By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
Dance shoes are not required. Neither is having rhythm. You don’t even need to keep the beat, or know the lyrics to the songs.
You just have to be ready for a big party.
And the first Williamsburg Old-Fashioned Block Party Friday promises to be just that and a whole lot more.
Main Street Manager Nannie Hays said this is the seventh year of the annual block parties held in Williamsburg.
“Everything starts at 8 p.m. and runs through 11, and will be downtown at Bill Woods Park,” Hays said.
The first block party is slated for 8-11 p.m. Friday and the featured band for the night is Superfecta.
Superfecta was founded in 2007 and is based in Lexington, according to the band’s website.
“Superfecta has been the featured entertainment for a multitude of corporate functions, fundraisers, outdoor festivals, Kentucky Derby events, (and) weddings,” the website states. “(Superfecta has also performed for) many State Government events, including headlining the Derby Party at the Governor’s Mansion and the 2012 Governor’s Inaugural Ball.”
What music does the band play? The group’s repertoire includes many popular artists and bands from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today, such as Adele, the Commodores, Journey, Kool & The Gang, Sister Sledge, Bruno Mars and Blackstreet.
“This is a good, family experience,” Hays said. “Just bring your lounge chairs and blankets and be ready for a night of great music and entertainment.”
The plan is to block off Third Street for the Block Party, Hays explained.
“We expect a good crowd,” she added. “A really good crowd — we not only get our local people, but people come from Corbin, London, and Barbourville to attend this event.”
She also said there are dance clubs in the area which attend the block party.
“People come from all over the surrounding communities,” Hays said. “It really makes it a good time.”
She added that prior to the show at 7 p.m. the Dance Centre of Williamsburg will host the first Countdown To Kindergarten event.
At a May press conference, it was learned that beginning May 13, registered kindergartners received a coupon, which needed to be taken to either the Whitley County Public Library or the Corbin Public Library, where they could pick up their bright green Countdown To Kindergarten T-shirts.
Those T-shirts become material tickets for several community events during the summer, including a a special event scheduled during Friday’s block party.
Hays said all children at the Block Party are welcome to join the Dance Centre, where they will have the chance to learn some line dances and do other related activities.
Hays added that in the event of rain, the children’s activities will be held at the Dance Centre’s studio at 251 Balltown Road in Williamsburg. “Of course, it’s not going to rain,” she laughed.
But Friday isn’t the only Block Party scheduled for the city of Williamsburg.
On June 21, participants and attendees will have the chance to hear and see the Orange Krush Band.
The third block party is scheduled for July 5, and this jam session features the Klassyc Tymes Band.
The final block party officially slated for the 2013 summer season is set for July 19 at Bill Woods Park, and this party features the musical group the Familiar Faces Band.
All the Block Parties run from 8-11 p.m.