Due to plumbing issues at the Depot Gallery and the subsequent lack of restroom facilities, the Buggy Days kickoff party, which was to be held there Thursday, has been canceled. A private, invitation only party for volunteers, sponsors and VIPs will be held from 5-7 p.m. at a private residence instead.
A public after party will go on as scheduled at Mangia on Main downtown from 7-10 p.m.
Throughout the festival, Mangia on Main and the Playpen Lounge will be serving a special Buggy Days cocktail featuring a handmade mixed berry syrup by J2, a new business venture by local bartenders. J2 will be selling their syrups and other goodies downtown during the festival in booth 13.
The cocktail also includes vodka, soda water and lemonade and will be served in a special Buggy Days commemorative cup.
Next year there will be a new downtown spot to celebrate Buggy Days. Joe and Cristy Sims have sold their downtown building to Robert Parlier and purchased the former Tommy’s building from Robyn Underwood. They will move their Georgia Hometown Realty office there.
Parlier has also acquired the old Toki building adjacent to the former real estate office and is tearing out the dividing wall to build out a sports bar.
On Saturday, Jim Graham of Balamo Building Supply on Taylor Street will host a concert featuring his legendary band Junkshun.
The Southern Creed Band will perform from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the nearby special events area in front of the old B&L convenience store building at the corner of Taylor Street and College Drive. There will be a corn hole tournament there as well.
Just down the road at Summers Field, Al Cast will host Sound Wave, a rap/hip-hop extravaganza, from 6-9 p.m.
Soundwave features DJ Smooth, Roscoe Dash, Destiny Reeves, Elijah Parham, Juroses, Big Fwad, Rad, Slade Babies, Yung Blizzy, Sensitive Thugs and others. There will be food trucks and vendors on site.
The Buggy Days fireworks show will follow immediately after the concert at the park.