Moorestown Department of Parks and Rec Column: Summer Concert Series

Did you feel that? The temperature made it above 70. Dare I say the sun is shining? This can only mean one thing… Summer is fast approaching. This summer, the Department of Parks & Recreation is pleased to kick off its collaboration concert series earlier than usual. As the season begins to unfold, the summer concerts will offer summer lovers that perfect opportunity to kick back and relax under the summer evening skies.

This year, the Annual Summer Concert Series is sponsored by the Department of Parks & Recreation in partnership with Moorestown Community House, Perkins Center for the Arts and MoorArts. Additional support for these concerts has been provided by Alaimo Engineers, Archer & Greiner, Carl’s Shoes and Manhattan Bagel. Beginning on Monday, June 6, the concert series will kick off on the Evergreen Lawn at Perkins Center for the Arts. The Perkins Faculty and Friends Cover David Bowie beginning at 6:30 p.m. The following week, under the swaying evergreens of the Perkins lawn, the Philadelphia String Quartet will provide an evening interlude.

As the school year comes to a close, the venue for the concert shifts to Main Street and the Moorestown Community House lawn. Beginning on June 20, the concerts kick off with the Moorestown High School Madrigals and Jazz Band on the Main Stage, sponsored by MoorArts. Preceding our talented high school performers, Mother Goose will grace the Kid’s Stage beginning at 6:30 p.m. From June 20 through Aug. 15, every Monday evening, except July 4, will host the Kid’s Stage with child-friendly entertainers such as professional story-tellers Jennifer Dunne and Marsia Mason to magician Brian Richards and previews of local summer theater productions.

The Main Stage will feature a wide variety of musical acts from classical to contemporary to ethnic and jazz. The breadth of performers who call southern New Jersey home is vast, and the department is pleased to present such an array to the Moorestown community. From the Golden Eagle Community Band and The Jersey Boomers to Lost in Brunswick and the Trouble with Plaid, these musicians will thrill audiences with oldies and goodies, and covers of more contemporary music. The Midiri Brothers will sooth your evening blues with jazz melodies while the Wind Symphony of Southern NJ will offer a classical component. Additionally, Charlie Zahn, Irish Music will share Irish folk tunes and songs to delight concert goers of all ages.

Admission to this summer-long concert series is free, however, the Department of Parks & Recreation continues its community collaboration with local non-profit, Live Civilly. In lieu of an admission fee, the department requests that concert attendees bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to Live Civilly in support of the three local food pantries in Moorestown. During the summer months, our local food pantries receive fewer food donations while the number of people seeking assistance rarely decreases. So please, mark your calendars for Monday evenings beginning June 6, and bring a non-perishable item to benefit our neighbors in need.

For more information, visit www.moorestownrec.com.