Buzz:  Friday night fun. Tomato sandwiches for good and a concert on Rome’s Town Green.

Buzz: Friday night fun. Tomato sandwiches for good and a concert on Rome’s Town Green.

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The eighth Tomato Sandwich Supper benefiting the Free Clinic of Rome drew more than 140 people Friday evening to the First United Methodist Church of downtown Rome’s Wilder Center to enjoy music, a silent auction, and entertainment by the Georgia Mountain Music Club, in addition to the main draw — freshly-made tomato sandwiches. According to Free Clinic of Rome Executive Director Renee Blackburn, “The event was a big success and we are all tired out. We served a lot of people, and though we haven’t finalized the sales tally, we feel certain we’ve raised more money than ever before. Thank you to everyone for being so generous.”

The most recent installment in Downtown Rome’s First Friday Concert series, held on Rome’s Town Green, featured popular 1980’s tribute band Electric Avenue. The band performed to an enthusiastic outdoor crowd that danced and sang along to favorites like A-ha‘s “Take On Me.” According to Sue Howell, first-time attendee to one of the free outdoor concerts, “We had a great time and everyone around us seemed to enjoy the show as much as we did.”  Another first-timer, Matthew Manley, said, “The crowd, which kept building throughout the night, was several hundred by the end of the concert. These guys definitely need to come back.”   Photos courtesy of Sue Howell, Tannika King, Renee Blackburn, and Dave Roberson.

Video of First Friday courtesy of Matthew Manley

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