Elijah Larry McDuffie
AKA E. Larry McDuffie
What's the latest on this weekend's planned HOMECOMING for American Idol finalist Candice Glover?
Now that Candice has made the top 3 (was there any doubt?) she and the other two will each go back to their respective home towns with a camera crew to shoot video for next week's show.
Here are the tentative plans: Candice will fly back to Beaufort on Friday evening. AMERICAN IDOL will be shooting video at the airport and YOU ARE INVITED to come out and welcome her. (You'll likely be on TV next week!)
Candice will be flying into the Signature Flight Support at the Airport's old main terminal at 1001 Davidson Drive, Suite 150 in Savannah, GA 31408 (off of Dean Forest Road) on Friday, May 3 at 9:00 pm. You are encouraged to arrive at 8:00 pm and bring signs and enthusiasm!!! Please note this is NOT at the main terminal of the airport.
There are a host of locations she will visit during her weekend including Penn Center and her old school.
A parade on her behalf is planned for Saturday afternoon around 5pm followed by a free concert which will be held at 7pm downtown at the corner of Charles and Bay Street just outside the Waterfront Park. ("Idol" is most concerned about the direction of the sun late on Saturday for filming purposes which is why other locations, such as the park, were rejected.) The parade will travel from Bladen Street to Bay to Newcastle To Church to North Streets and will take place around 5p. The concert will begin at 7pm at the intersection of Bay and Charles Street downtown Beaufort outside the waterfront park.
There will be free shuttle service to and from the parade and concert on Saturday from 2 - 10 pm with two shuttle location spots including the Beaufort County Government Center (parking lot at the corner of Boundary and Ribaut) and the Beaufort High School Parking lot (in front of the high school). Spectators will be dropped off at Visitor Center Bus Loading area near the corner of Carteret & Craven Streets. This is also where they will reload to return to their vehicles. Parking will be EXTREMELY limited so please encourage fans to use the shuttles. There will not be available parking downtown.
Early estimates indicate there could be well over 10,000 people coming to see Candice which means traffic and congestion downtown will be an issue and concern (police will handle traffic flow). This could be the biggest crowd Beaufort has ever seen. (Great publicity on national TV!)
American Idol is NOT paying for anything associated with Candice's homecoming other than her transportation and lodging. So the community's help in paying the bill for staging, equipment and security is important.
DONATIONS - CANDICE GLOVER COMMUNITY CELEBRATION FUND
Checks should be made Payable to Candice Glover Community Celebration Fund and dropped off at any First Citizens Bank, the Beaufort Chamber at the Carnegie Building at the Corner of Craven and Carteret Streets, or any of the three Hobbit Hill Preschools (locations can be found at www.hobbithill.com).
If you have a paypal account, go to www.paypal.com & sign in. Choose "send money" on that page, enter firstname.lastname@example.org for "to" and then the amount. Select "sending funds to family or friends". The next page will confirm donation amount & allow you to send a message with your donation, then choose SEND MONEY button.