A Conway street will be alive with the sounds of music on the first Thursday night monthly through November.
With summer entering its final big month, Conway Downtown Alive resumes its “Alive After 5” series from 6 to 8 p.m. this Thursday on Third Avenue. Besides an ice cream social, the trio Sea Cruz ( www.seacruz.com) will entertain.
The theme and concert will change for “Alive After 5” each month. For Sept. 5, children’s carnival games and an Elvis Presley tribute by David Chaney are on tap.
Hillary Howard, executive director of Conway Downtown Alive, discussed the enthusiasm shared so equally by downtown merchants and the local and Horry County residents and tourists who pay a visit to celebrate for an evening.
We have a lot of the stuff coming back month after month. People will call in spring, asking “When are you going to start ‘Alive After 5’?”
We have a lot of cool businesses downtown that people don’t realize are here. When the economy took a downturn, it was one of the best things for our downtown. It really launched that entrepreneurial spirit. ... In 2009, we did a poster contest, in our downtown, and we put up 50 posters in our vacant storefronts. Now, we have only three or four. It’s really special how things have really come full circle for us. And the businesses, when it comes to the next “Alive After 5,” they want to cater to the community.