McDuffie residents can mark their calendars not just once, but every month, to spend an evening in downtown Thomson for Second Saturday.
Created by Main Street McDuffie, the second Saturday of each month will have a season-themed event from 6-11 p.m. that will be fun for the whole family.
"People just want to be out doing something with other people around," said McDuffie Museum Director Jenny Lindsey, who also is a member of Main Street McDuffie. "This gives them the opportunity to do that."
Main Street McDuffie is a nonprofit group whose mission is to bring downtown Thomson to life. Formerly called "the downtown committee," the group created the Fall Crows contest last October that lined Main Street with business-themed scarecrows and brought hundreds of pedestrians and visitors downtown. The committee also was responsible for the "Jack O Lanterns on Journal" event.
Second Saturday begins this weekend on Journal Street with a St. Patrick's Day theme complete with Irish music, green beads and possibly green beer. The committee applied for a temporary license to sell alcohol for that day, but had not received approval from the state by The Mirror's press time.
"They can dance, bring their lawn chairs and picnic baskets, come eat and just hang out and have fun," said Bridgett Paulson, who heads up the Main Street committee.
The fire department will be barbecuing and serving plates of barbecue, hamburgers or hot dogs. Meal tickets must be purchased in advance: $7 for chopped barbecue, potato salad, baked beans, bread and drink; $4 for hamburger, chips and drink; and $3 for hot dog, chips and drink. Tickets are available at the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce, McDuffie Museum or the Big Dipper on Main Street or at Culpepper Ford on Washington Road. Mrs. Paulson said a limited amount of non-reserved plates will be available that night.
The event coincides with the McDuffie Arts Council's concert in the Depot by the band "Eleventh Hour." Tickets for the concert, which begins at 6 p.m., are $12 at the door.
The committee already is planning the Second Saturday event for April, which will have a golf theme to go along with the Masters Golf Tournament. Golfers and golfer-wannabe's can test their skills on putting greens that night.
Although the committee is made up of a small number of people, they hope the Second Saturday concept will become contagious and others in the community will join in.
"We need all the volunteers we can possibly get," Mrs. Paulson said. "The fire department is cooking this time just to get the ball rolling. We'd like for others to pick it up next time."
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