The first Saturday of the month means it’s once again time for “Music on the Square” in downtown Overton.
Musicians from all over Rusk County will be on hand to perform in the free community-wide event starting at 6 p.m. Saturday and lasting as long as folks want to stay.
“The event is scheduled to last until 9 p.m. but if people are still having a good time and the performers don’t mind, we can go a little bit later if we have to,” said Overton businessman Robert Loftice.
“It’s all about folks just coming out, visiting with each other and having a good time after a long work week.”
Loftice says the event started as a way for the city to try to find a constructive use for the vacant plot that resulted from the demolished Peanut Butter Emporium location.
“The Peanut Butter Emporium burning down was a big loss,” Loftice said. “But we’re hoping to try to make the best of a tough situation by using this space for outdoor community events.”
Kip Scott, event coordinator for Music on the Square, echoed Loftice’s sentiment, saying he and many area residents are doing what they can to help bolster this town of 2,350 people in Rusk County.
“I’m glad to help get some excitement built up about what’s happening in Overton,” he said. “The people have really responded well to each performance and the crowds have gotten bigger with each month.”
“We just need to pump up the volume a little bit in Overton,” he said.
Scott said this month’s program features a number of talented musicians from throughout East Texas and that everyone is invited to come on out.
Christian singer-songwriter Ritchie Davis of Joinerville is on the bill for Saturday night, as well as singers Connie Barton of Troup, Sandra Partin of Jacksonville and Carol Swanson from Pasadena.
“We’ll also have a performance from poet laureate Edwina and the comedy stylings of Ken Fergueson,” he said.
While many of the performers come from a Gospel music background, Scott added that it’s not a requirement and that any style of music is welcome.
“Provided, of course, that it’s suitable for a family audience,” he said.
Refreshments will be provided and free vendor space is still available. Those interested will need to contact the Overton-New London Chamber of Commerce at (903) 834-3542.
For more information about the event itself, contact Kip Scott at (903) 571-1302.