Numerous events on tap for weekend
by Marie Nesmith
May 31, 2012 | 2093 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Maxine Brewer purchases some squash from Bartow County farmer Donald Cochran Wednesday morning at the Downtown Farmers Market. The market operates Wednesdays and Saturdays during the summer. Held at Founders Oak Park along Public Square in Cartersville, the annual market opens at sunup and closes about noon or when the farmers sell all of their produce. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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For the Summer Concert Series' show on Saturday, the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority will welcome the Eastern Seaboard Band to Friendship Plaza.

Held in conjunction with the Tom Clayton Memorial Car Cruise, the concert will begin at 7 p.m., two hours after the 5 p.m. car show, and end at 9 p.m. Performing for 18 years, the Eastern Seaboard Band plays a variety of music, such as Southern rock, classic rock 'n' roll, beach, soul and Motown.

"People come out," said Cartersville DDA Special Events Coordinator Loretta Brown about the free concerts. "They bring their lawn chairs and they sit up in the bleachers. They get up and dance, the kids are up dancing. It is [a] really ... nice family-oriented [event]. So that makes it very special.

"These concerts -- I think the people just look so forward to coming down because we had some people come down from Chattanooga, Tenn., and come up from the south part of Georgia. So we get a lot of people coming in from different areas. So that's really a plus."

On Saturday, the concert and car show will join a host of other events in Bartow County, some of which include the Dixie Highway 90-Mile Yard Sale, Red Top Mountain State Park's Mountain Music Series, Friends of the Bartow County Library System's used book sale and the Bartow Health Access' Pond and Garden Tour.

Echoing Brown's comments, Ellen Archer -- executive director for the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau -- believes the range of offerings this weekend will appeal to local residents as well as draw visitors from outside the county.

"I truly believe, and anecdotal evidence from people [show], that it's true in terms of events in a community, when there is a great variety it really does create a synergy," Archer said. "People want to come. We have literally had telephone calls from people that had done the [Dixie Highway 90-Mile] Yard Sale in previous years wanting to make sure that the concert series or the car show would in fact be going on like it has in previous years. So what happens, when that happens [is] they spend the night here. There's reason for them to stay.

"We have had several likes on the Dixie Facebook [page] of the pond tour. [There is] a whole bunch of them. Who knew that people that were interested in a yard sale also [would be] interested in gardening and horticulture, but sure enough, [they are]. So when you've got these varied events in the community, you get cross-pollination and the more reason to stay, spend the night, get up and do something different the next day. So it's just a real healthy sign for our community. And there's no reason for anybody that lives here to go out of town this weekend."

For more information, see the What's Going On calendar in The Daily Tribune News or visit the local CVB's website,