Again this year, during the month of August, the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood association presented weekly "Concerts in the Park". The Thursday evening concerts are held in Ardenwald Park, on the "City of Portland" side of this Milwaukie neighborhood.
On August 1, the first concert presented the Bluegrass trio "Cosmos Dream", and was part of the neighborhood's National Night Out celebration.
"We've been doing this for 20 years," said the concert series coordinator, Jeff Davis, who is also the Co-Chair of the neighborhood association. "I've been working with the committee on these for the last 10 or 15 years.
"We have a handful of neighbors who help out; and Hope City Church volunteers give our series a big assist by supplying a bouncy house and ice cream, and providing extra hands for set-up and cleaning up."
On the successive Thursdays in August this year, "Grey Dogz" performed jazz music, including traditional Americana, city, and country blues. The following week, it was "The Noted" playing "inspired rock" music; a week later, the high-energy country rock & roll music of "Lincoln's Beard" rang out. The series ended with the upbeat blues and rock of the "Inner Limits Band".
"We do this because it's a way to give back to our neighborhood," Davis explained. "It's a time and place for our neighbors to get together, and see people they may not have seen throughout the year – and meet others they may not know who also are coming to the concerts, and make new friends.
"Take a look around; what you see here is people having fun, and creating a sense of community," Davis finished, as the band began to play.
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