TIFTON -- After a successful initial run this spring, the "Concert in the Garden" series will return to downtown Tifton Friday.

"Our 'Concerts in the Garden' were so well received in the spring that we decided to bring them back this fall," said Gazette Publisher Frank Sayles Jr. "Our first one at noon Friday will be a brother and sister act who sing Spanish ballads as well as a Hispanic dance troupe in honor of this weekend's La Fiesta del Pueblo."

The Hispanic festival will be held at Fulwood Park Saturday but the concert series, sponsored by The Tifton Gazette, Main Street Tifton and the Tift Theatre, will begin Friday with the two acts to offer a sampling of the weekend's entertainment.

The brother-sister singing act of Francisco Agostini and Maria Fletcher will perform Friday as well as the dance troupe Energia Latina.

The dance troupe is made up of 12 dancers from Tifton, six male and six female, and specializes in "authentic Hispanic dances."

"The group performs salsa, rumba, merengue and bachata," said Zef Hernandez, who helped form the group and is in charge of bookings and choreography. "The Mendieta family has been very helpful giving us a place to practice and helping us out."

The concert series will last for several weeks and will be held at the Tifton Gardens, located off Main Street beside the old railroad depot. The concert will begin at noon and there is no charge.

The series will continue on Oct. 1 with a special press conference about this year's Hometown Holidays celebration, followed by a performance by Tifton band "Twisted Pfister." Hometown Holidays' theme this year is "A Tropical Christmas ... Waves of Fun" and Twisted Pfister will keep the theme going by performing some Jimmy Buffett and "beach music" tunes. The press conference that day will begin at 11 a.m. with the music following around noon.

For more information about the series, call Gazette Marketing Assistant Becky Richards at 382-4321, ext. 221.

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