Clarkson student wins maple gift basket in Potsdam
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 2:20 pm

Ashley Romanowski shows her prize gift basket from Maple Run Emporium.

POTSDAM -- A Clarkson University student won the "Make Mine Maple Gift Basket" drawing at Maple Run Emporium's First Saturday event.

Ashley Romanowski, won a hardwood basket crafted by the Peterboro Basket Co. The prize was filled with delectable maple goodies - Hutchinson's Candy Maple Caramel Corn, Mapleland Farms Maple Fudge, Orton Brothers Maple Cookie Buttons, Castleton Crackers Maple Crackers, and The Redhead's Maple Roasted Peanuts & Bacon Brittles.

Romanowski, a Mechanical Engineering major from the Buffalo/Niagara area, has participated in First Saturday annually since her freshman year. "It's a lot of fun," she said.

As a new arrival in town three years ago, she said the even offered an opportunity to "see what was here."

"We didn't know where anything was and Potsdam looked so rural compared to some of the students' hometowns," she said.

In addition to the gift basket drawing, Maple Run Emporium also offered students a discount on maple coffees, teas, and brewers.