Hot in the City!

Downtown Friday nights just keep on heating up in 2011!  With the return of the successful Fridays at the Plaza series and a couple of new additions, there’s going to be something to do down on Main Street every Friday night for the rest of the summer, weather permitting and if all goes according to plan (and we don’t doubt that it will)!

This Friday night, June 10, features Comedy Night at Hamptons Main Room at 30 N. Main Street (across from the City Centre).  For $10 per person, you can enjoy the comedy powerhouses Tim Kidd (the “American Foole”) and Mark Evans (“Southern…Not Stupid”).  Always on edge but never vulgar, this show is sure to please.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase; please call (803) 774-4400 for more details.  The show begins at 9 p.m., so be ready to settle in for a night of entertainment and fun with friends!

Next Friday (June 17), Fridays at the Plaza continues its sixth season with a performance by Latitude, a favorite since their first appearance on our stage a couple of years ago.  The show starts at 7 p.m.  Admission is free; food and beverages will be for sale.  (No coolers, please.)  There is no age restriction on attendance, but the music and the atmosphere lend themselves to an adult crowd.  Bring your lawn chair and check it out.

June’s outdoor concerts will finish with Fridays at the Terrace on June 24, held at the City Centre Terrace at 25 N. Main (behind Angel’s Mexican Restaurant and the City Centre).  This free concert features a variety of bands from country to rock…be prepared for just about anything!  Admission is free; food and drinks can be purchased from Angel’s.  The music starts at 7 p.m.  Bring a lawn chair and enjoy downtown’s newest outdoor concert venue!

Meanwhile, if you’d rather have your fun inside where there’s air conditioning, there’s a show on at the Sumter Opera House, too.  Sumter’s House of Classic Movies presents The Grapes of Wrath on June 24 at 7:30 p.m.  Admission is only $2.50 per person, and concessions are available for sale.  This monthly series, accompanied by House of Classics II, means that every other Friday night, the Opera House returns to what it was for most of its hundred-plus years—an old-time movie palace.  And the prices are pretty old-time, too!  Show proceeds benefit the Sumter County Public Library, so you can feel good about having fun while helping a worthy cause.

Summer’s not officially here yet (FYI—it’s June 21, but I doubt anyone will notice; it’s been feeling like summer for weeks now!), but we’re already celebrating the season in Downtown Sumter!  For more info, please click on “Calendar” at, or call the Swan Lake Visitors Center at (803) 436-2630, or toll-free at 1-800-688-4748.

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