Summer of Sunday concerts set to go in Downs Park


May 28, 1999|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FOR MANY, this weekend will be the unofficial kickoff to the summer of '99. For the folks at Downs Park, Sunday is the official beginning of another summer Bayside Concert series in the outdoor amphitheater on the Chesapeake Bay.

Concerts are scheduled at 6 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 8, when the time changes to 5 p.m. The Sept. 19 and 26 concerts will start at 4 p.m.

Over the years, visitors to the concerts have been treated to a variety of performers and music types. This year's list of performers is no less impressive.

The Caiso Steel Band will open the series at 6 p.m. Sunday.

June concerts will feature jazz from the Rob Levit Quartet; the Air Force Heritage Brass Quintet playing chamber pieces, popular and patriotic tunes; the Army Woodwind Quintet performing classical pieces; and Mike & Mike playing Jimmy Buffett, the Beach Boys, Van Morrison, and others.

The July 4 concert will present Kaos. The time has not been set. Other July performers will include Billy B, Blue Daze and Mary Byrd Brown.

Concerts in August will feature the Sons of the Severn barbershop chorus, the Navy Electric Brigade, Celtic bagpipe music from Iona, rockabilly from the Grandsons and mellow acoustic sounds from Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy.

September will feature the Oktoberfest sounds of the Continentals, the 229th Maryland Army National Guard band, contemporary country from Country Current and the Army Volunteers offering tunes for every member of the family.

Admission is free, but a parking fee of $4 a vehicle is charged unless you have a 1999 parking permit, on sale at the park for $20.

The permit is good at Downs Park and Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis.

Bring a chair or blanket, and maybe a picnic basket for the concerts. Alcohol, pets, roller-skating and biking are not permitted in the concert area.

The series is funded by several local businesses, the Pasadena Business Association, the county Cultural Arts Foundation and the state Arts Council.

The park is at the eastern end of Mountain Road in Pinehurst.

Pit beef sandwiches

Hungry travelers along Ritchie Highway can stop by Pasadena United Methodist Church this weekend for pit beef sandwiches a la Vernon Cooper.

Cooper, a member of the congregation and a Boy Scout leader, is lending his recipe and expertise to the fund-raising event. Sandwiches will be available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, tomorrow, Sunday and Monday, on the front lawn of the church, 61 Ritchie Highway.

While you munch, you can also shop for flea market finds at several tables. The proceeds will benefit church projects.

Evening for a good cause

The Ladies of the Knights of Columbus, Council 10966, are sponsoring an evening of food, fun and fashions to benefit Zachary Hebda, 5, a leukemia patient.

Summer fashions will be provided by the Dress Barn.

The menu features stuffed chicken breast, stuffed shells, vegetable medley, mashed potatoes, gravy, salad, rolls, desserts, wine, coffee and soda.

Tickets are $12 or $80 for a table of eight.

A door prize of two Oriole tickets will be awarded. Raffle tickets for two $100 gift certificates to the Merle Norman Day Spa will be sold.

Information: 410-255-2619, 410-255-9561 or 410-787-0402.

Dinner and bingo

The Auxiliary of Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company will hold an afternoon bingo blast June 6 in the fire hall on Mountain Road near Lake Shore Drive.

Tickets are $20 and include a spaghetti with meatballs dinner, salad, dessert and garlic bread, plus 12 bingo cards, two books of specials and a jackpot game. Extra cards and specials will be on sale.

The doors will open at noon, with lunch served from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Bingo will follow.

Information: 410-437-0215 or 410-360-6857.

Pub Date: 5/28/99

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