Destination: Downtown

Sumter residents and visitors have remarked continually on the physical changes over the last dozen years that have transformed our historic Main Street.  Building façade upgrades, new sidewalks, flourishing plantings have all contributed to the revitalized feel of the area.

Now, West Liberty Street is in for the same treatment.  Crews have recently begun work on the block between North Sumter and Main Streets, with the result that traffic may be a bit on the slow side, but it’s going to be worth it.  Architectural renderings show that it may, in fact, give Main Street a run for its money!

This doesn’t mean that downtown is slowing down one bit.  Tonight features both live and onscreen entertainment, with House of Classics II at the Sumter Opera House and Fridays at the Plaza at Rotary Centennial Plaza. 

Tonight’s movie is the classic “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford as two outlaws on the run.  This film has retained its popularity for more than 40 years; it’s hard to believe that still-swoon-worthy Redford turned 75 this week.  The movie starts at 7:30 p.m.; admission is $2.50 per person.

If rocking out is more your thing, Fridays at the Plaza will feature As If, a great local band with a playlist as impressive as their members’ entertainment experience.  With a repertoire ranging from classic rock to today’s hits, they are sure to bring the fun!  Bring your adult friends and your lawn chairs, and enjoy live music and refreshments.  Admission is free; food and beverages will be for sale.

While you’re downtown, check out some of the great local restaurants and one of Sumter’s most popular pubs.  For more information, please call the Swan Lake Visitors Center at (803) 436-2640 or 1-800-688-4748.  And watch downtown keep growing!

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