Buzz: First Friday concerts returning to downtown Rome this summer at Town Green. Rome Little Theatre resumes limited in-person performances next weekend. Big Texas Valley road closure, April 5-7.

Buzz: First Friday concerts returning to downtown Rome this summer at Town Green. Rome Little Theatre resumes limited in-person performances next weekend. Big Texas Valley road closure, April 5-7.

Downtown Rome’s summer entertainment series has shifted over the years, from crowds at Bridgepoint Plaza to downtown block parties drawing more than 5,000 to Town Green. This summer, First Fridays are back from June through September and will be based at Town Green, each beginning at 7 p.m.
This is in addition to — and on several occasions — in conjunction with the concert series recently announced by Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation. Those concerts include several big name (Cody Johnson) and local acts at Ridge Ferry Park and the Downtown Development Authority’s First Friday events on the Town Green in August and September. For more on thos, please click here.

Rome Little Theatre returns to the DeSoto for a live in-person production of Love Letters by A.R. Gurney on April 9, 10, 16 & 17.

The play traces the life-long friendship of two characters, Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, as recounted through their letters. Over the course of 50 years, they discuss the hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats, that have passed between them through their separate lives. Andy’s last letter, however, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant and gave to each other over the years—physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.

“This simple yet powerful story highlights the profound importance of human connection, a theme that is especially resonant these days,” says RLT Executive Director Chris Davidson.

An acclaimed and renowned modern play, Love Letters has had multiple Broadway productions, a television adaption, and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama.

The play features two casts who will be alternating performances. Actors Scott McDaniel and Jenny Wear will perform April 9 and 17. Brian Hales and RLT newcomer Cynthia Hubler will perform April 10 and 16. Love Letters is directed by Emily Earp and produced by Chris Davidson.

Seating capacity is limited to 15%, parties will be socially distanced, and masks are required at all times. Rome Little Theatre’s complete safety and reopening guide is available at romelittletheatre.com.

Love Letters will be performed April 9, 10, 16 & 17 at the DeSoto Theatre. Show times are 7:30pm on Fridays, and 2:30pm on Saturdays. A pre-show talk begins 20 minutes before curtain. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, and $14 for children (prices include $2 facility and ticketing fees).  Group rates are available for groups of ten or more. Tickets can be purchased at romelittletheatre.com/tickets or by calling the box office at 706-295-7171.



Big Texas Valley Road Closure: 
Floyd County Public Works is preparing to close Big Texas Valley Road, near #4053, to replace a cross drain. The road will be closed starting Monday morning, April 5, 2021 and will remain closed until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. The location is just east of Mountain View Drive. All access to Oglethorpe Power and the Rocky Mountain Recreation and Fishing Area will need to come from the west end of Big Texas Valley.
For more information, please contact Floyd County Public Works at 706.236.2495 during normal business hours.
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