The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society will kick-off “Sounds on the Square,” the 2023 Uptown First Friday Series, with two opening nights on Friday-Saturday, May 5-6, at 7 p.m., on the Plaza of the Historic Henry County Courthouse.
Admission is free. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., Scuffle Hill Brewing Company will serve craft beers (Big Chair Blonde Ale and Margarita Seltzer, $5/16oz cup), and Manny’s Seafood, Soul, & Mexican will sell food. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Invite your friends and family for two evenings of fun and entertainment. “Opening Night 1.0 with Open Mic by Dennis & Kat Calfee from Above the Fray” will be held on Friday, May 5. Individuals and groups are invited to sing, play an instrument, read a poem, perform magic, or share other talents. Performers will sign up and be scheduled as they arrive.
“Opening Night 2.0 with The League of Ordinary Gentlemen” will be held on Saturday, May 6. The band will play your favorite hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s, and today, along with a few originals. The extraordinary cover band received the “Readers’ Choice for Favorite Band Award” from the Danville Register & Bee in 2021 and 2022 and a “RAVE Award” from the Showcase Magazine in 2022.
“Sounds on the Square” is sponsored by the Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society and its partners – Carter Bank & Trust, Children’s First Pediatrics, Hooker Furnishings, The Lester Group, and Sarver Cleaning Services. The remaining 2023 Sounds on the Square season includes June 2 – “Welcome to Summer” with Forrest Taylor; July 7 – “Red, White, & Brew” with the Elena Flores Duo; August 4 – “Courthouse Karaoke” with BJ’s Karaoke; September 1 – “Courthouse Crawling” (line dancing) with Sue Ann Ehmann; and October 6 – “Harvest Moon Ball” with the Tate Tuck Trio.
“Sounds on the Square revives the historical significance of courthouses serving as places to gather socially,” said John Phillips, president, Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society. “The Historical Society proudly offers this community outreach series free of charge to the public as a means of sharing a local landmark, the Historic Henry County Courthouse, while bringing together friends and neighbors from near and far. The Historic Center & Museum will also be open during the event.”