Editorial: Special Friday night concert wraps up summer music series

We don't blame you if you're holding on to that last piece of summer.

The days at the lake, the backyard cookouts, the time spent with your family and friends outside in the sunshine (or moonlight). Summer doesn't officially end until Monday when the fall equinox occurs, ringing in autumn. For many, summer is over the second their kids step foot back inside their schools — which is comically the first week of August for many area students.

If you're wistful about the dog days of summer, there's an event Friday night you won't want to miss.

The 2019 “Off The Rails” summer music series has its season-ending “End of the Line” concert with Spatial Effects and Iron Horse at 7:30 p.m. at the Burr Performing Arts Park in downtown Dalton, 101 S. Hamilton St.

This event, like the concerts held throughout the summer, is free and open to the public.

In its second year, the summer music concert series has been wildly popular as several hundred people filled downtown Dalton on those Friday evenings from May through August to hear terrific music, visit with friends and experience the small-town charm of downtown. Many people made an evening of it, heading downtown early to eat at one of its many restaurants, enjoying the concert, then hanging around afterward at one of the bars or restaurants.

Sure, this time of year means Friday nights are reserved for football. Keep in mind that several of our local high schools — Christian Heritage, Dalton, North Murray and Northwest Whitfield — have out-of-town games. If you're not hitting the road to cheer on your favorite area team, we encourage you to check out the final show in the summer music concert series and wish a happy "End of the Line" to summer.

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