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Arts & Entertainment District’s‘ Grand Opening’ is Saturday

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Businesses in Atmore’s newly created Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District will provide a test of the city ordinance that created the district when they conduct a “Grand Opening” this Saturday, the first event held in the geographic area.
Shops in the A&E District, as well as some other downtown businesses, will open at 10 a.m. and remain open until 2 p.m., according to a flyer distributed by officials of Main Street Atmore, the quasi-government entity that is sponsoring the event.
Several art vendors are expected to set up shop from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the First National Bank & Trust Park, just off South Main Street, next to the bank, and a “glass blowing experience” will take place at American Legion Post 90’s Pollinator Garden, starting at 11 a.m. According to the flyer, advance tickets are required for admission to the glass blowing demonstration.
As the day progresses, it will include a noon session of bingo at Encore at the Strand, with a line dancing class to take place inside the former hardware store building at 5 p.m.
There will also be karaoke at the Encore, starting at 7 p.m., the same time as the annual Farm to Table event, for which advance tickets are also required. The Farm to Table celebration, a joint presentation of Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce and United Bank, will take place at the Boxcar Willie park.
Flyers also promise live music, although those expected to perform are not named.
Customers of establishments that sell alcoholic beverages will be able (after 4 p.m. and until midnight) to take their drinks with them, in special cups only, as they stroll through the district.

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