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Sweet (and free) summer music fills Ardenwald Park

Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - The band, Kevin Selfe and the Tornadoes, assembles to play at Ardenwald Park. Again this August, the Ardenwald Park Gazebo provided the stage on which four musical groups – one each week – serenaded residents and their friends, beginning August 1.

“We’re starting early this evening, as we also celebrate today National Night Out, with public safety information,” explained Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association Chair Jeff Davis.

“The great thing about our concert series is that it serves as an annual gathering of all the neighbors,” Davis said. “Not a lot of people attend our monthly neighborhood association meetings; but a lot of people come to our concerts!”

Cheery greetings, handshakes, and hugs made it clear that some folks coming to the concert hadn’t seen each other since the last concert season. Their children looked around the park and climbed on the play structures.

Chair Davis – known for his family’s famous cemetery set each Hallowe’en – said he relies on help from their sound engineer to find new and appropriate acts. “Based on his recommendations, we select the bands. We try not to repeat bands, and present a wide range of musical styles.”

This year’s lineup of weekly Thursday night concerts included blues band Kevin Selfe and the Tornadoes; Celtic folk group Whispering Roses; acoustic folk group Ian McFeron; and the folk/rock band Lincoln’s Beard.

Smiling as he looked over the crowd that had gathered, Davis stepped up to the microphone, introduced the band, and on went the show.