Plainfield's Music in the Park series begins

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Plainfield - posted Mon., Jul. 11, 2011
Ray Poirier and Laci the dog listen to the Music in the Park. Photos by D. Coffey.
Ray Poirier and Laci the dog listen to the Music in the Park. Photos by D. Coffey.

Lawn chairs spread out in a semi-circle around the gazebo at Lion's Park in Plainfield on July 6. The band Drive led off the first in the city's Music in the Park series, and more than 150 people gathered to listen.

Children swarmed through the playground, boys played basketball on the court nearby, and some women walked the track around the park. A mother and father played kickball with their two small children, but most people were content to sit and listen, as a light breeze blew in the summer evening.

Guitarist and Plainfield Building Official Robert Kerr has been performing for more than 50 years, but he had been fretting the weather. Summer concerts are always weather-dependent, but Plainfield's gazebo holds out hope even on questionable nights. Wednesday night was perfect, however.

“It was good to see all the people showing up and enjoying the show. It's a great thing the town does. Myra [Ambrogi, Plainfield recreation director] does a great job with the budget. She makes things happen,” said Kerr.

Pauline and Roger Gendreau had staked out their spots and settled into their lawn chairs to enjoy songs from the '50s and '60s.

Vicki and Scott Poirier were there with their children, Emma and Matthew. “You can't beat it,” Scott said.  “It's beautiful weather. Emma went around the park twice. The kids are hanging out.”

Cindy Damato held her 3-month-old grandson, Christian. Damato works the weekend shifts at Lowe's, so it was nice for her to be able to spend time with her grandchild.

Recreation Director Myra Ambrogi was pleased with the turnout. “We have a beautiful park, and it doesn't cost them anything to come,” she said. “It's a great opportunity to socialize and be out in the community.”

Plainfield will host four additional Music in the Park events on Wednesday evenings. Better than Radio is scheduled for July 13, Outta the Blue is scheduled for July 20, and Rewind is scheduled for July 27. The Great Garage Band Reunion will close out the season on Aug. 3. All concerts start at 6:30 p.m.

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