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Fall Frolic invites you to scare it up in downtown

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Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 1:10 pm | Updated: 1:59 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

It might be Halloween for your little monster, but this spooky frolic through downtown is all about the adults.

Come Thursday night at 5 p.m., the big kids are invited to put on their best (or scariest) Halloween costume hat and cavort through downtown during the Fall Frolic. About 20 business are participating, and frolic-goers are encouraged to hit a number of businesses and restaurants in downtown that will offer free goodies at some places or items to purchase at other establishments for a nominal price of $2 to $7.

For example, Gambardella’s Pasta Bella is offering Monster Eye Balls — mini meatballs in marinara sauce garnished with sliced olives — deviled egg eyeballs and pumpkin cheesecake; The Big I is serving hot spiced rum; Bobby’s Downtown is offering a brain hemorrhage (peach schnapps with Baileys) and other assorted appetizers. Remember, some treats are free while others cost $7 or less.

“When we hosted Fall Frolic a few years back, five businesses were involved, and we had about 60 people running around downtown in the chilly air,” said Lisa Gambardella, who is helping coordinate the event. This year, with about 20 businesses involved, she hopes the number of downtown visitors jumps greatly.

Because this is billed as an “adult event,” downtown businesses are asking patrons to use cabs if they expect to imbibe.   

Participating businesses include Lady Lee’s Bath Emporium Antique Shop; Chartreuse; Big Daddy’s; Gambardella’s Pasta Bella; Bobbby’s Downtown; Fairbanks Community Museum; Forget-me-not Books; Arctic Traveler’s Gift Shop; Lavelle’s Bistro; The Frameworks Gallery; River City Cafe; Frank’s Mens Wear; Del Ray’s in Northward Building; The Red Couch; Morris Thompson Convention and Visitors Center; The Fudge Pot; The Big I; and S Salon. The frolic is planned from 5-7 p.m.

All businesses are welcome to participate. Any business can call Gambardella at 388-3672 for more information. The Downtown Association of Fairbanks has some great information about Fall Frolic on its website at and a Facebook event page has been set up about the night out.

Contact Features Editor Gary Black at 459-7504, by email at or on Twitter at @FDNMfeatures.  


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