By Lizzie Stewart
Small though it may be, Georgetown is full of hidden treasures for the first-year pirate willing to explore. A short walk down to the town square provides the perfect break after hours of studying, and shopping is not required to have a good time. Various thrift stores and business on the square present students with an opportunity to experience the small town vibe.
“Just exploring all the different little shops on the square is always an adventure,” junior Edward Yu said.
Aspiring writers and poets are guaranteed an audience on Fiction Fridays at Cianfrani’s, held every second and fourth Friday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For those who crave a musical outlet, the open mic night at Ken’s Guitars welcomes all and is held the last Friday of every month at 7 pm.
For those with a penchant for the historic, a walk through the Williamson Museum or a visit to the Shotgun House Museum familiarizes visitors with Georgetown’s past.
“The Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial association maintains an African American Cemetery along with the Shotgun House Museum, and it’s all free!” junior transfer David Boutte said.
While the summer heat lasts, Blue Hole, a natural swimming hole, supplies students with a place to jump in, cool down and relax. Georgetown Lake offers an alternative swimming locale, as well as free camping options for those who enjoy hiking and the outdoors. For a nature experience a little closer to campus, San Gabriel Park comes equipped with a running trail, playgrounds and local wildlife.
“Watch out for the goose! Trust me, he will chase you,” junior Devin Corbitt said.
For the SU student who wants to save money or does not have a car, there is no need to feel stranded on campus when a whole host of free activities are just a walk away.
“You have to poke your head around Georgetown and explore for yourself,” junior Jacob Brown said. “It may sound daunting, but we’re liberal arts students, and if you can just apply that curiosity to the way you look at Georgetown, you may be delighted and surprised by what you find.”