It’s a breeze: Blackberry Breeze rocked the house at the Fifth Saturday event at Sweet Rack Rib Shack
While the threat of rain moved Fifth Saturday off The Square and to the second floor of Sweet Rack, Leigh Anne Windham with the Downtown Committee said the event was still a success, drawing in younger Troy residents.
While headliner BlackBerry Breeze was moved off The Square, the open mic event still took place under the gazebo as scheduled, and Windham said there were still plenty of interesting events to see.
“We had a good turnout for open mic and had several really good performers,” Windham said. “The weather pretty much held off for that portion of the event. We were able to stay out for that. We had a lot of great talent. They were all young performers, and they were all kids of different ages, elementary up to high school, and they were excellent.”
The Fifth Saturday events were started by the Pike County Chamber of Commerce Downtown Committee in conjunction with the City of Troy in an effort to bring people to downtown and showcase the retail, dining and entertainment options on and around The Square.
“We wanted to begin doing events on a regular basis, and this was just one of the ways we could do it,” Windham said. “We went along with the fifth Saturday event schedule because it gave us the opportunity to have them on a regular basis and have some time to plan in between events. After we do this year with Fifth Saturday you’ll probably see us move forward with more events on a regular basis.”
While this particular Fifth Saturday event was geared toward college-aged residents, Windham said plenty of Troy residents had come out in full force.
“I thought it went really well,” Windham said. “I felt like we had a great crowd of the kids that showed up for BlackBerry Breeze, and they all appeared to have an excellent time. We had people from other age groups that attended as well and enjoyed the show just as much as the rest of the crowd. Everyone kind of mixed amongst each other, which was great. It was really what we were aiming for.”
The next Fifth Saturday event will be Oct. 31. And, Windham said this event would be chockfull of Halloween related events, including trick-or-treating for the youngest Troy residents.
“This Fifth Saturday will consist of Pumpkins around The Square, which started last year,” Windham said. “There will be activities on The Square for children and then the downtown businesses will be outside on the sidewalks for kids to trick-or-treat. We are looking at that for 3 to 5 p.m., and then at about 5:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. we will move into live music. We aren’t sure what type of music we will have this time, we are still looking for the band.”
Troy Mayor Jason A. Reeves, center, was a member of the mayors’ panel at the 2015 Bill Bates Leadership Institute... read more