I think the phones started ringing in January. “Is Sumter@Six coming back this year? When does it start? Who’s coming?”
Here at the Visitors Center, we now have the answers to those questions since the Downtown Development Office has unveiled plans for an all-new entertainment series that is bound to bring the fun. The 2012 Downtown Sumter entertainment series, “Downtown Friday Nights,” features something different happening three out of four Friday evenings per month, beginning in May and going through September 2012.
After eleven successful seasons, Sumter@Six has indeed come to a close, but don’t panic! We’ll still be rocking downtown all summer long, only on a different night and in a different venue. The first Friday of each month, Downtown Friday Nights on Main will take place on Main Street from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. (the old Sumter@Six time slot). This year’s performers are:
May 4: Chief Complaint
June 1: Virtually Unshockable
July 6: Still Cruzin’
August 3: Terence Lonon & the Untouchables
September 7: The Holiday Band
Other returning favorites are Downt0wn Friday Nights Classic Movies at the Sumter Opera House and a second concert series, Downtown Friday Nights “Fridays,” divided between Rotary Centennial Plaza and the City Centre Terrace:
Downtown Friday Nights Classic Movies:
May 11: Casablanca
June 8: The Poseidon Adventure
July 13: Peyton Place
August 10: Grease
September 14: Stalag 17
Movies begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $2.50 per person; popcorn and bottled water will be for sale.
Downtown Friday Nights, “Fridays”:
Rotary Centennial Plaza
May 18: As If
July 20: Old School
September 21: Latitude
City Centre Terrace
June 15: Headin’ South
August 17: The Joe Sanford Band
Concerts will take place from 6:00-8:30 p.m.
So yes, Downtown Sumter is back, and this year it’s better than ever. Please remember to bring a folding chair for the concerts, and leave your cooler at home, as refreshments will be for sale. Best of all, admission remains free!
For more information, please call (803) 436-2640. Also, please note that the graphic used in this post is available as a refrigerator magnet, another reminder not to miss out on the fun! It is free of charge at the Swan Lake Visitors Center (open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) or the sec0nd floor of the Sumter Opera House.