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So much to do, so little time

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By Alice Du Pont

This weekend we welcome visitors to our city for the annual QuincyFest. People come from throughput Georgia and Florida to hear good blues and eat fantastic barbecue. A lot of local people put in many volunteer hours throughout the year to make the event a success. It has been a success. And the event is getting even better.

This year's lineup is just as good, if not better, than in years past. But the fun starts Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. with the Community Fiesta. This night is dedicated to the locals. The intent is to showcase local vendors, church and civic organizations, and to offer a venue where people can make money.

I have heard the complaints as no doubt many of you have. It's a constant refrain that there's nothing to do in Quincy. Well, this weekend, there's plenty to do. It will do you good just to get out of that stuffy house and get a little spring fresh air. Or you might see someone you haven’t seen all winter.

Remember, we had a fairly rough winter and a lot of us were holed up in the house except to go to to work, church and other essential places. Now is a good time to get the lawn chairs out or grab a blanket and head for the Courthouse Square both days.

In fact, decide this is your time to do nothing but enjoy good music and good food. Who can ask for more than that?

The Community Fiesta shuts down at 10 p.m. Multicultural dance troups will be on stage for you to enjoy. And don't say you don't like it if you haven't seen it. The costumes alone are worth the trip. Even if you don't like music, you'll love the performance that Biscuit Miller and the Mix will put on at 7:30 p.m.

When you get tired of sitting, stroll to some of the food stalls that will dot the square. There's going to be something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Enjoy Friday night and when you leave at 10 p.m., you’ll have enough time to get a good night’s rest and be back on the square at 10 a.m. because that's when the music starts all over again. This is the lineup:

• 10 a.m. to noon: Steven Fryson Band

• Noon to 2 p.m.: Billy Rigsby Band

• 2 t 4 p.m. Johnnie Marshall Band

    • 4 to 6 p.m.: Joey Gilmore Band

The Kid's Alley is in front of the Gadsden Arts Center. Kids can draw their favorite characters with chalk on the sidewalk and get a tour of the art center. Arts and crafts people will give demonstrations throughout the day and some of their work will be for sale. Classic cars will be on West Washington Street for all to view. The owners are usually around to answer questions about their automobiles.

Stick around when the music stops after 6 p.m. to see who the winners are for the barbecue cook-off. Chances are, some of your friends and neighbors will probably win. When you finish eating pick up a T-shirt and a few other souvenirs as keepsakes.

There is something to do in Quincy...and lots of it.

Send your comments to adupont@gadcotimes.com.