As COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift, many people are looking for something to do, a place to go or a way to have fun with their friends and families. With this in mind, Main Street Alexander City has put together summer events that are sure to draw citizens and visitors alike to the downtown arts and entertainment district of Alexander City.
The non-profit organization kicked off a round of summer events in April with Third Thursday and Bingo Under the Stars. These events will continue through the summer. Once June rolls around, Main Street will add the farmer’s market to their repertoire of excitement.
Third Thursdays is an opportunity for the community to gather in the arts and entertainment district of Alexander City and have some fun. It is also an excellent opportunity to support the small businesses located downtown.
“Third Thursday is bound to be a nice, laid back evening downtown where people can peruse wonderful works of art, listen to local artists perform and enjoy a meal out with their families or a cocktail while they shop,” said Stacey Jeffcoat, executive director of Main Street Alexander City.
There is live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the musician’s corner, located by Carlisle. Shops and restaurants will be open, and artists from all over will have their work set up on the streets for all to enjoy and purchase.
In addition to Third Thursdays, Main Street has organized Bingo Under the Stars, which takes place every fourth Wednesday from now until September. Bingo Under the Stars is held in the alleyway beside and in front of Castelluccio’s. The tables open at 6 p.m. and Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m.
“Castelluccio’s will offer dinner specials,” Jeffcoat said. “People have also ordered from Jake’s, JR’s and other downtown restaurants, most of which are offering delivery or curbside pick-up.”
The night will offer participants 10 rounds of prize bingo where they can win an assortment of prizes from Main Street t-shirts to wine cups and even a screwdriver set.
“At the last Bingo Under the Stars, we gave away $500 during the cash jackpot round,” said Jeffcoat. “There is always an assortment of prizes. People never know what they are going to get, which adds to the excitement.”
Speaking of excitement, the farmers market begins June 5 and continues every Saturday through the end of September. The market opens at 7 a.m. on Broad Street and closes at 11 a.m.
This year there will be a multitude of farmers and different types of artisans present. Offerings will consist of fresh yard eggs, homemade loaves of bread, jams, jellies and farm-raised pork, in addition to an assortment of bright and colorful fruits and vegetables.
“Darlene Meadows will be there with fresh, homemade cinnamon rolls, and if you want one, you better get there early because she sells out fast,” said Jeffcoat. “We will even have fried pies this year. There is going to be a good variety of both perishable and non-perishable food items available.”
In the meantime, Main Street’s focus is on keeping the streets beautiful with newly potted plants and flowers, all potted by Betty Anderson, as well as planning the Lake Martin Song Writers Festival, which is set to take place Aug 17 through Aug 21.
“It is going to be wonderful. The event consists of 14 songwriters and five days of music from all over the Lake Martin area. The week will conclude with a little love concert on that Saturday,” said Jeffcoat.
For more information on the events, contact Stacey Jeffcoat at 256-307-3949 or email her at email@example.com.