The Hope Town Square will host dual events this Friday evening that are sure to have attendees rockin'.
The benefit concert is a collaborative effort between the Hope Area Chamber of Commerce and the Community Center of Hope to raise funds for the revitalization of the Old Hope School Gym.
The event kicks off with the opening of the Farmer's Market on the Town Square. The Night Owl Country Band is set to take the stage at 5 p.m. and will play until 8 p.m., says Jake Miller, president of the Hope Area Chamber of Commerce.
It is no coincidence the concert coincides with the Farmer's Market, Jake Miller says.
"That was integral in picking the date so we could draw on and offer entertainment for that crowd," he says.
Free-will donations offered during the event will benefit both the Hope Area Chamber of Commerce and the Community Center of Hope with a lot of the proceeds going back to the Community Center's building fund for the Old Hope School Gym, located near the community center, which was built in 1938, he says.
Matt Lee, lead singer for the Night Owl Country Band, says he and the guys are certainly looking forward to playing in concert.
Since the band last played in the area their single "Cool Gentle Wind" was released nationally in July and has air time in Wyoming, West Virginia and Nevada, Lee says.
"Friday evening we will be singing some new and old country," Lee says. "We will also sing some of our originals and covers of Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Waylon Jennings and others."
Lee says the band will also have a merchandise table set up where fans can purchase CDs, t-shirts, hats and more with 10 percent of the profit also benefiting the evening's cause.
Ohmer Miller, owner of Miller Insurance Services, which is sponsoring the event, says Friday's event is an opportunity for area residents to slow down from the hectic day, kick back and enjoy themselves.
"This is our way of giving back to the community," says Ohmer Miller. "I think it is important to get people to come out, have a good time, associate, and to see there is more to this surprising little town than a manicured town square."
Miller says he also hopes residents see this event as an example. He looks forward to others stepping up and getting involved in the community in similar ways.
"Hopefully there will be more events of this kind," he says. "I'm hoping people step up and will be proactive to have more events such as this."