MARLBOROUGH - The city's diverse artistic and cultural scene is now even more varied thanks to Douglas Dombrowik.
Dombrowik, a soon-to-be Marlborough resident, recently opened Fox Ballroom Dance Studio on East Main Street.
"We wanted to bring ballroom dancing to the community," Dombrowik said.
The activity appeals to people looking to exercise, prepare for a specific event such as a wedding or to join a new group, he said.
Fox Ballroom Dance Studio was among a variety of businesses and organizations taking part in a fair Saturday as part of the weekend-long Heritage Festival. Vendors sold merchandise, gave out food samples and publicized their companies while a train carried kids on fun rides around the fair.
The festival, which concludes on Sunday, featured diverse song and dance and a wine and cheese event on Saturday. The main event Saturday evening was slated to include Grateful Dead tribute band Bearly Dead performing on top of the Court Street parking garage. Part of the garage was turned into a temporary tavern that paid homage to the city's historic Williams Tavern.
"It's a great community event," said organizer Susanne Morreale-Leeber, president and CEO of the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce. "There are things for the children, things for the adults."
The festival draws people to downtown and spotlights the city's variety of cultures and businesses, she said.
"A healthy downtown is a healthy community," she said.
Vicki Papscoe, a LuLaRoe fashion consultant from Marlborough, said the event helps her reach new potential customers.
On top of the Court Street garage, Marlborough Historical Society officials showcased an exhibit tracing the city's history. The display included outfits and pictures from different time periods.
Karen Widener, a society trustee, hoped people learn something new about a city that was known for its shoe industry.
"Marlborough is so steeped in history," Widener said. "People don’t know how much history there is in Marlborough."
Dombrowik said the city's diversity is a draw today.
"It makes Marlborough a great place to live and work," he said.
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