Strand Sessions deserves support

Good things in life can come free. Last Thursday kicked off the fourth annual Strand Sessions hosted by the Lake Martin Young Professionals. The concerts are held the first Thursday of the month from April through August at Strand Park and visitors are allowed to bring their own coolers. While the concert last Thursday was […]

Good things in life can come free.

Last Thursday kicked off the fourth annual Strand Sessions hosted by the Lake Martin Young Professionals. The concerts are held the first Thursday of the month from April through August at Strand Park and visitors are allowed to bring their own coolers.

While the concert last Thursday was moved indoors to Ocie & Belle’s due to rain and performer Lily Rose’s guitar pickup broke, the event was still a success. Rose ended up borrowing a guitar from Andy Tucker, owner of Music Depot, and continued playing for the audience.

Even with the rain and a technical difficulty delaying the concert, people still attended the event.

Strand Sessions is a great thing for downtown and the community should support it. For one thing, the concerts help downtown businesses since visitors will end up shopping in them while in Strand Park. We should always support local businesses because they keep things lively in downtown.

Having free concerts downtown is an amazing treat.

Additionally, we should support the artists who perform at the concerts. A lot of these artists are new and others have performed in Alexander City before and have a connection to the area.

This is a family friendly event that should receive a lot of support regardless of the weather.

Events like this help support local businesses and bring the community together. Alexander City Chamber of Commerce vice president of business development Jacob Meacham said local businesses have more activity on nights the Strand Sessions is held.

“The idea is yes, provide something fun and entertaining for people to do but also try to support our existing businesses in the downtown area as much as we can,” Meacham said.

The next concert will feature River Bottom Blues Band on May 2. We want to thank the Lake Martin Young Professionals for hosting Thursday’s concert and look forward to the next one.