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Brad Clark, Brew master for Jackie O's, explains the intricacies of how beer is brewed during the Empower beer tasting on mothers weekend. Empower is a not for profit organization that raises money to build schools and help aids orphans in Uganda.

Moms animate town during visit

Moms of Ohio University students crowded Athens this past weekend for the annual and anticipated Moms Weekend 2011.

Activities filled each day of the weekend ranging from sporting events, music and other entertainment, as well as the 11th Annual Moms Walk for a Cure.

Mary Jo Swintek said that she thoroughly enjoyed her fourth Moms Weekend with her daughter and son.

“I love getting to spend time with both of my children, and I look forward to it every year,” Swintek said. “It was fun meeting other moms and their kids, along with my own children’s friends.”

In the midst of the event options offered through the university, Court Street was filled with moms and their children shopping, sharing meals and drinks Uptown during the course of the weekend.

“We are always packed on Moms Weekend,” said Tress Montealvo, a waitress at the Court Street Diner, 18 N. Court St.  

The diner experienced a major increase in business and saw the most customers on Saturday morning, Montealvo said.

“We plan ahead for it and despite the business, it is very fun seeing all of the moms at OU,” she added.

In addition to many Uptown restaurants, bars also saw an increase in business.  

“We most definitely are busier and more crowded during Moms Weekend,” said Mike Korbee, the manager at Jackie O’s Brewery and Pub, 24 W. Union St., adding that, “We see a different cliental with the moms and their kids, but it is a very fun weekend we look forward to.”

OU mom Kathy Hastings, accompanied by her two sisters for their second Moms Weekend, said she enjoyed sharing a bit of college experience with her daughter.

“I love getting to spend time with my daughter and seeing the different aspects of her life while she is at school,” Hastings said. “It was a lot crazier than I expected, but I met a lot of other awesome moms.”

Karen Hamski enjoyed her third and final Moms Weekend this year with her daughter. She also said that she liked meeting other students and their moms.

“My favorite part is always just spending time with my daughter, and I am going to miss coming here,” Hamski said.


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