Church, local groups have faith in concert at Riviera Beach park

NEIGHBORS

August 02, 2002|By Peg Adamarczk | Peg Adamarczk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WITH A LITTLE bit of luck and the efforts of local church and community groups, the annual Concert in the Park will fill the Riviera Beach community park with heavenly sounds Aug. 24.

The community event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature entertainment, food, shopping and fun for the kids.

Bill Williamson, volunteer concert coordinator and longtime member of Jenkins Memorial Church in Riviera Beach, said about 20 musicians are interested in performing.

"We will have musicians and singers performing a variety of gospel, traditional and contemporary Christian music, as well as some performing original compositions," he said. "A few are professionals but the majority are amateurs that sing and play at their local churches because they love the Lord."

The tentative concert lineup includes Colleen Evan, Ryan the Eagle, Jacob's Ladder, Trudy Marie, Gospel II, Mat and the Our Lady of the Chesapeake Contemporary Band, Sound of Faith, Lou Redd, Uncle Joe's Kitchen, Joel Curtis, Youth for Christ, Manna, Son Rise, Glory Bound, Joshua Generation and Steve.

In addition to the music, churches and community organizations will provide information for residents and sell food, beverages, crafts, tapes and cookbooks. Admission is free. Visitors should take blankets or lawn chairs.

"We are just so fortunate that so many people from all over the county come each year to the concert no matter what the weather," Williamson said. "Even though we need rain, let's hope that there's no deluge - at least until the concert is over.

"We may not be professionals, but I have a saying, `The ark was built by amateurs and survived. The Titanic was built by professionals and sunk.'

"Which one would you have wanted to be on?" Williams said with a chuckle.

The park is at Greenway and Dale Road in Riviera Beach.

Information or to reserve a table: 410-636-0034 or 410-437-3830.

Blood drive

Joe Turchetta of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church in Riviera Beach is looking for blood donors this weekend.

The church will have its summer blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the school/parish hall, 8499 Virginia Ave.

"We have a goal of collecting at least 100 pints," Turchetta said. "We have quite a few regular donors already signed up but walk-in donors are always welcomed. ... We're depending on people in the community who couldn't give blood in the past to donate now, since blood supplies are very low."

Those donating in the morning hours will be treated to a free pancake and sausage breakfast. Afternoon donors will dine on a free crab cake platter.

During the past 11 years, donors at the church have given more than 1,300 pints of blood that have helped more than 3,500 people, Turchetta said. "We are very proud of our donors here, and we know that without their help, we could not give the gift of life to others who so desperately need it."

Information: 410-255-5653.

Pony rides

Hancock's Resolution will be offering free pony rides to youngsters, courtesy of Fence Post Farm, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

A demonstration on driving a pony cart will also be featured, said park spokesman Jim Morrison.

"It was a popular form of conveyance in the 18th century," he said.

Ed Calvert, a member of the Hancock family, will display a number of artifacts from the farmstead, including a Brown Bess musket manufactured in the mid-1700s in Scotland.

Admission to the historic farm is free, but donations for restoration projects will be accepted.

Hancock's is at 2795 Bayside Beach Road.

Information: 410-255-4048.

Golf tournament

St. Jane Frances School will hold its fourth annual Oliver "Bama" Goins Memorial Golf Tournament on Aug. 30 at Diamond Ridge Golf Course.

Check-in will be at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

The cost is $80 and includes a continental breakfast and a buffet lunch after the tournament. Refreshments will be provided throughout the course.

Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund.

Information: 410-255-4646.

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