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Community fish fry, jazz concert bring Joye in Aiken attendees together

March 9, 2019

Hundreds showed up Friday night for a community fish fry at a local church in downtown Aiken as part of this year’s Joye in Aiken.

The event, “In the Spirit of Jazz: A Community Fish Fry,” was sponsored by Second Baptist Church located at 425 Hampton Ave.

This year marks the 11th year of Joye in Aiken, and brought members of the community together to enjoy jazz music performed by some of the most highly acclaimed musicians in the nation.

Joye in Aiken is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the best in the performing arts available to Aiken residents and students.

Juanita Palmer, production manager for 2019 Joye In Aiken, said Second Baptist Church wanted to hold a pre-concert event before Friday’s main event, a performance by Riley Mulherkar and the Festival All-Stars, which started at 8 p.m.

“The parishioners of Second Baptist wanted to kind of have something for people to come to – where they could be joyous and celebrate together – and they came up with a fish fry,” Palmer said.

Around 500 people showed up Friday for the fish fry, which started at 5 p.m.

“Some people came to just enjoy the fish fry, some are just coming to the concert, while many are coming to both,” Palmer said. “It’s an amazing turnout.”

Proceeds from Friday’s event will benefit the Second Baptist Church Preparatory School.

“I love a good fish fry,” said Vivian Clayton. “It’s fun to see everybody who showed up. It’s way more than I thought there would be here. That’s wonderful though. This kind of event really shows why Aiken is such a special place.”

Joye in Aiken continues Saturday with “The Joye of Jazz,” which will be held at The Willcox, 100 Colleton Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Anyone interested in attending Saturday’s event can get brunch for $75, get an afternoon pass for $50, or an evening pass for $50.

For more information about 2019 Joye in Aiken, visit joyeinaiken.com.