No dress code required " just enjoy the music

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By Alice Du Pont

If you were sitting on your hands Friday night because you didn't have anything to do, blame yourself, because there was plenty to do Quincy. The weather was beautiful, there were no big semi trucks drowning out the music and there was no dress code.

The opening at Art In Gadsden was again a great event. The number of artists whose works were on display was fantastic. Grace Maloy, the staff and volunteers continue to do a fantastic job for this community and the region. We've got one of the best galleries in the area and it's only going to get better.

It still saddens me, however, that so few people who live right here take advantage of the center’s offerings. It's like taking your pretty wife for granted. You pass but only notice when someone else remarks how pretty she is because you've never noticed. It is my hope that anyone who has not been to the gallery will take a few moments to stop in and just take a look around. Stop by the gift shop and talk with the volunteers or Maloy, the executive director. I promise she'll be happy to talk with you, but she’s a pretty busy woman, keeping God knows how many balls in the air. Her mind is almost always churning as she thinks about what else she can do to make the gallery better.

There was Music on the Square, thanks to Quincy MainStreet and the city of Quincy. The trio, Dayve Stewart and the Vybe, was fantastic. Their contemporary sounds made for a relaxing way to wind down a week. I forgot to bring a chair and had to stand, but that was just fine with me. The music brought folks out and you could tell from the looks on their faces that they were beginning to loosen up.

When I left, I have to admit, I felt great. There were kids there who played around on the ground as their parents enjoyed to the music. One man, who had never been inside the gallery, strolled across the street to see what everybody was going to see. I asked him if he liked to show and he said he did but I couldn't get him to say he would come to the next opening.

And that's OK with me because he went in for the first time and that's all it takes to break the ice.

Art not to yourr liking? Easy listening music isn't your cup of tea?

Well, just a half block away, the Quincy Music Theatre presented two hours of bluegrass music featuring David Davis and the Warrior River Boys and the Bottom Dollar Boy$.

Some folks, like me, tried to enjoy a little bit of it all.