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Third Thursdays event brings music, movies to downtown SoBo


he first Third Thursday event of the year will be held on Thursday, June 21, in “The Green” next to Carter Bank and Trust and across from Bistro 1888 in downtown South Boston starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free to a family evening of entertainment and fun.

 The evening entertainment is provided by four local gospel groups. 

“Three Nails” starts out the evening’s performance playing from 6:30 to 6:55 p.m. Group members include David Berry, lead vocals and keyboard; Brad Mele, acoustic guitar and vocals; Karen Perkins, vocals; Ricky Whitlow, electric guitar (lead); Jordan Berry,  electric guitar (rhythm), Zack Thompson, bass guitar and Johny Ligon, drums. 

“Saved by Grace” performs from 7 to 7:25 p.m. The group was formed in July of 2006. All members of the group attend Scottsburg Baptist Church in Scottsburg.  Group members include Ricky Gordon, bass vocals and guitar; Harvey Throckmorton, harmony vocals; Daniel Lloyd, lead vocals; and Dan Shaughnessy, tenor vocals and bass guitar. 

From 7:30 - 7:55 p.m., “The Satterfields” take the stage.  Linda and Mark Satterfield are a Southern Gospel music duo from Clover. They perform classic as well as current Southern Gospel favorites.  Singing as a duo for five years at fundraisers, civic and church events such as revivals, homecomings and benefits. Mark plays piano, electric and acoustic guitar and mandolin as well as singing both lead and harmony. 

Linda operates the sound equipment, develops promo materials and sings both lead and harmony.

A brand new gospel group from Scottsburg Baptist Church performs from 8 - 8:25 p.m. The group is made up of members Daniel Lloyd, Cari Mahan, Lauren Gregory and Luke Ligon.          

At 8:45 p.m., “Movies on Main” debuts.  “Dolphin Tale” is a 2011 family drama film starring Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman. It is inspired by the true story of Winter, a bottlenose dolphin that was rescued in December 2005 off of the Florida coast and taken in by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Winter lost her tail after becoming entangled with a rope attached to a crab trap and was fitted with a prosthetic one. 

Bring blankets and chairs, snacks and drinks will be available, and those attending are free to bring their own food and drink as well. 

Andy Newland, Destination Downtown South Boston Board member and downtown business owner of Three Women & No Truck, said downtown merchants’ coupon flyers will be handed out to all who attend. The coupons will be good for Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, the two days following the Third Thursday event. 

“We encourage shoppers to enjoy the evening out in downtown and then come back to shop afterward,” Newland said. 

Tamyra Vest, executive Director of Destination Downtown South Boston, said “We encourage visitors to come enjoy downtown to visit, shop and dine.”