While it’s not a full blown tragedy, it was a little unfortunate that the threatening weather prevented some people from attending the Ramble Festival this weekend in Laurel. The festival wasn’t just a fun fall event, although it was a fun fall event. Rather it was a kind of a physical thought experiment that invited attendees to imagine a future downtown Laurel. The future Laurel it suggested was more than just a retail haven, although there was no lack of retail opportunities. Instead it was a lifestyle on show, displaying a Laurel that honored its industrial past while also bidding it farewell. The Laurel of the future has embraced the 21st Century economy by transforming into a middle place where business and leisure are both the order of the day.
This story originally appeared in the Oct. 1 edition of the Laurel Star.