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By Alice Du Pont

This Friday night is another opportunity for people to get out and do something. There's a lot going on and it's all family-friendly. Whether you like to get out early or stay late you can have your choice. Hopefully Tropical Storm Ida will have fizzled out or at least left this part of the country.

For the past 9 years Stewart Parsons has been the county judge. Because the Legislature imposed age limits Parsons, who celebrates a birthday this month, is required to step down. He's hosting a little farewell reception on the Courthouse Square that starts at 3 p.m. and lasts until 5. Stop by, shake his hand and wish him well.

Stay downtown, hit a few shops and restaurants and head for the Gadsden Arts Center around 6 p.m. It's opening night for the 21st annual Art in Gadsden. If you've never been, this is a perfect opportunity to get to see what is going on inside. The juried art show will feature regional artists whose works include all mediums.

The regional art shows started shortly after I came to work here. It was really the brain child of artist Beth Appleton and her husband, Dave Harbaugh. I think the first one was held in the lobby of the former Quincy State Bank and featured only a handful of artists.

My how things have changed. This show will feature more than 100 artists. Event coordinators are hoping for a record turnout. However, too many people in our area have never set foot in the gallery.

Following the presentation of awards, walk a few steps across and listen to one of the best jazz bands in the area. Dayve Stewart and The Vibe will begin performing under the lights on the Courthouse Square at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored as part of Quincy's Community Redevelopment Agency's Music on the Square series.

Bring a lawn chair, a few friends and enjoy the music.

Contrary to what anyone may say, there is something to do in Quincy but you have to leave home to do it.

E-mail comments  and  suggestions to me at adupont@gadcotimes.com