1st Fridays on the Lawn moved inside

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This week’s 1st Fridays on the Lawn has been moved indoors because of the threat of rain.

The event will be held at the Boykin Center, 108 Nash St. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the free concert will be from 6 to 9 with the rocking country band Eli Craig of Greenville. The band was one of three state finalists for the Country Music Showdown.

“Of course we always prefer to hold the concerts outside,” said Renee Smith, director of Wilson Human Relations, the concert series’ sponsor. “But safety is our utmost priority. The forecast for rain directly overlaps with show time. We are grateful to the arts council for providing a rain location so the community can still enjoy the free concert. Though it may not rain during the concert, it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

During the concert intermission, performers for the upcoming production of “South Pacific” will perform a few songs while the band takes a break from 7 to 7:30. The show will be presented July 19-22 by the Arts Council of Wilson and Barton College.

The Wilson Youth Council will host several kids’ games in the theater lobby Friday night, and a number of the scheduled food vendors will park curbside so attendees can still purchase food. Many of the community groups will have display booths in the lobby.

The next concert will move back to the Wilson County Public Library lawn with the international band Marcel Portilla on Friday, Aug. 3. This will also be the community’s National Night Out event.