Staging summer performances Sunday evenings at Downs Park


May 26, 2000|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE STAFF AT Downs Park has been extra busy in recent weeks, preparing for this weekend's kickoff of another fantastic season of its popular Bayside Concert Series.

As we have all come to expect, this season's lineup includes a selection of singers - 18 Sunday evening programs with something for every age and every musical taste.

The opening show, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, will feature the lively Caribbean sounds of Jambulay.

June's schedule will include classical, Top 40, Motown, and an eclectic mix of jazz, reggae and folk.

July will have Broadway show tunes, patriotic songs, big band sounds, Celtic, swing, and more Top 40 tunes.

Country and bluegrass will arrive in August, and contemporary and folk sounds. The final concerts in September will feature a kids' concert, military, folk-rock, and a German oompah band.

Admission to concerts is free, but a park entry fee of $4 for motor vehicles is charged. Frequent park visitors can purchase a yearly pass for $20, which can also be used at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis.

Concertgoers should bring a lawn chair or blanket. No alcohol, pets, skating or bikes will be permitted in the concert area.

The annual series is underwritten by Pasadena Business Association, other local businesses, and a grant from the county Cultural Arts Foundation and Maryland State Arts Council.

Information: 410-222-6230.

Strawberry season

Solley United Methodist Church has the honor of launching the local strawberry festival season this year.

Its annual festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday on the church grounds at 7600 Solley Road, next to Solley Elementary School.

Visitors can dine on pit beef or ham, barbecued beef, homemade crab soup and hot dogs. For dessert, strawberries will be served with homemade cake and vanilla ice cream.

The cost for the strawberry dessert is $3.50 for adults, $2 for children younger than age 12. Entertainment for children will be available all day.

For those in a hurry, carryouts will be available.

Church member Margaret Phelps said the event offers neighbors and friends an opportunity to visit. "We come together for the food, but also the fellowship," she said.

Proceeds will be used for church upkeep and improvements.

Information: 410-255-2750.

Democratic dancing

Stoney Creek Democratic Club will hold its monthly seniors dinner dance from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in the clubhouse at 8123 Fort Smallwood Road.

All are welcome - including Republicans and Independents.

Tickets are $7 and include live music by the Townsmen, a hot platter, dessert, beverage, chips and pretzels.

Information: 410-636-2622or 410-255-4611.

Christian Teens dance

Pasadena Christian Teens is sponsoring an "Endless Summer" evening from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 3 at the Riviera Beach fire hall on Fort Smallwood Road.

The dance - with Christian rock and alternative music provided by disc jockey Mark Baldwin - is open to young people ages 12 through high school. Conservative dress is required.

Admission is $5, and includes soft drinks. Snacks will be for sale.

Information: 410-439-0344, 410-255-9361or 410-360-2188.

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