Playin' on the Plaza a big hit

J. Michael Ross
Emily Payne, and her dad, Benny, were part of a bunch of happy folks at Playin' on the Plaza Thursday night.

The first “Playin’ on the Plaza” event was held in the Downtown Plaza across from Stephenville City Hall Thursday evening and it was well-received.

“The weather’s perfect and this is something everyone in Stephenville can enjoy. And even better, it’s free,” Darrel Brock said with a grin.

His wife, Kim, added, “It’s great that somebody did something like this. We really appreciate it.”

The driving force who “did something like this” is Stephenville City Secretary Cindy Stafford and friends who were saluted by the night’s entertainment − Immediate Blues – which, by the way is a seriously-tight, professional bunch of rockers.

Kyle Everett of the band said, “We want to thank Cindy Stafford for all her work in putting this together. This is just great and we really appreciate her efforts and those of all the other organizers.”

The crowd was also treated to food truck cuisine provided by J. Finn’s Fine Foods and the mood was typical Stephenville – light, friendly and fun.

Benny Payne and his daughter Emily – a Dublin High School and recent Texas Tech biology graduate – were in attendance and enjoying it fully.

“I think this is really great,” Benny said. “I hope we have a bunch more of these. We always go to listen to the bands in City Park in the summer and like those, this is just so much fun for everybody.”

The bottom line: Playin’ in the Plaza – which Stafford says will be repeated – was just good old Cowboy Capital of the World fun and something worth checking out the next time.