5/25/2021 7:51:00 AM Lincolnton: "We're Open Again!"
The Downtown Lincolnton Art Crawl was a big success! There was plenty to see, do, and buy as merchants hosted artists, crafters and performers. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Lincoln County, Lincoln Cultural Center and city of Lincolnton, it was the first of many events happening this summer that didn't last year because of the pandemic.
On Friday May 16th, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced the end of almost all of the restrictions that had been imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Businesses, who were previously limited in the number of people they could serve, could now operate at 100% capacity--limited only by fire codes. Masks were no longer required. After over a year of staying home most of the time, people were eager to get 'out and about.'
Last weekend (May 21st & 22nd), Lincolnton celebrated the reopening with a combination of events. On Friday, the Art Crawl in downtown Lincolnton returned. Friday evening's event was followed on Saturday by Chalk the Walk as participants used chalk to create works of art on downtown sidewalks. Saturday night, the twice postponed All-County Prom finally happened at the Lincoln Cultural Center.
Attendance was less than spectacular, but most of the graduates of 2020, who had missed their prom and so much more last year, had moved on. Many of them were now away at college. Those who did attend enjoyed the evening, and much appreciation is deserved by Traci Dellinger of GOPrime Mortgage who organized the event.
The 'Lost Year' may be over, but the pandemic is not. The virus is still causing thousands of deaths worldwide, and even though a lot of Americans are now vaccinated against it, there are still people getting sick and some dying every day. But for most of us, the return to some degree of 'normal' is quite welcome.
Lincolnton will observe Memorial Day on Monday (May 31st) with a brief ceremony from 2 - 3 PM on the Courtsquare. The city will have a July 4th parade this year and a fireworks show at the Lincolnton High School stadium that night; and this year, you'll be able to attend rather than having to watch from a distance.
The Denver Business Association will at last get to have its Independence Spectacular that was postponed from last year. It will be on June 26th at East Lincoln High School and Craig Campbell, who was scheduled to appear last year, will at last get to perform as the main attraction during the music show preceding the fireworks. He'll be joined by Cooper Alan and Shane Willis in the country music show which will begin at 5 PM.
Lincolnton's Alive After Five will return June 24th with the Embers scheduled as the first act of this Summer's series.
Denver Days, sponsored by the Denver/Lake Norman Rotary Club, will bring back its Music in the Park series beginning with a June 19th performance (7 - 10 PM) by Cameron Long.
Other area towns will also have Summer events this year. We'll detail those in a later article.
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