First Friday draws a crowd

Cruize Control is a band from the Greensboro and surrounding areas. They performed at this month's First Friday on June 7 in Yanceyville. Caswell County Sheriff's Office Lietenuant Darrell McLean played the saxophone with the band. 

The rain was no match for the Town of Yanceyville’s First Friday event held on Friday evening, June 7. The music series is usually held at the town’s pavilion but was moved inside the Municipal Building due to weather.

This month, Cruize Control, a band from Greensboro, entertained the crowd with a variety of hits.

In the crowd people of all ages were singing along, tapping their feet or swaying to the tunes provided by the band.

Town Manager Brian Collie said the town organizes the monthly events and, rain or shine, the community will be able to attend.

"We have food and drinks for sale to raise money for a project we're working on," he said. "We brought the event inside because of the rain, but hopefully we'll get a good crowd."

The band played several songs while a couple in attendance danced along. Children at the back of the room laughed and danced to the music.

Married couple Steven and Debra Smull of Burlington, said this was the first time attending the First Friday event.

“We came to Yanceyville to get dinner and afterward my husband wanted to get coffee so we stopped at Busy Bee,” she said. “They told Steven about the event and we decided to come check it out.”

Snull said they had a blast and would be returning again next month.

“I really wish we knew about this because my grandson would have enjoyed himself,” she explained. “He’s a little guy but he loves music. Hopefully, next time the weather will be nice so we can see it at the pavilion.”

She also said her and husband loves to dance and have a good time and is glad to see the town doing something for the community.

After the first set the band took a quick break and mingled with those in the audience.

Lieutenant Darrell McLean from the Caswell County Sheriff’s Office spoke to several guests and was the highlight of the evening. McLean plays the saxophone and is a part of the band.

McLean spent time talking with County Commissioner Nate Hall and other members of the board.

McLean said, “I used to be a music teacher and I enjoy playing the sax,” he explained. “I would like to connect with other bands, especially ones who have law enforcement officers in them to maybe fill in sometime if they cannot make it to their gigs.”

He also said he is glad people from the community came to have a great time.

The next First Friday event will take place Friday, July 5 rain or shine and will feature the Megan Doss band at 7 p.m.

For more information of the First Friday series visit