July 18, 2014

Five reasons to spend a summer Friday evening in Newberry

Go Columbia for July 18: Free concert in Newberry

With its shop-lined Main Street, grand opera house and pretty town square, Newberry is already a quintessential small town. Add an outdoor concert, and you’ve got the ultimate summer evening in the bag. We asked Mary Alex Kopp of City of Newberry for advice. Here are a few of her suggestions.

1. Troll for antiques: You could spend hours looking through the vintage jewelry, old lamps and books that fill the shelves at Prissy’s Antiques, or head to EuroLux for fine European and Asian furnishings. Even better, you can check out their offerings at etsy.com

2. Shop: A spate of locally owned women’s clothing boutiques – many of them quite new – mix fashion with the kind of service only an owner can provide. Find everything from dresses to cowboy boots at Out on a Whim, designer shoes at Via 1215 and classic pieces at Elizabeth’s on Main.

3. Explore cigars: We don’t condone smoking, but when the occasion calls for a cigar, Lancero Lounge has you covered.

4. Eat: Dining options abound in Newberry and cover a variety of prices and styles. Cabana Café, Steven W’s and Figaro are top choices for a sit-down meal; Fine Pie serves hand-tossed pizzas with craft beers.

5. Attend a free outdoor concert: On Friday, July 18 at 7 p.m., Susan Douglass Taylor will perform under the shady live oaks in Newberry’s Memorial Park, which is located next to the Newberry Opera House. Known for her folksy bluegrass and talent on the five-string banjo, Taylor has toured with singer/songwriter/actor Ronny Cox and with the Twang Bombers. The concert is free. For more information, visit newberryoperahouse.com

Katie McElveen, Special to The State

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