Free concerts offer fun and relaxation

Community concerts are a great way for residents to get together with family and friends and enjoy a hot summer evening without spending a lot of money, or any for that matter.

There are two weekly concerts, and for the price of a picnic basket full of food and beverages to take to the show, residents could find themselves having a great time, enjoying some favorite food and listening to some good music.

The Milford Chamber of Commerce concert series takes place Fridays at the Rotary Pavilion at Fowler Field. Concerts start at 7 p.m. Three shows remain, and these shows are free, sponsored by the Milford Chamber of Commerce and Kapusta, Otzel and Averaimo.

The following shows remain: On Friday, Aug. 3, The Bernadettes will fill the air with rock and soul. On Friday, Aug. 10, Flashback, a local favorite, will bring rock and oldies to the stage. Residents should bring chairs. The Walnut Beach Association holds its concert series on Sundays under the Walnut Beach pavilion.

These are free to residents, too, sponsored by the beach association. Several shows still remain this summer season, and they are as follows: Sunday, Aug. 5, The Hell Catz, playing rocking versions of favorite tunes, will take the stage from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Locomotion, a nine-piece band with three horns, will perform top 40 and classic dance tunes from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, Fast Lane Band will perform top 40, classic rock, dance and some country favorites from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, The Bernadettes, performing rock and soul, will take the stage from 4 to 7 p.m.

Residents can sit it under the Walnut Beach Pavilion at picnic tables, or they can bring a chair. For more daring types, dancing is encouraged and considered good exercise.

There’s really nothing like a local concert. They are a throw back to simpler times, when residents were allowed to freely mingle with their neighbors in town centers. They are an opportunity for you to take advantage of the public places your tax dollars pay for.

And don’t forget what a bargain these shows are. Since they are sponsored by local organizations, they are free to residents, who would have to pay at many venues to see these groups perform. These days when a movie is well over $10, and a concert can run in the hundreds of dollars, these local concerts are just the ticket for saving some money in a down economy, but having a great time anyway.

The Chamber of Concert, the lawfirm of Kapusta, Otzel and Averaimo, plus the Walnut Beach Association are doing a great community service by putting these shows together and making them available for the community.

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