Don’t Worry Kutztown, Age is Just a Number

As I am sitting here writing this post on the front porch of the Inn, I just waved to my dad who was turning from Baldy St onto Main St. I saw the mayor of the town walking with her husband, and I saw my landlord leaving work and walking across the street to his house. A friend was power walking up the street for exercise and the son of the owner of the Kutztown Strand was strolling by with a friend. What I love about all of that is that I will most likely see all of them at least one more time by the end of the day. Kutztown is small town life at it’s finest. That’s why, in addition to being the Innkeeper here at the Inn, I also decided to join the Kutztown Bicentennial Committee to help plan the week long celebration. When I leave here today, I will head over to the Kutztown Area Historical Society for our last Kutztown Bicentennial Committee meeting before the celebration kicks off on Saturday. Just yesterday, I was having drinks at the K’town Pub for a friends birthday and we were discussing how strange it is that we have been planning this celebration for three years. It feels like just yesterday I was asked by Craig Koller, Bicentennial chairman, to join the committee. But here we are, less than three days from the first event when all of our hard work is about to pay off. 

It’s a bittersweet feeling, really. On one hand, I won’t be seeing the committee members anymore and truthfully, they have started to feel like family. We’ve shared this common bond for so long, it will be sad saying “see ya later” and not knowing when that later will be. But on the other, I am excited to get some free time back and finally be able to enjoy these events we have been planning for so long. 

And you should come out and enjoy them, too. We have an event (or in some cases two events) every day from Saturday, July 25th through Sunday, August 2nd. The full schedule is shown below and you can get more information about each of the events on the website at www.kutztownboro.org/bicentennial. And as a little added surprise, we will be inviting people to enjoy our courtyard from 3pm to 6pm on Saturday with some music, food, beer from Saucony Creek Brewing Co., wine from Vynecrest, and some fun raffles of local items. I will be posting some more information about that tomorrow on our Facebook. For now, take a look at the Bicentennial events and I hope to see as many of you there as possible in support of our home town. 

Until next time…

Your “Kutztown’s Biggest Fan” Innkeeper,

Shena

Passing the Torch

For many of you, the name Main Street Inn is synonymous with Pam Corrado. So, when the “For Sale” sign went up last year, it triggered some sad faces and disappointed feelings. It was a difficult decision for Pam to decide to sell the Inn, but after 7 years of hard work and few vacations, she came to the conclusion that it was time to take a break. The sign went up and stayed there; a constant reminder of what was coming to an end. There were a few bites and some interested buyers, but ultimately the sign remained well into the winter months. 

Around the same time, I began to lose enjoyment in my current job as an insurance claims adjuster and yearned for the conversations with guests that I used to have at the Main Street Inn. By mid February, I had had enough of my desk job and approached my parents about coming back to the Inn to take my mom’s place. This Inn held a special place in my heart and I didn’t want to see it leave my family just as much as any of you did. 

At first, my parents had their hesitations and not without reason. After all, I had worked at the Inn and left once before to pursue a more corporate career. But I was older now, more aware of what I knew I didn’t want and sure of what I did. I wanted to carry on the family business; keep the Main Street Inn a “home away from home” for travelers in the charming college town of Kutztown, PA. With a Bachelor degree in marketing from Kutztown University of PA and a Master degree in Hospitality and Tourism management from Florida International University, this was right up my alley. Not to mention, I had been learning from the virtuoso herself since I was born, right?!

So I did some convincing and made some promises and they finally said YES! The “For Sale” sign had met its demise. And not because we had sold, but because we decided to keep it in the family and carry on what my mom had started. I’m excited to continue many of the practices my mom has put in place and improve on a few things to make your stay at the Main Street Inn as exceptional and unforgettable as possible. But don’t worry, we won’t venture far from what is already here so you can still expect the same service and amenities you’ve had all along. 

I hope you will follow along with me as I make my way through some new territory and share my journey, behind the scenes tidbits, local information about Kutztown, and tips and secrets I’m learning along the way. I’m sure it will make for an enjoyable ride.

Your Enthusiastic and Eager Innkeeper,

Shena

P.S. My mom says hello and that you are in good hands…and that she is only a 7 minute drive away from a visit and some drinks in the courtyard. 

Free Events at Kutztown University

Did you know there are lots of events, activities, lectures, performances, and programs at Kutztown University that are free and open to the public? And not just throughout the fall and spring semester; there are plenty of summer events as well. Here are just a few:

KU Planetarium in the Grim Science Center: Sit back and relax as the lights dim in KU’s planetarium and enjoy the show of lights and sound…. for FREE!

Georgian Room: Kutztown University Summer Chamber Music Festival holds concerts and workshops throughout the summer that are FREE and open to the public. As well as free performances during the school year.

KU Small Business Development Office: Offering FREE consulting services and learning opportunities for locals who have or are looking to open a small business.

PA German Culteral Heritage Center: This beautiful farm tucked away in a quiet corner of campus offers FREE family friendly events throughout the year as well as lectures and demonstrations.

Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery in Sharadin Arts Building: displays artwork from professional working artists as well as Kutztown University students. The gallery is always FREE and a great way to explore the creativity of young emerging artists.

Kutztown University has many wonderful things to offer the community. You just have to know where to look and who to ask.