DDA to celebrate end of school year with street dance May 15

Published 6:37 pm Friday, May 1, 2015

Get ready to break out your dancing shoes for Downtown Bainbridge’s Great Summer Bash at Willis Park.
The Downtown Development Authority will host its third semi-annual downtown street dance Friday, May 16 to celebrate the end of another school year.
“Bring a lawn chair and hope for good weather,” said Amanda Glover, DDA executive director. “It’s another event we like to use to bring people downtown to create those memories and just enjoy the experience of downtown.”
Glover said that the event will be good for families and will feature live music with local southern rock band Traveller.
Several downtown shops and restaurants will be open a little later than usual to accommodate the crowd.
“We love to get people downtown to shop,” Glover said.
The event will kick off at 6 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. The streets surrounding Willis Park will be closed during the event. Broughton and Water Streets will be blocked at 5 p.m., and West and Broad Streets will close at 6 p.m.
The first dance, hosted in May last year, was a result of the Downtown Master Plan the DDA created and has been working on implementing.
In advance of the event, the gazebo at Willis Park is undergoing maintenance that will be completed before May 15.
“It’s been in dire need of repair and got to the point to where we had to do it,” Glover said.
The gazebo is receiving new decking and shingles to replace some that are rotted.
Traveller is a Bainbridge-based band made up of musicians Eric Gay, Jeff Rathel, Larry Godwin, Bill Rathel, Tony Godby and Patrick Boyd.

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