It's summer, the sun is shining and many of us are discovering new and inventive ways to enjoy the warm season without spending a fortune or shattering what's left of our bank accounts.
I hope many of you are taking advantage of one of the best ways I know to beat the heat and enjoy a night of great entertainment under the stars, that being the concerts held every Tuesday and Thursday in Derry's MacGregor Park, hosted every summer by the Derry Parks and Recreation Department, and always completely free of charge and open to the public.
Every Tuesday and Thursday night at 7 p.m. Derry Parks and Recreation brings in a wonderful band, show, or chorus to entertain everyone attending on the grassy lawn at the park.
The shows are always great ways to enjoy the summer and bring in some returning favorites, or new groups that become instant favorites.
Many of us wait each summer for our favorite band to return to the park. In my case, I love to hear Recycled Percussion every year with their amazing drumming talents. Other groups that please the crowds are the barbershoppers, Mama Kicks, bluegrass favorites, oldies-playing groups, or even some big band sounds.
For the remainder of July, it's bluegrass and nostalgic sounds coming to the park including White Mountain Bluegrass on July 21, and then Skinny Ties takes the park stage on July 23.
White Mountain Bluegrass has played together for more than three decades, and has becoming a Derry concert series favorite every summer. And Skinny Ties brings an early MTV-inspired style of New Wave sounds to the park stage, offering us great songs we loved from the 70s and 80s.
Rounding out July's schedule is the Souled Out Show Band on July 28 and then longtime favorite Grinning Lizards finish up the month.
All shows begin at 7 p.m. weather permitting. Anyone looking for a night of great music, hometown spirit, and a ticket price that can't be beat, come on over to MacGregor Park. You'll be glad you did. For additional information about the remaining summer concert offerings through August, call Derry Parks and Recreation at 432-6136.
Julie Huss is a staff writer for the Derry News. Her column focusing on the local arts scene appears weekly. To contact her, call 421-3847 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.