Strand Sessions joins with Downtown After Dark on April 6

Residents gather at Strand Park last year to enjoy live music, food vendors and visit the downtown businesses during Strand Sessions.

For the second year, the Lake Martin Young Professionals are hosting Strand Sessions. This year, Downtown after Dark will be joining them in an effort to bring people to downtown Alexander City.

“It is exciting to bring it back this year,” LMYP’s Jacob Meacham said. “This year will be great again as we are bringing back Dallas Dorsey this Thursday. Dallas was well received last year so we decided to bring him back.”

Meacham said local favorite The Bankwalkers would return as well June 1. He said Blackberry Breeze would close out the Strand Sessions Aug. 3

Meacham said an Auburn band East Glenn that has performed some at Coffee Corner would perform in May.

MainStreet Alexander City’s Richard Waggoner said the organization’s Downtown After Dark would coincide with Strand Sessions.

“The businesses will be open and it will be a great chance for everyone to visit downtown Alexander City,” Waggoner said. “JRs, Emporium Wine, Downtown Girl, Fermenters Mark and Cloud Nine will be open. Jake’s will be open with bingo.

“There will be a lot of activity.”

Waggoner said there will be a grand opening for Sweet Gaga’s Bakery too.

This Thursday ACTII is hosting an open house to introduce the community to its plans.

“We will have all of the design boards that we had at Monday’s city council meeting,” ACT II’s Betsy Iler said. “We will have stations setup as well to show the different areas of theatre. We want everyone to know that there is more than just the actors on stage. We will have someone to speak about set design, costume and makeup, ticket office and publicity and ushers.

“We will have someone to talk about a community chorus that we are trying to get started. We will also have someone to talk about auditions for our next production at SunFest, “Our Town.”

Downtown After Dark runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Strand Sessions go from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Meacham said the format would be familiar to everyone.

“It is very similar to last year,” Meacham said. “We are trying to get people downtown to eat, shop and visit with friends while listening to good music.”