Noon tunes

Justin Dickie
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AMHERST In need of some midday relaxation? Slide off to the First Baptist Church for some Noon Tunes.

Noon Tunes, now in its fifth year, is a 20-minute free concert that takes place on Wednesdays and Fridays at noon.

AMHERST In need of some midday relaxation? Slide off to the First Baptist Church for some Noon Tunes.

Noon Tunes, now in its fifth year, is a 20-minute free concert that takes place on Wednesdays and Fridays at noon.

"Twenty minutes in the middle of the day makes it easy for people to get to, especially if people work in the downtown area, they can just walk over," said church summer student Thomas Skabar. "Its a good way to support local talent. We have a lot of good, talented musicians that come in and maybe a lot of people dont realize all the musical diversity weve got going on."

This year, summer student Julie McManaman came up with the idea to add a café to Fridays event. The café will serve beverages and lunch for $5 and opens for the first time today.

Noon Tunes has a little bit of something for everyone, with acts that play anything from classical piano to soft rock to bluegrass.

"Its really a wide variety. You get a little bit of everything," McManaman said.

"Were trying to get as many genres as possible so we can appeal to as many people as we can. Its definitely something for everyone," said Skabar.

Youth Minister Don Miller said the idea came about years ago when tourists would stop by wanting to hear organ music. Five years ago they had a summer student who was musically inclined, so she took the idea and ran with it.

Miller said Noon Tunes offers many different aspects to the community.

"We kill a lot of birds," he said. "We show off our church, we get to show off the talent of the town, and we get to provide a service and an opportunity for tourists to come and see what Amherst is all about."



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: First Baptist Church

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