It’s the quintessential image of the lazy nights of summer — music, picnic food, and perhaps, fireflies floating around a peaceful pond.
The Abington Area Joint Recreation Board (AAJRB), which oversees Hillside Park, is hoping to capture this image and bring it to life once again this year with its second annual Lakeside Wednesday Concerts series. The park, located at the intersection of Grove Street and Winola Road in Newton Twp., will come to life for 10 Wednesdays through Aug. 27, welcoming a different band and visual artist each week. The event kicks off this Wednesday, June 25, at 6 p.m. when the Mace In Dickson Band takes the stage under the park’s pavilion and local artist Tim Butler displays his acrylic nature-inspired paintings.
“It is nice to showcase artists, both performing and visual, at our park,” she said. “Last year, we had a lovely display and the music is, of course, fantastic. It is nice to see people dancing. They bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to relax or they walk around a bit. This helps them see what we have at the park.”
Besides music and visual art, the series will also feature a food stand with a selection of picnic fare. For the first five weeks of the series, it will be run by the Abington Lions Club, and for the final five weeks it will be run by the Waverly Masons. The Abington Lions Club will also help run a canoe rental station, so that people could listen to the concerts while out on Lake Eston Wilson.
“It is such a nice event altogether, free parking, free music and delicious picnic food made by our civic groups,” Harris said. “It is low cost, you can come here and not spend a lot of money but have a wonderful evening. You’ll get to meet your neighbors and make new friends.”
A complete lineup of musical acts is as follows: Mace In Dickson Band, June 25; Kenny McGraw’s Brass & Ivory Orchestra, feat. Chris DiMattio, July 2; Jeffrey James Band, July 9; Doug Smith, feat. Erin Malloy, July 16; Wannabees, July 23; East Coast Trio, July 30; Whiskey Tango, Aug. 6; Lightweight, with special guest Senator John Blake and Friends, Aug. 13; Fab Three, Aug. 20; and Hitchin’ Chicket, Aug. 27.
All concerts will begin at 6 p.m. Concertgoers are asked to bring a lawnchair or blanket. For more information, visit hillsidepark.net.