Back-to-back bashes ahead

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By Alice Du Pont

Save the dates.

The City of Quincy Community Redevelopment Agency is sponsoring Cinco de Mayo Friday, May 3, and Quincyfest is set for Saturday, May 4. Both events will be at Tanyard Creek Park.

Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon and the entertainment begins at 5 p.m. DJ Nemo will entertain the crowd with sounds of the day in the Hispanic Community. The celebration continues until 10 p.m. with dancers, traditional folk dance bands and more. Authentic Mexican food will be prepared by home cooks on site.

“The food vendors were among the most popular people at the celebration. People around here love Mexican food, but they want it homemade,” said Charles Hayes, CRA director.

Quincyfest Blues and Barbecue begins Saturday afternoon, May 4. The gates open at 3 p.m. and the music starts at 4:30.

“After 10 years, Quincyfest Blues and Barbecue has become the most exciting, diverse and anticipated event in Gadsden County and beyond,” Hayes said.

This year’s headliner is internationally known blues master Mel Waiters, who is best known for such hits as “Hole In the Wall,” “Material Things and “I Want the Best.”

The soothing sound of T.K. Soul will set the stage for Waiters as well as the blues of local bands such as Brett Wellman, Simple Man, Brother John and Wailing Wolves.

Admission for both days is free; however, a limited number of VIP seats will be available to the public for the Waiters concert. Those seats are $25 and will be sold on a first-come basis.

“As always, we encourage people to bring lawn chairs to enjoy the food, the crowds and the performances,” Hayes said.
For information, call Hayes at 850-618-0030, ext. 6692.