Final Fridays!

A Charlottesville tradition wraps up for the season Friday evening, with picturesque weather conditions -- but it wasn't always that way!

When you think about summer in Charlottesville, you probably think about Fridays After Five. It's a tradition that's been going on for many years and brings folks together for an evening of free music, friends, and fun. The weather always plays a factor in how enjoyable Fridays After Five will be and this year, there were a few curve balls.

While most Friday evenings since the series began in April featured pleasant weather, there were some evenings that left a bit to be desired. One Friday evening featured such torrential rain from thunderstorms, that the event had to be called off mid-show, due to water getting close to the electronics that keep the music going. This same night featured some minor flooding problems all along portions of the Downtown Mall. Several Friday evenings in July featured blistering heat, with highs close to 100 degrees. One Friday in particular stands out in my mind when the heat index was a sweltering 110 degrees, even through the early evening hours.

All things considered, the weather was generally cooperative for the summer Charlottesville tradition this year. What were your favorite memories of Fridays After Five? Did the weather encourage or discourage you from attending? Favorite band? Until next year...

Happy weekend,

Brantley

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