Eastern Wake News

Just dance: Wendell hosts street dance Friday

Get ready to have a swinging good time, because Lizard Lick-based The Occasionals are back in town Friday for a long night of dancing and folk music.

The dance will be the first in a three-part summer series during the fourth Friday of every month (June 26, July 24, Aug 28), according to organizers.

“(A dance) is just fun, we have a beautiful downtown... to have a good time and listen to some good music,” Wendell chamber President Stacey Bradfield said.

While the local folk band will play as the first headliner, the Wendell Chamber of Commerce is still working to find other lively bands for the other two concerts.

Although it had been discussed among the chamber and the town for a while, it’s the first dance that the chamber has organized, Bradfield said.

“It’s been something we’ve talked about, and mostly last year got the idea for it after the sidewalk sale dance,” she said. “People requested more stuff like that, so we’re trying to get it out this year.”

With the first concert sponsored by the Wendell General Store and Lesia McKenzie of Edward Jones, other businesses will support the following concerts.

“We have a cool little downtown,” said Regina Harmon, owner of the General Store, adding that she hopes businesses will stay open later and people from outside Wendell will attend. “Hopefully it’s start of many events like this.”

The concert will run from 7-9:30 p.m. on Main Street. Attendees of all ages are welcome to the family-friendly event, and should bring blankets, chairs and their dancing shoes.

For a fee, Ritch’s Personal Training at 15 West Fourth Street will host childcare for their “Parent’s Night Out” event for couples who want a night out. The service includes a game night and pizza dinner for the children.