Spring concerts return to Square

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- In these tough economic times, free family-oriented events are more needed than ever, and the Arts Association in Newton County's Spring Concerts on the Square fit the bill.

The Arts Association, this year joined by sponsor Honda of Conyers, will present four concerts in downtown Covington at noon each Thursday in May.

"As usual, these are fun and community building in terms of being the central happening spot during the work and school day," said Arts Association Executive Director Buncie Lanners. "It's so wonderful to see families and the elderly as well as business people come out to enjoy good music in the community."

The series will kick off Thursday with a celebration of Cinco de Mayo featuring Mariachi Ranchero. On May 12, the Alcovy High School Band and Newton County Honor Band, comprised of top band students at the three local high schools, will perform. The Shane Millwood Band will follow on May 19. The band leader is president of SteelCo.

"That's an example of a local band doing an awful lot of performing these days," Lanners said. "I think it's fun to see business people in this community showing their artistic talents as well, and we like to celebrate local artists."

The series will wrap up May 26 with Lou's Rhythm and Blues.

"We like these concerts to be a mix of genre so that people will get a taste of all different kinds of music," Lanners said.

In the event of rain, this Thursday's concert will be held at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. The remainder of the concerts will take place at Turner Lake Complex on rain days.