Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Excessive Midday on the Sq., like many outside gatherings, needed to be canceled for its twenty sixth season in 2020.
However in 2021, Beth Duke and the Middle Metropolis of Amarillo workforce are trying ahead to the upcoming HIgh Midday season, serving as a type of “downtown reunion.”
“After having to cancel final yr, (this season) is basically thrilling as a result of it’s our technique to welcome everybody again downtown,” she stated. “The pandemic was tough on downtown with our eating places and the completely different companies that began working from residence. To me, that is sort of a downtown reunion.”
The 2021 season of Excessive Midday on the Sq., what Middle Metropolis officers are calling its precise twenty sixth season, begins at 12 p.m. Wednesday on the garden of the Potter County Courthouse, positioned in downtown Amarillo.
This primary occasion options leisure from Ed Montana and a meal from the Coors Cowboy Membership. In accordance with a information launch, the leisure is free whereas the meal is $8 for attendees.
The season continues each Wednesday by the months of June and July, with the schedule as follows:
– June 9: Leisure by the Texas Out of doors Musical and meals from Mitch’s BBQ
– June 16: Leisure by Buster Bledsoe and meals from Bubba’s 33
– June 23: Leisure by Andy Chase & Associates and meals from Schlotzsky’s
– June 30: Leisure by ALT Academy: Newsies and meals from Crush
– July 7: Leisure by Esquire Jazz Band and meals from Bubba’s 33
– July 14: Leisure by Lindsey Lane and meals from Chick-Fil-A
– July 21: Leisure by the Amarillo Symphony and meals from Schlotzsky’s
– July 28: Leisure by Inadequate Funds and meals from Joe Taco
As beforehand reported, Duke, as a consultant from Middle Metropolis, obtained permission from the Potter County Commissioners’ Court docket to host this occasion on the county’s courthouse garden throughout a commissioners’ courtroom assembly in late March. That assist from the county means rather a lot to Duke, she stated.
“The Potter County Courthouse garden is probably the most historic and probably the most lovely inexperienced area in our downtown,” she stated. “To have the ability to invite the residents again downtown, to get pleasure from that stunning inexperienced area with the historic backdrop of the courthouse, to me it simply says we’re again.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Duke stated that Middle Metropolis is encouraging attendees to carry chairs and blankets for the occasion, in addition to caterers offering seize and go choices so people don’t have to congregate in a line.
The “seize and go” possibility for meals brings the chance for a complete different portion of the downtown neighborhood to take part in Excessive Midday on the Sq., Duke stated.
“Lots of people solely take a 30-minute lunch break or one thing like that. We hope that lots of people will carry a field from work, take orders, and return to work if they’ll’t benefit from the music,” Duke stated. “But when they’ll keep and benefit from the music, the environment, we simply suppose it’s going to be an awesome neighborhood reunion.”
For individuals who do keep for the leisure, Duke stated that people ought to count on an awesome mixture of space expertise, giving people the chance to come back and chill out for an hour.
“We have now one thing for everybody. You may come and listen to an excerpt from the musical drama ‘Texas,’ the (Amarillo) Little Theatre’s academy is coming in with ‘Newsies,’ which is a lot enjoyable. They haven’t been capable of be there earlier than. We have now among the most favourite singers: Ed Montana, Buster Bledsoe, Andy Chase after which Inadequate Funds — they all the time carry out the gang. They’re our grand finale,” she stated. “Our musicians donate their time, and they’re simply so excited to have performances once more. Their jobs dried up, and now, they’ll come round and be round an viewers. I simply suppose the neighborhood is prepared for it.”
Duke hopes the return of this Excessive Midday on the Sq. sequence serves as a manner for the neighborhood to get again to regular, as COVID-19 circumstances proceed to wane within the space.
“We’re hopeful that our crowds actually come again. We predict folks have a pent up demand to come back out, be within the open air and revel in some reside leisure,” she stated. “As increasingly more individuals are vaccinated, and (are) feeling extra free to maneuver about locally, I believe you’re going to see a great crowd.”
For extra details about the 2021 Excessive Midday on the Sq. sequence, go to www.centercity.org.