 100,000 fans gather in the

In 2014, Tiger Stadium was named the toughest place for visiting teams to play.
In 2014, Tiger Stadium was named the toughest place for visiting teams to play.

stadium and produce deafening noise. Hannah Butler, a senior studying Political Science at LSU, says Saturday will be no different.

“Expect an electric atmosphere,” Butler said. “The Auburn game is one of the most anticipated games we have at home this year, so the fans will be rowdy and eager to secure a win since our first home game was cancelled due to lightning.”

Mind your manners.

Although LSU fans have a reputation of being very intense, they can be very friendly, too. Just remember to be respectful.

“Be nice to us, and we’ll generally be nice to you,” Butler said. “But remember that you’re in our house. Don’t do anything on our campus that you don’t want us to do on yours.”

If you remember to pack your Auburn charm and do not compare an LSU fan to a corn dog, you should be just fine.

Get ready for some fun.

Just how Auburn fans gather at the green space outside the student center before every game to tailgate at hundreds of different tents, LSU fans also have a central meeting place for pre-game festivities. It is called the Parade Grounds.

“It’s a massive field of land in the center of campus,” Butler said. “You’ll find yourself in a collegiate paradise of tents, music, beer pong, and debauchery that can only be topped by the feeling of walking into Death Valley later in the day.”

On game day, you can find a person from every walk of life enjoying the Parade Grounds, from fraternity pledges to alumni to community locals, so this is a great spot for everyone to tailgate.

The phrase “Tiger Bait” is chant a LSU fans use to intimidate other fans and players before, during and after football games. You will hear it more than once on Saturday, so be ready to react appropriately.

“If you find yourself the subject of a ‘Ti-ger-bait! Ti-ger-bait!’ chant, put on a smile and join in with us,” Butler said. “It makes our day, and it makes you look like you don’t take yourself too seriously.”

But if you find it hard to participate in this tradition, just remember, LSU is Tiger Bait, too.

10 Things to Do at The New Toomer’s Corner

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Toomer’s Corner before the 2015 renovations.

After closing in May to give way to major construction, the intersection of College Street and Magnolia Avenue finally reopened to the public on Saturday, Aug. 15. Here is a list of 10 things to do when visiting the new Toomer’s Corner.

Renovated Toomer's Corner
The renovations at Toomer’s Corner includes wider sidewalks and a permanent tiger paw in the middle of the intersection.

 


1. Take a look around
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The physical appearance and safety features of Toomer’s Corner were enhanced during the Corner Construction project, a development plan city officials say will “bring downtown Auburn into the 21st century while still maintaining the flavor of ‘the loveliest village.’” Construction crews improved lighting in the area, added brick benches at each corner, reduced the number of traffic signal poles, and eliminated street curbs by elevating the sidewalks to road level.

2. Expect more changes.
To finalize the renovation, Toomer’s Corner will undergo minor changes in the coming months. This includes the addition of a marker identifying where a time capsule was buried on July 22 in front of the Auburn Art store on College Street. More trees will be planted along the intersection later this fall as well, but these projects should not disrupt traffic or parking in the area. However, while Toomer’s Corner is not expected to see anymore heavy construction, the City of Auburn is planning to improve the intersections of College Street, and Glen and Samford avenues.

3. Attend community events.
Construction from this summer and any changes made to Toomer’s Corner later this year are not expected to affect events scheduled at or around the intersection. The public is encouraged to participate in community affairs, including the arts festival, an Indian SummerNight, on Friday, Oct. 9, the Downtown Trick or Treat on Thursday, Oct. 29, and the Auburn Christmas Parade on Thursday, Dec. 10. Auburn fans are also welcome to celebrate football victories at Toomer’s Corner this fall.

4. Stay away from the trees.
Although the wires that were once strung from the traffic signal poles at the intersection have been removed, the City of Auburn and Auburn University ask fans to refrain from rolling the new trees at Toomer’s Corner for at least another year. This will give the young oaks time to adapt to their new environment and establish strong root systems.

5. Wave at a webcam.
Three webcams found around Toomer’s Corner are constantly producing live footage of the intersection. One camera is located on the southeast corner, while another is located on the northeast side. Both cameras face the main entrance of Samford Park, located on the southwest corner of the intersection. The third webcam is situated at the top of Samford Hall, overlooking Samford Park. Live feeds from these cameras and several more around Auburn are available at www.auburn.edu/webcams/.

6. Pay for your parking spot.
Now that construction is complete, free parking has ended, too. Drivers must now pay to park their cars in the downtown area during business hours and can do so at the electric kiosks located on the sidewalks lining each street. Credit cards, debit cards and cash are accepted at each pay station except at times when parking is free, and easy-to-follow instructions are displayed on the digital screens.

7. Charge your cell phone.
The Corner Construction project included the addition of electrical connections to make the intersection a more event-friendly venue. Electrical outlets can be found around Toomer’s Corner, including in the new brick benches, and can be used for charging cell phones on busy game days or powering a band’s sound system during community events.

8. Appreciate the lights.
The LED lights attached to the brick benches, road curbs and streetlight poles at the intersection will stop changing color when the lighting system completes its test phase. When this initial stage ends, these lights will be used periodically for community events and will be changed to a color appropriate for that specific function.

9. Support local businesses.
Some restaurants and shops in downtown Auburn suffered this summer, despite being open during construction. Eric Stamp, the owner of the local t-shirt store, Stamp, located on College Street, felt the effects in his profits.
“I would say retail was off 75-80 percent,” Stamp said. “It was a direct reflection on how many people were walking around.”
Although Stamp and many other stores survived the Corner Construction project, some businesses, including The Bank Vault and The Gap, succumbed to the renovations and closed their doors this summer.

10. Eat at a new restaurant.
Downtown Auburn will soon welcome two restaurants to the area. The owners of The Hound will open the first new restaurant, The Depot, later this month. Located in the historic Auburn Train Depot on Mitcham Avenue, this restaurant will be seafood-based and will operate strictly on reservations. Expectations for The Depot are high, as the restaurant has a five-star rating on Facebook, despite not opening for another few weeks.

The other new restaurant is Pieology Pizzeria, which will fill the space formerly occupied by The Bank Vault. Pieology is a California-based restaurant that gives patrons the ability to make their own pizzas. An opening date has not yet been announced.