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By Casey Outen
Special to the Progressive Journal
Tony Adams looked out at lots of familiar faces, and that suited him just fine.
“I don’t care if I am performing to two or two thousand, home is home,” he said last week. “This is where I first started cutting my teeth so, by far, this beats singing on a cruise ship any day.”
Adams, who grew up in Jefferson and is a singer for Golden Isle Cruise Lines out of Brunswick, Ga., was the featured entertainer for the first Music on Maynard performance of the fall season last week. Organizers staged the event to entertain guests and boost downtown merchants.
“We are just trying to get the town of Pageland interested in downtown so we can keep them here” for shopping and dining, Sondra Price of the Chamber of Commerce said.
With toe tapping, smiles and laughter, the audience showed appreciation for Adams’ show.
“We had a really good turnout this time,” Price said. “Last time we had about 20 or so people, and now we are at about 50, and they are still flowing in.”
People laid down blankets, set up lawn chairs and listened to Adams perform. In the later hours of the evening, everyone enjoyed free hot chocolate.
Adams was made welcome as friends, family and fans old and new soaked in the performance.
“Next week, on the fourth, we will be having the local band Natural Reaction, and after that, on Nov. 18, we will be hosting The Voices of Hope and we are hoping to acquire new company each time,” Price said. “We are encouraging people to give the local restaurants a try.”