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Summer is fast approaching, which means relaxed evening for families. Despite the ever increasing demands placed on parents and families, summer still offers some retreat from the “school year grind.” This summer, the Department of Parks and Recreation is proud to announce new changes to an old summer favorite — the Summer Concert Series. This concert series has been a staple of Moorestown community life for more than 40 years and has been a way for families to relax after a long summer day.

This year, due to expanded partnerships, the Summer Concert Series will change the time and location. The Summer Concert Series is presented by the Department of Parks and Recreation and supported by the Moorestown Community House, the Moorestown Business Association, MoorArts and Live Civilly. Concerts will take place on the lawn of the Moorestown Community House on Mondays, June 22 through August 10. Each Monday evening the new “Kids Stage” will begin at 6:30 p.m. and offer a variety of kid friendly activities and entertainment. Concerts will follow at 7:30 p.m. and will host musical talents from across the Delaware Valley. Some evenings will also offer previews of local theater productions from MoorArts, Moorestown Recreation Summer Theater and Moorestown Theater Company.

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Admission is free, however, all attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to help Live Civilly support our local food pantries “because hunger doesn’t take summer vacation.” Remaining true to the Live Civilly mantra of “many hands make light work,” each concert-goer is asked to bring a non-perishable item. It’s just another way Moorestonians are “people helping people helping people.”

The Summer Concert Series is an open air, community concert series. Families are encouraged to visit local restaurants for dinner and then proceed with lawn chairs and blankets to the Community House lawn. Businesses will be open later on Monday evenings in an effort to attract local shoppers and promote “Shop Local” initiatives.

The schedule for the Summer Concert Series is as follows:

June 22 — MoorArts, a variety of pop, jazz and musical theater; Kids Stage: stories, crafts and songs by “Mother Goose”;

June 29 — Lost In Brunswick, classic rock and pop from the ’60s and ’70s; Kids Stage: Interactive storytelling by Marsia Mason and Preview of MoorArts has TALENT;

July 6 — Golden Eagle Community Band, patriotic music for the Holiday Weekend; Kids Stage: Music for Kids by MHS students and Preview: MTC’s Disney’s “The Lion King, Jr.”;

July 13- “The Jersey Boomers,” folk music from the ‘60s); Kids Stage: Brian Richards Magic and Comedy and Preview: Moorestown Recreation Teen Theater’s “Into the Woods”;

July 20 — Wind Symphony of Southern New Jersey; Kids Stage: Storytelling by Jenn Dunne, Moorestown Children’s Librarian and Preview of MTC’s “Mary Poppins”;
July 27 — Collins/ Flynn Band, ’60s and ’70s pop music; Kids Stage: Brain Richards Magic and Comedy and Preview of Moorestown Recreation Children’s Theater’sHigh School Musical, Jr.”;

August 3 — Trouble With Plaid, music from the ’60s to the present; Kids Stage: Princess Sing-Along with MTC;

August 10 — Shaun Ruymen Band, original and current Music; Kids Stage: MTC’s Broadway Kids and their Preview of “Legally Blonde, Jr.”

While making your summer plans be sure to mark your calendars for the Summer Concert Series. Also note that summer registrations are still open. Sign up now for Recreation Summer Parks, Summer Theater, Sports Camps, Clinics and more. Join the Recreation Nation this summer and make time to enjoy summer locally.

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