Downtown turns quite festive with 'Meet Me in the Street'

Apr. 26, 2013 @ 09:39 PM

A beautiful evening welcomed hundreds of guests to downtown Henderson Friday for the first Meet Me in the Street of the year.

Smiling faces were seen everywhere as people let loose and kicked off their weekend while dancing to a mixture of beach, Top 40 and pop music provided by The Konnection Band.

“I think it being a Friday night people are ready to come out,” said Jenny Hester, Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce board member. “It shows you that the community is trying to come together.

“We’re hoping that all the Meet Me in the Streets will be this successful.”

Music, food, and plenty of people converged along Breckenridge Street near the corner of North Garnett Street, where sponsors of the event lined the streets.

“We’re with Rural Health Group,” said Ione McShaw, program director for the HIV program at Rural Health Group. “We’re trying to let people know what we’re doing.

“A lot of people don’t know about us because of where we’re located, and then I think a lot of people think we’re like a free clinic or urgent care, or that we only take the uninsured, but we also take the insured.”

Rural Health Group, located behind the Social Security Administration office in Henderson, is a community health center providing primary medical care, dental care and other health related services.

McShaw was pleased with the event turnout, and the abundance of people stopping to pick up brochures and promotional products.

“I would say last year, I don’t think it was this crowded,” she said.

Stationed at a tent close to McShaw’s was Catherine Hughes, former president of the chamber.

Hughes was passing out information on Satterwhite Point Marina located on Kerr Lake, and owned by her husband.
“We’re here just to kind of let people know the marina’s there,” Hughes said. “A lot of people are here in town and don’t even realize all that’s out there.

“We’re longtime chamber members, and the chamber has always done a lot to help us promote our business, so we’re a sponsor of Meet Me in the Street.”

Friday night’s Meet Me in the Street event was not only a success for the chamber and its members, it was an event that brought the citizens of Henderson together for a night where community could converge in happiness and fun.

“We think it’s great to get everybody in downtown Henderson and bring people out,” Hughes said.

“It’s a perfect night, perfect weather.”

Two more Meet Me events are scheduled later this year. On Thursday, May 30, Summertime will be the visiting band. On Thursday, Sept. 12, the Castaways will be back.

Contact the writer at amauser@hendersondispatch.com.