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Greenville Library kicks off First Friday 

GREENVILLE – While Main Street Greenville’s First Friday officially starts at 6 p.m., enjoyment of the monthly activity actually begins at 11:30 a.m. at Greenville Public Library with its “Lunch on the Lawn.” Aug. 1 was no different with Higgins-Madewell entertaining approximately 200 people with the pair’s mixture of country, blues and classic rock.

Lunch this time was provided by Romer’s Catering. While some brought their own lunches, the 150 meals Romer’s had prepared were gone in about 45 minutes.

“We first started this (Lunch on the Lawn) in August 2012,” said library employee Deb Cameron. That first year the music was provided by JR Price’s Greenville High School Orchestra. “We donated the proceeds for their trip to Florida,” she said. The library tied in with Main Street Greenville that year, but only does its event during the summer (June-August). This was the library’s last “lunch” for the year.

Library Director John Vehre said most of the work is done by Cameron. “I delegate!” he added, noting he helps with some of the ‘grunt’ work, speaks on occasion and authorizes the financial aspects of the events. Cameron handles most of the adult programming while two other employees, Ruben Kenna and Julie Schmidt, handle the children and young adult events and programs.

Main Street Greenville Director Amber Garrett was pleased with the turnout, noting Main Street receives a dollar out of each lunch sold… “That’s $150 to us,” she said, grinning.

Erin Higgins and Jeff Madewell, Dayton, kept the audience entertained with a variety of music ranging from strong guitar and vocals to softer folk sounds with Higgins on the violin. Much of their music was original, but some of the classics from singers like Johnny Cash were sprinkled in.

The August First Friday theme was Live Music and, according to Garrett, September will bring the movie on Third Street again and October will bring the Artisan Stroll.

Higgins-Madewell keeps the audience entertained with its mixture of country, blues and classic rock. (Bob Robinson photo)

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Approximately 200 people stopped by the Greenville Public Library for its First Friday Lunch on the Lawn Aug. 1. (Bob Robinson photo)

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