Year’s first Meet Me brings dancing, smiles

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 08:46 PM

Music could be heard a mile away as Henderson residents mingled, ate and danced at Meet Me in the Street on Thursday evening.

The Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce started its yearly concert series with The North Tower Band. BoHo the Clown walked the streets providing face painting and balloon art.

More than 200 showed up to enjoy the festivities, many for the first time.

“I recently moved to Henderson,” Durham native Brenda Trice-Jenks said while dancing to the band. “This is the first event I’ve attended, and I’m enjoying myself. I had no idea it was such a small town with so many people.”

Some brought lawn chairs and coolers to sit around the stage and enjoy the sunny weather; others visited the sponsoring vendor tables for food and drinks.

Couples like Trish and Leonard Creech chose to spend their evening shagging and line dancing in front of the stage.

“We haven’t missed an event in years,” Leonard Creech said. “It’s a good place to go and smile and have some fun. You get to see a lot of people you know.”

Meet Me in the Street featured a new sponsor, as well.

Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce president John Barnes recognized CenturyLink during his opening remarks.

“CenturyLink is a valued member of the chamber, and they generously give back to our community in many ways,” he said.

Later, he took the time to show appreciation for all event sponsors.

“We are proud of all our sponsors,” he said. “Without them there would be no Meet Me in the Street.”

The next concert is scheduled for May 29 with music from Steve Owens and Summertime.

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