EDITORIAL: Delightful events, despite inclement, rainy weather

Jun. 13, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

The weather outside has been frightful, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t events delightful — and plenty of them, and free, and coming to downtown Sanford beginning tonight.

OK, so last week’s inaugural “Function at the Junction” concert series — the annual summer-long lineup of free concerts at Depot Park in downtown Sanford — event was canceled because of bad weather.

And sure, there’s a chance of more rain tonight.

But for most Thursday evenings between now at the middle of September, you can enjoy a concert on the lawn at the wonderful Depot Park in the heart of Sanford.

Fittingly, tonight, the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra will perform — their first of four shows in the Function at the Junction series this summer, each with a different guest performer.

And if jazz isn’t your thing? Other acts lined up to perform — all free of charge, of course — include local and regional bands playing gospel, classic country, southern rock, bluegrass and more.

The concert series bring awareness to the downtown area while providing a friendly environment for people of all ages, says Downtown Sanford Inc.’s David Montgomery.

“We started this out as a family, fun and free atmosphere,” he told The Herald this week. “Now people are calling us in advance and ask us when the summer concerts start.

It’s become part of the summer lore for Sanford and Lee County — one of those things people look forward to.”

The atmosphere at the events, in case you haven’t been, is pure fun. Folks bring law chairs and blankets and even picnic baskets and even sing along to the oldies songs they know by heart. And not only does it bring people together, the no-charge admission takes excuses away.

For more information, go to DSI’s website at www.downtownsanford.com, or call (919) 775-8332. And find time at least one Thursday this summer — if not more — to attend.