City Park summer concerts a free treasure

COMBINE A SUMMER EVENING in beautiful City Park with great music and tasty concessions and what do you have – a city tradition that stretches back decades.

That combination adds up to the annual City Park Summer Concert series, which kicked off last Thursday on the Howard Stoll Family Pavilion on Grove Street in City Park and continues for 10 weeks through Aug. 18.

The best part? It’s all free – except for the concessions, of course, but even those are well worth the cost and the money goes to various worthwhile community groups and organizations.

Sometimes it seems that finding good fee, family-fun entertainment close to home can be a real challenge.

That’s not the case, though, for Plymouth-area residents on Thursday nights during the summer.

It’s as close as Plymouth City Park on the city’s north side.

For decades the park has hosted the summer concert series, with the Plymouth Municipal Band as the featured artists, along with a number of various guest artists, bands and performers.

This sumer is no different, with the City Band providing the music for half of the dates. The rest range from barbershop quartet singing to a tuba quartet to a brass band to big band sounds.

The highlight, of course, is the annual German

Night July 28, which always draws an enthusiastic crowd to the park.

There’s no cover charge and no minimum for German Night or any of the other City Park concerts – there’s just great music in the open air in a beautiful park setting. That’s a combination that’s hard to beat.

There’s also the chance, before or after the concert, to enjoy the other fine facilities offered in City Park – the kid-friendly playground area, picnic tables and grills, the Outdoor Aquatic Center and more.

It’s a real touch of down-home Americana right in the middle of the city, quality entertainment at the most affordable price – free.

The concerts draw a solid core of dedicated followers, but there’s always plenty of room every Thursday for more – grab a seat on one of the benches or bring your own lawn chairs and/or blanket, relax and enjoy some great entertainment.

Regular attendees know just how enjoyable an experience the City Park Summer Concert Series can be. Those who have never been should give it a try and discover what a great evening it can be.


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