Sun sets on the final Sunset Jams concert

By: Brendaly Vega - Bladen Journal intern

WHITE LAKE – The finale of the Sunset Jams concert series at Goldston’s Beach on Thursday is being touted as the best of the series for two big reasons … the music and the weather.

Folks line-danced all night long to the songs of the North Tower band. People even sang along to some of the songs including “Celebration,” “Happy,” ” Mustang Sally” and “Carolina Girls.”

Jane Pruette, an alum of UNC-Pembroke, came to White Lake from Clarkton. For the most part, she enjoyed the band, but she was partial to the Black Water Band that usually plays in her area.

“I think they (North Tower) sound good,” Pruette said.

She hoped that they would play “Carolina Girls,” but was disappointed when she found out they played the song early in their set, and she missed it. However, a friend of hers talked the band into playing the song one more time, and they did. She sang along to every word.

“I think the Sunset Jams was a good idea,” Pruette said.

First Bank employees were at the concert handing out free water to anyone who wanted it. They also had a booth set up with items such as hats, cups, water, clips, business cards and flyers for people to take.

Dawn Maynard, executive director of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, had a lot to say about the final Sunset Jams.

“I feel a little that it’s the last one at the lake this summer,” Maynard said. “I’m 100 percent certain that we will be doing this again next year.”

Maynard encourages local businesses to contact her if they would like to sponsor more events like this one next summer.

“White Lake is famous for its sunsets, and of course we’re jamming out,” Maynard said about how the series got its name.

Mayor Goldston Womble of White Lake also had positive things to say about the event.

“(The concert) has been great. The crowds have gotten bigger each time. I think it’s a great turnout,”’ he said.

Maynard estimated that the final concert had more than 400 people by the end of the night.

It took Maynard nearly a year to convince John Womble, one of the owners of Goldston’s Beach, to hold the concert series at Goldston’s Beach.

“I was happy that I said yes; she talked me into it,” John Womble said. He even hooked up electricity at the venue specifically for the event.

“The band is great, all of them (the previous bands of the series) have been really good,” Womble said.

Brendaly Vega is a Bladen Journal intern from UNCP. She can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.

Brendaly Vega

Bladen Journal intern