Summer's 'Twilight Lawn Concerts' at Roseland come to a close

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Woodstock - posted Mon., Aug. 15, 2011
The Konieczny family enjoys a summer evening together at Roseland Cottage. Photos by D. Coffey.
The Konieczny family enjoys a summer evening together at Roseland Cottage. Photos by D. Coffey.

The last Twilight Lawn Concert at Roseland Cottage delighted more than 300 people on Aug. 13, even though the sun was hidden behind a blanket of clouds. Picnic baskets and lawn chairs were scattered across the lawn and up to the parterre garden. A diverse crowd listened to the sounds of jazzy blues set in one of Woodstock's premier locations. And it was all for free.

David and Sandi Pitzer came from Massachusetts with friends Kathy and Bill Wagner to hear the music. “We like being outside,” Wagner said. “We like music. The grounds are beautiful and it's free. With the times they way they are, you can't beat it.”

“I can't think of anything nicer to do on a summer night,” said Mrs. Konieczny, who sat on the edge of a big blanket. She and her husband were entertaining family that had come from Tyngsboro and Westport, Mass. Her son and daughter-in-law and two nieces enjoyed a picnic dinner with them while they listened to the music.

Sixteen-month-old Caroline Ethier played with blue plastic cups while the band played. Dogs sat with their owners. Grandparents walked their charges around the parterre garden. Many people brought picnic lunches complete with wine glasses and citronella candles. Mike Chrzan and Susan Phaneuf even had a portable table to hold their hors d'oeuvres.

The crowd was treated to the bluesy sounds of Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze until sunset.

“Can you feel the blues, Woodstock?” lead vocalist Wally Greaney sang out to the crowd. But the only sadness anyone felt was that another summer of concerts at Roseland was drawing to a close.

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