Downtown has a reputation for being violent, but otherwise boring. Albany has a reputation for there being “nothing to do.” This past Friday night, both of those were stood up on its head for me when I had an incredible time and never left the downtown area.
First, there was the Dinner & A Movie event. Two tickets cost my wife and I were a mere $25 and bought us a delicious dinner, followed by the theater show of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, a cult classic, at midnight. However, that left a couple of hours in desperate need to kill. Luckily, that was covered thanks to the “Deck of Arts” event.
That particular event was on top of the parking deck downtown and featured live music, as well as local artists displaying and selling their work. The music was provided by such local favorites as The Dusty Boots Band and Discount Superstar, just to name a couple.
With Halloween right around the corner, there were folks in costume as the music blasted into the night. We wrapped up there and caught the show shortly afterwards. For those that don’t know, what made Rocky Horror a cult classic wasn’t the movie itself, but the audience participation. I really was worried that most Albany folks wouldn’t be interested in that part. Well, they were.
During the “Deck” event, I had the opportunity to spend some time talking with downtown manager Aaron Blair. He confided in me that he and I actually share a similar hope for downtown events. I’m all about private entities doing a lot of this, and quite frankly, so is he. His job involves getting the ball rolling, but it’s up to the local community to pick it up and keep running with it. I can most definitely live with that.
From about seven Friday night, until about 2:30 Saturday morning, my wife and I found ourselves in downtown Albany and had an amazing time. Who would have thought that just a couple of years ago? The great thing is that both of these events are recurring. “Deck of Arts” is a monthly event that happens generally the last Friday of the month. Dinner & A Movie is a weekly event, it seems; this Friday’s showing is “Coming to America.” Both are a great time, and when they happen together? Well, it’s even better.
If you haven’t checked them out, I highly recommend it.
Written by Tom Knighton. Tom Knighton is the managing editor of Laws-n-Sausages.com, a political blog focusing on SWGA. He is the former co-owners of SWGAPolitics.com and currently serves as the Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Southwest Georgia