On September 22nd the Georgetown Business Association (GBA) will be sponsoring its first Music Festival: “Georgetown Rocks the Equinox”.

The goal of this festival is three-fold:

n To bring to Georgetown new visitors who will enjoy this event and shop and dine while here.

n Demonstrate to all Front Street merchants and the City in general, that an event such as this can be an asset to our businesses without blocking their store fronts and providing them with new customers. We expect 2,500 people to attend. We know through market data, once people come to our city, 75% return.

n To donate all net profits from this event to Tara Hall, Home for Boys.

This event will begin at 2 p.m. and end at 11 p.m. The parameters of the festival are as follows:

n Front Street will be closed from Screven to Orange.

n There will be two 100-foot covered tents for the bands and seating, one at Screven and the other at Orange.

n There are eleven bands already under contract.

n The bands will perform on a rotating basis from one tent to the other.

n There will not be any vendors or booths in front of any business on Front Street.

This event is free to the public.

The band schedule is as follows:

Screven Street Stage:                

2:00-2:30: Georgetown High Drum Line

3:00-4:00: Mark Roberts Band

4:30-5:30: Sawgrass

6:00-7:00: The Fourclosures

7:30-9:00: Ten Toes Up

9:30-11:00: The Blue Dogs

Orange Street Stage

2:30-3:30: Denny Hess Trio

4:00-5:00: Paul Grimshaw Band

5:30-6:30: Dustin Ashenfelder & Co.

7:00-8:00: Henry's Attic

8:30-9:30: The Corduroy Road

Many businesses and individuals have agreed to help underwrite this event with donations ranging from tent sponsorship at $3,000; benefactor at $1,000; supporter at $500; and donors at $250 and below.

To learn more about who has contributed and about this event, visit the website www.GeorgetownBandFest.com or call our dedicated phone number: 843-485-4954

Another date to save on your calendar is this coming Saturday, September 8, 2012. From 7:30 to 9 p.m. the GBA will be hosting an open house at the Georgetown Maritime Museum on Front Street, at the corner of Front and Broad. There will be complimentary beer, wine and light appetizers served. The GBA commissioned renowned local artist Danny McLaughlin to create an original oil painting, which became the logo for our event. At this reception, Danny will be signing numbered copies of his painting and his original painting will be auctioned.

Please join your neighbors and friends for an enjoyable evening on Sept. 8.

In addition to highlighting our City and providing a fun-filled day of diverse music, the real net beneficiary of this event is Tara Hall Home for Boys. Tara Hall is a long-term residential home and school that accepts neglected, troubled and abused boys between the ages of 6 and 13 years. These young boys come together at Tara Hall as brothers and leave as changed young men.

This organization has served Georgetown since 1969. We are honored to assist them with the net resources from this wonderful event.

Once again, come to our reception on Sept. 8 at the Maritime Museum from 7:30 to 9 p.m.; and enjoy the Music Festival on Sept. 22 from 2 to 11 p.m. on Front Street.

Lynn Mueller is a veteran Republican campaign consultant who has joined Swatzel Strategies. His bi-monthly column in the Georgetown Times focuses on economics and politics.