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Beach Blast is Friday

Friday night is party time at the eighth annual Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce Beach Blast. The "party band of the South," the Swingin' Medallions, will return to Thomson to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their hit song "Double Shot of My Baby's Love."

"It is one of the good, quality-of-life events we host for the citizens of Thomson so they won't have to travel to places like Atlanta for special occasions," said Chamber Board Member Mike Carrington.

This is the Medallions' fourth time to perform in Thomson, according to Mr. Carrington. He said the band has been playing for 40 years, now; but not with the original members.

"It would be kind of impossible for these guys, because they are only in their 30s," he said.

The Swingin' Medallions are known for their high-energy mix of beach music, frat rock, R&B or shaggin' music, according to their website. Their hit song sold more than a million copies in 1966.

The music will make waves on Friday, June 2, at 1810 Country Inn and Winery, on Seymour Drive off of Washington Road. The gates will open at 7 p.m. The concert begins at dark, and lasts until midnight. Beer, wine, sodas and food will be available for purchase from 1810.

Mr. Carrington said the concert is "more fun because it's outside," and everyone should bring their own chair.

"It's an outdoor concert," he said. "We build a stage in the big field out by 1810, and we make a dance floor out of sand and light it up with tiki torches, and we just have fun."

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the show. Advance tickets will be on sale at the Chamber of Commerce office, Queensborough National Bank & Trust, 1810 Country Inn and Winery and The McDuffie Mirror. For more information, contact the Chamber at 706-597-1000.

Beach Blast 2006 is sponsored by The McDuffie Mirror, Jefferson Energy Corp., Jimmy & Dena's Body Shop, Queensborough National Bank & Trust, Anthony Auto Sales, Georgia Power Co., Luckey Sign Co., and Thomson-McDuffie County Tourism.

Web posted on Thursday, June 1, 2006

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