By Stephanie Choate
Williston residents will have plenty of chances to take in outdoor concerts this summer, as two music series begin.
The Williston Town Band’s weekly concerts in the village and the summer concert series on the green at Maple Tree Place promise a great season of varied music.
The Fourth of July festivities mark the beginning of a string of concerts by the Williston Town Band, made up of nearly 40 music-loving locals of all ages.
“We have a terrific group of people that make up our band, and they range from kids in elementary school to retirees,” said Town Band President Barbara Russ—who keeps the beat on the bass drum—in an email to the Observer.
“Our players are some of the best musicians in the area, so we love that they are a part of this merry music making.”
Every Wednesday night this summer, the town band will be in the bandstand, either performing or practicing. Concerts are set for July 18, Aug. 1, Aug. 15 and Aug. 22, all from 7 – 8:30 p.m., with rehearsals on the Wednesdays in between.
The band is also scheduled to play on Aug. 31 at the Vermont Lake Monsters game at Centennial Field.
Russ said the band has new music this year, and the expert direction of conductor Kim Tokarz keeps the group energized and on key.
“We’re looking forward to a nice, sunny, warm, mosquito-free season,” Russ said.
If Williston residents are booked on Wednesday nights, they have another chance to listen to free live music every week.
The Maple Tree Place summer concert series is now underway. A different band will play every Thursday through Aug. 23 on the Maple Tree Place green, from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
“It just gives people something to look forward to on a Thursday evening, something families can enjoy together,” said Maple Tree Place General Manager Karen Sidney-Plummer, who organizes the event. “We have a lot of great bands lined up this year.”
New this year, Top Hat Entertainment will emcee the event, and lead a half hour of interactive family-oriented games and giveaways before the concerts, beginning at 6 p.m. Visitors can also choose from a variety of food vendors, along with free face painting.
Soul and R&B group Real Deal is set to play on June 28, and rock group Sturcrazie on July 5.
For a full schedule or to give feedback, visit www.shopmtp.com. For more information about the Williston Town Band, visit www.willistontownband.org.