City Park summer park concerts a free treasure

IT CAN BE CHALLENGING to find good free entertainment in a fun outdoor setting.

But if you live in or around Plymouth, there’s really no challenge at all during the summer.

You don’t have to go any farther than City Park on a Thursday night for a great night of entertainment, food and fun – all for free.

For nine Thursday nights, every week except July 6, the Howard Stoll Family Pavilion on Grove Street in City Park will be filled with beautiful music.

For decades, the bandshell has hosted the summer concert series, with the Plymouth Municipal Band as the featured artists along with a number of various artists, bands and singers. It’s been a cherished tradition in Plymouth for generations.

The always-entertaining Plymouth Municipal Band will take the stage for five of the nine concerts, with their usual fine performance guaranteed. The rest of the concerts feature a wide range of offerings, from the big band sounds of the Carl Laack Band (June 22) to the barbershop singing of Hometown Harmony (Aug. 10) and the unique stylings of The Scrubbers (July 20).

As always, the highlight of the summer will be the annual German Night July 27.

For some four decades, the oom-pahs have filled the air at City Park, featuring Plymouth’s own Dorf Kapelle and Junge Kameraden bands, all accompanied by tasty spanferkel and washed down at the Bier Garten.

For the other concerts in the series, there are always plenty of good concessions available in the cake stand – including homemade cake and other desserts, of course – provided by various church, civic organizations and groups, so the only things that costs anything at the concerts goes to support good causes.

Two dates are still open for concessions operations – July 13 and Aug. 3 – so if there are any groups interested in raising a little money while enjoying some music, it’s not too late to get hold of city officials and sign up.

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 a beautiful park setting. That’s a combination that’s hard to beat.

While the concerts always draw a good, dedicated crowd of solid fans, there is still plenty of room for more people any Thursday night – either on the benches or under the shade of the many stately trees in City Park.

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, the 7th Element Skate Park and more.

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

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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