Missing the dance

Published 9:00 am Wednesday, June 13, 2012

This Friday night, families throughout the area will have an opportunity to join under the stars and take in a good movie — all in anticipation of the annual Blueberry Festival Satuday.
I grew up in Brewton and what I remember enjoying each year was the street dance held as part of the festival events.
I can remember making my way to downtown Brewton and find my spot among hundreds of other Brewton folks who had come out to hear good music and shake a leg.
The parking lot behind the Escambia County Courthouse transformed into a stage and a dance floor each year as the citizens of the community gathered to enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship.
I’m not exactly sure when that tradition ended, but even though it has been many, many years since that dance was held on the courthosue lot, I still hold the memories of the event close to my heart.
I suppose there was a good reason for cancelling the annual dance — poor attendance, lack of a good local band, or maybe some folks misbehaving. But, no matter what the reason was, I sure do miss it.
But, thankfully, the city of Brewton has seen fit to offer a similar event that will certainly be family-friendly and enjoyable for everyone — even those who don’t know how to dance.
Friday evening, at 8 p.m., under the stars that will shine over Brewton, the big screen will light up with a movie sure to please everyone.
That will give me some time to drop by Thou Art for “An Evening of Art.” That event will be going on from 5 to 8 p.m.
I want to personally thank the organizers of the “Evening of Art’ and movie presentation for the opportunity to gather with other residents of our community to enjoy some fun before the big festival day.
As I wait for the show to being Friday night, I’m right now hoping it’s a musical. Maybe I could still get up and dance.