2018-05-17 / Front Page

Grand re-opening of Welcome Center to be held May 19

The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce will celebrate a grand re-opening of the Welcome Center at 112 N. Washington Street from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 19. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the updates made to the historic Lamar-Blanchard house which has served as the site of the Economic Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce for over 10 years.

Music will be in the air all afternoon thanks to Garden City Jazz (GCJ) which operates out of Augusta. GCJ presents several programs annually in the greater Augusta area, providing performance opportunities for area jazz musicians and music students, while promoting awareness on the historical and cultural significance of jazz music.

Headlining the musical experience Saturday will be Bethany and the Southside Boys. This talented group released its debut EP, “Raunchy Tonk,” in September 2016. They are built on a foundation of Southern musical traditions and are equal parts raucous barroom boogie, and front porch picking – drawing from the world of mountain music, classic country, and southern rock. Bethany and the Southside Boys have shared the stage with numerous national acts including Darius Rucker, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Avett Brothers, Willie Nelson, Sister Hazel, and many more. Led by North Augusta native Bethany Davis, the rich and soulful vocals will make this an act not to be missed.

Weather permitting, the back parking lots will be set up as the staging area for the headliner in the afternoon. Also, various activities for children and visitors to experience will be held on the Welcome Center’s back patio and front porch.

The chamber further announces that the Lincoln Artisans will be opening an Art Gallery and Shop on-site. Visitors will get a kick out of the fact that it will be in the old Upper Crust Pizza space. The Art Gallery is in place to highlight the local talent in the area and will be able to expose patrons to talented local artists, and to direct them to local retailers for other opportunities to shop the latest offerings of their favorite artists.

Over the last two months much preparation has taken place at the Welcome Center driven by a partnership between the Chamber and the Economic Development Authority.

“Come in and enjoy the changes and upgrades made, explore the history of the Lamar Blanchard House, hear the story of our very own local poltergeist, explore the benefits of Chamber membership, volunteer to act as a greeter at the Welcome Center this summer, or take the opportunity to simply mix, mingle and enjoy being part of this welcoming community,” said Co- Chairman Beth Putnam.

The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce was organized for the purpose of advancing commerce, tourism, and civic interests in the Lincolnton- Lincoln County area. Call 706- 359-7970 for more information.

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